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Comment Period Extended On Proposed Alternatives For North Cascades Grizzly Restoration
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 (PST)

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will extend the public comment period regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem by 45 days, through April 28, 2017. The agencies received several requests for an extension to the comment period from members of the public and local elected officials.

 

Public comments received on the draft Environmental Impact Statement will be evaluated and considered in the identification of the preferred alternative, which will be published in the Final EIS.

 

The alternatives analyzed in this draft EIS include a “no-action” alternative, plus three action alternatives that would seek to restore a reproducing population of approximately 200 bears through the capture and release of grizzly bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem. The alternatives were developed by a planning team with input from the public, local, state and federal agencies, and the scientific community.

 

The draft EIS and submit written comments through April 28, 2017, can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grizzlydeis

 

Actions proposed on National Forest System lands under the draft EIS are subject to the USDA Forest Service’s pre-decisional objection process. This comment period constitutes the opportunity to establish eligibility to object to the Forest Service’s draft decision under the regulations at 36 CFR 218. For more information on this process, visit:

https://www.fs.fed.us/emc/applit/includes/20160531Final218ObjectionBrochure.pdf

 

The grizzly bear was listed as a threatened species in the contiguous United States in 1975. The species was listed as endangered by the state of Washington in 1980.

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