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.
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.
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.
draft EIS and submit written comments through April 28, 2017, can be found online
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:
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