GRIZZLY BEAR PAST NEWS:
As of December 19, 2017 Grizzly Bear restoration work has been halted in the North Cascade National Park. Visit our Stehekin Heritage Blogsite for more details. Thank you for all those who helped Stehekin Heritage with this challenge to our Community existence!
**April 28th, 2017 was the final day to respond to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the appropriateness of helicoptering grizzly bears into the North Cascades. The issue of Grizzly Bear Introduction to our area is pending as we await the decision after review of public comment by the NPS.
The NPS and USFWS offered the public four alternatives in the DEIS. “Alternative A” called for “No Action.”
Alternatives B, C and D all called for helicoptering grizzlies into the North Cascades. The only variation between these three alternatives was the rate at which grizzlies would be transplanted. “Alternative D” represented a most drastic importation concept: Pg. IV of the DEIS Executive Summary states, “Alternative D is expected to result in the achievement of the restoration goal of approximately 200 grizzly bears within roughly 25 years.”
Stehekin Heritage testimony supported Alternative A stating:
“Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan EIS
North Cascades Ecosystem”
A Facade of Imprecise Generalizations Posing as Scientific Analysis.
The date for submission of comments has passed. Now we await the decision.