In November 2022, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service initiated an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to evaluate options for restoring and managing grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem of Washington state, where the animals once thrived.
The EIS process will identify a range of alternatives for restoring the bears to the mountainous region to support the recovery and eventual delisting of grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous United States. The process will also explore a potential 10(j) experimental population designation, which provides land managers with additional options for managing animals. If adopted, the 10(j) designation would add more certainty, safety, and control for the region.
Submit EIS comments, view documents, see meeting notices, and learn about the project process at the link above.
View the draft EIS and proposed 10(j) rule that were released in September 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
View a video of an informational presentation on the draft EIS and proposed 10(j) rule