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.

Learn more about 10(j) experimental population designations

Go to the EIS Project Homepage

Submit EIS comments, view documents, see meeting notices, and learn about the project process at the link above.

News Releases

10/13/23- Additional public meetings scheduled on options for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades

9/28/23- Public comments sought on options for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades

11/10/22- National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to evaluate options for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades


Draft EIS Proposed 10(j) Rule

View the draft EIS and proposed 10(j) rule that were released in September 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

EIS FAQs  Proposed 10(j) Rule FAQs

Get answers to some of the most common questions about the EIS and proposed 10(j) rule 

Informational Presentation

Watch Presentation

View a video of an informational presentation on the draft EIS and proposed 10(j) rule



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The Washington Fish and Wildlife Office is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services program. We work closely with partners to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats throughout Washington for future generations.