Grizzly Bear Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The EIS process is underway to discuss potential environmental impacts of restoring a self-sustaining grizzly bear population to the US portion of the North Cascades Ecosystem. This is a three year process. For more information on the process visit the project website.

How to Provide Comments

During the scoping period, public open houses will be held on both the east and west sides of the North Cascades Ecosystem to provide an opportunity for the public to share their comments and learn more about grizzly bear restoration. Details regarding the exact times and locations of these meetings will be announced on the project website and through local and regional media. The meetings will also be announced through email notification to individuals and organizations on the initial distribution list. Those wishing to be added to the project information distribution list should send an email request to e-mail us.

If you wish to comment on the purpose, need, objectives, potential alternatives, or on any other issues associated with development of the draft Plan/EIS, you may submit your comments by any one of several methods.

You may comment online at, by mail or hand deliver comments to the Superintendent, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. Written comments will also be accepted at the public open houses. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or by any method other than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.


Public Open House Schedule

In order to maximize opportunities for public input, webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, February 14 from 11 am-1 pm Pacific Time and Sunday, February 26 from 5 pm-7 pm Pacific Time. For more information about the open houses and to register for the webinars, visit: and click on the “Meetings” link.

The public open houses will be held from 6-8 pm at the following locations:

• Cle Elum – February 13 at the Putnam Centennial Center
• Cashmere – February 14 at the Riverside Center
• Winthrop – February 15 at the Red Barn
• Omak – February 16 at the Annex Facility at Okanogan County Fairgrounds
• Bellingham – February 21 at the Oxford Suites
• Darrington – February 22 at the Darrington Community Center
• Sultan – February 23 at the Sultan High School
• Renton – February 24 at the Renton Community Center

Additional Resources

Grizzly Bear Newsletter - January 2017 pdf (1.3 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions - for information on the EIS process, grizzly bear habitat, and the North Cascades Ecosystem pdf (437 KB)

Grizzly Bear Videos - Visit the park's YouTube page for Grizzly Bear EIS, Grizzly Bear Biology, and Bear Safety videos

1993 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan pdf (11,000 KB)

North Cascades Ecosystem Recovery Plan Chapter (1997) pdf (2,600 KB)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Grizzly Bear Recovery

Last updated: March 15, 2017

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