The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hosting a public meeting on the Draft North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Monday, October 7th, at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan, Washington. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.

Grizzly Bear North Cascades Draft
Grizzly Bear North Cascades Draft

Rep Dan Newhouse (R-Wa) is NOT a fan:

“The introduction of grizzly bears into the North Cascades will directly affect the people and the communities I represent, I oppose this proposal because I believe introducing an apex predator to the area will threaten the families, wildlife, and livestock of North Central Washington. However, I have long advocated that local voices must heard loud and clear before any Administration moves forward with this plan. Thank you, Secretary Bernhardt, (Secretary of the Interior) for listening to my demands for an in-person public comment opportunity. I strongly encourage the people of Central Washington to attend this meeting in Okanogan in order to voice your opinion and put this proposal to rest, once and for all.”

The draft EIS, first released in January 2017, is currently open for comment through October 24, 2019.

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