Grizzly bear petition and Okanogan meeting on October 7
Conservation Northwest / Sep 24, 2019 / Grizzly Bears, North Cascades, Restoring Wildlife
We are urging residents of Okanogan and Chelan counties who want to see grizzly bears restored to the North Cascades to sign this petition and demonstrate local support.
After more than a year of inactivity, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are now revisiting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for grizzly bear restoration, and have reopened the public comment period through October 24.
All comments submitted in 2017 are still being considered, but we’re encouraging supporters, especially locals, to submit another comment. Let’s show the federal agencies the strong local support Eastern Washington residents have for North Cascades grizzly bear recovery!
Working with the Methow Valley Citizens Council and other local groups, we’re also coordinating a petition for residents of Okanogan, Chelan and other counties neighboring the North Cascades to express support.
If you live in the area, please read and sign our petition below! You can also view it as a PDF.
You should also be aware that at the behest of Congressman Dan Newhouse, the agencies are hosting an additional public meeting in Okanogan on October 7. We’re expecting opponents to be present expressing their displeasure, and we need supporters of grizzly bear recovery to attend the meeting and voice their support!
Public Meeting on Grizzly Bears
Monday, October 7, 5:00 to 8:30 pm
Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex
However we understand that for some that may not be possible. If you can’t make it, please sign the petition, which supporters will bring to the meeting to present to the agencies and Congressman Newhouse. And please also be sure to submit an online comment!
Residents of other neighboring counties and areas in and around the North Cascades are also welcome to sign this letter.