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Executive Committee Summer Meeting Part 2 – VIRTUAL
July 24, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
The IGBC will host the second part of its summer meeting virtually on Friday, July 24 from 10:15 am to 1 pm.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) supports recovery, delisting and ongoing conservation of grizzly bear populations and their habitats in areas of the western United States through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, research and communication.
The Executive Committee of the IGBC holds two regular meetings annually, one in summer and one in winter. The summer meetings are typically a field visit located in one of the grizzly bear ecosystems. Due to Covid-19, this year the summer meeting is being held online in two parts. The first meeting was on June 24. A video of that meeting along with the meeting materials is posted on the Executive Committee’s website.
At the July 24 meeting, member agencies will share updates on recent legal and policy developments. Then the IGBC Executive Committee will discuss next steps on efforts to address emerging trends regarding grizzly bear conflicts and mortalities. The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee, Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Subcommittee, and the Selkirk/Cabinet-Yaak Subcommittees have presented their draft recommendations for reducing bear-human conflicts and grizzly bear mortalities at recent IGBC meetings.
Preliminary Recommendations for Reducing Bear-Human Conflicts & Grizzly Bear Mortalities
The IGBC Executive Committee will review these plans, provide feedback to the Subcommittees, and consider any options for efficiencies by working across Ecosystem Subcommittees, by working with the Information, Education, and Outreach Subcommittee, and by working with partners.
The IGBC Executive Committee will also be considering new initiatives brought forward from the Information, Education, and Outreach Subcommittee. The IEO Subcommittee is proposing new criteria for IEO grant funding to include opportunities for preventative or infrastructure projects.
The IEO Subcommittee is also proposing adoption of consistent bear safety messages, including four universal messages:
- Bears can be anywhere (assume their presence)
- Keep food and other attractants away from bears
- Be prepared to handle bear encounters
- Preventing a conflict is easier than resolving a conflict
There will be an opportunity to provide public comments either in writing during the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org or by dialing in by phone during the public meeting portions of the agenda.
To call in and provide comment:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 970 5499 5450
To raise your hand when you are ready to comment, press *9, and you will be unmuted and able to comment. At that time, please mute the video stream of the meeting on your computer. Please state your name and where you are from.
The next IGBC meeting will be in December 2020.