North Cascades Ecosystem Subcommittee Meetings
Please refer to the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meetings of the North Cascades Subcommittee
- North Cascades Mtg Summary 5/2/2017
- North Cascades Mtg Summary 11/22/2016
- North Cascades Mtg Summary 5/17/2016
- North Cascades Mtg. Summary 11/17/2015
- North Cascades Mtg. Summary 4/28/2015
- North Cascades Mtg Summary 11/5/2014
- North Cascades Mtg. Summary 4/29/2014
Annual Accomplishment Reports
North Cascades Subcommittee Membership
(Updated October 2014)
- Karen Taylor-Goodrich (Chair) North Cascades National Park
- Amy Windrope (Co-Chair) Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife – R4
- Jamie Kingsbury Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
- Mike Williams Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
- Jim Brown Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife – R2
- Gregg Kurz USFWS Wenatchee
North Cascades Ecosystem Subcommittee Advisors
- John Rohrer (Chair) Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
- Wayne Kasworm US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Jesse Plumage Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
- Anne Braaten North Cascades National Park
- Scott Fitkin Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Scott Fisher Washington Department of Natural Resources
North Cascades Ecosystem I&E Subcommittee
- Denise Schultz North Cascades National Park
Published on 29 February 2016
Policy, Management and Research Reports
NEPA Process and Documents
- 2017 Environmental Impact Statement: North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Recovery and supporting documents
The purpose of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is to evaluate a range of alternatives for how to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE). The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are the lead agencies on the EIS. The cooperating agencies are the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The plan/ EIS will provide decision-makers with sufficient information on potential environmental impacts and offer the public an opportunity to give input to the decision-makers on the topics covered by the plan/EIS. The NPS and FWS Regional Directors, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, will use the results of the process to select an alternative for implementation.
The EIS involves in-depth public engagement, analysis of existing scientific studies and analysis of the potential impacts of grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades ecosystem.
A Brief history of grizzly bear recovery in the U.S. and in the North Cascades:
- 1975 – Grizzly bear listed as threatened species, lower 48 states under Endangered Species Act.
- 1980 – Grizzly bear listed as an endangered species by State of Washington.
- 1982 – National Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan approved by FWS; revised in 1993.
- 1983 – Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee established.
- 1991 – 9,800 square miles of North Cascades ecosystem in Washington State identified as adequate habitat for grizzly bears. Grizzly bears are confirmed in locations from just north of Interstate 90 to the international border.
- 1991 – The decision was made by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee during their winter 1991 meeting to recover grizzly bears in the North Cascades.
- 1993 – Detailed habitat evaluation of the North Cascades ecosystem published.
- 1997 – North Cascades chapter added to National Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.
- 2004 –Grizzly bear recovery plan completed for the British Columbia portion of North Cascades ecosystem.
- 2014 – NPS/FWS begin Environmental Impact Statement on grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades ecosystem.