NOTICE (7/7/2020): U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced July 7, 2020 that the Department of the Interior will not move forward with a new Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan for the North Cascades Ecosystem and the associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Click here to read more.

North Cascades Subcommittee Membership

  • Kristin Bail (Chair) Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Karen Taylor-Goodrich North Cascades National Park 
  • Brendan Brokes  Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
  • Hannah Anderson Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 
  • Gregg Kurz U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Jamie Kingsbury Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Jim Brown Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife


  • John Rohrer (Chair) Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Wayne Kasworm U.S. Fish & 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
  • Gregg Kurz U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Information, Education & Outreach Subcommittee

  • Denise Schultz North Cascades National Park
  • Ann Froschauer US Fish and Wildlife Service

Subcommittee Meetings

Refer to the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting information

Meeting Summaries

Policy, Management and Research Reports


NEPA Process and Documents

An Environmental Impact Statement is underway to evaluate alternatives for how to restore a viable grizzly bear population in the North Cascades Recovery Area. 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. For the latest information on the EIS, visit here.

A brief history of grizzly bear recovery in the U.S. and in the North Cascades: 

North Cascades Ecosystem Description