Selkirk Ecosystem Map, Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Selkirk Mountain Ecosystem[1] is the larger area surround the Recovery Zone, which is located in northeastern Washington, northern Idaho and southern British Columbia, Canada. The Recover Zone includes approximately 2,200 square miles of which approximately 1,040 square miles is within British Columbia, Canada. Within the United States portion of the ecosystem, the Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests, and the Idaho Department of Lands administer public lands.

The Selkirk ecosystem is fairly well defined by geographical boundaries, which includes the Selkirk Mountains bounded by Kootenay Lake and the Kootenai River on the north and east, and the Salmon and Pend Oreille Rivers on the west and south. There are currently believed to be at least 70-80 grizzly bears in the Selkirk Recovery Zone with numbers approximately equally divided between the Canadian and U.S. portions of the ecosystems.

For more information about the Selkirk ecosystem, visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Grizzly Bear Recovery page.

[1] The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has not defined ecosystem boundaries for any of the ecosystems across the lower-48 States.

Selkirk/Cabinet-Yaak Subcommittee

The Selkirk/Cabinet-Yaak Subcommittee represents both ecosystems and meets biannually to coordinate grizzly bear recovery efforts.