BOZEMAN, MT – The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) will hold its fall meeting in Cody, Wyoming on November 16 & 17, 2016 and invites the public to attend.

The meeting will start at 1:00 PM and will be held at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West located at 720 Sheridan Avenue in Cody. The public is welcome to attend all sessions and time for public comments will be included before the meeting is scheduled to end at the end of each day’s session. The meeting will be conducted by Chair Mary Erickson, Forest Supervisor of the Custer/Gallatin National Forest. Presentations will highlight the work that has been done on updating the Conservation Strategy and discussions will continue on remaining unresolved items.

The Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear recovery area includes all of Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, as well as portions of northwest Wyoming, eastern Idaho, and southwest Montana. Other federal lands include the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests (NF), The Bridger-Teton NF, Caribou-Targhee NF, and the Custer, Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests. Federally-managed lands make up 97.9 percent of the recovery area’s 9,209 square miles.

A multiagency organization charged with recovery of the grizzly in the Yellowstone ecosystem, YES is part of the IGBC, which is responsible for grizzly bear recovery in the contiguous United States and adjoining Canadian Provinces. YES is made up of federal, state, county, and tribal agency partners.

Individuals requiring special assistance can contact Gregg Losinski at glosinski@idfg.idaho.gov or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD). A copy of the meeting agenda is posted at the YES portion of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee website at http://tinyurl.com/YESfall16. Minutes from past IGBC Meetings and all the recovery subcommittees can also be found there as well.

The IGBC annual winter meeting has been scheduled for December 13 & 14 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula, Missoula, Montana.

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