North Cascade grizzly bear plans reopened for public comment


The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service announced this week that they will reopen public comment on plans to restore endangered Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades. The two agencies restart the process to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which is intended to restore the nearly extinct grizzly bear population.

Ryan Zinke

The process was halted late last year when former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suspended the public comment period without explaining why. The Grizzly plans have been contentious since first introduced two years ago. Chelan County Commissioner Doug England has been outspoken with his concerns .

North Cascade grizzly bear plan reopened for public comment

North Cascade grizzly bear plan reopened for public comment

Environmental groups such as Conservation Northwest supports the Grizzly plans. Spokesman Chase Gunnell responded to critic’s concerns . . .

North Cascades grizzly plan reopened for public comment

North Cascades grizzly plan reopened for public comment

In a news release the group says it “welcomes the new comment period if it leads to the completion of the FEIS and concrete actions to recover the iconic grizzly bear.”

Congressman Dan Newhouse

4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse said he was glad the Department of the Interior is seeking local public comments on this issue. In a news release He encouraged residents of Central Washington to make their voices heard loud and clear so that, in his words, the administration will end this misguided proposal once and for all.”

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.