For this re-opened comment period, the draft restoration plan and EIS are identical to the one on which many of you commented in 2017. Those comments remain valid. Nonetheless, if the ESA is to be upheld and the North Cascades are to ever again have their full complement of species, it’s important to send individual comment letters briefly describing why grizzly restoration matters to you and supporting one of the plan’s action alternatives, such as Alternative C. Remember that if this approach to supplementing the tiny existing population (if any) of grizzlies is implemented, several human generations will pass before a viable population again inhabits the wild North Cascades, an area the size of Massachusetts. Generations from now, sighting a grizzly in these mountains will still be a rare event indeed.
For background information and instructions on commenting, go to https://www.northcascadesgrizzly.org/ (Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear) and https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=327&projectID=44144&documentID=97321. The deadline is October 24, 2019.