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February 10, 2017

Commissioners seek your feedback about grizzly restoration options at Feb. 22 meeting

Grizzly bears could return to the North Cascades – or not. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, and will present information on the alternatives and how to submit formal public comment at a meeting Feb. 22 with the Skagit County Board of Commissioners.

The public meeting is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

Skagit County Commissioners want to hear feedback on the proposed options from members of the public, but formal public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement will not be accepted. Instead, representatives from the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will explain their process for submitting formal public comment.

More information about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, including dates and times of additional open houses, and information about submitting public comment is available online at:https://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsOpenForReview.cfm?parkID=327&projectID=44144

Comments may also be submitted through March 14, 2017, via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent’s Office, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284