This morning I submitted comments on a draft environmentl impact statement to restore grizzly bears in North Cascades National Park. The National Park Service proposes to bring the park population up to 200 bears. Interested? You can review the proposal and comment upon it here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/grizzliesdeis
If you want to read a sample (or see which restoration alternative I prefer, check out the comments I supmitted below.
I write in response to the Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement of January 2017, which I have studied.
During my sabbatical in 2016, I spent time in the North Cascades Ecosystem through the courtesy of the North Cascades Institute, which granted me a residency at the NCI Environmental Learning Center. During that time I became interested in the Grizzly Bear restoration plan, which I have mentioned in my forthcoming book, Nature Beyond Solitude: Notes from the Field, which will be published on March 15, 2020 by Cornell University Press.
After reviewing the various options, I support Alternative D, Expedited Restoration. Grizzly bears are resilient, highly adaptive animals, and they should easily adapt to the proposed population levels over a 25-year period.
A primary reason for my support of Alternative D is its forecast effect on ethnographic resources. As is stated in the draft environmental impact statement, full restoration of the bear population could be achieved within the lifetime of some tribal members. I believe this provides a worthwhile benefit, and I commend those who worked on the DEIS for these considerations.
Journal of Natural Hist. Ed.
Natural History Institute
Center for Humans & Nature