Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Process. The EIS process will be managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and other agencies. A range of recovery strategies and alternatives will be considered and local communities, residents, and stakeholders will have opportunities for input on the development and selection of the strategy.
1994 promotional video for a Cascades International Park, by Cascades International Alliance - produced for a conference of the same name at the University of Washington. The international Park proposal began as part of the campaign to stop High Ross Dam and preserve the greater ecosystem, and although it never came to fruition, the guiding principles have been taken up by the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission. Contains some of the only known video footage of Harvey Manning.
SCA, Student Conservation Association
The BC government lists grizzly bears in the Cascades, Garibaldi/Pitt River, Stein/Nahatlatch Rivers and Squamish/Lillooet populations as threatened species. Provincial experts estimate that there are fewer than 35 grizzly bears on the east slopes of the BC Coast Range and the Cascades in the area stretching from Lillooet to I-90 in Washington. A new program has been set up to ask the public to report grizzly bear sightings because each individual grizzly is important in understanding location and movement of these populations.
In July 2012, a collaboration of environmental groups launched the effort to enlist public support in documenting rare sightings of grizzly bears in southwestern British Columbia. Staff and volunteers from Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning (HMCOL), BC Nature and Conservation Northwest distributed informational posters at retail outlets, trailheads, public buildings, First Nations facilities, government and industry offices and other locations through the summer of 2012. Sighting reports were coming in the first month of operation through a toll-free telephone number. Phone messages were screened by HMCOL personnel and forwarded on to BC government and Conservation Northwest biologists.
Supporting one of its key mandates of preserving, protecting and restoring natural resources within southwest British Columbia, Hope Mountain Centre continues daily monitoring of the toll-free line. Continuous monitoring ensures a quick screening of calls and rapid notification to BC Ministry of Environment staff in Victoria and in the field. A telephone message greets callers with instructions on how to report a grizzly sighting and to leave a message. HMCOL follows up with callers for additional information as needed. A standard report and mapped location package are completed and sent on to government staff for follow up.
Twelve sightings were reported throughout the area of interest in southwest BC during the summer and fall of 2012—some accompanied with photos and impressive video footage. Sightings include evidence of recent activity as well as live bears. Four “historical” sightings were also reported from 2011. Past sightings are important for tracking grizzly bear abundance and distribution through time.
Hikers, climbers, hunters, fishers, photographers, loggers and ranchers – anyone who is recreating or working in the mountains—can potentially contribute. Every verified sighting contributes to knowledge of southwest BC’s grizzly bears which in turn helps scientists understand vulnerability to local extinction.
The Grizzly Bear sightings hotline is at 1-855-GO-GRIZZ or 1-855-464-7499. For more information, go to http://westernwildlife.org/bc-grizzly-bears-report-a-sighting/