Rep. Newhouse statement on Interior’s new guidance on North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan / Environmental Impact Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on new guidance from the U.S. Department of Interior, the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) advising that NPS and FWS would seek further stakeholder input to inform the planning and decision-making process related to the North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before any decision is made on the proposal:

 “I am very pleased with the guidance from National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Department of Interior that NPS and FWS will take additional time to seek further stakeholder input in response to concerns I have raised on behalf of my constituents,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Local communities must be allowed to give input before any decision is made. The communities most affected by the North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement are stakeholders whose voices must be taken into account, and I appreciate the willingness of the involved federal agencies to listen.”

 The DOI/NPS/FWS guidance reads: “The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are continuing analysis related to the North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). In response to requests from stakeholders, including specific inquiries from Congressman Dan Newhouse, the two bureaus are taking appropriate additional time to consider and evaluate further stakeholder input to inform the planning and decision making process. Public input, reliance on the best available science, and coordination with affected communities, agencies, and organizations will be critical before any decision is made.”
 

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