If the concept of rewilding interests you, be sure to tune into a special Google Hangout discussion on the recovery of grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) this coming Friday March 20th at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT).
North Cascades National Park, considered the “wild nearby” for its incredible scenery and wildlife, is also at the center of an opportunity being led by the National Park Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Forest Service to restore a grizzly bear population.
Recovering these rare bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem would be a gift of the natural world to ours and future generations. It also provides a rare opportunity to recover all of the large native wildlife that were present prior to the turn of the 19th century.
Join the National Parks Conservation Association and special guests to learn more about grizzly bears, their importance to creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems, the history leading up to the current public process, and how you can get involved.
- Bill Gaines, Ph.D., Wildlife Ecologist and Director of the Washington Conservation Science Institute. Gaines has been involved in the grizzly bear recovery efforts in the North Cascades for the past 25 years.
- Chris Morgan, Ecologist, bear specialist, author, filmmaker and TV host. Chris has spent more than 20 years working as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide, and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist.
- Joe Scott, International Conservation Director, Conservation Northwest
- Rob Smith, Northwest Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association
Note: A Gmail account is not required to watch the live discussion, but you do need to be logged into Gmail to share your questions with the panelists.
Tune in to the discussion here…