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Grizzly bear recovery leaders to huddle in North Idaho

Grizzly bear recovery zones. (
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ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The multi-agency committee responsible for coordinating the recovery of grizzly bears in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will meet in the heart of the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak recovery areas this month.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's 2016 summer meeting is set for June 22-23 at the Kootenai River Lodge in Bonners Ferry.

The IGBC, created in 1983, has no regulatory authority. Rather, it coordinates government resources from agencies with a wide scope of missions to ensure recovery of the grizzly bear. 

Recovery efforts are focused on six ecosystems that were identified when the grizzly was listed in 1975 as a Threatened Species under Endangered Species Act protections.

Agenda topics include the North Cascade Recovery Area as a draft Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled to be released this fall.

The public is invited to attend the IGBC meeting and a time slot has been set aside at the end of each day for public comment. I

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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