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Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

Contentious proposals to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state are once again open for public comment.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

After an abrupt halt, the process that would bring grizzly bears back to North Cascades National Park is back on

Grizzly bears may yet roam the Washington Cascades, after a pair of federal agencies unexpectedly announced Thursday they would reopen the process of considering how reintroduction might happen.


North Cascades Highway opens Thursday

The scenic North Cascades Highway will open at 9 a.m., Thursday.


Six rare fishers released in North Cascades

Six rare, and elusive carnivores were introduced to the North Cascades, Wednesday.


Flying excrement: Forest service uses helicopters to remove human waste from North Cascades

U.S. Forest Service personnel, with the help of Wilderness Rangers, Climbing Rangers and wild land firefighters, among others, hauled thousands of pounds of human waste out of the Enchantments in …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018

Study confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited North Cascades

A National Parks Service report confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited the North Cascades.


House votes to block money to bring grizzlies back to North Cascades

The federal government would be barred from spending money to move grizzly bears into Washington’s North Cascades in the coming fiscal year, under an amendment approved Thursday by the U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018

Grizzly plan could move forward with new option

An alternative approach could give officials more flexibility in dealing with grizzly bears if they are reintroduced to the North Cascades.


Wildfires delay efforts to return fishers to North Cascades

A state-led effort to return the weasel-like fishers to Washington’s North Cascades has been delayed because of the massive wildfires in British Columbia.


Team effort boosts hikers 60 miles over Whatcom Pass in North Cascades

Three days into a strenuous trek deep into the middle of North Cascades National Park, my hiking partner Matt asked, “Has this trip been on your bucket list for a …


Backpack hiking through North Cascades difficult but worth the effort

Three days into a strenuous trek deep into the middle of North Cascades National Park, my hiking partner Matt asked, “Has this trip been on your bucket list for a …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017

Ellensburg cops climb Washington five highest volcanoes – in five days

When the dust settled from their flurry of climbing and driving, including an initial 36-hour run with no sleep, two law enforcement officers from Ellensburg had scaled Washington’s five tallest …


Feds seeking input on North Cascades grizzly bear plan

Federal officials want residents to weigh in on their proposals to restore the population of grizzly bears to the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington.


Feds draft plan to restore grizzly bears to North Cascades

Federal officials released a draft plan this week for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.


Field reports: Majority support grizzly restoration in Cascades

ENDANGERED – A majority of people and organizations who commented on an environmental impact statement studying the restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades favor the return of the …


Lake Chelan hikers earn sweet reward in 18-mile trek to Stehekin

Stehekin is a Northwest classic backcountry destination at the end of Lake Chelan, accessible by boat and floatplane and, most deliciously, by foot. Hikers who tough out an 18-mile trail …


Retired forester Ken Hires finds calling in national parks

Ken Hires is living large in the great outdoors, satisfying his equal enjoyment of nature, wildlife and people. Since retiring from the Washington Department of Natural Resources in 2000, Hires …


Park Service to study grizzly reintroduction

SEATTLE — The National Park Service says it has launched a three-year process to determine whether to reintroduce grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.


Roughing it: Readers’ tales of encounters with bears, peaks

Readers of The Spokesman-Review responded with tales of high adventure, family bonding and close encounters with bears when we asked them to share their stories and photos of memorable 2013 …


Field reports: Alpine Lakes bill back in Congress

WILDERNESS – The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act has been reintroduced in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) , Rep. Dave Reichert …


Some families went extra mile on summer vacations

They couldn’t be with him every step of the way, but Robin Johnson’s family was along for the journey as he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this season. The emotional …


Cameras track rebounding species

Washington’s wild areas are becoming more diverse and interesting as several furbearing species – wolverine, fisher and sea otter – slowly recover some of their former range. Here are three …