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Protecting our national parks for present and future generations.
Protecting our national parks for present and future generations.

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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, an area of nearly 10,000 square miles of protected public land, including the national park, 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.  

Grizzly bears, of which less than twenty likely remain in the North Cascades Ecosystem, have long been an important cultural symbol for local Native American tribes, as well as playing an important ecological role for the health of the environment and other animal species.

Join the National Parks Conservation Association and special guests, including TV host and bear specialist Chris Morgan, 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. 

Opportunities will also be available for you to ask questions of our panel.

Panelists:
• 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
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Wouldn’t a trip to the desert be wonderful right now? Get NPCA’s tips for visiting Natural Bridges in Utah: http://parkb.it/dg-nabr

Photo: Sipapu Natural Bridge (second largest natural bridge in the world) (c) Megan Cantrell/NPCA
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Plan a trip to Canyonlands National Park with tips from NPCA in our new Desert Getaway series: http://parkb.it/dg-cany
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Trivia challenge: Can you name the two US national parks where scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy were filmed? http://parkb.it/tcstw
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Two terrible development proposals threaten the Grand Canyon, but here’s why it’s too soon to take action--yet: http://parkb.it/2tgrca

Photo credit: Ilex Image - istock
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Trivia challenge: What historic site commemorates the completion of the transcontinental railroad 145 years ago? http://parkb.it/tcnhs14
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Can art change the world? This painter was critical in the creation of Yellowstone National Park 142 years ago: http://parkb.it/yltym
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Did you know? Next month is Oil History Month. See the first U.S. oil well & learn how it changed modern life: http://parkb.it/ocnp14
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Happy 150th, Yosemite National Park! Check out NPCA's 4+ favorite ways to celebrate: http://parkb.it/y150t
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