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Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative

Conservation Northwest's is recovering grizzly bears regionally, protecting individual bears, connecting critical core habitats, and working across borders with British Columbia.

Grizzly bear, remote camera, near Manning Park
Grizzly bear, remote camera, near Manning Park

We're to helping revive grizzly bear populations regionally by protecting individual bears and critical core and connected habitats and working across borders into British Columbia.

The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative aims to protect southwest BC's five most threatened grizzly bear populations.

Despite having extensive areas of prime habitat, the North Cascades of Washington and British Columbia are today home to less than two dozen grizzly bears. Grizzly bears, including those in the North Cascades, have slow reproductive rates and have not yet recovered from decades of persecution and over-hunting.

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Grizzly bears in the cross-border Cascades are one of several highly threatened grizzly bear populations in the region that will need our help, and the help of Canadian and US governments, to survive.

Ensuring a future for bears

To ensure a future for Cascades grizzly bears, Conservation Northwest:

  • Collaborates with partners in the Fraser River basin in BC, including First Nations, government, commercial interests and community groups.
  • Educates the public to keep their communities clean and free of bear attractants and to report grizzly bear sightings.
  • Works with government and industry to manage backcountry roads and motorized access to grizzly bear habitat, since grizzly bear deaths are most often associated with roads.
  • Collaborates with First Nations in BC on strategies and technologies to maintain their cultural and subsistence values. This and the economic self-determination for First Nations are inextricably bound to vital ecosystems and healthy wildlife populations. 
  • Encourages US wildlife agencies and Washington State's Congressional leaders to support recovery for North Cascades grizzly bears.

Grizzlies are an umbrella species, their presence cascades down the line for many other species. From an original cartoon drawing by Chad CroweUmbrella species to many more

As "umbrella" species, grizzly bears are a strong surrogate for the conservation of hundreds of other plants and animals. Protecting the habitats that allow the bear the freedom to roam and thrive also benefit mule deer, wolverines, elk and mountain goats, and many more wildlife.

Protecting the roadless watersheds that nurture the grizzly bear helps ensure clean water, solitude, and recreational opportunities for everyone.  "What's good for bear is good for people."

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