Mount Baker: Whatcom • Skagit • SanJuan

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Candidate Endorsements
> Support Grizzly Restoration!
> Skagit County Conservation Successes
> San Juan Island Destination Management Plan


                      MBG Candidate Endorsements

In each election cycle, the Mt Baker Group creates an Endorsements Committee, which sends questionnaires to local candidates and then interviews candidates that have responded. This process results in a list of endorsed candidates. This year's list includes:

Kim Lund - Bellingham Mayor
Russ Whidbee - Bellingham City Council, At-Large Seat
Satpal Sidhu - Whatcom County Executive
Jon Scanlon - Whatcom County Council, At-Large Seat
Jackie Dexter - Whatcom County Council, District 5
Ryan Walters - Anacortes City Council




                                      Mt. Baker and the Coleman Pinnacle
                                                   Photo by Ned Vasquez


                Grizzlies Need Your Help!

Approximately 100 people joined a Zoom Webinar on October 18 to participate in a presentation by grizzly bear expert Chris Servheen, a biologist who was instrumental in grizzly recovery in Montana. He explained the process for grizzly restoration in the North Cascades and mechanisms for keeping both bears and humans safe.
If you were unable to attend, click the Grizzly Webinar button below to view this excellent session.


Grizzly Webinar




North Cascades grizzly restoration is at a critical juncture and your help is needed! On September 28, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft plan to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem, a region they once roamed for thousands of years. The public is invited to submit comments on the proposal through November 13, 2023.

Three restoration alternatives are being considered, with the latter two involving the placement of approximately 5 bears per year for 5 to 10 years. The ultimate recovery goal of 200 bears would require 60-100 years to achieve.

We encourage you to support Alternative 2 (restoration with Endangered Species Act protection) or Alternative 3 (restoration with designation as an experimental population that provides more flexibility in managing bears that come into conflict with humans).

Click the Grizzly Action button below to provide comments.


Grizzly Action