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Today’s Top Parkwire Story
7 July 2020
Bernhardt pulls plug on planning for reintroduction of grizzly bears at North Cascades NP
In a move quickly criticized as placing politics over science, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Tuesday brought a halt to work to help recover grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem.
"Grizzlies have been an integral part of the North Cascades ecosystem for 20,000 years but are now one of the most threatened populations in North America," said Rob Smith, the Northwest Region director for the National Parks Conservation Association. "This purely political decision ignores science, Park Service recommendations and overwhelming public support and instead threatens the very survival of one of the nation’s most famous wild creatures.
George Meléndez Wright was born in San Francisco, CA and in 1930 became the first chief of the wildlife division of the U.S. National Park Service. Under his vision and leadership, each park started to survey and evaluate the status of wildlife and to identify urgent problems. As one of the first and only latino staff for the Park Service, he was a true pioneer in celebrating diversity and working together across disciplines for our wildlife and wild places.
The George Wright Society was founded in 1980 in his honor, to continue the legacy of forward thinking and applied solutions in an ever changing environment.