The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, coupled with the U.S. Forestry Service, are hosting four meetings around our area to discuss a subject that is definitely unique. The topic at hand is the “Mountain Goat Management Plan.”
Residents of NW Washington are encouraged to attend any of the four meetings, in order to learn about a proposal to move mountain goats from Olympic National Forest over to the North Cascades. The meetings will be hosted in Darrington, Sedro Woolley, North Bend and Sultan.
Per the WDFW website:
The National Park Service, in collaboration with the two agencies [mentioned above], has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for a mountain goat management plan to remove them from Olympic National Park to reduce damage to the park's natural resources – especially native vegetation – and to protect public safety.
The preferred alternative in the draft EIS calls for relocating some of the mountain goats from the park and nearby Forest Service lands to their native habitat in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests.
The Park Service is expected to issue a final EIS this spring.
Meetings are scheduled for:
- Tuesday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
Mt. Baker Ranger District Office, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
810 State Route 20
- Sedro Woolley
- Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Darrington Library Meeting Room
1005 Cascade St.
(Note: The presentation will be made during the last segment of the meeting of Darrington Strong)
- Thursday, March 22, 7 to 9 p.m.
Snoqualmie Ranger District Office, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
902 SE North Bend Way
- Monday, March 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Sultan City Hall Meeting Room
319 Main St., #200