North Cascades Ecosystem

The North Cascades Ecosystem includes more than 9,000 square miles of Washington and British Columbia, but only a small grizzly population with few to none south of Canada.

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Home to lush forests and jagged peaks, the North Cascades offer prime protected grizzly habitat, but still await the return of a resident population. (Stock photo)

While Vital Ground has not pursued any conservation easements or land purchases in the North Cascades, our partner projects in the region have helped prepare the area for potential grizzly reintroduction. Learn more on our Conservation Partners page.

Grizzlies in the North Cascades:
• Current estimates do not reveal a stable population south of Canada, with only 5-10 bears periodically crossing the border
• Habitat cores include North Cascades National Park, E.C. Manning and Skagit Valley provincial parks, and large portions of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee national forests
• Communities in or adjacent to include: Seattle, Redmond, Everett, Bellingham, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Twisp, Chelan, and Wenatchee

Other Habitat Projects

in Grizzly Recovery Ecosystems

Vital Ground works to protect and restore habitat for wild grizzly populations in ecosystems where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated grizzly bear recovery zones and where state wildlife management agencies have placed an emphasis on conserving the species.