2014 | Grant Amount: $20,000

Established in 1988, the Stephen Mather Wilderness encompasses nearly 94% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Stewardship of the area has been primarily guided by the 1989 Wilderness Management Plan. This plan became substantially outdated and needed to be revised to respond to a wide variety of issues and threats.

This project created the foundation for a new Wilderness Stewardship Plan by preparing a “State of the Stephen Mather Wilderness Report” for North Cascades National Park Complex.

The report was developed by compiling, analyzing and presenting a wide body of wilderness-related monitoring data and supporting information that have been collected over the years by NPS staffs. The report is for a wide variety of stakeholders, including the general public, NGOs, other state and federal agencies, and congress. The overarching goal is to educate and inspire the public as to current issues, threats and opportunities for protecting the Stephen Mather Wilderness and ensuring public enjoyment of the area. In so doing, it paves the way for initiating public scoping on a new Wilderness Stewardship Plan.