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Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Conducts Listening Station for Draft Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment

Region 3, September 27, 2012
Mingo Refuge Manager Ben Mense discussing the draft hunting plan alternatives with an interested hunter.
Mingo Refuge Manager Ben Mense discussing the draft hunting plan alternatives with an interested hunter. - Photo Credit: n/a

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is currently in the process of revising the refuge hunt plan. To allow for public review, a 30-day comment period for Mingo’s Draft Hunting Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment began on September 17, 2012. To make it more convenient for people to comment on the Draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment, Mingo Refuge staff conducted a Listening Station on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

The Listening Station was held at the VFW in the nearby town of Puxico from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During this time the refuge supplied copies of the draft documents for those interested and refuge staff was available to answer any questions related to the draft documents. Large maps of the refuge were also printed out to provide participants with a good visual of the hunt area, which included the proposed changes detailed in the Draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment. Comment sheets were provided to all participants so that they could voice their opinion on the hunting opportunities at Mingo Refuge. While the listening station was only a one day occurrence, the public commenting period remains open until October 17, 2012. Using the Listening Station and Public Comment Period, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is able to involve the public in developing future plans for the refuge.

Contact Info: Peter Rea, 573-222-3589, peter_rea@fws.gov