Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

October 11, 2012

Public Comments Invited Concerning Refuge Compatibility Determination for NCDOT Requested Special Use Permit Relating to the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project

Scott Lanier, Acting Refuge Manager for Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, announced today the call for public comments concerning a draft Compatibility Determination recently released. The N. C. Department of Transportation requested a new Permit from Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge for the purpose of a minor modification of the existing right-of-way for North Carolina Highway 12 within the Refuge and temporary construction easements within the Refuge for the purpose of replacing the existing Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (Bridge No. 11) over Oregon Inlet.

Federal wildlife refuges are required to determine the compatibility of any proposed refuge use with the mission of the national wildlife refuge system and the purpose for which a particular refuge was established. A draft compatibility determination was issued for public review in February 2012. Subsequent to comments on that draft and revisions to the NCDOT permit request, a revised draft compatibility determination has been issued.

The refuge is seeking public comment with regard to benefits and impacts from issuing the Special Use Permit. Please send comments to Refuge Manager, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, P. O. Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954 or email them to mike_bryant@fws.gov. Copies of the revised draft Compatibility Determination are available at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC); at the Dare County Public Libraries in Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, and Hatteras; and on-line at http://www.fws.gov/peaisland. For additional information, contact Dennis Stewart, Refuge Biologist at (252) 473-1132 ext 231. All comments must be received no later than close of business (4:00 PM) on October 31.