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

February 23, 2012

Fish and Wildlife Service Makes Bonner Bridge Right-of-Way Draft Compatibility Determination Available for Public Review

Refuge Manager Mike Bryant announced today that the DRAFT COMPATIBILITY DETERMINATION on NCDOT REQUEST for N. C. HIGHWAY 12 RIGHT-Of-WAY PERMIT for the replacement of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is available for public review and comment until March 14, 2012. The work proposed will be conducted on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Comments are being sought on the benefits and impacts from issuing a Right-of-Way Permit.

Federal wildlife refuges are required by law to determine the compatibility of any proposed use with the mission of the national wildlife refuge system and the purpose for which a particular refuge was established. “The mission of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is to protect migratory birds and other native wildlife and their breeding grounds and habitat for the benefit of the American people,” stated Bryant. He added, “We want the community to be informed about the work being proposed and to have an opportunity to weigh in on the pros and cons of that work.”

If you wish to review the Draft Compatibility Determination, copies are available at the Refuge administrative office at 708 North Highway 64/264, Manteo, N.C., on the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge web site at http://www.fws.gov/peaisland, and at the Dare County Public Libraries. Written comments may be sent to: Refuge Manager, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, N.C. 27954 or emailed to dennis_stewart@fws.gov.

All comments must be submitted no later than close of business (4:00 PM) on March 14, 2012. If you need additional information, please contact Refuge Biologist Dennis Stewart at (252) 473-1131 X231.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.