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

September 25, 2012

Public Comments Invited Concerning Fire Management Planning for Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a Supplement to the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the 2009 Fire Management Plan for Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges as part of the process in revising this plan. This revision is needed to ensure the Fire Management Plan more accurately describes how the refuges will choose fuel treatment intervals and locations in light of the significant stresses the refuges are undergoing with drought, coastal storms, wildfires, and compounding effects from sea level rise. The revision will also reform the plan to conform to the newest interagency template approved by National Wildfire Coordinating Group and FWS guidance. The plan considers all aspects of fire management on the refuges, from wildfire suppression to prescribed fire. A thirty-day comment period was announced earlier via the refuge web page and fliers in local post offices. Several local organizations have requested additional time to comment.

The Service is seeking comments on the Supplement to the EA and the draft 2012 Fire Management Plan. A link to the Supplement to the EA and the draft 2012 Fire Management Plan is available on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge website, http://www.fws.gov/alligatorriver. Hard copies of the documents are available for viewing at the Dare County libraries (Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, and Hatteras) and at the North Carolina Refuges Visitor Center in Manteo (100 Conservation Way).

Comments should be sent to Kelley Van Druten, PO Box 1969, Manteo, North Carolina 27954, or you may send comments by electronic mail to kelley_vandruten@fws.gov with a subject line, “Draft FMP Comments.” Please include your name and home address or e-mail address in the message. To be considered in the development of the final 2012 Fire Management Plan, comments must be postmarked or emailed before 4 pm. on October 13, 2012.

Call Kelley Van Druten at 252-473-1132 extension 235 for more information.

Link to the public notice and relevant documents.