REFER TO: DAN HUFF, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE,
(303) 236-8145, EXT. 605
STEVE IOBST, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, (307) 739-3410

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2001

AGENCIES ANNOUNCE ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS FOR
                                     BISON AND ELK PLAN

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service (NPS) are leading development of
a management plan/environmental impact statement (EIS) for the bison and elk that utilize the National
Elk Refuge (NER) and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) near Jackson, WY. The EIS will analyze
management options for the NER and GTNP and how those options may impact natural resources, the
local and regional economy, missions of the agencies, and other interested stakeholders.

A series of "pre-scoping" and "scoping" meetings were held in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Arlington,
Virginia from February 10 through August 3, 2001, to discuss existing conditions, desired future conditions,
the planning process, and other issues. A wide range of issues were identified by a diverse group of
stakeholders.

The agencies have compiled the information collected from the public and are now asking for the publicís
assistance in developing the alternatives that will be considered in the EIS. The prescoping and scoping
meeting comments from the public can be found on the bison and elk plan website
http://bisonandelkplan.fws.gov. This website is a useful source of information on the backgound, issues,
planning process, and programs potentially affected by the EIS.

Alternative development meetings are planned for November 28 and 29, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, at the
following locations:

November 28, 2001 Riverton, WY Holiday Inn (900 East Street)

November 29, 2001 Jackson, WY Snow King Resort (400 E Snow King Ave)

For further information, send written comments, and/or requests (including additions to the mailing list) to
Don DeLong, Assistant Project Leader, Jackson Bison and Elk Management Planning Office,
P.O. Box 510, Jackson, Wyoming 83001, USA, or via email to bison/elk_planning@fws.gov. The project
phone number is 307-733-9212 extension 235.