March 26, 2001

REFER TO:

DAN HUFF, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, (303) 236-8145 ext. 605

STEVE IOBST, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bison and Elk Planning Meetings to be Held in Riverton, Casper, Cheyenne, and Rock Springs

Four public meetings involving the development of a bison and elk management plan/ environmental impact statement for the National Elk Refuge (NER) and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) have been scheduled for Riverton, Casper, Cheyenne, and Rock Springs, Wyoming. The meetings will be conducted from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Riverton (April 16), at the Raddison Inn in Casper (April 17), at the Hitching Post in Cheyenne (April 18), and at the Western Wyoming College, Room 1302 in Rock Springs (April 19). Each meeting will begin with an introduction to the planning process, a brief history of elk and bison management in Jackson Hole, and the existing conditions of the elk and bison populations, their habitat, diseases in the populations, winter feeding program, and recreational opportunities. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will participate as a partner in the process. A question and answer period will follow providing an opportunity for participants to tell the agencies what they would like to see in the future with respect to bison and elk populations and their habitat. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The April meetings will be similar to meetings that were conducted in Jackson, Wyoming, on February 10 and March 10. Public comments received during these preliminary meetings can be viewed on the following website: http://nationalelkrefuge.fws.gov/. The planning team will send copies of that information to interested persons that do not have access to the internet.

For additional information, please contact Assistant Project Leader, Don DeLong at the National Elk Refuge (307-733-9212 ext. 235) or visit the website.

 

 

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