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Service Begins Comprehensive Conservation Planning for Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada

Oct 26, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Guy Wagner (775) 779-2237
October 26, 2010

    Service Begins Comprehensive Conservation Planning for Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Elko, Nevada -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public meeting Wednesday, November 3, 2010 to receive public input on the future management of Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3650 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV  89801. 

The purpose of this meeting is to receive input from local residents, public agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders regarding issues they would like to see addressed during the development of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Refuge.  Information about the Refuge’s current management practices, its natural resources, and the CCP process will also be provided.  Topics to be addressed in the CCP will range from management of habitat and wildlife to public use opportunities at the Refuge.  When completed, the CCP will guide management of the Refuge for the next 15 years.

Ruby Lake was established in 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.  Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which supports the largest population of nesting canvasback ducks west of the Mississippi River outside of Alaska, is a vital waterfowl nesting area. 

Over 200 springs emanating from the base of the Ruby Mountains provide life-sustaining water to the 39,926-acre refuge.  The marsh is surrounded by 22,926 acres of meadows, grasslands, alkali playa, and shrub-steppe uplands.  Water elevations in some marsh units are controlled to provide nesting and feeding areas for waterfowl and other marsh bird species.  Vegetation in the meadows and grasslands is managed to provide nesting cover and feeding areas for wildlife.  Existing public uses include wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, environmental education, waterfowl hunting, and recreational fishing.

The public can also provide comments via email to fw8plancomments@fws.gov. For additional information regarding the meeting location and agenda, contact Mark Pelz, Chief, Refuge Planning, at 916 414 6504 or visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/rubylake/. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 552 national wildlife refuges.  The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.