Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Public Meeting to be Held on Proposed Restoration Project for South Farallon Islands

May 10, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Date: May 9, 2011     

Contact: Doug Cordell, (510) 774-4080, doug_cordell@fws.gov

Public Meeting to be Held on Proposed Restoration Project for South Farallon Islands
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Input on Environmental Issues to Address

NEWARK, Cailf. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) announced today that it will hold a May 12 public scoping meeting to solicit input on its proposed action to help restore the ecosystem of the South Farallon Islands by eradicating non-native house mice. The invasive mouse species poses a threat to one of the most important seabird colonies in the world, attracting predators of the birds to the islands.

The public scoping meeting will be held from 6 to 8pm at Fort Mason, Building 201, in San Francisco’s Marina District. Parking is available on site, and signs will direct attendees to the meeting room.

On April 13, 2011, the Service published a Federal Register Notice of Intent (NOI) to develop a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) outlining and analyzing alternatives for addressing the problem of invasive house mice on the South Farallon Islands, part of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. At this time, the Service is soliciting public comments on issues to be addressed in the draft EIS. A copy of the NOI is available for public review at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-13/html/2011-8813.htm.

Public comment on the NOI can be submitted in writing via:
• Mail: South Farallon Islands NEPA Scoping Comments, c/o Gerry McChesney, Farallon NWR Manager, 9500 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA 94560
• Email: sfbaynwrc@fws.gov
• Fax: (510) 745-9285
Respondents should include the heading “South Farallon Islands NEPA Scoping Comments.”
 
The islands of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge host the largest seabird breeding colony in the U.S. outside of Alaska and Hawaii. Twenty-five percent of California’s breeding seabirds, with more than 300,000 individuals of 13 species, can be found there. About 50 percent of the world’s population of the rare Ashy Storm-Petrel (listed as a Species of Management Concern by the Service and Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature) breed on the islands. More information and updates on the project can be found at www.restorethefarallones.org.

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