Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service Seeks Public Input On Comprehensive Conservation Plan For Wildlife Management Areas at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Nov 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Greg Mensik or Matt Hamman, Willows, CA 530-934-2801
November 16, 2009

 U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input On Comprehensive Conservation Plan For Wildlife Management Areas

WILLOWS, CALIF.-- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public input on Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Butte Sink, Willow Creek-Lurline, and North Central Valley Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  These three WMAs include both Service-owned lands and private lands protected with Service conservation easements and are located in Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin counties of California’s Central Valley. 

As a critical first step, the Service is soliciting public comment regarding any ideas, concerns, changes, or potential impacts that they feel should be considered in developing long-term management goals, objectives, and strategies. 

 Wetland, upland and riparian habitats on WMAs provide food, water and cover for a diverse array of wildlife species.  Those benefiting include both plants and animals whether endangered or abundant, resident or migratory, game or non-game. The purpose of the CCP is to describe how the easement program and associated Service-owned lands can best be managed to continue benefiting plants, wildlife and people over the next 15 years.  

The public are invited to meet with Service representatives to discuss their ideas, suggestions, and concerns regarding the three WMAs at the following scheduled open houses:

Dec. 1, 2009
6 p.m to 8 p.m.
Colusa Fairgrounds
1303 10th Street
Colusa, CA

Dec. 2, 2009
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gridely Community Center
200 East Spruce Street
Gridley, CA

Dec. 3, 2009
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
45211 Country Road 32B
Davis, CA

The public comment period will extend until January 15, 2010.  In addition to submission at any one of the open house meetings, comments can also be mailed to Jackie Ferrier, Refuge Planner, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 752 County Road 99W, Willows, California, 95988 or submitted via electronic mail to: Jackie_Ferrier@fws.gov. A newsletter describing the planning process and resources of the WMAs is also available by contacting our office or by visiting the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s website at: http://sacramentovalleyrefuges.fws.gov.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.