Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service Releases Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Humboldt Bay and Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuges

Dec 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       Contacts: Eric T. Nelson, Refuge Manager, 707-733-5406
December 18, 2009                            Sean Brophy, Visitor Services Asst.,  707-733-5406

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Humboldt Bay and Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has completed the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Final Environmental Assessment (CCP/Final EA) for the Humboldt Bay and Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges) and is making the plan and its accompanying Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) available to the public.

“The CCP outlines how the Service will fulfill its legal purposes at the Refuges and contribute to the National Wildlife Refuge System’s wildlife, habitat and visitor service goals.” said Eric Nelson, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s Project Leader.  “Implementation of the CCP will occur incrementally, as funding allows, for the next 15 years.”

The Refuges are part of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex and are located in Humboldt and Del Norte counties on California’s north coast.  The Refuges’ wetland, upland, and riparian habitats 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 CCP provides the framework for the Humboldt Bay NWR to continue to restore and maintain habitat for threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and native fish, wildlife, and plants.  The Refuge is also open to compatible wildlife-dependent public uses including hunting, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, and environmental education.  Castle Rock NWR is a 14-acre island located in Del Norte County, less than a mile offshore, northwest of Crescent City.  Castle Rock NWR hosts one of the largest and most diverse colonies of breeding seabirds on the Pacific coast and is closed to the public.  For Castle Rock NWR, the CCP includes a recommendation for wilderness designation.  If approved by the Service’s Director, the wilderness designation would afford additional protections for the fragile breeding habitat on the island.   

Copies of the CCP/Final EA and FONSI are available on the Internet at: https://fws.gov/humboldtbay/ccp/html or by contacting Sandy Osborn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge Planning, 2800 Cottage Way, W-1832, California 95825, (916) 414-6503 (telephone) or fw8plancomments@fws.gov (E-mail); please include “Humboldt Bay CCP” in the subject line.  Copies of the document have also been placed in libraries in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, and Crescent City, California. 

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 in California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin, and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/cno.

More information about the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex is available on the Internet at: http://www.fws.gov/humboldtbay.