Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Public Open Houses for Draft Management Plan for Hopper Mountain, Bitter Creek, and Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuges Announced

May 08, 2012

May 8, 2012

Contact:  Michael Woodbridge, 805-256-5423

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Public Open Houses for Draft Management Plan for Hopper Mountain, Bitter Creek, and Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuges

15-Year Management Plan Affects Three California Condor-Focused Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex will host open house-style public meetings in Ventura and Taft to answer questions about and gather input from the public on the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Assessment for Hopper Mountain, Bitter Creek, and Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuges (Draft CCP/EA). The Draft CCP/EA articulates conservation issues and proposed management direction for the three California condor-focused refuges for the next 15 years. The Service will analyze and address comments in the final CCP/EA.

The Ventura, CA, open house will be held on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA, 93003.  Refuge staff will be available at several information stations located in the meeting room to answer questions and collect input. You are encouraged to drop in at any time.

The Taft, CA, open house will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Historic Fort Taft, main auditorium, 915 North 10th Street, Taft, CA, 93268. Refuge staff will be available at several information stations located in the meeting room to answer questions and collect input. You are encouraged to drop in at any time.

The open houses are not the only opportunity for public comment. Public comments are welcomed via e-mail, fax, U.S. mail, or in-person any time before the close of the comment period on June 11, 2012. Written comments are welcomed at the meetings and may also be submitted by mail, e-mail or fax to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Refuge Planning, Attn:  Sandy Osborn, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1832, Sacramento, CA, 95825; fax 916-414-6497 or e-mail fw8plancomments@fws.gov.

More information about the CCP and public meetings is available by contacting Michael Woodbridge, Hopper Mountain NWR Complex, at (805) 644-5185 or visiting the Refuge Complex website at:  www.fws.gov/hoppermountain.

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