Final Addendum to Environmental Assessment for the
Fire Management Plan on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
The Service is seeking public comment on a draft addendum to the previously approved Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Fire Management Plan for Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau County, Wisconsin. The addendum clarifies actions to be taken under the selected alternative for the refuge's Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.
The approved Fire Management Plan and EA did not sufficiently describe the need for mechanical fuels treatments to properly treat refuge vegetation and conduct habitat management activities that are vital to the refuge’s wildlife conservation mission. The addendum to the EA specifies types of mechanical fuels treatments that would be used on the refuge, including but not limited to timber harvesting, chipping, hydro-axe use, hauling of forest products and biomass use, mowing, and stump removal.
The addendum also describes a proposed fuels break project along the refuge’s 13.3-mile eastern boundary. This project would help to mitigate the fire danger and wildfire risk to the local community by reducing fuel loadings (fire hazards such as excessive vegetation) and providing a safety buffer separating the refuge from adjacent lands.
The addendum is available below along with proposed project maps and the final Environmental Assessment, which was approved on March 22, 2002. Comments on the addendum will be accepted until June 28, 2004. The public may mail comments to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, W7996 20th St., West, Necedah, WI 54646-7531, Attn: Larry Wargowsky, Refuge Manager. Comments may also be faxed to the refuge at (608) 565-3160.
Fire Break Map - Area 1
Fire Break Map - Area 2
Fire Break Map - Area 3
Fire Break Map - Area 4