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July 3, 2002
Contact: Laurie Shannon (303) 966-4843

Fish and Wildlife Service Sets Planning Process for Rocky Flats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced that it has established the public involvement process for the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the future Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. On December 28, 2001 President George W. Bush signed legislation to create a National Wildlife Refuge at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, following cleanup and closure of that Department of Energy facility.

The law charged the Service to prepare a CCP for Rocky Flats, and provide for public participation in that planning process. The plan will describe the future conditions of the wildlife refuge and provide direction to achieve the refuge’s legislative purposes. The Service’s process provides for extensive participation of the public and local communities, and was developed in consultation with the Rocky Flats Coalition of Local Governments, the State of Colorado and the Department of Energy. Refuge Manager Dean Rundle said, "The CCP will be the key plan for the Rocky Flats Refuge. We hope that all groups and individuals interested in the future of Rocky Flats will participate actively in the planning process".

The Service will hold public workshops in the communities of Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield, and Boulder throughout the planning process and will provide progress updates through a variety of media. The first public workshops will be held September 9, 10, 11, 12. For more information

on the CCP and its public involvement process, call 303-289-0980, or write to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Building 121, Commerce City, Colorado, 80022. Copies of planning documents will be available online August 1st at http:// rockyflats.fws.gov.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses nearly 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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