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NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

 

July 15, 2005

Contact: Mike Artmann, (303) 236-4381
                Mike Blenden, (719) 589-4021

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PUBLISHES
FINAL CONCEPTUAL MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR
BACA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed and published the final Conceptual Management Plan (CMP) for the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. This CMP provides a broad overview of the management approaches the Service will apply for wildlife and wildlife habitat, public uses, facilities, interagency coordination, public education and outreach, and other operational needs at Baca.

The CMP establishes general guidance for management at Baca, and does not contain specific detail regarding issues such as whether new facilities will be built and where such facilities will be located, or how certain approved public uses will be implemented. Instead, the CMP is intended for use an interim plan until the Service develops a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the refuge. Included in the CCP process are significant opportunities for public input and involvement and a thorough, in-depth analysis of all aspects of refuge management. Final, long-term guidance for the refuge will be established by the CCP.

For more information, or to request a copy of the document, please contact:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex
8249 Emperius Road,
Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 589-4021

Baca National Wildlife Refuge was authorized by Congress in 2000, and will ultimately include approximately 92,500 acres of wetlands, desert uplands and riparian habitat in Alamosa and Saguache Counties. The refuge will serve an important function in wildlife conservation efforts in the San Luis Valley and compliment ongoing activities at the nearby Alamosa and Monte Vista refuges.

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 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 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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