Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

August 28, 2008

Contacts:  John Esperance, (303) 236-4369

                Mike Spratt, (303) 236-4366

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR 12 NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold public scoping meetings for the release of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for twelve North Dakota National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges).

 

The planning effort for the Refuges encompasses approximately 49,000 acres and consists of the following national wildlife refuges: Audubon, Chase Lake, Kellys Slough, Lake Alice, Lake Ilo, Lake Nettie, Lake Zahl, McLean, Shell Lake, Stewart Lake, Stump Lake, and White Lake.  

 

Five scoping meetings are scheduled during the first week of September 2008. These meetings are essential to receive comments from the public on the CCP that will guide the management of the refuges for the next 15 years. The meetings will follow an informal “open house” format. The public is invited to drop by anytime during the meetings to meet with Service personnel, learn more about the Refuge’s CCP, and provide input. Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

 

September 9, 2008

Devils Lake, ND

Devils Lake Armory Meeting Room

524  4th Avenue, NE

7:00-9:00 pm

 

September 9, 2008

Coleharbor, ND

Audubon Refuge Complex headquarters

3275 11th Street NW.

6:30-7:30 pm

 

September 10, 2008

Woodworth, ND

Chase Lake District headquarters

5924 19th Street SE

5:00 -7:00 pm

 

September 10, 2008

Kenmare, ND

Lostwood District headquarters

8315 Highway 8

1:00 – 6:00 pm

 

September 11, 2008

Crosby, ND

Crosby District headquarters

10100 Highway 42 NW

1:00 – 6:00 pm

 

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