Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

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

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

 September 29, 2008

Contact: Jeff Warren, (406) 276-3536 ext. 304

 

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO HOLD TWO OPEN HOUSES

FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR

RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

On October 8 and 9, 2008 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two separate open houses to hear comments from the public on the draft 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Each open house will be between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.  The October 8 meeting will be held at the Lima Fire Hall and the October 9 meeting will be held at the Dillon City Hall, Council Chambers. The Service will make a short presentation on the draft plan, including the Service’s proposed management actions, after which the public is invited to offer their comments on the draft plan.  All public comments will be compiled and presented to the planning team for consideration. For directions to these meeting places, please call refuge headquarters at (406) 276-3536.

 

Copies of the full document and/or a summary (planning update) can be obtained at the refuge office, located at 27820 Southside Centennial Road, Lima, MT; or, you can request copies by calling refuge headquarters.  These documents are also available online at: www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/planning/states/montana/montana.htm.

(Follow the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge link on this page to review the plan or planning update.)

 

If you cannot attend this open house, you may still provide written comments on this document by letter, fax, or email. All comments must be emailed or postmarked by October 27, 2008 to be considered.  Send comments to:

 

Email: redrocks@fws.gov

 

Post:  Laura King, Planning Team Leader, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd. Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80228

 

Fax: 303-236-4792 Attn: Laura King, Planning Team Leader

 

The 1997 National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act requires the Service to develop a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for every unit in the refuge system.  Once completed, the plan will guide administration and management of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years.  The Service looks forward to meeting with the public and hearing comments on this planning effort and resulting draft document.

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.