Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

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

October 22, 2008

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

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR

RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will extend the public comment period on the draft 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge to November 26, 2008. This new date represents a 30-day extension of the original public comment period, which was scheduled to close on October 27, 2008.  

 

The Service is extending this deadline to give interested publics an additional opportunity to review this document. The Service announced the release of this draft document in the Federal Register on September 27, 2008. On September 29, 2008 the Service issued a news release through statewide and local media.  This news release notified the public the document was available for review and contained information about public meetings scheduled for in Lima and Dillon on October 8 and 9, 2008.

 

The public meeting in Lima and Dillon were attended by over 20 individuals, many of whom provided thoughtful, substantive comments on the document, the planning process and related issues (all of which were covered in a presentation by the Service on the planning process and the Service’s proposed action). The planning process for the Red Rock Lakes NWR plan been underway for more than 3 years and has involved over 30 individuals from various federal agencies and the State of Montana. The Service is highly encouraged by the level of public interest in the draft plan and the future management of the refuge. To date, the Service has provided over 140 copies of the document, as well as 210 planning updates, to individuals on our mailing list and at recent public meetings. The planning update summarizes the proposed action and the other three alternatives considered by the Service.

 

You may obtain copies of the full document and/or a planning update at the refuge office, located at 27820 Southside Centennial Road, Lima, MT; or, you can request copies by calling the refuge headquarters at (406) 276-3536. You may also email your request to redrocks@fws.gov. 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.)

 

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.