Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

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

February 5, 2010

Contact: Ryan Frohling, (913) 352-8956

                                                                                                 

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO

SOLICIT COMMENTS ON PROPOSED TREE STAND REGULATION CHANGE AT MARAIS DES CYGNES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System located in eastern Kansas, will host a public meeting to provide information about and receive public comment on a proposed tree stand regulation change.  

 

The proposed change would require daily removal of tree stands from the refuge.  Current regulations allow stands to be left in place from September 15 through January 15 of the following year.  The Service has determined that leaving tree stands in place for this extended period of time may provide some hunters with greater access than others to quality hunting opportunities on the refuge.  Accordingly, the Service has identified daily removal of tree stands as an alternative to ensure all hunters have an equal opportunity to enjoy a quality hunting experience at the refuge.

 

The public meeting will be held in Pleasanton, KS at the Community Building, located at 902 Palm, from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

 

This public meeting will be held instead of the open house scheduled for the evening of February 17, 2010 at Refuge Headquarters.

 

Refuge staff will explain the proposed regulation change and answer questions about the proposal and relates issues.  Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Service has developed a draft environmental assessment of the proposed regulation change.  The Service will make copies of the environmental assessment available at the meeting and will consider all public comments in the development of the final environmental assessment.

 

To comment on the proposed change, request a copy of the environmental assessment, or inquire further about this issue, please contact Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, 24141 Kansas Highway 52, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075, or send an e-mail message to ryan_frohling@fws.gov; or call (913) 352-8956.

 

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