Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

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

For Immediate Release

March 5, 2013

Contacts:

Eddie N. Bennett, 303-236-8165
David McGillivary, 303-236-4411
Leith Edgar 303-236-4588; Leith_Edgar@fws.gov


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comments on Disposal of the Castle Dale Upland Bird Management Unit in Emery County, Utah

 

Male ring-necked pheasant
Male ring-necked pheasant. Credit: Mike Guyant / USFWS

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment (draft EA) for the State of Utah’s proposal to dispose of the Castle Dale Upland Bird Management Unit (Castle Dale).  The 81.2 acre property was acquired in-part with Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) funds.  Public comments are welcome for a 30-day period which ends April 4, 2013.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) acquired Castle Dale in 1948-49 to provide game production habitat and public hunting opportunities for ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) and California quail (Callipepla californica).   Due to circumstances described in the draft EA, Castle Dale currently provides little wildlife habitat management opportunities and no longer supports upland birds.  Therefore, the DWR has determined that Castle Dale no longer serves the purposes for which it was acquired and wishes to dispose of the property.

PR rules require the DWR to request Service approval prior to the disposition of real property purchased with grant funds.  The Services’ decision to approve or disapprove the proposed disposition constitutes a federal action subject to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and requires the Service to prepare a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the effects of the proposed action.  We have prepared this draft EA and are providing it for public review and comment pursuant to NEPA requirements.

Copies of the draft EA are available online by clicking on the title of the document at: http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/federalassistance.  Those without internet access may request copies by calling the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program at 303-236-8165.  Comments should be sent to:

Chief, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service P.O. Box 25486 Denver, Colorado 80225.

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