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

April 17, 2013

Contacts:

David Lucas; 303-289-0350
Bruce Hastings; 303-289-0533

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold an Open House Regarding Step-Down Management Plans for Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Public Is Invited to Provide Comments Beginning April 17 – May 16, 2013

 

Prescribed Fire. Credit: USFWS
Prescribed Fire. Credit: USFWS

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is engaged in a National Environmental Policy Act review for several “step-down” management plans for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  This is a standard process for national wildlife refuges. The plans include the three Refuges located in the Denver metropolitan area, which are the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds, and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuges.  The step-down plans listed below will be finalized and implemented in summer 2013.

  • Habitat Management Plan (HMP) – Provides additional details regarding specific strategies and implementation schedules for meeting wildlife and habitat goals found in the Refuge’s 1996 Comprehensive Management Plan;
  • Prairie Dog Management Plan (PDMP) – Outlines methods to control black-tailed prairie dog populations.  This plan provides a transparent decision-making process and information on the methods that will be used to control and maintain a healthy and balanced population of prairie dogs on the Refuge;
  • Fire Management Plan (FMP) – Provides policy direction for wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire activities on all three Refuges to promote a healthy native habitat for wildlife; and
  • Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP) – Provides a broad strategy for combating invasive plant species and weed control focusing on early detection and a rapid response program for species with a high potential for spread.
  • On May 1, 2013, the Service will hold a meeting to hear comments from the public regarding these step-down plans.  The open forum meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Refuge Visitor Center, located at 6550 Gateway Road in Commerce City, Colorado.  During this time, the public will have an opportunity to learn more about the plans and provide their comments which will be collected for consideration in the final plans.  For directions to the Visitor Center, please call 303-289-0930 or visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal.

    Copies of the plans on CD will be available at the Visitor Center for public review beginning April 17 through May 16, 2013 and can be viewed online by visiting the Refuge’s website.  All comments regarding these plans must be postmarked by May 16, 2013 to be considered.

    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 http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/. Connect with our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/USFWSMountainPrairie, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSMtnPrairie, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmtnprairie/

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