U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to hold public meetings for comprehensive conservation plans for Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2013
Beginning July 25, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will hold a series of public scoping meetings focused on preparing comprehensive conservation plans (CCP) for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge.
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act on 1997 requires that all national wildlife refuges be managed under a CCP. The purpose of the CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving individual refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs consider wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities that may be available to the public, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation.
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is one of the nation’s premier urban national wildlife refuges. Located in Adams County, Colorado between the cities of Commerce City and Denver, the refuge is approximately 16,000 acres in size consisting of a number of important fish and wildlife habitats including native short- and mixed-grass prairies, riparian corridors, numerous wetlands, and multiple lakes. In 2012, the U.S. Army finished its cleanup of the site which included restoration of thousands of acres of native grasslands. We are beginning a new chapter at the refuge managing this site solely for wildlife conservation and wildlife-dependent recreational uses.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of External Affairs
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228
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