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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

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


VTwo Ponds National Wildlife Refuge. CREDIT: Sherry James

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.

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The Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is one of the smallest urban refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge is approximately 72 acres in size consisting of a number of important fish and wildlife habitats including native short and mixed grass prairies, riparian corridors, and wetlands. We have scheduled public scoping meetings between July 25th and August 15th around the Denver Metropolitan Area. During public scoping, we request input as to which issues affecting refuge management or public uses should be addressed during the planning process. These meetings are essential to developing a list of issues that the CCP will address.

The meetings are considered “informal.” We encourage the public to arrive at 5:30 pm for a brief presentation beginning at 6:00 pm. We will solicit public comments following the presentation. Before and after the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with our personnel, learn more about the CCP process, and provide input.

Public meetings for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge are as follows:

July 25, 2013
Reunion Recreation Center
17910 E. Parkside Drive North
Commerce City, CO 80022
5:30—7:30 pm

July 30, 2013
Central Park Recreation Center
9651 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Denver, CO 80238
5:30—7:30 pm

August 5, 2013
Commerce City Recreation Center
6060 E. Parkway Drive
Commerce City, CO 80022
5:30—7:30 pm

August 15, 2013
Montbello Recreation Center
15555 E. 53rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80239
5:30—7:30 pm

Public meeting for the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge:
August 13, 2013
Arvada Public Library
7525 W 57th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80003 5:30—7:30 pm

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/mountain-prairie. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

303-236-3815 FAX

www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/

Contacts

David Lucas
(303) 289-0350
david_c_lucas@fws.gov

Bernardo Garza
(303) 236-4377
bernardo_garza@fws.gov

Toni Griffin
(303) 236-4378
toni_griffin@fws.gov

Steve Segin
(303) 236-4578
robert_segin@fws.gov




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