Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

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

 Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

953 JC Road #32, Walden, CO

 

May 11, 2010  

Contact: Ann Timberman, 970-723-8202 x3

              ann_timberman@fws.gov

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Proposal to Change Hunting Plan at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge; Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Proposal

 

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System located in northern Colorado, will host a public meeting to provide information about and receive public comment on a proposed updated hunting plan for the Refuge.

 

The proposed changes to the existing hunting plan would increase the number and size of areas closed to hunting to provide areas for non-consumptive uses during hunting seasons.  The proposal would also open the refuge to elk hunting.  All hunting would close on the refuge December 31 of each year.

 

The public meeting will be held at Refuge HQ, 8 miles South of Walden, CO at 953 CR 32, Walden, CO 80480 on June 2, 2010 from 4-6pm.

 

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

 

To comment on the proposed changes, request a copy of the EA, or inquire further about this issue, please contact Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, 953 CR 32, Walden, CO, 80480; call 970-723-8202 ext. 3; visit the Arapaho NWR website at www.fws.gov/arapaho or send an e-mail message to ann_timberman@fws.gov. Comments will be accepted from May 19, 2010 through June 18, 2010.

 

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.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.