Eric Nelson, Refuge Manager (707) 733-5406; Sean Brophy, Visitor Services Asst. (707) 733-5406
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (CCP/EA) for the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The public is encouraged to comment on the Draft CCP/EA which describes conservation issues and management alternatives for the 4,000-acre Humboldt Bay and 14-acre Castle Rock refuges in northern California. Comments will be accepted through March 23, 2009.
Beginning March 3, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex will host a series of public meetings to gather comments from the public concerning the proposed future management of the refuges, located in Humboldt County.
"In addition to the value these refuges provide to fish, wildlife and plants, these natural places are an important part of the outdoor experience for many people along California?s northern coast", said Refuge Manager, Eric Nelson. "We want to involve the public as much as possible as we make plans for the future."
Humboldt Bay NWR will be the focus of meetings held Tuesday, March 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and Visitor Center, 1020 Ranch Road, Loleta, California.
Castle Rock NWR will be the focus of the meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2007, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse Inn, 681 Highway 101 South in Crescent City, California.
Written comments on the Humboldt Bay NWR Complex Draft CCP/EA are welcomed at the meetings and may also be submitted by mail, E-mail or fax to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Refuge Planning, Attn: Sandy Osborn, 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1832, Sacramento CA, 95825; 916-414-6497 (fax) or email@example.com">. The review period officially begins on February 6, 2009. Comments will be accepted through March 23, 2009 (45 days). The Draft CCP/EA (which describes management alternatives), and basic information about the Refuges and the CCP planning process are available on the Services Planning website at:.
Humboldt Bay NWR protects wetlands and bay habitats for fish, wildlife and plants, especially migratory birds. The refuge includes the Lanphere Dunes Unit, one of the most pristine remaining dune ecosystems on the west coast of North America. The refuge complex also administers Castle Rock NWR, an located less than a mile off the California coast just north of Crescent City, which contains the largest breeding population of common murres in California and provides a roost for Aleutian geese during migration.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.