Marc Weitzel or Chris Barr 805-644-1732; Scott Flaherty, 916-978-6156
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public meeting Tuesday, September 30 in Frazier Park, Calif., to solicit additional public input for the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge Grasslands Management and Restoration Plan.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Cuddy Hall, located at 335 Lakewood Place, Frazier Park. Frazier Park is located in Kern County, approximately 40 miles south of Bakersfield, Calif.
The EA evaluates proposed actions and alternatives for managing approximately 9,400 acres of Bitter Creek NWR located in Kern County, Calif., and part of the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge is seeking public input on management alternatives presented in the EA that will promote the establishment of native plants and enhance habitat for native species, including threatened and endangered plants and animals.
The EA was published in May 2008 for a 30 day review and comment period. At the request of the public the comment period was extended an additional 60 days, to July 31. In August, the Service reopened the comment period through September 30, 2008. Written and verbal comments will be accepted by refuge staff at the meeting.
The plan is available on the Internet at: www.fws.gov/hoppermountain/index.html. Public comments should be submitted in writing to Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 370, Maricopa, CA 93252. Comments can also be emailed to Refuge Manager Mike Stockton at email@example.com
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