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Winter 2010 - Seeking Public Input for Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on developing its Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Patuxent Research Refuge.  The CCP is required of all National Wildlife Refuges by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (PL 105-57).  The CCP is a 15-year plan designed to provide strategic management direction that best achieves the Refuge’s purposes; attains the vision and goals developed for the Refuge; contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System mission; addresses key challenges, issues and relevant mandates; and, is consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management.  

After a year of preplanning, Refuge staff are initiating the next stage of the planning process by hosting public scoping meetings.  Public scoping meetings are open to everyone and provide an opportunity for the public to speak directly with Refuge staff and comment on what they see as the issues, concerns, and challenges for the Refuge over the next 15 years. The meeting format is an informal Open House with a brief presentation by Refuge staff. Also welcome are comments received in writing to Brad Knudsen, Patuxent Research Refuge Manager at the address provided below; or, electronically via e-mail addressed to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Please put "Patuxent" in the email subject line. 

The Refuge planning team will review all the information, data, and comments gathered during public scoping before developing a Draft CCP and environmental assessment.  The draft plan will be distributed for public review and comment.

Public Scoping Meetings are scheduled for:

Monday, February 22nd – Laurel, MD

2-4 PM and 6:30-8:30 PM
(Refuge presentations at 2:15 PM and & 6:45 PM)

Patuxent Research Refuge
National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708

Tuesday, February 23rd – Annapolis, MD

1-3 PM
(Refuge presentation at 1:15 pm)

Maryland Department of Natural Resources,
C-1 Conference Room, Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 
Directions and parking information can be accessed through: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/mailroom.asp

For additional information regarding the CCP process or to learn about the public scoping meetings, please contact Brad Knudsen at 301.497.5582 or Jennifer Hill at 240.882.0360

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