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Adolph Thomae

Comments Solicited on Proposed Renewal of Agreement to Continue Operation of the Adolph Thomae, Jr., County Park on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge near Arroyo City, Texas.

The South Texas Refuge Complex (STRC), comprised of Laguna Atascosa, Lower Rio Grande Valley, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges (NWR), is accepting public comments on the STRC intent to renew an agreement to continue operation of the Adolph Thomae Jr., County Park on a unit of Laguna Atascosa NWR, located just east of Arroyo City, Cameron County, Texas. The proposal also includes adding an additional 2.6 acres to the east end of the park and improvements such as a boat ramp and parking area.

For the past 25 years, the Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department (County) has operated the 58-acre county park on the Laguna Atascosa Unit for fishing, camping, and boating. The Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park provides quality fishing opportunities for families that include fishing piers, picnic sites, a boat ramp, parking areas, and recreational vehicle and tent camping sites. About 70 percent of the park’s annual visitation (130,000 to 150,000 visitors) participates in saltwater fishing, as the county park provides an important public access point to the lower Laguna Madre. The nearest public boat ramps from the county park are located 25 miles to the south and 20 miles to the north. The majority of visitation to the park is for fishing or boating access, which contributes to meeting Laguna Atascosa NWR public use objectives, as outlined in the Refuge’s 2010 Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP).

This comment period is known as ‘Scoping’ under the National Environmental Policy Act. During scoping, STRC is looking for general comments on the proposed agreement. These comments will be considered during development of a draft environmental assessment, which will be provided to the public for review and comment following the scoping period.

Comments will be accepted until July 5, 2013 and should be sent to Robert_Jess@fws.gov, or mailed to Project Leader, South Texas Refuge Complex, 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, TX 78516. 
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2013
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