Pacific Island Refuges
Pacific Region
 

Wilderness Reviews in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands
National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex is planning to prepare a wilderness review and legislative environmental impact statement (WR/LEIS) for potential wilderness designations.  Documents related to the planning for this effort are below.

We have initiated the planning process with a public scoping period which began on December 16, 2011.  We are currently seeking comments regarding issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions important to the evaluation of potential wilderness designations within the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  The following preliminary issues have been identified:

  • Which refuge lands and waters should be included in wilderness proposals identified in the WR/LEIS alternatives?
  • How would current or planned refuge uses, including natural resource management activities, public visitation, and scientific research, be affected in areas identified in potential wilderness recommendations?
  • How would our management of refuge resources, including historic and cultural artifacts, biological resources, and physical attributes such as water quality and soils, be affected in areas identified in potential wilderness recommendations?
  • How should global climate change and its potential impacts be considered in the WR/LEIS?

Additional issues may be identified throughout the development of the LEIS.

Please submit your comments by February 29, 2012 via:

Email: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov - Please include "Wilderness Designations within the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex" in the subject line.
Fax: Attn: Matthew Ching, 808-792-9585
U.S. Mail: Matthew Ching, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 300 Ala Moana Blvd. Rm 5-231, Honolulu, HI 96813

Email: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov - Please include "Wilderness Designations within the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex"

As the project progresses, additional information will be posted on this page, so please visit again soon.


Related Links

News Release - Public Scoping Period Extended for Wilderness Review and Legislative Environmental Impact Statement

Federal Register Notice – Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Wilderness Review and Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (WR/LEIS) for the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex

News Release – Seeking Public Comments on Potential Wilderness in Hawai‘i and the Pacific

Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Refuges Wilderness Inventory Overview – Table presents a concise overview of wilderness inventories

Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Refuges Wilderness Inventories – Full text wilderness inventories for the 22 National Wildlife Refuges in the complex

Welcome to Wilderness in the National Wildlife Refuge System – Brochure on wilderness the National Wildlife Refuge System

Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP)

 

Last updated: February 2, 2012