FINAL Environmental Assessment for Proposed Educational and Health Care Center
Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Appendix D -- Appendix E -- Appendix F (pdf 2.29mb)
Appendix G -- Appendix H -- FONSI
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program Team Leader, Bud Fazio, has announced a Finding of No Significant Impact on the proposed Red Wolf Education and Health Care Facility Environmental Assessment. The official fourteen-day public comment period on the Draft Environmental Assessment ended on October 20, 2006. Copies of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available for viewing Monday through Friday at the Alligator River National Wildlife Service office located at 708 N. Hwy. 64 in Manteo, North Carolina.
“The proposed facility will provide educational, veterinary and medical support and services for red wolves, as well as storage for equipment and supplies used by the Red Wolf Recovery Program wildlife biologists,” said Bud Fazio. Offices and medical facilities currently being used are not conveniently located within the red wolf recovery area and are substandard and inadequate for basic veterinary procedures.
The Final Environmental Assessment compared possible alternatives and included appendices with informational documents related to the resource area. This project is being funded primarily by a federal grant awarded to the Red Wolf Recovery Program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead agency for the proposed action.
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 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 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 Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.