Bayside Drive Proposed Modification
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (the Refuge), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), is beginning an environmental assessment process to evaluate the potential impacts from the proposed Bayside Wildlife Drive Project at the Refuge. Two alternatives are being considered:
Under Alternative 1, no modifications would be made to Bayside Wildlife Drive. Bayside Wildlife Drive would continue to be closed to public vehicles and would be open to hiking, biking, and tram tours.
Alternative 2 would allow vehicular access to the Refuge’s Bayside Wildlife Drive while protecting the endangered ocelot. This modified route will eliminate traffic in prime ocelot habitat while allowing access to the scenic bayside. Alternative 2 would include the following components:
Public comments are being accepted through May 3, 2014. They may be emailed to FW2_RW_Laguna@fws.gov or faxed to 956-748-3609 or mailed to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, 22817 Ocelot Rd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566, or dropped off at the visitor center from 8 – 4 daily.
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