The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.In May 2011 we began a multi-year planning process to develop refuge management plans for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Black River Unit of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (both refuges are part of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex). We provided information on the Refuges and planning process, held two Public Open House Meetings, and requested public comments through various media sources (see links). The comments gathered helped us identify opportunities and the scope of issues to address in the Refuges' Comprehensive Conservation Plans and associated Environmental Assessments (CCPs/EAs).
of IntentIn November 2011, summaries of the public comments we
received were provided in Planning Update 2, with more details in our Scoping
Report (see links). The comments provided are being used for development of
preliminary management alternatives, objectives, and strategies.Planning
ReportIn the Fall and Winter of 2012/2013, we will present the
preliminary alternatives and other information for consideration in Planning
Update 3, followed by the release of the Draft CCPs/EAs for public comments (for
a 30 day public comment period), with a summary of the alternatives in Planning
Update 4. In the following months, public comments will be considered in
developing Final CCPs/EAs and a decision document approved by the Regional
Director. A summary of the changes made from the Draft to the Final CCPs will
be in Planning Update 5.After the CCPs are approved, we can begin
implementing CCP actions on the Refuges over a period of 15 years. Most action
implementation will be dependent upon funding as it becomes available and/or
with help from our partners, volunteers, and continued public support.
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Mail:Project LeaderNisqually National Wildlife
Refuge Complex100 Brown Farm RoadOlympia, WA
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