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Wildlife Refuge Plans to Address Cattle Damage to Islands

Aleutian Tern photo by Robert Gill, USGS

 The US Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a scoping period to identify issues and develop alternatives to address unauthorized grazing by cattle on two refuge islands, Wosnesenski and Chirikof. This is an early step in a process to develop either Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These documents will identify the need for action and authority to act, summarize potential issues, evaluate a reasonable range of alternatives, and describe the affected environment and environmental consequences of alternatives. Cattle ownership and compatibility with purposes of the refuge will also be addressed.  

Both Wosnesenski and Chirikof islands, located in remote Southwest Alaska, are uninhabited and part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established in 1980 to conserve marine mammals, seabirds and other migratory birds, and the marine resources upon which they rely. Wosnesenski and Chirikof islands have sustained severe impacts to wildlife habitat, native vegetation, and archaeological sites from grazing by unauthorized cattle left behind when ranchers left the islands years ago.

You will also have an opportunity to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement documents after they have been prepared. All comments received, including those from individuals, become part of the public record, and are available to the public upon request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, NEPA, and Departmental policies and procedures. Before you include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information on your comment, be aware that your entire comment, including this information, may be made available to the public upon request. You can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. If you would like to receive future correspondence regarding the unauthorized cattle issue, please contact us:



Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge  
Attention: Cattle  
95 Sterling Hwy, Suite 1 
Homer, AK 99603 


Phone: 907-235-6546, or Fax: 907-235-7783 


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Last Updated: Jun 02, 2014
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