Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Compatibility Determination (CD) for continued operation of the Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park on the Refuge. The public is being invited to review these documents. The proposed action is to decide on a new arrangement (e.g., such as a right-of-way permit, easement, or other appropriate mechanism) with Cameron County (County) for the continued operation of the Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park (Park) on the Refuge, near Arroyo City, Cameron County, Texas. On November 11, 1986, a 25-year lease granted to the County for operation of the 58-acre Park on the Refuge expired on November 30, 2011, and a decision must now be made on its renewal. The purpose of the EA is to consider a reasonable range of alternatives that meet the purpose and need for the proposed action. Based on the issues, concerns, and opportunities raised during the public and internal scoping process, the following alternatives are being considered: A) to renew the former agreement with no boundary expansion (no-action alternative); B) to establish a new Arrangement with a 2.6-acre boundary expansion (proposed action); and C) no agreement renewal with the County. A CD is also required when considering such uses.The Refuge is announcing the availability of the documents to the public. The review period is open until Friday, September 20, 2013. The public can contact the Refuge regarding these documents by writing: Refuge Manager, Laguna Atascosa NWR, 22817 Ocelot Road, Los Fresnos, TX 78566; or may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. *Please put “EA/Adolph Thomae” in the subject line of the email.
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