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Timber Point EA

Timber Point EA by Steve NorrisAn environmental assessment to assist the refuge in making decisions about the structures at Timber Point was reviewed by the public in October. This is part of the process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The Process

Under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, federal agencies are required to make a series of decisions and evaluations that anticipate the effects on environmental resources whenever they propose an action, issue a permit, or agree to fund an action. An environmental assessment, or EA, is often used to document that evaluation.  Involving the public is a part of the NEPA process.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared an EA to evaluate proposals for managing buildings at Timber Point. The EA details four alternatives which differ in their proposed future use of the buildings at the property. The 30-day public comment period for the EA closed on October 31, 2014. During the month of October, the Service conducted three public open houses of the buildings on Timber Point, along with two public meeting sessions.

Next Steps

We continue to summarize the comments on the Timber Point Environmental Assessment (EA) that we received from nearly 300 sources (mail, email, Facebook postings and afternoon and evening public meeting sessions) during our October 2014 comment period. We had 21 people attend the afternoon session, and 19 people attend the evening session. The transcripts from those two public meeting sessions can be accessed at the links below.

A summary of all the public comments will be posted to this Web site when it is completed. All comments received will inform the final recommendation. Due to the large volume of comments, and the time needed to complete the response document, we anticipate a final decision will be made about the buildings and structures at Timber Point in early 2015.

We will continue to post updates on our progress on this Web site. We thank those who provided feedback and comments about the EA.

Timber Point EA Documents:

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Page Photo Credits — View from Timber Point by Steve Norris
Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014
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