U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Vicki M.Boatwright or

January 24, 1997                                  Diana M. Hawkins     

                            

              PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED FOR PROPOSED

              CLARKS RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting on its proposal to establish the Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge in western Kentucky. According to the Service's Southeast Regional Director, Noreen K. Clough, the public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on February 20, 1997, at Benton Middle School, 906 Joe Creason Drive, Benton, Kentucky.

The meeting's purpose is for the Service to answer questions from the public and hear comments concerning a draft environmental assessment and land protection plan for the establishment of the proposed refuge. The assessment addresses the biological, environmental, and socioeconomic effects of establishing the refuge and evaluates three alternatives for the protection of the proposed refuge area and the potential environmental impacts.

The proposed refuge area covers a total of approximately 18,000 acres and is located along the floodplain of the East Fork of the Clarks River in Marshall, McCracken, and Graves counties, Kentucky. The Service intends to establish the refuge by acquiring the necessary lands through fee title purchases from willing sellers.

The Service has also extended the public review and comment period for the refuge proposal to March 14, 1997. Copies of the draft environmental assessment can be obtained from Charles R. Danner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30345, or by calling 1-800-419-9582.

Regional Director Clough said that the public is invited to attend the February 20 meeting to ask questions and offer comments on the refuge proposal. Registration will begin at 6 p.m., with the meeting scheduled from 7 - 10 p.m To be considered in the preparation of the final environmental assessment, written comments should be mailed no later than March 14, 1997.

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