FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 8, 1997

Diana M. Hawkins or

Vicki M. Boatwright



FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE MOVES TO ESTABLISH

BLACK BAYOU LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to move ahead on its proposal to establish the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana.

The Service has completed a final environmental assessment and land protection plan that recommends the acquisition of up to 6,200 acres of land and water on Black Bayou Lake in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. The plan to establish the refuge was approved June 16, 1997.

"The establishment of this national wildlife refuge is a positive step in protecting, enhancing, and managing the habitats of Black Bayou Lake and certain surrounding lands for the benefit of the lake's fishery, resident and migratory waterfowl, wading birds, neotropical migratory birds, and other resident wildlife," said the Service's Deputy Southeast Regional Director Dale Hall. "The creation of this refuge is being made possible through the cooperation and support of the City of Monroe, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and other groups and local citizens," Hall said.

Copies of the final environmental assessment and land protection plan for the establishment of the refuge are now available and can be obtained by writing to Mr. Charles R. Danner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Realty, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30345, or by calling 1-800-419-9582.

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Release #R97-64


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