For Immediate Release
August 14, 1998

Contact: Tom MacKenzie
404-6799-7291

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING
ON PROPOSED SWAYZE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Environmental Assessment and Land Protection Plan for the proposed establishment of Swayze Lake National Wildlife Refuge in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. The Service is seeking public comments on the proposed refuge and will hold a public meeting at the Civic Center in Melville, Louisiana, on August 20, 1998, at 7:00 p.m.

The deadline for submitting written comments has been extended to September 18, 1998. Comments on the draft environmental assessment, or requests for further information on the proposal, should be sent to Mr. Charles R. Danner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 420, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 (telephone: 1-800-419-9582).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service's nearly 93 million acres include 514 national wildlife refuges, 78 ecological services field stations, 66 national fish hatcheries, 50 wildlife coordination areas, and 38 wetland management districts with waterfowl production areas.

The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, administers the Endangered Species Act, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes Federal excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies. This program is a cornerstone of the Nation's wildlife management efforts, funding fish and wildlife restoration, boating access, hunter education, shooting ranges, and related projects across America.

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Release #: R98-073


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