FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2001
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on January 18, 2001 a proposal to establish a new national wildlife refuge in northwestern Kentucky. According to the Service's Southeast Regional Director, Sam D. Hamilton, the proposed Green River National Wildlife Refuge would be located on up to 23,000 acres of flood-prone agricultural lands, bottomland hardwoods, and other wetlands along the confluence of the Green and Ohio Rivers in Henderson County, Kentucky.
"The primary purpose of the proposed Green River National Wildlife Refuge is to restore and manage a complex of valuable wetlands for the benefit of migrating and wintering waterfowl," said Hamilton. "Establishment of the refuge, along with habitat restoration and proper management, would provide excellent migratory bird habitat and contribute to the habitat conservation goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Lower Mississippi River Joint Venture."
The Service is seeking public comments on a draft environmental assessment and land protection plan to establish the proposed refuge. The assessment considers the biological, environmental, and socioeconomic effects of establishing the refuge. It also evaluates three alternatives for the protection of the 23,000-acre project area and the potential environmental impacts.
The proposed refuge, if it is established, would also benefit a wide variety of wildlife, including migratory songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, bald eagles, and residential species such as white-tailed deer and eastern cottontail rabbits.
The Service is proposing to establish the refuge by acquiring the project lands through a combination of fee title purchases from willing sellers and leases, conservation easements, or cooperative agreements with willing landowners.
Copies of the draft environmental assessment and land protection plan for the proposed refuge are available for public review and comment through March 9, 2001. An electronic copy is available at http://planning.southeast.fws.gov. Requests for a paper copy of the document and for further information on the project should be addressed to Mr. Charles R. Danner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 or by telephone at 1-800-419-9582. The Federal Register Notice is at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a010118c.html.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 531 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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