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Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan Available for Review and Comment

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2004

Contacts:
Steve Miller,
(256) 848-7085 ext. 3

 

Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge in Bibb County, AL has developed a Draft Hunting Plan that would allow hunting of upland and big game species on the refuge. Copies of the Draft Hunting Plan are available for downloading at the Cahaba River NWR website http://southeast.fws.gov/cahabariver or by contacting the Refuge Manager at the above-listed phone number. The comment period for the Hunting Plan will begin on December 6th and end on December 21st. Comments will be accepted via fax, email or regular mail.

Cahaba River NWR previously solicited public comments on the refuge’s Public Use Plan and Compatibility Determinations for all uses that would occur on the refuge. The Compatibility Determination concluded that hunting was a compatible use and the Public Use Plan includes a general overview of our hunting proposal. This Draft Hunting Plan includes specific information on species to be hunted, refuge-specific regulations and an Environmental Assessment of the effects of the different hunting alternatives evaluated.

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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 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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