Secour National Wildlife Refuge Announces Public Meeting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge will hold a public meeting on March 29, 2005, to discuss the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan at the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
We’re very interested in hearing the public’s ideas and opinions about this draft conservation plan because, when the plan is finalized, it will guide management decisions over the next 15 years.” said Robert Cail, refuge manager of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.
The 7,000-acre Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge was established by Congress in 1980 to preserve fragile barrier features along the rapidly developing Alabama Gulf Coast. The Refuge is composed of four separate units on the Fort Morgan Peninsula and Little Dauphin Island in coastal Alabama. Habitats include a diverse assortment of beach, coastal dunes and associated uplands, salt marsh, and wetlands at the mouth of Mobile Bay and within the Gulf of Mexico. These habitats support a variety of threatened and endangered species, such as the Alabama beach mouse, piping plover, and green loggerhead, and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. More than 370 species of migratory birds inhabit the refuge during migrations.
In keeping with the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, an overriding concern reflected in the proposed plan is that wildlife must have first priority in refuge management and that recreation and other uses can be provided as long as these uses are appropriate and compatible with wildlife conservation.
For a copy of the draft conservation plan, contact Robert Cail, Refuge Manager, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, 12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 or by calling (251) 540-7720. The plan can also be viewed or downloaded from the following website address: http://southeast.fws.gov/planning/index.htm.
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, 63 Fish and wildlife management offices and 81 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 Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.
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