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Invitation to a Public Meeting for Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2007


Contacts:
Jeffrey Bricken, (704) 694-4424


What:

Public Meeting

When:

January 25, 2007; 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Where:

Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (Maintenance Building) Wadesboro, North Carolina
Directions from Charlotte: take Hwy 74 East towards Wadesboro. Turn left on Hwy 52 North. Continue 6 miles, the refuge office is on your right.
Directions from Wadesboro: take Hwy 52 North for 7 miles. Turn right into the refuge office facility.
There will be signs on the Refuge to direct you to the Maintenance Building.

Why:

Spend time with Refuge staff! We will begin discussions about the 15-year management plan to be developed for the Refuge.

Contact:

Jeffrey Bricken, Refuge Manager, 704.694.4424

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the initiation of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) process for the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) located near Wadesboro, North Carolina. The purpose of this planning effort is to develop a CCP that will provide this refuge with a 15-year management plan for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their related habitats, while also providing opportunities for compatible wildlife dependent recreation. The CCP will cover the 8,443 - acre Pee Dee NWR.

Preserved within this refuge are bottomland hardwoods, upland pine forests and waterfowl habitat along the Pee Dee River. In addition to providing a clear statement of the desired future conditions for the Refuge, the CCP process is also intended to ensure public involvement in refuge management decisions. The views of individuals, the local community (including landowners and local businesses), public agencies, and interested organizations will play an important role in the CCP process. Over the next year, we will provide periodic planning updates that will inform you of our progress and provide information explaining how you can be involved in the various phases of plan development – from participating in a public meeting to submitting written comments. Public involvement is an essential component of this planning effort and we encourage your participation throughout the process.

To initiate the public participation process, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public meeting at the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge on January 25, 2007. Come and share your visions for the Pee Dee NWR and tell us how you think they can best be achieved. We hope you can attend. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to write, e-mail, fax or phone in your comments (see contact info provided below).

Mailing Address:

Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Comprehensive Conservation Plan
5770 U.S. Highway 52 North
Wadesboro, NC 28170

Website: http://www.fws.gov/peedee/ccp.html

Phone & Fax Numbers:
704-694-4424 phone
704-694-6570 fax

Email Address: jeffrey_bricken@fws.gov


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