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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Hunt Plan for Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2007


Contacts:

Steve Seibert, (256) 353-7243 x 28
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291


Decatur, Alabama - A draft Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment for Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Lauderdale County, Alabama is available for public review. The 30-day comment period will extend until April 5, 2007.

The plan describes alternatives for managing hunting on Key Cave NWR. Key Cave NWR, established in 1997, is located along the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama. The refuge=s 1,060 acres include upland hardwood forest, native warm season grassland, and cropland. Key Cave NWR provides habitat for a variety of nesting and migratory birds and other resident species such as squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and opossum. Grassland-dependant bird species commonly occurring on the refuge include: dickcissel, grasshopper sparrow, field sparrow, northern bobwhite, northern harrier, and short-eared owl.

Copies of the draft plan can be requested from the refuge. The plan may also be viewed and downloaded from the Key Cave NWR web site at http//:www.fws.gov/keycave or the Wheeler NWR Complex web site at http//:www.fws.gov/wheeler.

Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Steve Seibert, Assistant Refuge Manager, at 2700 Refuge Headquarters Road, Decatur, Alabama 35603; (256) 353-7243 ext. 28. Email comments can be provided to the following address: Steven_Seibert@fws.gov.

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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