U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Sport Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2007
A draft Sport Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Jackson County, Mississippi and Mobile County, Alabama is available for a 30-day public review beginning March 5, 2007. The comment period will end April 3, 2007.
The plan describes three alternatives for hunting on the refuge: (1) the no action alternative would not allow hunting to take place on the refuge (2) under the proposed action the refuge would permit hunting on Grand Bay NWR but would administratively limit it to those areas specified in the refuge-specific regulations Under the proposed action, hunting of deer, squirrels, and migratory birds such as waterfowl, dove, and would occur on the additional acreage. Hunting would be carried out in accordance with Federal and State of Louisiana regulations and refuge-specific regulations. (3) the open the entire refuge to harvest alternative would provide wider hunting opportunities on the Grand Bay NWR.
Copies of the plan can be requested from the refuge and copies are available for review at the following locations:
Written comments, requests for the document, or questions can be directed to Durwin C. Carter, Wildlife Refuge Manager, at 6005 Bayou Heron Rd. Moss Point, MS 39562; (228) 475-0765. Email comments can be provided to the following address: Durwin_Carter@fws.gov.
The Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 10,000 acres and is located in Jackson County, Mississippi and Mobile County, Alabama. The refuge is bisected by Interstate 10 to the north, the Escatawpa River to the west, and abuts the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Hunting opportunities are available, along with fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental interpretation and environmental education.
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 94 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 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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