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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Sport Waterfowl Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2007


Contacts:

Tim Cooper, (252) 429-3100 ext. 26
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291


A draft Update of the Sport Waterfowl Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Currituck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Currituck County, NC is available for a 31-day public review beginning March 5, 2007. The comment period will end April 6, 2007.

The original Hunting Plan described three alternatives for hunting on the refuge: Alternative A is the no action alternative, it would not allow the hunt open to the public. Alternative B is the Special Regulations Hunt, it would open the hunt to the public, and is the preferred alternative. Alternative C is the General Regulations Hunt it would open following the general hunt seasons and have limited refuge-specific regulations.

Copies of the plan can be requested from the refuge or downloaded at http://www.fws.gov/currituck

Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Tim Cooper, Refuge Manager, at Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, P. O. Box 39, Knotts Island, North Carolina 27950; (252) 429-3100 X 26. Email comments can be provided to the following address: tim_cooper@fws.gov.

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is currently 4,570 acres and is located on the Outer Banks portion of Currituck County, North Carolina. The refuge consists of five tracts of land. Two tracts of land are open for waterfowl hunting, from a total of nine blinds. Hunting opportunities are limited to waterfowl; however, the refuge is open to wildlife observation, photography, 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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