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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2007


Contacts:

Carolyn Johnson, Assistant Refuge Manager, (478) 986-5441
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291


A draft Sport Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Bibb and Twiggs counties is available for a 30-day public review beginning March 5, 2007. The comment period will end April 5, 2007.

The plan describes two alternatives for hunting on the refuge: (1) the no action alternative would close hunting on the refuge and (2) the proposed action alternative would allow limited hunting for white-tailed deer and feral hogs to continue. Under the proposed action, hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs would occur under the amended Sport Hunting Plan. Hunting would be carried out in accordance with Federal and State of Georgia regulations and refuge-specific regulations.

Copies of the plan can be requested from the Headquarters office at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Carolyn Johnson, Assistant Refuge Manager, at 718 Juliette Road, Round Oak, GA 31038; (478) 986-5441. Email comments can be provided to the following address: Carolyn_Johnson@fws.gov.

The Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is currently 7,348 acres and is located in Bibb and Twiggs counties of Georgia. The refuge lies on both sides of the Ocmulgee River six miles south of the City of Macon. Hunting opportunities are available, along with fishing, 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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