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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Revised Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2007


Contacts:

Amy Ochoa, Refuge Ranger, (912) 652-4030 ext. 111
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291


A draft Revised Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), in Chatham and Effingham Counties, Georgia and Jasper County, South Carolina, is available for a 30-day public review beginning March 5, 2007. The comment period will end April 4, 2007.

The hunt plan has been revised to include limited public hunting of waterfowl on designated areas of the refuge. Waterfowl hunting would be conducted in accordance with state seasons. Youth waterfowl hunts would be held on three consecutive Saturdays beginning the last weekend in November. All hunting would be carried out in accordance with federal and state regulations and refuge-specific regulations.

The Revised Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment are available for review online at www.fws.gov/savannah or at the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex office, in Savannah, GA (1000 Business Center Drive, Parkway Business Center, Suite 10, Savannah, GA 31405), during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; excluding federal holidays).

Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Amy Ochoa, Refuge Ranger, at 1000 Business Center Drive, Suite 10, Savannah, GA 31405; (912) 652-4030, ext. 111. Email comments can be sent to the following address: Amy_Ochoa@fws.gov. All comments must be received by Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

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 547 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 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 Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

 


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