Conservation Planning & Policy
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National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the basic national charter for protecting the environment. It was enacted into law in 1969. NEPA establishes policy, sets goals, and provides a means for carrying out the policy. It ensures that information about the environmental effects of any government agency's proposal and alternative actions are available to the public and agency decision-makers. We seek to ensure that impacts on fish and wildlife resources and other resources are described adequately. For more information on NEPA, visit the Council on Environmental Quality NEPANET Home Page.

Current NEPA Projects

The following are current NEPA projects on Alaska refuges.

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Installation of Temporary Seismometer Stations on Multiple Wildlife Refuges in Alaska (EarthScope)

Izembek - Unimak Island Caribou Herd

Selection of Alternative, Finding of No Significant Impact (pdf)
News Release (3/7/11)
Environmental Assessment (pdf - 987kb)
News Release (12/17/10) (pdf)
Newsletter (pdf)
Letter (pdf)

Togiak - XS Platinum


Alaska Maritime Kenai

Kodiak Airport Runway

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopts the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Kodiak Airport Runway Safety Area Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Final EIS was released by FAA in August 2013.  Please contact Stephanie Brady at 907.306.7448 or by email at stephanie_brady@fws,gov if you have any questions.

Poker Flat Research Range

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopts the NASA Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sounding Rockets Program at Poker Flat Research Range.  The Final EIS was released in July 2013.  Please contact Peter Wikoff at 907-786-3837 or by email at if you have any questions.

Shadura Natural Gas Development Project

Izembek Alaska Peninsula/Becharof

Izembek, Alaska Peninsula, and Becharof National Wildlife Refuge

Wind Turbine Environmental Assessment (pdf - 13mb)

Draft  EA for Integrated Pest Management of Invasive Plants on Kodiak NWR and Vicinity (pdf - 2.2mb)

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - EA for Integrated Pest Management of Invasive Plants on Kodiak NWR and Vicinity (pdf - 1.4mb)

Winter Exploratory Drilling Program- Kenai (pdf - 4.9mb)
Kenai winter drilling EA public notice (pdf)

Environmental Coordination

The Division of Conservation Planning and Policy is responsible for technical assistance, coordination and review of NEPA documents on activities that may effect refuge lands or resources.

That coordination includes:

Internal compliance with NEPA related to refuge proposals and environmental documents;

Refuge involvement with NEPA in the coordination and review of the environmental documents of other federal agencies or public entities proposing to use refuge lands or resources.

The Department of Interior has promulgated regulations on NEPA (pdf) . Our Draft Fish and Wildlife Service Manual on NEPA and our NEPA Reference Handbook contain Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior NEPA guidance and procedures.


Last updated: June 7, 2016

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