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 April 28, 2005

Steve Jose, 303-236-4414
Sharon Rose, 303-236-4580

Service Determines “Finding of No Significant Impact” on a Proposal to Transfer Land and Grant a Temporary Easement at Marais des Cygnes State Wildlife Area, Kansas 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined a “Finding of No Significant Impact” pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act for a proposal by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to transfer 40.51 acres to the Kansas Department of Transportation and to grant a temporary easement over 51.59 acres of property at the Marais des Cygnes State Wildlife Area. The land transfer and temporary easement will provide land for needed enhancements to a segment of Highway U.S. 69 which goes through the Marais des Cygnes wildlife area.  In exchange, the Kansas Department of Transportation will transfer an adjacent 92.7-acre parcel to Kansas Wildlife and Parks to be added to the wildlife area.  

The property was originally purchased by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks with federal assistance funds.  The NEPA process requires any federally funded project be reviewed for potential impacts to the human environment.  

Copies of the Service’s Finding of No Significant Impact document can be obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486, Attn:  State Programs, Denver, CO  80225. 

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 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources 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 and Native American tribal 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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