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February 28, 2006

Dave Hamm, 303-236-7394

 Service Determines “Finding of No Significant Impact” on Proposal to Enhance the Fishery at Panguitch Lake through Chemical Reclamation

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) for the final environmental assessment of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ (Division) proposed “Panguitch Lake Fisheries Enhancement in Garfield County, Utah,” as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.  The proposal is a Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration project to be funded jointly by the Division and the Service.

 The final environmental assessment, prepared by the Division and Service, analyzed the Division’s proposal to create a viable sport fishery in Panguitch Lake by treating portions of three inlet streams, the upper reaches of Panguitch Creek, and two small ponds with the fish toxicant rotenone.  The Division will begin treatment in the Spring of 2006.

 The FONSI and the final environmental assessment are available online at:  Those without internet access may request copies by calling the Services’s Division of Federal Assistance at 303-236-5420. 

 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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