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March 27, 2006

 Contact: Craig Mowry, Kirwin NWR, 785-543-6673

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Host Public Open House for Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host an open house for the public to learn about, and comment on, the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.  The open house will be held on April 20, 2006, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Huck Boyd Center in Phillipsburg, KS.  Information about the Refuge and the draft plan will be provided. The public will have an opportunity to provide comment on the long-term management of the Refuge.  The Service encourages participation in this event and welcomes public input into the draft plan. 

Public Open House for the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.

When: April 20, 2006, between 6:00p.m. and 8:00p.m.

   Huck Boyd Center, 860 Park, Phillipsburg, KS

The facility is accessible to people with disabilities.  If you have special needs and plan to attend the open house, please call 303-236-4378 in advance so accommodations can be arranged.

Kirwin NWR, located in southeastern Phillips Country, in north-central Kansas, was established in 1954 and was the first national wildlife refuge established in Kansas.  Located in a transition zone between tallgrass prairies to the east and short grass prairies to the west, Kirwin consists of nearly 11,000 acres overlaid on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Kirwin Reservoir and adjacent uplands.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 requires that all refuges be managed in accordance with an approved CCP which, when implemented, will achieve refuge purposes; help fulfill the Refuge System mission; maintain and, where appropriate, restore the ecological integrity of each refuge and the Refuge System; help achieve the goals of the Wilderness Preservation System; and meet other mandates.  The CCP will guide management decisions for the next 15 years and set forth goals, objectives, and strategies to accomplish these tasks.  The Service began the CCP process in the fall of 2002 and hopes to complete the CCP for Kirwin in the summer of 2006.

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 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource 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 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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