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Barb Perkins, FWS, 303-236-4588

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to Host Waterfowl Forum

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are hosting a Waterfowl Forum to discuss how waterfowl regulations and seasons are set each year; and solicit community input to ensure better communications during the regulation-setting process.

 Topics for discussion will include waterfowl ecology and management; and the regulation setting process.  Attendees will have ample time to ask questions and provide comments.

 “This Forum is intended to facilitate an exchange of information and ideas between the agencies responsible for waterfowl management and the interested public,” said Ralph Morgenweck, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region.

 Mark Vrtiska with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages waterfowl hunters to mark their calendars for October 12, “This is a unique opportunity to meet with federal and state waterfowl biologists to discuss your concerns and opinions.”

 When:              Wednesday, October 12, 2005
                        7 pm – 9:30 pm

 Where:            Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center
                        110 2nd Avenue (I-80 -- Kearney Exit 163)
                        Kearney, Nebraska 

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 nearly 545 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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