Conserving the Nature of America

News Release

Service Reopens Public Review and Comment Period for Draft Farallon National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment

March 16, 2009


Division of Public Affairs
External Affairs
Telephone: 703-358-2220

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the public review and comment period for the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. Public comments will be accepted until April 13, 2009.

The Service first released the draft CCP/EA on December 22, 2009, for a 60-day comment period which ended February 20. In response to several requests from the public, the Service reopened the comment period for 30 days. The draft Plan articulates conservation issues and presents management alternatives for the remote refuge, located 28 miles off the coast of San Francisco, in San Francisco County. The draft CCP/EA identifies and evaluates four alternatives for managing the refuge for the next 15 years. Each alternative describes a combination of wildlife, habitat, and public use management prescriptions designed to achieve the purposes for which the refuge was established.

Highlights of the plan:

--Continue to provide breeding and resting habitat for migratory seabirds and marine mammals (primarily seals and sea lions);

--Monitor seabird and marine mammal population size and reproduction success;

--Eradicate nonnative house mice and remove individual problem western gulls affecting seabird populations;

--Continue management activities to restore native plants; --Expands opportunities for education through the development of new school and public education materials;

--Develop a workshop for charter boat staff and naturalists to enhance the off-refuge tours they provide to the public; and

--Develop a visitor services plan that evaluates and implements on-site public uses such as guided tours.

A notice of reopening the comment period for the CCP/EA was published in the Federal Register on March 12, 2009, and is available on the Internet at: Copies are also available from the refuge office at 9500 Thornton Ave., ark, CA 94560.

Comments on the draft CCP/EA should be mailed to: Winnie Chan, Refuge Planner, Farallon NWR CCP, San Francisco Bay NWR Complex, 9500 Thornton Avenue, ark, CA 94560.You may also e-mail comments to"> or fax them to (510) 792-5828. If submitting by fax or e-mail, please type "FNWR CCP" in the subject line.

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