Conserving the Nature of America

News Release

Service Announces Availability of San Joaquin River NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan

August 20, 2007


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

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that it has completed the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and is making the plan and its accompanying Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) available to the public.

A comprehensive conservation plan provides management direction for a refuge for 15 years. With input from the public, the Service forms a vision of a refuges desired conditions and the actions needed to achieve it. A refuges vision may include improved habitat conditions and expanded public use programs that are compatible with resource conservation.

Highlights of the plan:

· Balances the needs of wetland, grassland and riparian habitats and their wildlife communities;

· Supports the recovery of listed (including recently de-listed) threatened and endangered species including the riparian brush rabbit and Aleutian cackling goose; and

· Planned expansion of public use opportunities including wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, fishing and hunting on the Refuge.

The 6,642-acre San Joaquin River NWR was established in 1987 and is located west of Modesto, Calif., within the historic floodplain of the confluences of the San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Rivers. Refuge lands consist of oak-cottonwood-willow riparian forest, pastures, agricultural fields and wetlands. The refuge is the primary wintering site of 98 percent of the Aleutian Canada geese that winter in the Valley (October - April), and is a major wintering/migration area for lesser and greater sandhill cranes, cackling Canada geese, and white-fronted geese. The refuges riparian forest contains a large heron/egret rookery and provides important migration and breeding habitat for neotropical migratory land birds.

Copies of the conservation plan and FONSI may be obtained by writing to the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 2176, 947-C West Pacheco Boulevard, Los Banos, Calif., 93635 or CA/NV Refuge Planning Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W-1832, Sacramento, Calif., 95825. Another option is to access the plan online at: Copies are also available at the following libraries: Stanislaus County Library [1500 I Street, Modesto]; Manteca City Library [320 Center Road, Manteca]; and Merced County Library [2100 O Street, Merced].

A Federal Register Notice was published on Aug. 16, 2007, announcing the availability of this plan.

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