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Birdwatching at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
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Draft management plan released for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental impact statement for Chincoteague and Wallops Island national wildlife refuges in Virginia. The draft document describes three alternatives that were evaluated for management of the refuge for the next 15 years. It also provides an analysis of the potential effects on the environment from implementing each alternative. Some aspects of the Service’s preferred alternative include proposing to continue managing habitat for migratory birds, including bald eagles and piping plovers, building a new 8.5­acre parking lot protected by dunes at a new recreational beach, and maintaining the Chincoteague pony herd up to 150 ponies. The draft document will be available for public review and comment through July 15, 2014.

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Published on: Thursday, May 15,2014

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