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Draft CD for Non-Motorized Competitive Race Events

Draft Compatibility Determination for Non-Motorized Competitive Race Events on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex



Public Notice of Availability for Comment – Draft Compatibility Determination for Non-Motorized Competitive Race Events
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is evaluating a use that has been proposed on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes Wheeler, Key Cave, Sauta Cave, Fern Cave, Mountain Longleaf, Cahaba River, and Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuges. The use that has been proposed is Non-Motorized Competitive Race Events.

Prior to allowing this use on the refuge, Federal law requires that the Service first determine that the proposed activity is appropriate and compatible and, if allowed, must be re-evaluated every ten years. A compatible use is a proposed or existing wildlife-dependant recreational use or any other use of a National Wildlife Refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the purposes for which the refuge was established and the National Wildlife Refuge System mission. The Service develops a compatibility determination to facilitate evaluation of proposed uses, including anticipated impacts and stipulations necessary to ensure compatibility. A draft compatibility determination covering the anticipated scope of the activity is currently available for public review and comment.

The National Wildlife Refuge System mission is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United Stated for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. The purposes for establishing the refuges are provided on the first page of the draft compatibility determination.

The Service would like to know what you think of this proposed refuge use. All comments received within 14 days following the date of this notice will be considered in finalizing this compatibility determination. We hope to make a final decision on this proposed use within 14 days following closure of the public comment period.

All comments should be in writing and should be received no later than May 19, 2017. Comments should specifically articulate how the proposed project would, or would not, materially interfere with or detract from the Refuge purposes or System mission. Comments should be addressed to:

Keith Westlake, Refuge Manager
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
407 Bains Gap Rd, Anniston, AL 36201

Comments may also be sent via email to wheeler@fws.gov. If commenting via email, please place the words “Competitive Race Events Comments” in the subject line and your comments in the body of the text. Please do not include attachments because they will not be opened due to the potential for computer viruses.

To request a copy of the compatibility determination, learn the final decision regarding this proposed use, or for more information, contact Keith Westlake at 256-848-6833 or find it on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge website at http://wheeler.fws.gov. Copies of the draft compatibility determinations may also be obtained at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters and Visitor Center, both located off Hwy. 67 in Decatur, AL.

Draft Compatibility Determination for Non-Motorized Competitive Race Events within Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex 

Last Updated: May 02, 2017
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