Draft Compatibility Determination for Rose Atoll

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We are seeking comment on a new public use at Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating whether a new public use, amateur radio operations, is compatible with the purpose for which Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Marine National Monument was established.The Refuge was established for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources. The Refuge is currently closed to public access, but with a special use permit there is some public access allowed. Amateur radio operations would potentially be able to access the Refuge and Monument using this special use permitting process in order to conduct amateur radio operations and related activities. Amateur radio (also called ham radio, or DX) is the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of establishing non-commercial communication between radio hobbyists. Operators use radio transmitters and receivers to communicate with other amateur radio operators all over the world as a hobby. 

The Service is asking for public comments on the proposed draft compatibility determination for allowing amateur radio operations at Rose Atoll Refuge and Monument from February 28 - March 28.
You can read the Draft Compatibility Determination here: 
Comments can be submitted: 
Electronic mail: brian_peck@fws.gov - Include “Draft Compatibility Determination” in the subject line of the message.
Mail: Brian Peck, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, PO Box 5744, Pago Pago, AS, 96799