Project Contacts:
For Information on the Planning Process
Scott Frazer, Biologist
Kern National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 670
Delano, California 93216
Phone: 661/725-2767
Fax: 661/725-6041

Richard Smith
Natural Resource Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
CA/NV Refuge Planning Office
2800 Cottage Way,
Suite W-1916
Sacramento, California 95825
Phone: 916/414-6502
Fax: 916/414-6512

For Information on the National Wildlife Refuge System
Dave Hardt, Project Leader
Kern National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 670
Delano, California 93216
Phone: 661/725-2767
Fax: 661/725-6041

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Tulare Basin
Land Protection Planning Study

Project Profile

Purpose of Study:
To determine if the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and the wetland and upland habitats in the Tulare Basin should be protected as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Study Area Size and Location:
Approximately 16,000 acres located in southern California east of I-5, west of State Highway 99, in an area that encompasses portions of three county borders--Kern, Kings, and Tulare. See map

Current Status:
Planning Update 3 was distributed at the end of March 2003, describing the Preliminary Alternatives. Public comments on the preliminary alternatives are welcome through May 2003. The next step is to prepare a Land Protection Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Conceptual Management Plan which will be available for public review and comment in the Fall of 2003.

Documents Available Online:
You can read, print, or download the following documents online using Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF). A free copy of the Adobe software is available from the Adobe website.

Tulare Basin Planning Update 1, June 2002
Tulare Basin Planning Update 2, October 2002
Tulare Basin Planning Update 3, March 2003

Information Updated as of: April 2003