Press Release
National Elk Refuge Seeks Input for Public Meeting Locations
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is in the early planning stages to update the 2007 Bison and Elk Management Plan (Plan) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the National Elk Refuge.    

In late Summer 2023, FWS anticipates publishing a Notice of Intent to update the existing Plan and evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the plan in an EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). FWS is looking to create meaningful and accessible opportunities for public engagement in the decision-making process, and we are seeking diverse public feedback and the best available science to inform the NEPA process. 

Would you like to recommend a location for a public scoping meeting? Submit your suggestion here! Public scoping meetings will be scheduled for late summer/early fall 2023 in Wyoming and possibly eastern Idaho.   

The Plan will describe desired future conditions, management goals, objectives, and strategies for managing healthy and sustainable bison and elk populations on the NER. Opportunities for public input on the Plan and EIS will be available during the NEPA process, anticipated later this year. 

For further information, contact Alice Lee, Conservation Planner, via email at In addition, further updates and information will be posted to the project webpage at:


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