Environmental Assessment

Kildeer / © Laurel Ladwig

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to present our final Restoration, Activities, and Site Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) and Compatibility Determinations (CDs). 

  • Environmental Assessment

    The FWS Regional Director reviewed this EA and considered comments, technical, and operational information to determine the best alternative for management of the refuge’s physical, biological, and human resources. The Regional Director has determined that Alternative B, the proposed management, is the best alternative for the future of the refuge. In addition, the Regional Chief of NWRs has determined that 12 of the proposed CDs were appropriate and compatible uses on the refuge with specific circumstances. Additionally, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and an Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation were completed and approved. Documents are available below.

     

    Brief Description of EA completion and the Next Steps  

    Environmental Assessment

    Compatibility Determinations

    Service Response to Public Review Comments

    Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation Form

    Signed Decision Documents: Finding of No Significant Impact

  • The Next Steps

    The refuge will begin a multi-year process to restore and create native habitat and visitor infrastructure. Depending on resource availability, this process can take up to 20 years. Recently, a hiring request for a contractor to design and build the refuge visitor center went out. Once a contractor is hired, the design-build process may take about 3 years to finish. Working with partners, like Bureau of Reclamation, Rio Grande Return, WildEarth Guardians, and youth crews, we anticipate wetland construction and revegetation to begin in 2018. This winter, AMAFCA will start stormwater drainage on the construction, restoration, improvements along the refuge’s northern boundary.

    Brief Description of EA completion and the Next Steps

  • Community Update

    Thank you to all who came to our Community Update on August 2nd, at the Mountain View Elementary School. Nearly 100 people attended!  Thank you again to the Elementary School for hosting, the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR for providing dinner and to everyone who was able to come.  It was a great evening.