Growler Mountains Communication System

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is soliciting public comments on the following documents


Category Exclusion for the Relocation, Upgrade, and Operation of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Existing Communication System on Growler Mountain within the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Replacement and Collocation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Existing Land Mobile Radio System with a CBP Communications System. (Click here for document)

Draft Compatibility Determination for the Relocation, Upgrade, and Operation of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Existing Communication System on Growler Mountain within the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Replacement and Collocation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Existing Land Mobile Radio System with a CBP Communications System.
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The draft Compatibility Determination (CD) assesses the compatibility of the continued operation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) communications systems on Growler Mountain as well as the replacement of existing Refuge land mobile radio (LMR) equipment with a CBP SBINet communications system that would accommodate refuge equipment. This collocation of equipment would reduce the overall footprint of the project than would occur if refuge and CBP used separate facilities.

A CD is a written determination that a Refuge use will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the System mission or the purposes of the refuge. In compliance with The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Policy on National Wildlife Refuge System Uses (603 FW 2), refuges are required to prepare CDs for Refuge uses, defined as recreational uses, refuge management economic activities, or other uses of a refuge by the public. The CDs provide documentation that the uses are compatible with the purpose for which the Refuge was established.

This announcement initiates the public comment period. Copies of the draft CD and Category Exclusion are available above or at refuge headquarters at 1611 N. 2nd Ave, Ajo, AZ 85321.

Comments will be accepted from March 2 until close of business on March 23, 2018 and should be sent to sid_slone@fws.gov or mailed to Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, 1611 N. 2nd Ave, Ajo AZ 85321 Attn: Refuge Manager.