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Public Notice of Availability for Comment: Draft Compatibility Determination for Utility Right-of-Way

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is accepting comments for a Draft Compatibility Determination for a utility Right-of-Way on Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) pertaining to infrastructure repair and upgrade from previous hurricane damages. The Service has prepared a Draft Compatibility Determination (CD) which provides the assessment and guidelines for this right-of-way. The CD is currently available for your review here or at the refuge office and visitor center. Comments will be received until June 6, 2024.

A compatible use is a proposed or existing wildlife-dependent recreational use or any other use of a National Wildlife Refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the purposes for which the refuge was established and the National Wildlife Refuge System mission. The Service develops a compatibility determination to facilitate evaluation of proposed uses, including anticipated impacts and stipulations necessary to ensure compatibility.

The National Wildlife Refuge System mission is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. The purposes for establishing the refuges are provided on the first page of the draft compatibility determination.

All comments should be in writing and should be received no later than June 6, 2024. Comments should specifically articulate how the proposed project would, or would not, materially interfere with or detract from the Refuge purposes or Refuge System mission. Comments should be addressed to:

Shaun Ziegler, Refuge Manager

Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge

1428 Highway 27, Bell City, LA 70630

Comments may also be sent via email to swlrcomplex@fws.gov. If commenting via email, please place the words “Compatibility Determination Comments” in the subject line and your comments in the body of the text. Please do not include attachments because they will not be opened due to the potential for computer viruses.

To request a copy of the compatibility determination, learn the final decision regarding this proposed use, or for more information, contact the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge office at (337) 774-5923. Copies of the draft compatibility determination may be accessed here on this page, or obtained at the refuge headquarters office and visitor center at 1428 Highway 27, Bell City, LA 70630

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Created in 1988, Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge was established to preserve and protect wintering waterfowl and their habitat. It was the first refuge established under the auspices of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Located at the convergence of two major flyways, the refuge has an important role in management for migratory birds. Consisting of fresh marsh, coastal prairie, and old rice fields, Cameron Prairie NWR is located at the convergence of two major flyways. The refuge has an important role in management for migratory birds including many species of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl and migratory birds.

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National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge was established to preserve and protect wintering waterfowl and their habitat. The refuge is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana, in north central Cameron Parish. It contains 9,621 acres that include fresh marsh, coastal prairie, and old rice fields (currently moist soil units). Located at the convergence of two major flyways, the refuge has an important role in management for migratory birds. The visitor center, exhibits, and auto-tour route are the primary attractions for the visiting public.

The refuge is an integral part of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. The East Cove Unit, which is only accessible by boat, was established in 1937 as part of Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. This unit, administratively transferred to Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge from Sabine in 2001, consists of 14,927 acres of brackish to intermediate marsh. These marshes are managed as a nursery for brown and white shrimp, blue crab, and many fish species. Located in Cameron Parish in the southwest corner of Louisiana, the East Cove Unit is bordered on the west by Calcasieu Lake, and on the north, east, and south by privately owned marshes.

Visitor Center hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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