Relighting Lighthouse Compatibilithy Determination

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Public Notice of Availability for Comment – Draft Compatibility Determination for Re-lighting the Historic St. Marks Lighthouse on the St. Marks National Wild.life Refuge


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Release #20-06

October 30, 2019 - Contact: Robin Will

Public Notice of Availability for Comment – Draft Compatibility Determination for Re-lighting the Historic St. Marks Lighthouse on the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is evaluating a proposed use on the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The proposed use is the relighting of the historic St. Marks Lighthouse on the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. 

Prior to allowing this use on the refuge, Federal law requires that the Service first determine that the proposed activity is appropriate and compatible and, if allowed, must be re-evaluated every ten years. 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. A draft compatibility determination covering the anticipated scope of the activity is currently available for public review and comment.

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 Stated 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.

The Service would like to know what you think of this proposed refuge use. All comments received within 30 days following the date of this notice will be considered in finalizing this compatibility determination. We hope to make a final decision on this proposed use within 14 days following closure of the public comment period. 

All comments should be in writing and should be received no later than, 30 NOVEMBER, 2019. Comments should specifically articulate how the proposed action would, or would not, materially interfere with or detract from the Refuge purposes or System mission. Comments should be addressed to: Terry Peacock, Refuge Manager email (terry_peacock@fws.gov; Subject Line: “St. Marks Lighthouse Re-Lighting”), phone (850-925-6121), or mail (St. Marks Lighthouse Re-Lighting c/o Terry Peacock, St. Marks NWR, P.O. Box 68, St. Marks, FL 32355)

If commenting via email, please place the words “St. Marks Lighthouse Re-Lighting” 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 of computer viruses.

To request a copy of the compatibility determinations, learn the final decision regarding this proposed use, or for more information, contact Refuge Manager Terry Peacock or find it on our website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_marks/. Copies of the draft compatibility determinations may also be obtained at the refuge office located at 1255 Lighthouse Rd., St. Marks, Florida 32355.