For Immediate Release
September 9, 1999

Contact: Tom MacKenzie


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold the first of three national public hearings Monday, September 13, 1999, in Nashville, Tennessee, in regard to the proposed removal of the bald eagle from the Federal list of endangered and threatened species.

The hearing will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the McGavock High School auditorium, 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville. Immediately before the meeting, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the Service will host an informal question and answer session for all interested parties.

During the past 20 years, the bald eagle has made a dramatic comeback from the brink of extinction. Through public and private efforts, bald eagles are now nesting in almost every state in the Nation. On July 6, 1999, the Service published a proposal to remove the bald eagle from the list of endangered and threatened species.

The Service has scheduled these hearings in response to requests from parties interested in providing verbal comments for the record. Written comments will be accepted until October 5, 1999.

Removing the bald eagle from protection under the Endangered Species Act will not alter those conservation measures already in force to protect the species and its habitats.

For additional information on the hearing, please contact Ms. Tyler Sykes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cookeville, Tennessee at (931) 528-6481 ext. 214. For additional information, or to submit written comments on the proposed rule, please contact the National Bald Eagle Coordinator, Jody Millar at (309) 793-5800 ext. 524.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


Release #:R99-078


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