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J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Land Transfer Finding Available to Public


August 5, 2005

Contacts: Jim Rothschild, 404/679-7299

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in the proposal to transfer easements of approximately 30 acres of land within the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to Palm Beach County, Florida. The Corbett WMA was purchased beginning in 1956 in part with federal funds generated to benefit wildlife conservation values under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act.

In exchange 60 acres is being added to the Corbett WMA.

Based on review of the facts and analysis contained in the Environmental Assessment (EA), the Service determined that the proposal did not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment under the meaning of Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). This conclusion means an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is unnecessary and will not be prepared.

The EA and FONSI are on the Service’s website at and at the following locations: Palm Beach County Facilities Development and Operations Administrative Office, 3200 Belvedere Road, Bldg. 1169, West Palm Beach; North County Regional Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens; and Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 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 and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


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