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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on the Compatibility Determination for Hunting at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge


February 26, 2007


Stan Howarter, Wildlife Biologist, (318) 574-2664
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291

A Compatibility Determination for Hunting on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Madison and Tensas Parishes is available for a 14-day public review beginning February 16, 2007. The comment period will end March 2, 2007.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is in the process of opening newly acquired land on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) to hunting. Prior to opening new lands for hunting on the Refuge, Federal law requires that the Service first determine that these uses are compatible with Refuge purposes. A compatible use is any use of a National Wildlife Refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System mission or the purposes for establishing the Refuge. The Service develops a compatibility determination to facilitate evaluation of proposed refuge uses, including anticipated impacts and stipulations necessary to ensure compatibility. A draft compatibility determination has been crafted for the proposed uses and is currently available for public review.

Copies of the Compatibility Determination can be requested from the refuge and copies are available for review at the following libraries:

Madison Parish:
403 North Mulberry Street,
Tallulah, LA 71282

Tensas Parish:
135 Plank Road,
Saint Joseph, LA 71366

Written comments, requests for the document, or questions can be directed to Stan Howarter, Wildlife Biologist, at 2312 Quebec Road, Tallulah LA 71282; (318) 574-2664. Email comments can be provided to the following address:

The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge is currently 71,000 acres and is located in Madison and Tensas Parishes of Louisiana. Hunting opportunities are available, along with fishing, wildlife observation, photography, and environmental education.

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 94 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource 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.


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