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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Amended Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment for Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge


March 5, 2007


Greg Harper, (318) 992-5261
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291

A draft Amended Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes is available for public review on March 5, 2007. The comment period will extend until April 5, 2007.

The plan describes four alternatives for hunting on the refuge: (1) Alternative A: Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Hunting on the Bushley Bayou Unit of Catahoula NWR – Proposed Action; (2) Alternative B: No Action - No Recreational Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Hunting on the entire refuge; (3) Alternative C: Decrease waterfowl and migratory bird hunting on the refuge; (4) Alternative D: Increase waterfowl hunting on the refuge.

Under the proposed action, the additional acreage open to hunting would include migratory birds such as waterfowl, woodcock, rails, gallinules, and snipe. Hunting would be carried out in accordance with Federal and State of Louisiana regulations, and refuge-specific regulations.

Copies of the plan can be requested from and viewed at the refuge office. The office is located on 210 Catahoula NWR Road, Jonesville, LA approximately 12 miles east of Jena on Hwy 84.

Written comments, requests for the plan, or questions can be directed to Greg Harper, Refuge Manager, at P.O. Drawer Z, Rhinehart, LA 71363; (318) 992-5261. Email comments can be provided to the following address:

The Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge is currently 25,242 acres and is located in LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes of Louisiana. The Bushley Bayou Unit is located about 8 miles west of Jonesville and 35 miles northeast of Alexandria in LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes. State Highway 126 runs through the northern part of the unit.

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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