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Anchorage Public Meeting on Arctic Refuge CCP Set For May 11th

On May 11th, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold a
public meeting in Anchorage allowing individuals to learn about and provide
comments on the planned update of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 22
year-old Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The meeting will be held in the
Service’s Alaska Regional Office, at 1011 East Tudor Road. An
information/poster session will be held in the building’s atrium from 3
p.m. to 9 p.m. Public comments will be taken in the Gordon Watson
Conference Room from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The
Comprehensive Conservation Plan is intended to establish refuge management
goals and objectives and will include wilderness and wild and scenic river
reviews. A comprehensive conservation plan is required for each national
wildlife refuge, guides stewardship of the refuge and is normally updated
every 15 years.

In addition to the Anchorage meeting, similar gatherings will be or have
been held in Washington D.C., Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon,
Kaktovik, and Venetie. The meetings are intended to help the Service
identify issues and draft alternatives for future stewardship of the
refuge. After evaluating public comments, the Service will release a draft
plan for public review and comment in February 2011. Based upon a thorough
review of comments, the Service plans to issue the final plan and record of
decision in April 2012.

As part of the planning process for Alaska refuges, the Service may
inventory, study, and possibly propose areas suitable for wilderness within
the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness areas preserve a
landscape’s natural conditions for the benefit and use of the American
people. A wilderness area recommendation by the Service is forwarded to the
Secretary of the Interior for consideration. Any new wilderness designation
requires Congressional approval.

Additional information about the planning process, including instructions
on how to submit written comments, is posted at:
http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our
work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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