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Fairbanks Public Meeting on Arctic Refuge CCP Set For May 13th

May 7, 2010

On May 13th, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold a
public meeting in Fairbanks 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
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. An information/poster session
will be held from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both written and verbal (digitally
recorded) comments will be taken during the meeting. (Digital recorders
will be available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; a court reporter will be on
hand to transcribe public comments between 5 p.m. and 8:30 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 Fairbanks meeting, similar gatherings will be or have
been held in Washington D.C., Arctic Village, Anchorage, Fort Yukon,
Kaktovik, and Venetie. The meetings are intended to help the Service
identify issues and opportunities 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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