After quickly reviewing the Draft CCP (Comprehensive Conservation Plan) & EA (Environmental Assessment) which I received a copy of yesterday, I am not convinced that we are out of
the woods yet.
Remember that the USFWS split up the process so that the CCP & EA and LPP & Economic Analysis
are running on different tracks. They did this to meet their reporting requirements for all existing operations.
"February 2012 - Bandon Marsh NWR Land
Protection Planning study separated from Refuge's Comprehensive
Conservation Planning process"
The LPP & Economic Analysis will not be completed until next month and the Economic Analysis from what I understand, is being completed by consultants in DC.
Also Remember that there were
3 original options:
1) Alternative A: Current Management;
2) Alternative B: Expanded Habitat Management and Restoration
3) Alternative C: Preferred Alternative
The CCP & EA now shows:
Alt. A and a hybrid called Alternative B & C (Preferred Alternative) which is a potion of the C Alternative without the expansion. The expansion will be dealt with in the LPP.
See Below from USFW Website:
Land Protection Planning at Bandon Marsh NWR
The Director of the USFWS granted approval in September 2011 to begin a detailed
Land Protection Planning (LPP) study to investigate the possibility of expanding the approved refuge boundary of Bandon Marsh NWR to meet the needs of fish, wildlife, and public recreational use. In early November 2011, the public was invited to participate in the planning process. Preliminary draft alternatives detailing how the refuge would be managed during the next 15 years and introducing the LPP study area were developed
as part of the Refuge's CCP process. However, in early February 2012, the USFWS made the decision to separate the CCP from the boundary expansion study. This schedule change allows the CCP to continue on pace and meet the Congressionally mandated due date while allowing more time for thorough analysis and study of the LPP range of alternatives.
For more information and updates on Land Protection Planning at Bandon Marsh NWR, visit our LPP site.
-- Bonnie Montoya-May,
LEED AP BD+C 818-621-4880
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How Do I Obtain Copies of the Draft CCP/EAs for the Bandon Marsh?
Copies of the Draft CCP/EAs are available as follows:
Review or download the Draft CCP/EAs from our Web site:
Printed or CD-ROM copies may be obtained by contacting:
Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader
Oregon Coast National Wildlife
2127 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 867-4550
Comments are due: October 22, 2012
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