october, 2019

01oct9:40 am10:00 amNational Bison Range Management Plan In-depth.

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Event Details

Amy Coffman is the Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Bison Range Complex, which encompasses four National Wildlife Refuges and a Wetland Management District. Amy grew up in northwest Montana and has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 15 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comment on the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge until October 7, 2019. Following this 30-day review period, the Service will review any comments received, publish the final Record of Decision, and begin implementing the final CCP. The CCP is a mandatory planning document that will determine goals for resource management and visitor recreation on the refuge for the next 15 years. It does not currently include a proposal for an Annual Funding Agreement with tribes. The current version of the CCP addresses the 340 comments received on the draft CCP during the spring 2019 comment period from 55 individuals and nine organizations, focusing primarily on refuge operations, including staffing, grazing management, visitor services, and partnerships. The Service will develop a single CCP and Environmental Impact Statement for the five other units that are part of the National Bison Range Complex—the Lost Trail, Ninepipe, and Pablo National Wildlife Refuge, and two wetland management districts.

Time

(Tuesday) 9:40 am - 10:00 am

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