Presquile study ready for review

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) last week announced the release of an environmental assessment for Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. The public will be able to review and comment on the assessment through Dec. 31.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, the prepared environmental assessment was to evaluate alternatives regarding enhancement of overnight accommodations in support of an environmental education program at Presquile. Environmental education has been a priority public use at Presquile Island since the refuge was established in 1953.

The USFWS has been collaborating with the James River Association for more than 10 years to offer environmental education programs on the refuge, culminating in the creation of the James River Ecology School for their overnight accomodations. The partnership with the James River Association is a commitment to fulfilling the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration and the Refuge System’s renewed vision.

One of the details of the assessment is no action alternative, and one action alternative is for enhancing overnight accommodations on the refuge. The environment assessment will be available for viewing and comment at these area locations:

Hopewell Regional Library: 245 East Cawson Street, Hopewell, Virginia 23860

Chester Library: 11800 Centre Street, Chester, Virginia 23831-1781

Internet: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/presquile/news.html

Please contact Cyrus Brame at 804-829-9020 for more information.

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