Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge Seeks Public Comments

February 21, 2013 / Oklahoma, United States, North America
The Mary and Murray Looney Education and Research Center on the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge.

The Mary and Murray Looney Education and Research Center on the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Dsmdgold/Wikipedia

Northeastern Oklahoma’s Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge is looking for public input and comments on a new draft Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The approximately 4,000 acre refuge was first established in 1986 to prevent extinction of and aid in recovery of federally listed endangered and threatened Ozark species that live in its caves, including the Ozark big-eared bat, gray bat, Ozark cavefish, and the rare, Delaware County cave crayfish.

This new plan, designed to address current and future conservation issues over the next 15 years, is outlined in as a set of proposed goals, objectives and strategies. It is available online on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region Planning page as a 21MB PDF file.

To encourage the public to share their ideas, the refuge has scheduled the following public meetings to share their proposed management ideas and listen to yours.

  • Delaware County Library, Jay, OK – Monday, February 25, 2013, 5:30 pm.
  • Stilwell Community Center, Stilwell, OK – Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:30 pm.
  • Cherokee Nation HQ Ballroom, Tahlequah, OK – Thursday, February 28, 2013, 5:30 pm.

Comments can be sent until March 8th, 2013 to Sarah Catchot, Resource Planner at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by writing her at NWRS, Division of Planning, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103, calling 505-248-7411 or emailing [email protected].

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