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15-year plan for Patuxent Research Refuge finalized

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The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has finalized its 15-year plan for managing the Patuxent Research Refuge. On Monday, Dec. 16, FWS is officially unveiling its final comprehensive conservation plan and finding of no significant impact for the refuge in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties, Maryland.

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FWS announced it was drafting the plan in March, 2010. It put out a draft plan last year. See story linked to below for background.

The plan adopts FWS' proposal for forest restoration and mixed public use, with only minor technical changes, such as cleaning up formatting and typos.

FWS explains that the plan “comprises a mix of actions that, in our professional judgment, works best towards achieving the refuge's purposes, vision, and goals, (National Wildlife Refuge System) policies, and the goals of other state and regional conservation plans.”

The plan allows wildlife conservation and related recreational opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, photography and wildlife viewing.



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