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Federal sport fishing and boating council plans public meeting

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The Sport Fishing & Boating Partnership Council has scheduled a two-day meeting for the end of the month. The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the meeting in the Federal Register of Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The meeting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014.

The public is welcome to attend, provide written statements in advance and to speak at the meeting. The event takes place at the Department of the Interior, 1849 C St. NW, Room 5160, Washington, DC 20240. If you have questions, contact Council Coordinator Brian Bohnsack at 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, VA 22203, voice (703) 358-2435, fax (703) 358-2487, email brian_bohnsack@fws.gov.

The 18-member council advises the U.S. Department of the Interior on resource protection that benefits recreational boating and fishing and how to form partnerships to protect the environment while encouraging the activities. It was formed in 1993.

At the meeting, the council will receive updates on various matters, including how FWS is doing in complying with the council's previous suggestions on improving its activities. The council will also discuss its own assessment of how the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is handling its National Outreach & Communication Program. The council will also discuss the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation's progress in implementing the America's Great Outdoors Initiative.

The council will also discuss what's going on in the Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program. It will also get the latest news on the National Wildlife Refuge System Vision, with an emphasis on Recommendation 17 on Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Recreation. The council may also address other matters.

If you wish to attend the meeting, speak, or submit written comments or questions, you must notify the council by Wednesday, July 23. The agenda include half an hour for public comments. No one can speak for more than two minutes. You can expand upon your remarks or file written statements through the end of August.

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