The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (MBR) is seeking public comment on the draft environmental assessment (EA) to conduct fire management planning and burning activities within the Bear River MBR. Bear River MBR proposes to develop a Fire Management Plan (FMP) as a working reference for fire program implementation that formally documents the fire management program elements, objectives, strategies and resource considerations. The FMP is a step down management plan from the Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) and is a fundamental strategic document that guides the full range of fire management related activities including organization, facilities, equipment, staffing needs, activities, timing, locations and budgetary procedures. Service policy directs that every refuge having vegetation capable of burning must have a FMP, and that the FMP must be accompanied by an environmental assessment to document the environmental consequences of the preferred alternative. The Service encourages everyone with an interest to participate in this process and help create a quality plan for management of these important resources. Public comments on the draft EA will be accepted through close of business on Friday, Dec. 30. The draft document will be posted on the refuge website with copies located at the Wildlife Education Center. Notices will be placed on public information kiosks around the refuge to inform the public of the availability of the draft document for public review and comment. The draft document will also be posted on the refuge website http://www.fws.gov/bearriver/ Comments can be sent by e-mail to Tracy_Swenson@fws.gov or mail to Tracy Swenson @ 2155 West Forest Street, Brigham City, UT 84302.
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