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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month published a final rule that supports the conservation of one of the most visited and enjoyed refuges in Alaska, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Consistent with the Refuge’s 2010 Comprehensive Conservation Plan, the final rule amends Refuge public use regulations to ensure natural resource conservation while maintaining high quality and safe experiences for visitors.
Updates include regulations that:
“Thousands of visitors come to recreate and enjoy the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s stunning scenery, great fishing and abundant wildlife every summer,” said Refuge Manager Andy Loranger. “We want visitors to have a great experience and we want future generations to have the same opportunities to enjoy all that makes this place special. This update of the Refuge’s public use regulations will help us meet these goals.”
The regulations were published as a proposed rule and open for a 60-day public comment period last summer. The rule was modified in response to written public comments and testimony provided at a public hearing. A summary of comments and the Service’s responses can be found in the final rule.
The new regulations will become effective 30 days after publication. The final rule is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/05/2016-10288/refuge-specific-regulations-public-use-kenai-national-wildlife-refuge.
For more information about Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/.