FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COMPLEX
MOSQUITO MANAGEMENT PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASESSMENT
PUBLIC SCOPING PERIOD ANNOUNCED
There will be 2 Public Scoping Meetings to gather
Public Information to be held
Monday, December 9th
2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
at the LKPOA Building
1668 Bogie Road, Big Pine Key
The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Refuge) has initiated the public scoping process for the Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding the development of a Mosquito Management Plan in conjunction with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (District). This process involves educating the public on Refuge and District policies, discussing the EA process, and requesting that the public provide input regarding mosquito management related issues on the Refuges.
The Refuge and the District are working together to develop this long-term plan for the control of mosquitos that is protective of sensitive fish and wildlife species and their habitats. Specific issues associated with mosquito management on the Refuge include:
The Refuge and the District will analyze information on mosquito management methods and approaches to assess the effects of these management techniques on natural resources, social influences, and other Refuge and District operations. Two public scoping meetings to gather public input will be held December 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Big Pine Key at the Lower Keys Property Owners Association building located just before No Name Key at the LKPOA Building, 1668 Bogie Road, Big Pine Key, FL 33043. Information regarding mosquito management policy on the Refuge will be provided. Each scoping meeting, which will last about two hours, will start with a short presentation followed by breakout sessions where the public can provide input directly to the Refuge and the District. Questions or comments regarding these meetings should be made to:
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex
28950 Watson Blvd
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Comments and input may also be mailed electronically to email@example.com.
The Public Scoping period will end January 9, 2014 and a draft EA will then be available shortly thereafter for comment. All comments should be submitted to the Refuge prior to that date to be included in drafting the EA. Additional notice will be provided on the issuance of the draft EA.
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