Help Plan the Future of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

TRNWR (photo taken on November 14, 2010)

From Tualatin Riverkeepers:

Help Plan the Future of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Should hunting be allowed on the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge?
What should happen with Wapato Lake?
Should there be a canoe and kayak access on the refuge?
How should the refuge connect with regional trails?
Which parts of the refuge should be open to the public?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two public scoping meetings in November and December about developing of a comprehensive management plan for the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

The government agency is seeking public input about issues, concerns and opportunities regarding the refuge’s future. When complete, officials say the plan will guide refuge management for the next 15 years.

The refuge was established in 1992, and currently manages 2,154 acres. Upon completion of planned land acquisitions, the refuge will be at 7,370 acres in units near Sherwood, Forest Grove and Gaston, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7 to 9 p.m.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
19255 S.W. Pacific Highway, Sherwood

Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 to 9 p.m.
Forest Grove Senior and Community Center
2037 Douglas St., Forest Grove

Written comments will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. To submit comments, receive updates or be placed on a mailing list, write to: Refuge Manager, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 S.W. Pacific Highway, Sherwood OR 97140.

Comments may also be sent via e-mail to: tualatinccp@fws.gov; be sure to reference “Tualatin River CCP/EA” in the subject line. Written submissions may also be faxed to 503-625-5947.

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