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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Plan Approved

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved and released a comprehensive conservation plan that will guide management of Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges for the next 15 years, it was announced Monday. 

Officials said that following a final 30-day public review of the CCP and environmental impact statement, the service’s northeast regional director signed the plan and that record of decision appears in Monday's Federal Register.

According to officials, the CCP adopted Alternative B, a management strategy that will balance wildlife habitat management with public use opportunities on refuge lands. The CCP calls for moving the existing recreational beach 1.5 miles north of the current site, keeping it one mile in length, and including a new parking lot protected by dunes.  The Service will begin implementing the plan over time, pending available funding.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds.  Currently spanning more than 14,000 acres, the refuge provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds, and many other species of wildlife and plants.  Refuge management programs restore threatened and endangered species such as the piping plover and red knot.

Visit the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge website for more information. 

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