Friday, September 1, 2006
Public comment period ends Sept. 8 for haying at Great Meadows
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft compatibility determination for haying at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The determination is available for public review and comment until September 8.
Once finalized, these compatibility determinations will allow individuals to mow and bale hay on the Refuge, and remove the baled hay for personal use. Because there is an economic value to baled hay, the activity must also contribute to the purposes of the refuge.
Great Meadows is one of eight Refuges comprising the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and is managed for migratory birds, including grassland birds. Haying is a useful management technique which maintains and provides wildlife habitat for grassland-dependent birds.
The draft compatibility determination can be viewed online at www.fws/gov/northeast/greatmeadows. People can also stop by the refuge complex headquarters at the Great Meadows NWR, 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury to obtain a copy of the determinations, or call 1-978-443-4661.
Submit comments on the proposed haying determination via e-mail to Libby_Herland@fws.gov, or mail to: Ms. Libby Herland, Refuge Manager, Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.
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