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Contact: Lindsay Ries, 631-687-4768
Patchogue, New York - The National Park Service (NPS) will conduct two open house workshops for public review and comment of the draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement ("Draft Plan/EIS"). Available today, the Draft Plan/EIS analyzes deer management alternatives that will reduce adverse impacts on vegetation and cultural landscapes, and address undesirable human-deer interactions.The document is available online for public review and comment through October 10, 2014.
The public open house workshops will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Draft Plan/EIS, ask questions of park staff, and submit comments. Scheduled meeting dates and locations are as follows:
- Wednesday, August 20: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Patchogue Ferry Terminal
- Friday, August 22: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Gymnasium at Woodhull School (Ocean Beach)
Four alternatives are evaluated in the Draft Plan/EIS including a no-action alternative and three action alternatives. Alternative D, the NPS Preferred Alternative identified in the document, includes a combination of methods to achieve management objectives. The Draft Plan/EIS has been prepared in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services.
The Draft Plan/EIS may be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/fiis by clicking on the project name, and "Open for Public Comments." Comments may be submitted through this website or mailed to: Superintendent, Fire Island National Seashore, 120 Laurel Street, Patchogue, NY 11772, Attention: Draft Deer Management Plan/EIS.
The Final White-tailed Deer Management Plan/EIS (Final Plan/EIS) will address public comments received by October 10, 2014. The Final Plan/EIS Record of Decision, expected in summer 2015, will formally announce the chosen management alternative and provide direction for implementing the plan.
Fire Island National Seashore encompasses 26 miles of ocean and bay shoreline, lush backdunes, maritime forests and residential communities on Fire Island, a barrier island situated south of Long Island, New York. Fire Island's dynamic coastal landscape is home to a diversity of plants and wildlife and offers a retreat from nearby metropolitan New York. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/fiis.
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