Federal Regulators Propose Changes for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Jun 1, 2012

 DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal regulators have issued a draft comprehensive conservation plan for the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.

The draft plan released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes three options for managing the refuge for the next 15 years.

One option is maintain current management practices. Another is to return to management plans used in the past, which would require some changes to current public use programs.

The alternative preferred by the Fish and Wildlife Service calls for proactive habitat management focused on certain species of wildlife and plants while expanding public use at the same time.

Refuge staff will hold five public meetings over a two-week period starting June 5 to discuss the proposed management alternatives, followed by a formal public hearing on June 19.