The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced  an extension on its Notice of Availability (NOA) for a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the National Elk Refuge.

These draft documents describe how the Service intends to manage the refuge for the next 15 years. The original comment period was set to expire on 10/9/14, but with the extension the public now has until October 24, 2014 to comment.

“We know the National Elk Refuge is a special place for many people, and we value the public’s input,” said Project Leader, Steve Kallin. “We have been asked by the public for more time to review and provide comment on the draft CCP/EA, so we are honoring that request.”

The draft CCP and EA are companion documents to the National Elk Refuge Bison and Elk Management Plan and its contents, including supplemental feeding, are not part of this comment period.