Springville, Tenn.–The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment through November 27, on a draft Sport Hunting Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Compatibility Determination for Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge .
The purpose of the draft Sport Hunting Plan is to update the 1984 Cross Creeks Sport Hunting Plan. The updated plan clarifies the inclusion of spring squirrel season, muzzleloader deer season, and the incidental take of coyote and beaver during any regularly sanctioned hunt on the Refuge.
The Environmental Assessment analyzes the environmental effects of the draft Sport Hunting Plan. The Compatibility Determination analyzes whether, based on sound professional judgment, the proposed use (Sport Hunting) will or will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the purposes for which the refuge was established and the National Wildlife Refuge System mission.
The National Wildlife Refuge System’s mission is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. The purpose for establishing the refuge is provided on the first page of the draft Compatibility Determination.
The Service would like to know what you think of this proposed refuge use. All comments received within 30 days following the date of this notice will be considered in finalizing these documents. We hope to make a final decision on this proposed use within 30 days following closure of the public comment period.
To request a copy of the draft Sport Hunting Plan, Environmental Assessment, or the Compatibility Determination, contact Refuge Manager Ricky Eastridge at the Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge office at 931-232-7477. A copy of the draft Sport Hunting Plan, Environmental Assessment, or the Compatibility Determination may also be obtained at the refuge office located at 643 Wildlife Road, Dover, TN 37058.
These draft documents can also be viewed at the Stewart County Public Library 102 Natcor Drive in Dover TN and at the Stewart County Visitors Center 117 Visitor’s Center Drive in Dover TN.
To learn more about the Refuge, please visit our website at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/cross_creeks/