Meeting to discuss Kauai refuge expansion
KILAUEA, Kauai » The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will hold an open house tomorrow in the Kilauea Elementary School cafeteria to discuss the expansion of the refuge's boundaries.
The open-house format will include a presentation and a question-and-answer period.
It is the third step in a process, started in 2004, to double the size of the 203-acre refuge on the northernmost point of Kauai.
The refuge provides an "essential habitat for a diverse population of nesting, feeding and resting native seabirds, including seven endangered avian species such as the Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian coot, Koloa duck and the official state bird, the Hawaiian goose, which is better known as the nene," according to the Kilauea Point National Refuge Expansion Act of 2004, which provided the funding for the 243-acre expansion.
Interested individuals can view the Land Conservation Plan/Environmental Assessment at the refuge headquarters at Kilauea Point, at the Princeville Public Library or at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Web site at pacific.fws.gov/planning.
Written comments can be e-mailed to FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov or sent to Amy Wing, Wildlife Biologist, Division of Planning and Visitor Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 911 NE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232. All comments should be received by June 15.