Public comment period extended for Traditional Gathering Activity at Guam National Wildlife Refuge

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Ritidian (PNC file photo)

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability of a Draft Compatibility Determination for Traditional Gathering in the Ritidian Unit of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge for public review and comment.

Also known as “non-commercial plant collection”, this is a re-evaluation of an existing use previously allowed to occur on the Refuge with a permit from the Service. We are proposing continuation of allowing gathering of lemmai (breadfruit) and niyok (coconuts) on refuge lands for personal use. The collection of medicinal plant clippings would also continue to be permitted.

The public comment period will extend from October 1, 2020 through October 30, 2020. The Draft Compatibility Determination is available on-line at: fws.gov/refuge/guam/. Interested parties are encouraged to review the draft determination and provide written comments to the Refuge Manager. The interested public has until October 30, 2020 to provide written comments.

Comments may be sent by e-mail to marybelle_quinata@fws.gov or mailed to: Refuge Manager Guam NWR PO BOX 8134, MOU-3 Dededo, GU 96912.

Comments received will be reviewed and, if appropriate, incorporated into the Final Compatibility Determination. Individuals who submit comments will be notified upon completion of the Final Compatibility Determination for the proposed use.

For more information or to speak with Refuge staff contact Guam National Wildlife Refuge, (671) 483-6084.

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