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ADF&G Seeks Comment on Draft Management Plan
for McNeil Refuge and Sanctuary


May 09, 2007
Wednesday PM

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) seeks public comment on a McNeil River State Game Refuge and State Game Sanctuary draft revised management plan and on proposed regulations. The management plan and regulations are used by department staff to authorize appropriate activities through Special Area Permits.

The draft plan presents management goals for the refuge and sanctuary and identifies policies to be used in determining which proposed activities are compatible with the protection of fish and wildlife, their habitats and public use of the refuge and sanctuary. Proposed policies address such issues as access and use, commercial facilities and mining.
In 1993 the sanctuary was expanded and the refuge was established to provide permanent protection for brown bear and other fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, so that these resources may be preserved for scientific, aesthetic, and educational purposes; to maintain and enhance the unique bear viewing opportunities in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary; and to allow other activities to occur in a manner compatible with those purposes. The draft plan is a revision of a management plan the department adopted in 1996.

The draft plan is available for public review and comment through June 29, 2007. Copies can be obtained from the department website at or from ADF&G offices in Anchorage, Douglas, and Homer. Written comments may be submitted via email, to or to:

McNeil River SGR/SGS Management Plan
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sport Fish Division
PO Box 110024
Juneau, AK 99811-0024


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