JACKSON, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is in the early planning stages to update the 2007 Bison and Elk Management Plan (Plan) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the National Elk Refuge.  

In late summer, USFWS anticipates publishing a Notice of Intent to update the existing Plan and evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the plan in an EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). USFWS is looking to create meaningful and accessible opportunities for public engagement in the decision-making process, and are seeking diverse public feedback and the best available science to inform the NEPA process. 

The public is invited to submit a location for a public scoping meeting.

Public scoping meetings will be scheduled for late summer/early fall in Wyoming and possibly eastern Idaho. 

The Plan will describe desired future conditions, management goals, objectives and strategies for managing healthy and sustainable bison and elk populations on the NER. Opportunities for public input on the Plan and EIS will be available during the NEPA process, anticipated later this year. 

For further information, contact Alice Lee, conservation planner, via email at fws-bemp@doimspp.onmicrosoft.com