U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON SOUTH FOX ISLAND LAND EXCHANGE|
LANSING--The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park
Service and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
today announced they will begin gathering information and
public comment as part of a proposed land exchange between
the State of Michigan a private landowner on South Fox
The three government agencies are coordinating to develop an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed
exchange of lands. Comments on the proposed land exchange
will be accepted for 30 days following publication today of
the Notice of Intent in the federal Register.
"The public comment period is important because information
gathered at the meetings along with any written comments
will be used to prepare the draft EIS," said DNR Wildlife
Division Chief Becky Humphries. "The draft EIS, when
completed, will be released for further public review and
comment before being finalized, so there are many
opportunities for the public to have a voice in this
Meetings are scheduled June 5 and 6 to gather information
and receive public comment. The June 5 meeting will be held
at Leland High School, 200 North Grand Avenue, in Leland.
The June 6 is held at Charlevoix High School, 108 E.
Garfield, in Charlevoix. Both begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at
9 p.m. Representatives from the three agencies will present
information on the proposed land exchange and the plans to
develop an Environmental Impact Statement. Following the
presentation, the public is invited to join group
discussions for comments and questions.
A map depicting the proposed distribution is available on
the DNR Web site at www.michigandnr.com
For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's plans to prepare an EIS, the proposed land
exchange, or the upcoming public meetings, contact the FWS
Lansing field office at 517-351-2555.
Comments on the proposed land exchange may be addressed to
Craig Czarnecki, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, East
Lansing Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East
Lansing, Michigan 48823. Electronic mail comments may also
be submitted during the comment period to