Feds Extend Comment Deadline For Monomoy Refuge Plan
by Alan Pollock
Under growing pressure from local officials and the
local legislative delegation in Boston and Washington, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service today granted an extension to the public comment
period for the draft Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive
Conservation Plan. The public will
now have until Oct. 10, 2014, to submit comments.
Local officials are heralding the news as an important early victory in
the campaign against certain provisions of the plan.
Last week, the board of selectmen voted to send
a mailing urging citizens to attend a key federal hearing on June
17. Meanwhile, the group Friends of Chatham and South Beach has
an online petition opposing the expansion of the refuge boundaries
and new limits on traditional activities on the refuge like shellfishing.
Read the latest developments in this
story in the June 12 edition of The Chronicle.
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