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Cypress Creek (IL) National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Plan
A compatibility determination for Hunting on the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is available for public review from January 10, 2013 to January 25, 2013. The Refuge has recently revised the Hunt Plan which includes changes in refuge specific regulations and acreages that are open to hunting.

Federal law requires that the Service determine that a uses is compatible with Refuge purposes. A compatible use is any use of a National Wildlife Refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System mission or the purposes for establishing the Refuge. The Service develops a compatibility determination to facilitate evaluation of proposed Refuge uses, including anticipated impacts and stipulations necessary to ensure compatibility. A draft compatibility determination has been crafted for hunting and is currently available for public review at the Refuge office on the Shawnee College Campus and at the Cache River Wetlands Center located off State Highway 37. Hard copies of the Compatibility Determination can be obtained by calling the Refuge at 618-634-2231; by faxing a request to 618-634-9656; by writing to Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 0137 Rustic Campus Drive Ullin, IL; or by visiting our website at http://www.fws.gov/Refuge/Cypress_Creek/what_we_do/resource_management.html. Written comments, or questions can be directed to Mike Brown, Refuge Manager at 618-634-2231 or email at Mike_Brown@fws.gov.

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in extreme southern Illinois just north of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The Refuge was established in 1990 for the following purposes: ...the conservation of wetlands of the Nation in order to maintain the public benefits they provide and to help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions...16 U.S.C., Sec. 3901 (b) (Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986)

The Refuge's purposes and importance to migratory birds, particularly waterfowl, were further described in the Service's Environmental Assessment for the proposed establishment of the Refuge (1990) and Approval Memorandum for refuge establishment: 1) to protect, restore and manage wetlands and bottomland forest habitats in support of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan; 2) to provide resting, nesting, feeding and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds; 3) to protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats;

4) to provide for biodiversity; 5) to protect a National Natural Landmark, 6) and to increase public opportunities for compatible recreation and environmental education. The Refuge office is located on the campus of Shawnee Community College, nine miles east of Ullin, Illinois. Approximately 16000 acres of the 35,529 acres delineated within the Refuge acquisition boundary have been purchased and includes portions of Alexander, Pulaski, Union, and Johnson Counties.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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