BOCC engages to maintain public access to St. Vincent

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday entered the fray to maintain full public access to St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The board unanimously approved for a letter to be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lending BOCC support to efforts to preserve what remains of the skeletal management of St. Vincent.

Landy Luther with the Supporters of St. Vincent Island brought a plea to the board Tuesday, urging commissioners to participate in the letter-writing campaign currently underway.

Two months ago, Luther said, the Supporters were notified that USFWS was undergoing an analysis of staffing and funding for national wildlife refuges.

“The information we got was really negative toward St. Vincent,” Luther said.

What information has been made available indicates the USFWS is considering further staffing and funding cuts at St. Vincent.

And while the refuge will not be closed – that would require congressional action, Luther said – “public uses and access to the island could possibly be restricted,” Luther said.



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