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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:    Megan Seymour, 614-469-6923, x16
July 26, 2006
EA 06-40
           Public Participation Invited in Developing Framework
                   for Great Lakes Islands Conservation

A bi-national group of government and non-government conservation
organizations is inviting public participation as it develops a plan to
identify and conserve biodiversity in the islands of the Great Lakes.

Island owners, managers, policymakers and interested citizens are invited
to attend any of the Great Lakes islands workshops to hear the latest
information about the islands and review draft documents.

Dates and locations of workshops are:
July 28: Traverse City, Mich. (Lake Michigan)
July 31: Thunder Bay, Ont. (Lake Superior)
August 3: Grosse Ile, Mich. (Detroit River)
August 21: Clayton, N.Y. (St. Lawrence River)

Workshop details, including times and places, are available online at
http://www.greatlakesislands.org.  There is no cost to attend.  Up to ten
$50 honorariums per workshop are available to support the travel expenses
of members of nongovernment organizations, tribes and First Nations
involved and interested in the islands.  An application is available on the
Web site and at each workshop.

The workshops are part of a three-year Canada-U.S. project funded by the
U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office to create a Framework for
the Binational Conservation of Great Lakes Islands.  Project team members
are from the Northeast-Midwest Institute, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The
Nature Conservancy-Great Lakes Program, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and
the University of Minnesota.

Each workshop will include:
*An open house to view maps and other materials
*A PowerPoint presentation with the latest information about the islands
*A question-and-answer period
*Informal discussions and networking

Workshop handouts are currently available online  at
http://www.greatlakesislands.org, and the PowerPoints and extensive
Framework Report will be available soon for review and comment regardless
of your ability to attend a workshop. Check this Web site frequently for
updates, or email info@greatlakesislands.org for more information.

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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small
wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national
fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 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 and Native American tribal governments
with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance
program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes
on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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