DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal regulators are extending the comment period for a draft management plan for the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. Officials on Wednesday said the comment period for the proposed conservation plan and environmental impact statement has been extended by three weeks to Aug. 27.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service draft plan proposes three options for managing the refuge for the next 15 years. One option is to maintain current practices; another is to return to previous management practices, which would require changing current public use programs.
The Fish and Wildlife Service prefers an active management plan to mimic natural processes, including restoring certain areas to salt marsh, reforesting fields previously used for farming, and eliminating pesticide use to kill adult mosquitoes unless there's a public health emergency.
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