JRA needs comments on Presquile proposal

December 9, 2011 · 1 minute read

The James River Association has been working on a project at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge to help educate children and the plan is currently open for public comment.

Andy Thompson and I visited Presquile back in October and helped volunteer with the construction of a wetlands boardwalk and gazebo and  the site is gorgeous. See the full story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

The number of area students treated to firsthand lessons on the beauty and importance of Presquile National Wildlife Refuge could increase from a trickle to a steady flow, if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wins approval of a plan for a bunkhouse on the island in the James River.

The service has completed an 84-page environmental assessment of the proposal and has opened the process to public comment. After the public comment, the idea has to pass muster with a variety of federal acts, guidelines and regulations.

If all goes well, the bunkhouse could be up and running as early as next fall on the 1,329-acre island refuge, about 20 miles south of Richmond.

The assessment is available for public inspection at the Chester and Hopewell Regional libraries and on the service’s website. The public comment period is open through Dec. 31.