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St. Croix Ground Lizard, Ameiva polops, taken by Amy Mackay, 2007.

Re-introduction of St. Croix Ground Lizard EA

The purpose of this Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is to evaluate impacts from undertaking the collection and re-introduction of the endangered St. Croix Ground Lizard from Green Cay NWR to Buck Island Reef NM. This project is being undertaken as a measure to mitigate the potential for catastrophic loss of remaining St. Croix Ground Lizard populations from fire, flood, hurricane, tsunami, and non-native predation. Translocation and re-introduction will establish a "self-sustaining population (500 or more individuals) on Buck Island increasing the species range into a high quality habitat in a federally protected natural area and obtain an adequate population dispersion so the species can be considered for reclassification from endangered to threatened. Returning the native St. Croix Ground Lizard to Buck Island will improve the native biodiversity in the park and enrich visitor experience.
 
Comment Period: Closed        03/26/2008 - 04/25/2008
Topic Questions Instructions:
Comments on the Draft EA should be specific and should address the adequacy of the analysis and the merits of the alternatives discussed (40 CFR 1503.3). Please provide written comments to the NPS within stipulated time frame for them to be addressed in final EA.
Topic Questions:
1. Reviewers should provide the National Park Service (NPS) with their comments during the review period for the Draft EA. This will allow NPS to analyze and respond to the comments at one time and to use information acquired in the preparation of a Final EA, thus avoiding undue delay in the decision-making process. Reviewers have an obligation to structure their participation in the National Environmental Policy Act process so that it is meaningful and alerts the agency to the reviewer's position and contentions.Comments on the Draft EA should be specific and should address the adequacy of the analysis and the merits of the alternatives discussed (40 CFR 1503.3).
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