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On December 16, 2016 Isle Royale National Park made available the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Address the Presence of Wolves (draft plan/EIS) which evaluates whether and how to bring wolves to Isle Royale to function as the apex predator in the near term within a changing and dynamic island ecosystem. A decision is needed because the potential absence of wolves raises concerns about possible effects to Isle Royale’s current ecosystem, including effects to both the moose population and Isle Royale’s forest/vegetation communities.
The draft plan/EIS is open for public review and comment concluding March 15, 2017. The draft plan/EIS is available on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves.
Isle Royale National Park will host public meetings and webinars to discuss the draft plan/EIS in February. Meetings will be held in the Houghton area as well as other sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan to be determined. Meeting dates and sites will be announced on the park planning website listed above and on this Facebook site.
Comments may be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves, or by mailing or hand delivering comments to Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931