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Released On: April 12, 2013

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Continuation of Riparian Brush Rabbit Controlled Propagation, Reintroduction and Monitoring
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for continuation of controlled propagation, reintroduction and monitoring of riparian brush rabbits on the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent lands through 2013.

Reclamation is providing $390,673 from the Central Valley Project Conservation Program to the California State University Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program for continuation of the project. The rabbits and their habitats have been impacted by Reclamation’s Central Valley Project, and recovery of the rabbit population is in keeping with the goals of the CVPCP. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have listed the rabbits as endangered.

Since 2002, the endangered rabbits have been bred in captivity and have been reintroduced to historical habitat on the SJRNWR and other areas. This has been accomplished with financial support from Reclamation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, USFWS, the CalFed Bay-Delta Program, and private landowners and individuals.

The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11810. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 or email dkleinsmith@usbr.gov.

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