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Weekly Update from the Field August 19, 2004
*West Coast 2004 Road Show Begins
*Tabling in Yellowstone National Park
*Video now available for Window Media Player

*Comments are due by September 3rd on the proposed Bison Brucellosis Vaccine Environmental Impact Statement in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Greetings Buffalo Friends!
Thanks to everyone for your feedback on the newsletter and website and recycling program! We're pleased that so many folks enjoy our recent efforts. If you haven't got around to checking out the newsletter yet - please do and let us know what you think. If you want to distribute some in your community - just drop us a line.

We're still tabling in the National Parks and a road show patrol just took off today bound for the West Coast. Please check out the schedule at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/aboutus/roadshows2004.html and check out all the places we will be. If you have a half hour to take a turn volunteering at a venue in your area or just want to stop by at a farmer's market and say Hi! - we look forward to seeing you! We need some help getting the word out in Seattle so please check with mease"at"wildrockies.org (Mike) or bfc-programs@wildrockies.org (Su) if you can help!

Another recent development ---
All the Buffalo Field Campaign video on the website is now Windows Media Player compatible. Also you can choose Quicktime or Realplayer. All video clips are one minute or less for easy download.
View video clips from the field at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/videogallery.html. Please feel free to share this URL with a friend!

Thanks to everyone who has been responding to the newsletter and our recent pleas with donations! Together we will wind up this campaign and future generations will have truly protected wild free roaming buffalo! Thanks to all of the folks who care about this issue!

One more heads up -
Comments now due October 2nd on the proposed Bison Brucellosis Vaccine Environmental Impact Statement in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
More Info below.....& at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-17586.pdf
Enjoy the rest of your summer and let us know if you have a week to come ski with us this winter! Together we are making a difference...
For the Buffalo!!____________________
Vaccination EIS Info:
AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
to evaluate a park-wide program for remote delivery of a brucellosis
vaccine to bison in Yellowstone National Park.
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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 102 (2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a remote delivery brucellosis vaccination program for bison in
Yellowstone National Park. Remote delivery in this proposed action is distinguished from hand delivery that occurs in penned situations at or near Yellowstone National Park's boundaries that is authorized under a 2000 Record of Decision (ROD).

The purpose of and need for the action is to implement a program to deliver a suitable vaccine to wild and free ranging bison without capturing and handling individual animals. A
brucellosis vaccine would be delivered to untested bison within the park to lower the percentage of the Yellowstone bison population infected with brucellosis. This planning effort will result in a
decision determining whether or not to implement remote delivery of a vaccine to free-ranging bison inside Yellowstone National Park.

The alternatives to be considered include no-action, and an adaptive management strategy to implement a program using currently available technology while pursuing new research and development of improved techniques.

The major issues to resolve include:
(1) The effectiveness and safety in wildlife of a remote delivery system,
(2) The effectiveness and safety of a vaccine for bison,
(3) The human health and safety of park staff and visitors,
(4) The visitor experience.

A scoping brochure has been prepared that details the background and issues identified to date.

Copies of that information may be obtained by contacting the
Bison Ecology and Management Office,
POB 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 82190-0168
or by viewing the brochure at the Yellowstone National Park Web site
http:/www.nps.gov/yell

Full details at: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-17586.pdf

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