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You Said It Video: Increase Public Access at the National Wildlife Refuge?

The preserve exists for wildlife conservation, but the federal government is taking public comment on increasing access for humans too.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge covers 30,000 acres and touches many cities in the south bay. Milpitas' closest access points are Alviso and Newark.

The refuge has been collecting  for a 15-year plan that includes public use, such as recreational activities and amenities.

The refuge offers a variety of activities—educational programs, , biking, fishing, , kayaking and wildlife photography. But it could expand those activities if there was demand.

For example, one idea is to research potential sites for water-based tours near the Alviso slough and offer kayak or canoe equipment. 

To provide concepts and ideas, the public comment period ends April 30. Members of the public will be able to comment again on the draft plan when it comes out in late November. 

We asked five individuals what they would like to see change at the refuge.

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