Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge: Allamakee, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jones and Winneshiek Counties, IA; Fillmore, Houston, Olmstead, Wabasha and Winona Counties, MN; Crawford, Grant, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon Counties, Wisconsin; and Jo Daviess County, IL, 5874-5875 [E6-1474]

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Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The total number of respondents is estimated to be 500; the frequency of responses is 1; the estimated time to prepare form is approximately 7 minutes, and the total annual burden hours requested are 60. Status of the proposed information collection: This is an extension of a currently approved information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: January 27, 2006. Frank L. Davis, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing—Deputy Federal Housing Commissioner. [FR Doc. E6–1432 Filed 2–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–27–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Ezzell, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 7262, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 708–1234; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708–2565, (these Jkt 208001 BILLING CODE 4210–29–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge: Allamakee, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jones and Winneshiek Counties, IA; Fillmore, Houston, Olmstead, Wabasha and Winona Counties, MN; Crawford, Grant, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon Counties, Wisconsin; and Jo Daviess County, IL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless 15:00 Feb 02, 2006 Dated: January 27, 2006. Mark R. Johnston, Acting Deputy Assistant, Secretary for Special Needs. [FR Doc. 06–942 Filed 2–2–06; 8:45 am] AGENCY: [Docket No. FR–5045–N–05] VerDate Aug<31>2005 telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 1–800–927–7588. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the December 12, 1988 court order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88–2503–OG (D.D.C.), HUD publishes a Notice, on a weekly basis, identifying unutilized, underutilized, excess and surplus Federal buildings and real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. Today’s Notice is for the purpose of announcing that no additional properties have been determined suitable or unsuitable this week. SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin is available. The CCP was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Goals and objectives in the CCP describe how the agency intends to manage the refuge over the next 15 years. A Record of Decision may be signed no sooner than 30 days after DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 publication of this notice (40 CFR 1506.10(b)(2)). Copies of the Final CCP/EIS may be viewed at Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and at the following libraries: Decorah Public Library, Decorah, Elkader Public Library, Elkader, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque, and McGregor Public Library, McGregor in Iowa and McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua, Wisconsin. You may access and download a copy via the planning Web site (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ planning/DriftlessArea) or you may obtain a copy on compact disk by contacting: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation Planning, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111 (1–800–247– 1247, extension 5429) or Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 460, McGregor, Iowa 52157 (563–873–3423). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Henry at 563–873–3423. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to protect habitat for the threatened northern monkshood plant and endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail. The Refuge was authorized to acquire land in eight counties of northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin. The Refuge is situated within the driftless geologic land form, an area never glaciated or missed by the most recent glacial advance. Refuge land conservation focuses on conservation of algific (cold producing) talus slope systems, a landform/habitat feature unique to karst terrain that provides cold microclimate required by northern monkshood, Pleistocene snails, and other glacial relict species. Refuge land conservation consists of acquisition and management easements. Driftless Area NWR now consists of 781 acres within nine units in four northeastern Iowa counties. The Final CCP/EIS preferred alternative proposes conservation of additional lands (through fee title purchase from willing sellers, or other means, such as management easements) in the counties initially authorized, and proposes conservation of suitable habitat in five additional counties in Iowa, four additional counties in Wisconsin, and five counties in Minnesota. Additional information gained about the target species since listing, and the listing of Leedy’s roseroot, which occupies similar habitat in southeast Minnesota, indicate the need to increase the geographic area of conservation. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 23 / Friday, February 3, 2006 / Notices The plan addresses four primary issues identified by the public and Refuge: (1) Habitat management; (2) visitor services; (3) refuge expansion; and (4) species assessments. The EIS evaluates three alternatives for future management of the Driftless Area NWR. The preferred alternative calls for ultimately acquiring 6,000 additional acres. Over the next 15 years we would permanently conserve approximately 2,275 of these acres within 22 counties in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Under the preferred alternative we would achieve endangered species recovery and conservation of Service species of concern, multiple recovery goals for delisting of the Iowa Pleistocene snail through increased habitat management, and a carefully monitored increase in environmental education and wildlife observation programs. Public comments were requested, considered, and incorporated throughout the planning process in numerous ways. Public outreach has included public meetings, meetings with stakeholders, planning update mailings, letters to adjoining landowners, and Federal Register notices. Three previous notices were published in the Federal Register concerning this CCP/EIS (67 FR 37852, May 30, 2002; 70 FR 28952, May 19, 2005; and 70 FR 32610, June 3, 2005). During the Draft CCP/EIS comment period that occurred from May 19 to July 22, 2005, the Service received 12 comment letters or e-mails in addition to comments made at four public meetings. All substantive issues raised in the comments have been addressed through revisions incorporated in the Final CCP/EIS text or in responses contained in Chapter 7 of the Final EIS/ CCP. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee et seq.), requires the Service to develop a CCP for each National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction for conserving wildlife and their habitats, the CCP identifies wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:00 Feb 02, 2006 Jkt 208001 photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update these CCPs at least every 15 years in accordance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370d). Dated: January 11, 2006. Charles M. Wooley, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Snelling, Minnesota. [FR Doc. E6–1474 Filed 2–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Receipt of Applications for Permit Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Endangered Species The public is invited to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Written data, comments, or requests for copies of these complete applications should be submitted to the Director (address above). PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5875 Applicant: Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments, Stony Brook, NY, PRT–035632 The applicant requests re-issuance and amendment of a permit to import biological samples from various lemur species collected in the wild in Madagascar, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species through scientific research. The species include eastern wooly lemur (Avahi laniger), greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), redfronted brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer), golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus), lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus), greater bamboo lemur (Hapalemur simus), smalltoothed sportive lemur (Lepilemur mocrodon), rufous mouse lemur (Microcebus rufous), sifka (Propithecus diadema), and ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata). This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a five-year period. Applicant: Brice P. Noonan, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, PRT– 114024 The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from captiveborn round island boa (Casarea dussumieri) from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Channel Islands, Great Britain, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a five-year period. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge: Allamakee, 
Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jones 
and Winneshiek Counties, IA; Fillmore, Houston, Olmstead, Wabasha and 
Winona Counties, MN; Crawford, Grant, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon 
Counties, Wisconsin; and Jo Daviess County, IL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the Final 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in 
Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin is available.
    The CCP was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge 
System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife 
Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969. Goals and objectives in the CCP describe how the 
agency intends to manage the refuge over the next 15 years.

DATES: A Record of Decision may be signed no sooner than 30 days after 
publication of this notice (40 CFR 1506.10(b)(2)).

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final CCP/EIS may be viewed at Driftless Area 
National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and at the following libraries: 
Decorah Public Library, Decorah, Elkader Public Library, Elkader, 
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque, and McGregor Public Library, 
McGregor in Iowa and McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua, Wisconsin. You 
may access and download a copy via the planning Web site (http://
www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/DriftlessArea) or you may obtain a copy on 
compact disk by contacting: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of 
Conservation Planning, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, 1 Federal 
Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111 (1-800-247-1247, extension 5429) 
or Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 460, McGregor, 
Iowa 52157 (563-873-3423).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Henry at 563-873-3423.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge 
was established in 1989 to protect habitat for the threatened northern 
monkshood plant and endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail. The Refuge was 
authorized to acquire land in eight counties of northeast Iowa, 
northwest Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin. The Refuge is situated 
within the driftless geologic land form, an area never glaciated or 
missed by the most recent glacial advance.
    Refuge land conservation focuses on conservation of algific (cold 
producing) talus slope systems, a landform/habitat feature unique to 
karst terrain that provides cold microclimate required by northern 
monkshood, Pleistocene snails, and other glacial relict species. Refuge 
land conservation consists of acquisition and management easements. 
Driftless Area NWR now consists of 781 acres within nine units in four 
northeastern Iowa counties. The Final CCP/EIS preferred alternative 
proposes conservation of additional lands (through fee title purchase 
from willing sellers, or other means, such as management easements) in 
the counties initially authorized, and proposes conservation of 
suitable habitat in five additional counties in Iowa, four additional 
counties in Wisconsin, and five counties in Minnesota. Additional 
information gained about the target species since listing, and the 
listing of Leedy's roseroot, which occupies similar habitat in 
southeast Minnesota, indicate the need to increase the geographic area 
of conservation.

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    The plan addresses four primary issues identified by the public and 
Refuge: (1) Habitat management; (2) visitor services; (3) refuge 
expansion; and (4) species assessments. The EIS evaluates three 
alternatives for future management of the Driftless Area NWR. The 
preferred alternative calls for ultimately acquiring 6,000 additional 
acres. Over the next 15 years we would permanently conserve 
approximately 2,275 of these acres within 22 counties in Iowa, 
Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Under the preferred alternative we 
would achieve endangered species recovery and conservation of Service 
species of concern, multiple recovery goals for delisting of the Iowa 
Pleistocene snail through increased habitat management, and a carefully 
monitored increase in environmental education and wildlife observation 
programs.
    Public comments were requested, considered, and incorporated 
throughout the planning process in numerous ways. Public outreach has 
included public meetings, meetings with stakeholders, planning update 
mailings, letters to adjoining landowners, and Federal Register 
notices. Three previous notices were published in the Federal Register 
concerning this CCP/EIS (67 FR 37852, May 30, 2002; 70 FR 28952, May 
19, 2005; and 70 FR 32610, June 3, 2005). During the Draft CCP/EIS 
comment period that occurred from May 19 to July 22, 2005, the Service 
received 12 comment letters or e-mails in addition to comments made at 
four public meetings. All substantive issues raised in the comments 
have been addressed through revisions incorporated in the Final CCP/EIS 
text or in responses contained in Chapter 7 of the Final EIS/CCP.
    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as 
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 
(16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee et seq.), requires the Service to develop a CCP 
for each National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is 
to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge 
purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife 
Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife 
management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In 
addition to outlining broad management direction for conserving 
wildlife and their habitats, the CCP identifies wildlife-dependent 
recreational opportunities available to the public, including 
opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and 
photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will 
review and update these CCPs at least every 15 years in accordance with 
the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as 
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, 
and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-
4370d).

    Dated: January 11, 2006.
Charles M. Wooley,
Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort 
Snelling, Minnesota.
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