Availability of Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, SD, 12213 [E6-3344]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 46 / Thursday, March 9, 2006 / Notices eligibility is provided by petitioners/ applicants. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 80,000 responses at 30 minutes (.50) per response. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 40,000 burden hours. If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please visit the USCIS Web site at: http://uscis.gov/ graphics/formsfee/forms/pra/index.htm. If additional information is required contact: USCIS, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, (202) 272–8377. Dated: March 6, 2006. Richard A. Sloan, Director, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. [FR Doc. 06–2262 Filed 3–8–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Availability of Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, SD Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Summary for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge is available. This CCP, prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, describes how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to manage this refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: A copy of the CCP or Summary may be obtained by writing to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 39650 Sand Lake Drive, Columbia, SD 57433; or downloaded from http://mountainprairie.fws.gov/planning. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Williams, Project Leader, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 39650 Sand Lake Drive, Columbia, South Dakota, 57433; telephone 605–885–6320; fax 605–885–6333; or e-mail: gene_williams@fws.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:58 Mar 08, 2006 Jkt 208001 Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in the mid-1930s as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The 21,498-acre refuge lies in the James River basin within Brown County, South Dakota. This northeastern area of South Dakota is the heart of the prairie-pothole region of the northern Great Plains and plays a major role for migratory birds. Sand Lake NWR was established by Executive Order 7169 (September 4, 1935) ‘‘* * * as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife * * *’’ Four other sets of authorities and purposes follow: The Migratory Bird Conservation Act, ‘‘* * * for uses as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds * * *’’; the Fish and Wildlife Act, ‘‘* * * for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources * * *’’; the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, for ‘‘* * * conservation, management, and protection of fish and wildlife resources * * *’’; and the Refuge Recreation Act, ‘‘* * * for (1) incidental fish and wildlife-oriented recreational development, (2) the protection of natural resources, and (3) the conservation of endangered species or threatened species * * *’’ The availability of the Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) for 30day public review and comment was announced in the Federal Register on June 20, 2005, (FO FR 35449). The Draft CCP/EA identified and evaluated three alternatives for managing Sand Lake NWR for the next 15 years. Alternative 1, the No Action Alternative, would have continued current management of the refuge. Alternative 3 (Preferred Alternative) takes an integrated approach with management practices that would serve to improve bird populations. This alternative balances the best management practices for producing migratory birds and finds a balance with reducing cropland, while ensuring depredation is minimized. Alternative 2 would maximize the biological potential of the refuge for species of grassland-nesting birds. Based on this assessment and comments received, the Preferred Alternative 3 was selected for implementation. The preferred alternative was selected because it best meets the purposes and goals of the refuge, as well as the goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The preferred alternative will also maximize the biological potential for migratory birds, and the vegetative diversity of grasslands would be greatly SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12213 enhanced by reseeding for native plants or rejuvenated dense nesting cover. Environmental education and partnerships will result in improved wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities that will be expanded and improved on- and off-refuge. Cultural and historical resources will be protected. Dated: October 17, 2005. Sharon R. Rose, Acting Deputy Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, CO. Note: This document was received at the Office of the Federal Register on March 6, 2006. [FR Doc. E6–3344 Filed 3–8–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Issuance of Permits Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of issuance of permits for endangered species and/or marine mammals. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The following permits were issued. Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203; fax 703/358–2281. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Division of Management Authority, telephone 703/358–2104. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that on the dates below, as authorized by the provisions of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and/ or the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the Fish and Wildlife Service issued the requested permits subject to certain conditions set forth therein. For each permit for an endangered species, the Service found that (1) The application was filed in good faith, (2) the granted permit would not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species, and (3) the granted permit would be consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in Section 2 of the ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\09MRN1.SGM 09MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Availability of Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Sand 
Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, SD

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Summary for Sand Lake 
National Wildlife Refuge is available. This CCP, prepared pursuant to 
the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 and the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, describes how the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service intends to manage this refuge for the next 15 
years.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the CCP or Summary may be obtained by writing to 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 
39650 Sand Lake Drive, Columbia, SD 57433; or downloaded from http://
mountain-prairie.fws.gov/planning.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Williams, Project Leader, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 39650 
Sand Lake Drive, Columbia, South Dakota, 57433; telephone 605-885-6320; 
fax 605-885-6333; or e-mail: gene_williams@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was 
established in the mid-1930s as a refuge and breeding ground for 
migratory birds and other wildlife. The 21,498-acre refuge lies in the 
James River basin within Brown County, South Dakota. This northeastern 
area of South Dakota is the heart of the prairie-pothole region of the 
northern Great Plains and plays a major role for migratory birds.
    Sand Lake NWR was established by Executive Order 7169 (September 4, 
1935) ``* * * as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and 
other wildlife * * *'' Four other sets of authorities and purposes 
follow: The Migratory Bird Conservation Act, ``* * * for uses as an 
inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory 
birds * * *''; the Fish and Wildlife Act, ``* * * for the development, 
advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and 
wildlife resources * * *''; the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Administration Act, for ``* * * conservation, management, and 
protection of fish and wildlife resources * * *''; and the Refuge 
Recreation Act, ``* * * for (1) incidental fish and wildlife-oriented 
recreational development, (2) the protection of natural resources, and 
(3) the conservation of endangered species or threatened species * * 
*''
    The availability of the Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) 
for 30-day public review and comment was announced in the Federal 
Register on June 20, 2005, (FO FR 35449). The Draft CCP/EA identified 
and evaluated three alternatives for managing Sand Lake NWR for the 
next 15 years. Alternative 1, the No Action Alternative, would have 
continued current management of the refuge. Alternative 3 (Preferred 
Alternative) takes an integrated approach with management practices 
that would serve to improve bird populations. This alternative balances 
the best management practices for producing migratory birds and finds a 
balance with reducing cropland, while ensuring depredation is 
minimized. Alternative 2 would maximize the biological potential of the 
refuge for species of grassland-nesting birds. Based on this assessment 
and comments received, the Preferred Alternative 3 was selected for 
implementation. The preferred alternative was selected because it best 
meets the purposes and goals of the refuge, as well as the goals of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. The preferred alternative will also 
maximize the biological potential for migratory birds, and the 
vegetative diversity of grasslands would be greatly enhanced by 
reseeding for native plants or rejuvenated dense nesting cover. 
Environmental education and partnerships will result in improved 
wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities that will be expanded and 
improved on- and off-refuge. Cultural and historical resources will be 
protected.

    Dated: October 17, 2005.
Sharon R. Rose,
Acting Deputy Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, CO.

    Note: This document was received at the Office of the Federal 
Register on March 6, 2006.


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