Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 14246-14247 [06-2673]

Download as PDF 14246 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 54 / Tuesday, March 21, 2006 / Notices Lao Family Community Development, Inc., 1551–23rd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606, Grant Type: Homeownership Voucher, Amount Awarded: $20,000. Open Door Counseling Center, 34420 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Hillsboro, OR 97123– 5470, Grant Type: Homeownership Voucher, Amount Awarded: $2,000. Santa Ana (SHFA–S8) Washington State Housing Finance Commission, 1000 2nd Avenue, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98104–1046, Grant Type: Homeownership Voucher, Amount Awarded: $10,000. HECM (1) Intermediary (HECM) AARP Foundation, 601 E. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049, Grant Type: HECM, Amount Awarded: $3,000,000. [FR Doc. 06–2658 Filed 3–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for five of the seven refuges that make up the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex—Yazoo, Panther Swamp, Hillside, Morgan Brake, and Mathews Brake—as well as a number of smaller fee title properties and floodplain and conservation easements in the Mississippi Delta. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge are available for distribution. The plan was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and describes how these refuges will be managed for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: A plan may be obtained by contacting complex manager Tim Wilkins at (662) 839–2638; fax (662) 839–2619, or by writing the complex manager at 728 Yazoo Refuge Road, Hollandale, Mississippi 38748. The plan may also be accessed and downloaded from the Service’s Internet Web site http://southeast.fws.gov/planning/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Fish and Wildlife Service developed the comprehensive conservation plan to provide a foundation for the VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:01 Mar 20, 2006 Jkt 208001 management and use of refuges in the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex over the next 15 years. The Complex is comprised of seven refuges: Holt Collier (established in 2004), Hillside (established in 1975), Mathews Brake (established in 1980), Morgan Brake (established in 1977), Panther Swamp (established in 1978), Theodore Roosevelt (established in 2004), and Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge (established in 1936). Separate plans will be prepared for Holt Collier and Theodore Roosevelt Refuges. Prior to January 2004, the Complex was known as the Central Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex. When the January 23, 2004, Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Act (Section 145 of Pub. L. 108–199—the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004) was signed into law by President Bush, the Complex name was changed to the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Act also designated the geographically separate Bogue Phalia Unit of Yazoo Refuge as the new Holt Collier Refuge. The Act also directed the Secretary of the Interior to established the 6,600-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge. The two new refuges was assembled from Farm Service Agency (formerly known as Farmers Home Administration) lands already in Service possession. Management and uses of the two new refuges will be addressed in future comprehensive conservation plans. The preferred action is to adopt and implement a comprehensive conservation plan that best achieves the purposes for which the Complex was established; furthers its vision and goals; contributes to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System; addresses significant issues and applicable mandates; and is consistent with principles of sound fish and wildlife management. Implementing the plan will enable the Complex to fulfill its critical role in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources in the Mississippi Delta and to provide quality environmental education and wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities for visitors. The Service analyzed four alternatives for management of the Complex and chose Alternative B as the preferred alternative. The preferred alternative will promote a greater understanding and protection of fish, wildlife, and their habitats and provide quality, balanced recreational opportunities for visitors. Hunting and fishing will continue with greater emphasis on the quality of the experience. Education and PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 interpretation will be promoted through regular programs and partnerships with local schools. Wildlife observation and photography opportunities will be expanded, including a canoe trail and observation towers, highlighting refuge management programs and unique wildlife habitats. A visitor center and headquarters office will be constructed on Yazoo Refuge, with space for interpretation, environmental education, and staff. Research studies on the refuge will be fostered and partnerships developed with universities and other agencies, providing needed resources and experiment sites while meeting the needs of the refuge’s wildlife and habitat management programs. Research will also benefit conservation efforts throughout the Mississippi Delta to conserve, enhance, restore, and manage native habitat. New surveys on birds, reptiles, and amphibians will be initiated to develop baseline information. Biological technicians, outdoor recreation planners, equipment operators, maintenance workers, and park rangers will be added to accomplish objectives for the following: establishing baseline data on refuge resources; managing habitats; providing opportunities and facilities for wildlife observation and photography; providing educational programs that promote a greater understanding of the refuge resources; and protecting natural and cultural resources and refuge visitors. Under this alternative, the complex will continue to seek acquisition of lands within the present acquisition boundaries. Lands acquired as part of the Complex will be made available for compatible wildlife-dependent public recreation and environmental education opportunities, where appropriate. Lands that provide high-quality habitat and connectivity to existing refuge lands will be priority acquisitions. Equally important acquisition tools to be used include: transfer lands, partnerships with conservation organizations, conservation easements with adjacent landowners, and leases/cooperative agreements with state agencies. Public comments were requested, considered, and incorporated throughout the planning process in numerous ways. Public outreach has included open houses, public meetings, technical workgroups, planning update mailings, and Federal Register notices. During the draft comprehensive conservation plan/environmental assessment comment period in October and November 2005, the Service received only one comment letter, E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 54 / Tuesday, March 21, 2006 / Notices which has been addressed through revisions incorporated in the final plan. Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: January 23, 2006 Cynthia K. Dohner, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. 06–2673 Filed 3–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–910–06–1739–NSSI] Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Group Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Group (STG) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held April 25–26, 2006 in Fairbanks, Alaska. On April 25 the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center, Room 401. On April 26, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the same location, and the public comment period starts at 3 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Taylor, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative (910), Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513. Telephone (907) 271–3131 or e-mail kenton_taylor@ak.blm.gov. • Expectations of OG and STG members. • Priority issues and projects for NSSI. • Other topics the OG or STG may raise. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Science Technical Group. Each formal meeting will also have time allotted for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, transportation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the North Slope Science Initiative staff. Dated: March 15, 2006. Julia Dougan, Acting Alaska State Director. [FR Doc. E6–4081 Filed 3–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P The North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Group provides advice and recommendations to the North Slope Science Oversight Group (OG) regarding priority needs for management decisions across the North Slope of Alaska. These priority needs may include recommendations on inventory, monitoring and research activities that lead to informed land management decisions. At this meeting, topics will include: • Energy Policy Act and NSSI. • Foreseeable developments over the next 20 yrs by member agencies. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:01 Mar 20, 2006 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [MT–060–01–1020–PG] Notice of Public Meeting; Central Montana Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Central Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held April 5 & 6, 2006, at the Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office in Lewistown, Montana (920 NE Main, in Lewistown, Montana). The April 5, meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with a 60-minute public comment period. This meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 6 p.m. The April 6, meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with a 60-minute public comment period. This meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 3 p.m. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 15member council advises the Secretary of the Interior on a variety of management issues associated with public land management in Montana. At this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 meeting the council will discuss/act upon: the minutes of their proceeding meeting; election of officers; a discussion of the public meetings regarding the Upper Missouri River Breaks; National Monument draft management plan; a summary of public comments regarding the monument draft management plan; a discussion of reserved water rights; a discussion of well spacing requirements; field managers’ updates; a discussion of the antiquities Act; a discussion of the monument boundary and airstrips; a discussion of non-consensus items in the monument draft management plan; and administrative details. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the RAC. Each formal RAC meeting will also have time allocated for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. June Bailey, Lewistown Field Manager, Lewistown Field Office, P.O. Box 1160, Lewistown, Montana 59457, (406) 538– 1900. FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT: SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 14247 Sfmt 4703 Dated: March 14, 2006. June Bailey, Lewistown Field Manager. [FR Doc. E6–4049 Filed 3–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–920–1310–01; WYW151232] Wyoming: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease WYW151232 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed reinstatement of terminated oil and gas lease. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 371(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the lessees: Kay Papulak and Trachyte Oil Company timely filed a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease WYW151232 in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. The lessees paid the required rental accruing from the date of termination, October 1, 2002. No leases were issued that affect these lands. The lessees have agreed to the new lease terms for rentals of $10.00 per acre and royalties of 162⁄3 percent or 4 percentages above the existing noncompetitive royalty rates. The E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 21, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14246-14247]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-2673]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Comprehensive Conservation 
Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for five of the seven refuges 
that make up the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex--
Yazoo, Panther Swamp, Hillside, Morgan Brake, and Mathews Brake--as 
well as a number of smaller fee title properties and floodplain and 
conservation easements in the Mississippi Delta.

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SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact 
for the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge are available for 
distribution. The plan was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife 
Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in accordance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and describes how these 
refuges will be managed for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: A plan may be obtained by contacting complex manager Tim 
Wilkins at (662) 839-2638; fax (662) 839-2619, or by writing the 
complex manager at 728 Yazoo Refuge Road, Hollandale, Mississippi 
38748. The plan may also be accessed and downloaded from the Service's 
Internet Web site http://southeast.fws.gov/planning/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Fish and Wildlife Service developed the 
comprehensive conservation plan to provide a foundation for the 
management and use of refuges in the Theodore Roosevelt National 
Wildlife Refuge Complex over the next 15 years. The Complex is 
comprised of seven refuges: Holt Collier (established in 2004), 
Hillside (established in 1975), Mathews Brake (established in 1980), 
Morgan Brake (established in 1977), Panther Swamp (established in 
1978), Theodore Roosevelt (established in 2004), and Yazoo National 
Wildlife Refuge (established in 1936). Separate plans will be prepared 
for Holt Collier and Theodore Roosevelt Refuges.
    Prior to January 2004, the Complex was known as the Central 
Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex. When the January 23, 
2004, Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Act (Section 145 of 
Pub. L. 108-199--the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004) was 
signed into law by President Bush, the Complex name was changed to the 
Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Act also 
designated the geographically separate Bogue Phalia Unit of Yazoo 
Refuge as the new Holt Collier Refuge. The Act also directed the 
Secretary of the Interior to established the 6,600-acre Theodore 
Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge. The two new refuges was assembled 
from Farm Service Agency (formerly known as Farmers Home 
Administration) lands already in Service possession. Management and 
uses of the two new refuges will be addressed in future comprehensive 
conservation plans.
    The preferred action is to adopt and implement a comprehensive 
conservation plan that best achieves the purposes for which the Complex 
was established; furthers its vision and goals; contributes to the 
mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System; addresses significant 
issues and applicable mandates; and is consistent with principles of 
sound fish and wildlife management. Implementing the plan will enable 
the Complex to fulfill its critical role in the conservation and 
management of fish and wildlife resources in the Mississippi Delta and 
to provide quality environmental education and wildlife-dependent 
recreation opportunities for visitors. The Service analyzed four 
alternatives for management of the Complex and chose Alternative B as 
the preferred alternative.
    The preferred alternative will promote a greater understanding and 
protection of fish, wildlife, and their habitats and provide quality, 
balanced recreational opportunities for visitors. Hunting and fishing 
will continue with greater emphasis on the quality of the experience. 
Education and interpretation will be promoted through regular programs 
and partnerships with local schools. Wildlife observation and 
photography opportunities will be expanded, including a canoe trail and 
observation towers, highlighting refuge management programs and unique 
wildlife habitats.
    A visitor center and headquarters office will be constructed on 
Yazoo Refuge, with space for interpretation, environmental education, 
and staff.
    Research studies on the refuge will be fostered and partnerships 
developed with universities and other agencies, providing needed 
resources and experiment sites while meeting the needs of the refuge's 
wildlife and habitat management programs. Research will also benefit 
conservation efforts throughout the Mississippi Delta to conserve, 
enhance, restore, and manage native habitat. New surveys on birds, 
reptiles, and amphibians will be initiated to develop baseline 
information.
    Biological technicians, outdoor recreation planners, equipment 
operators, maintenance workers, and park rangers will be added to 
accomplish objectives for the following: establishing baseline data on 
refuge resources; managing habitats; providing opportunities and 
facilities for wildlife observation and photography; providing 
educational programs that promote a greater understanding of the refuge 
resources; and protecting natural and cultural resources and refuge 
visitors.
    Under this alternative, the complex will continue to seek 
acquisition of lands within the present acquisition boundaries. Lands 
acquired as part of the Complex will be made available for compatible 
wildlife-dependent public recreation and environmental education 
opportunities, where appropriate. Lands that provide high-quality 
habitat and connectivity to existing refuge lands will be priority 
acquisitions. Equally important acquisition tools to be used include: 
transfer lands, partnerships with conservation organizations, 
conservation easements with adjacent landowners, and leases/cooperative 
agreements with state agencies.
    Public comments were requested, considered, and incorporated 
throughout the planning process in numerous ways. Public outreach has 
included open houses, public meetings, technical workgroups, planning 
update mailings, and Federal Register notices. During the draft 
comprehensive conservation plan/environmental assessment comment period 
in October and November 2005, the Service received only one comment 
letter,

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which has been addressed through revisions incorporated in the final 
plan.

    Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 
105-57.

    Dated: January 23, 2006
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 06-2673 Filed 3-20-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-55-M