Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, Hyde County, NC, 38242-38243 [E8-15117]

Download as PDF 38242 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 129 / Thursday, July 3, 2008 / Notices 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. Dated: June 26, 2008. Mark R. Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. [FR Doc. E8–14940 Filed 7–2–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [WY–100–2008–1310–NB] Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups—Notice of Renewal Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Renewal of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups. AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: This notice is published in accordance with Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Public Law 92–463). Following consultation with the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior has renewed the Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups (PAWG). The purpose of the Working Group and Task Groups will be to advise the Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office Manager, regarding recommendations on matters pertinent to the Bureau of Land Management’s responsibilities related to the Pinedale Anticline Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lauren McKeever, Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941, Phone: (307) 367– 5352. Certification I hereby certify that the renewal of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities to manage the lands, resources, and facilities administered by the Bureau of Land Management. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: June 25, 2008. Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior. [FR Doc. E8–15176 Filed 7–2–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–R–2008–N0117; 40136–1265– 0000–S3] Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, Hyde County, NC Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge for public review and comment. In this Draft CCP/EA, we describe the alternative we propose to use to manage this refuge for the 15 years following approval of the final CCP. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by August 4, 2008. ADDRESSES: Request for copies of the Draft CCP/EA should be addressed to: Bruce Freske, Refuge Manager, Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, 38 Mattamuskeet Road, Swan Quarter, NC 27885. The Draft CCP/EA may also be accessed and downloaded from the Service’s Internet Site: http:// southeast.fws.gov/planning. Comments on the Draft CCP/EA may be submitted to the above address or via electronic mail to: Bruce Freske@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Freske; Telephone: 252/926– 4021; or Fax: 252/926–1743. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge. We started the process through a notice in the Federal Register on November 3, 2000 (65 FR 66256). Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, NC, was established by Presidential Order on June 23, 1932. The Service has acquired all of the property within the refuge’s acquisition boundary. The refuge consists of 16,411 acres of saltmarsh islands and forested PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 wetlands interspersed with potholes, creeks, and drains. Marsh vegetation is dominated by black needlerush and sawgrass. The mainland is forested by loblolly pine, pond pine, and bald cypress. Approximately 8,800 acres of the refuge have been designated as wilderness. An additional 27,082 acres of adjacent, non-refuge open water are closed by presidential proclamation to the taking of migratory birds. The purposes of the refuge are: ‘‘for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds;’’ ‘‘for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources * * * for the benefit of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in performing its activities and services;’’ and for the supplemental purpose of protecting and providing a wilderness area. Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is in the South Atlantic Coastal Plain Ecosystem and is part of the migration corridor for migratory birds that use the Atlantic Flyway. Wildlife species of management concern on the refuge include the American black duck, lesser scaup, canvasback, redhead, surf scoter, seaside sparrow, shard-tailed sparrow, brown-headed nuthatch, black-throated green warbler, black rail, yellow rail, clapper rail, Forster’s tern, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, osprey, black bear, red wolf, Carolina pygmy rattlesnake, and American alligator. The whitetailed deer is also a resident game species. Background The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), which amended the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan 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 our policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 129 / Thursday, July 3, 2008 / Notices every 15 years in accordance with the Improvement Act and NEPA. Significant issues addressed in the Draft CCP/EA include: Management of waterfowl and neotropical migratory birds, the wilderness area, and invasive species; recovery and protection of threatened and endangered species (particularly the red-cockaded woodpecker, red wolf, and American alligator); regional habitat loss and fragmentation; turbidity in open waters; land acquisition to include a minor boundary expansion; and public uses of the refuge. CCP Alternatives, Including Our Proposed Alternative We developed three alternatives for managing the refuge and chose Alternative B as the proposed alternative. Alternatives A full description of each alternative is in the Draft CCP/EA. We summarize each alternative below. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Alternative A: No Action Alternative Under Alternative A, the no action alternative, present management of the refuge would continue at the current level. The refuge would provide habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species, particularly the red-cockaded woodpecker, the red wolf, and the American alligator. Current surveying and monitoring for waterfowl, wading and colonial nesting birds, and land birds would continue, and no active surveying or monitoring of other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, or fish would be conducted by refuge staff. There would be few public use and environmental education and outreach programs. Fishing and hunting of waterfowl would continue as currently managed. Alternative B: Moderately Expand Programs (Proposed Alternative) Under Alternative B, the proposed alternative, the refuge would continue to provide habitat for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and other waterfowl and fauna. Surveying and monitoring would be expanded to obtain baseline data on other species, and would include other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The refuge would monitor the effects of management activities on flora and fauna and adapt as needed. The public use and environmental education and outreach programs would be increased to include conducting two to ten programs for local school groups. Fishing and hunting opportunities would be expanded by increasing the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 38243 number of use days and introducing deer hunting with archery equipment. An interpretive trail or boardwalk would be developed to provide greater access to the public. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Alternative C: Optimally Expand Programs Sonoma County Office of Education Habitat Conservation Plan, Dutton Avenue School, City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA Under Alternative C, the activities under Alternative B would be further expanded. More wildlife and habitat surveying and monitoring would be conducted; environmental education and outreach programs would be increased to include conducting ten to fifteen programs for local school groups; hunting and fishing use days would increase and deer hunting with both archery equipment and primitive firearms would be introduced; an interpretive trail or boardwalk would be developed, as well as a canoe trail; and a photo blind would be constructed. In addition, development and management of moist-soil units for migratory birds would be considered. Next Step After the comment period ends, we will analyze the comments and address them in the form of a final CCP and Finding of No Significant Impact. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: May 19, 2008. Cynthia K. Dohner, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. E8–15117 Filed 7–2–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2008–N00170; 1112–0000– 81420–F2] Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability: proposed low-effect habitat conservation plan; request for comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE or applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for a 5-year incidental take permit for two species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The application addresses the potential for ‘‘take’’ of one listed animals and one listed plant. The applicant would implement a conservation program to minimize and mitigate the project activities, as described in the SCOE Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan (plan). We request comments on the applicant’s application and plan, and the preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as a ‘‘low-effect’’ habitat conservation plan, eligible for a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). We discuss our basis for this determination in our Environmental Action Statement (EAS), which is also available for public review. DATES: We must receive written comments on or before August 4, 2008. ADDRESSES: Please address written comments to Mike Thomas, Conservation Planning Branch, Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W– 2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. Alternatively, you may send comments by facsimile to (916) 414–6713. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Thomas, or Eric Tattersall, Branch Chief, Conservation Planning Branch, at the address shown above or at 916–414– 6600 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Availability of Documents Copies of the permit application, plan, and EAS can be obtained from the individuals named above (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Copies of these documents are available for public inspection, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2008-N0117; 40136-1265-0000-S3]


Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, Hyde County, NC

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; draft comprehensive conservation plan 
and environmental assessment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan and 
environmental assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Swanquarter National 
Wildlife Refuge for public review and comment. In this Draft CCP/EA, we 
describe the alternative we propose to use to manage this refuge for 
the 15 years following approval of the final CCP.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments 
by August 4, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Request for copies of the Draft CCP/EA should be addressed 
to: Bruce Freske, Refuge Manager, Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, 
38 Mattamuskeet Road, Swan Quarter, NC 27885. The Draft CCP/EA may also 
http://southeast.fws.gov/planning. Comments on the Draft CCP/EA may be 
submitted to the above address or via electronic mail to:  
BruceFreske@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Freske; Telephone: 252/926-4021; 
or Fax: 252/926-1743.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Swanquarter 
National Wildlife Refuge. We started the process through a notice in 
the Federal Register on November 3, 2000 (65 FR 66256).
    Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, on Pamlico Sound in Hyde 
County, NC, was established by Presidential Order on June 23, 1932. The 
Service has acquired all of the property within the refuge's 
acquisition boundary. The refuge consists of 16,411 acres of saltmarsh 
islands and forested wetlands interspersed with potholes, creeks, and 
drains. Marsh vegetation is dominated by black needlerush and sawgrass. 
The mainland is forested by loblolly pine, pond pine, and bald cypress. 
Approximately 8,800 acres of the refuge have been designated as 
wilderness. An additional 27,082 acres of adjacent, non-refuge open 
water are closed by presidential proclamation to the taking of 
migratory birds. The purposes of the refuge are: ``for use as an 
inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory 
birds;'' ``for the development, advancement, management, conservation, 
and protection of fish and wildlife resources * * * for the benefit of 
the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in performing its 
activities and services;'' and for the supplemental purpose of 
protecting and providing a wilderness area.
    Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is in the South Atlantic 
Coastal Plain Ecosystem and is part of the migration corridor for 
migratory birds that use the Atlantic Flyway. Wildlife species of 
management concern on the refuge include the American black duck, 
lesser scaup, canvasback, redhead, surf scoter, seaside sparrow, shard-
tailed sparrow, brown-headed nuthatch, black-throated green warbler, 
black rail, yellow rail, clapper rail, Forster's tern, peregrine 
falcon, bald eagle, osprey, black bear, red wolf, Carolina pygmy 
rattlesnake, and American alligator. The white-tailed deer is also a 
resident game species.

Background

The CCP Process

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), which amended the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Administration Act of 1966, requires us to develop a CCP for each 
national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is to provide 
refuge managers with a 15-year plan 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 our policies. In addition to 
outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their 
habitats, CCPs identify wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities 
available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, 
wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education 
and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least

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every 15 years in accordance with the Improvement Act and NEPA.
    Significant issues addressed in the Draft CCP/EA include: 
Management of waterfowl and neotropical migratory birds, the wilderness 
area, and invasive species; recovery and protection of threatened and 
endangered species (particularly the red-cockaded woodpecker, red wolf, 
and American alligator); regional habitat loss and fragmentation; 
turbidity in open waters; land acquisition to include a minor boundary 
expansion; and public uses of the refuge.

CCP Alternatives, Including Our Proposed Alternative

    We developed three alternatives for managing the refuge and chose 
Alternative B as the proposed alternative.

Alternatives

    A full description of each alternative is in the Draft CCP/EA. We 
summarize each alternative below.
Alternative A: No Action Alternative
    Under Alternative A, the no action alternative, present management 
of the refuge would continue at the current level. The refuge would 
provide habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered 
species, particularly the red-cockaded woodpecker, the red wolf, and 
the American alligator. Current surveying and monitoring for waterfowl, 
wading and colonial nesting birds, and land birds would continue, and 
no active surveying or monitoring of other birds, mammals, reptiles, 
amphibians, or fish would be conducted by refuge staff. There would be 
few public use and environmental education and outreach programs. 
Fishing and hunting of waterfowl would continue as currently managed.
Alternative B: Moderately Expand Programs (Proposed Alternative)
    Under Alternative B, the proposed alternative, the refuge would 
continue to provide habitat for migratory birds, threatened and 
endangered species, and other waterfowl and fauna. Surveying and 
monitoring would be expanded to obtain baseline data on other species, 
and would include other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. 
The refuge would monitor the effects of management activities on flora 
and fauna and adapt as needed. The public use and environmental 
education and outreach programs would be increased to include 
conducting two to ten programs for local school groups. Fishing and 
hunting opportunities would be expanded by increasing the number of use 
days and introducing deer hunting with archery equipment. An 
interpretive trail or boardwalk would be developed to provide greater 
access to the public.
Alternative C: Optimally Expand Programs
    Under Alternative C, the activities under Alternative B would be 
further expanded. More wildlife and habitat surveying and monitoring 
would be conducted; environmental education and outreach programs would 
be increased to include conducting ten to fifteen programs for local 
school groups; hunting and fishing use days would increase and deer 
hunting with both archery equipment and primitive firearms would be 
introduced; an interpretive trail or boardwalk would be developed, as 
well as a canoe trail; and a photo blind would be constructed. In 
addition, development and management of moist-soil units for migratory 
birds would be considered.

Next Step

    After the comment period ends, we will analyze the comments and 
address them in the form of a final CCP and Finding of No Significant 
Impact.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

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

    Dated: May 19, 2008.
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. E8-15117 Filed 7-2-08; 8:45 am]
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