Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, Natchitoches, and Red River Parishes, LA, 42822-42824 [E8-16822]

Download as PDF 42822 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 23, 2008 / Notices The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Illinois is hereby amended to include the following areas among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the catastrophe declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of June 24, 2008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Madison, Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties for Public Assistance. Lake County for Public Assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance.) Mercer and Rock Island Counties for Public Assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance and emergency protective measures [Category B], limited to direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.) (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households in Presidential Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance—Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant.) State of Minnesota is hereby amended to include the following area among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the catastrophe declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of June 25, 2008. Nobles County for Public Assistance. (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households in Presidential Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance—Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant.) R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. E8–16804 Filed 7–22–08; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 18:14 Jul 22, 2008 SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Wisconsin (FEMA–1768–DR), dated June 14, 2008, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: July 11, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Minnesota (FEMA–1772–DR), dated June 25, 2008, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: July 16, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Miller, Disaster Assistance Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3886. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of a major disaster declaration for the VerDate Aug<31>2005 [FEMA–1768–DR] Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. Jkt 214001 Fish and Wildlife Service Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, Natchitoches, and Red River Parishes, LA Wisconsin; Amendment No. 12 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BILLING CODE 9110–10–P Minnesota Amendment No. 2 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration BILLING CODE 9110–10–P [FWS–R4–R–2008–N0132; 40136–1265– 0000–S3] Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–1772–DR] R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. E8–16791 Filed 7–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. E8–16792 Filed 7–22–08; 8:45 am] Federal Emergency Management Agency (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households in Presidential Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance—Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant.) Peggy Miller, Disaster Assistance Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3886. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Wisconsin is hereby amended to include the following area among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the catastrophe declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of June 14, 2008. La Crosse County for Public Assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance.) PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; final comprehensive conservation plan and finding of no significant impact. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for Red River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). In the final CCP, we describe how we will manage this refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: A copy of the CCP may be obtained by writing to: Red River NWR, 11372 Highway 143, Farmerville, LA 71241. The plan may also be accessed and downloaded from the Service’s Web site: http://southeast.fws.gov/planning. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. George Chandler, Refuge Manager, North Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Telephone: 318/726– 4222; fax: 318/726–4667; e-mail: george_chandler@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Red River NWR. We started this process through a notice in the E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 23, 2008 / Notices Federal Register on March 13, 2006 (71 FR 12710). For more about the process, see that notice. On October 13, 2000, House Resolution 4318, the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Act, was signed into law (Pub. L. 106–300). This legislation authorized the establishment of the Red River NWR to provide for the restoration and conservation of fish and wildlife habitats in the Red River Valley ecosystem in northwest Louisiana. Red River NWR is a unit of the North Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which also includes D’Arbonne, Upper Ouachita, Black Bayou Lake, and Handy Brake Refuges, as well as the Louisiana Wetlands Management District. Each refuge has its own unique issues, requiring separate planning efforts and public involvement. The Red River NWR, stretching 120 miles along the Red River Valley from Colfax, Louisiana, near its southern boundary to the Arkansas state line, will play an important role regionally in fulfilling the goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System. According to legislation, the refuge shall consist of up to 50,000 acres from the Headquarters Unit and four focus units within a selection area covering 220,000 acres. Currently, the Service has acquired 9,788 acres and has 40,212 acres remaining to purchase. The lands within the five units (e.g., Headquarters, Wardview, Spanish Lake Lowlands, Bayou Pierre, and Lower Cane River focus areas) will be acquired through a combination of fee title purchases from willing sellers and through conservation easements, leases, and/or cooperative agreements from willing landowners. Currently, fee title lands have been purchased within portions of all the focus units except Wardview. Red River NWR’s proximity to a major metropolitan center will afford the public the ability to participate in educational opportunities that promote wildlife stewardship. Currently, the five units of the refuge include 3,742 acres of reforested bottomland hardwood forest; 317 acres of bottomland forest; 261 acres of riparian habitat; 194 acres of cypress swamp; 600 acres of moist soils; 1,125 acres of agricultural fields; 124 acres in a pecan orchard; 64 acres dominated by groundsel-tree (Baccharis halimifolia); 217 acres of honey locust; and 153 acres of old field that was grazed and is currently invaded by wild plum and invasive species. In addition, about 443 acres of the refuge consist of oxbow lakes, Red River tributaries, borrow pits, and irrigation ditches. Currently, minimal public use occurs on the refuge VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:14 Jul 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 besides hunting, fishing, and some wildlife observation. We announce our decision and the availability of the final CCP and FONSI for Red River NWR in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of impacts on the human environment, which we included in the draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment (Draft CCP/EA). The CCP will guide us in managing and administering Red River NWR for the next 15 years. Alternative C, as we described in the final CCP, is the foundation for the CCP. The compatibility determinations for (1) wildlife observation and photography; (2) environmental education and interpretation; (3) big game hunting; (4) small game hunting; (5) migratory bird hunting; (6) fishing; (7) hiking, jogging, and walking; (8) boating; (9) all-terrain vehicles; (10) berry/fruit picking; (11) bicycling; and (12) cooperative farming are also available within the final CCP. Background The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Improvement Act), which amended the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for 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 every 15 years in accordance with the Improvement Act. Comments Approximately 150 copies of the Draft CCP/EA were made available for a 30day public review period as announced in the Federal Register on April 14, 2008 (73 FR 20059). Five written comments were received from local citizens and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42823 Selected Alternative After considering the comments we received, we have selected Alternative C for implementation. The primary focus under Alternative C will be to optimize the biological and visitor use programs. Land acquisition, reforestation, and resource protection at Red River NWR will be intensified from the level now maintained under the No Action Alternative. The refuge will expand the approved acquisition boundary to incorporate 1,413 acres in the Spanish Lake Lowlands Unit; 87 acres in the Headquarters Unit; and 1,938 acres in the Lower Cane Unit. Alternative C will provide a full-time law enforcement officer, an equipment operator, a maintenance worker, a wildlife biologist, an assistant manager, an administrative assistant, and an outdoor recreational specialist. Public use and environmental education will increase. Within three years of the date of the CCP, the refuge will develop a Visitor Services’ Plan to be used in expanding public use facilities and opportunities. This step-down management plan will provide overall, long-term guidance and direction in developing and running a larger public use program. Federal funds are now available to construct a refuge headquarters/visitor center at the Headquarters Unit. The new visitor center will include a small auditorium for use in talks, meetings, films, videos, and other audiovisual presentations. Alternative C will also increase opportunities for visitors by adding facilities such as photo blinds, observation sites, and trails. Within five years of the date of the CCP, we will prepare a Fishing Plan that will outline and expand permissible fishing opportunities within the refuge. The refuge will also construct a fishing pier at the Headquarters Unit. Staff will investigate opportunities for expanding hunting possibilities. Alternative C is considered to be the most effective for meeting the purposes of the refuge by conserving, restoring, and managing the refuge’s habitats and wildlife, while optimizing wildlifedependent public uses. Alternative C will best achieve national, ecosystem, and refuge-specific goals and objectives and it positively addresses significant issues and concerns expressed by the public. Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 42824 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 23, 2008 / Notices Dated: May 27, 2008. Jon Andrew, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. E8–16822 Filed 7–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of a revision of an information collection (1028–0062). mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: We (U.S. Geological Survey) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2008. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB. DATE: You must submit comments on or before August 22, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior via e-mail: OIRA_DOCKET@ omb.eop.gov; or by fax (202) 395–6566; and identify your submission with #1028–0062. Please submit a copy of your comments to Phadrea Ponds, Information Collections, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150–C Center Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (mail); (970) 226– 9230 (fax); or pponds@usgs.gov (e-mail). Use OMB Control Number 1028–0062 in the subject line. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Scott F. Sibley at (703) 648–4976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 1028–0062 Title: Industrial Minerals Surveys. Form Number: Various (38 forms). Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Private Sector; State, Local, and Tribal governments. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:14 Jul 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 Respondent Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: Monthly, Quarterly, Semiannually, or Annually. Respondents are canvassed for one frequency period (e.g., monthly respondents are not canvassed annually). Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 15,993 producers and consumers of industrial minerals. Estimated Number of Responses: 18,339. Completion Time per Response: We estimate that the public reporting burden averages 15 minutes to 5 hours per response. This includes the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the information. Annual burden hours: 12,639 hours. Abstract: Respondents supply the U.S. Geological Survey with domestic production and consumption data for nonfuel mineral commodities. This information will be published as chapters in Minerals Yearbooks, monthly/quarterly Mineral Industry Surveys, annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, and special publications, for use by Government agencies, industry, education programs, and the general public. We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197, ‘‘Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection.’’ Responses are voluntary. No questions of a ‘‘sensitive’’ nature are asked. We will release data collected on these forms only in a summary format that is not company-specific. Comments: To comply with the public consultation process, on April 16, 2008, we published a Federal Register notice (73 FR 20707) announcing our intent to submit this information collection to OMB for approval. In that notice we solicited public comments for 60 days, ending on June 16, 2008. We received one comment in response to the notice. In this comment, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) stated that they support the USGS continuing to collect Industrial Minerals Surveys data because they are an important data source for key components of BEA’s economic statistics. The BEA also requested that they be kept informed of any modifications to these forms. We did not make any changes to our information collection requirements as a result of this comment. PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 We again invite comments concerning this information collection on: (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. USGS Information Collection Clearance Contact: Phadrea Ponds (970) 226–9445. Dated: July 17, 2008. John H. DeYoung, Jr., Chief Scientist, Minerals Information Team. [FR Doc. E8–16821 Filed 7–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4311–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [F–14864–A, F–14864–A2; AK–965–1410– KC–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving the surface and subsurface estates in certain lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Nunapiglluraq Corporation. The lands are in the vicinity of Hamilton, Alaska, and are located in: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 32 N., R. 77 W., Secs. 6, 7 and 18. Containing approximately 1,596 acres. T. 33 N., R. 77 W., E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 142 (Wednesday, July 23, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2008-N0132; 40136-1265-0000-S3]


Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, 
Natchitoches, and Red River Parishes, LA

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; final comprehensive conservation plan 
and finding of no significant impact.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and 
finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for Red River National 
Wildlife Refuge (NWR). In the final CCP, we describe how we will manage 
this refuge for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the CCP may be obtained by writing to: Red River 
NWR, 11372 Highway 143, Farmerville, LA 71241. The plan may also be 
accessed and downloaded from the Service's Web site: http://
southeast.fws.gov/planning.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. George Chandler, Refuge Manager, 
North Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Telephone: 318/726-
4222; fax: 318/726-4667; e-mail: george_chandler@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Red River NWR. We 
started this process through a notice in the

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Federal Register on March 13, 2006 (71 FR 12710). For more about the 
process, see that notice.
    On October 13, 2000, House Resolution 4318, the Red River National 
Wildlife Refuge Act, was signed into law (Pub. L. 106-300). This 
legislation authorized the establishment of the Red River NWR to 
provide for the restoration and conservation of fish and wildlife 
habitats in the Red River Valley ecosystem in northwest Louisiana. Red 
River NWR is a unit of the North Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, which also includes D'Arbonne, Upper Ouachita, Black Bayou 
Lake, and Handy Brake Refuges, as well as the Louisiana Wetlands 
Management District. Each refuge has its own unique issues, requiring 
separate planning efforts and public involvement.
    The Red River NWR, stretching 120 miles along the Red River Valley 
from Colfax, Louisiana, near its southern boundary to the Arkansas 
state line, will play an important role regionally in fulfilling the 
goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System. According to legislation, 
the refuge shall consist of up to 50,000 acres from the Headquarters 
Unit and four focus units within a selection area covering 220,000 
acres. Currently, the Service has acquired 9,788 acres and has 40,212 
acres remaining to purchase. The lands within the five units (e.g., 
Headquarters, Wardview, Spanish Lake Lowlands, Bayou Pierre, and Lower 
Cane River focus areas) will be acquired through a combination of fee 
title purchases from willing sellers and through conservation 
easements, leases, and/or cooperative agreements from willing 
landowners. Currently, fee title lands have been purchased within 
portions of all the focus units except Wardview. Red River NWR's 
proximity to a major metropolitan center will afford the public the 
ability to participate in educational opportunities that promote 
wildlife stewardship.
    Currently, the five units of the refuge include 3,742 acres of 
reforested bottomland hardwood forest; 317 acres of bottomland forest; 
261 acres of riparian habitat; 194 acres of cypress swamp; 600 acres of 
moist soils; 1,125 acres of agricultural fields; 124 acres in a pecan 
orchard; 64 acres dominated by groundsel-tree (Baccharis halimifolia); 
217 acres of honey locust; and 153 acres of old field that was grazed 
and is currently invaded by wild plum and invasive species. In 
addition, about 443 acres of the refuge consist of oxbow lakes, Red 
River tributaries, borrow pits, and irrigation ditches. Currently, 
minimal public use occurs on the refuge besides hunting, fishing, and 
some wildlife observation.
    We announce our decision and the availability of the final CCP and 
FONSI for Red River NWR in accordance with the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We completed a 
thorough analysis of impacts on the human environment, which we 
included in the draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental 
assessment (Draft CCP/EA).
    The CCP will guide us in managing and administering Red River NWR 
for the next 15 years. Alternative C, as we described in the final CCP, 
is the foundation for the CCP.
    The compatibility determinations for (1) wildlife observation and 
photography; (2) environmental education and interpretation; (3) big 
game hunting; (4) small game hunting; (5) migratory bird hunting; (6) 
fishing; (7) hiking, jogging, and walking; (8) boating; (9) all-terrain 
vehicles; (10) berry/fruit picking; (11) bicycling; and (12) 
cooperative farming are also available within the final CCP.

Background

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) (Improvement Act), which amended the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, requires us to 
develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for 
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 every 15 years in accordance with 
the Improvement Act.

Comments

    Approximately 150 copies of the Draft CCP/EA were made available 
for a 30-day public review period as announced in the Federal Register 
on April 14, 2008 (73 FR 20059). Five written comments were received 
from local citizens and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and 
Fisheries.

Selected Alternative

    After considering the comments we received, we have selected 
Alternative C for implementation. The primary focus under Alternative C 
will be to optimize the biological and visitor use programs. Land 
acquisition, reforestation, and resource protection at Red River NWR 
will be intensified from the level now maintained under the No Action 
Alternative. The refuge will expand the approved acquisition boundary 
to incorporate 1,413 acres in the Spanish Lake Lowlands Unit; 87 acres 
in the Headquarters Unit; and 1,938 acres in the Lower Cane Unit. 
Alternative C will provide a full-time law enforcement officer, an 
equipment operator, a maintenance worker, a wildlife biologist, an 
assistant manager, an administrative assistant, and an outdoor 
recreational specialist. Public use and environmental education will 
increase. Within three years of the date of the CCP, the refuge will 
develop a Visitor Services' Plan to be used in expanding public use 
facilities and opportunities. This step-down management plan will 
provide overall, long-term guidance and direction in developing and 
running a larger public use program. Federal funds are now available to 
construct a refuge headquarters/visitor center at the Headquarters 
Unit. The new visitor center will include a small auditorium for use in 
talks, meetings, films, videos, and other audiovisual presentations. 
Alternative C will also increase opportunities for visitors by adding 
facilities such as photo blinds, observation sites, and trails.
    Within five years of the date of the CCP, we will prepare a Fishing 
Plan that will outline and expand permissible fishing opportunities 
within the refuge. The refuge will also construct a fishing pier at the 
Headquarters Unit. Staff will investigate opportunities for expanding 
hunting possibilities.
    Alternative C is considered to be the most effective for meeting 
the purposes of the refuge by conserving, restoring, and managing the 
refuge's habitats and wildlife, while optimizing wildlife-dependent 
public uses. Alternative C will best achieve national, ecosystem, and 
refuge-specific goals and objectives and it positively addresses 
significant issues and concerns expressed by the public.

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


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    Dated: May 27, 2008.
Jon Andrew,
Acting Regional Director.
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