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Download as PDF 46914 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 12, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–1772–DR] [FEMA–1772–DR] Minnesota; Amendment No. 4 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. 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: August 5, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Miller, Disaster Assistance Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3886. 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(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 Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant.) Minnesota; Amendment No. 3 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster for the State of Minnesota (FEMA–1772–DR), dated June 25, 2008, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: August 5, 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: Notice is hereby given that the incident period for this declared disaster is now June 6–12, 2008. (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 Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidentially 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. E8–18524 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. E8–18523 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] [FWS–R4–R–2008–N0213; 40136–1265– 0000–S3] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:24 Aug 11, 2008 Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact. Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is available for distribution. This CCP 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 the refuge will be managed for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: A copy of the CCP/FONSI is available on compact diskette or hard copy, and you may obtain a copy by writing: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (CCP), P.O. Box 2683, Titusville, Florida 32781. You may also access and download a copy of the CCP/FONSI from the Service’s Web site address: http://southeast.fws.gov/planning/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Hight, Telephone: 321/861–0667. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge begun as announced in the Federal Register on August 26, 2002 (67 FR 54816). We released the Draft CCP/EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments for 60 days in a notice of availability in the Federal Register on December 27, 2006 (71 FR 77783). Purpose of the Refuge: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963, to protect migratory birds through an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as an overlay of John F. Kennedy Space Center. The over 140,000 acres of beaches and dunes, estuarine waters, forested and nonforested wetlands, impounded wetlands, and upland shrub lands and forests of the refuge support over 500 wildlife species and over 1,000 plant species, including a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and neotropical migratory birds. Alternatives and Preferred Alternative: The Draft CCP/EA addressed several priority issues raised by the Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, other governmental partners, and the public. These issues included the spread of exotic, invasive, and nuisance species; the threats to threatened, endangered, and other imperiled species; the threats and impacts of an ever-increasing human population and the associated demand for public use activities; the management/maintenance of impounded wetlands; the coordination between intergovernmental partners; and the decline in migratory birds and their habitats. E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 12, 2008 / Notices To address these priority issues, four alternatives were developed and evaluated during the planning process. Alternative A continued current refuge management activities and programs. Under this alternative, the refuge would continue to maintain 550 Florida scrub jay family groups across 15,000 acres, 11–13 nesting pairs of bald eagles, and 6.3 miles of sea turtle nesting beaches. Alternative B expanded refuge management actions on needs of threatened and endangered species. The refuge would aggressively manage for Florida scrub jays, restoring and maintaining 19,000–20,000 acres in optimal condition to support 900 family groups. Habitat management activities would support the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles to expand to 20, with increased protection of nest sites, development of artificial nesting platforms, and increased cultivation of future nest areas and nesting trees. Alternative C focused refuge management actions on the needs of migratory birds. Current management activities for threatened and endangered species would remain the same or would be decreased. The refuge would manage intensively for waterfowl, increasing the acres of impounded wetlands managed to over 16,000 acres and annually supporting targets of 250 breeding pairs of mottled duck, 60,000 lesser scaup, 25,000 dabbling ducks, and 38,000 diving ducks. The refuge would also intensively manage for shorebirds, increasing to over 5,000 acres managed in impounded wetlands. Alternative D, the Service’s preferred alternative, takes a more landscape view of the refuge and its resources, focusing refuge management on wildlife and habitat diversity. The refuge will support 500–650 Florida scrub jay family groups with 350–500 territories in optimal conditions across 15,000– 16,000 acres. With active management, the refuge will support 11–15 nesting pairs of bald eagles; maintain 6.3 miles of sea turtle nesting beaches; and maintain 100 acres of habitat for the southeastern beach mouse, while the refuge population will serve as a source for reintroduction of the beach mouse to other sites. Manatee-focused management will be re-established on the refuge. The refuge will manage 15,000–16,000 acres in impounded wetlands with a waterfowl focus and will support targets of 250 breeding pairs of mottled ducks, 60,000 lesser scaup, 25,000 dabbling ducks, and 38,000 other diving ducks. Visitor services, programs, and messages will be focused on wildlife and habitat diversity, while also including VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:24 Aug 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and climate change. The actions outlined in the CCP and in two included step-down plans provide direction and guidance for management of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Successful implementation will depend on coordination and partnerships between the public, the Service, and other governmental agencies. Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: June 29, 2007. Cynthia K. Dohner, Acting Regional Director. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on August 5, 2008. [FR Doc. E8–18411 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Denali Park Road Vehicle Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement National Park Service, Interior. Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to develop and implement a plan to manage vehicles along the Denali park road, including carrying capacity (the maximum number of vehicles that can be accommodated on the Denali park road May–September). The goal of the plan is to provide a high quality experience for visitors while protecting wilderness resource values, scenic values, wildlife and other park resources, and maintaining the unique character of the park road. The plan will comprehensively evaluate the existing visitor transportation system to determine its effectiveness in protecting park resources and providing for visitor access and enjoyment. Demand for bus seats exceeds capacity in some cases and trends indicate that visitation will continue to increase. There is also a need to accommodate the changing demographics, interests, and needs of visitors. The EIS will evaluate a no action alternative of maintaining the existing vehicle management system on the Denali park road including current bus schedules, vehicle allocation, and carrying capacity. The effectiveness of the existing transportation system will PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46915 be assessed and used to guide development of a range of action alternatives. Action alternatives will consider potential changes to transportation system components including carrying capacity, and allocation of vehicle use among shuttle buses, tours, inholders, professional photographers, and administrative vehicles. It will also consider changes to bus scheduling and spacing; the size and type of buses; tour services; educational opportunities and interpretive services; wildlife viewing opportunities; and possibly other factors. Alternatives may also consider operational improvements such as the quality of the buses, space for backpacks and bicycles, communications, accessibility and interpretive services (both on the buses or prior to departure). The NPS may consider utilizing an adaptive management approach based on a Before-After-Control-Impact (BACI) experimental design to implement any proposed changes. This BACI approach would increase the ability to detect and correct any future negative impacts on visitor experience or park resources and values caused by management actions. The NPS will consider a wide range of information including data collected from the 1930’s to the present. Intensive studies conducted over the last three years on wildlife populations and behavior, social science studies on visitor experience, and extensive modeling of traffic patterns on the park road will be considered in the development and analysis of alternatives. This EIS is being prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.), and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR part 1500. Scoping: The planning team requests input from interested federal and state agencies, local governments, groups, organizations, park visitors, and the public. Written and verbal scoping comments are being solicited. Further information on this planning process will be available through public scoping meetings, press releases, and the park Web site. Public scoping meetings will be held in Anchorage, Denali Park, Susitna Valley, and Fairbanks, Alaska in 2008. Additional locations may be added as appropriate. Specific dates, times, and locations of scoping meetings will be announced in local media and posted on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/DENA. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2008-N0213; 40136-1265-0000-S3]


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Comprehensive Conservation 
Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact.

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SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI) for Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is available 
for distribution. This CCP 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 the 
refuge will be managed for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the CCP/FONSI is available on compact diskette or 
hard copy, and you may obtain a copy by writing: Merritt Island 
National Wildlife Refuge (CCP), P.O. Box 2683, Titusville, Florida 
32781. You may also access and download a copy of the CCP/FONSI from 
the Service's Web site address: http://southeast.fws.gov/planning/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Hight, Telephone: 321/861-0667.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: With this notice, we finalize the CCP 
process for Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge begun as announced 
in the Federal Register on August 26, 2002 (67 FR 54816). We released 
the Draft CCP/EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments for 
60 days in a notice of availability in the Federal Register on December 
27, 2006 (71 FR 77783).
    Purpose of the Refuge: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was 
established in 1963, to protect migratory birds through an agreement 
with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as an overlay 
of John F. Kennedy Space Center. The over 140,000 acres of beaches and 
dunes, estuarine waters, forested and non-forested wetlands, impounded 
wetlands, and upland shrub lands and forests of the refuge support over 
500 wildlife species and over 1,000 plant species, including a variety 
of waterfowl, shorebirds, and neotropical migratory birds.
    Alternatives and Preferred Alternative: The Draft CCP/EA addressed 
several priority issues raised by the Service, the Florida Fish and 
Wildlife Conservation Commission, other governmental partners, and the 
public. These issues included the spread of exotic, invasive, and 
nuisance species; the threats to threatened, endangered, and other 
imperiled species; the threats and impacts of an ever-increasing human 
population and the associated demand for public use activities; the 
management/maintenance of impounded wetlands; the coordination between 
intergovernmental partners; and the decline in migratory birds and 
their habitats.

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    To address these priority issues, four alternatives were developed 
and evaluated during the planning process.
    Alternative A continued current refuge management activities and 
programs. Under this alternative, the refuge would continue to maintain 
550 Florida scrub jay family groups across 15,000 acres, 11-13 nesting 
pairs of bald eagles, and 6.3 miles of sea turtle nesting beaches.
    Alternative B expanded refuge management actions on needs of 
threatened and endangered species. The refuge would aggressively manage 
for Florida scrub jays, restoring and maintaining 19,000-20,000 acres 
in optimal condition to support 900 family groups. Habitat management 
activities would support the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles to 
expand to 20, with increased protection of nest sites, development of 
artificial nesting platforms, and increased cultivation of future nest 
areas and nesting trees.
    Alternative C focused refuge management actions on the needs of 
migratory birds. Current management activities for threatened and 
endangered species would remain the same or would be decreased. The 
refuge would manage intensively for waterfowl, increasing the acres of 
impounded wetlands managed to over 16,000 acres and annually supporting 
targets of 250 breeding pairs of mottled duck, 60,000 lesser scaup, 
25,000 dabbling ducks, and 38,000 diving ducks. The refuge would also 
intensively manage for shorebirds, increasing to over 5,000 acres 
managed in impounded wetlands.
    Alternative D, the Service's preferred alternative, takes a more 
landscape view of the refuge and its resources, focusing refuge 
management on wildlife and habitat diversity. The refuge will support 
500-650 Florida scrub jay family groups with 350-500 territories in 
optimal conditions across 15,000-16,000 acres. With active management, 
the refuge will support 11-15 nesting pairs of bald eagles; maintain 
6.3 miles of sea turtle nesting beaches; and maintain 100 acres of 
habitat for the southeastern beach mouse, while the refuge population 
will serve as a source for reintroduction of the beach mouse to other 
sites. Manatee-focused management will be re-established on the refuge. 
The refuge will manage 15,000-16,000 acres in impounded wetlands with a 
waterfowl focus and will support targets of 250 breeding pairs of 
mottled ducks, 60,000 lesser scaup, 25,000 dabbling ducks, and 38,000 
other diving ducks. Visitor services, programs, and messages will be 
focused on wildlife and habitat diversity, while also including 
threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and climate change.
    The actions outlined in the CCP and in two included step-down plans 
provide direction and guidance for management of Merritt Island 
National Wildlife Refuge. Successful implementation will depend on 
coordination and partnerships between the public, the Service, and 
other governmental agencies.

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

    Dated: June 29, 2007.
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
    Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the 
Federal Register on August 5, 2008.
 [FR Doc. E8-18411 Filed 8-11-08; 8:45 am]
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