Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Chariton County, MO, 30422-30423 [2010-13009]

Download as PDF 30422 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 104 / Tuesday, June 1, 2010 / Notices ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact Associated with the Environmental Assessment for Wasatch County Water Efficiency Project Recycled Water Project. On April 23, 2010, the Department of the Interior (Interior), signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) which documents the selection of the Proposed Action as presented in the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Wasatch County Water Efficiency Project Recycled Water Project. Interior has determined that implementing the Proposed Action described in the EA will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment and that an environmental impact statement is not required. This project anticipates conveying recycled water in the facilities of the Wasatch County Water Efficiency Project (WCWEP), Bonneville Unit, Central Utah Project (CUP). It would provide an opportunity for more effective and efficient management of water, make efficient use of recycled water, provide opportunities for stream and wetland benefits, and encourage the conservation and wise use of water, all of which are objectives of the CUP Completion Act. The proposed action would allow recycled water to be conveyed and used in WCWEP facilities and through exchange become CUP water. All water supply commitments under the existing contracts and agreements will continue to be met. A copy of the Final EA and FONSI may be accessed on the Internet at https://www.cuwcd.com. CD and paper copies can be obtained by contacting: Sarah Sutherland, 355 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058, sarah@cuwcd.com, 801.226.7146. SUMMARY: erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information may be obtained by contacting Mr. Lynn Hansen, Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, 302 East 1860 South, Provo, Utah 84606, by calling (801) 379–1238, or e-mail at lhansen@usbr.gov. Dated: May 24, 2010. Reed R. Murray, Program Director, Central Utah Project Completion Act Department of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2010–13016 Filed 5–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–RK–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 May 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–R–2010–N042; 30136–1265–0000– S3] Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Chariton County, MO AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability: draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment; request for comments. SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and draft environmental assessment (EA) for Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for public review and comment. In this draft CCP/EA we describe how we propose to manage the refuge for the next 15 years. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by July 5, 2010. An open house style meeting will be held during the comment period to receive comments and provide information on the draft plan. Special mailings, newspaper articles, internet postings, and other media announcements will inform people of the meetings and opportunities for written comments. ADDRESSES: Comments or requests for more information can be sent by any of the following methods. You may also drop off comments in person at Swan Lake NWR. 1. Agency Web site: View or download a copy of the document and comment at https://www.fws.gov/ midwest/planning/SwanLake/ index.html. 2. E-mail: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Swan Lake Draft CCP/EA’’ in the subject line of the message. 3. Fax: 660–856–3687. 4. Mail: Attention: Refuge Manager, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 16194 Swan Lake Avenue, Sumner, Missouri 64681. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitson, 660–856–3323. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Swan Lake NWR, which we began by publishing a notice of intent on (71 FR 20722–20723, April 21, 2006). For more about the initial process and the history of this refuge, see that notice. Swan Lake NWR was established in 1937 by Executive Order 7563 to serve PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge includes 10,670 acres and is also responsible for managing 57 easements and outlying fee title tracts scattered across 15 counties in Missouri. Background The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), requires us to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy 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 Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, plans identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. CCP Alternatives and Our Preferred Alternative Priority Issues During the public scoping process, we, other stakeholders and partners, and the public identified several priority issues, which include habitat management, sedimentation, flooding, and demand for additional recreation opportunities and visitor services. To address these issues, we developed and evaluated the following alternatives during the planning process. Alternative 1: Current Management Direction and Activities (No Action) The current management direction of Swan Lake NWR would be maintained under this alternative. For NEPA purposes, this is referred to as the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative, a misnomer as some changes will occur over the next 15 years. Management includes conservation, restoration, and preservation but occurs opportunistically as budgets allow. Farming and water management would continue in those areas where it currently exists. Some programs, especially environmental education and outreach, would see improvements only if budgets increase in the future. E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM 01JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 104 / Tuesday, June 1, 2010 / Notices Alternative 2 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Under Alternative 2, we will focus on restoring Refuge streams as free flowing streams with fluctuating water levels and increasing the amount of native habitats. Many of the constructed management areas (moist soil units, open waters, and agricultural areas) are restored to more natural or historic landscape conditions. Duck and small game hunting are introduced as well as increased seasonal access for wildlife observation. Fish and Wildlife Service Alternative 3: (Preferred Alternative) Under Alternative 3, we will mimic components of historic hydrologic function within Refuge streams by allowing seasonal and annual variations in water levels. Manage up to 1,300 acres of emergent wetland habitat using moist soil techniques. Increase the amount of wet meadow and native prairie and reduce the amount of cropland. We will increase opportunities for hunting and wildlife observation as in Alternative 2, but also increase emphasis on interpretation and education and develop additional volunteer opportunities. Public Meeting We will give the public an opportunity to provide input at a public meeting. You can obtain the schedule from the address or Web site listed in this notice (see ADDRESSES). You may also submit comments anytime during the comment period. 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. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Dated: April 6, 2010. Christopher P. Jensen, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Snelling, Minnesota. [FR Doc. 2010–13009 Filed 5–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 May 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 [FWS–R5–R–2009–N208; BAC–4311–K9–S3] Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment; Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Tucker County, WV AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and draft environmental assessment (EA) for Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for a 45-day public review and comment period. The draft CCP/EA describes four alternatives, including our Service-preferred alternative B, for managing this refuge for the next 15 years. Also available for public review and comment are the draft compatibility determinations, which are included as appendix B in the draft CCP/EA. DATES: To ensure our consideration of your written comments, please send them by July 16, 2010. We will also hold public meetings. We will announce and post details of the public meetings in local news media, via our project mailing list, and on our regional planning Web site, https://www.fws.gov/ northeast/planning/Canaan%20Valley/ ccphome.html. Send your comments or requests for copies of the draft CCP/EA by one of the following methods. You may also drop off comments in person at Canaan Valley NWR, located off Route 32 in Davis, West Virginia. U.S. Mail: Beth Goldstein, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035. Facsmile: Attention: Beth Goldstein, 413–253–8468. Electronic Mail: northeastplanning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Canaan Valley NWR CCP’’ in the subject line of your e-mail. Agency Web Site: View or download the draft document on the Web at https://www.fws.gov/northeast/ planning/Canaan%20Valley/ ccphome.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Schafler, Refuge Manager, Canaan Valley NWR, HC 70, P.O. Box 200, Davis, WV 26260; phone: 304–866– 3858; facsimile: 304–866–3852; electronic mail: fw5rw_cvnwr@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30423 Introduction This notice continues the CCP process for Canaan Valley NWR. We prepared the draft CCP in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Improvement Act), which requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. We published our original notice of intent to prepare a CCP in the Federal Register on January 22, 2007 (72 FR 2709). The 16,183-acre Canaan Valley NWR was established in 1994 to conserve and protect fish and wildlife resources and the unique wetland and upland habitats of this high elevation valley. The refuge is located in Tucker County, West Virginia, and has an approved acquisition boundary of 24,000 acres. It includes the largest wetland complex in the State, and encompasses the headwaters of the Blackwater and Little Blackwater rivers. The refuge supports species of concern at both the Federal and State levels, including the West Virginia northern flying squirrel, bald eagle, and the Federal listed Cheat Mountain salamander and Indiana bat. Its dominant habitats include wet meadows, peatlands, shrub and forested swamps, beaver ponds and streams, northern hardwood forest, old fields and shrubland, and managed grassland. Refuge visitors engage in wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, interpretation, hunting, and fishing. Management activities include maintaining and perpetuating the ecological integrity of the Canaan Valley wetland complex; perpetuating the ecological integrity of upland northern hardwood and northern hardwoodconifer forests to sustain wildlife and plant communities; providing a diversity of successional habitats in upland and wetland-edge shrublands, grasslands, old fields, and hardwood communities; and supporting wildlifedependent recreation and education. Background The CCP Process The purpose for developing CCPs is to provide refuge managers with 15-year plans for achieving refuge purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, in conformance with sound principles of fish and wildlife management and conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM 01JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-R-2010-N042; 30136-1265-0000-S3]


Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Chariton County, MO

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and draft 
environmental assessment (EA) for Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge 
(NWR) for public review and comment. In this draft CCP/EA we describe 
how we propose to manage the refuge for the next 15 years.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments 
by July 5, 2010. An open house style meeting will be held during the 
comment period to receive comments and provide information on the draft 
plan. Special mailings, newspaper articles, internet postings, and 
other media announcements will inform people of the meetings and 
opportunities for written comments.

ADDRESSES: Comments or requests for more information can be sent by any 
of the following methods. You may also drop off comments in person at 
Swan Lake NWR.
    1. Agency Web site: View or download a copy of the document and 
comment at https://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/SwanLake/.
    2. E-mail: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ``Swan Lake Draft CCP/EA'' 
in the subject line of the message.
    3. Fax: 660-856-3687.
    4. Mail: Attention: Refuge Manager, Swan Lake National Wildlife 
Refuge, 16194 Swan Lake Avenue, Sumner, Missouri 64681.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitson, 660-856-3323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Swan Lake NWR, 
which we began by publishing a notice of intent on (71 FR 20722-20723, 
April 21, 2006). For more about the initial process and the history of 
this refuge, see that notice.
    Swan Lake NWR was established in 1937 by Executive Order 7563 to 
serve as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other 
wildlife. The Refuge includes 10,670 acres and is also responsible for 
managing 57 easements and outlying fee title tracts scattered across 15 
counties in Missouri.

Background

The CCP Process

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

CCP Alternatives and Our Preferred Alternative

Priority Issues

    During the public scoping process, we, other stakeholders and 
partners, and the public identified several priority issues, which 
include habitat management, sedimentation, flooding, and demand for 
additional recreation opportunities and visitor services. To address 
these issues, we developed and evaluated the following alternatives 
during the planning process.

Alternative 1: Current Management Direction and Activities (No Action)

    The current management direction of Swan Lake NWR would be 
maintained under this alternative. For NEPA purposes, this is referred 
to as the ``No Action'' alternative, a misnomer as some changes will 
occur over the next 15 years. Management includes conservation, 
restoration, and preservation but occurs opportunistically as budgets 
allow. Farming and water management would continue in those areas where 
it currently exists. Some programs, especially environmental education 
and outreach, would see improvements only if budgets increase in the 
future.

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Alternative 2

    Under Alternative 2, we will focus on restoring Refuge streams as 
free flowing streams with fluctuating water levels and increasing the 
amount of native habitats. Many of the constructed management areas 
(moist soil units, open waters, and agricultural areas) are restored to 
more natural or historic landscape conditions. Duck and small game 
hunting are introduced as well as increased seasonal access for 
wildlife observation.

Alternative 3: (Preferred Alternative)

    Under Alternative 3, we will mimic components of historic 
hydrologic function within Refuge streams by allowing seasonal and 
annual variations in water levels. Manage up to 1,300 acres of emergent 
wetland habitat using moist soil techniques. Increase the amount of wet 
meadow and native prairie and reduce the amount of cropland. We will 
increase opportunities for hunting and wildlife observation as in 
Alternative 2, but also increase emphasis on interpretation and 
education and develop additional volunteer opportunities.

Public Meeting

    We will give the public an opportunity to provide input at a public 
meeting. You can obtain the schedule from the address or Web site 
listed in this notice (see addresses). You may also submit comments 
anytime during the comment period.

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.

    Dated: April 6, 2010.
Christopher P. Jensen,
Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort 
Snelling, Minnesota.
[FR Doc. 2010-13009 Filed 5-28-10; 8:45 am]
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