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Download as PDF sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 35080 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 118 / Monday, June 21, 2010 / Notices stormwater control features, haul roads, and an access road), and continued surface exploration. Mill grade mined material will be processed at Barrick’s Betze Mine Project located 8 miles south-southeast of the Project. Mined material will be transported using highway approved haul trucks. Dewatering is not proposed for this project. The Project would create approximately 2,347 acres of surface disturbance on public lands administered by the BLM. The project life is approximately 11 years. The Project is located approximately 45 miles northwest of Elko, Nevada in Elko County. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. 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[FR Doc. 2010–14931 Filed 6–18–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–R–2009–N165; 40136–1265–0000– S3] Tampa Bay Refuges, FL AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability: final comprehensive conservation plan and finding of no significant impact. SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment for Egmont Key, Pinellas, and Passage Key National Wildlife Refuges. These three refuges, known as the Tampa Bay Refuges, are managed as part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex. In the final CCP, we describe how we will manage these refuges for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the CCP by writing to: Mr. Michael Lusk, Refuge Manager, 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429. You may also access and download the document from the Service’s Web site: https://southeast.fws.gov/planning. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Lusk; telephone: 727/570–5417; e-mail: michael_lusk@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the Tampa Bay Refuges. We started this process through a notice in the Federal Register on December 3, 2004 (69 FR 70276). For more about the process, please see that notice. Egmont Key NWR includes 392 acres and was established in 1974 to protect the Key’s significant natural, historical, and cultural resources from the impending threats of development. Of the three Tampa Bay Refuges, it is the only refuge island open to the public and has been traditionally visited for many years as a primary recreation destination. Egmont Key NWR seeks to provide nesting habitat for brown pelicans and other waterbirds, as well as to conserve and protect barrier island habitat and to preserve historical PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 structures of national significance (i.e., historic lighthouse, guardhouse, gun batteries, and brick roads). Presently, the island’s approximately 244 acres of beach and coastal berm support more than 110 species of nesting, migrating, and wintering birds. The island is designated as critical habitat for endangered piping plovers and provides habitat and protection for endangered manatees and sea turtles. Egmont Key NWR has an unusually high population of gopher tortoises and box turtles. Two wildlife sanctuaries, one on the east side of the island and one at the south end of the island, comprise about 97 acres and are closed to public use. Cooperative management agreements between the Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection entrust daily management activities of Egmont Key NWR to the Florida Park Service, which manages the island to protect and restore the historic structures and for swimming, sunbathing, shelling, and picnicking. Pinellas NWR was established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. It contains 7 mangrove islands encompassing about 394 acres. The refuge is comprised of Little Bird, Mule, Jackass, Listen, and Whale Island Keys and leases Tarpon and Indian Keys from Pinellas County. A Pinellas County seagrass sanctuary is located around Tarpon and Indian Keys, and the use of internal combustion engines within this zone is prohibited to protect the seagrass beds. Hundreds of brown pelicans and double-crested cormorants and dozens of herons, egrets, and roseate spoonbills nest within Tarpon and Little Bird Keys. Pinellas NWR provides important mangrove habitat for most long-legged wading species, especially the reddish egret. All of the mangrove islands of Pinellas NWR are closed to all public use year-round to protect the migratory birds. Passage Key NWR was originally designated as a Federal bird reservation by President Roosevelt in 1905, when it consisted of a 60-acre island with a freshwater lake and lush vegetation. However, erosion and hurricanes have virtually destroyed the key, and it is now a meandering sand bar varying in size from 0.5 to 10 acres, depending on weather. In 1970, Passage Key NWR was designated a Wilderness Area. The refuge’s objective is to provide habitat for colonial waterbirds. Hundreds of brown pelicans, laughing gulls, black skimmers, and royal terns, and small numbers of herons and egrets, nested annually until the island was destroyed by a hurricane in 2005. The key once hosted the largest royal tern and E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 118 / Monday, June 21, 2010 / Notices sandwich tern nesting colonies in the State of Florida. Because of its fragility, small size, and to protect the migratory birds that use the island, it is now closed to all public use year-round. We announce our decision and the availability of the final CCP and FONSI for the Tampa Bay Refuges 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 the Tampa Bay Refuges for the next 15 years. Alternative B is the foundation for the CCP. The compatibility determinations for beach uses, bicycling, boating, camping, competitive sporting events, concessions, geocaching, hiking/ walking, military uses, mosquito management, picnicking, photography/ video/filming/audio recording, research and surveys, snorkeling and SCUBA diving, and wildlife observation and photography are available in the CCP. sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Background The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, 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 every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Comments Copies of the Draft CCP/EA for the Tampa Bay Refuges were made available for a 30-day public review and comment period as announced in the Federal Register on April 24, 2009 (74 FR 18744). We held two meetings to present the Draft CCP/EA to the public VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:46 Jun 18, 2010 Jkt 220001 and to solicit comments. Approximately 57 persons attended the two meetings. A total of 23 comment letters was received by mail or e-mail from 12 persons and 8 organizations. All comments were considered and thoroughly evaluated. Responses to the comments are contained in Appendix D of the CCP. Selected Alternative After considering the comments we received and based on the professional judgment of the planning team, we selected Alternative B for implementation. Under Alternative B, we will continue the cooperative agreement with the State to manage Egmont Key NWR and will establish monthly communications and quarterly meetings to better coordinate our efforts. A visitors center will be established at the Egmont Key NWR Guardhouse, and interpretive signs and information distribution will be increased. Our primary mission will continue to be providing habitat and protection for wildlife. We will assume more of a leadership role in coordinating, directing, and conducting bird and other wildlife surveys; monitoring and conducting research on gopher tortoises; and identifying, mapping, and protecting State-listed plant species with partners. Authority This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: August 24, 2009. Patrick Leonard, Acting Regional Director. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on June 16, 2010. [FR Doc. 2010–14876 Filed 6–18–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNM910000 L10200000.PH0000] Notice of Intent To Establish and Call for Nominations for the New Mexico Resource Advisory Councils AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The BLM is publishing this notice in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35081 Committee Act (FACA). The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gives notice that the Secretary of the Interior is establishing four resource advisory councils in New Mexico to represent the four BLM districts in the State. This notice is also to solicit public nominations for each of the four New Mexico Resource Advisory Councils (RAC). The RACs provide advice and recommendations on land use planning and management of the public lands within their geographic area. DATES: All nominations must be received no later than August 5, 2010. ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of BLM New Mexico District Offices accepting nominations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa Herrera, Public Affairs Specialist, New Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508, telephone (505) 954–2021; or e-mail Theresa_Herrera@blm.gov. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) (43 U.S.C. 1739) directs the Secretary of the Interior to involve the public in planning and issues related to management of lands administered by the BLM. Section 309 of FLPMA directs the Secretary to establish 10- to 15-member citizenbased advisory councils that are consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The rules governing RACs are found at 43 CFR subpart 1784. As required by FACA, RAC membership must be balanced and representative of the various interests concerned with the management of the public lands. These include three categories: Category One—Holders of Federal grazing permits and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, timber industry, transportation or rights-ofway, developed outdoor recreation, offhighway vehicle use, and commercial recreation; Category Two—Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations; archaeological and historic organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations; and Category Three—Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a State agency responsible for managing natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the council is organized; SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 118 (Monday, June 21, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35080-35081]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2009-N165; 40136-1265-0000-S3]


Tampa Bay Refuges, FL

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and 
finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental 
assessment for Egmont Key, Pinellas, and Passage Key National Wildlife 
Refuges. These three refuges, known as the Tampa Bay Refuges, are 
managed as part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 
Complex. In the final CCP, we describe how we will manage these refuges 
for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the CCP by writing to: Mr. Michael 
Lusk, Refuge Manager, 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 
34429. You may also access and download the document from the Service's 
Web site: https://southeast.fws.gov/planning.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Lusk; telephone: 727/570-
5417; e-mail: michael_lusk@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the Tampa Bay 
Refuges. We started this process through a notice in the Federal 
Register on December 3, 2004 (69 FR 70276). For more about the process, 
please see that notice.
    Egmont Key NWR includes 392 acres and was established in 1974 to 
protect the Key's significant natural, historical, and cultural 
resources from the impending threats of development. Of the three Tampa 
Bay Refuges, it is the only refuge island open to the public and has 
been traditionally visited for many years as a primary recreation 
destination. Egmont Key NWR seeks to provide nesting habitat for brown 
pelicans and other waterbirds, as well as to conserve and protect 
barrier island habitat and to preserve historical structures of 
national significance (i.e., historic lighthouse, guardhouse, gun 
batteries, and brick roads). Presently, the island's approximately 244 
acres of beach and coastal berm support more than 110 species of 
nesting, migrating, and wintering birds. The island is designated as 
critical habitat for endangered piping plovers and provides habitat and 
protection for endangered manatees and sea turtles. Egmont Key NWR has 
an unusually high population of gopher tortoises and box turtles. Two 
wildlife sanctuaries, one on the east side of the island and one at the 
south end of the island, comprise about 97 acres and are closed to 
public use. Cooperative management agreements between the Service, the 
U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Environmental 
Protection entrust daily management activities of Egmont Key NWR to the 
Florida Park Service, which manages the island to protect and restore 
the historic structures and for swimming, sunbathing, shelling, and 
picnicking.
    Pinellas NWR was established in 1951 as a breeding ground for 
colonial bird species. It contains 7 mangrove islands encompassing 
about 394 acres. The refuge is comprised of Little Bird, Mule, Jackass, 
Listen, and Whale Island Keys and leases Tarpon and Indian Keys from 
Pinellas County. A Pinellas County seagrass sanctuary is located around 
Tarpon and Indian Keys, and the use of internal combustion engines 
within this zone is prohibited to protect the seagrass beds. Hundreds 
of brown pelicans and double-crested cormorants and dozens of herons, 
egrets, and roseate spoonbills nest within Tarpon and Little Bird Keys. 
Pinellas NWR provides important mangrove habitat for most long-legged 
wading species, especially the reddish egret. All of the mangrove 
islands of Pinellas NWR are closed to all public use year-round to 
protect the migratory birds.
    Passage Key NWR was originally designated as a Federal bird 
reservation by President Roosevelt in 1905, when it consisted of a 60-
acre island with a freshwater lake and lush vegetation. However, 
erosion and hurricanes have virtually destroyed the key, and it is now 
a meandering sand bar varying in size from 0.5 to 10 acres, depending 
on weather. In 1970, Passage Key NWR was designated a Wilderness Area. 
The refuge's objective is to provide habitat for colonial waterbirds. 
Hundreds of brown pelicans, laughing gulls, black skimmers, and royal 
terns, and small numbers of herons and egrets, nested annually until 
the island was destroyed by a hurricane in 2005. The key once hosted 
the largest royal tern and

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sandwich tern nesting colonies in the State of Florida. Because of its 
fragility, small size, and to protect the migratory birds that use the 
island, it is now closed to all public use year-round.
    We announce our decision and the availability of the final CCP and 
FONSI for the Tampa Bay Refuges 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 the Tampa Bay Refuges for the next 15 years. 
Alternative B is the foundation for the CCP.
    The compatibility determinations for beach uses, bicycling, 
boating, camping, competitive sporting events, concessions, geocaching, 
hiking/walking, military uses, mosquito management, picnicking, 
photography/video/filming/audio recording, research and surveys, 
snorkeling and SCUBA diving, and wildlife observation and photography 
are available in the CCP.

Background

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, 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 every 15 years in accordance with the Administration 
Act.

Comments

    Copies of the Draft CCP/EA for the Tampa Bay Refuges were made 
available for a 30-day public review and comment period as announced in 
the Federal Register on April 24, 2009 (74 FR 18744). We held two 
meetings to present the Draft CCP/EA to the public and to solicit 
comments. Approximately 57 persons attended the two meetings. A total 
of 23 comment letters was received by mail or e-mail from 12 persons 
and 8 organizations. All comments were considered and thoroughly 
evaluated. Responses to the comments are contained in Appendix D of the 
CCP.

Selected Alternative

    After considering the comments we received and based on the 
professional judgment of the planning team, we selected Alternative B 
for implementation. Under Alternative B, we will continue the 
cooperative agreement with the State to manage Egmont Key NWR and will 
establish monthly communications and quarterly meetings to better 
coordinate our efforts. A visitors center will be established at the 
Egmont Key NWR Guardhouse, and interpretive signs and information 
distribution will be increased. Our primary mission will continue to be 
providing habitat and protection for wildlife. We will assume more of a 
leadership role in coordinating, directing, and conducting bird and 
other wildlife surveys; monitoring and conducting research on gopher 
tortoises; and identifying, mapping, and protecting State-listed plant 
species with partners.

Authority

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

    Dated: August 24, 2009.
Patrick Leonard,
Acting Regional Director.

    Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the 
Federal Register on June 16, 2010.

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