Caddo National Wildlife Refuge, Harrison County, TX; Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, 70945-70946 [2010-29111]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 223 / Friday, November 19, 2010 / Notices Pierce WA 98433 Landholding Agency: Army Property Number: 21201040037 Status: Underutilized Reasons: Secured Area Fax: Attn: Jeffrey Missal, Natural Resource Planner, 505–248–7409. U.S. Mail: Jeffrey Missal, Natural Resource Planner, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103–1306. In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments during regular business hours at the Refuge Headquarters located at 15600 Highway 134, Karnack, TX 75661. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Missal, Natural Resource Planner, Telephone: 505–248–7409; Fax: 505–248–6803; e-mail: Jeffrey_missal@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Land Florida Tract L 1113/Portion Jim Woodruff Reservoir Chattahoochee FL 32324 Landholding Agency: COE Property Number: 31201040001 Status: Unutilized Reasons: Within 2000 ft. of flammable or explosive material Maryland Site A Naval Support Activity Indian Head MD 20640 Landholding Agency: Navy Property Number: 77201040013 Status: Underutilized Reasons: Secured Area Introduction With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP for Caddo Lake NWR (Refuge), located in Harrison County, TX. This notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct detailed planning on this Refuge, and (2) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the environmental document and during development of the CCP. [FR Doc. 2010–28858 Filed 11–18–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R2–R–2010–N209; 20131–1265–2CCP S3] Caddo National Wildlife Refuge, Harrison County, TX; Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Harrison County, TX. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by May 18, 2011. We will announce opportunities for public input in local news media throughout the CCP process. ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by any of the following methods. E-mail: Jeffrey_missal@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge CCP NOI’’ in the subject line of the message. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:02 Nov 18, 2010 Jkt 223001 Background The CCP Process 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 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 and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act, as amended. Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70945 determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Our CCP process provides participation opportunities for Tribal, State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. At this time we encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of Caddo Lake NWR. We will conduct the environmental review of this project and develop an EA in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in Harrison County, TX, and encompasses approximately 7,500 acres of Piney Woods, mature Baldcyprus Forests, and wetlands. On October 19, 2000, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the establishment of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge on portions of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant. It was officially opened as a national wildlife refuge on September 26, 2009, for the purpose of migratory bird and other fish and wildlife management, conservation, and protection. In contrast to the more arid and thinly wooded areas that predominate much of the rest of Texas, Caddo Lake NWR is one of the richest examples of the lush and abundant Piney Woods Belt, where rainfall is plentiful and rivers and bayous twist through forests teeming with a great diversity of aquatic and terrestrial plant specimens. Portions of the Refuge and Caddo Lake constitute one of only 25 such areas in the United States recognized by the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands as a Wetland of International Significance. Residing in these forests and wetlands associated with the Refuge are a variety of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. A number of animals and plants here are considered rare, threatened, or endangered under national and international laws; these species E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 70946 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 223 / Friday, November 19, 2010 / Notices include, but are not limited to, the peregrine falcon, the alligator snapping turtle, and the eastern big-eared bat. Scoping: Preliminary Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities We have identified preliminary issues, concerns, and opportunities that we may address in the CCP. We have briefly summarized these issues below. During public scoping, we may identify additional issues. Ecoregional Issues • Potential impacts of climate change Habitat Issues • Bottomland Hardwood habitat maintenance and restoration • Timber harvesting • Using fire on the landscape for habitat restoration and maintenance • Property transfer from the Department of the Army and subsequent contaminant issues 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: September 30, 2010. Joy E. Nicholopoulos, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2. [FR Doc. 2010–29111 Filed 11–18–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Issues [FWS–R5–ES–2010–N249; 50120–1113– 0000–C2] • Migratory waterfowl and neotropical migrants using the Refuge as a stopover and/or nesting site • Refuge hunts for population management of White-tailed Deer • Construction/maintenance of bat, wood duck, and bluebird boxes for nesting purposes Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats; Draft National Plan; Extension of Public Comment Period Public Use Opportunities and Access • Identification, construction, and maintenance of wildlife observation trail(s) and auto-tour loop(s) • Develop/Increase participation of Caddo Lake NWR friends group Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of comment period. SUMMARY: Facilities • Remodel or replace current Refuge headquarters (currently an old U.S. Army office building) • Identify location and construct Refuge Fire Station Facilities (currently colocated in the Refuge shop and bunkhouse) • Identify location and construct Refuge Visitor Center and Classroom Building (currently located in an old FEMA Trailer) srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Public Meetings We will give the public an opportunity to provide input at a public meeting (or meetings). You can obtain the schedule from the planning team leader or project leader (see ADDRESSES). You may also send comments anytime during the planning process by U.S. mail, e-mail, or fax (see ADDRESSES). There will be additional opportunities to provide public input once we have prepared a draft CCP. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:02 Nov 18, 2010 Jkt 223001 AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), are extending the public comment period for the draft national plan to assist States, Federal agencies, and Tribes in managing whitenose syndrome (WNS) in bats. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details. If you have already submitted comments, please do not resubmit them; we have already incorporated them in the public record and will fully consider them in our final decision. DATES: Submit comments on this document on or before December 26, 2010. Send your written comments on the draft plan, by U.S. mail to Dr. Jeremy Coleman, National WNS Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045; or by electronic mail to WhiteNoseBats@fws.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jeremy Coleman, National WNS Coordinator, at the New York Field Office (see ADDRESSES) or by phone at 607–753–9334. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On October 28, 2010, we published a Federal Register notice (75 FR 66387) announcing availability for public review of a draft national plan to assist States, Federal agencies, and Tribes in managing WNS in bats. That notice mistakenly announced a 33-day public comment period instead of a 60-day public comment period. We are extending the public comment period on the draft plan to the originally planned 60 days. WNS is a fungal disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats in the northeastern United States. It has spread rapidly since its discovery in January 2007, and poses a potentially catastrophic threat to hibernating bats throughout North America, including several species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Listed bats include the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens), and gray bat (Myotis grisescens). The draft plan was prepared by representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Forest Service; U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and FWS; St. Regis Mohawk Tribe; Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; Missouri Department of Conservation; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Pennsylvania Game Commission; Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Document Availability An electronic copy of the draft plan is available online at https://www.fws.gov/ WhiteNoseSyndrome/. The document is also available from the FWS’s New York Field Office (see ADDRESSES). Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, electronic 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 may 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. E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 223 (Friday, November 19, 2010)]
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[Pages 70945-70946]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-29111]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R2-R-2010-N209; 20131-1265-2CCP S3]


Caddo National Wildlife Refuge, Harrison County, TX; 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to 
prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental 
assessment (EA) for Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Harrison 
County, TX. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to 
advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our 
intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of 
issues to consider in the planning process.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
May 18, 2011. We will announce opportunities for public input in local 
news media throughout the CCP process.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by any 
of the following methods.
    E-mail: Jeffrey_missal@fws.gov. Include ``Caddo Lake National 
Wildlife Refuge CCP NOI'' in the subject line of the message.
    Fax: Attn: Jeffrey Missal, Natural Resource Planner, 505-248-7409.
    U.S. Mail: Jeffrey Missal, Natural Resource Planner, P.O. Box 1306, 
Albuquerque, NM 87103-1306.
    In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments during regular 
business hours at the Refuge Headquarters located at 15600 Highway 134, 
Karnack, TX 75661.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Missal, Natural Resource 
Planner, Telephone: 505-248-7409; Fax: 505-248-6803; e-mail: Jeffrey_missal@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP for 
Caddo Lake NWR (Refuge), located in Harrison County, TX. This notice 
complies with our CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State 
agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct detailed 
planning on this Refuge, and (2) obtain suggestions and information on 
the scope of issues to consider in the environmental document and 
during development of the CCP.

Background

The CCP Process

    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 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 and photography, and 
environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update 
the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration 
Act, as amended.
    Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established 
for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for 
developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for 
each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to 
determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a 
way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives 
that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and 
habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation 
opportunities that are compatible with each refuge's establishing 
purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
    Our CCP process provides participation opportunities for Tribal, 
State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. 
At this time we encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, 
and suggestions for the future management of Caddo Lake NWR.
    We will conduct the environmental review of this project and 
develop an EA in accordance with the requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); other appropriate 
Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for 
compliance with those laws and regulations.

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

    Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in Harrison County, 
TX, and encompasses approximately 7,500 acres of Piney Woods, mature 
Baldcyprus Forests, and wetlands. On October 19, 2000, the Director of 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the establishment of the 
Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge on portions of the Longhorn Army 
Ammunition Plant. It was officially opened as a national wildlife 
refuge on September 26, 2009, for the purpose of migratory bird and 
other fish and wildlife management, conservation, and protection.
    In contrast to the more arid and thinly wooded areas that 
predominate much of the rest of Texas, Caddo Lake NWR is one of the 
richest examples of the lush and abundant Piney Woods Belt, where 
rainfall is plentiful and rivers and bayous twist through forests 
teeming with a great diversity of aquatic and terrestrial plant 
specimens. Portions of the Refuge and Caddo Lake constitute one of only 
25 such areas in the United States recognized by the RAMSAR Convention 
on Wetlands as a Wetland of International Significance. Residing in 
these forests and wetlands associated with the Refuge are a variety of 
birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. A number of animals and plants 
here are considered rare, threatened, or endangered under national and 
international laws; these species

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include, but are not limited to, the peregrine falcon, the alligator 
snapping turtle, and the eastern big-eared bat.

Scoping: Preliminary Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities

    We have identified preliminary issues, concerns, and opportunities 
that we may address in the CCP. We have briefly summarized these issues 
below. During public scoping, we may identify additional issues.

Ecoregional Issues

 Potential impacts of climate change

Habitat Issues

 Bottomland Hardwood habitat maintenance and restoration
 Timber harvesting
 Using fire on the landscape for habitat restoration and 
maintenance
 Property transfer from the Department of the Army and 
subsequent contaminant issues

Wildlife Issues

 Migratory waterfowl and neotropical migrants using the Refuge 
as a stopover and/or nesting site
 Refuge hunts for population management of White-tailed Deer
 Construction/maintenance of bat, wood duck, and bluebird boxes 
for nesting purposes

Public Use Opportunities and Access

 Identification, construction, and maintenance of wildlife 
observation trail(s) and auto-tour loop(s)
 Develop/Increase participation of Caddo Lake NWR friends group

Facilities

 Remodel or replace current Refuge headquarters (currently an 
old U.S. Army office building)
 Identify location and construct Refuge Fire Station Facilities 
(currently co-located in the Refuge shop and bunkhouse)
 Identify location and construct Refuge Visitor Center and 
Classroom Building (currently located in an old FEMA Trailer)

Public Meetings

    We will give the public an opportunity to provide input at a public 
meeting (or meetings). You can obtain the schedule from the planning 
team leader or project leader (see addresses). You may also send 
comments anytime during the planning process by U.S. mail, e-mail, or 
fax (see ADDRESSES). There will be additional opportunities to provide 
public input once we have prepared a draft CCP.

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: September 30, 2010.
Joy E. Nicholopoulos,
Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2.
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