Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson County, AL, 80524-80525 [2010-32080]

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Comments must refer to the proposal by name and docket number (FR–5354–N– 02) and must be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, Fax number: (202) 395–6947; and Paperwork Reduction Act Program Manager, Office VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:24 Dec 21, 2010 Jkt 223001 of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 4178, Washington, DC 20410. Dated: December 17, 2010. David H. Stevens, Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner. [FR Doc. 2010–32185 Filed 12–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P Longleaf NWR, P.O. Box 54087, Anniston, AL 36205. The CCP may also be accessed and downloaded from the Service’s Web site: https:// southeast.fws.gov/planning/ under ‘‘Final Documents.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Dawson, Refuge Planner, Jackson, MS; telephone: 601/965–4903, ext. 20; fax: 601/965–4010; e-mail: mike_dawson@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–R–2010–N159; 40136–1265–0000– S3] Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson County, AL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability: Final comprehensive conservation plan and finding of no significant impact. AGENCY: 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 the environmental assessment for Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). In the final CCP, we describe how we will manage this refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the CCP by writing to: Mr. Stephen A. Miller, Refuge Manager, Mountain SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Watercress Darter NWR. We started this process through a notice in the Federal Register on March 12, 2007 (72 FR 11048). Watercress Darter NWR, near the city of Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama, was established by the Service in 1980, to provide protection for the endangered watercress darter. The refuge is only about 24 acres of ponds, mixed pinehardwood forest, and a residence, and contains Thomas Spring. A second pond was constructed on the refuge in 1983, to provide additional watercress darter habitat. The refuge is unstaffed and administered by Mountain Longleaf NWR. We announce our decision and the availability of the final CCP and FONSI for Watercress Darter NWR in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [40 CFR 1506.6(b)] requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 22, 2010 / Notices 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 Watercress Darter 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 wildlife observation and photography and environmental education and interpretation are also available in the final 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 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 Administration Act. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Comments We made copies of the Draft CCP/EA available for a 30-day public review period as announced in the Federal Register on April 16, 2010 (75 FR 19988). We received five comments on the Draft CCP/EA. Selected Alternative The Draft CCP/EA identified and evaluated three alternatives for managing the refuge. After considering the comments we received and based on the professional judgment of the planning team, we selected Alternative C for implementation. Under Alternative C, we will optimize habitat management and visitor services throughout the refuge. Threats to the refuge are becoming more prominent as development activities occur in the city of Bessemer, Alabama. Watercress Darter NWR is a small system that can be greatly VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:24 Dec 21, 2010 Jkt 223001 compromised by activities a distance away from its boundary. We fully recognize the impact these activities could have on the integrity of the refuge. In addition to our current management, we will extend beyond the immediate neighbors to address issues associated with the aquifer and spring recharge area, watershed, and biota exchange pathways. Extensive resource sharing and networking with other protected areas, state agencies, local governments, organizations, specialists, researchers, and private citizens will expand the knowledge base and assist in developing cooperation between interest groups. Restoration of natural systems, native communities, and healthy environments will be emphasized, promoting regionally a high-quality of life. Monitoring environmental parameters and flora and fauna will be incorporated into an integrated study to gain knowledge on the health of the refuge ecosystem. Education and outreach will be expanded, with an emphasis on cultural and historical resources. Staffing will be developed to meet the needs of partners and the greater number of interest groups and accommodate data and resource sharing. An increase in staff is presented in this alternative so that Watercress Darter NWR can be managed with a greater emphasis on landscape management. Additional staff members needed to fully implement this alternative at the highest quality level includes one position at Watercress Darter NWR and four positions shared between Cahaba River NWR and Watercress Darter NWR. Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: September 14, 2010. Mark J. Musaus, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2010–32080 Filed 12–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey [USGS 11 GX11BC009RU0100] Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension of an existing information collection (1028– 0056). AGENCY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80525 Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2011. Submit written comments by February 22, 2011. DATES: Please submit a copy of your comments to Phadrea Ponds, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150–C Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526– 8118 (mail); 970–226–9445 (phone); 970–226–9230 (fax); or pondsp@usgs.gov (e-mail). Please reference Information Collection 1028– 0070 in the subject line. ADDRESSES: Lisa Zolly at 703–648–4277 or by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Informatics Office, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302, Reston, VA 20192. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 245 (Wednesday, December 22, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 80524-80525]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-32080]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2010-N159; 40136-1265-0000-S3]


Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson County, AL

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 the environmental 
assessment for Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). In the 
final CCP, we describe how we will manage this refuge for the next 15 
years.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the CCP by writing to: Mr. Stephen 
A. Miller, Refuge Manager, Mountain Longleaf NWR, P.O. Box 54087, 
Anniston, AL 36205. The CCP may also be accessed and downloaded from 
the Service's Web site: https://southeast.fws.gov/planning/ under 
``Final Documents.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Dawson, Refuge Planner, 
Jackson, MS; telephone: 601/965-4903, ext. 20; fax: 601/965-4010; e-
mail: mike_dawson@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Watercress Darter 
NWR. We started this process through a notice in the Federal Register 
on March 12, 2007 (72 FR 11048).
    Watercress Darter NWR, near the city of Bessemer, Jefferson County, 
Alabama, was established by the Service in 1980, to provide protection 
for the endangered watercress darter. The refuge is only about 24 acres 
of ponds, mixed pine-hardwood forest, and a residence, and contains 
Thomas Spring. A second pond was constructed on the refuge in 1983, to 
provide additional watercress darter habitat. The refuge is unstaffed 
and administered by Mountain Longleaf NWR.
    We announce our decision and the availability of the final CCP and 
FONSI for Watercress Darter NWR in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [40 CFR 1506.6(b)] requirements. We 
completed a thorough analysis of

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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 Watercress 
Darter 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 wildlife observation and 
photography and environmental education and interpretation are also 
available in the final 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 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 Administration 
Act.

Comments

    We made copies of the Draft CCP/EA available for a 30-day public 
review period as announced in the Federal Register on April 16, 2010 
(75 FR 19988). We received five comments on the Draft CCP/EA.

Selected Alternative

    The Draft CCP/EA identified and evaluated three alternatives for 
managing the refuge. After considering the comments we received and 
based on the professional judgment of the planning team, we selected 
Alternative C for implementation. Under Alternative C, we will optimize 
habitat management and visitor services throughout the refuge.
    Threats to the refuge are becoming more prominent as development 
activities occur in the city of Bessemer, Alabama. Watercress Darter 
NWR is a small system that can be greatly compromised by activities a 
distance away from its boundary. We fully recognize the impact these 
activities could have on the integrity of the refuge. In addition to 
our current management, we will extend beyond the immediate neighbors 
to address issues associated with the aquifer and spring recharge area, 
watershed, and biota exchange pathways. Extensive resource sharing and 
networking with other protected areas, state agencies, local 
governments, organizations, specialists, researchers, and private 
citizens will expand the knowledge base and assist in developing 
cooperation between interest groups. Restoration of natural systems, 
native communities, and healthy environments will be emphasized, 
promoting regionally a high-quality of life. Monitoring environmental 
parameters and flora and fauna will be incorporated into an integrated 
study to gain knowledge on the health of the refuge ecosystem. 
Education and outreach will be expanded, with an emphasis on cultural 
and historical resources. Staffing will be developed to meet the needs 
of partners and the greater number of interest groups and accommodate 
data and resource sharing. An increase in staff is presented in this 
alternative so that Watercress Darter NWR can be managed with a greater 
emphasis on landscape management. Additional staff members needed to 
fully implement this alternative at the highest quality level includes 
one position at Watercress Darter NWR and four positions shared between 
Cahaba River NWR and Watercress Darter NWR.

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

    Dated: September 14, 2010.
Mark J. Musaus,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-32080 Filed 12-21-10; 8:45 am]
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