Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Cruz County, CA; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact, 13427-13428 [2011-5633]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5415–N–38] Notice of Availability: Notice of Funding Availability for HUD’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:08 Mar 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 Dated: March 8, 2011. Barbara S. Dorf, Director, Office of Departmental Grants Management and Oversight, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–5692 Filed 3–10–11; 8:45 am] HUD announces the availability on its Web site of the applicant information, submission deadlines, funding criteria, and other requirements for HUD’s FY2010 Section 202 NOFA. 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DATES: The CCP and FONSI are available now. The FONSI was signed on September 29, 2010. Implementation of the CCP may begin immediately. ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the final CCP and FONSI/EA by any of the following methods. You may request a hard copy or CD–ROM. Agency Web Site: Download a copy of the document(s) at http://www.fws.gov/ sfbayrefuges/Ellicott/Ellicott_CCP.htm. E-mail: fw8plancomments@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Ellicott Slough CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: Attn: Sandy Osborn, (916) 414– 6497. Mail: Pacific Southwest Region, Refuge Planning, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, W–1832, Sacramento, CA 95825–1846. In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Call 510–792–0222 to make an appointment during regular business hours at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94536. Local Library: The final document is also available at the Watsonville Main Public Library, 275 Main Street, Suite 100, Watsonville, CA 95076. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13427 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandy Osborn, Planning Team Leader, at (916) 414–6503 (See ADDRESSES), or Diane Kodama, Refuge Manager, at (510) 792–0222. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1975 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986 (16 U.S.C. 3901–3932). The nearly 300-acre Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge, located in Santa Cruz County, California, consists of three noncontiguous units within the Watsonville Slough System. The Refuge was established to protect the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, and currently supports 2 of the 20 known breeding populations of the salamander. We announce our decision and the availability of the FONSI for the final CCP for Ellicott Slough in accordance with 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 EA that accompanied the draft CCP. 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. Our Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) were available for a 30day public review and comment period, which we announced via several methods, including press releases, updates to constituents, and a Federal Register notice (75 FR 44806, July 29, 2010). The Draft CCP/EA identified and evaluated three alternatives for E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 13428 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2011 / Notices managing the Refuge for the next 15 years. Under Alternative A (No Action), management would continue unchanged. Alternative B (the Selected Alternative) would standardize the wildlife monitoring and surveying program; develop a habitat management plan including an adaptive vegetation management plan; assess contaminants and disease; pursue climate change modeling; identify additional habitat for boundary expansion; continue planning and redesign of a breeding pond; assess the need and plan for new breeding ponds; develop habitat, mosquito, and water management plans, and a visitor services plan; improve energy efficiency; develop a trail system; expand the in-class environmental education program to other schools; and expand on-site restoration education. Alternative C includes all actions in Alternative B, and would expand natural resource surveys, expand control of additional priority invasive vegetation, identify buffer habitat for boundary expansion and acquisition, remove invasive wildlife, reintroduce native plants historically found on the Refuge, improve trail access, and improve outreach to the community. We received 10 letters on the Draft CCP and EA during the review and comment period. Comments focused on mosquito control and listed species management. We incorporated comments we received into the CCP when appropriate, and we responded to the comments in an appendix to the CCP. In the FONSI, we selected Alternative B for implementation. The FONSI documents our decision and is based on the information and analysis contained in the EA. Under the selected alternative, the Refuge will achieve an optimal balance of biological resource objectives and visitor services opportunities. Habitat management and associated biological resource monitoring will be improved. Visitor service opportunities will focus on quality wildlife-dependent recreation with expanded environmental education opportunities. In addition, interpretation, wildlife observation, and photography programs will be improved and/or expanded. The selected alternative best meets the Refuges’ purposes, vision, and goals; contributes to the Refuge System mission; addresses the significant issues and relevant mandates; and is consistent with principles of sound fish and wildlife management. Based on the associated environmental assessment, this alternative is not expected to result in significant environmental impacts VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:08 Mar 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 and therefore does not require an environmental impact statement. Dated: March 7, 2011. Alexandra Pitts, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2011–5633 Filed 3–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AA–6690–A2; LLAK965000–L14100000– KC0000–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. ACTION: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue an appealable decision to Pedro Bay Corporation. The decision approves the surface estate in the lands described below for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The subsurface estate in these lands will be conveyed to Bristol Bay Native Corporation when the surface estate is conveyed to Pedro Bay Corporation. The lands are in the vicinity of Pedro Bay, Alaska, and are located in: SUMMARY: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 4 S., R. 30 W., Sec. 14, lot 2. Containing 409.69 acres. T. 5 S., R. 30 W., Sec. 2, lots 4, 5, and 6; Sec. 21, lots 2, 3, and 4; Sec. 34, lots 2 and 3. Containing 13.41 acres. Aggregating 423.10 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Bristol Bay Times. DATES: Any party claiming a property interest in the lands affected by the decision may appeal the decision within the following time limits: 1. Unknown parties, parties unable to be located after reasonable efforts have been expended to locate, parties who fail or refuse to sign their return receipt, and parties who receive a copy of the decision by regular mail which is not certified, return receipt requested, shall have until April 11, 2011 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The BLM by phone at 907–271–5960, by email at ak.blm.conveyance@blm.gov, or by telecommunication device (TTD) through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Jason Robinson, Land Law Examiner, Land Transfer Adjudication II Branch. [FR Doc. 2011–5610 Filed 3–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AA–6666–B; LLAK965000–L14100000– KC0000–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue an appealable decision to Ahtna, Incorporated, Successor in Interest to Gakona Corporation. The decision approves the conveyance of surface estate in the lands described below pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The subsurface estate in these lands will be conveyed to Ahtna, Incorporated when the surface estate is conveyed to Ahtna, Incorporated, Successor in Interest to Gakona Corporation. The lands are in the vicinity of Gakona, Alaska, and are located in: SUMMARY: Copper River Meridian, Alaska T. 8 N., R. 3 E., Sec. 22. Containing approximately 316 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News. DATES: Any party claiming a property interest in the lands affected by the decision may appeal the decision within the following time limits: 1. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 48 (Friday, March 11, 2011)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-5633]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-R-2010-N202; 80230-1265-0000-S3]


Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Cruz County, CA; 
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant 
Impact

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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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 Ellicott Slough 
National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). In the CCP, we describe how we will 
manage the Refuge for the next 15 years.

DATES: The CCP and FONSI are available now. The FONSI was signed on 
September 29, 2010. Implementation of the CCP may begin immediately.

ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the final CCP and FONSI/EA 
by any of the following methods. You may request a hard copy or CD-ROM.
    Agency Web Site: Download a copy of the document(s) at http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/Ellicott/Ellicott_CCP.htm.
    E-mail: fw8plancomments@fws.gov. Include ``Ellicott Slough CCP'' in 
the subject line of the message.
    Fax: Attn: Sandy Osborn, (916) 414-6497.
    Mail: Pacific Southwest Region, Refuge Planning, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, W-1832, Sacramento, CA 95825-1846.
    In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Call 510-792-0222 to make an 
appointment during regular business hours at San Francisco Bay National 
Wildlife Refuge Complex, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94536.
    Local Library: The final document is also available at the 
Watsonville Main Public Library, 275 Main Street, Suite 100, 
Watsonville, CA 95076.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandy Osborn, Planning Team Leader, at 
(916) 414-6503 (See ADDRESSES), or Diane Kodama, Refuge Manager, at 
(510) 792-0222.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1975 
under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.), and the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986 (16 U.S.C. 
3901-3932). The nearly 300-acre Ellicott Slough National Wildlife 
Refuge, located in Santa Cruz County, California, consists of three 
noncontiguous units within the Watsonville Slough System. The Refuge 
was established to protect the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed 
salamander, and currently supports 2 of the 20 known breeding 
populations of the salamander.
    We announce our decision and the availability of the FONSI for the 
final CCP for Ellicott Slough in accordance with 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 EA that accompanied the draft CCP.
    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.
    Our Draft CCP and Environmental Assessment (EA) were available for 
a 30-day public review and comment period, which we announced via 
several methods, including press releases, updates to constituents, and 
a Federal Register notice (75 FR 44806, July 29, 2010). The Draft CCP/
EA identified and evaluated three alternatives for

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managing the Refuge for the next 15 years.
    Under Alternative A (No Action), management would continue 
unchanged. Alternative B (the Selected Alternative) would standardize 
the wildlife monitoring and surveying program; develop a habitat 
management plan including an adaptive vegetation management plan; 
assess contaminants and disease; pursue climate change modeling; 
identify additional habitat for boundary expansion; continue planning 
and redesign of a breeding pond; assess the need and plan for new 
breeding ponds; develop habitat, mosquito, and water management plans, 
and a visitor services plan; improve energy efficiency; develop a trail 
system; expand the in-class environmental education program to other 
schools; and expand on-site restoration education. Alternative C 
includes all actions in Alternative B, and would expand natural 
resource surveys, expand control of additional priority invasive 
vegetation, identify buffer habitat for boundary expansion and 
acquisition, remove invasive wildlife, reintroduce native plants 
historically found on the Refuge, improve trail access, and improve 
outreach to the community.
    We received 10 letters on the Draft CCP and EA during the review 
and comment period. Comments focused on mosquito control and listed 
species management. We incorporated comments we received into the CCP 
when appropriate, and we responded to the comments in an appendix to 
the CCP. In the FONSI, we selected Alternative B for implementation. 
The FONSI documents our decision and is based on the information and 
analysis contained in the EA.
    Under the selected alternative, the Refuge will achieve an optimal 
balance of biological resource objectives and visitor services 
opportunities. Habitat management and associated biological resource 
monitoring will be improved. Visitor service opportunities will focus 
on quality wildlife-dependent recreation with expanded environmental 
education opportunities. In addition, interpretation, wildlife 
observation, and photography programs will be improved and/or expanded.
    The selected alternative best meets the Refuges' purposes, vision, 
and goals; contributes to the Refuge System mission; addresses the 
significant issues and relevant mandates; and is consistent with 
principles of sound fish and wildlife management. Based on the 
associated environmental assessment, this alternative is not expected 
to result in significant environmental impacts and therefore does not 
require an environmental impact statement.

    Dated: March 7, 2011.
Alexandra Pitts,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2011-5633 Filed 3-10-11; 8:45 am]
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