James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Honolulu County, HI; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment, 78939-78940 [2011-32390]

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[FR Doc. 2011–32484 Filed 12–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R1–R–2011–N229; 1265–0000–10137– S3] James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Honolulu County, HI; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and a finding of no significant impact for the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78939 environmental assessment for the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge (refuge). In this final CCP, we describe how we will manage this refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the final CCP and the finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and environmental assessment (EA) by any of the following methods. You may request a hard copy or CD–ROM. Agency Web site: Download the documents at www.fws.gov/pacific/ planning. Email: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include ‘‘James Campbell Refuge CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. Mail: David Ellis, Project Leader, O‘ahu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 66–590 Kamehameha Highway, Room 2C, Hale‘iwa, HI 96712. In-Person Viewing or Pickup: O‘ahu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 66– 590 Kamehameha Highway, Room 2C, Hale‘iwa, HI 96712. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Ellis, Project Leader, (808) 637– 6330. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we announce the completion of the CCP process for the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. The Service started this process through a notice of intent in the Federal Register on December 1, 2008 (73 FR 72826). We released the draft CCP/EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability in the Federal Register (76 FR 38414; June 30, 2011). We announce our CCP decision and the availability of a FONSI in accordance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We prepared a thorough analysis of impacts, which we included in an EA that accompanied the draft CCP. The CCP will guide us in managing and administering the refuge for the next 15 years. Alternative C, as described in the draft CCP, is the basis for the CCP. Background The Refuge Administration Act, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for each refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 78940 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 244 / Tuesday, December 20, 2011 / Notices 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 compatible 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 Refuge Administration Act. CCP Alternatives, Including Selected Alternative During our CCP planning process we identified several issues. To address these issues, we developed and evaluated the following alternatives in our draft CCP/EA. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Alternative A, No Action Under Alternative A, we would have continued current management with no changes. This includes focusing threatened and endangered species management on protection and successful nesting. Public use programs would remain virtually unchanged. Refuge management units would remain closed to general public entry except for seasonal docent-guided tours and Special Use Permits issued on a case-bycase basis for environmental education, research, and other compatible uses. Newly acquired refuge lands would receive custodial oversight only, no habitat restoration would occur, and no additional visitor services would be provided. Both current commercial aquaculture leases would remain in effect until 2023. Alternative B, Partial Restoration and Management of Refuge Expansion Lands Under Alternative B, current habitat management programs focusing on wetland management for endangered waterbirds would have continued. On newly acquired refuge lands, only the highest priority wetlands and coastal dunes would be restored and fenced to exclude large predators. A Visitor Services Plan (VSP) would be developed to identify the types of compatible wildlife-oriented activities we would provide to the public as well as the sites and locations for the infrastructure needed to fully support public programs. We would also identify new special regulations in the VSP which may be needed to protect sensitive VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Dec 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 wildlife resources, the fragile coastline, and the visiting public. During the interim period until the VSP would be prepared, the current public use program would have slight increases in opportunities for wildlife observation and photography. The refuge would participate and partner with other agencies and the community of Kahuku on projects to mitigate flood damage to the local area, if practical and feasible. Both current commercial aquaculture leases would remain in effect until 2023. Alternative C, Full Restoration and Management of Refuge Expansion Lands In addition to management actions identified in Alternative B, all wetlands, coastal dunes/strand, and scrub/shrub habitats would be restored and managed under Alternative C. Trial use of predator-proof fencing would be initiated on selected dune or wetland sites to protect seabirds or waterbirds. Abandoned aquaculture facilities would be cleaned up, and the habitat would be restored to natural conditions or other approved uses. Comments We solicited comments on the draft CCP/EA from June 30, 2011, to August 1, 2011 (76 FR 38414; June 30, 2011). We received comment letters, forms, and emails on the draft CCP/EA. To address public comments, responsive changes and clarifications were made to the final CCP where appropriate. Selected Alternative After considering the comments we received, we have selected Alternative C for implementation. By implementing Alternative C, we will intensively manage endangered waterbird species and their habitat at the Ki‘i and ˜ Punamano Units of the refuge with a focus on protection and successful nesting as part of the statewide effort to implement the Hawaiian Waterbird Recovery Plan. The unique and sensitive coastal sand dunes and coastal strand will be managed to protect and enhance the area for native vegetation, seabirds, other migratory birds, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, and green turtles. A VSP will be developed to identify, evaluate, and select sites for the infrastructure needed to fully implement a safe and compatible program for the public (to include roads, parking areas, trails, overlooks, etc.). The VSP will identify any new special regulations needed to protect sensitive wildlife resources, the fragile coastline, and the visiting public. If funded, the design and construction of a Visitor PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Center/Environmental Education facility and refuge office will serve the public, students, and refuge staff. The refuge will continue to participate and cooperate in community and interagency efforts to address flood damage reduction for the local area. We will continue to evaluate our infrastructure on the refuge, particularly on newly acquired lands, to determine if further changes can be made to help mitigate flood damages. Both current commercial aquaculture leases will remain in effect until 2023 at which time, by prior agreement, they will expire. All wetlands, coastal dunes/strand and scrub/shrub habitats will be restored and managed. Fencing will be installed at appropriate locations throughout the refuge to reduce the devastating impacts of exotic predators on native wildlife. Additionally, the trial use of predator-proof fencing will be initiated on selected coastal dunes and/or wetland sites to protect nesting seabirds and waterbirds. Abandoned aquaculture facilities will be cleaned up. As necessary, we will work with the State to protect wildlife and standardize public use regulations on the shoreline adjacent to the refuge coastline. Dated: November 16, 2011. Michael Carrier, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon. [FR Doc. 2011–32390 Filed 12–16–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R1–R–2011–N090; FXRS12650100000S3–123–FF01R06000] Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Blaine, Cassia, Minidoka, and Power Counties, ID; 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, intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. We will also prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential effects of various CCP alternatives. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise the public, Federal and State agencies, and Tribes of our intentions, and to obtain public comments, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-R-2011-N229; 1265-0000-10137-S3]


James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Honolulu County, HI; 
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant 
Impact for Environmental Assessment

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 a 
finding of no significant impact for the environmental assessment for 
the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge (refuge). In this final 
CCP, we describe how we will manage this refuge for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the final CCP and the 
finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and environmental assessment 
(EA) by any of the following methods. You may request a hard copy or 
CD-ROM.
    Agency Web site: Download the documents at www.fws.gov/pacific/planning.
    Email: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include ``James Campbell Refuge 
CCP'' in the subject line of the message.
    Mail: David Ellis, Project Leader, O`ahu National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, 66-590 Kamehameha Highway, Room 2C, Hale`iwa, HI 96712.
    In-Person Viewing or Pickup: O`ahu National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, 66-590 Kamehameha Highway, Room 2C, Hale`iwa, HI 96712.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Ellis, Project Leader, (808) 
637-6330.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    With this notice, we announce the completion of the CCP process for 
the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. The Service started this 
process through a notice of intent in the Federal Register on December 
1, 2008 (73 FR 72826). We released the draft CCP/EA to the public, 
announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability in the 
Federal Register (76 FR 38414; June 30, 2011).
    We announce our CCP decision and the availability of a FONSI in 
accordance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act 
of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) and National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We prepared a thorough analysis 
of impacts, which we included in an EA that accompanied the draft CCP.
    The CCP will guide us in managing and administering the refuge for 
the next 15 years. Alternative C, as described in the draft CCP, is the 
basis for the CCP.

Background

    The Refuge Administration Act, as amended by the National Wildlife 
Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for 
each refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge 
managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge

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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 compatible 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 Refuge Administration Act.

CCP Alternatives, Including Selected Alternative

    During our CCP planning process we identified several issues. To 
address these issues, we developed and evaluated the following 
alternatives in our draft CCP/EA.

Alternative A, No Action

    Under Alternative A, we would have continued current management 
with no changes. This includes focusing threatened and endangered 
species management on protection and successful nesting. Public use 
programs would remain virtually unchanged. Refuge management units 
would remain closed to general public entry except for seasonal docent-
guided tours and Special Use Permits issued on a case-by-case basis for 
environmental education, research, and other compatible uses. Newly 
acquired refuge lands would receive custodial oversight only, no 
habitat restoration would occur, and no additional visitor services 
would be provided. Both current commercial aquaculture leases would 
remain in effect until 2023.

Alternative B, Partial Restoration and Management of Refuge Expansion 
Lands

    Under Alternative B, current habitat management programs focusing 
on wetland management for endangered waterbirds would have continued. 
On newly acquired refuge lands, only the highest priority wetlands and 
coastal dunes would be restored and fenced to exclude large predators. 
A Visitor Services Plan (VSP) would be developed to identify the types 
of compatible wildlife-oriented activities we would provide to the 
public as well as the sites and locations for the infrastructure needed 
to fully support public programs. We would also identify new special 
regulations in the VSP which may be needed to protect sensitive 
wildlife resources, the fragile coastline, and the visiting public. 
During the interim period until the VSP would be prepared, the current 
public use program would have slight increases in opportunities for 
wildlife observation and photography. The refuge would participate and 
partner with other agencies and the community of Kahuku on projects to 
mitigate flood damage to the local area, if practical and feasible. 
Both current commercial aquaculture leases would remain in effect until 
2023.

Alternative C, Full Restoration and Management of Refuge Expansion 
Lands

    In addition to management actions identified in Alternative B, all 
wetlands, coastal dunes/strand, and scrub/shrub habitats would be 
restored and managed under Alternative C. Trial use of predator-proof 
fencing would be initiated on selected dune or wetland sites to protect 
seabirds or waterbirds. Abandoned aquaculture facilities would be 
cleaned up, and the habitat would be restored to natural conditions or 
other approved uses.

Comments

    We solicited comments on the draft CCP/EA from June 30, 2011, to 
August 1, 2011 (76 FR 38414; June 30, 2011). We received comment 
letters, forms, and emails on the draft CCP/EA. To address public 
comments, responsive changes and clarifications were made to the final 
CCP where appropriate.

Selected Alternative

    After considering the comments we received, we have selected 
Alternative C for implementation. By implementing Alternative C, we 
will intensively manage endangered waterbird species and their habitat 
at the Ki`i and Punaman[otilde] Units of the refuge with a focus on 
protection and successful nesting as part of the statewide effort to 
implement the Hawaiian Waterbird Recovery Plan. The unique and 
sensitive coastal sand dunes and coastal strand will be managed to 
protect and enhance the area for native vegetation, seabirds, other 
migratory birds, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, and green turtles. A 
VSP will be developed to identify, evaluate, and select sites for the 
infrastructure needed to fully implement a safe and compatible program 
for the public (to include roads, parking areas, trails, overlooks, 
etc.). The VSP will identify any new special regulations needed to 
protect sensitive wildlife resources, the fragile coastline, and the 
visiting public. If funded, the design and construction of a Visitor 
Center/Environmental Education facility and refuge office will serve 
the public, students, and refuge staff.
    The refuge will continue to participate and cooperate in community 
and interagency efforts to address flood damage reduction for the local 
area. We will continue to evaluate our infrastructure on the refuge, 
particularly on newly acquired lands, to determine if further changes 
can be made to help mitigate flood damages. Both current commercial 
aquaculture leases will remain in effect until 2023 at which time, by 
prior agreement, they will expire.
    All wetlands, coastal dunes/strand and scrub/shrub habitats will be 
restored and managed. Fencing will be installed at appropriate 
locations throughout the refuge to reduce the devastating impacts of 
exotic predators on native wildlife. Additionally, the trial use of 
predator-proof fencing will be initiated on selected coastal dunes and/
or wetland sites to protect nesting seabirds and waterbirds. Abandoned 
aquaculture facilities will be cleaned up. As necessary, we will work 
with the State to protect wildlife and standardize public use 
regulations on the shoreline adjacent to the refuge coastline.

    Dated: November 16, 2011.
Michael Carrier,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon.
[FR Doc. 2011-32390 Filed 12-16-11; 8:45 am]
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