Great Lakes Islands Refuges, MI and WI; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment, 16287-16288 [2013-05900]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 50 / Thursday, March 14, 2013 / Notices FONSI on the planning Web site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ nealsmith/index.html. A limited number of hard copies and CD–ROMs are available. You may request one by any of the following methods: • Email: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Neal Smith Final CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. • U.S. Mail: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 399, 9981 Pacific Street, Prairie City, IA 50228. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christy Smith, 515–994–3400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, which we began by publishing a notice of intent in the Federal Register (73 FR 76677) on December 17, 2008. For more about the initial process and the history of this refuge, see that notice. We released the draft CCP and EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability (77 FR 50155) on August 20, 2012. The 30-day comment period ended on September 19, 2012. A summary of public comments and the agency responses is included in the final CCP. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), 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 strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service 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. Each unit of the NWRS was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Mar 13, 2013 Jkt 229001 each refuge within the NWRS 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 NWRS. Additional Information The final CCP may be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ nealsmith/index.html. The final CCP includes detailed information about the planning process, refuge, issues, and management alternative selected. The Web site also includes an EA and FONSI, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The EA/FONSI includes discussion of four alternative refuge management options. The Service’s selected alternative is reflected in the final CCP. The selected alternative focuses on increasing the amount and diversity of native vegetation on the refuge, and providing the varied habitat structure needed to support wildlife, especially declining populations of migratory grassland birds. Additional effort is directed toward restoring floristic quality on prairie and savanna remnants and monitoring and learning from the results of management actions. The refuge boundary is expanded to the east and west by 3,210 acres, to include all tributaries of Walnut Creek that flow through the refuge. A detailed description of objectives and actions included in this selected alternative is found in chapter 4 of the final CCP. Christopher P. Jensen, Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–05901 Filed 3–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–R–2012–N260; FXRS1265030000– 134–FF03R06000] Great Lakes Islands Refuges, MI and WI; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16287 We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment (EA) for islands that are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior. The CCP includes Gravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, Huron, and Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuges (Great Lakes Islands Refuges). In this final CCP, we describe how we intend to manage the refuges for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You will find the final CCP and the EA/FONSI on the planning Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ planning/GreatLakesIslands/index.html. A limited number of hard copies and CD–ROMs are available. You may request one by any of the following methods: • Email: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Great Lakes Islands Final CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. • U.S. Mail: Conservation Planning, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Muehlenhardt, 612–713–5477. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Introduction With this notice, we continue the CCP process for the Great Lakes Islands Refuges, which we began by publishing a notice of intent in the Federal Register (73 FR 76677) on December 17, 2008. The Great Lakes Islands Refuges are comprised of Gravel Island and Green Bay National Wildlife Refuges, Door County, Wisconsin; Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge, Chippewa County, Michigan; Huron National Wildlife Refuge, Marquette County, Michigan; and Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Arenac, Alpena, and Charlevoix Counties, Michigan. For more about the initial process and the history of these refuges, see that notice. We released the draft CCP and EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability (77 FR 51552) on August 24, 2012. The 30-day comment period ended on September 24, 2012. A summary of public comments and the agency responses is included in the final CCP. Background The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 16288 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 50 / Thursday, March 14, 2013 / Notices 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), 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 strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service 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. Each unit of the NWRS 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 NWRS 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 NWRS. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Additional Information The final CCP may be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ GreatLakesIslands/index.html. The final CCP includes detailed information about the planning process, the refuges, issues, and management alternative selected. The Web site also includes an EA and FONSI, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The EA/FONSI includes discussion of three alternative refuge management options. The Service’s selected alternative is reflected in the final CCP. The selected alternative would provide for the growth of the island refuges by up to 14,133 additional acres, and more opportunities for compatible recreational use. A detailed description of objectives and actions included in VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Mar 13, 2013 Jkt 229001 this selected alternative is found in chapter 4 of the final CCP. Christopher P. Jensen, Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–05900 Filed 3–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P (Myotis sodalis), Gray bats (Myotis grisescens), and Ozark big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens) throughout the States of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Proposed activities are for the recovery and enhancement of survival of the species in the wild. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Permit Application Number: TE38769A Fish and Wildlife Service Applicant: Sarah A. Bradley, Mark Twain National Forest, Salem, MO. The applicant requests a permit renewal to take (capture and release) Indiana bats and gray bats within the Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri. Proposed activities are for the recovery and enhancement of survival of the species in the wild. [FWS–R3–ES–2013–N043; FXES11130300000F3–134–FF03E00000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit Applications Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of permit applications; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before April 15, 2013. ADDRESSES: Send written comments by U.S. mail to the Regional Director, Attn: Lisa Mandell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437–1458; or by electronic mail to permitsR3ES@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Mandell, (612) 713–5343. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background We invite public comment on the following permit applications for certain activities with endangered species authorized by section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our regulations governing the taking of endangered species in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17. Submit your written data, comments, or request for a copy of the complete application to the address shown in ADDRESSES. 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 50 (Thursday, March 14, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16287-16288]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05900]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-R-2012-N260; FXRS1265030000-134-FF03R06000]


Great Lakes Islands Refuges, MI and WI; 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 a final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and 
finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental 
assessment (EA) for islands that are part of the National Wildlife 
Refuge System in Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior. The CCP includes 
Gravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, Huron, and Michigan Islands 
National Wildlife Refuges (Great Lakes Islands Refuges). In this final 
CCP, we describe how we intend to manage the refuges for the next 15 
years.

ADDRESSES: You will find the final CCP and the EA/FONSI on the planning 
Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/GreatLakesIslands/index.html. A limited number of hard copies and CD-ROMs are available. 
You may request one by any of the following methods:
     Email: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ``Great Lakes Islands 
Final CCP'' in the subject line of the message.
     U.S. Mail: Conservation Planning, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Muehlenhardt, 612-713-5477.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we continue the CCP process for the Great Lakes 
Islands Refuges, which we began by publishing a notice of intent in the 
Federal Register (73 FR 76677) on December 17, 2008. The Great Lakes 
Islands Refuges are comprised of Gravel Island and Green Bay National 
Wildlife Refuges, Door County, Wisconsin; Harbor Island National 
Wildlife Refuge, Chippewa County, Michigan; Huron National Wildlife 
Refuge, Marquette County, Michigan; and Michigan Islands National 
Wildlife Refuge, Arenac, Alpena, and Charlevoix Counties, Michigan.
    For more about the initial process and the history of these 
refuges, see that notice. We released the draft CCP and EA to the 
public, announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability 
(77 FR 51552) on August 24, 2012. The 30-day comment period ended on 
September 24, 2012. A summary of public comments and the agency 
responses is included in the final CCP.

Background

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as 
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 
(16 U.S.C.

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668dd-668ee) (Administration Act), 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 strategy for achieving refuge 
purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife 
Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and 
wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service 
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.
    Each unit of the NWRS 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 NWRS 
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 NWRS.

Additional Information

    The final CCP may be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/GreatLakesIslands/index.html. The final CCP includes detailed 
information about the planning process, the refuges, issues, and 
management alternative selected. The Web site also includes an EA and 
FONSI, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) (43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The EA/FONSI includes discussion 
of three alternative refuge management options. The Service's selected 
alternative is reflected in the final CCP. The selected alternative 
would provide for the growth of the island refuges by up to 14,133 
additional acres, and more opportunities for compatible recreational 
use. A detailed description of objectives and actions included in this 
selected alternative is found in chapter 4 of the final CCP.

Christopher P. Jensen,
Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
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