Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge), Imperial and Riverside Counties, CA; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, 44144-44146 [2013-17770]

Download as PDF ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 44144 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2013 / Notices • FSIS Form 9060–5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness • FSIS Form 9540–4, Shipper Notification—Importation of Undenatured Inedible Meat Product • FSIS Form 9540–5, Notification of Intent (to import meat, poultry, or egg products or ‘‘Samples for Laboratory Examination, Research, Evaluative Testing or Trade Show Exhibition’’) Upon commencement of Phase Two of the test, the following Phase One forms may now be transmitted via a CBP-approved EDI earlier, i.e. at the time of manifest (at the time of submission of the bill of lading, as applicable): • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) documents: D Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Form 368, Notice of Arrival (of a restricted article at the port of entry) D PPQ Form 587, Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products D PPQ Form 586, Application for Permit To Transit Plants and/or Plant Products, Plant Pests, and/or Associated Soil Through The United States D PPQ Form 203, Foreign Site Certificate of Inspection and/or Treatment • General documents: D Phytosanitary Certificates D Ingredients List D Commercial Invoice D Packing List In addition, the following Phase One forms and documents may now be transmitted via a CBP-approved EDI to support Simplified Entry (SE) filings. 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[FR Doc. 2013–17580 Filed 7–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–R–2013–N087; FXRS12650800000–134–FF08R00000] Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge), Imperial and Riverside Counties, CA; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, which includes the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR and the Coachella Valley NWR. The Draft CCP/EA, prepared under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in accordance with the National SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2013 / Notices Environmental Policy Act of 1969, describes how the Service proposes to manage the two Refuges for the next 15 years. A hunt plan, draft compatibility determinations for existing public uses, a draft predator management plan, and a draft integrated pest management plan are also available for review and public comment with the Draft CCP/EA. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by August 22, 2013. ADDRESSES: Send your comments, requests for more information, or requests to be added to the mailing list by any of the following methods. Email: Victoria_Touchstone@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Sonny Bono Salton Sea CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: Attn: Victoria Touchstone, 619– 476–9149. U.S. Mail: Victoria Touchstone, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge Planning, P.O. Box 2358, Chula Vista, CA 91912 In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR Office between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; please call 760–348–5278 for directions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Touchstone, Refuge Planner, at 619–476–9150 extension 103, or Chris Schoneman, Project Leader, at 760–348– 5278, extension 227. Further information may also be found at http://go.usa.gov/jbhn. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), which amended the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, requires the Service to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in 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 initiated the CCP/EA for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Sonny Bono Salton Sea and Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuges, in October 2010. At that time and throughout the process, we VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:40 Jul 22, 2013 Jkt 229001 requested, considered, and incorporated public scoping comments in numerous ways. Our public outreach included a Federal Register notice of intent published on October 15, 2010 (75 FR 63502), two planning updates, and two public scoping meetings. The scoping comment period ended on December 14, 2010. Verbal comments were recorded at public meetings, and written comments were received via letters, emails, and comment cards. Background The Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR was established as a 32,766-acre sanctuary and breeding ground for birds and other wildlife in 1930 (Executive Order 5498). Additional leased lands have been added to the Refuge under the authorities of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 715d), ‘‘for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds,’’ and the Lea Act (16 U.S.C. 695), ‘‘for the management and control of migratory waterfowl, and other wildlife.’’ Today, with the original Refuge lands covered by the waters of the Salton Sea, management activities are focused on about 2,000 acres of primarily leased land. Approximately 900 acres consist of managed wetlands that support resident and migratory birds, and another 850 acres are farmed to provide forage for wintering geese and other migratory birds. Existing public uses include waterfowl hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, interpretation, and scientific research. The Coachella Valley NWR was established in 1985 under the authorities of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1534), ‘‘to conserve (A) fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species or (B) plants.’’ The 3,709-acre Refuge, which is part of the larger Coachella Valley Preserve, protects the federally listed endangered Coachella Valley milk-vetch (Astragalus lentiginosus var. coachellae) and threatened Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata), as well as other desert-dwelling species adapted to living in the sand dune habitat of the Coachella Valley. Access onto the Refuge is limited to a designated corridor for equestrian and hiking use. Alternatives The Draft CCP/EA identifies and evaluates three alternatives for managing the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR and three alternatives for managing the Coachella Valley NWR. For each Refuge, the alternative that appears to best meet the Refuge’s PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44145 purposes is identified as the preferred alternative. The preferred alternative for each Refuge is identified based on the analysis presented in the draft CCP/EA, and may be modified following the completion of the public comment period based on comments received from other agencies, tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals. For each Refuge, under Alternative A (no action alternative) current management practices would continue to be implemented over the next 15 years and no changes to the current public use programs would occur. Alternatives for Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR Under Alternative B (preferred alternative), the Service would expand current habitat management activities to enhance habitat quality, particularly in managed wetlands and agricultural fields; initiate the phased restoration of shallow saline water habitat at Red Hill Bay, an area of the Salton Sea that has recently receded; implement predator management to protect nesting western gull-billed terns (Gelochelidon nilotica vanrossemi) and black skimmers (Rynchops niger); and implement an integrated pest management (IPM) plan to control invasive plants. A variety of actions are also proposed to improve existing public use facilities and provide additional opportunities for wildlife observation and photography. Under Alternative C, the Service would implement habitat actions similar to those proposed in Alternative B. The proposals for public use in Alternative C would focus on enhancing existing facilities in Units 1 and 2, rather than providing additional public use facilities in Unit 2, as proposed in Alternative B. Alternatives for the Coachella Valley NWR Under Alternative B (preferred alternative), the Service would increase listed and sensitive species management and support actions, implement an IPM plan to control invasive plants; enhance the habitat quality of an old agricultural site by reintroducing appropriate native plant species; and in partnership with others develop and implement a longterm sand transport monitoring plan. Also proposed is an expanded public outreach program. Occasional guided tours of the Refuge would continue at current levels and the only public access onto the Refuge would occur on a designated trail corridor that extends along portions of the Refuge’s western and northern boundary. The remainder E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 44146 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2013 / Notices of the Refuge would continue to be closed to the public. Under Alternative C, the Service would expand current management to protect listed and sensitive species, implement an IPM Plan to control invasive plants, and initiate a comprehensive restoration plan for an old agricultural site on the Refuge to restore creosote bush scrub habitat. In addition, the existing public outreach program would be expanded and interpretive signs would be installed along the existing trail corridor. Occasional guided tours of the Refuge would continue at current levels and public access would continue to be limited to the existing public trail corridor. All other areas within the Refuge would remain closed to the public. Public Meetings The locations, dates, and times of public meetings will be listed in a planning update distributed to the project mailing list and posted on the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex public Web site at http://go.usa.gov/jbhn. ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Review and Comment Copies of the Draft CCP/EA may be obtained by contacting Victoria Touchstone (see ADDRESSES). Copies of the Draft CCP/EA may be viewed at Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR office (see ADDRESSES for contact information) and local libraries. The Draft CCP/EA is also available for viewing and downloading online at: http://go.usa.gov/jbhn. Comments on the Draft CCP/EA should be addressed to Victoria Touchstone (see ADDRESSES). At the end of the review and comment period for this Draft CCP/EA, comments will be analyzed by the Service and addressed in the Final CCP. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-R-2013-N087; FXRS12650800000-134-FF08R00000]


Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Sonny 
Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and Coachella Valley National 
Wildlife Refuge), Imperial and Riverside Counties, CA; Draft 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and 
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National 
Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, which includes the Sonny Bono Salton Sea 
NWR and the Coachella Valley NWR. The Draft CCP/EA, prepared under the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in 
accordance with the National

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Environmental Policy Act of 1969, describes how the Service proposes to 
manage the two Refuges for the next 15 years. A hunt plan, draft 
compatibility determinations for existing public uses, a draft predator 
management plan, and a draft integrated pest management plan are also 
available for review and public comment with the Draft CCP/EA.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments 
by August 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments, requests for more information, or 
requests to be added to the mailing list by any of the following 
methods.
    Email: Victoria_Touchstone@fws.gov. Include ``Sonny Bono Salton 
Sea CCP'' in the subject line of the message.
    Fax: Attn: Victoria Touchstone, 619-476-9149.
    U.S. Mail: Victoria Touchstone, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Refuge Planning, P.O. Box 2358, Chula Vista, CA 91912
    In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments at the Sonny Bono 
Salton Sea NWR Office between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; please call 760-348-
5278 for directions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Touchstone, Refuge Planner, 
at 619-476-9150 extension 103, or Chris Schoneman, Project Leader, at 
760-348-5278, extension 227. Further information may also be found at 
http://go.usa.gov/jbhn.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Wildlife Refuge System 
Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), which amended the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, requires 
the Service to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The 
purpose in 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 initiated the CCP/EA for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National 
Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Sonny Bono Salton Sea and 
Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuges, in October 2010. At that 
time and throughout the process, we requested, considered, and 
incorporated public scoping comments in numerous ways. Our public 
outreach included a Federal Register notice of intent published on 
October 15, 2010 (75 FR 63502), two planning updates, and two public 
scoping meetings. The scoping comment period ended on December 14, 
2010. Verbal comments were recorded at public meetings, and written 
comments were received via letters, emails, and comment cards.

Background

    The Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR was established as a 32,766-acre 
sanctuary and breeding ground for birds and other wildlife in 1930 
(Executive Order 5498). Additional leased lands have been added to the 
Refuge under the authorities of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 
U.S.C. 715d), ``for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other 
management purpose, for migratory birds,'' and the Lea Act (16 U.S.C. 
695), ``for the management and control of migratory waterfowl, and 
other wildlife.'' Today, with the original Refuge lands covered by the 
waters of the Salton Sea, management activities are focused on about 
2,000 acres of primarily leased land. Approximately 900 acres consist 
of managed wetlands that support resident and migratory birds, and 
another 850 acres are farmed to provide forage for wintering geese and 
other migratory birds. Existing public uses include waterfowl hunting, 
fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, 
interpretation, and scientific research.
    The Coachella Valley NWR was established in 1985 under the 
authorities of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1534), 
``to conserve (A) fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered 
species or threatened species or (B) plants.'' The 3,709-acre Refuge, 
which is part of the larger Coachella Valley Preserve, protects the 
federally listed endangered Coachella Valley milk-vetch (Astragalus 
lentiginosus var. coachellae) and threatened Coachella Valley fringe-
toed lizard (Uma inornata), as well as other desert-dwelling species 
adapted to living in the sand dune habitat of the Coachella Valley. 
Access onto the Refuge is limited to a designated corridor for 
equestrian and hiking use.

Alternatives

    The Draft CCP/EA identifies and evaluates three alternatives for 
managing the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR and three alternatives for 
managing the Coachella Valley NWR. For each Refuge, the alternative 
that appears to best meet the Refuge's purposes is identified as the 
preferred alternative. The preferred alternative for each Refuge is 
identified based on the analysis presented in the draft CCP/EA, and may 
be modified following the completion of the public comment period based 
on comments received from other agencies, tribal governments, 
nongovernmental organizations, and individuals.
    For each Refuge, under Alternative A (no action alternative) 
current management practices would continue to be implemented over the 
next 15 years and no changes to the current public use programs would 
occur.

Alternatives for Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR

    Under Alternative B (preferred alternative), the Service would 
expand current habitat management activities to enhance habitat 
quality, particularly in managed wetlands and agricultural fields; 
initiate the phased restoration of shallow saline water habitat at Red 
Hill Bay, an area of the Salton Sea that has recently receded; 
implement predator management to protect nesting western gull-billed 
terns (Gelochelidon nilotica vanrossemi) and black skimmers (Rynchops 
niger); and implement an integrated pest management (IPM) plan to 
control invasive plants. A variety of actions are also proposed to 
improve existing public use facilities and provide additional 
opportunities for wildlife observation and photography.
    Under Alternative C, the Service would implement habitat actions 
similar to those proposed in Alternative B. The proposals for public 
use in Alternative C would focus on enhancing existing facilities in 
Units 1 and 2, rather than providing additional public use facilities 
in Unit 2, as proposed in Alternative B.

Alternatives for the Coachella Valley NWR

    Under Alternative B (preferred alternative), the Service would 
increase listed and sensitive species management and support actions, 
implement an IPM plan to control invasive plants; enhance the habitat 
quality of an old agricultural site by reintroducing appropriate native 
plant species; and in partnership with others develop and implement a 
long-term sand transport monitoring plan. Also proposed is an expanded 
public outreach program. Occasional guided tours of the Refuge would 
continue at current levels and the only public access onto the Refuge 
would occur on a designated trail corridor that extends along portions 
of the Refuge's western and northern boundary. The remainder

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of the Refuge would continue to be closed to the public.
    Under Alternative C, the Service would expand current management to 
protect listed and sensitive species, implement an IPM Plan to control 
invasive plants, and initiate a comprehensive restoration plan for an 
old agricultural site on the Refuge to restore creosote bush scrub 
habitat. In addition, the existing public outreach program would be 
expanded and interpretive signs would be installed along the existing 
trail corridor. Occasional guided tours of the Refuge would continue at 
current levels and public access would continue to be limited to the 
existing public trail corridor. All other areas within the Refuge would 
remain closed to the public.

Public Meetings

    The locations, dates, and times of public meetings will be listed 
in a planning update distributed to the project mailing list and posted 
on the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex public 
Web site at http://go.usa.gov/jbhn.

Review and Comment

    Copies of the Draft CCP/EA may be obtained by contacting Victoria 
Touchstone (see ADDRESSES). Copies of the Draft CCP/EA may be viewed at 
Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR office (see ADDRESSES for contact 
information) and local libraries. The Draft CCP/EA is also available 
for viewing and downloading online at: http://go.usa.gov/jbhn. Comments 
on the Draft CCP/EA should be addressed to Victoria Touchstone (see 
ADDRESSES).
    At the end of the review and comment period for this Draft CCP/EA, 
comments will be analyzed by the Service and addressed in the Final 
CCP. Before including your address, phone number, email 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.

Alexandra Pitts,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region Sacramento, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2013-17770 Filed 7-22-13; 8:45 am]
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