Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Lincoln County, WY; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, 58340-58342 [2013-23107]

Download as PDF 58340 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2013 / Notices (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, ‘‘Flood Insurance.’’) Dated: August 30, 2013. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2013–23065 Filed 9–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–12–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R6–R–2013–N158; FXRS1265066CCP0–134–FF06R06000] Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Lincoln County, WY; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; announcement of meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce that our draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for the Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is available for public review and comment. The draft CCP/EA describes how the Service intends to manage this Refuge for the next 15 years. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise the public, other Federal and State agencies, and Tribes of the availability of the draft CCP/EA and to solicit comments. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the draft CCP/EA by October 21, 2013. Submit comments by one of the methods under ADDRESSES. We will hold a public meeting; see Public Meeting under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the date, time, and location. ADDRESSES: Send your comment or requests for more information by any of the following methods. Email: seedskadee@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Cokeville Meadows NWR Draft CCP and EA’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: Attn: Bernardo Garza, 303–236– 4792. U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Refuge Planning, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225. In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call 303–236–4377 to make an emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:16 Sep 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 appointment (necessary for view/pickup only) during regular business hours at 134 Union Boulevard, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80228. Document Request: A copy of the CCP/EA may be obtained by writing to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Refuge Planning, 134 Union Boulevard, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80228; or by download from http:// mountain-prairie.fws.gov/planning. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernardo Garza, 303–236–4377, (phone) or bernardo_garza@fws.gov (email); or David C. Lucas, 303–236–4366 (phone), P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225–0486. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we continue the CCP process for the Cokeville Meadows NWR. We started this process through a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 57328; November 5, 2009). This notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of the availability of the draft CCP/EA for this refuge and (2) to obtain comments on the information provided in the draft CCP/ EA. Background The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Refuge Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System). The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving the purposes for which their refuge was established and contributing toward the mission of the 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 Refuge Administration Act. The Refuge Cokeville Meadows NWR was established in 1993 for the conservation PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the wetlands of the nation, in order to maintain the public benefits they provide and to help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions, as well as for use as an inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds. This refuge is bisected throughout its length by the Bear River and contains a mosaic of wet meadows and cattail/bulrush sloughs. Many of these wetlands were originally created and maintained by agricultural practices. The shrub-steppe uplands are dominated by sagebrush and a combination of grasses typical of the arid West. Cokeville Meadows NWR provides nesting habitat for at least 32 water bird species; if developed, these habitats could provide suitable nesting habitat for more migratory bird species, including the trumpeter swan, a species of management concern. Refuge habitats also provide important habitat for resident species. Greater sage grouse use upland sagebrush areas for nesting, while riparian areas provide important feeding sites for their broods and a variety of neotropical migratory birds. Big game, including antelope, mule deer, and elk, also utilize Refuge habitats. Public Outreach We started the CCP for the Cokeville Meadows NWR in early November 2009, by inviting the Wyoming Game, Fish and Parks Department and 12 Native American tribal governments to participate in the planning process. The planning team was assembled in late November during the CCP Kickoff Meeting. We developed a mailing list and sent a planning update to all individuals and groups on that list. The planning update included basic information on the Refuge, the planning process, how the public could provide comments and become involved in the planning process, and the dates, times, and places of the two public meetings we held in public venues in two communities near the Refuge (also in November). At that time and throughout the process, we requested public comments and considered and incorporated them in numerous ways. Comments we received cover topics such as invasive plant control on refuge lands, opening the refuge to hunting and fishing opportunities, improvement of the water quality and fisheries in the Bear River, public access to the Refuge, and the Refuge habitats’ management tools (e.g., grazing, haying, farming, water flooding, etc.). We have considered and evaluated all of these comments, with many incorporated into the various alternatives addressed in the draft CCP and the EA. E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2013 / Notices CCP Alternatives We Are Considering During the public scoping process with which we started work on this draft CCP, we, State of Wyoming wildlife officials, representatives of the City of Cokeville, the Lincoln County Planning Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and the public raised several issues. Our draft CCP 58341 addresses them. A full description of each alternative is in the EA. To address these issues, we developed and evaluated the following alternatives, summarized below. Alternative A: Current management (No action) Alternative B: Hydrology and Habitat Restoration Alternative C: Resource enhancement Alternative D: Landscapelevel management (Proposed action) Public Access to Refuge Lands to Engage in Wildlife-Dependent Public Uses. Refuge remains closed to public access except for information kiosk, walking trail at Netherly Slough and headquarters, and to opportunistic, staff-guided, environmental education programs. Same as Alternative B. Plus: Refuge staff seeks partners to restore Bear River riparian corridor to improve the river’s water and fisheries quality. Same as Alternative C. Plus: Refuge staff expands partnerships throughout Wyoming’s Bear River watershed to improve habitats and movement corridors for wildlife and fishes. Habitat and Wildlife Management. Continue current levels of irrigation, haying, and grazing to manage refuge habitats. Upland habitats are managed and restored to increase wildlife productivity and diversity. Wet meadow and wetland habitats are managed with water diversions from the Bear River. Agricultural practices are geared to enhance refuge habitats for wildlife. Same as Alternative C. Monitoring and Research .. Maintain partnerships on limited and opportunistic monitoring of wildlife populations, habitats and water quality conditions. Continue permitting research activities when compatible with refuge purposes. Continue coordinating and working with the Lincoln County to monitor and control treat invasive plants through integrated pest management, including chemical, biological, and mechanical methods. The Refuge: Maintains the existing open areas; Opens new access points and areas of the refuge to migratory bird, big and small game hunting, and fishing; Seeks to provide self-guided interpretive opportunities; Provides information wildlife observation and photography opportunities. Haying and grazing used to manage refuge habitats. Agricultural crops used solely as a tool to reestablish native habitats. Consider removing water management infrastructure to replace current irrigation with overbank flooding during river high flows to manage wet meadow and wetland habitats. Same as Alternative A ...... Same as alternative A, but in more programmatic fashion. Plus the staff: Pursues funding and research opportunities with higher education institutions; Actively seeks new partners to enhance its monitoring capabilities. Same as Alternative B ...... Same as Alternative C, plus the refuge: Expands partnerships to include new partners throughout Wyoming’s Bear River watershed. Invasive Species ............... emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Wildlife Disease, Crop Depredation, and Wildlife Damage to Private Property. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Continue work with the State to separate elk herd from cattle on refuge lands to keep wildlife diseases from domestic cattle. Continue to grow small grain crops on refuge lands to keep migratory birds from depredating on private crops. 20:16 Sep 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Same as Alternative A. Plus the staff: Works with cooperators to address invasive aquatic species throughout Bear River watershed. Works with partners to control carp, and improve water quality on refuge wet meadow and riverine habitats The refuge establishes hunt program which would alleviate wildlife and cattle comingling and crop depredation issues. Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Same as Alternative B ...... E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 Same as Alternative B. Plus: The staff expands its involvement and partnerships to control invasive species throughout Wyoming’s Bear River watershed. Same as Alternative B. 58342 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2013 / Notices Alternative A: Current management (No action) Funding, Staffing, Infrastructure, and Partnerships. Alternative B: Hydrology and Habitat Restoration Alternative C: Resource enhancement Refuge to remain unmanned. No new or added vehicles, infrastructure or equipment. Replace them only as needed. Current staffing and funding will preclude pursuing new partnerships. Staffing and funding would need to be expanded to: Carry out the plan; Build and maintain access roads, auto tour route, and parking facilities; Maintain existing and establish new partnerships. Same as Alternative B ...... Alternative D: Landscapelevel management (Proposed action) Same as Alternative B. Public Meeting Opportunity for public input will be provided at the following public open house meeting. Date Time Location September 26, 2013 ....................... 5:30–7:30 p.m ................................ Cokeville High School, Auditorium, 435 Pine Street, Cokeville, WY 83114. Next Steps After the public reviews and provides comments on the draft CCP and EA, the planning team will present this document, along with a summary of all substantive public comments, to the Regional Director. The Regional Director will consider the environmental effects of each alternative, including information gathered during public review, and will select a preferred alternative for the draft CCP and EA. If the Regional Director finds that no significant impacts would occur, the Regional Director’s decision will be disclosed in a finding of no significant impact included in the final CCP. If the Regional Director finds a significant impact would occur, an environmental impact statement will be prepared. If approved, the action in the preferred alternative will compose the final CCP. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Availability of Comments All public comment information provided voluntarily by mail, by phone, or at meetings (e.g., names, addresses, letters of comment, input recorded during meetings) becomes part of the official public record. If requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a private citizen or organization, the Service may provide copies of such information. Authority The environmental review of this project will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508, 43 CFR Part 46); other VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:16 Sep 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 appropriate Federal laws and regulations; Executive Order 12996; the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; and Service policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. Dated: August 20, 2013. Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–23107 Filed 9–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service [NPS–WASO–VRP–14127; PXXVPADO515] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Proposed Fee Schedule for Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits Office of the Secretary, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Interior; Forest Service, Agriculture. ACTION: Extension of public comment period. AGENCY: The Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture are extending the public comment period for the proposed fee schedule for commercial filming and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 still photography conducted on public lands under their jurisdiction. The additional comment period is in response to a request. DATES: Written comments will be accepted through October 23, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: location_fee_notice_2013@nps.gov; put ‘‘Commercial Filming Fee Schedule’’ in the subject line. • Mail: Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., ORG CODE 2460, Washington, DC 20240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lee Dickinson, National Park Service at 202–513–7092 or by email at lee_dickinson@nps.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to contact the above named individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 22, 2013 we published in the Federal Register a proposed location fee schedule to establish land-use fees for commercial filming and still photography that are consistent for the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service (78 FR 52209). The fees would provide a fair return to the United States, as required by law. Comments were accepted for 30 days, closing on September 23, 3013. After receiving a E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-R-2013-N158; FXRS1265066CCP0-134-FF06R06000]


Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Lincoln County, WY; 
Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; announcement of meeting; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 
that our draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental 
assessment (EA) for the Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge 
(Refuge) is available for public review and comment. The draft CCP/EA 
describes how the Service intends to manage this Refuge for the next 15 
years. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to 
advise the public, other Federal and State agencies, and Tribes of the 
availability of the draft CCP/EA and to solicit comments.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments 
on the draft CCP/EA by October 21, 2013. Submit comments by one of the 
methods under ADDRESSES. We will hold a public meeting; see Public 
Meeting under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the date, time, and 
location.

ADDRESSES: Send your comment or requests for more information by any of 
the following methods.
    Email: seedskadee@fws.gov. Include ``Cokeville Meadows NWR Draft 
CCP and EA'' in the subject line of the message.
    Fax: Attn: Bernardo Garza, 303-236-4792.
    U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Refuge 
Planning, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225.
    In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call 303-236-4377 to make 
an appointment (necessary for view/pickup only) during regular business 
hours at 134 Union Boulevard, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80228.
    Document Request: A copy of the CCP/EA may be obtained by writing 
to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Refuge Planning, 134 
Union Boulevard, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80228; or by download from 
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/planning.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernardo Garza, 303-236-4377, (phone) 
or bernardo_garza@fws.gov (email); or David C. Lucas, 303-236-4366 
(phone), P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225-0486.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we continue the CCP process for the Cokeville 
Meadows NWR. We started this process through a notice in the Federal 
Register (74 FR 57328; November 5, 2009). This notice complies with our 
CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and 
the public of the availability of the draft CCP/EA for this refuge and 
(2) to obtain comments on the information provided in the draft CCP/EA.

Background

The CCP Process

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) (Refuge Administration Act), as amended by the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to 
develop a CCP for each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System 
(Refuge System). The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge 
managers with a 15-year plan for achieving the purposes for which their 
refuge was established and contributing toward the mission of the 
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 Refuge 
Administration Act.

The Refuge

    Cokeville Meadows NWR was established in 1993 for the conservation 
of the wetlands of the nation, in order to maintain the public benefits 
they provide and to help fulfill international obligations contained in 
various migratory bird treaties and conventions, as well as for use as 
an inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds. This refuge is bisected 
throughout its length by the Bear River and contains a mosaic of wet 
meadows and cattail/bulrush sloughs. Many of these wetlands were 
originally created and maintained by agricultural practices. The shrub-
steppe uplands are dominated by sagebrush and a combination of grasses 
typical of the arid West. Cokeville Meadows NWR provides nesting 
habitat for at least 32 water bird species; if developed, these 
habitats could provide suitable nesting habitat for more migratory bird 
species, including the trumpeter swan, a species of management concern. 
Refuge habitats also provide important habitat for resident species. 
Greater sage grouse use upland sagebrush areas for nesting, while 
riparian areas provide important feeding sites for their broods and a 
variety of neotropical migratory birds. Big game, including antelope, 
mule deer, and elk, also utilize Refuge habitats.

Public Outreach

    We started the CCP for the Cokeville Meadows NWR in early November 
2009, by inviting the Wyoming Game, Fish and Parks Department and 12 
Native American tribal governments to participate in the planning 
process. The planning team was assembled in late November during the 
CCP Kickoff Meeting. We developed a mailing list and sent a planning 
update to all individuals and groups on that list. The planning update 
included basic information on the Refuge, the planning process, how the 
public could provide comments and become involved in the planning 
process, and the dates, times, and places of the two public meetings we 
held in public venues in two communities near the Refuge (also in 
November). At that time and throughout the process, we requested public 
comments and considered and incorporated them in numerous ways. 
Comments we received cover topics such as invasive plant control on 
refuge lands, opening the refuge to hunting and fishing opportunities, 
improvement of the water quality and fisheries in the Bear River, 
public access to the Refuge, and the Refuge habitats' management tools 
(e.g., grazing, haying, farming, water flooding, etc.). We have 
considered and evaluated all of these comments, with many incorporated 
into the various alternatives addressed in the draft CCP and the EA.

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CCP Alternatives We Are Considering

    During the public scoping process with which we started work on 
this draft CCP, we, State of Wyoming wildlife officials, 
representatives of the City of Cokeville, the Lincoln County Planning 
Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and the public raised 
several issues. Our draft CCP addresses them. A full description of 
each alternative is in the EA. To address these issues, we developed 
and evaluated the following alternatives, summarized below.

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                                                        Alternative B:                          Alternative D:
                                    Alternative A:       Hydrology and      Alternative C:      Landscape-level
                                  Current management        Habitat            Resource           management
                                      (No action)         Restoration         enhancement      (Proposed action)
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Public Access to Refuge Lands to  Refuge remains      The Refuge:         Same as             Same as
 Engage in Wildlife-Dependent      closed to public   Maintains the        Alternative B.      Alternative C.
 Public Uses.                      access except for   existing open       Plus:               Plus:
                                   information         areas;.            Refuge staff seeks  Refuge staff
                                   kiosk, walking     Opens new access     partners to         expands
                                   trail at Netherly   points and areas    restore Bear        partnerships
                                   Slough and          of the refuge to    River riparian      throughout
                                   headquarters, and   migratory bird,     corridor to         Wyoming's Bear
                                   to opportunistic,   big and small       improve the         River watershed
                                   staff-guided,       game hunting, and   river's water and   to improve
                                   environmental       fishing;.           fisheries           habitats and
                                   education          Seeks to provide     quality..           movement
                                   programs.           self-guided                             corridors for
                                                       interpretive                            wildlife and
                                                       opportunities;.                         fishes.
                                                      Provides
                                                       information
                                                       wildlife
                                                       observation and
                                                       photography
                                                       opportunities..
Habitat and Wildlife Management.  Continue current    Haying and grazing  Upland habitats     Same as
                                   levels of           used to manage      are managed and     Alternative C.
                                   irrigation,         refuge habitats.    restored to
                                   haying, and        Agricultural crops   increase wildlife
                                   grazing to manage   used solely as a    productivity and
                                   refuge habitats.    tool to             diversity.
                                                       reestablish        Wet meadow and
                                                       native habitats.    wetland habitats
                                                      Consider removing    are managed with
                                                       water management    water diversions
                                                       infrastructure to   from the Bear
                                                       replace current     River..
                                                       irrigation with    Agricultural
                                                       overbank flooding   practices are
                                                       during river high   geared to enhance
                                                       flows to manage     refuge habitats
                                                       wet meadow and      for wildlife..
                                                       wetland habitats.
Monitoring and Research.........  Maintain            Same as             Same as             Same as
                                   partnerships on     Alternative A.      alternative A,      Alternative C,
                                   limited and                             but in more         plus the refuge:
                                   opportunistic                           programmatic       Expands
                                   monitoring of                           fashion. Plus the   partnerships to
                                   wildlife                                staff:              include new
                                   populations,                           Pursues funding      partners
                                   habitats and                            and research        throughout
                                   water quality                           opportunities       Wyoming's Bear
                                   conditions.                             with higher         River watershed.
                                  Continue                                 education
                                   permitting                              institutions;.
                                   research                               Actively seeks new
                                   activities when                         partners to
                                   compatible with                         enhance its
                                   refuge purposes.                        monitoring
                                                                           capabilities..
Invasive Species................  Continue            Same as             Same as             Same as
                                   coordinating and    Alternative A.      Alternative B.      Alternative B.
                                   working with the    Plus the staff:                         Plus:
                                   Lincoln County to  Works with                              The staff expands
                                   monitor and         cooperators to                          its involvement
                                   control treat       address invasive                        and partnerships
                                   invasive plants     aquatic species                         to control
                                   through             throughout Bear                         invasive species
                                   integrated pest     River watershed..                       throughout
                                   management,        Works with                               Wyoming's Bear
                                   including           partners to                             River watershed.
                                   chemical,           control carp, and
                                   biological, and     improve water
                                   mechanical          quality on refuge
                                   methods.            wet meadow and
                                                       riverine habitats.
Wildlife Disease, Crop            Continue work with  The refuge          Same as             Same as
 Depredation, and Wildlife         the State to        establishes hunt    Alternative B.      Alternative B.
 Damage to Private Property.       separate elk herd   program which
                                   from cattle on      would alleviate
                                   refuge lands to     wildlife and
                                   keep wildlife       cattle comingling
                                   diseases from       and crop
                                   domestic cattle.    depredation
                                  Continue to grow     issues.
                                   small grain crops
                                   on refuge lands
                                   to keep migratory
                                   birds from
                                   depredating on
                                   private crops..

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Funding, Staffing,                Refuge to remain    Staffing and        Same as             Same as
 Infrastructure, and               unmanned.           funding would       Alternative B.      Alternative B.
 Partnerships.                    No new or added      need to be
                                   vehicles,           expanded to:
                                   infrastructure or  Carry out the
                                   equipment.          plan;.
                                   Replace them only  Build and maintain
                                   as needed..         access roads,
                                  Current staffing     auto tour route,
                                   and funding will    and parking
                                   preclude pursuing   facilities;.
                                   new partnerships.. Maintain existing
                                                       and establish new
                                                       partnerships..
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Public Meeting

    Opportunity for public input will be provided at the following 
public open house meeting.

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             Date                      Time               Location
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September 26, 2013............  5:30-7:30 p.m....  Cokeville High
                                                    School, Auditorium,
                                                    435 Pine Street,
                                                    Cokeville, WY 83114.
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Next Steps

    After the public reviews and provides comments on the draft CCP and 
EA, the planning team will present this document, along with a summary 
of all substantive public comments, to the Regional Director. The 
Regional Director will consider the environmental effects of each 
alternative, including information gathered during public review, and 
will select a preferred alternative for the draft CCP and EA. If the 
Regional Director finds that no significant impacts would occur, the 
Regional Director's decision will be disclosed in a finding of no 
significant impact included in the final CCP. If the Regional Director 
finds a significant impact would occur, an environmental impact 
statement will be prepared. If approved, the action in the preferred 
alternative will compose the final CCP.

Public Availability of Comments

    All public comment information provided voluntarily by mail, by 
phone, or at meetings (e.g., names, addresses, letters of comment, 
input recorded during meetings) becomes part of the official public 
record. If requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a private 
citizen or organization, the Service may provide copies of such 
information.

Authority

    The environmental review of this project will be conducted in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA 
Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508, 43 CFR Part 46); other appropriate 
Federal laws and regulations; Executive Order 12996; the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; and Service policies 
and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations.

    Dated: August 20, 2013.
Noreen Walsh,
Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
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