Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Washington and Yamhill Counties, OR; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment, 64969-64970 [2013-25600]

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The Export Subcommittee: Review and discuss subcommittee recommendations and the analysis of the 2013 COAC Export Survey Results. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R1–R–2013–N095; 1265–0000–10137 S3] Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Washington and Yamhill Counties, OR; 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 the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (refuge) final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP). The CCP includes our finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the associated environmental assessment (EA). In this final CCP, we describe how we will manage the refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You may view or request a printed or CD–ROM copy of the final CCP and FONSI by any of the following methods. Web site: Download the CCP at: www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/ refugeplanning.htm. Email: FW1PlanningComments@ fws.gov. Include ‘‘Tualatin River NWR CCP/EA’’ in the subject line. Fax: Attn: Erin Holmes, Project Leader, (503) 625–5947. U.S. Mail: Erin Holmes, Project Leader, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood, OR 97140. In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood, OR 97140. SUMMARY: Erin Holmes, Project Leader, (503) 625–5944. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the refuge. The Service began this process by publishing a notice of intent in the Federal Register (77 FR 25676; November 3, 2010). We also released the draft CCP/EA to the public through the Federal Register, announcing a 30-day public comment E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 64970 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 210 / Wednesday, October 30, 2013 / Notices period in a notice of availability (77 FR 64538; October 22, 2012). The refuge encompasses approximately 2,217 acres in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley, with herbaceous and scrub-shrub wetlands, and wet prairie, oak savanna, woodland, mixed deciduous forest, riparian forest, riverine, and stream habitats. We announce our decision and the availability of the FONSI for the final CCP in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of impacts on the human environment in the draft CCP/EA. Background 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 national wildlife refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), 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. Comments We identified three alternatives for refuge management in the draft CCP/EA, including Alternative 1, our no action alternative. We solicited public comments on the draft CCP/EA, and included a summary of the comments we received and our responses in the final CCP. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Selected Alternative The final CCP includes detailed information about the refuge, our planning process, the issues we addressed, and Alternative 2, the management alternative we selected for implementation on the refuge. Under Alternative 2 we will balance our management of the refuge’s competing management needs and issues. Brief VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Oct 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 descriptions of key management actions described in Alternative 2 follow: D We will combine the existing fragmented habitats into larger contiguous blocks of native habitat types, and restore relic or disappearing habitats. D Using hydrological modeling, and historic vegetation and soil information, we will restore and increase riparian forest acreage and mixed forest acreage over the next 15 years. D Restored forest habitats will advance our efforts to increase riparian corridor connectivity, and provide habitat for neotropical songbirds and other species. D Restored relic oak habitat acreage will increase to provide habitat for imperiled oak-dependent wildlife. D The acreage of managed wetland ponds will decrease to restore more natural wet prairie habitats to historic vegetation. D Scrub-shrub wetland acreage will increase. D Stream habitat will be restored to facilitate fish passage, and benefit other aquatic species and migratory and resident wildlife. D The refuge will expand public use opportunities including hunting and fishing. D On the Sherwood Unit, existing trails will remain the same, with an additional Environmental Education Off-Trail Study Area and a Nature Explore Area. D Additional photography blinds will be constructed to maximize the photography experience and minimize wildlife disturbances. D A youth waterfowl hunting program will be developed. D A hunt management plan will be developed in close coordination with the State, to determine the season, blind locations, and other details. D We will monitor and adjust the hunt program as needed to provide quality waterfowl hunting and healthy habitat. D We will develop a fishing program with an educational component on the River Overlook. The CCP will guide us in managing and administering the refuge for the next 15 years. Alternative 2, as we described in the draft CCP, is the foundation for the final CCP. The draft and final CCP and related documents may be found on our Web site (see ADDRESSES). Dated: May 16, 2013. Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon. [FR Doc. 2013–25600 Filed 10–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–R–2013–N233; FXRS12650900000–145–FF09R20000] New Deadlines for Public Comment on Draft Environmental Documents Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We announce new deadlines for the public to submit input on several draft documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. We are taking this action in regard to draft documents and scoping periods that were open for comment during the recent lapse in Federal appropriations. To ensure that we receive the best possible input to guide our decisionmaking, we want to provide the public adequate time to review and comment on the draft documents. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the new comment period end dates. ADDRESSES: See each original Federal Register notice for information on where to submit comments. The Federal Register citations and links to the notices are in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: See the contact information in the original Federal Register notices. The Federal Register citations and links to the notices are in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), published notices in the Federal Register in August, September, and October that announced the availability of various documents for public review. These documents included a draft environmental impact statement (EIS)/ environmental impact report and draft environmental assessments (EA) prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and related documents, such as draft comprehensive conservation plans (CCP). The Federal Register notices directed interested parties to contact Service personnel and Web sites for information about these draft documents. As a result of the recent lapse in Federal appropriations, these personnel and Web sites were unavailable for 16 days. To ensure compliance with our responsibilities under NEPA and to provide the public increased access to Service sources of information, we are allowing additional time for public SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-R-2013-N095; 1265-0000-10137 S3]


Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Washington and Yamhill 
Counties, OR; 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 the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (refuge) 
final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP). The CCP includes our 
finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the associated 
environmental assessment (EA). In this final CCP, we describe how we 
will manage the refuge for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: You may view or request a printed or CD-ROM copy of the 
final CCP and FONSI by any of the following methods.
    Web site: Download the CCP at: www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/refugeplanning.htm.
    Email: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include ``Tualatin River NWR 
CCP/EA'' in the subject line.
    Fax: Attn: Erin Holmes, Project Leader, (503) 625-5947.
    U.S. Mail: Erin Holmes, Project Leader, Tualatin River National 
Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood, OR 97140.
    In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Tualatin River National Wildlife 
Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood, OR 97140.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Holmes, Project Leader, (503) 
625-5944.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the refuge. The 
Service began this process by publishing a notice of intent in the 
Federal Register (77 FR 25676; November 3, 2010). We also released the 
draft CCP/EA to the public through the Federal Register, announcing a 
30-day public comment

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period in a notice of availability (77 FR 64538; October 22, 2012).
    The refuge encompasses approximately 2,217 acres in Oregon's 
northern Willamette Valley, with herbaceous and scrub-shrub wetlands, 
and wet prairie, oak savanna, woodland, mixed deciduous forest, 
riparian forest, riverine, and stream habitats.
    We announce our decision and the availability of the FONSI for the 
final CCP in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
(40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of 
impacts on the human environment in the draft CCP/EA.

Background

    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 national wildlife refuge. The purpose for 
developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for 
achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), 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.

Comments

    We identified three alternatives for refuge management in the draft 
CCP/EA, including Alternative 1, our no action alternative. We 
solicited public comments on the draft CCP/EA, and included a summary 
of the comments we received and our responses in the final CCP.

Selected Alternative

    The final CCP includes detailed information about the refuge, our 
planning process, the issues we addressed, and Alternative 2, the 
management alternative we selected for implementation on the refuge. 
Under Alternative 2 we will balance our management of the refuge's 
competing management needs and issues. Brief descriptions of key 
management actions described in Alternative 2 follow:
    [ssquf] We will combine the existing fragmented habitats into 
larger contiguous blocks of native habitat types, and restore relic or 
disappearing habitats.
    [ssquf] Using hydrological modeling, and historic vegetation and 
soil information, we will restore and increase riparian forest acreage 
and mixed forest acreage over the next 15 years.
    [ssquf] Restored forest habitats will advance our efforts to 
increase riparian corridor connectivity, and provide habitat for 
neotropical songbirds and other species.
    [ssquf] Restored relic oak habitat acreage will increase to provide 
habitat for imperiled oak-dependent wildlife.
    [ssquf] The acreage of managed wetland ponds will decrease to 
restore more natural wet prairie habitats to historic vegetation.
    [ssquf] Scrub-shrub wetland acreage will increase.
    [ssquf] Stream habitat will be restored to facilitate fish passage, 
and benefit other aquatic species and migratory and resident wildlife.
    [ssquf] The refuge will expand public use opportunities including 
hunting and fishing.
    [ssquf] On the Sherwood Unit, existing trails will remain the same, 
with an additional Environmental Education Off-Trail Study Area and a 
Nature Explore Area.
    [ssquf] Additional photography blinds will be constructed to 
maximize the photography experience and minimize wildlife disturbances.
    [ssquf] A youth waterfowl hunting program will be developed.
    [ssquf] A hunt management plan will be developed in close 
coordination with the State, to determine the season, blind locations, 
and other details.
    [ssquf] We will monitor and adjust the hunt program as needed to 
provide quality waterfowl hunting and healthy habitat.
    [ssquf] We will develop a fishing program with an educational 
component on the River Overlook.
    The CCP will guide us in managing and administering the refuge for 
the next 15 years. Alternative 2, as we described in the draft CCP, is 
the foundation for the final CCP. The draft and final CCP and related 
documents may be found on our Web site (see ADDRESSES).

    Dated: May 16, 2013.
Robyn Thorson,
Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon.
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