Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Clallam County, WA; Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment, 68088-68089 [2013-26798]

Download as PDF 68088 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 13, 2013 / Notices • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. 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. Dated: November 7, 2013. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–27148 Filed 11–12–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R1–R–2013–N096; 12560–0000–10137 S3] Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Clallam County, WA; 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 comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment (EA) for the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). In this CCP, we describe how we will manage the Refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the CCP and FONSI by any of the following methods. You may request a hard copy or a CD–ROM of the document. Agency Web site: Download the CCP and FONSI at http://www.fws.gov/ pacific/planning/main/docs/wa/ docsdungeness.htm. Email: FW1PlanningComments@ fws.gov. Include ‘‘Dungeness NWR CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Nov 12, 2013 Jkt 232001 Fax: Attn: Deputy Project Leader, (360) 457–9778. Mail: Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 715 Holgerson Rd., Sequim, WA 98382. In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Call (360) 457–8451 to make an appointment during regular business hours at the above address. For more information on locations for viewing or obtaining documents, see ‘‘Public Availability of Documents’’ under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorenz Sollmann, Deputy Project Leader, phone (360) 457–8451. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the Refuge. We started this process through a notice in the Federal Register (76 FR 61378; October 4, 2011). We released the draft CCP/EA to the public, announcing it and requesting comments in a notice of availability in the Federal Register (77 FR 71011; November 28, 2012). We announce the availability of the FONSI for the CCP/EA in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of impacts on the human environment in the draft CCP/EA. The CCP will guide us in managing and administering the Refuge for the next 15 years. Alternative B in the draft CCP/EA was selected for implementation. To address public comments received on the draft CCP/ EA, changes and clarifications were made to the final CCP where appropriate. A summary of the public comments we received is included in the final CCP with our responses. 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, 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, PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update each CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Refuge Administration Act. Selected Alternative Under the selected alternative, our emphasis on protecting and maintaining forested, near shore, freshwater wetland, and stream-riparian habitats will continue, with an increased level of active habitat management, monitoring, and enhancement. The Refuge’s public use activities will include: Saltwater fishing, shell-fishing (clams and crabs), wildlife observation and photography, hiking, no-wake boating, jogging, horseback riding (with stipulations), beach use, and environmental education and interpretation. The areas and timing of public access will remain the same with some exceptions, including new boatlanding hours and jogging stipulations. Jogging will be allowed on the trail adjacent to the Refuge’s parking lots and along the west beach from the end of the upland forested trail to the Refuge’s western boundary. Horseback riding would be allowed with stipulations, on the beach west of where the main trail meets Dungeness Spit, if a safe and legal alternate access route can be obtained. If an alternate access route is obtained from the east, horseback riding on a Refuge-owned road to the beach would be allowed. Staff and volunteer time devoted to visitors and community outreach will increase. New orientation materials, regulatory signage, and volunteer opportunities will be developed. The effects of climate change on Refuge resources will be considered during management activities, and we will reduce the Refuge’s carbon footprint. Invasive species will be monitored and controlled. Other management activities include fire management, maintenance of existing structures, coordination with State, Tribal, and other partners; cultural resources protection, and land protection within the approved Refuge boundary. All actions are subject to funding availability. Public Availability of Documents Printed copies will be available at the Refuge and at the following libraries. D North Olympic Public Library Sequim Branch, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, WA 98382. D North Olympic Public Library Port Angeles Branch, 2210 South Peabody St., Port Angeles, WA 98362. E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 13, 2013 / Notices D Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St., Port Townsend, WA 98368. D Jefferson County Central Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock, WA 98339. Dated: May 10, 2013. Hugh Morrison, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on November 5, 2013. [FR Doc. 2013–26798 Filed 11–7–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R6–ES–2013–N237; FXES11130600000D2–123–FF06E00000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered or threatened species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (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: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by December 13, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments or requests for copies or more information by any of the following methods. Alternatively, you may use one of the following methods to request hard copies or a CD–ROM of the documents. Please specify the permit you are interested in by number (e.g., Permit No. TE–XXXXXX). • Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE–XXXXXX) in the subject line of the message. • U.S. Mail: Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486–DFC, Denver, CO 80225. • In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call (303) 236–4212 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Nov 12, 2013 Jkt 232001 68089 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Environmental Policy Act Kathy Konishi, Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (303) 236–4212 (phone); permitsR6ES@fws.gov (email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), we have made an initial determination that the proposed activities in these permits are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement (516 DM 6 Appendix 1, 1.4C(1)). Background The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. Along with our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17, the Act provides for permits and requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act authorizes the permittees to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that it facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Applications Available for Review and Comment We invite local, State, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with their applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). Permit Application Number TE080647 Applicant: Wildlife Specialties, LLC, P.O. Box 1231, Lyons, CO. The applicant requests a permit to conduct presence/absence surveys in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico for Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) for the purpose of enhancing the species’ survival. Permit Application Number TE96435A Applicant: Laura Steger, 2169 East Francisco Blvd., Suite G, San Rafael, CA. The applicant requests a permit to conduct presence/absence surveys in Colorado for Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) for the purpose of enhancing the species’ survival. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public Availability of Comments All comments and materials we receive in response to these requests will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-R-2013-N096; 12560-0000-10137 S3]


Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Clallam County, WA; 
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 comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding 
of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment (EA) 
for the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). In this CCP, we 
describe how we will manage the Refuge for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the CCP and FONSI by any of 
the following methods. You may request a hard copy or a CD-ROM of the 
document.
    Agency Web site: Download the CCP and FONSI at http://www.fws.gov/pacific/planning/main/docs/wa/docsdungeness.htm.
    Email: FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include ``Dungeness NWR CCP'' 
in the subject line of the message.
    Fax: Attn: Deputy Project Leader, (360) 457-9778.
    Mail: Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 715 
Holgerson Rd., Sequim, WA 98382.
    In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Call (360) 457-8451 to make an 
appointment during regular business hours at the above address.
    For more information on locations for viewing or obtaining 
documents, see ``Public Availability of Documents'' under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorenz Sollmann, Deputy Project 
Leader, phone (360) 457-8451.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the Refuge. We 
started this process through a notice in the Federal Register (76 FR 
61378; October 4, 2011). We released the draft CCP/EA to the public, 
announcing it and requesting comments in a notice of availability in 
the Federal Register (77 FR 71011; November 28, 2012).
    We announce the availability of the FONSI for the CCP/EA in 
accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) 
requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of impacts on the human 
environment in the draft CCP/EA.
    The CCP will guide us in managing and administering the Refuge for 
the next 15 years. Alternative B in the draft CCP/EA was selected for 
implementation. To address public comments received on the draft CCP/
EA, changes and clarifications were made to the final CCP where 
appropriate. A summary of the public comments we received is included 
in the final CCP with our responses.

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, 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 hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and 
environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update 
each CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Refuge 
Administration Act.

Selected Alternative

    Under the selected alternative, our emphasis on protecting and 
maintaining forested, near shore, freshwater wetland, and stream-
riparian habitats will continue, with an increased level of active 
habitat management, monitoring, and enhancement.
    The Refuge's public use activities will include: Saltwater fishing, 
shell-fishing (clams and crabs), wildlife observation and photography, 
hiking, no-wake boating, jogging, horseback riding (with stipulations), 
beach use, and environmental education and interpretation. The areas 
and timing of public access will remain the same with some exceptions, 
including new boat-landing hours and jogging stipulations. Jogging will 
be allowed on the trail adjacent to the Refuge's parking lots and along 
the west beach from the end of the upland forested trail to the 
Refuge's western boundary. Horseback riding would be allowed with 
stipulations, on the beach west of where the main trail meets Dungeness 
Spit, if a safe and legal alternate access route can be obtained. If an 
alternate access route is obtained from the east, horseback riding on a 
Refuge-owned road to the beach would be allowed. Staff and volunteer 
time devoted to visitors and community outreach will increase. New 
orientation materials, regulatory signage, and volunteer opportunities 
will be developed.
    The effects of climate change on Refuge resources will be 
considered during management activities, and we will reduce the 
Refuge's carbon footprint. Invasive species will be monitored and 
controlled. Other management activities include fire management, 
maintenance of existing structures, coordination with State, Tribal, 
and other partners; cultural resources protection, and land protection 
within the approved Refuge boundary. All actions are subject to funding 
availability.

Public Availability of Documents

    Printed copies will be available at the Refuge and at the following 
libraries.
    [ssquf] North Olympic Public Library Sequim Branch, 630 N. Sequim 
Ave., Sequim, WA 98382.
    [ssquf] North Olympic Public Library Port Angeles Branch, 2210 
South Peabody St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

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    [ssquf] Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St., Port 
Townsend, WA 98368.
    [ssquf] Jefferson County Central Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port 
Hadlock, WA 98339.

    Dated: May 10, 2013.
Hugh Morrison,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon.

    Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the 
Federal Register on November 5, 2013.
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