Draft Long Range Transportation Plan for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lands in the Midwest Region, 69123-69124 [2013-27433]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 222 / Monday, November 18, 2013 / Notices 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. BSEE Information Collection Clearance Officer: Cheryl Blundon (703) 787–1607. Dated: November 7, 2013. Robert W. Middleton, Deputy Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Background [FWS–R3–R–2012–N270; FXRS85550300000–XXX–FF03R04000] Draft Long Range Transportation Plan for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lands in the Midwest Region 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 long range transportation plan for public review and comment. The Draft Long Range Transportation Plan outlines a strategy for improving and maintaining transportation assets that provide access to Service-managed lands in the Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) over the next 20 years. DATES: We must receive written comments on or before December 18, 2013. SUMMARY: Document Review: If you wish to review the draft plan, you may obtain a copy by visiting our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ planning/currentplans.html. Alternatively, you may contact Brandon Jutz, Regional Transportation Coordinator, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5600 American Boulevard West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN (612–713–5407). Submitting Comments: If you wish to comment on the plan, you may submit your comments in writing by any one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Regional Transportation Coordinator, at the above address. • Hand-delivery: Regional Transportation Coordinator, at the above address. • Fax: 612–713–5288. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 17:33 Nov 15, 2013 Jkt 232001 Brandon Jutz, at the above address, phone number, or email. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: With this notice, we make the Draft LRTP for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service available for public review and comment. When finalized, the LRTP will apply to Service-managed lands in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. BILLING CODE 4310–VH–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Introduction [FR Doc. 2013–27532 Filed 11–15–13; 8:45 am] ADDRESSES: • Email: Brandon_Jutz@fws.gov. For additional information about submitting comments, see the ‘‘Public Availability of Comments’’ section below. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21) requires all Federal land management agencies to conduct long-range transportation planning in a manner that is consistent with metropolitan planning organization and State departments of transportation planning. This LRTP was initiated within the Service to achieve the following: • Establish a defensible structure for sound transportation planning and decision-making. • Establish a vision, mission, goals, and objectives for transportation planning in the Service’s Midwest Region. • Implement coordinated and cooperative transportation partnerships in an effort to improve the Service’s transportation infrastructure. • Bring the Service into compliance with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), which requires all Federal land management agencies (FLMA) to conduct long-range transportation planning in a manner that is consistent with metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and State department of transportation (DOT) planning. • Integrate transportation planning and funding for wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries into existing and future Service management plans and strategies—e.g., comprehensive conservation plans (CCPs) and comprehensive hatchery management plans (CHMPs). • Increase awareness of Alternative Transportation Systems (ATS) and associated benefits. • Develop best management practices (BMP) for transportation improvements on Service lands. • Serve as a pilot project for the implementation of a region-level PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69123 transportation planning process within the Service. LRTP Mission, Goals, and Objectives Through a collaborative effort, the Refuge and Fisheries Programs, in cooperation with the planning and visitor services programs within the Service’s Midwest Region, have contributed to defining the mission, goals, and objectives presented in this document. The resulting mission, goals, and objectives are intended to provide a systematic approach to guide the process for evaluating and selecting transportation improvement for the Service lands in the Midwest Region. These guiding principles have shaped the development, conclusions, and recommendations of this LRTP. Mission To support the Service’s mission by connecting people to fish, wildlife, and their habitats through strategic implementation of transportation programs. Goals and Objectives This long-range transportation plan has six categories of goals: Resource protection, safety and condition, welcome and orientation, planning, partnerships, and sustainability. Under each goal, we present distinct objectives that move us to the goal. • Natural Resource Protection: Ensure that the transportation program helps to conserve and enhance fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats. Objective 1: Identify, research, and adopt BMPs for planning, design, construction, and maintenance that mitigate impacts of transportation. Objective 2: Reduce transportationrelated conflicts with fish and wildlife corridors on or adjacent to Service lands. • Safety and Conditions: Provide a safe and reliable transportation network to and within Service lands. Objective 1: Identify and reduce safety problems and modal conflicts to and within Service lands. Objective 2: Ensure that missioncritical transportation assets are maintained in ‘‘good’’ condition. • Welcome and Orientation: Develop and maintain a transportation network that enhances the welcoming and orienting experience of visitors. Objective 1: Provide public information to enable visitors to easily get to refuges and hatcheries and to use their sites. Objective 2: Engage the visitors with compelling information so he/she has a better understanding of the purpose of wildlife conservation and enjoyment of natural resources. E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 69124 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 222 / Monday, November 18, 2013 / Notices Objective 3: Create a consistent and recognizable identity throughout all Service units by using standard materials for readily observed physical elements associated with the transportation system. • Planning: Integrate appropriate transportation planning into Service plans and processes. Objective 1: Ensure consistency and coordination between the project, unit, regional, and national levels of planning. Objective 2: Define need for infrastructure improvements, and prioritize projects using a scientific and objective process. • Partnerships: Develop partnerships to leverage resources and develop integrated transportation solutions. Objective 1: Maximize leveraging opportunities for both funding and resources. Objective 2: Work with partners to address shared transportation issues that impact Service goals. • Sustainability: Adopt and promote sustainable transportation practices. Objective 1: Address climate change and other environmental factors at all levels of transportation planning, design, project delivery, and maintenance. Objective 2: Improve access to and within Service lands by transit or nonmotorized transportation and information systems. Objective 3: Reduce fossil fuel energy consumption. Next Steps After this comment period ends, we will analyze the comments and address them in the form of a final LRTP. Public Availability of Comments 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. Charles M. Wooley, Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–27433 Filed 11–15–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth W. Hadley, Redding Electric Utility, 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001; telephone: 530–339–7327; email: ehadley@reupower.com. Individuals with a disability may request an accommodation by sending an email to the point of contact and those accommodations will be provided. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., we announce that the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG) will hold a meeting. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Background Fish and Wildlife Service The TAMWG affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River (California) restoration efforts to the Trinity Management Council (TMC). The TMC interprets and recommends policy, coordinates and reviews management actions, and provides organizational budget oversight. [FWS–R8–FHC–2013–N251; FXFR1334088TWG0W4–123–FF08EACT00] Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group; Public Meeting and Teleconference Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting and teleconference meeting of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). DATES: Public meeting and Teleconference: TAMWG will meet from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, December 9, 2013, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Deadlines: For deadlines and directions on registering to listen to the meeting by phone, and submitting written material, please see ‘‘Public Input’’ under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The in-person meeting will be held at the Indian Creek Lodge, 59741 California 299, Douglas City, CA 96024. You may participate in person or from your home phone. SUMMARY: Meeting Agenda • Designated Federal Officer (DFO) updates, • TMC Chair report, • Executive Director’s report, • TRRP Contracting, • BLM Land Acquisitions, • Hatchery update and fish projections, • TRRCD weed management, • Design update, • 2014 Gravel Recommendation, • Bylaw discussion, • 2014 Flow Alternatives, • Status of Klamath fall flow release, • Mining issues, • TRRP workgroup update, and • Public Comment. The final agenda will be posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/arcata. Public Input You must contact Elizabeth Hadley (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than If you wish to mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Listen to the teleconference via telephone ...................................................................................................................... Submit written information or questions for the TAMWG to consider during the teleconference ................................... Submitting Written Information or Questions Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or questions for the TAMWG to consider during the meeting. Written statements must be received by the date listed in VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:33 Nov 15, 2013 Jkt 232001 ‘‘Public Input,’’ so that the information may be available to the TAMWG for their consideration prior to this teleconference. Written statements must be supplied to Elizabeth Hadley in one of the following formats: One hard copy with original signature, one electronic PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 December 2, 2013. December 2, 2013. copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via email (acceptable file formats are Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, PowerPoint, or rich text file). Registered speakers who wish to expand on their oral statements, or those who wished to speak but could E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-R-2012-N270; FXRS85550300000-XXX-FF03R04000]


Draft Long Range Transportation Plan for U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service Lands in the Midwest Region

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 long range transportation plan for public 
review and comment. The Draft Long Range Transportation Plan outlines a 
strategy for improving and maintaining transportation assets that 
provide access to Service-managed lands in the Midwest Region 
(Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and 
Wisconsin) over the next 20 years.

DATES: We must receive written comments on or before December 18, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Document Review: If you wish to review the draft plan, you 
may obtain a copy by visiting our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/currentplans.html.
    Alternatively, you may contact Brandon Jutz, Regional 
Transportation Coordinator, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 5600 American Boulevard West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN (612-
713-5407).
    Submitting Comments: If you wish to comment on the plan, you may 
submit your comments in writing by any one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Regional Transportation Coordinator, at the 
above address.
     Hand-delivery: Regional Transportation Coordinator, at the 
above address.
     Fax: 612-713-5288.
     Email: Brandon_Jutz@fws.gov.
    For additional information about submitting comments, see the 
``Public Availability of Comments'' section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon Jutz, at the above address, 
phone number, or email.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we make the Draft LRTP for the Midwest Region of 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service available for public review and 
comment. When finalized, the LRTP will apply to Service-managed lands 
in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and 
Wisconsin.

Background

    The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21) 
requires all Federal land management agencies to conduct long-range 
transportation planning in a manner that is consistent with 
metropolitan planning organization and State departments of 
transportation planning. This LRTP was initiated within the Service to 
achieve the following:
     Establish a defensible structure for sound transportation 
planning and decision-making.
     Establish a vision, mission, goals, and objectives for 
transportation planning in the Service's Midwest Region.
     Implement coordinated and cooperative transportation 
partnerships in an effort to improve the Service's transportation 
infrastructure.
     Bring the Service into compliance with the Moving Ahead 
for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which requires all 
Federal land management agencies (FLMA) to conduct long-range 
transportation planning in a manner that is consistent with 
metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and State department of 
transportation (DOT) planning.
     Integrate transportation planning and funding for wildlife 
refuges and fish hatcheries into existing and future Service management 
plans and strategies--e.g., comprehensive conservation plans (CCPs) and 
comprehensive hatchery management plans (CHMPs).
     Increase awareness of Alternative Transportation Systems 
(ATS) and associated benefits.
     Develop best management practices (BMP) for transportation 
improvements on Service lands.
     Serve as a pilot project for the implementation of a 
region-level transportation planning process within the Service.

LRTP Mission, Goals, and Objectives

    Through a collaborative effort, the Refuge and Fisheries Programs, 
in cooperation with the planning and visitor services programs within 
the Service's Midwest Region, have contributed to defining the mission, 
goals, and objectives presented in this document. The resulting 
mission, goals, and objectives are intended to provide a systematic 
approach to guide the process for evaluating and selecting 
transportation improvement for the Service lands in the Midwest Region. 
These guiding principles have shaped the development, conclusions, and 
recommendations of this LRTP.

Mission

    To support the Service's mission by connecting people to fish, 
wildlife, and their habitats through strategic implementation of 
transportation programs.

Goals and Objectives

    This long-range transportation plan has six categories of goals: 
Resource protection, safety and condition, welcome and orientation, 
planning, partnerships, and sustainability. Under each goal, we present 
distinct objectives that move us to the goal.
     Natural Resource Protection: Ensure that the 
transportation program helps to conserve and enhance fish, wildlife, 
and plant resources and their habitats.
    Objective 1: Identify, research, and adopt BMPs for planning, 
design, construction, and maintenance that mitigate impacts of 
transportation.
    Objective 2: Reduce transportation-related conflicts with fish and 
wildlife corridors on or adjacent to Service lands.
     Safety and Conditions: Provide a safe and reliable 
transportation network to and within Service lands.
    Objective 1: Identify and reduce safety problems and modal 
conflicts to and within Service lands.
    Objective 2: Ensure that mission-critical transportation assets are 
maintained in ``good'' condition.
     Welcome and Orientation: Develop and maintain a 
transportation network that enhances the welcoming and orienting 
experience of visitors.
    Objective 1: Provide public information to enable visitors to 
easily get to refuges and hatcheries and to use their sites.
    Objective 2: Engage the visitors with compelling information so he/
she has a better understanding of the purpose of wildlife conservation 
and enjoyment of natural resources.

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    Objective 3: Create a consistent and recognizable identity 
throughout all Service units by using standard materials for readily 
observed physical elements associated with the transportation system.
     Planning: Integrate appropriate transportation planning 
into Service plans and processes.
    Objective 1: Ensure consistency and coordination between the 
project, unit, regional, and national levels of planning.
    Objective 2: Define need for infrastructure improvements, and 
prioritize projects using a scientific and objective process.
     Partnerships: Develop partnerships to leverage resources 
and develop integrated transportation solutions.
    Objective 1: Maximize leveraging opportunities for both funding and 
resources.
    Objective 2: Work with partners to address shared transportation 
issues that impact Service goals.
     Sustainability: Adopt and promote sustainable 
transportation practices.
    Objective 1: Address climate change and other environmental factors 
at all levels of transportation planning, design, project delivery, and 
maintenance.
    Objective 2: Improve access to and within Service lands by transit 
or non-motorized transportation and information systems.
    Objective 3: Reduce fossil fuel energy consumption.

Next Steps

    After this comment period ends, we will analyze the comments and 
address them in the form of a final LRTP.

Public Availability of Comments

    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.

Charles M. Wooley,
Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-27433 Filed 11-15-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-55-P