National Bison Range Complex, Moiese, MT; Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Annual Funding Agreement With the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, 45452-45456 [2014-18450]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 45452 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 150 / Tuesday, August 5, 2014 / Notices individual comments submitted, please visit the docket for this notice to view submitted comments and the public comment matrix. (1) The Coast Guard received several comments concerning revised language to the towing vessel work site exclusion provision. These comments generally objected to the use of the terms ‘‘emergency’’ and ‘‘intermittent’’ in the revised guidance and stated that use of these terms with regard to dredging operations was not intended by Congress when it provided guidance on work site exclusions. The Coast Guard agrees with these comments that dredging operations were specifically enumerated by Congress for this exclusion without further qualification. The use of the terms ‘‘emergency’’ and ‘‘intermittent’’ were meant to apply to towing operations not involving dredging operations seeking a work site exclusion and we stated so in the supplemental draft of Part B, Chapter 7. (2) Multiple commenters expressed concern over the licensing requirements for uninspected fish processing vessels between 200 GT and less than 1600 GT (which entered into service prior to 1988). Specifically, commenters were concerned that Part B, Chapter 7 overturns a 20-year-old policy interpretation and compliance actions by the Coast Guard which allowed those fish processing vessels to operate without a licensed assistant engineer. The text in Part B, Chapter 7 is largely unchanged since the last revision of MSM III in 1999. However, the special ‘‘note’’ in Part B, Chapter 7 incorporates and makes specific reference to the December 2013 CG Message ‘‘Engineer Officer Endorsements on Uninspected Fishing Vessels’’ (R 061640Z DEC 13) and CG–543 Policy Letter 11–11 for relaxed enforcement measures on Uninspected Commercial Fishing Vessels until January 1, 2015—unless specified otherwise. (3) An additional commenter noted that the passage and implementation of Public Law 98–89 necessitated the revision of the regulations to refer to ‘‘operation’’ of a vessel rather than ‘‘navigation’’ of a vessel. The regulations were revised to refer to ‘‘operation,’’ however, the Coast guard has failed to provide adequate guidance, particularly with respect to the minimum complement of officers and crew necessary for the safe operation of vessels when they are not in navigation. The Coast Guard acknowledges this comment and appreciates the commenter’s concerns. As explained in the legislative history of Public Law 98– 89, Congress intended the words ‘‘operate on’’ or ‘‘on’’ to replace the term VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Aug 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 ‘‘navigate’’ and it was intended ‘‘to cover all operations of a vessel when it is at the pier, idle in the water, at anchor, or being propelled through the water.’’ 1983 U.S. Code Cong. and Adm. News, p. 924, 933. However, because of the number and degree of varying operational scenarios it is difficult to develop standardized scales for every manning permutation. For vessels not carrying passengers—including those not underway—it is the responsibility of the master to establish adequate watches (46 CFR 15.705(a)). To clarify this, revisions have been incorporated into Part B, Chapter 5. Additional changes include: (1) General revisions to Part C, Chapters 1 and 2 (legacy Chapters 18 and 19) to account for revised regulations, updated forms and reformatting; (2) Added Common COI/SMD Sample Endorsements to the Annex; and (3) Included a Forward at the beginning as an opener. These additional changes were not considered to be substantial, but were necessary to reflect revised regulations and current practice. It should be noted that Change-1 is not intended to preempt or take the place of separate policy initiatives regarding specific decisions on appeal or future regulations. Future changes to the MSM may be released if the Coast Guard promulgates new regulations or appeal decisions, which may affect the guidance and information contained within the MSM. If you discover a discrepancy between the manning or endorsements specified by the Certificate of Inspection/Safe Manning Documentation (COI/SMD) and the provisions of the MSM, Volume III, bring it to the attention of the OCMI with a view toward aligning with the revised MSM III. This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: July 30, 2014. Paul F. Thomas, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–18528 Filed 8–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R6–R–2014–N092; FXRS12610600000–145–FF06R06000] National Bison Range Complex, Moiese, MT; Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Annual Funding Agreement With the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce that our draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Annual Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) is available. The proposed AFA would allow CSKT to design, manage, and implement the biology, visitor services, fire, and maintenance program on the National Bison Range Complex. This draft EA describes and analyzes four alternatives, including the draft AFA and the No Action alternative. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the draft EA by September 4, 2014. Submit comments by one of the methods under ADDRESSES. ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by one of the following methods. Email: bisonrange@fws.gov. Include ‘‘NBR AFA’’ in the subject line. U.S. Mail: Laura King, Planning Division, National Bison Range Complex, 58355 Bison Range Road, Moiese, MT 59824. Document Request: A copy of the 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://fws.gov/ bisonrange. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura King, by phone at 406–644–2211, ext. 210, or by email at laura_king@ fws.gov; or Toni Griffin, by phone at 303–236–4378, or by email at toni_ griffin@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction The National Bison Range Complex (refuge complex) is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System). The refuge complex is located in Flathead, Lake, and Sanders Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 150 / Tuesday, August 5, 2014 / Notices Counties in northwestern Montana, with the refuge headquarters in Moiese, Montana. The refuge complex consists of the following units of the Refuge System: The National Bison Range, Pablo National Wildlife Refuge (Pablo Refuge), Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge (Ninepipe Refuge), Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District (WMD). The units included in the proposed AFA are the National Bison Range, the Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges, and nine waterfowl production areas in the Lake County portion of the WMD. All of these units are in Lake and Sanders Counties, and within the boundaries of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT’s) Flathead Indian Reservation. The National Bison Range was established in 1908, to conserve the herd of bison presented by the American Bison Society. It also has a purpose as a refuge and breeding ground for birds. In addition, Pablo and Ninepipe Refuges were established as refuge and breeding areas for native birds. The United States owns all the lands within the refuge complex except for Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges, which are on tribal trust lands owned by CSKT. In 1948, the Service acquired a refuge easement from CSKT for the right to manage these lands and waters as part of the Refuge System. Including the nine waterfowl production areas in the WMD, the area being considered under the proposed action encompasses 26,604 acres made up of a variety of wildlife habitats from wetlands, lakes, and streams, to intermountain bunchgrass prairies interspersed with forested lands. The refuge complex supports a variety of wildlife species, including the plains bison, bighorn sheep, black bears, and migratory Federal trust species, including grassland birds and shorebirds that are becoming imperiled as habitats decline across their ranges. Over 205 species of birds use these lands for breeding, migration, and nesting. The beauty of the Mission Valley and the refuge complex brings over 200,000 annual visitors from all over the world to view and photograph wildlife. Visitors come to explore the visitor center, drive the 19-mile-long Red Sleep Auto Tour Route, fish and hunt, and participate in refuge complex education and interpretation programs. The CSKT is a Federally-recognized Indian Tribe represented by its Tribal Council, participating in the Tribal SelfGovernance Program established by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) under the Indian Self-Determination VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Aug 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S.C. 450–450n, as amended by section 204 of the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994, codified at 25 U.S.C. 458aa–458hh. The CSKT is comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille, and the Kootenai Tribes, whose home is the 1.3million-acre Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana. The Tribal Self-Governance Act gives qualifying tribes the authority to request and enter into negotiations for AFAs with non-BIA Department of the Interior agencies, authorizing the tribe to conduct programs, services, functions, or activities that have a special geographical, historical, or cultural significance to the tribe. We have the authority to decline a proposal made by any tribe, and we may not transfer any positions or duties that are considered inherently Federal. Background In November 2011, CSKT requested negotiations for a third AFA with the Service that would allow them to manage and implement the biology, fire, maintenance, and visitor services programs on the National Bison Range Complex. Negotiations for a draft AFA were concluded in March 2012. In May 2012, the Service initiated an EA process to evaluate the environmental consequences of this draft AFA. The public was notified about the EA process through statewide media outlets and the refuge complex Web site. As part of this public scoping process, the public reviewed the draft AFA and provided comments. We prepared this EA to document our analysis of alternatives. Implementation of any of the alternatives would involve changes to the staff and administration of the National Bison Range Complex, so we developed a range of alternatives, with different levels of program management by the CSKT and various staff configurations. In this EA, we describe in detail the following alternatives and their expected consequences: • Alternative A—No Action • Alternative B—Draft AFA (Proposed Action) • Alternative C—AFA for Fire and Visitor Programs • Alternative D—AFA same as Alternative C, plus Addition of More CSKT Staff in All Programs • Alternative E—AFA same as Alternative D, plus District Programs With Combined Service and CSKT Staff in All Programs PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45453 AFA Alternatives We Are Considering Alternative A—Current Management (No Action) In accordance with approved Service plans and policies and under the supervision and leadership of the refuge manager, our employees would plan, design, and conduct all work on the refuge complex, augmented as needed by contractors, volunteers, and cooperators such as universities and researchers. We would keep the nine current permanent positions and convert the two term positions (fish and wildlife biologist and maintenance worker) back to permanent status. Our program leaders in the biology, visitor services, and maintenance programs would continue to recruit and supervise or lead the respective staff in their programs. A GS–9 outdoor recreation planner may be utilized to help develop programs and projects and to manage the visitor center for the 200,000 visitors that come to the refuge complex each year, bringing the staff to 12 permanent employees. We would continue targeted recruiting of CSKT members and descendants for seasonal positions, vacated permanent positions, and the Federal Pathways Programs for students, which would give individuals the experience and opportunity to qualify for careers with us or other agencies. We would continue to coordinate with CSKT as the entity responsible for wildlife management throughout the surrounding Flathead Indian Reservation and as the owner of the lands on which the Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges are situated and other adjoining tribal lands. Our informal and formal cooperation with CSKT would continue on issues such as invasive plant species control, fire management, trumpeter swan restoration, habitat management and native plant restoration, and grizzly bear and gray wolf management on the reservation. Under the leadership of our supervisory wildlife biologist, we would continue to plan, design, and manage all biological programs to support and accomplish the purposes for which each unit of the refuge complex was established. We would continue to set annual priorities, designing and monitoring short- and long-term projects to better understand the resources of the refuge complex and address management concerns. Inventory and monitoring programs would continue to focus on Federal trust species and the biological resources that support those species. The biological staff would develop or update our long-range management plans such as the 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan and E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 45454 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 150 / Tuesday, August 5, 2014 / Notices the habitat management plan. We would develop these documents with the full involvement of various partners CSKT and the State of Montana. The quality of the forage, including the spread of invasive plant species and the effects of other grazing animals and insects, would continue to be monitored and managed on the Bison Range to improve range health for bison forage while providing a diversity of habitats for other native wildlife. We would continue to inventory and monitor infestations of invasive plant species and develop and apply treatment strategies, using an integrated approach of chemical, biological, cultural, and mechanical methods. We would continue to coordinate with CSKT and other partners in Lake and Sanders Counties, to develop a treatment strategy that identifies priorities, new invaders, and treatment areas that would have a greater effect on a larger landscape. We would coordinate water level management on the Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges and waterfowl production areas with CSKT and the Flathead Irrigation District. We would use water level management structures to optimize nesting, feeding, and brood-rearing habitat for waterfowl and other waterbirds. Bird surveys, including surveys of waterfowl, neotropical migrants, and resident birds, would continue to be designed and carried out by our staff or coordinated with other agencies such as the CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Conservation (FWRC). We would conduct annual big game counts, per recommendations in the Bison Range’s Fenced Animal Management Plan. We would continue to monitor bison health and genetic integrity in coordination with the Service’s Wildlife Health Office (WHO). We would monitor the health of our bison herd, including conducting necropsies to prevent the spread of disease. Our maintenance and biological staff would plan and conduct the annual bison roundup to collect genetic information and monitor herd health. Under the leadership of our supervisory outdoor recreation planner, we would continue to plan and execute all visitor services programs, which would focus on the mission of the Service, refuge management programs, cultural importance of the refuge complex, and our Federal trust species such as bison and migratory birds, other resident wildlife, and their native habitat needs. We would continue to provide hunting and fishing opportunities on specific units within VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Aug 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 the refuge complex, following Federal, State, and reservation laws. We would continue to develop and provide environmental education and interpretive programs to local schools and conduct outreach through local media and online resources to educate the public about the refuge complex, the Service, and the Refuge System. Our supervisory outdoor recreation planner would be responsible for developing long-range management plans, including the 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan and the Visitor Services Plan for the refuge complex. Under the direction of our lead maintenance employee, we would continue to be responsible for all projects and programs associated with the maintenance program, including the maintenance and repair of all facilities, roads, equipment, and vehicles, to provide dependable, safe, and secure operating conditions for all programs. Our maintenance staff would continue to assist with habitat management projects, such as invasive species control, haying and grazing programs, habitat restoration, and water level management. Our maintenance staff would also continue to be responsible for the movement of bison for grazing management and the annual roundup activities necessary for monitoring herd health and excessing animals. Using horses, our maintenance staff would relocate bison every 2 to 3 weeks (April through September) to manage refuge habitats and provide optimal grazing opportunities. They would also continue to lead the operations needed to move bison through the corral system during the annual roundup, upgrading and maintaining this system as needed. The two highest graded maintenance employees would continue to train other employees, including management and biology staff, on how to safely assist with these operations. Alternative B—Proposed Action We would execute and carry out the draft AFA negotiated with CSKT during 2011–2012 (appendix A). CSKT would be responsible for designing, implementing, and managing the biology, fire, maintenance, and visitor services programs, as described in alternative A, in accordance with approved Service plans and policies. Three of the 11 current Service employees—refuge manager, deputy refuge manager, and law enforcement officer—would remain employed by us. Remaining staff would be assigned or transferred to CSKT. Five permanent employees—a GS–12 supervisory wildlife biologist, GS–9 range conservationist, WG–9 equipment PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 operator, WG–8 maintenance worker, and GS–7 range (fire) technician— would be asked to sign Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreements assigning them to work for CSKT. IPA assignments are voluntary, and must be agreed to by our employees. The GS–11 supervisory outdoor recreation planner position would remain with the Service until that employee transfers or retires. At that time, the position and funding would be given to CSKT for recruitment of its own employee. Two 4-year term positions—a WG–7 maintenance worker and a GS–9 fish and wildlife biologist— would not be renewed. These positions would be converted to permanent positions and their salaries and duties would be transferred to CSKT for recruitment. Providing CSKT with these 8 permanent positions would allow CSKT to manage and implement refuge programs, including supervising all program leaders and support staff and recruiting and supervising volunteers. We would provide funding to CSKT for recruitment of two to six seasonal employees to support all refuge complex programs and a GS–11 (equivalent) wildlife refuge specialist. The wildlife refuge specialist would be supervised by the manager of the CSKT FWRC, but would receive day-to-day direction from either our refuge manager or deputy refuge manager. The wildlife refuge specialist would supervise all CSKT and IPA Service staff, directing the day-today work of employees and volunteers in the biology, fire, maintenance, and visitor services programs. In the absence of the CSKT wildlife refuge specialist, a CSKT-designated official would fulfill these duties. A refuge complex leadership team would be formed to develop annual work plans, set work priorities, address performance and conduct issues, prepare periodic status reports, and resolve disputes. The leadership team would include our refuge manager and deputy refuge manager, the CSKT wildlife refuge specialist, and the manager of the CSKT FWRC. The team would meet as needed to discuss management plans and address issues. Alternative C We would negotiate an AFA with CSKT authorizing it to conduct the fire management program and collaborate on all aspects of the visitor services program. All work of the refuge complex, as described in alternative A, would be accomplished under the supervision and leadership of our refuge manager or deputy refuge manager and our program leaders in accordance with approved Service plans and policies. E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 150 / Tuesday, August 5, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Service would retain all current Federal positions and convert the two term positions—fish and wildlife biologist and maintenance worker— back to permanent status. CSKT Fire Management Division staff would implement the fire management program. The Division (under the Tribes’ Forestry Department) is responsible for wildland fire management, including fire preparedness, wildfire suppression, and application of prescribed fire on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We would provide funding to CSKT to recruit a GS–9 (equivalent) outdoor recreation planner and up to four seasonal CSKT employees to implement the visitor services program, including operating the visitor center and greeting and orienting visitors. The CSKT outdoor recreation planner would supervise these seasonal CSKT employees and work alongside our supervisory outdoor recreation planner. They would collaborate on interpretive and education programs and on providing visitors with information on the resources, management, history, and cultural significance of the refuge complex. Alternative D In addition to the fire operations and visitor services programs as described in alternative C, CSKT would receive funding to recruit up to three more seasonal employees (in addition to the four seasonal visitor services staff). These added CSKT employees would support the biology and maintenance programs. Our Service leaders would train and lead all CSKT staff in all programs. The long-term objective would be to transfer more of the permanent positions to CSKT over time, through attrition and negotiation. All work of the refuge complex, as described in alternative A, would be accomplished under the supervision and leadership of our refuge manager or deputy refuge manager and our program leaders, in accordance with approved Service plans and policies. The approach would be to provide the opportunity and time needed for the new CSKT employees to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to fully perform the activities of permanent positions. In addition to the refuge manager, deputy refuge manager, and law enforcement officer, the Service would retain the program leader or highest graded positions in the biology, maintenance, and visitor services program. We would also retain the second highest graded maintenance worker. These seven positions could continue refuge programs and train new VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Aug 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 employees, including new CSKT staff, regardless the status of an AFA. The current term positions (fish and wildlife biologist and maintenance worker) would be converted to permanent. Four positions could transfer to CSKT (after being vacated through transfer, retirement, or resignation) including a GS–9 (equivalent) fish and wildlife biologist, GS–9 (equivalent) range conservationist, GS–7 (equivalent) range technician, and WG–7 (equivalent) maintenance worker. As these permanent positions were vacated, our refuge manager would renegotiate with CSKT to decide whether or not to transfer them to CSKT. Our employees would work closely with CSKT seasonal staff to provide the training and experience needed to support the operations and programs of the refuge complex and to help them compete for permanent positions with us or with CSKT. Alternative E In addition to transferring fire and visitor services operations to CSKT, as described in alternatives C and D, this AFA would add more CSKT staff positions, expanding our management capabilities on the refuge complex. CSKT-recruited staff would be involved in all operations on the refuge complex, particularly on the Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges and on the nine waterfowl production areas in the WMD. All work of the refuge complex, as described in alternative A, would be accomplished under the supervision and leadership of our refuge manager or deputy refuge manager and our program leaders, in accordance with approved Service plans and policies. Under this AFA, we would provide funding to the CSKT to recruit two new employees to help with the management of the WMD, including a GS–11 (equivalent) wildlife refuge specialist and a WG–6 (equivalent) maintenance worker. The manager of the CSKT FWRC would supervise these employees. CSKT would also be provided funding to recruit three additional permanent employees that would support complexwide programs, including a WG–6 (equivalent) maintenance worker, GS–5 (equivalent) biological science technician, a GS–9 (equivalent) range conservationist, and an average of two to six temporary employees (depending on annual project funding) in the biology, visitor services, and maintenance programs. Our refuge manager and program leaders would be involved in the recruitment and selection of all CSKT staff, working collaboratively with both agencies’ personnel or human resources offices. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45455 Initially, we would keep nine employees, working closely with the CSKT staff to provide the training and experience needed to support the operations and programs of the refuge complex and safely manage our bison herd. Through negotiation after transfer, retirement, or resignation of our in-place employees, we may transfer up to three more positions to the CSKT, including a GS–9 (equivalent) fish and wildlife biologist, WG–7 (equivalent) maintenance worker, and GS–7 (equivalent) range technician. Next Steps After the public provides comments on the draft EA, we 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, along with information gathered during public review, and will select a preferred alternative. 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. 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 become the proposed AFA between the Service and CSKT. This proposed AFA will be sent to Congress for a 90day review prior to being signed and implemented. Public Availability of Comments All public comment information provided voluntarily by mail or by phone (e.g., names, addresses, comments) 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 through1508, 43 CFR part 46); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; Executive Order 12996; the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended; and Service policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 45456 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 150 / Tuesday, August 5, 2014 / Notices Dated: June 6, 2014. Matt Hogan, Acting, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2014–18450 Filed 8–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [AAK4004200/A0R5C4040.9999.00/ 134A2100DD] Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Reservation Proclamation. AGENCY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 63.96 acres, more or less, as the Stillaguamish Indian Reservation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin A. White, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, 1849 C Street NW., MS–4642–MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208–1110. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Departmental Manual. A proclamation was issued according to the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 986; 25 U.S.C. 467) for the lands described below. The land was proclaimed to be the Stillaguamish Indian Reservation for the exclusive use of Indians on that reservation who are entitled to reside at the reservation by enrollment or tribal membership. SUMMARY: Stillaguamish Indian Reservation Snohomish County, Washington mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 130–T1143 The South Half of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M., Record of Snohomish County, Washington. Situate in Snohomish County, State of Washington. Containing 20 acres, more or less. 130–T1201 Lot 1 of Snohomish County Short Plat No. PFN96–102231SP recorded under Auditor’s file number 9701215001, being a portion of the Southeast Quarter VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Aug 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M. Situate in the County of Snohomish, State of Washington. Containing 2.30 acres, more or less. 130–T1202 Lot 2 of Snohomish County Short Plat No. PFN96–102231SP recorded under Auditor’s file number 9701215001, being a portion of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M. Situate in the County of Snohomish, State of Washington. Containing 7.52 acres, more or less. 130–T1209 Lot 1 of Leishman Acreage Tracts, according to plat recorded in Volume 34 of plats at page 81, in Snohomish County, Washington; Except the South 2.73 feet thereof. Situate in the County of Snohomish, State of Washington. Containing 3.60 acres, more or less. 130–T1210 The South Half of the South Half of the North Half of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M. Except the East 30 feet as conveyed to Snohomish County for road purposes, deeds recorded under Auditor’s File Number 213314 and 668384, records of Snohomish County, Washington. (Also known as Lot 4, Snohomish County Short Plat No. SP42 (3–83), recorded under Auditor’s File Number 8304220210, records of Snohomish County, Washington) Situate in the County of Snohomish, State of Washington. Containing 4.89 acres, more or less. 130–T1224 Parcel A: The South 2.73 feet of Lot 1, Leishman Acreage Tracts, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Volume 23, of Plats, Page 81, Records of Snohomish County, Washington. Parcel B: Lot 2, Leishman Acreage Tracts, according to the plat thereof, recorded In Volume 23, of Plats, Page 81, Records of Snohomish County, Washington. Parcel C: The East 280 Feet of the South Half of the South Half of the South Half of the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M.; Except the East 30 Feet thereof as conveyed to Snohomish County for road purposes, Deeds recorded under Auditor’s File Number 213314 and 668384, Records of Snohomish County, Washington. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Parcel D: The South Half of the South Half of the South Half of the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M.; Except the East 280 Feet Thereof. Parcel E: The North Half of the South Half of the North Half of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M.; Except the East 30 Feet thereof as conveyed to Snohomish County for road purposes, Deeds recorded under Auditor’s File Number 213314 and 668384, Records of Snohomish County, Washington. (Also Known as Parcel 2 of Boundary Line Adjustment recorded under Auditor’s File Number 200210030055, Records of Snohomish County, Washington). Parcel F: The South Half of the South Half of the North Half of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East, W.M.; Except the East 30 Feet thereof as conveyed to Snohomish County for road purposes, Deeds recorded under Auditor’s File Number 213314 and 668384, Records of Snohomish County, Washington. (Also Known as Parcel 1 of Boundary Line Adjustment recorded under Auditor’s File Number 200210030055, Records of Snohomish County, Washington). Parcel G: The North Half of the North Half of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East W.M. Except the East 30 Feet thereof conveyed to Snohomish County under Auditor’s File Nos. 213314 and 668384 for road purposes. Parcel H: Lot 1 of Short Plat Number Sp 352 (11–83), recorded under Recording Number 8604150304, being a re-record of Recording Number 8603280222, being a Portion of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 5 East W.M., in Snohomish County Washington. All Situate in the County of Snohomish, State of Washington. Containing 18.34 acres, more or less. 130–T1229 Parcel A: The North Half of the East Half of Government Lot 1, Section 5, Township 31 North, Range 5 East, W.M. E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-R-2014-N092; FXRS12610600000-145-FF06R06000]


National Bison Range Complex, Moiese, MT; Environmental 
Assessment for the Proposed Annual Funding Agreement With the 
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

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 
that our draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Annual 
Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai 
Tribes (CSKT) is available. The proposed AFA would allow CSKT to 
design, manage, and implement the biology, visitor services, fire, and 
maintenance program on the National Bison Range Complex. This draft EA 
describes and analyzes four alternatives, including the draft AFA and 
the No Action alternative.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments 
on the draft EA by September 4, 2014. Submit comments by one of the 
methods under ADDRESSES.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by one 
of the following methods.
    Email: bisonrange@fws.gov. Include ``NBR AFA'' in the subject line.
    U.S. Mail: Laura King, Planning Division, National Bison Range 
Complex, 58355 Bison Range Road, Moiese, MT 59824.
    Document Request: A copy of the 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://fws.gov/bisonrange.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura King, by phone at 406-644-2211, 
ext. 210, or by email at laura_king@fws.gov; or Toni Griffin, by phone 
at 303-236-4378, or by email at toni_griffin@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    The National Bison Range Complex (refuge complex) is managed by the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge 
System (Refuge System). The refuge complex is located in Flathead, 
Lake, and Sanders

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Counties in northwestern Montana, with the refuge headquarters in 
Moiese, Montana. The refuge complex consists of the following units of 
the Refuge System: The National Bison Range, Pablo National Wildlife 
Refuge (Pablo Refuge), Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge (Ninepipe 
Refuge), Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge, and the Northwest Montana 
Wetland Management District (WMD). The units included in the proposed 
AFA are the National Bison Range, the Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges, and 
nine waterfowl production areas in the Lake County portion of the WMD. 
All of these units are in Lake and Sanders Counties, and within the 
boundaries of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' (CSKT's) 
Flathead Indian Reservation.
    The National Bison Range was established in 1908, to conserve the 
herd of bison presented by the American Bison Society. It also has a 
purpose as a refuge and breeding ground for birds. In addition, Pablo 
and Ninepipe Refuges were established as refuge and breeding areas for 
native birds. The United States owns all the lands within the refuge 
complex except for Ninepipe and Pablo Refuges, which are on tribal 
trust lands owned by CSKT. In 1948, the Service acquired a refuge 
easement from CSKT for the right to manage these lands and waters as 
part of the Refuge System. Including the nine waterfowl production 
areas in the WMD, the area being considered under the proposed action 
encompasses 26,604 acres made up of a variety of wildlife habitats from 
wetlands, lakes, and streams, to intermountain bunchgrass prairies 
interspersed with forested lands. The refuge complex supports a variety 
of wildlife species, including the plains bison, bighorn sheep, black 
bears, and migratory Federal trust species, including grassland birds 
and shorebirds that are becoming imperiled as habitats decline across 
their ranges. Over 205 species of birds use these lands for breeding, 
migration, and nesting.
    The beauty of the Mission Valley and the refuge complex brings over 
200,000 annual visitors from all over the world to view and photograph 
wildlife. Visitors come to explore the visitor center, drive the 19-
mile-long Red Sleep Auto Tour Route, fish and hunt, and participate in 
refuge complex education and interpretation programs.
    The CSKT is a Federally-recognized Indian Tribe represented by its 
Tribal Council, participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program 
established by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) under the 
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S.C. 450-
450n, as amended by section 204 of the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 
1994, codified at 25 U.S.C. 458aa-458hh. The CSKT is comprised of the 
Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d'Oreille, and the Kootenai Tribes, whose 
home is the 1.3-million-acre Flathead Indian Reservation in 
northwestern Montana. The Tribal Self-Governance Act gives qualifying 
tribes the authority to request and enter into negotiations for AFAs 
with non-BIA Department of the Interior agencies, authorizing the tribe 
to conduct programs, services, functions, or activities that have a 
special geographical, historical, or cultural significance to the 
tribe. We have the authority to decline a proposal made by any tribe, 
and we may not transfer any positions or duties that are considered 
inherently Federal.

Background

    In November 2011, CSKT requested negotiations for a third AFA with 
the Service that would allow them to manage and implement the biology, 
fire, maintenance, and visitor services programs on the National Bison 
Range Complex. Negotiations for a draft AFA were concluded in March 
2012. In May 2012, the Service initiated an EA process to evaluate the 
environmental consequences of this draft AFA. The public was notified 
about the EA process through statewide media outlets and the refuge 
complex Web site. As part of this public scoping process, the public 
reviewed the draft AFA and provided comments. We prepared this EA to 
document our analysis of alternatives. Implementation of any of the 
alternatives would involve changes to the staff and administration of 
the National Bison Range Complex, so we developed a range of 
alternatives, with different levels of program management by the CSKT 
and various staff configurations. In this EA, we describe in detail the 
following alternatives and their expected consequences:

 Alternative A--No Action
 Alternative B--Draft AFA (Proposed Action)
 Alternative C--AFA for Fire and Visitor Programs
 Alternative D--AFA same as Alternative C, plus Addition of 
More CSKT Staff in All Programs
 Alternative E--AFA same as Alternative D, plus District 
Programs With Combined Service and CSKT Staff in All Programs

AFA Alternatives We Are Considering

Alternative A--Current Management (No Action)

    In accordance with approved Service plans and policies and under 
the supervision and leadership of the refuge manager, our employees 
would plan, design, and conduct all work on the refuge complex, 
augmented as needed by contractors, volunteers, and cooperators such as 
universities and researchers. We would keep the nine current permanent 
positions and convert the two term positions (fish and wildlife 
biologist and maintenance worker) back to permanent status. Our program 
leaders in the biology, visitor services, and maintenance programs 
would continue to recruit and supervise or lead the respective staff in 
their programs. A GS-9 outdoor recreation planner may be utilized to 
help develop programs and projects and to manage the visitor center for 
the 200,000 visitors that come to the refuge complex each year, 
bringing the staff to 12 permanent employees. We would continue 
targeted recruiting of CSKT members and descendants for seasonal 
positions, vacated permanent positions, and the Federal Pathways 
Programs for students, which would give individuals the experience and 
opportunity to qualify for careers with us or other agencies.
    We would continue to coordinate with CSKT as the entity responsible 
for wildlife management throughout the surrounding Flathead Indian 
Reservation and as the owner of the lands on which the Ninepipe and 
Pablo Refuges are situated and other adjoining tribal lands. Our 
informal and formal cooperation with CSKT would continue on issues such 
as invasive plant species control, fire management, trumpeter swan 
restoration, habitat management and native plant restoration, and 
grizzly bear and gray wolf management on the reservation.
    Under the leadership of our supervisory wildlife biologist, we 
would continue to plan, design, and manage all biological programs to 
support and accomplish the purposes for which each unit of the refuge 
complex was established. We would continue to set annual priorities, 
designing and monitoring short- and long-term projects to better 
understand the resources of the refuge complex and address management 
concerns. Inventory and monitoring programs would continue to focus on 
Federal trust species and the biological resources that support those 
species. The biological staff would develop or update our long-range 
management plans such as the 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan 
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the habitat management plan. We would develop these documents with the 
full involvement of various partners CSKT and the State of Montana.
    The quality of the forage, including the spread of invasive plant 
species and the effects of other grazing animals and insects, would 
continue to be monitored and managed on the Bison Range to improve 
range health for bison forage while providing a diversity of habitats 
for other native wildlife. We would continue to inventory and monitor 
infestations of invasive plant species and develop and apply treatment 
strategies, using an integrated approach of chemical, biological, 
cultural, and mechanical methods. We would continue to coordinate with 
CSKT and other partners in Lake and Sanders Counties, to develop a 
treatment strategy that identifies priorities, new invaders, and 
treatment areas that would have a greater effect on a larger landscape.
    We would coordinate water level management on the Ninepipe and 
Pablo Refuges and waterfowl production areas with CSKT and the Flathead 
Irrigation District. We would use water level management structures to 
optimize nesting, feeding, and brood-rearing habitat for waterfowl and 
other waterbirds.
    Bird surveys, including surveys of waterfowl, neotropical migrants, 
and resident birds, would continue to be designed and carried out by 
our staff or coordinated with other agencies such as the CSKT Division 
of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Conservation (FWRC). We would 
conduct annual big game counts, per recommendations in the Bison 
Range's Fenced Animal Management Plan.
    We would continue to monitor bison health and genetic integrity in 
coordination with the Service's Wildlife Health Office (WHO). We would 
monitor the health of our bison herd, including conducting necropsies 
to prevent the spread of disease. Our maintenance and biological staff 
would plan and conduct the annual bison roundup to collect genetic 
information and monitor herd health.
    Under the leadership of our supervisory outdoor recreation planner, 
we would continue to plan and execute all visitor services programs, 
which would focus on the mission of the Service, refuge management 
programs, cultural importance of the refuge complex, and our Federal 
trust species such as bison and migratory birds, other resident 
wildlife, and their native habitat needs. We would continue to provide 
hunting and fishing opportunities on specific units within the refuge 
complex, following Federal, State, and reservation laws. We would 
continue to develop and provide environmental education and 
interpretive programs to local schools and conduct outreach through 
local media and online resources to educate the public about the refuge 
complex, the Service, and the Refuge System. Our supervisory outdoor 
recreation planner would be responsible for developing long-range 
management plans, including the 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan 
and the Visitor Services Plan for the refuge complex.
    Under the direction of our lead maintenance employee, we would 
continue to be responsible for all projects and programs associated 
with the maintenance program, including the maintenance and repair of 
all facilities, roads, equipment, and vehicles, to provide dependable, 
safe, and secure operating conditions for all programs. Our maintenance 
staff would continue to assist with habitat management projects, such 
as invasive species control, haying and grazing programs, habitat 
restoration, and water level management. Our maintenance staff would 
also continue to be responsible for the movement of bison for grazing 
management and the annual roundup activities necessary for monitoring 
herd health and excessing animals. Using horses, our maintenance staff 
would relocate bison every 2 to 3 weeks (April through September) to 
manage refuge habitats and provide optimal grazing opportunities. They 
would also continue to lead the operations needed to move bison through 
the corral system during the annual roundup, upgrading and maintaining 
this system as needed. The two highest graded maintenance employees 
would continue to train other employees, including management and 
biology staff, on how to safely assist with these operations.

Alternative B--Proposed Action

    We would execute and carry out the draft AFA negotiated with CSKT 
during 2011-2012 (appendix A). CSKT would be responsible for designing, 
implementing, and managing the biology, fire, maintenance, and visitor 
services programs, as described in alternative A, in accordance with 
approved Service plans and policies. Three of the 11 current Service 
employees--refuge manager, deputy refuge manager, and law enforcement 
officer--would remain employed by us. Remaining staff would be assigned 
or transferred to CSKT. Five permanent employees--a GS-12 supervisory 
wildlife biologist, GS-9 range conservationist, WG-9 equipment 
operator, WG-8 maintenance worker, and GS-7 range (fire) technician--
would be asked to sign Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreements 
assigning them to work for CSKT. IPA assignments are voluntary, and 
must be agreed to by our employees. The GS-11 supervisory outdoor 
recreation planner position would remain with the Service until that 
employee transfers or retires. At that time, the position and funding 
would be given to CSKT for recruitment of its own employee. Two 4-year 
term positions--a WG-7 maintenance worker and a GS-9 fish and wildlife 
biologist--would not be renewed. These positions would be converted to 
permanent positions and their salaries and duties would be transferred 
to CSKT for recruitment. Providing CSKT with these 8 permanent 
positions would allow CSKT to manage and implement refuge programs, 
including supervising all program leaders and support staff and 
recruiting and supervising volunteers.
    We would provide funding to CSKT for recruitment of two to six 
seasonal employees to support all refuge complex programs and a GS-11 
(equivalent) wildlife refuge specialist. The wildlife refuge specialist 
would be supervised by the manager of the CSKT FWRC, but would receive 
day-to-day direction from either our refuge manager or deputy refuge 
manager. The wildlife refuge specialist would supervise all CSKT and 
IPA Service staff, directing the day-to-day work of employees and 
volunteers in the biology, fire, maintenance, and visitor services 
programs. In the absence of the CSKT wildlife refuge specialist, a 
CSKT-designated official would fulfill these duties.
    A refuge complex leadership team would be formed to develop annual 
work plans, set work priorities, address performance and conduct 
issues, prepare periodic status reports, and resolve disputes. The 
leadership team would include our refuge manager and deputy refuge 
manager, the CSKT wildlife refuge specialist, and the manager of the 
CSKT FWRC. The team would meet as needed to discuss management plans 
and address issues.

Alternative C

    We would negotiate an AFA with CSKT authorizing it to conduct the 
fire management program and collaborate on all aspects of the visitor 
services program. All work of the refuge complex, as described in 
alternative A, would be accomplished under the supervision and 
leadership of our refuge manager or deputy refuge manager and our 
program leaders in accordance with approved Service plans and policies.

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The Service would retain all current Federal positions and convert the 
two term positions--fish and wildlife biologist and maintenance 
worker--back to permanent status.
    CSKT Fire Management Division staff would implement the fire 
management program. The Division (under the Tribes' Forestry 
Department) is responsible for wildland fire management, including fire 
preparedness, wildfire suppression, and application of prescribed fire 
on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We would provide funding to CSKT to 
recruit a GS-9 (equivalent) outdoor recreation planner and up to four 
seasonal CSKT employees to implement the visitor services program, 
including operating the visitor center and greeting and orienting 
visitors. The CSKT outdoor recreation planner would supervise these 
seasonal CSKT employees and work alongside our supervisory outdoor 
recreation planner. They would collaborate on interpretive and 
education programs and on providing visitors with information on the 
resources, management, history, and cultural significance of the refuge 
complex.

Alternative D

    In addition to the fire operations and visitor services programs as 
described in alternative C, CSKT would receive funding to recruit up to 
three more seasonal employees (in addition to the four seasonal visitor 
services staff). These added CSKT employees would support the biology 
and maintenance programs. Our Service leaders would train and lead all 
CSKT staff in all programs. The long-term objective would be to 
transfer more of the permanent positions to CSKT over time, through 
attrition and negotiation.
    All work of the refuge complex, as described in alternative A, 
would be accomplished under the supervision and leadership of our 
refuge manager or deputy refuge manager and our program leaders, in 
accordance with approved Service plans and policies. The approach would 
be to provide the opportunity and time needed for the new CSKT 
employees to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to fully 
perform the activities of permanent positions. In addition to the 
refuge manager, deputy refuge manager, and law enforcement officer, the 
Service would retain the program leader or highest graded positions in 
the biology, maintenance, and visitor services program. We would also 
retain the second highest graded maintenance worker. These seven 
positions could continue refuge programs and train new employees, 
including new CSKT staff, regardless the status of an AFA. The current 
term positions (fish and wildlife biologist and maintenance worker) 
would be converted to permanent. Four positions could transfer to CSKT 
(after being vacated through transfer, retirement, or resignation) 
including a GS-9 (equivalent) fish and wildlife biologist, GS-9 
(equivalent) range conservationist, GS-7 (equivalent) range technician, 
and WG-7 (equivalent) maintenance worker. As these permanent positions 
were vacated, our refuge manager would renegotiate with CSKT to decide 
whether or not to transfer them to CSKT. Our employees would work 
closely with CSKT seasonal staff to provide the training and experience 
needed to support the operations and programs of the refuge complex and 
to help them compete for permanent positions with us or with CSKT.

Alternative E

    In addition to transferring fire and visitor services operations to 
CSKT, as described in alternatives C and D, this AFA would add more 
CSKT staff positions, expanding our management capabilities on the 
refuge complex. CSKT-recruited staff would be involved in all 
operations on the refuge complex, particularly on the Ninepipe and 
Pablo Refuges and on the nine waterfowl production areas in the WMD. 
All work of the refuge complex, as described in alternative A, would be 
accomplished under the supervision and leadership of our refuge manager 
or deputy refuge manager and our program leaders, in accordance with 
approved Service plans and policies. Under this AFA, we would provide 
funding to the CSKT to recruit two new employees to help with the 
management of the WMD, including a GS-11 (equivalent) wildlife refuge 
specialist and a WG-6 (equivalent) maintenance worker. The manager of 
the CSKT FWRC would supervise these employees.
    CSKT would also be provided funding to recruit three additional 
permanent employees that would support complex-wide programs, including 
a WG-6 (equivalent) maintenance worker, GS-5 (equivalent) biological 
science technician, a GS-9 (equivalent) range conservationist, and an 
average of two to six temporary employees (depending on annual project 
funding) in the biology, visitor services, and maintenance programs. 
Our refuge manager and program leaders would be involved in the 
recruitment and selection of all CSKT staff, working collaboratively 
with both agencies' personnel or human resources offices. Initially, we 
would keep nine employees, working closely with the CSKT staff to 
provide the training and experience needed to support the operations 
and programs of the refuge complex and safely manage our bison herd. 
Through negotiation after transfer, retirement, or resignation of our 
in-place employees, we may transfer up to three more positions to the 
CSKT, including a GS-9 (equivalent) fish and wildlife biologist, WG-7 
(equivalent) maintenance worker, and GS-7 (equivalent) range 
technician.

Next Steps

    After the public provides comments on the draft EA, we 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, along with information 
gathered during public review, and will select a preferred alternative. 
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. 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 become the 
proposed AFA between the Service and CSKT. This proposed AFA will be 
sent to Congress for a 90-day review prior to being signed and 
implemented.

Public Availability of Comments

    All public comment information provided voluntarily by mail or by 
phone (e.g., names, addresses, comments) 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 through1508, 43 CFR part 46); other 
appropriate Federal laws and regulations; Executive Order 12996; the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended; 
and Service policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and 
regulations.


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    Dated: June 6, 2014.
Matt Hogan,
Acting, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U. S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
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