Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge, Accomack County, VA; Record of Decision for Final Environmental Impact Statement, 947-948 [2016-176]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 2016 / Notices Vermont 4 Buildings Appalachian National Scenic Trail 563 Bartlett Brook Rd. Pomfret VT 05067 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201540006 Status: Excess Directions: Bartlett Barn, Bartlett Calf House, Milkhouse, Bartlett Sugarhouse Comments: Documented deficiencies: Structurally unsound; extremely dilapidated conditions; clear threat to physical safety Reasons: Extensive deterioration [FR Doc. 2015–33189 Filed 1–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R5–R–2015–N216; BAC–4333–99] Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge, Accomack County, VA; Record of Decision for Final Environmental Impact Statement Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; final comprehensive conservation plan and record of decision. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and record of decision (ROD) for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Wallops Island NWR. We prepared this ROD pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations. The Service is furnishing this notice to advise the public and other agencies of our decision and of the availability of the ROD. DATES: The ROD was signed on November 6, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the final CCP and ROD by any of the following methods. Agency Web site: Download a copy of the document at http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Chincoteague/what_we_do/ conservation.html. Email: Send requests to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Chincoteague NWR’’ in the subject line of your email. U.S. Mail: Thomas Bonetti, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035. In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Visit during regular business hours at refuge asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:40 Jan 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 headquarters, 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Bonetti, Natural Resource Planner, 413–253–8307 (phone); northeastplanning@fws.gov (email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Chincoteague NWR and Wallops Island NWR. We began this process through a notice of intent in the Federal Register (75 FR 57056) on September 17, 2010. For more about the initial process and the history of the refuges, see that notice. On May 15, 2014, we announced the release of the draft CCP/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the public and requested comments in a notice of availability in the Federal Register (79 FR 27906). We subsequently extended the public comment period in another notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 41300) on July 15, 2014. We released the final CCP/EIS for public review on September 11, 2015 (80 FR 54799). In the draft and final CCP/EIS, we evaluated three alternatives for managing the refuge and completed a thorough analysis of the environmental, social, and economic considerations of each alternative. Based on comments received on the draft CCP/EIS, we made minor modifications to alternative B, the Service’s preferred alternative in the final CCP/EIS. During the public review period for the final CCP/EIS, we did not receive any comments that raised significant new issues, resulted in changes to our analysis, or warranted any further changes to alternative B. In accordance with NEPA (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements, this notice announces our decision to select alternative B for implementation and the availability of the ROD and final CCP for Chincoteague NWR and Wallops Island NWR. The final CCP will guide our management and administration of the refuges over the next 15 years. 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 NWR. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge purposes and goals and contributing to the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System). CCPs should be PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 947 consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies, as well as respond to key issues and public concerns. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years, in accordance with the Refuge Administration Act. CCP Alternatives During the scoping phase of the planning process, we identified issues and concerns based on input from the public, State or Federal agencies, other Service programs, and our planning team. We developed refuge management alternatives to address issues; help achieve refuge goals, objectives, and purposes; and support the Refuge System mission. Our draft CCP/EIS (79 FR 27906) and final CCP/EIS (80 FR 54799) fully analyze three alternatives for the future management of the refuge: (1) Alternative A, Current Management; (2) Alternative B, Balanced Approach; and (3) Alternative C, Reduced Disturbance. Alternative A satisfies the NEPA requirement of a ‘‘No Action’’ alternative. Both the draft and final plans identify alternative B as the Service-preferred alternative. Please refer to the final CCP/EIS for more details on each of the alternatives. Basis for Selected Alternative Our decision is to adopt alternative B, as described in the final CCP. We provide a brief summary of our decision below. For the full basis of our decision, please see the ROD (see ADDRESSES). The decision to adopt alternative B for implementation was made after considering the follow factors: (1) The impacts identified in Chapter 4, Environmental Consequences, of the draft and final CCP/EIS; (2) The results of public and agency comments; (3) How well the alternative achieves the stated purpose and need for a CCP and the seven goals presented in the final CCP/EIS chapter 1; (4) How well the alternative addresses the relevant issues, concerns, and opportunities identified in the planning process; and (5) Other relevant factors, including fulfilling the purposes for which the refuge was established, contributing to the mission and goals of the Refuge System, and statutory and regulatory guidance. Compared to the other two alternatives, alternative B includes the E:\FR\FM\08JAN1.SGM 08JAN1 948 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 2016 / Notices suite of actions that best meet the factors above using the most balanced and integrated approach, and with due consideration for both the biological and human environment. Alternative B will best fulfill the CCP’s biological goals, by managing for particular Federal trust species and habitats that are of regional conservation concern. It clearly defines which Federal trust species and habitat will be a management priority in both uplands and wetlands, and details specific objectives and strategies for their management. The refuge’s establishment purposes emphasize the conservation of migratory birds; thus, protecting the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of Chincoteague NWR and its habitat and wildlife, particularly migratory birds, is paramount. In summary, we selected alternative B for implementation because it best meets the factors identified above when compared to alternatives A and C. Alternative B provides the greatest number of opportunities for Chincoteague NWR and Wallops Island NWR to contribute to the conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitat in the Region, will increase the capacity of the refuges to meet their purposes and contribute to the Refuge System mission, and will provide the means to better respond to changing ecological conditions within the surrounding environment. Public Availability of Documents You can view or obtain the final CCP and ROD as indicated under ADDRESSES. Dated: December 9, 2015. Wendi Weber, Regional Director, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2016–176 Filed 1–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [156A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Mashpee Wampanoag Bureau of Indian Affairs. Notice of Reservation Proclamation. AGENCY: ACTION: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 321.34 acres, more or less, as the initial reservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on December 30, 2015. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:40 Jan 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 Ms. Sharlene Round Face, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, MS–4642–MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, at (202) 208– 3615. 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. 984; 25 U.S.C. 467) for the lands described below. The land was proclaimed to be the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The approximate acreages described below are those identified in Attachment I of the Record of Decision signed by the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs on September 18, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Parcel 1—213 Sampsons Mill Road (Assessor’s Parcel 63–10–0–R) Description of land in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, County of Barnstable, Town of Mashpee on the east side of Quippish Road, and the south side of Sampsons Mill Road more particularly shown as Lot 6 on a plan entitled ‘‘Plan of Land in Mashpee, Mass. Jill Slaymaker in Mashpee, Ma. Scale 1″ = 100′, Date March 22, 1985’’ prepared by Edward E. Kelley Reg. Land Surveyor and recorded in Barnstable County Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 401 Page 97. Bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a concrete bound at the intersection of Quippish Road and Linwood Street and the southwesterly corner of the parcel herein described; Thence N 01°28′19″ W along the easterly sideline of Quippish Road a distance of 258.98 feet to a concrete bound; Thence N 14°02′10″ W along the easterly sideline of Quippish Road on a distance of 209.57 feet to a concrete bound; Thence N 20°57′57″ W along the easterly sideline of Quippish Road a distance of 266.53 feet to a point near a concrete bound disturbed at the land now or formerly of Willowbend Community Trust; Thence N 68°19′49″ E along land now or formerly of Willowbend Community Trust a distance of 335.86 feet to a concrete bound; Thence N 18°23′09″ W along land now or formerly of Willowbend Community Trust a distance of 391.81 feet to a concrete bound at the easterly sideline of Quippish Road; Thence N 18°23′09″ W along the easterly sideline of Quippish Road a PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 distance of 355.84 feet to a mag nail set at the southerly sideline of Sampsons Mill Road; Thence S 70°51′50″ E along the southerly sideline of Sampsons Mill Road a distance of 528.32 feet to a concrete bound at the point of curvature; Thence easterly along the southerly sideline of Sampsons Mill Road a curve to the left having a radius of 191.36 feet, an arc distance of 132.25 feet, a chord bearing N 89°20′15″ E and a chord length of 129.63 feet to point of tangency; Thence N 69°32′13″ E along the southerly sideline of Sampsons Mill Road a distance of 195.68 feet to a point of curvature; Thence easterly along the southerly sideline of Sampsons Mill Road a curve to the right having a radius of 171.59 feet, an arc distance of 120.46 feet, a chord bearing N 89°38′54″ E and a chord length of 118.00 feet to point of tangency; Thence S 70°14′27″ E along the southerly sideline of Sampsons Mill Road a distance of 114.00 feet to the medial line of the Santuit River; Thence numerous courses along the medial line of Santuit River; Thence S 26°12′29″ W along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 21.27 feet to a point; Thence S 06°37′27″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 98.31 feet to a point; Thence S 49°39′30″ W along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 40.85 feet to a point; Thence S 38°48′36″ W along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 43.45 feet to point; Thence S 30°48′45″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 27.64 feet to a point; Thence S 53°29′40″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 31.73 feet to a point; Thence S 29°39′25″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 73.97 feet to a point; Thence S 05°07′08″ W along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 81.61 feet to a point; Thence S 19°19′45″ W along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 55.78 feet to a point; Thence S 14°31′54″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 146.35 feet to a point; Thence S 27°27′03″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 94.14 feet to a point; Thence S 51°23′03″ E along the medial line of the Santuit River a distance of 56.47 feet to a point; E:\FR\FM\08JAN1.SGM 08JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R5-R-2015-N216; BAC-4333-99]


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Wallops Island National 
Wildlife Refuge, Accomack County, VA; Record of Decision for Final 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; final comprehensive conservation plan 
and record of decision.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and 
record of decision (ROD) for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge 
(NWR) and Wallops Island NWR. We prepared this ROD pursuant to the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing 
regulations. The Service is furnishing this notice to advise the public 
and other agencies of our decision and of the availability of the ROD.

DATES: The ROD was signed on November 6, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may view or obtain copies of the final CCP and ROD by 
any of the following methods.
    Agency Web site: Download a copy of the document at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Chincoteague/what_we_do/conservation.html.
    Email: Send requests to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Include 
``Chincoteague NWR'' in the subject line of your email.
    U.S. Mail: Thomas Bonetti, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035.
    In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Visit during regular business hours at 
refuge headquarters, 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Bonetti, Natural Resource 
Planner, 413-253-8307 (phone); northeastplanning@fws.gov (email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for Chincoteague NWR 
and Wallops Island NWR. We began this process through a notice of 
intent in the Federal Register (75 FR 57056) on September 17, 2010. For 
more about the initial process and the history of the refuges, see that 
notice. On May 15, 2014, we announced the release of the draft CCP/
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the public and requested 
comments in a notice of availability in the Federal Register (79 FR 
27906). We subsequently extended the public comment period in another 
notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 41300) on July 15, 2014. We 
released the final CCP/EIS for public review on September 11, 2015 (80 
FR 54799).
    In the draft and final CCP/EIS, we evaluated three alternatives for 
managing the refuge and completed a thorough analysis of the 
environmental, social, and economic considerations of each alternative. 
Based on comments received on the draft CCP/EIS, we made minor 
modifications to alternative B, the Service's preferred alternative in 
the final CCP/EIS. During the public review period for the final CCP/
EIS, we did not receive any comments that raised significant new 
issues, resulted in changes to our analysis, or warranted any further 
changes to alternative B.
    In accordance with NEPA (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements, this 
notice announces our decision to select alternative B for 
implementation and the availability of the ROD and final CCP for 
Chincoteague NWR and Wallops Island NWR. The final CCP will guide our 
management and administration of the refuges over the next 15 years.

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 NWR. The purpose for developing a CCP is to 
provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge 
purposes and goals and contributing to the mission of the National 
Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System). CCPs should be consistent with 
sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal 
mandates, and our policies, as well as respond to key issues and public 
concerns. In addition to outlining broad management direction on 
conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife-
dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including 
opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and 
photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will 
review and update the CCP at least every 15 years, in accordance with 
the Refuge Administration Act.

CCP Alternatives

    During the scoping phase of the planning process, we identified 
issues and concerns based on input from the public, State or Federal 
agencies, other Service programs, and our planning team. We developed 
refuge management alternatives to address issues; help achieve refuge 
goals, objectives, and purposes; and support the Refuge System mission. 
Our draft CCP/EIS (79 FR 27906) and final CCP/EIS (80 FR 54799) fully 
analyze three alternatives for the future management of the refuge: (1) 
Alternative A, Current Management; (2) Alternative B, Balanced 
Approach; and (3) Alternative C, Reduced Disturbance. Alternative A 
satisfies the NEPA requirement of a ``No Action'' alternative. Both the 
draft and final plans identify alternative B as the Service-preferred 
alternative. Please refer to the final CCP/EIS for more details on each 
of the alternatives.

Basis for Selected Alternative

    Our decision is to adopt alternative B, as described in the final 
CCP. We provide a brief summary of our decision below. For the full 
basis of our decision, please see the ROD (see ADDRESSES).
    The decision to adopt alternative B for implementation was made 
after considering the follow factors: (1) The impacts identified in 
Chapter 4, Environmental Consequences, of the draft and final CCP/EIS; 
(2) The results of public and agency comments; (3) How well the 
alternative achieves the stated purpose and need for a CCP and the 
seven goals presented in the final CCP/EIS chapter 1; (4) How well the 
alternative addresses the relevant issues, concerns, and opportunities 
identified in the planning process; and (5) Other relevant factors, 
including fulfilling the purposes for which the refuge was established, 
contributing to the mission and goals of the Refuge System, and 
statutory and regulatory guidance.
    Compared to the other two alternatives, alternative B includes the

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suite of actions that best meet the factors above using the most 
balanced and integrated approach, and with due consideration for both 
the biological and human environment. Alternative B will best fulfill 
the CCP's biological goals, by managing for particular Federal trust 
species and habitats that are of regional conservation concern. It 
clearly defines which Federal trust species and habitat will be a 
management priority in both uplands and wetlands, and details specific 
objectives and strategies for their management. The refuge's 
establishment purposes emphasize the conservation of migratory birds; 
thus, protecting the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental 
health of Chincoteague NWR and its habitat and wildlife, particularly 
migratory birds, is paramount.
    In summary, we selected alternative B for implementation because it 
best meets the factors identified above when compared to alternatives A 
and C. Alternative B provides the greatest number of opportunities for 
Chincoteague NWR and Wallops Island NWR to contribute to the 
conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitat in the Region, will 
increase the capacity of the refuges to meet their purposes and 
contribute to the Refuge System mission, and will provide the means to 
better respond to changing ecological conditions within the surrounding 
environment.

Public Availability of Documents

    You can view or obtain the final CCP and ROD as indicated under 
ADDRESSES.

    Dated: December 9, 2015.
Wendi Weber,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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