Notice of Intent to Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan; Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, Montana, 22844-22846 [2017-10111]

Download as PDF 22844 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 95 / Thursday, May 18, 2017 / Notices Introduction The notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct planning on this refuge and (2) to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of additional issues to consider during development of the CCP. Through the CCP, we intend to evaluate how we will manage NBR. Participation in the planning process will be encouraged and facilitated by various means, including news releases and public meetings. Notification of all such meetings will be announced in the local press and on the NBR Web site. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose of a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Each unit of the NWRS was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the NWRS mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS. We will conduct environmental review pursuant to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:43 May 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), by preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS). The Service intends to invite the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) to participate as a cooperating agency as provided by 40 CFR 1508.5. We will prepare a CCP and EIS which will describe how we will manage NBR over the next 15 years. To facilitate sound planning and environmental assessment, we intend to gather information necessary for the preparation of the CCP/EIS and obtain suggestions and information from other agencies, municipalities, and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the CCP/EIS. We will separately consider CCPs for Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Lake County Wetland Management District and the waterfowl production areas therein, which are also part of the National Bison Range Complex. The National Bison Range In 1908, the first purchase of land for the exclusive protection of wildlife occurred when Congress appropriated money for the establishment of NBR. The overall mission of the NBR is to maintain a representative herd of bison, under reasonably natural conditions, to ensure the preservation of the species for continued public enjoyment. The NBR is 18,800 acres and supports between 350 and 500 bison. The National Bison Range lies entirely within the boundary of the Flathead Indian Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Members of the CSKT have a cultural, historical, or geographic connection to the land and resources of the NBR. Additional Information The mission for NBR, and purposes for which it was established, are used to develop and prioritize management goals and objectives within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to guide which public uses will occur on the Refuge. The planning process is a way for the Service and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives for the best possible conservation efforts of this important wildlife habitat while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with the Refuges’ establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. We will conduct a CCP process that will provide opportunity for tribal, State, and local governments; Federal and State agencies; organizations; and the public to participate in issue scoping and public PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment. We are requesting input on issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of NBR. 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. Dated: April 26, 2017. Anna Munoz, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, Colorado. [FR Doc. 2017–10110 Filed 5–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R6–R–2017–N072; FXRS12610600000–178–FF06R00000] Notice of Intent to Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan; Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, Montana Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to gather information necessary to prepare a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated Environmental Assessment for Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, all of which are units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The three Refuges and Wetland Management Districts are all part of the National Bison Range Complex. Elsewhere in this Federal Register, we are also publishing a revised notice of intent to prepare a draft CCP for the National Bison Range. We are accepting comments on these two notices simultaneously. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received or postmarked on or before June 19, 2017. ADDRESSES: If you wish to comment on the scope of the Comprehensive SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 95 / Thursday, May 18, 2017 / Notices jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conservation Plan/Environmental Assessment, you may submit your comments by any of the following methods: D Email: scoping_pablo_ninepipe@ fws.gov. D U.S. Mail or Hand-Delivery: Toni Griffin, Refuge Planner, NBR CCP, 134 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO 80228. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Griffin, Refuge Planner, by mail (see ADDRESSES), or by telephone at (303) 236–4378. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to gather information necessary to prepare a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated Environmental Assessment (EA) for Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, all of which are units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The three Refuges and Wetland Management Districts are all part of the National Bison Range Complex. Elsewhere in this Federal Register, we are also publishing a revised notice of intent to prepare a draft CCP for the National Bison Range. We are accepting comments on these two notices simultaneously. Introduction The CCP for Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, will describe the desired future conditions of the units and provide long-range guidance and management direction to Refuge staff on how best to achieve refuge purposes. The notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct planning on this refuge complex, and (2) to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of additional issues to consider during development of the CCP. Through the CCP, the Service intends to evaluate how it will manage Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts. This notice is in compliance with Service Refuge Planning policy to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process. Participation in the planning process will be encouraged and facilitated by various means, including news releases and public meetings. Notification of all such meetings will be announced in the local press and on the NBR Web site: https://www.fws.gov/ refuge/national_bison_range/. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:43 May 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 Background The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose of a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Each unit of the NWRS was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the NWRS mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS. We will conduct environmental review pursuant to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), by preparing an environmental assessment (EA). The Service intends to consult with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) during this process. The Service will prepare a CCP and EA that will describe how it will manage the units over the next 15 years. To facilitate sound planning and environmental assessment, the Service intends to gather information necessary for the preparation of the CCP/EA and obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the CCP/EA. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22845 History of the Refuges and Wetland Management Districts Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges were each established as easement refuges in 1921 ‘‘as a refuge and breeding ground for native birds,’’ (Executive Order 3503, Ninepipe; Executive Order 3504, Pablo). Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 24, 1999, and became the 519th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It was established for use by migratory birds, conservation of fish and wildlife resources, fish and wildlife oriented recreation, and the conservation of endangered or threatened species. Finally, the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts are lands acquired ‘‘as Waterfowl Production Areas’’ subject to ‘‘all of the provisions of [the Migratory Bird Conservation Act . . . except the inviolate sanctuary provisions’’ (Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, 16 U.S.C. 718). Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges, and the portion of the Wetland Management District in Lake County, Montana, lie within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Members of the CSKT have a cultural, historical, or geographic connection to the land and resources of the Range. Additional Information The mission and purposes for which the units were established are used to develop and prioritize management goals and objectives within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to guide which public uses will occur on the units of the Complex. The planning process is a way for the Service and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives for the best possible conservation efforts of this important wildlife habitat, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with the Refuges’ establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. We will conduct a comprehensive conservation planning process that will provide opportunity for tribal, State, and local governments; Federal and State agencies; organizations; and the public to participate in issue scoping and public comment. We are requesting input for issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts. E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 22846 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 95 / Thursday, May 18, 2017 / Notices 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. Dated: April 25, 2017. Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, Colorado. [FR Doc. 2017–10007 Filed 5–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Belarus, Italy, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom; Determinations DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [178A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] record 1 Notice of Service Area Designation Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of the designation of Kern County, California, as a service area for the Tejon Indian Tribe for purposes of operating the BIA financial assistance and/or social services programs as authorized under 25 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 20. DATES: This service area designation is effective as of May 18, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Evangeline Campbell, Chief, Division of Human Services, Office of Indian Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Telephone (202) 513–7622, email address: evangeline.campbell@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tejon Indian Tribe submitted to BIA a request with supporting documentation to designate Kern County, California, as its service area under 25 CFR 20.201. The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs has approved the request based on an evaluation of the information provided. This notice designates Kern County, in the State of California, as the service area appropriate for the provision of BIA financial assistance and/or social services for the Tejon Indian Tribe. The part 20 regulations have full force and effect when a tribe operates the BIA financial assistance and/or social services in the service area location. However, the Tejon Indian Tribe is not SUMMARY: jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: May 1, 2017. Michael S. Black, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–573–574 and 731–TA–1349–1358 (Preliminary)] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P 13:43 May 17, 2017 Authority: 25 CFR 20.201. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [FR Doc. 2017–10111 Filed 5–17–17; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 authorized to contract for or operate the Tribal Work Experience Program (TWEP) (25 CFR 20.320—20.323) and the Disaster Assistance program (25 CFR 20.327 and 20.328), as both programs remain unfunded by Congress. Jkt 241001 On the basis of the developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of wire rod from Belarus, Italy, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, provided for in subheadings 7213.91.30, 7213.91.45, 7213.99.00, 7227.20.00, and 7227.90.60 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and imports of wire rod that are alleged to be subsidized by the government of Turkey.2 The Commission also determines that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of wire rod that are alleged to be subsidized by the government of Italy. Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from 1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). 2 Commissioner F. Scott Kieff not participating. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. Background On March 28, 2017, Charter Steel, Saukville, Wisconsin; Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc., Tampa, Florida; Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc., Peoria, Illinois; and Nucor Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina filed petitions with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV and subsidized imports of wire rod from Italy and Turkey and LTFV imports of wire rod from Belarus, Italy, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. Accordingly, effective March 28, 2017, the Commission, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), instituted countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–573–574 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731–TA–1349– 1358 (Preliminary). Notice of the institution of the Commission’s investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of April 3, 2017 (82 FR 16232). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on April 18, 2017, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel. The Commission made these determinations pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-R-2017-N072; FXRS12610600000-178-FF06R00000]


Notice of Intent to Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan; 
Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the 
Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, Montana

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to 
gather information necessary to prepare a draft Comprehensive 
Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated Environmental Assessment for 
Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the 
Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, all of which are units 
of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The three Refuges and Wetland 
Management Districts are all part of the National Bison Range Complex. 
Elsewhere in this Federal Register, we are also publishing a revised 
notice of intent to prepare a draft CCP for the National Bison Range. 
We are accepting comments on these two notices simultaneously.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received or 
postmarked on or before June 19, 2017.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to comment on the scope of the Comprehensive

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Conservation Plan/Environmental Assessment, you may submit your 
comments by any of the following methods:
    [ssquf] Email: scoping_pablo_ninepipe@fws.gov.
    [ssquf] U.S. Mail or Hand-Delivery: Toni Griffin, Refuge Planner, 
NBR CCP, 134 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO 80228.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Griffin, Refuge Planner, by mail 
(see ADDRESSES), or by telephone at (303) 236-4378.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), intend to gather information necessary to prepare a draft 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated Environmental 
Assessment (EA) for Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife 
Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, all of 
which are units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The three 
Refuges and Wetland Management Districts are all part of the National 
Bison Range Complex. Elsewhere in this Federal Register, we are also 
publishing a revised notice of intent to prepare a draft CCP for the 
National Bison Range. We are accepting comments on these two notices 
simultaneously.

Introduction

    The CCP for Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife 
Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts, will 
describe the desired future conditions of the units and provide long-
range guidance and management direction to Refuge staff on how best to 
achieve refuge purposes. The notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) 
advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our 
intention to conduct planning on this refuge complex, and (2) to obtain 
suggestions and information on the scope of additional issues to 
consider during development of the CCP. Through the CCP, the Service 
intends to evaluate how it will manage Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe 
National Wildlife Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management 
Districts.
    This notice is in compliance with Service Refuge Planning policy to 
advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and to obtain 
suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in 
the planning process. Participation in the planning process will be 
encouraged and facilitated by various means, including news releases 
and public meetings. Notification of all such meetings will be 
announced in the local press and on the NBR Web site: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range/.

Background

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, 
(Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), requires us to develop 
a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose of a CCP is to 
provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge 
purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife 
Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and 
wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service 
policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on 
conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife-
dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including 
opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and 
photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will 
review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with 
the Administration Act.
    Each unit of the NWRS was established for specific purposes. We use 
these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the 
management goals and objectives for each refuge within the NWRS 
mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The 
planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management 
goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to 
wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for 
wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with 
each refuge's establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS.
    We will conduct environmental review pursuant to the provisions of 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), 
by preparing an environmental assessment (EA). The Service intends to 
consult with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) during 
this process.
    The Service will prepare a CCP and EA that will describe how it 
will manage the units over the next 15 years. To facilitate sound 
planning and environmental assessment, the Service intends to gather 
information necessary for the preparation of the CCP/EA and obtain 
suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the 
scope of issues to be addressed in the CCP/EA.

History of the Refuges and Wetland Management Districts

    Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges were each established 
as easement refuges in 1921 ``as a refuge and breeding ground for 
native birds,'' (Executive Order 3503, Ninepipe; Executive Order 3504, 
Pablo). Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 
24, 1999, and became the 519th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge 
System. It was established for use by migratory birds, conservation of 
fish and wildlife resources, fish and wildlife oriented recreation, and 
the conservation of endangered or threatened species. Finally, the 
Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts are lands acquired ``as 
Waterfowl Production Areas'' subject to ``all of the provisions of [the 
Migratory Bird Conservation Act . . . except the inviolate sanctuary 
provisions'' (Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, 16 
U.S.C. 718). Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges, and the 
portion of the Wetland Management District in Lake County, Montana, lie 
within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation of 
the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Members of the CSKT 
have a cultural, historical, or geographic connection to the land and 
resources of the Range.

Additional Information

    The mission and purposes for which the units were established are 
used to develop and prioritize management goals and objectives within 
the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to guide which public 
uses will occur on the units of the Complex. The planning process is a 
way for the Service and the public to evaluate management goals and 
objectives for the best possible conservation efforts of this important 
wildlife habitat, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation 
opportunities that are compatible with the Refuges' establishing 
purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
    We will conduct a comprehensive conservation planning process that 
will provide opportunity for tribal, State, and local governments; 
Federal and State agencies; organizations; and the public to 
participate in issue scoping and public comment. We are requesting 
input for issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future 
management of Pablo, Lost Trail, and Ninepipe National Wildlife 
Refuges, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts.

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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.

    Dated: April 25, 2017.
Noreen Walsh,
Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 2017-10111 Filed 5-17-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P