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February 9, 2007

Eddie N. Bennett, 303-236-8165

David McGillivary, 303-236-4411

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines “Finding of No Significant Impact” on Proposal for Endangered Species Habitat Improvement on the Missouri River in South Dakota  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) for the final environmental assessment (EA) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) proposed “Riverine Endangered Species Habitat Development” by the Yankton Sioux Tribe (Tribe) on Missouri River mile 866 in South Dakota, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The proposal is funded in-part through the Service Tribal Wildlife Grants program and the Tribe. 

The final EA, prepared by the ACOE and adopted by the Service, analyzed the Tribe’s proposal to restore nesting, brood-rearing, and foraging habitats for the federally endangered least tern (Sterna antillarum) and the threatened piping plover (Charadrius melodus).  These habitats, collectively referred to as emergent sandbar habitat, are proposed to be restored at a three-island complex at Missouri River mile 866.  The Tribe proposes to clear and burn vegetation at these islands, resulting in the restoration of over 40 acres of emergent sandbar habitat.   

The FONSI and the final EA are available online at: http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/federalassistance. Those without internet access may request copies by calling the Services’ Division of Federal Assistance at 303-236-5420.   

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

 


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