[Federal Register: February 16, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 30)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife
Environmental Statements; Notice of Intent Eastern Shore of
Virginia/Wallkill River National Wildlife Refugees; New Jersey and New
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare Comprehensive Conservation Plans
and Associated Environmental Documents for the Eastern Shore of
Virginia and Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuges.
SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare
two Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) and environmental documents
pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing
regulations. One CCP will be prepared for Eastern Shore of Virginia
National Wildlife Refuge, in Northampton County, Virginia. The second
CCP will be prepared for the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge,
located in Sussex County, New Jersey, and Orange County, New York. The
Service if furnishing this notice in compliance with the National
Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended (16
U.S.C. 668dd et seq.).
(1) To advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and
(2) To obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to
include in the environmental documents.
DATES: Inquire at the address below for dates of planning activity and
due dates for comments regarding specific projects.
ADDRESSES: Address comments, questions and requests for more
information to the following:
Refuge Manager, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge,
5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310, (757) 331-2760
Refuge Manager, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, 1547 County
Route 565, Sussex, NJ 07461, (973) 702-7266
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By federal law, all lands within the
National Wildlife Refuge System are to be managed in accordance with an
approved CCP. The CCP guides management decisions and identifies refuge
goals, long-range objectives, and strategies for achieving refuge
purposes. The planning process will consider many elements including
habitat and wildlife management, habitat protection and acquisition,
public use, and cultural resources. Public input into this planning
process is essential. The CCP will provide other agencies and the
public with a clear understanding of the desired conditions for the
Refuges and how the Service will implement management strategies.
The Service will solicit public input via open houses, public
meetings, workshops, and written comments. Special mailings, newspaper
articles, and announcements will inform people of the time and place of
such opportunities for public input to the CCP.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
includes 745 acres of wetland, forest, and grassland habitat. The 1,850
acre Fisherman Island NWR will be included with the Eastern Shore of
Virginia CCP, since both Refuges are managed by the staff of the
Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR. Comments on the protection of threatened
and endangered species and migratory birds and the protection and
management of their habitats will be solicited as part of the planning
process. A draft CCP is planned for public review in April 2000.
The Wallkill River NWR currently consists of 3,851 acres of wetland
and upland habitats. An additional 621 acres of uplands habitat, the
former Army Training facility in Shawangunk, NY, Ulster County, will be
transferred in whole or part by June 1999 and administered from the
Wallkill NWR office. Comments on the protection of threatened and
endangered species and migratory birds and the restoration and
management of wetland and grassland habitats will be solicited as part
of the CCP process. Additional land protection may also be considered
in support of these resources. A draft CCP is planned for public review
in April 2000.
Review of these projects will be conducted in accordance with the
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as
amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NEPA Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-
1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and Service
policies and procedures for compliance with those regulations.
Dated: February 4, 1999.
Ronald E. Lambertson,
Regional Director, U.S., Fish and Wildlife Service, Hadley,
[FR Doc. 99-3617 Filed 2-12-99; 8:45 am]
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