[Federal Register: May 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 104)]
[Page 34490-34491]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Island National Wildlife 
Refuge Complex

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan 
and Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Island National 
Wildlife Refuge Complex.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare a 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and 
its implementing regulations, for the Long Island National Wildlife 
Refuge Complex refuges located in the State of New York. These refuges 
include Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Conscience Point 
NWR, Lido Beach NWR, Morton NWR, Oyster Bay NWR, Seatuck NWR, Target 
Rock NWR, and Wertheim NWR. The Refuges are in Suffolk and Nassau 
Counties, New York.
    The Service is 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.

ADDRESSES: Address comments and requests for more information to the 
following: Refuge Manager, Long Island National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, P.O. Box 21, Shirley, New York 11976, 631/286-0485.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By Federal law, all lands within the 

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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 information from the public via open 
houses, meetings, and written comments. Special mailings, newspaper 
articles, and announcements will inform people in the general area near 
each refuge of the time and place of opportunities for public input to 
the CCP.
    The Long Island NWR Complex is a diverse group of nine units 
totaling over 6,200 acres, and contain most of the habitat types found 
on Long Island which are important to hundreds of migratory bird 
species and other wildlife .
    Review of this project 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 1500-1508), 
other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and Service policies 
and procedures for compliance with those regulations.
    We estimate that the draft environmental documents will be 
available in summer 2001.

    Dated: May 11, 2000.
Mamie A. Parker,
Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hadley, 
[FR Doc. 00-13395 Filed 5-26-00; 8:45 am]