[Federal Register: July 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 129)]
[Page 35451]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Request for public comments on an environmental assessment for 
Nutria (Myocastor coypus) marsh damage reduction on the Eastern Shore 
of Maryland.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is requesting public 
comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for nutria (Myocastor 
coypus) marsh damage reduction on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The EA 
addresses research to determine the most effective methods for nutria 
control and implementation of a comprehensive control program 
throughout the range of nutria in Maryland.
    The EA contains an analysis of the potential environmental impacts 
of four alternatives for managing Maryland's nutria population. 
Included is an assessment of potential impacts on federally threatened 
and endangered species, in accordance with section 7 of the Endangered 
Species Act.

DATES: All comments must be received on or before August 6, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the EA are available for review at the Dorchester 
County Library, 303 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland; the Talbot County 
Free Library, 100 W. Dover Street, Easton, Maryland; the Wicomico 
County Free Library, 122 S. Division Street, Salisbury, Maryland; and 
the visitor's center at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key 
Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland. The EA may be obtained on the web 
at http://www.fws.gov/r5cbfo/nutria.htm; by written request to Maryland 
Nutria Partnership, c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay 
Field Office, 177 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21401; or 
by calling Mark Sherfy, at 410-573-4556. Comments may be submitted by 
electronic mail to nutria@fws.gov, or by writing to the Maryland Nutria 
Partnership at the above address.


    The primary author of this notice is Mark Sherfy, Chesapeake Bay 
Field Office, 177 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401, 
phone: 410-573-4556.

    Authority: The authority for this action is the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

    Dated: June 13, 2001.
Mamie A. Parker,
Acting Regional Director, Region 5, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 01-16821 Filed 7-3-01; 8:45 am]