[Federal Register: October 31, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 211)]
[Page 55002-55003]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Green 
River, WY

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Refuge Improvement Act of 1997, the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service has published the Draft Seedskadee National 
Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental 
Assessment. This Plan describes how the FWS intends to manage the 
Seedskadee NWR for the next 10 to 15 years.

DATES: Submit written comments by November 30, 2001. All comments need 
to be addressed to: Carol Damberg, Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 700, 
Green River, WY 82935

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Draft Plan may be obtained by writing to U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Seedskadee NWR, P.O. Box 700, Green River, 
WY 82935 or from http://www.r6.fws.gov/larp/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Damberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Seedskadee NWR, P.O. Box 700, Green River, WY 82935, phone 
307/875-2187; fax 307/875-4425; E-Mail: carol_damberg@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 26,382-acre Seedskadee National Wildlife 
Refuge is located within the Central Flyway, the Upper Colorado River 
Ecosystem, and the Green River Basin in southwestern Wyoming, about 37 
miles northwest of the city of Green River, WY. Seedskadee NWR was 
established in 1965 through the Colorado River Storage Project Act of 
1956. Section 8 of this Act provided for the establishment of wildlife 
habitat development areas to offset the loss of wildlife habitat 
resulting from reservoir development in the Colorado River Drainage. 
The Seedskadee Reclamation Act of 1958 specifically authorized 
acquisition of lands for Seedskadee NWR. Seedskadee NWR's purpose is 
defined by two pieces of Federal enabling legislation. The principal 
purpose of Seedskadee NWR is to provide for the conservation, 
maintenance, and management of wildlife resources and its habitat 
including the development and improvement of such wildlife resources 
(Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act 16 U.S.C. 664). Additionally, the 
Refuge is charged to protect the scenery, cultural resources, and other 
natural resources and provide for public use and enjoyment of 
compatible wildlife-dependent activities (Colorado River Storage Act 43 
U.S.C. 620g). Besides these, the 35th legislature of the State of 
Wyoming passed enrolled Act No. 54 in 1959 ``providing consent of the 
State of Wyoming to the acquisition by the United States where approved 
by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the State Land Board, of 
lands for the establishment of migratory bird refuges.'' All efforts 
leading to the preparation of this draft CCP were undertaken to provide 
the Refuge with a vision for the future, guidelines for wildlife and 
habitat management over the next 15 years to ensure progress is made 
toward attaining the mission and goals of Seedskadee NWR and the Refuge 
System, and to comply with Congressional mandates stated in the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The CCP will 
be used to prepare step-down management plans and revise existing 
plans. It also will be used to prepare budgets which describe specific 
actions to be taken by the Refuge over the next

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15 years. Given that new information, guidance and technology 
frequently change and become available, the CCP will be updated as 
necessary throughout the 15-year period.

    Dated: October 10, 2001.
John A. Blankenship,
Deputy Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 01-27373 Filed 10-30-01; 8:45 am]