[Federal Register: March 26, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 58)]
[Page 13793]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Fish and Wildlife 
Service intends to prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze 
the alternatives in the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan under 
development for the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge in North 
Carolina, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and 
implementing regulations. Initial public scoping and review meetings 
were held in May 2001. A Wilderness Review of Roanoke River National 
Wildlife Refuge was conducted in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 
1964, as amended, and Refuge Planning Policy 602 FW, Chapters 1, 2, and 

ADDRESSES: Comments and requests for information concerning this refuge 
may be addressed to: Bob Glennon, 1106 West Queen Street, PO Box 329, 
Edenton, North Carolina 27932; telephone 252/482-2364; fax 252/482-
3855; cell 252/337-5284. Information concerning this refuge may be 
found at the following Web site: http://rtncf-rci.ral.r4.fws.gov.
    If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of 
several methods. You may mail comments to the above address. You may 
also comment via the Internet to the following addresses: 
bob__glennon@fws.gov or FW4__FR__Planning@fws.gov. Please submit 
Internet comments as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special 
characters and any form of encryption. Please also include your name 
and return address in your Internet message. If you do not receive a 
confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet 
message, contact Bob Glennon directly at the above address. Finally, 
you may hand-deliver comments to Mr. Glennon at 1106 West Queen Street, 
Edenton, North Carolina. Our practice is to make comments, including 
names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review 
during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that 
we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to 
the extent allowable by law.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is the policy of the Fish and Wildlife 
Service to have all lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System 
managed in accordance with an approved comprehensive conservation plan. 
The plan guides management decisions and identifies the goals, 
objectives, and strategies for achieving refuge purposes. Public input 
into this planning process is encouraged. The plan will provide other 
agencies and the public with a clear understanding of the desired 
conditions of the refuge and how the Service implements management 
decisions and sets forth goals, objectives, and strategies needed to 
accomplish refuge purposes and identify the Service's best estimate of 
future needs. These plans detail program planning levels that are 
sometimes substantially above current budget allocations and, as such, 
are primarily for Service strategic planning and program prioritization 
purposes. The plans do not constitute a commitment for staffing 
increases, operational and maintenance increases, or funding for future 
land acquisition. Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge was 
established in August 1989, to protect and enhance wooded wetlands 
consisting of bottomland hardwoods and swamps with high waterfowl value 
along the Roanoke River.

    Authority: 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.), to (1) advise other agencies 
and the public of our intentions, and (2) to obtain suggestions and 
information on the alternatives to include in the environmental 
impact statement.

    Dated: February 15, 2002.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 02-7186 Filed 3-25-02; 8:45 am]