[Federal Register: August 9, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 154)]
[Page 51866-51867]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) and 
Environmental Assessments for the Minnesota Wetland Management 
Districts (WMD) in Western Minnesota, Including: Big Stone WMD (Odessa, 
MN); Detroit Lakes WMD (Detroit Lakes, MN), Fergus Falls WMD (Fergus 
Falls, MN); Litchfield WMD (Litchfield, MN); Morris WMD (Morris, MN); 
and Windom WMD (Windom, MN)

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 (Service) has published a draft Comprehensive 
Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for six wetland 
management districts in western Minnesota. These Plans describe how the 
Service intends to manage the Districts for the next 15 years.

DATES: Submit written comments by September 13, 2002. Comments should 
be addressed to the relevant Wetland Management District: Big Stone 
WMD: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Big Stone National Wildlife 
Refuge, Attn: CCP Comment, Rural Route 1, Box 25, Odessa, MN, 62959. 
Detroit Lakes WMD: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit Lakes WMD, 
Attn: CCP Comment, Route 3, Box 47D, Tower Road, Detroit Lakes, MN 
56501. Fergus Falls WMD: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fergus Falls 
WMD, Attn: CCP Comment, Route 1, Box 76, Fergus Falls, MN 56537. 
Litchfield WMD: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Litchfield WMD, Attn: 
CCP Comment, 22274--615 Avenue, Litchfield, MN 55355. Morris WMD: U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Morris WMD, Attn: CCP Comment, 43875--230th 
Street, Morris, MN 56237. Windom, WMD: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Windom WMD, Attn: CCP Comment, 49663 County Road 17, Windom, MN 56101.
    Comments may also be submitted through the Service's regional Web 
site at http://midwest.fws,gov/planning.

ADDRESSES: A draft Plan or summary may be obtained by writing to the 
Refuge or WMD at the previously listed addresses or submitting a 
request electronically. These documents will also be made available in 
portable document format (pdf) on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
website at http://midwest.fws,gov/planning/minnwetlanddistrictstop.htm.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information on the 
Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plans and Environmental Assessments, 
contact the District Managers; Big Stone WMD, Rich Papasso, 320/273-
2191; Detroit Lakes WMD, Mark Chase, 218/847-4431; Fergus Falls WMD, 
Kevin Brennan, 218/729-2291; Litchfield WMD, Christenson, 320/693-2849; 
Morris WMD, Steven Delehanty, 320/589-1001; Windom WMD, Steven Kallin, 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1997, Congress mandated that the Service 
prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for each refuge within the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. This mandate includes Wetland 
Management Districts, which are federal administrative units charged 
with acquiring, overseeing and managing Waterfowl Production Areas and 
easements within a specific group of counties. Comprehensive 
conservation plans guide management decisions over the course of 15 
years. The Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plans for each of the six 
Minnesota Wetland Management Districts identify goals and objectives 
for habitat management, land protection and wildlife-dependent 
recreation, as well as strategies for achieving those goals and 

    Dated: June 18, 2002.
Marvin Moriarty,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 02-20131 Filed 8-8-02; 8:45 am]