[Federal Register: December 23, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 246)]
[Page 78238]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge

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

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 
approved the establishment of Cahaba River Wildlife Refuge in Bibb 
County, Alabama.

DATES: This action was effective on December 23, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dwight Cooley, Project Leader, Cahaba 
River National Wildlife Refuge, c/o Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 
2700 Refuge Headquarters Road, Decatur, Alabama 35603; telephone: 256/
353-7243, fax: 256/340--9728, e-mail: Dwight_Cooley@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service has approved the establishment of Cahaba River National 
Wildlife Refuge to (1) conserve, enhance, and restore the native 
aquatic and terrestrial community characteristics of the Cahaba River; 
(2) to conserve, enhance, and restore habitat to maintain and assist in 
the recovery of animals and plants that are listed as threatened or 
endangered species; (3) to ensure that hunting, fishing, wildlife 
observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and 
interpretation are the priority general public uses of the refuge when 
providing opportunities for compatible fish- and wildlife-oriented 
recreation; and (4) to encourage the use of volunteers and to 
facilitate partnerships among the Service, local communities, 
conservation organizations, and other non-federal entities when 
promoting public awareness of the refuge's resources and those of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System.

    Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the 
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge Act, Public Law 106-331, and 
the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1996, as 
amended (16 U.S.C., 668dd-668ee).

    Dated: December 16, 2002.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 02-32210 Filed 12-23-02; 8:45 am]