[Federal Register: July 31, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 147)]
[Page 44965]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri

AGENCY: U.S. 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 a draft Comprehensive Conservation 
Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mark Twain National Wildlife 
Refuge Complex (Complex). This Plan describes how the Service intends 
to manage the Refuge Complex for the next 15 years.

DATES: Comments must be received by September 30, 2003. All comments 
should be addressed to Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 
Attention: CCP Comment, 1704 North 24th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301, 
or direct e-mail to r3planning@fws.gov. 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 
Service 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 Web site at http://midwest.fws.gov/planning. 
Address requests to: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Branch of 
Ascertainment and Planning, Attn: CCP Comment, BHW Federal Building, 1 
Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, MN, 55111; or direct e-mail to 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information on the 
draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment, 
contact Dick Steinbach, Complex Manager, at the address above or call 
the Refuge at 217/224-8580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1997, Congress mandated that the Service 
prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for each refuge within the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. Comprehensive conservation plans guide 
management decisions over the course of 15 years. The Mark Twain NWR 
Complex includes Port Louisa NWR, Great River NWR, Clarence Cannon NWR, 
Two Rivers NWR, and Middle Mississippi River NWR, which are all located 
along the Upper Mississippi River. The Draft Plan identifies goals and 
objectives for habitat management, land protection and wildlife-
dependent recreation, as well as strategies for achieving those goals 
and objectives.

    Dated: September 6, 2002.
William F. Hartwig,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 03-19484 Filed 7-30-03; 8:45 am]