[Federal Register: May 23, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 99)]
[Page 29665-29666]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, Devils 
Lake, ND

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to gather 
information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan 
(CCP) and associated environmental documents for Sullys Hill National 
Game Preserve (NGP) located in Devils Lake, North Dakota. The Service 
is issuing this notice in compliance with its policy to advise other 
organizations and the public of its intentions, and to obtain 
suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in 
the planning process.

DATES: Written comments should be postmarked by August 1, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments and requests for more information regarding Sullys 
Hill NGP should be sent to Laura King, Planning Team Leader, Tewaukon 
NWR, Division of Refuge Planning, 9754 143 1/2 Ave., SE., Cayuga, ND 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura King, Planning Team Leader, 
Tewaukon NWR, Division of Refuge Planning, 9754 143 1/2 Ave., SE., 
Cayuga, ND 58013-9764, or Linda Kelly, Chief, Branch of Comprehensive 
Conservation Planning, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, 
Colorado 80225.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service has initiated the CCP for Sullys 
Hill NGP for the conservation and enhancement of its natural resources. 
This preserve is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 
preserve has two establishing purposes including, Executive Order 3596, 
dated December 22, 1921, which states, ``* * * all the lands that are 
now reserved or may hereafter be included within the boundaries of the 
* * * Sullys Hill Park Game Preserve * * * are hereby further reserved 
and set apart for the use * * * as a refuges and breeding ground for 
birds.'' The second purpose is in the Act of March 3, 1931, 
establishing Sullys Hill NGP ``* * * as a big game preserve, refuge, 
and breeding ground for wild animals and birds * * * provided that the 
same preserve is to be made available to the public for recreational 
purposes in so far as consistent with the use of this area as a game 
preserve: provided further, that hunting shall not be permitted on said 
game preserve.'' This Refuge encompasses 1,674 acres encompassing both 
oak forest and prairie, a unique habitat type in North Dakota. When 
this preserve was established, bison and elk were stocked and are 
contained by a fence.
    During the CCP process, management goals, objectives, and 
strategies will be developed to carry out the purposes of the preserve 
and to comply with laws and policies governing refuge management and 
public use of refuges.
    The Service requests input as to which issues affecting management 
or public use should be addressed during the planning process. The 
Service is especially interested in receiving public input in the 
following areas:
    (1) What do you value most about this preserve?
    (2) What problems or issues do you see affecting management of this 
    (3) What changes, if any, would you like to see in the management 
of this preserve?
    The Service has provided the above questions for your optional use. 
The Service has no requirement that you provide information; however, 
any comments received by the planning team will be used as part of the 
planning process.
    Opportunities for public input will also be provided at a public 
meeting to be held at the Sullys Hill NGP Visitor Center on June 29, 
2006, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to receive the project 
newsletter, please contact Laura King, Planning Team Leader, at the 
above address, by July 1, 2006.

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    All information provided voluntarily by mail, phone, or at public 
meetings (e.g., names, addresses, letters of comment, input recorded 
during meetings) becomes part of the official public record. If 
requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a private citizen or 
organization, the Service may provide copies of such information.
    The environmental review of this project will be conducted in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA Regulations (40 
CFR 1500-1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; 
Executive Order 12996; the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement 
Act of 1997; and Service policies and procedures for compliance with 
those regulations.

    Dated: April 11, 2006.
James J. Slack
Deputy Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, CO.
 [FR Doc. E6-7824 Filed 5-22-06; 8:45 am]