[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 165 (Thursday, August 25, 2011)]
[Pages 53149-53150]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21719]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2011-N148; 91300-1234-0000]

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and public comment.


SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability 
of the draft North American Waterfowl Management Plan Revision (draft 
Plan Revision) for public review. We request review and comment on the 
draft Plan Revision from local, State, and Federal agencies; 
nongovernment conservation organizations; and the public. The draft 
Plan Revision, which was developed in close consultation with the 
waterfowl management community, provides a framework for waterfowl 
management in the 21st century.

DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments, please 
submit them on or before September 26, 2011.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the draft Plan Revision, you may 
obtain a copy on our Web site at http://www.nawmprevision.org.
    You may submit comments on the draft Plan Revision through the 
http://www.nawmprevision.org Web site, via e-mail to 
info@nawmprevision.org, or by U.S. Mail to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service-Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, Attn: Draft NAWMP 
Revision, 4401 North Fairfax Drive MS4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Johnson at the above 
address, at 703-358-1784, or at mike_j_johnson@fws.gov.



    The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP or Plan), first 
signed in 1986, has remained a leading model for other international 
conservation plans. In large measure, this is because it is a living 
and evolving

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document that is updated periodically with engagement of the broad 
waterfowl conservation community. This important work is under way 
again, with a target date of mid-2012 for completion.
    The Plan Committee formed the NAWMP Revision Steering Committee 
(RSC) to serve as a focal point for gathering, vetting, and 
synthesizing ideas from the waterfowl management community and to 
advise the Plan Committee on the content of the Plan Revision.
    At its August 2009 meeting, the Plan Committee agreed to engage 
stakeholders in generating initial fundamental goals for the Plan 
Revision using a facilitated process to ensure consistency in approach.

Plan Revision Development

    To achieve broad consensus, the Plan Committee used an iterative, 
highly transparent, and well documented process that included waterfowl 
conservation stakeholders.
    The process began with two rounds of workshops in Canada and the 
United States aimed at eliciting goals and objectives for waterfowl 
management and identifying broad-scale alternative strategies for 
achieving objectives.
    During 6 Round One workshops, participants identified 3 fundamental 
objectives for waterfowl management from a list of 31 candidate 
objectives. During Round Two, participants clarified the meaning of the 
fundamental objectives identified in Round One.
    A total of 266 people participated in 13 Round One and Round Two 
workshops in the United States and Canada. Several people submitted 
input via the http://www.nawmprevision.org website. The RSC synthesized 
Round One and Round Two workshop results and website feedback, and a 
writing team prepared the draft Plan Revision document.

Request for Public Comments

    We invite written comments on the draft Plan Revision. We will 
consider all comments we receive by the date specified in DATES. 
Methods of submitting comments are in ADDRESSES.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    Comments and materials we receive will be available, by 
appointment, for public inspection during normal business hours at our 
office (see ADDRESSES).

    Authority:  Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661-

    Dated: July 26, 2011.
James J. Slack,
Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-21719 Filed 8-24-11; 8:45 am]