Final Generic Environmental Assessment For A
Streamlined Method for Minor Encroachments into and
Divestitures of Minor Amounts of State Lands Acquired
with Federal Aid Funds
The final Environmental Assessment (EA) which provides a streamlined method for reviewing small land trades on State lands acquired with Federal Aid funds for fish and wildlife management was approved on March 4, 2004. The "Preferred Alternative" (B) was selected which is to use a streamlined process of developing a worksheet for each proposed land trade tiered from the generic EA.
The land trades would be for correcting a boundary problem or for public purposes such as road re-alignments, airport expansions, and construction of utility rights-of-way when other alternatives to taking the fish and wildlife lands are not feasible. The EA covers the eight States in the Service's Region 3 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin).
The generic EA had considered two action alternatives and the "No Action" alternative required for all NEPA documents. The other action alternative (A) considered was denial of any proposed land trade. The "No Action" alternative involves developing a separate EA for each proposed trade.
Under the streamlined process of the "Preferred Alternative", a site specific worksheet would be developed that would address nine conditions (Sub-section 2.2.2 in the EA) which must be met in order for the streamlined process to be implemented. If any of the conditions are not met, a separate EA would be developed for the proposed trade. A site-specific worksheet would be provided to the Service for each land trade documenting the status for each of the nine conditions (Attachment 2 in the EA).
For each individual land trade conducted under this generic EA, there will be a site specific public comment period during which the potentially affected or interested public is provided details of the proposed land trade and given an opportunity to comment. These public comment periods will be done by the individual States in Region 3 utilizing their own internal procedures for such actions. A summary of these procedures by State is provided in Attachment 3 of the EA.
Provided below is a copy of the final Environmental Assessment and FONSI. Printed copies of the final EA are also available from Dick Tolbers, Division of Federal Aid, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111; Telephone: (612) 713-5147; Fax: (612) 713-5290
FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact)