[Federal Register: April 28, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 81)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability for Comments of a Draft Comprehensive 
Conservation Plan (CCP) and Associated Draft Environmental Assessment 
for Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Okmulgee, OK

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (Service) has prepared the Draft Comprehensive Conservation 
Plan (CCP) and associated Draft Environmental Assessment for the Deep 
Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, pursuant to the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and its implementing regulations.

DATES: The Service will be open to written comments through May 30, 

ADDRESSES: Copies may be obtained by writing to: April Fletcher, Refuge 
Program Specialist, Division of Refuges, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103-1306. Comments on the 
draft documents should be submitted to Mr. Tom Baca, Chief of Refuge 
Planning, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, 
NM 87103-1306.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is Service policy to have all lands 
within the National Wildlife Refuge System managed in accordance with 
an approved CCP. The CCP guides management decisions and identifies 
refuge goals, objectives, and strategies for achieving refuge purposes. 
The planning process has considered many elements, including habitat 
and wildlife management, habitat protection and acquisition, public and 
recreational uses, and cultural resources. Public input into this 
planning process has assisted in the development of the draft document. 
The CCP will provide other agencies and the public with a clear 
understanding of the desired conditions for the refuge and how the 
Service will implement management strategies.
    The Service intends to consider comments and advice generated in 
response to the draft document prior to the preparation of a final CCP. 
The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with Service CCP 
policy: (1) to advise other agencies and the public of the availability 
of the draft document, and (2) to obtain suggestions and 
recommendations for consideration in preparation of the final document.
    The Service anticipates that the final CCP document and any 
associated NEPA documents will be available by September 1, 1999.

    Dated: April 16, 1999.
Geoffrey L. Haskett,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 99-10574 Filed 4-27-99; 8:45 am]