[Federal Register: May 26, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 101)]
[Page 28503-28504]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability of a Draft Jersey Coast Refuges 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Review and Comment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability 
for public review of a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Edwin 
B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Cape May National Wildlife 
Refuge--collectively known as the Jersey Coast Refuges. This plan will 
assist the Service in identifying what role the Refuges will play in 
supporting the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and 
addressing community expectations for public use.
    The draft plan describes two alternatives for management of the 
Refuges, and discusses the process used to develop the alternatives and 
their environmental consequences. It describes the potential effects of 

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alternative on the physical, biological, and socio-economic 
environment. The No Act Alternative discusses the Service's current 
level of activities for habitat and population management, public 
recreation opportunities, land acquisition, and office and visitor 
facilities. The Action Alternative will allow the Service to initiate 
or expand additional habitat and population management efforts, 
wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities, land protection efforts, 
and consider new office and visitor center facilities.
    The Service is seeking public input on the Draft Comprehensive 
Conservation Plan. With public review and input to this draft, the 
Action Alternative will be developed in more detail as the Final 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The Final Plan will guide the Service 
on the future direction and management of E.B. Forsythe NWR and Cape 
May NWR for the next 15 years.
    The Plan is available from the refuges, local public libraries in 
Southern New Jersey, and on the Web at http://www/fws.gov/r5ebfwr. You 
may also contact Alison Whitlock: Division of Realty; 300 Westgate 
Center Drive; Hadley, MA 01035-9589.

    Dated: May 21, 1999.
Sherry W. Morgan,
Geographic Assistant Regional Director--North.
[FR Doc. 99-13487 5-25-99; 8:45 am]