[Federal Register: September 10, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 175)]
[Page 49228-49229]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Associated Environmental Document for Fish Springs National Wildlife 
Refuge, Dugway, UT

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to gather 
information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
associated environmental document for the Fish Springs National 
Wildlife Refuge near Dugway. Utah. 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 received by November 1, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Comments and requests for more information should be sent 
to: Refuge Manager, Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 
568, Dugway, Utah 84022. Fax (435) 831-5354. Email: r6rw fhs@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jay Banta, Refuge Manager, (435) 831-
5353, extension 102.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service has initiated comprehensive 
conservation planning for Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge for the 
conservation and enhancement of its natural resources. This Refuge is 
located in the Snake Valley at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake 
Desert in western Utah and encompasses 17,992 acres between two small 
mountain ranges.
    Comprehensive planning will develop management goals, objectives, 
and strategies to carry out the purposes of the Refuge and comply with 
laws and policies governing refuge management and public use of 
refuges. The Refuge is open to public use.
    The Service requests input as to what 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:
--What do you value most about Fish Springs NWR?

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--What problems or issues do you see affecting management or public use 
of the Refuge?
--What improvements do you recommend for the Refuge?
--What changes, if any, would you like to see in the management of the 

    The Service has provided the above questions for your optional use. 
The Service has no requirement that you provide information. The 
Planning Team developed these questions to facilitate finding out more 
information about individual issues and ideas. Comments received by the 
Planning Team will be used as part of the Planning process; individual 
comments will not be referenced in our reports or directly responded 
    An opportunity will also be provided for public input at an open 
house on September 18, 1999, (schedule of activities can be obtained 
from the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge at above address). All 
information provided voluntarily by mail, phone, or at public meetings 
becomes part of the official public record (i.e., names, addresses, 
letters of comment, input recorded during meetings). 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 parts 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: September 3, 1999.
Elliott Sutta,
Acting Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 99-23509 Filed 9-9-99; 8:45 am]