[Federal Register: November 17, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 221)]
[Page 62683-62684]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Intent To Prepare Comprehensive Conservation Plans for 
3 National Wildlife Refuges in the Southwest Region

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare a 
comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and other environmental documents 
for certain National Wildlife Refuges listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act 
and its implementing regulations.

DATES: The Service will be open to written comments through January 1, 

ADDRESSES: Address comments and requests for more information to: Mr. 
Lou Bridges, Project Coordinator, Research Management Consultants, 
Inc., 1746 Cole Blvd., Bldg. 21, Suite 300, Golden, CO 80401.

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, long-range objectives, and strategies for achieving 
refuge purposes. The planning process will consider many elements, 
including habitat and wildlife management, habitat protection and 
acquisition, public and recreational uses, and cultural resources. 
Public input into this planning process is essential. The CCP will 
provide other agencies and the public with a clear understanding of the 
desired conditions for the Refuges and how the Service will implement 
management strategies.
    The Service intends to gather information necessary to prepare a 
CCP and other environmental documents for Hagerman National Wildlife 
Refuge, Sherman, Texas; Washita and Optima National Wildlife Refuges, 
Butler, Oklahoma; Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, Tishomingo, 
Oklahoma. The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with 
Service CCP policy: (1) to advise other agencies and the public of our 
intentions, and (2) to obtain suggestions and information on the scope 
of issues to include in the environmental documents.
    Additional opportunities for written comments will be provided 
during the draft review process. If necessary, the Service will solicit 
information from the public via open houses, meetings, and workshops. 
Special mailings, newspaper articles, and announcements will inform 
people in the general area near each refuge of the current status of 
the project as well as the time and place of any meetings to be 
    Review of these projects 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, including the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Executive 
Order 12996, and

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Service policies and procedures for compliance with those regulations.
    The Service anticipates that draft CCP documents and any associated 
NEPA documents will be available by June, 1999.

    Dated: October 27, 1999.
Bryan Arroyo,
Acting, Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 99-29622 Filed 11-16-99; 8:45 am]