[Federal Register: May 12, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 93)]
[Page 30603-30604]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, DOI.

ACTION:  Notice of intent to conduct public meetings to obtain 
suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the 
preparation of Comprehensive Conservation Plans for Pelican Island 
National Wildlife Refugee, Indian River County, Florida, and Archie 
Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Brevard and Indian River Counties, 


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service intends to gather information necessary to prepare 
comprehensive conservation plans and associated environmental documents 
pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and implementing 

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    The Service will hold meetings as follows:
    Thursday, May 25, 2000, 6:30-9 p.m., Environmental Learning Center, 
Wabasso Island, 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, Florida.
    Thursday, June 1, 2000, 6:30-9 p.m., Chapel by the Sea South A1A, 
Melbourne Beach, Florida.

DATES: Written comments should be received by June 30, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Address comments and requests for more information to:
    Natural Resource Planner, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, P.O. Box 6504, Titusville, Florida 32782-6504, (321) 861-0667.
    If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of 
several methods. You may mail comments to the above address. You may 
also comment via the Internet to the following address: 
Cheri__Ehrhardt@fws.gov. Please submit Internet comments as an ASCII 
file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. 
Please also include your name and return address in your Internet 
message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we 
have received your Internet message, contact us directly at Merritt 
Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex at the above address. Finally, 
you may hand-deliver comments to the Refuge Complex at the above 
address. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home 
addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular 
business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold 
their home address from the rulemaking record, which we will honor to 
the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which 
we would withhold from the rulemaking record a respondent's identity, 
as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or 
address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your 
comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make 
all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is the policy of the Fish and Wildlife 
Service to manage all lands within the National Wildlife Refugee System 
in accordance with an approved comprehensive conservation plan. These 
plans outline a vision for each refuge; guide management decisions; and 
outline goals, objectives and strategies to achieve the visions and 
purposes of each refugee unit. The plans will provide other agencies 
and the public with an understanding of the management strategies to be 
    The Service has initiated planning for Pelican Island National 
Wildlife Refuge for the conservation and enhancement of its natural 
resources. Encompassing approximately 5,000 acres and including 
designations as a National Historic Landmark, a National Wilderness 
Area, and a Wetland of International Importance, this refuge is located 
between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern 
Florida, near the city of Sebastian.
    Planning for Archie Carr National Wildlife Refugee has been 
initiated for the conservation and enhancement of its natural resources 
as well. This refugee is located along the Atlantic Ocean in 
southeastern Florida, between the cities of Melbourne Beach and Vero 
Beach. While the Service owns or leases approximately 165 acres, the 
State of Florida, Brevard County, and Indian River County account for 
the remainder of the publicly owned lands within the refuge. The refuge 
beaches support loggerhead and green turtle nesting. The Florida scrub 
jay, Eastern indigo snake, Southeastern beach mouse, and other 
threatened and endangered species also occur within the refuge.

    Dated: May 5, 2000.
Judy L. Jones,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 00-11939 Filed 5-11-00; 8:45 am]