[Federal Register: October 6, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 195)]
[Page 59861]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge; 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Environmental Assessment and Finding 
of No Significant Impact

ACTION: Notice of Availability.


SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service has published a Comprehensive 
Conservation Plan, Environmental Assessment, and a Finding of No 
Significant Impact for the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National 
Wildlife Refuge. This refuge, located seven miles west of Boynton 
Beach, Florida, consists of 221 square miles of the last remaining 
northern Everglades. The plan describes how the Fish and Wildlife 
Service intends to manage the refuge for the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the above documents will be available on October 
6, 2000, and may be obtained by writing to Mark J. Musaus, Refuge 
Manager, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, Florida 
33437-4796. In the meantime, a copy of the Comprehensive Conservation 
Plan and Environmental Assessment can be obtained from the following 
website address: http://loxahatchee.fws.gov

SUMMARY INFORMATION: The plan provides a clear statement regarding the 
future management of the refuge; ensures that the refuge's management 
actions are consistent with refuge purposes and mandates of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System; and addresses the issues regarding the 
renewal (planned by January 1, 2002) of the refuge's license agreement 
with the South Florida Water Management District, including issues 
relating to modifying the agreement and management capabilities and 
responsibilities. The major issues addressed in the plan include 
invasive exotic species; biological diversity; water quality, quantity, 
timing, and delivery; land use changes; habitat and wildlife 
protection; appropriate and compatible wildlife-dependent public 
recreational opportunities and access; environmental education and 
interpretation; and partnerships.

    Dated: September 19, 2000.
Steven P. Thompson,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 00-25712 Filed 10-5-00; 8:45 am]