[Federal Register: January 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 6)]
[Page 1688]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for North Platte National Wildlife Refuge, 
Scottsbluff, NE

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Refuge Improvement Act of 1997, the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service has published the Draft North Platte National 
Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental 
Assessment. This Plan describes how the FWS intends to manage the North 
Platte NWR for the next 10-15 years.

DATES: Submit written comments by February 8, 2001. All comments need 
to be addressed to: Brad McKinney, Refuge Manage, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, North Platte National Wildlife Refuge, 115 Railway 
Street, Suite C109, Scottsbluff, NE 69363-1346.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Draft Plan may be obtained by writing to U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, North Platte NWR, 115 Railway Street, Suite 
C109, Scottsbluff, NE 69363-1346 or from http://www.r6.fws.gov/larp/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad McKinney, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, North Platte NWR, 115 Railway Street, Suite C109, Scottsbluff, 
NE brad__mckinney@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 2,909-acre North Platte National 
Wildlife Refuge is located in the Nebraska Panhandle, within the 
Central Flyway and Kansas/Platte Rivers ecosystem, about eight miles 
north of the city of Scottsbluff, NE. This Refuge is superimposed over 
or adjoining three Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs consisting of Lake 
Minatare, Winters Creek Lake, and Lake Alice. The North Platte NWR was 
established by Executive Order in 1916 as a ``preserve and breeding 
ground for native birds.'' Since the Refuge is superimposed over Bureau 
lands, it remains subordinate to ``Reclamation service uses.'' 
Management of the North Platte NWR will be guided by its purpose to 
provide a preserve and breeding ground for migratory birds as well as 
to provide for the life requirements of other species of wildlife, 
subject to Bureau uses, and to provide compatible, high quality 
environmental education and wildlife-oriented recreational 

    Dated: January 3, 2001.
John A. Blankenship,
Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 01-508 Filed 1-8-01; 8:45 am]