[Federal Register: June 28, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 125)]
[Page 34457-34458]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Erskine, 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Refuge Improvement Act of 1997, the Fish and 
Wildlife Service has published the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge 
Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment. The 
Plan describes how the Service intends to manage the Refuge for the 
next 15 years.

DATES: Submit written comments by August 15, 2001. All comments should 
be addressed to Rick Julian, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Route 3, 
Box 105, Erskine, MN 56535. Comments may also be submitted through the 
Service's regional website at: http://midwest.fws.gov/planning/

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Plan or a summary may be obtained by writing 
to Rick Julian at the address above or by planing a request through the 
website. The plan is also posted on the Service's planning website at 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information contact 
Rick Julian at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Route 3, Box 105, 
Erskine, MN 56535; or call Mr. Julian at 218/687-2229; or direct e-mail 
to rick__julian@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rydell National Wildlife Refuge includes 
wetlands, hardwood stands, conifer plantations, grass meadows and 
cropland. The Refuge was established in 1992 and today includes 2,120 
acres. The diverse habitat is used by diving and dabbling ducks, geese, 
swans, white-tailed deer, moose, ruffed grouse, cormorants, herons, 
black bear, hawks and owls, among other species. The Refuge was 
established to protect wildlife habitat diversity, to encourage 
waterfowl and other migratory bird production, and to promote 
environmental education and recreation. In addition, the Refuge was 
established to demonstrate sound fish and wildlife management and wise 
land and water stewardship.
    The Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan emphasizes the habitat 
needs of fish and wildlife and expanded opportunities for wildlife-
dependent recreation.

    Dated: June 15, 2001.
Barbara A. Milne,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 01-16249 Filed 6-27-01; 8:45 am]