[Federal Register: August 21, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 162)]
[Page 43898]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for Wyandotte National Wildlife Refuge, 
Wyandotte, Michigan, and Ecorse, MI

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 Wyandotte 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. The Plan can be viewed online at http://

DATES: Written comments must be received by September 20, 2001. All 
comments should be addressed to Doug Spencer, Shiawassee National 
Wildlife Refuge, 6975 Mower Road, Saginaw, MI 48601. Comments may also 
be submitted through the Service's regional website at: http://

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Plan or a summary may be obtained by writing 
to Doug Spencer at the address above or by placing a request through 
the website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information contact 
Doug Spencer, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, 6975 Mower Road, 
Saginaw, MI 48601. Phone (517) 777-5930 or E-mail doug-spencer@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Refuge is located in the Lower Detroit 
River, in the cities of Wyandotte and Ecorse in Wayne County, Michigan. 
When created, the Refuge consisted of two islands, Grassy and Mamajuda, 
and the shallow water shoals around the islands. Since the Refuge's 
creation, Mamajuda Island has decreased in size and is exposed only 
during low water levels. Both islands are located on a bar that lies 
between the Trenton and Fighting Island ship channels in the central 
part of the Detroit River. This bar extends from the mouth of the 
Ecorse River to the head of Grosse Ile, a distance of approximately 3.5 
miles. It ranges from one-quarter to one-half mile in width and at 
present it is covered with 3 to 8 feet of water. At the present time, 
only 72 acres of Grassy Island are exposed. The 18.5-acre Mud Island 
and 71.5 acres of submerged aquatic shoals were added to the Refuge on 
June 14, 2001, bringing the entire Wyandotte National Wildlife Refuge 
to 394 acres in size.
    The Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan emphasizes preserving the 
wildlife habitat values that exist on the Refuge and addressing 
contaminant issues on Grassy Island.

    Dated: July 31, 2001.
William F. Hartwig,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 01-21008 Filed 8-20-01; 8:45 am]