[Federal Register: November 30, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 229)]
[Page 69618]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Intent To Prepare Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, Martin, SD

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to gather 
information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
associated environmental documents for the Lacreek National Wildlife 
Refuge Complex located in South Dakota. The Service is issuing this 
notice in compliance with its policy to advise other organizations and 
the public of its intentions and to obtain suggestions and information 
on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process.

DATES: Written comments should be received by January 1, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments and request for more information should be sent to: 
Lacreek NWR Planning Project, HC5 Box 114, Martin, South Dakota 57551.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Kelly, Refuge Planner, Division 
of Refuge Planning, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Denver, Colorado 80225; (303) 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service has initiated comprehensive 
conservation planning for the management of its natural resources. The 
complex consists of Bear Butte NWR, located southeast of Sturgis, South 
Dakota, and Lacreek NWR and Wetland Management District located near 
Martin, South Dakota in the southwestern part of the state.
    Comprehensive planning will develop management goals, objectives, 
and strategies to carry out the purposes of the Complex's refuges and 
Wetland Management District, and comply with laws and policies 
governing refuge management and public use of refuges. Opportunities 
will be provided for public input at open houses to be held near 
Lacreek and Bear Butte Refuges.
    All information provided voluntarily by mail, phone, or at public 
meetings becomes part of the official public record (i.e. names, 
addresses, letters of comment, input recorded during meetings). If 
requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a private citizen or 
organization, the Service may provide copies of such information. The 
environmental impact assessment of this project will be conducted in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NEPA Regulations (40 
CFR 1500-1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, 
Executive Order 12996, and the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Improvement Act of 1997, and Service policies and procedures for 
compliance with those regulations.

    Dated: October 15, 2004.
Sharon R. Rose,
Acting Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 04-26422 Filed 11-29-04; 8:45 am]