[Federal Register: June 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 121)]
[Page 36650-36651]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental 
Assessment for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (IWR), 
Wayne and Monroe Counties, MI

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the Final 
Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) 
is available for Detroit River IWR, Michigan. The CCP was prepared 
pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 
1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act 
of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Goals and 
objectives in the CCP describe how the agency intends to manage the 
Refuge over the next 15 years.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final CCP are available on compact disk or 
hard copy. You may access and download a copy via the planning Web site 
(http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/detroitriver/index.html) or you 

may obtain a copy by writing to the following address: U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation Planning, Bishop Henry 
Whipple Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Hartig at (734) 692-7608.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The approved boundary of the Detroit River 
IWR is located along 42 miles of the lower Detroit River and Michigan's 
Lake Erie shoreline to the Ohio state border. The Refuge was 
established by legislation in December 2001 and expanded in May 2003. 
Refuge ownership is currently small and limited to several islands in 
the Detroit River and two coastal parcels in Monroe County.
    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as 
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 
(16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee et seq) requires a CCP. The purpose in 
developing CCPs is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy 
for achieving Refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of 
the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles 
of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and 
Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management

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direction for conserving wildlife and their habitats, the CCPs identify 
wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, 
including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and 
photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will 
review and update these CCPs at least every 15 years in accordance with 
the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as 
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, 
and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-
    The major focus of the Refuge for the next 15 years will be 
building a refuge land base, programs, and staff primarily through 
partnerships and cooperative agreements with landowners and local non-
government organizations. The Refuge's key biological focus will be 
conserving and enhancing remnant coastal wetlands and island habitats 
for the benefit of the migratory birds, especially diving waterfowl. A 
modest visitor services program is proposed on existing Refuge lands. 
Grassy Island is closed due to safety concerns and Mud and Calf Islands 
can only be reached using watercraft. However, public programs could 
expand if a shared visitor center is built adjacent to the Refuge's 
Humbug Marsh.

    Dated: December 2, 2004.
Charles M. Wooley,
Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ft. Snelling, 
[FR Doc. 05-12501 Filed 6-23-05; 8:45 am]