[Federal Register: September 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 173)]
[Page 53379]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Big Game Guiding on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of solicitation.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting proposals to 
conduct commercial big game guide services in six guide use areas on 
five national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

DATES: Proposals must be postmarked by, or hand delivered to the Alaska 
Regional Office at the address indicated below by, November 14, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tony Booth or Debbie Steen, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System--Alaska, Division 
of Visitor Services and Communications, 1011 East Tudor Road, M.S. 235, 
Anchorage, Alaska 99503; Telephone: (907) 786-3384 (Tony) or (907) 786-
3665 (Debbie).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is 
requesting proposals to conduct commercial big game guide services 
within guide use areas on four national wildlife refuges in Alaska that 
have become vacant or may become vacant soon. We will authorize big 
game guiding services on these areas for the period January 1, 2006, 
through December 31, 2010. We will award permits to conduct guiding 
services in these areas through a competitive selection process that is 
described in the prospectus. The offerings will include the following 
guide use areas:

Alaska Maritime Refuge--AKM-03
Alaska Peninsula/Becharof Refuge--BCH-06
Arctic Refuge--ARC-01, ARC-08
Kanuti Refuge--KAN-01
Koyukuk Refuge--KOY-02

    Interested qualified guides who apply for the guide areas on the 
Arctic Refuge should be aware that the availability of both of those 
areas is uncertain at this time because the existing permittee may seek 
reconsideration or appeal a decision to not renew the permits. 
Interested qualified guides who apply for the guide area on the Koyukuk 
Refuge should be aware that the Service is in the process of revoking 
the existing KOY-02 permit. Since the Service does not plan to issue a 
separate notice for the Arctic and Koyukuk offerings, interested 
parties should submit proposals in response to this notice.
    We will send a letter announcing these offerings to all State of 
Alaska-registered big game guides. You must postmark or hand deliver 
proposals to the Service at the address indicated above by 4 p.m., 
November 14, 2005.
    Copies of the solicitation are available to any interested party by 
calling or writing the above telephone number or address.

Rowan W. Gould,
Regional Director, Anchorage, Alaska.
[FR Doc. 05-17760 Filed 9-7-05; 8:45 am]