[Federal Register: July 26, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 143)]
[Page 42412-42413]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan 
and Environmental Assessment for Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge 
in Volusia and Lake Counties, Florida.


SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, intends to 
gather information necessary to prepare a comprehensive conservation 
plan and environmental assessment pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and its implementing regulations.
    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as 
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, 
requires the Service to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for 
each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a 
comprehensive conservation plan is to provide refuge mangers 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 direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, plans 
identify wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the 
public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife 
observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and 

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    The purpose of this notice is to achieve the following:
    (1) Advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and
    (2) Obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to 
include in the environmental document.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received no 
later than August 25, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Address comments, questions, and requests for further 
information to: Cheri Ehrhardt, Refuge Planner, Lake Woodruff National 
Wildlife Refuge CCP, P.O. Box 6504, Titusville, Florida 32782-6504; 
Telephone: 321/861-2368; Fax: 321/861-1276; E-mail: 
LakeWoodruffCCP@fws.gov. You may find additional information concerning 

the refuge at its Internet site: http://www.fws.gov/lakewoodruff/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The comprehensive conservation planning 
process will consider many elements, including wildlife and habitat 
management, public recreational activities, and cultural resource 
protection. Public input to the planning process is essential. A public 
scoping meeting will be held. Please contact the refuge planner in the 
ADDRESSES section regarding the public scoping meeting. All comments 
received from individuals become part of the official public record. 
Requests for such comments will be handled in accordance with the 
Freedom of Information Act and the Council on Environmental Quality's 
NEPA regulations [40 CFR 1506.6(f)].
    Congress established Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in 1964 
as a migratory bird refuge. It comprises 21,574 acres of freshwater 
marshes, swamps, creeks, hammocks, and upland forests. More than 1,000 
acres of the refuge are designated as Wilderness. Management of the 
refuge focuses on water-level manipulation for waterfowl and wading 
birds, prescribed fire, noxious weed control, deer and feral hog 
management, and partnerships.

    Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 

    Dated: June 14, 2006.
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 06-6475 Filed 7-25-06; 8:45 am]