[Federal Register: September 1, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 170)]
[Page 52138]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Boundary Expansion, James Campbell National Wildlife 
Refuge, Oahu, HI

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that Congress has enacted the 
``James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act of 2005'' 
(Act). The Act authorizes an expansion of the James Campbell National 
Wildlife Refuge's (Refuge) approved boundary by approximately 750 
acres, resulting in a revised Refuge boundary encompassing 
approximately 1,100 acres. This notice is being furnished consistent 
with section 4(c)(2) of the Act.

ADDRESSES: A map depicting the expanded approved Refuge boundary and 
other information regarding the Refuge expansion is available on the 
Internet at http://www.fws.gov/pacific/planning/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sylvia R. Pelizza, Refuge Manager, 
Oahu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 66-590 Kamehameha Highway, Room 
2C, Haleiwa, HI 96712; phone (808) 637-6330; fax (808) 637-3578; or e-
mail FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress has enacted the ``James Campbell 
National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act of 2005'' (Act), Public Law 109-
225 (May 25, 2006). The Act was created in response to longstanding 
public concerns for protecting natural resources and open space on the 
Kahuku coastal plain on the Island of Oahu. The Act authorizes an 
expansion of the Refuge's approved boundary by approximately 750 acres. 
The expanded approved Refuge boundary includes land on the makai 
(ocean) side of Kamehameha Highway, including coastal dunes, but not 
public beaches. This authorization allows the Service to acquire land 
within the expanded approved Refuge boundary from the Estate of James 
Campbell. The lands will link the Refuge's two units--the Kii Unit and 
Punamano Unit--into a single unit of protected wildlife habitat 
totaling approximately 1,100 acres.
    The Refuge expansion will protect the natural coastal wetlands and 
natural dune habitats of the Kahuku coastal area as part of the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. Management of the lands and waters 
will ensure a protected haven for all four species of endangered 
Hawaiian waterbirds and a variety of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl 
that use coastal wetlands and surrounding lands. Other native wildlife 
species that will benefit from the Refuge expansion include the native 
Hawaiian Owl, a native damselfly, and seabirds that formerly nested in 
the dune habitat. Protection of dune and strand vegetation near the 
coast will also conserve resting habitat for the endangered Hawaiian 
monk seal and nesting habitat for threatened green sea turtles that use 
Kahuku beaches. The expansion will also provide visitors increased 
opportunities to view native Hawaiian wildlife and some of the last 
remaining pristine coastal habitat on Oahu.
    The Service is now authorized to proceed with acquiring land from 
the Estate of James Campbell, which may include providing lease 
extensions to long-term leaseholders within the expanded approved 
Refuge boundary.

    Dated: August 28, 2006.
David J. Wesley,
Acting Regional Director, Region 1, Portland, Oregon.
 [FR Doc. E6-14619 Filed 8-31-06; 8:45 am]