[Federal Register: August 22, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 162)]
[Page 47062]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan 
and environmental assessment for Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife 
Refuge in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.


SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service intends to gather information 
necessary to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan and 
environmental assessment for Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife 
Refuge. This notice is furnished in compliance with the Service's 
comprehensive conservation planning policy to advise other agencies and 
the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information 
on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments must be received by October 9, 

ADDRESSES: Comments, questions, and requests for more information 
regarding Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge should be sent 
to: Allyne H. Askins, Refuge Manager, Carolina Sandhills National 
Wildlife Refuge, 23734 U.S. Highway 1, McBee, SC 29101; Telephone: 843/
335-8401; Fax: 843/335-8406; e-mail: fw4rwcarolinasandhills@fws.gov/. 
You may find additional information concerning the refuge at the 
refuge's Internet site: http://www.fws.gov/carolinasandhills.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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), 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 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 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 interpretation. Public 
input in this planning process is essential.
    Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System is established 
with specific purposes. These purposes are used to develop and 
prioritize management goals and objectives with the National Wildlife 
Refuge System mission, and to guide which public uses will occur on the 
refuge. The planning process is a means for the Service and the public 
to evaluate management goals and objectives for the best possible 
conservation efforts of this important wildlife habitat, while 
providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are 
compatible with the refuge's establishing purposes and the mission of 
the National Wildlife Refuge System.
    A comprehensive conservation planning process will be conducted 
that will provide opportunities for Tribal, State, and local 
governments; agencies; organizations; and the public to participate in 
issue scoping and public comment. The Service invites anyone interested 
to respond to the following questions:
    1. What problems or issues do you want to see addressed in the 
comprehensive conservation plan?
    2. What improvements would you recommend for Carolina Sandhills 
National Wildlife Refuge?
    The above questions have been provided for your optional use. You 
are not required to provide any information. The Planning Team 
developed these questions to gather information about individual issues 
and ideas concerning the refuge. The Planning Team will use comments it 
receives as part of the planning process; however, it will not 
reference individual comments or directly respond to them.
    Special mailings, newspaper articles, and other media announcements 
will be used to inform State and local government agencies and the 
public of the opportunities for input throughout the planning process. 
An open house style meeting will be held to solicit comments during the 
scoping phase of the planning process. The date and time will be 
announced through local mailings, newspaper articles, and other media 
    The environmental review 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 parts 1500-1508); and other appropriate Federal laws and 
regulations. All comments received become part of the official public 
record. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying 
information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    Congress established Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in 
1939. The refuge comprises more than 45,000 acres of longleaf pine and 
is home to the largest population of the endangered red-cockaded 
woodpecker on Service-owned lands. Management of the refuge focuses on 
longleaf pine restoration, endangered species recovery, migratory and 
upland game birds, and wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities.

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

    Dated: July 24, 2007.
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
 [FR Doc. E7-16611 Filed 8-21-07; 8:45 am]