[Federal Register: April 16, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 72)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Horicon and Fox River 
National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Marquette 
Counties, WI

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) is available for Horicon and Fox 
River NWRs, Wisconsin.
    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 obtain a copy by writing to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Division of Conservation Planning, Bishop Henry Whipple 
Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111 or 
you may access and download a copy via the planning Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/horicon

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patti Meyers, (920) 387-2658.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 21,417-acre Horicon NWR was established 
in 1941 through land purchases approved by the Migratory Bird 
Conservation Commission. The 1,004-acre Fox River NWR is administered 
by the Horicon staff and was established by the Director in October 
1978. The southern one-third of the Horicon Marsh is managed by the 
Department of Natural Resources and their land managers actively 
participated in the development of the CCP.
    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 the Service to develop a CCP 
for each National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP 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 for conserving 
wildlife and their habitats, the CCP identifies 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.
    Management of the Refuges for the next 15 years will focus on: (1) 
Improving the long-term sustainability of wildlife habitats; (2) 
increasing opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation; and (3) 
strengthening and expanding partnerships with government agencies, 
organizations, and communities.

    This document was received at the Office of the Federal Register 
on April 11, 2007.

    Dated: December 8, 2006.
Charles M. Wooley,
Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort 
Snelling, Minnesota.
[FR Doc. E7-7109 Filed 4-13-07; 8:45 am]