[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Pages 12989-12990]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5307]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-R-2011-N030; 93261-1263-000-5C]
RIN 1018-AX35

Draft Fish and Wildlife Service Friends Policy

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period on our draft Fish and 
Wildlife Service Friends Policy, which we made available for public 
comment via a Federal Register notice published on October 18, 2010.

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 8, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the draft policy by mail to: 
Kevin Kilcullen, Division of Visitors Services and Communication, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 635, Arlington, 
VA 22203; by FAX to (703) 358-2517; or by e-mail to 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Kilcullen, (703) 358-2382.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a Federal Register notice dated October 
18, 2010 (75 FR 63851), we announced availability for public review and 
comment of a draft policy for Fish and Wildlife Service employees 
working with Refuge Friends groups. Established in 1996 to encourage 
and organize community involvement in National Wildlife Refuge System 
activities, the National Friends Program works to expand the 
effectiveness of community-based, nonprofit Friends organizations to 
build visibility and support for the Fish and Wildlife Service's 
conservation programs. Given the rapid growth and size of the program 
(currently about 230 organizations and an estimated 60,000 members), we 
have identified the need to issue national policy guidance on a number 
of issues affecting our relationship with Friends organizations. Those 
needs include administrative procedures, guidance on addressing 
financial and administrative information, a sample Friends

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Partnership Agreement, and guidance on revenue-generating activities 
that will assist Service employees in working with Friends 
organizations. For more background on the draft policy, see our October 
18, 2010, notice. The draft policy is available at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/friends.
    We received several requests to extend the public comment period 
beyond the December 2, 2010, due date. In order to ensure that the 
public has an adequate opportunity to review and comment on our draft 
policy, we are reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days. 
Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully 
considered in preparation of the final policy.
    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.

    Dated: February 17, 2011.
Rowan W. Gould,
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Acting).
[FR Doc. 2011-5307 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]