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Heads up, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near Saginaw.....




[Federal Register: October 1, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 190)]
[Notices]
[Page 51482-51483]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr01oc97-72]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Comprehensive Management Plan

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare comprehensive management plans and
associated environmental documents.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the pubic that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare
comprehensive management plans (CMPs) and environmental assessments for
units within Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.
Readers should note that pending legislation may change the names of
CMPs to comprehensive conservation plans. The CMPs will be prepared for
the Illinois River Refuges and Mark Twain, DeSoto, Shiawassee,
Minnesota Valley, Squaw Creek, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuges and
the Wetland Management Districts in Minnesota. The Service is
furnishing this notice in compliance with Service CMP policy and the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and implementing regulations:
    (1) To advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and
    (2) To obtain suggestions and information one the scope of issues
to include in the environmental document.

DATES: Inquire at the address below for due dates for comments
regarding specific projects.

ADDRESSES: Address comments and requests for more information or to be
put on a mailing list to: Chief, Branch of Ascertainment and Planning,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building,
1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111, (612) 725-3306, E-
mail: R3PLANNING@fws.gov

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service will solicit information from
the public via open houses and written comments. Special mailings,
newspaper articles, and radio announcements in the areas near each unit
will inform people of the time and place of open houses to be held in
1997 and 1998 related to the CMP and NEPA documentation.

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    It is Service policy to have all lands within the National Wildlife
Refuge System managed in accordance with an approved CMP. The CMP
guides management decisions and identifies goals, objectives, and
strategies for achieving unit purposes. Public input into this planning
process is encouraged. The CMPs will provide other agencies and the
public with a clear understanding of the desired conditions of each of
its units and how the Service will implement management strategies.


[SNIP}


    Shiawassee NWR consists of 9,102 acres located near Saginaw,
Michigan. The Refuge was established in 1953 and has an approved plan
to expand by 7,500 acres. The Refuge is part of the ``Shiawassee
Flats'' in the Saginaw Bay watershed, historically one of the largest
and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan.


[SNIP]

    The Service units need CMPs because no formal, up-to-date, long-
term management direction exists. Until the CMPs are completed,
management will be guided by official unit purposes; Management and
General Public Use of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Executive
Order 12996); Federal legislation regarding management of national
wildlife refuges and wilderness; and other legal, regulatory and policy
guidance.
    Upon implementation, the CMPs will apply to Federal lands,
easements, and lands leased by the Service within the boundaries of the
units. The plans will be consistent with the Service's Ecosystem
Approach to Fish and Wildlife Conservation and include approaches to
habitat management, wildlife population management, cultural resource
identification and protection, and management of any special uses.
    The environmental review of these projects 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 1500-1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations,
Executive Order 12996, and Service policies and procedures for
compliance with those regulations.
    We estimate that the first draft CMPs and associated environmental
documents will be available by March 1998.

    Dated: September 25, 1997.
Marvin E. Moriarty,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 97-25967 Filed 9-30-97; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-55-M

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(517) 332-6971 (voice); (517) 332-8987 (fax)



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