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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

This EIS concerning Cormorant management will be of
interest to Michigan citizens and those concerned about
the Great Lakes, given cormorant issues in Michigan
waters of the Great Lakes.

[Federal Register: December 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 232)]
[Page 60218-60219]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability; Draft Environmental Impact Statement on
Double-Crested Cormorant Management

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability for public comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a Draft
Environmental Impact Statement, which is available for public review.
The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of several
management alternatives for addressing problems associated with
increasing double-crested cormorant populations. The analysis provided
in the DEIS is intended to accomplish the following: inform the public
of the proposed action and alternatives; address public comment
received during the scoping period; and disclose the direct, indirect,
and cumulative environmental effects of the proposed action and each of
the alternatives. The Service invites the public to comment on the

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must be received by January 15,

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the DEIS should be mailed to Chief,
Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 634, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Copies of
the DEIS can also be downloaded from the Division of Migratory Bird
Management Web site at: <A 

Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N.
Fairfax Drive, MS634, Arlington, VA 22203; phone: 703/358-1714; fax:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 8, 1999, a notice was published
in the Federal Register (64 FR 60826) announcing that the Service
intended to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement `` to [address]
impacts caused by population and range expansion of the double-crested
cormorant in the contiguous United States.'' This announcement
commenced a public scoping period that ended on June 20, 2000. Over
1,400 public comments were received and were considered in the
development of the DEIS, which is now being made available for public
review. This notice is provided pursuant to Fish and Wildlife Service
regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969 (40 CFR 1506.6).
     The DEIS evaluates six management alternatives to address
biological and socioeconomic resource conflicts associated with
cormorants: (1) No Action or a continuation of current cormorant
management practices (Alternative A); (2) implement only non-lethal
management techniques (Alternative B); (3) expand current cormorant
damage management policies (Alternative C); (4) establish a new
Depredation Order to address public resource conflicts (Alternative D)
(PROPOSED ACTION); (5) reduce regional cormorant populations
(Alternative E); and (6) establish frameworks for a cormorant hunting
season (Alternative F). Our proposed action (Alternative D) modifies
the existing Aquaculture Depredation Order and establishes a new Public
Resource Depredation Order to allow public resource managers greater
flexibility in dealing with cormorant conflicts while ensuring Federal
oversight via reporting and monitoring requirements.
     You may mail or deliver comments to the Division of Migratory Bird
Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room
634, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

[[Page 60219]]

Additionally, you may submit comments on the DEIS via the internet to:
<A HREF="mailto:cormorant_eis@fws.gov";>cormorant_eis@fws.gov</A>. Please 
include your name and return address in
your e-mail message, and submit your comments as an ASCII file. Do not
use special characters or encryption. If you do not receive a
confirmation from the system that we received your e-mail message, you
can contact us directly at 703/358-1714.
     In order to be considered, submission of comments (written or
electronic) must include your name and postal mailing address; we will
not consider anonymous comments. All comments received, including names
and addresses, will become part of the public record. The public may
inspect comments during normal business hours in Room 634 `` Arlington
Square Building, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia. Requests
for such comments will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act and the Council on Environmental Quality's National
Environmental Policy Act regulations [40 CFR 1506.6(f)]. Our practice
is to make comments available for public review during regular business
hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home
address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by
law. If a respondent wishes us to withhold his/her name and/or address,
this must be stated prominently at the beginning of the comment.
     Several public hearings will be held throughout the country during
the comment period to solicit further comments from the public. The
dates and locations of these hearings are yet to be determined. A
notice of public meetings with the locations, dates, and times will be
published in the Federal Register.

Kevin R. Adams,
Acting Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 01-29881 Filed 11-30-01; 8:45 am]

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