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[Federal Register: December 4, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 233)]
[Page 63066]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Exchange of Lands on South Fox Island, MI

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior, lead; National Park
Service, Interior, cooperating; Michigan Department of Natural
Resources, cooperating.

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS) will discontinue all
activities associated with developing an environmental impact statement
(EIS) for a proposed exchange of lands on South Fox Island, Leelanau
County, MI.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the various agencies, the contacts
are: Mr. Craig Czarnecki, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, East Lansing
Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, MI 48823,
telephone: (517) 351-8470, facsimile: (517) 351-1443; or Ms. Elyse
LaForest, National Park Service, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109,
telephone: (617) 223-5190, facsimile: (617) 223-5164; Mr. Doug
Erickson, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division,
P.O. Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909-7944; telephone: (517) 335-4316,
facsimile: (517) 373-6705.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The actions that were being evaluated by
this EIS were: (1) The approval by FWS of the exchange of 313 acres,
acquired by the State with Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration
assistance, for lands with equal monetary and wildlife restoration
values; (2) the approval by the NPS for the State to exchange 105 acres
with NPS interest for private lands with equal or greater monetary and
recreational value; and (3) the related exchange of 220 acres of
unencumbered State-owned land for fee title and easements for private
lands of equal value. We published a notice of intent to prepare the
EIS in the May 16, 2001, Federal Register (66 FR 27154). That notice
included further information on this proposed exchange of lands.
     The FWS and NPS have received a written request from the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to permanently discontinue
efforts on development of the EIS to analyze the proposed exchange of
land on South Fox Island, Leelanau County, MI, about 30 miles west
northwest of Charlevoix, in Lake Michigan. Since the actions being
considered were commenced at the request of the Michigan DNR, the FWS
and NPS will honor the request to discontinue efforts on preparing the
EIS as of this publication date. Any proposed exchange of land with FWS
or NPS interest on South Fox Island is formally discontinued. Any
future consideration of a similar land exchange would be a new action
requiring the initiation of a new NEPA evaluation and appropriate
compliance review. The Michigan DNR is presently considering a new
proposal for a land trade of 218 acres of land that has no Federal
interest. Such a proposal would not require Federal approval and would
therefore not be subject to NEPA compliance.

     November 28, 2001.
Marvin E. Moriarty,
Acting Regional Director, Region 3, Fort Snelling, MN.
[FR Doc. 01-29951 Filed 12-3-01; 8:45 am]

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