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[Federal Register: July 2, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 127)]
[Page 44471]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and
Associated Environmental Assessment for the Detroit River International
Wildlife Refuge, Wayne and Monroe Counties, MI

AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan
and associated Environmental Assessment for the Detroit Rivers
International Wildlife Refuge.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (Service) intends to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan
and an associated Environmental Assessment for the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge located in Wayne and Monroe Counties,
Michigan. The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with
Service Comprehensive Conservation Plan policy and the National
Environmental Policy Act and implementing regulations to achieve the
     (1) Advise other agencies and the public of our intentions;
     (2) Obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues,
opportunities, and concerns for inclusion in the Comprehensive
Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment; and
     (3) Solicit information from the public about archaeological sites,
buildings and structures, historic places, cemeteries, and traditional
use sites that could influence decisions about management of the

DATES: Beginning in late June 2002, the Service will solicit
information from the public via public open house events, workshops,
focus groups, and written comments. Special mailings, newspaper
articles, radio announcements, and the Service's web site <A 
midwest.fws.gov/planning/detroitrivertop.htm</A> will inform people of the
times and places of public involvement opportunities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Address comments and requests for
additional information to: Gary Muehlenhardt, NWRS-AP, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111-5406.
Email: <A 
Telephone: 1-800-247-1247 extension

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is Service policy to have all lands
within the National Wildlife Refuge System managed in accordance with
an approved Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The Comprehensive
Conservation Plan will guide management decisions and identify refuge
goals, objectives, and strategies for achieving refuge purposes. The
public is encouraged to participate in the planning process. The
Comprehensive Conservation Plan will provide other agencies and the
public with a clear understanding of the desired future conditions of
the Refuge and how the Service will implement management strategies.
     The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) was
established by Public Law 107-91 on December 21, 2002 and is the first
international wildlife refuge in North America. The Refuge will
conserve, protect and restore habitat for 29 species of waterfowl, 65
kinds of fish and 300 species of migratory birds along the lower
Detroit River in Michigan and Canada. The authorized refuge boundary
includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals and riverfront
lands along 18 miles of the Lower Detroit River.
     The Refuge establishing act included Mud Island and Grassy Islands,
lands already managed by the Service as Wyandotte National Wildlife
Refuge (394 acres). The Act created an ``acquisition'' boundary for the
refuge, called for partnerships with Canada and local communities, and
directed the Service to ``conduct a study of fish and wildlife habitat
and aquatic and terrestrial communities of the north reach of the
Detroit River'' for potential inclusion in the Refuge, and to report
back to Congress in 18 months. To meet this obligation, the Service
will be developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the new

     Dated: June 3, 2002.
William F. Hartwig,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 02-16576 Filed 7-1-02; 8:45 am]

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