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17992 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No.

64 / Wednesday, April 2, 2008 / Notices

Background Special mailings, newspaper articles, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


and other media announcements will be
The CCP Process Fish and Wildlife Service
used to inform State and local
The National Wildlife Refuge System government agencies and the public of [FWS–R4–R–2008–N0016; 40136–1265–
Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. the opportunities for input throughout 0000–S3]
668dd–668ee), which amended the the planning process. Open house
National Wildlife Refuge System meeting(s) will be scheduled and held Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge,
Administration Act of 1966, requires us throughout the scoping phase of the Ashley, Bradley, and Union Counties,
to develop a CCP for each national comprehensive conservation planning AR; Overflow National Wildlife Refuge,
wildlife refuge. The purpose for process. Ashley County, AR
developing a CCP is to provide refuge
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service,
managers with a 15-year plan for J.N. ‘‘Ding’’ Darling National Wildlife
Interior.
achieving refuge purposes and Refuge
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a
contributing toward the mission of the
National Wildlife Refuge System, J.N. ‘‘Ding’’ Darling National Wildlife comprehensive conservation plan and
consistent with sound principles of fish Refuge was originally established as the environmental assessment; request for
and wildlife management, conservation, Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge in comments.
legal mandates, and our policies. In 1945. The refuge was originally SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and
addition to outlining broad management established ‘‘for use as an inviolate Wildlife Service (Service), intend to
direction on conserving wildlife and sanctuary, or for any other management prepare a comprehensive conservation
their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife- purposes, for migratory birds, and plan (CCP) and associated National
dependent recreational opportunities suitable for incidental fish and wildlife- Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
available to the public, including oriented recreational development, the documents for Felsenthal and Overflow
opportunities for hunting, fishing, protection of natural resources, and the National Wildlife Refuges. We provide
wildlife observation, wildlife conservation of threatened and this notice in compliance with our CCP
photography, and environmental endangered species.’’ In 1967, the refuge policy to advise other agencies, Tribes,
education and interpretation. We will was renamed in honor of Jay Norwood and the public of our intentions, and to
review and update the CCP at least ‘‘Ding’’ Darling and now consists of obtain suggestions and information on
every 15 years in accordance with the 6,300 acres of mangrove estuaries, the scope of issues to consider in the
Improvement Act. freshwater spartina wetlands, and planning process.
Congress established each unit of the tropical hardwood hammocks. In 1976, DATES: To ensure consideration, we
National Wildlife Refuge System for Public Law 94–557 approved 2,825 must receive your written comments by
specific purposes. We use these acres of the refuge as a Wilderness Area. May 19, 2008. We will announce
purposes as the foundation for opportunities for public input in local
developing and prioritizing the Public Availability of Comments news media throughout the CCP
management goals and objectives for the planning process.
refuge within the National Wildlife Before including your address, phone
ADDRESSES: Send your comments or
Refuge System mission, and to number, e-mail address, or other
personal identifying information in your requests for more information to: Mike
determine how the public can use the Dawson, Refuge Planner, Fish and
refuge. The planning process is a way comment, you should be aware that
Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View
for us and the public to evaluate your entire comment, including your
Parkway, Suite B, Jackson, Mississippi
management goals and objectives for the personal identifying information, may 39213; Fax: 601/965–4010; Electronic
best possible conservation approach to be made publicly available at any time. mail: mike_dawson@fws.gov.
this important wildlife habitat, while While you can ask us in your comment
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
providing for wildlife-dependent to withhold your personal identifying Mike Dawson; Telephone: 601/965–
recreation opportunities that are information from public review, we 4903, extension 20.
compatible with each refuge’s cannot guarantee that we will be able to
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
establishing purposes and the mission do so.
of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Introduction
Authority: This notice is published under
Our CCP process provides the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge With this notice, we initiate our
participation opportunities for Tribal, System Improvement Act of 1997, Public process for developing a CCP for
State, and local governments; agencies; Law 105–57. Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in
organizations; and the public. At this Ashley, Bradley, and Union Counties,
time we encourage input in the form of Dated: February 8, 2008.
AR, and Overflow National Wildlife
issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions Cynthia K. Dohner, Refuge in Ashley County, AR. We
for the future management of J.N. Acting Regional Director. provide this notice in compliance with
‘‘Ding’’ Darling National Wildlife [FR Doc. E8–6790 Filed 4–1–08; 8:45 am] our planning policy to (1) advise other
Refuge. BILLING CODE 4310–55–P Federal and State agencies and the
We will conduct the environmental public of our intention to conduct
assessment in accordance with the detailed planning on the refuge, and (2)
requirements of the National obtain suggestions and information on
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as the scope of topics to consider in the
amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et
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environmental document and during


seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts development of the CCP.
1500–1508); other appropriate Federal
laws and regulations; and our policies Background
and procedures for compliance with The National Wildlife Refuge System
those laws and regulations. Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C.

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Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 2, 2008 / Notices 17993

668dd–668ee), which amended the depression that is laced with a vast Caloosahatchee, Matlacha Pass, and
National Wildlife Refuge System complex of sloughs, bayous, and lakes. Island Bay National Wildlife Refuges.
Administration Act of 1966, requires us The region’s two major rivers, the Saline These refuges are located within the J.N.
to develop a CCP for each national and Ouachita, flow through the refuge. ‘‘Ding’’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge
wildlife refuge. The purpose for Historically, periodic flooding of the Complex. We provide this notice in
developing a CCP is to provide refuge ‘‘bottoms’’ during winter and spring compliance with our CCP policy to
managers with a 15-year plan for provided excellent wintering waterfowl advise other Federal and State agencies,
achieving refuge purposes and habitat. These wetland areas in Tribes, and the public of our intentions,
contributing toward the mission of the combination with the refuge’s diverse and to obtain suggestions and
National Wildlife Refuge System, forest ecosystem of bottomland information on the scope of issues to
consistent with sound principles of fish hardwoods, pine forests, and uplands consider in the planning process.
and wildlife management, conservation, support a wide variety of wildlife and DATES: To ensure consideration, we
legal mandates, and our policies. In provide excellent opportunities for must receive your written comments by
addition to outlining broad management fishing, hunting, boating, wildlife May 19, 2008. We will hold public
direction on conserving wildlife and observation, and environmental meetings to begin the CCP planning
their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife- education. process. We will announce
dependent recreational opportunities Overflow National Wildlife Refuge opportunities for public input in the
available to the public, including was established in 1980, to protect one local news media throughout the CCP
opportunities for hunting, fishing, of the remaining bottomland hardwood planning process. Open house meetings
wildlife observation, wildlife forests considered vital for maintaining will be scheduled and held throughout
photography, and environmental mallard, wood duck, and other the scoping phase of the comprehensive
education and interpretation. We will waterfowl populations in the conservation plan development process.
review and update the CCP at least Mississippi Flyway. This 13,000-acre ADDRESSES: Comments, questions, and
every 15 years in accordance with the plus refuge is a wetland complex within requests for more information regarding
Improvement Act and NEPA. the watershed of Overflow Creek, which the planning process should be sent to:
We establish each unit of the National flows southerly along the length of the Laura Housh, Regional Planner,
Wildlife Refuge System for specific refuge. The majority of the refuge is Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge,
purposes. We use these purposes as the bottomland hardwood forests, Route 2, Box 3330, Folkston, GA 31537.
bases to develop and prioritize consisting primarily of willow and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
management goals and objectives for the overcup oaks. Willow oaks, found here Laura Housh; Telephone: 912/496–7366,
refuge within the National Wildlife in abundance, produce small acorns that Extension 244; Fax: 912/496–3332.
Refuge System mission, and to are an excellent source of food for the
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
determine how the public can use the mallards and wood ducks that make the
refuge. The planning process is a way refuge their winter home. Introduction
for us and the public to evaluate Authority: This notice is published under With this notice, we initiate our
management goals and objectives for the the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge process for developing a CCP for Pine
best possible conservation approach to System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Island, Caloosahatchee, and Matlacha
this important wildlife habitat, while Law 105–57. Pass National Wildlife Refuges, Lee
providing for wildlife-dependent Dated: December 31, 2007. County, FL; and Island Bay National
recreation opportunities that are Jon Andrew, Wildlife Refuge, Charlotte County, FL.
compatible with the refuge’s This notice complies with our CCP
Acting Regional Director.
establishing purposes and the mission policy to (1) advise other Federal and
of the National Wildlife Refuge System. [FR Doc. E8–6797 Filed 4–1–08; 8:45 am]
State agencies, Tribes, and the public of
Our CCP process provides BILLING CODE 4310–55–P
our intention to conduct detailed
opportunities for Tribal, State, and local
planning on these refuges, and (2)
governments; agencies; organizations;
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR obtain suggestions and information on
and the public to participate. At this
the scope of issues to consider in the
time we encourage the public to provide Fish and Wildlife Service environmental document and during
input in the form of issues, concerns,
[FWS–R4–R–2008–N0005; 40136–1265– development of the CCP.
ideas, and suggestions for the future
management of Felsenthal and Overflow 0000–S3] Background
National Wildlife Refuges.
We will conduct the environmental Pine Island, Caloosahatchee, and The CCP Process
review of this project in accordance Matlacha Pass National Wildlife The National Wildlife Refuge System
with the requirements of the National Refuges, Lee County, FL; Island Bay Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C.
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as National Wildlife Refuge, Charlotte 668dd–668ee) (Improvement Act),
amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et County, FL which amended the National Wildlife
seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge System Administration Act of
1500–1508); other appropriate Federal Interior. 1966, requires us to develop a CCP for
laws and regulations; and our policies ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a each national wildlife refuge. The
and procedures for compliance with comprehensive conservation plan and purpose for developing a CCP is to
those laws and regulations. environmental assessment; request for provide refuge managers with a 15-year
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge comments. strategy for achieving refuge purposes
was established in 1975, as a result of and contributing toward the mission of
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the Corps of Engineers’ Ouachita and SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and the National Wildlife Refuge System,
Black Rivers Navigation Project. Wildlife Service (Service), intend to consistent with sound principles of fish
Geographically, the 65,000-acre refuge is prepare a comprehensive conservation and wildlife management, conservation,
located in what is known as the plan (CCP) and environmental legal mandates, and our policies. In
Felsenthal Basin, an extensive natural assessment (EA) for Pine Island, addition to outlining broad management

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