Federal Register: October 31, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 211)
DOCID: FR Doc 01-27373
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Service
ACTION: Comprehensive conservation plans; availability, etc.:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of Availability.
Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Green River, WY
DATES: Submit written comments by November 30, 2001. All comments need to be addressed to: Carol Damberg, Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 700, Green River, WY 82935
Pursuant to the Refuge Improvement Act of 1997, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published the Draft Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment. This Plan describes how the FWS intends to manage the Seedskadee NWR for the next 10 to 15 years.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, WY,
The 26,382-acre Seedskadee National Wildlife
Refuge is located within the Central Flyway, the Upper Colorado River
Ecosystem, and the Green River Basin in southwestern Wyoming, about 37
miles northwest of the city of Green River, WY. Seedskadee NWR was
established in 1965 through the Colorado River Storage Project Act of
1956. Section 8 of this Act provided for the establishment of wildlife
habitat development areas to offset the loss of wildlife habitat
resulting from reservoir development in the Colorado River Drainage.
The Seedskadee Reclamation Act of 1958 specifically authorized
acquisition of lands for Seedskadee NWR. Seedskadee NWR's purpose is
defined by two pieces of Federal enabling legislation. The principal
purpose of Seedskadee NWR is to provide for the conservation,
maintenance, and management of wildlife resources and its habitat
including the development and improvement of such wildlife resources
(Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act 16 U.S.C. 664). Additionally, the
Refuge is charged to protect the scenery, cultural resources, and other
natural resources and provide for public use and enjoyment of
compatible wildlifedependent activities (Colorado River Storage Act 43
U.S.C. 620g). Besides these, the 35th legislature of the State of
Wyoming passed enrolled Act No. 54 in 1959 ``providing consent of the
State of Wyoming to the acquisition by the United States where approved
by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the State Land Board, of
lands for the establishment of migratory bird refuges.'' All efforts
leading to the preparation of this draft CCP were undertaken to provide
the Refuge with a vision for the future, guidelines for wildlife and
habitat management over the next 15 years to ensure progress is made
toward attaining the mission and goals of Seedskadee NWR and the Refuge
System, and to comply with Congressional mandates stated in the
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The CCP will
be used to prepare stepdown management plans and revise existing
plans. It also will be used to prepare budgets which describe specific actions to be taken by the Refuge over the next
15 years. Given that new information, guidance and technology frequently change and become available, the CCP will be updated as necessary throughout the 15year period.
Dated: October 10, 2001.
John A. Blankenship,
Deputy Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 0127373 Filed 103001; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 431055P
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Carol Damberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seedskadee NWR, P.O. Box 700, Green River, WY 82935, phone 307/8752187; fax 307/8754425; EMail: email@example.com.