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« on: November 16, 2013, 04:31:05 am »

Draft Long Range Transportation Plan for U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service Lands in the Midwest Region


AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the
availability of a draft long range transportation plan for public
review and comment. The Draft Long Range Transportation Plan outlines a
strategy for improving and maintaining transportation assets that
provide access to Service-managed lands in the Midwest Region
(Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and
Wisconsin) over the next 20 years.

DATES: We must receive written comments on or before December 18, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Document Review: If you wish to review the draft plan, you
may obtain a copy by visiting our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/currentplans.html.
    Alternatively, you may contact Brandon Jutz, Regional
Transportation Coordinator, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, 5600 American Boulevard West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN (612-
713-5407).
    Submitting Comments: If you wish to comment on the plan, you may
submit your comments in writing by any one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Regional Transportation Coordinator, at the
above address.
     Hand-delivery: Regional Transportation Coordinator, at the
above address.
     Fax: 612-713-5288.
     Email: Brandon_Jutz@fws.gov.
    For additional information about submitting comments, see the
``Public Availability of Comments'' section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon Jutz, at the above address,
phone number, or email.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we make the Draft LRTP for the Midwest Region of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service available for public review and
comment. When finalized, the LRTP will apply to Service-managed lands
in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and
Wisconsin.

Background

    The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21)
requires all Federal land management agencies to conduct long-range
transportation planning in a manner that is consistent with
metropolitan planning organization and State departments of
transportation planning. This LRTP was initiated within the Service to
achieve the following:
     Establish a defensible structure for sound transportation
planning and decision-making.
     Establish a vision, mission, goals, and objectives for
transportation planning in the Service's Midwest Region.
     Implement coordinated and cooperative transportation
partnerships in an effort to improve the Service's transportation
infrastructure.
     Bring the Service into compliance with the Moving Ahead
for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which requires all
Federal land management agencies (FLMA) to conduct long-range
transportation planning in a manner that is consistent with
metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and State department of
transportation (DOT) planning.
     Integrate transportation planning and funding for wildlife
refuges and fish hatcheries into existing and future Service management
plans and strategies--e.g., comprehensive conservation plans (CCPs) and
comprehensive hatchery management plans (CHMPs).
     Increase awareness of Alternative Transportation Systems
(ATS) and associated benefits.
     Develop best management practices (BMP) for transportation
improvements on Service lands.
     Serve as a pilot project for the implementation of a
region-level transportation planning process within the Service.

LRTP Mission, Goals, and Objectives

    Through a collaborative effort, the Refuge and Fisheries Programs,
in cooperation with the planning and visitor services programs within
the Service's Midwest Region, have contributed to defining the mission,
goals, and objectives presented in this document. The resulting
mission, goals, and objectives are intended to provide a systematic
approach to guide the process for evaluating and selecting
transportation improvement for the Service lands in the Midwest Region.
These guiding principles have shaped the development, conclusions, and
recommendations of this LRTP.

Mission

    To support the Service's mission by connecting people to fish,
wildlife, and their habitats through strategic implementation of
transportation programs.

To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-18/html/2013-27433.htm
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