AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
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 Southeast Region
(Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin
Islands) over the next 20 years.DATES: We must receive written comments on or before January 7, 2016
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/southeast/refuges/roads/pdf/southeast-region-long-range-transportation-plan.pdf.
Alternatively, you may contact Jo Ann Clark, Regional
Transportation Program Manager, Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30345 (404-679-4114).
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 Program Manager, at the
Hand-delivery: Regional Transportation Program Manager, at
the above address.
For additional information about submitting comments, see the
``Public Availability of Comments'' section below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo Ann Clark, at the above address,
phone number, or email.
With this notice, we make the Draft LRTP for the Southeast 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 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico,
and the Virgin Islands.
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 Southeast Region.
Implement coordinated and cooperative transportation
partnerships in an effort to improve the Service's transportation
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.
Read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-08/html/2015-30815.htm