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expanded wildlife habitat management This alternative would encourage the present acquisition boundaries for
or expanded public use opportunities, more public recreational and the use of compatible wildlife-
Alternate D seeks to optimize the educational uses, where feasible, while dependent public recreation and
benefits of the refuges to wildlife and intensifying current habitat environmental education opportunities.
people, recognizing that tradeoffs may management. Hunting and fishing Tracts that provide better-quality
preclude maximizing the benefits of would continue with greater emphasis habitat and connectivity to existing
each alternative. By seeking the ‘‘best of on the quality of the experience and refuge lands would receive higher
both’’ Alternatives B and C, Alternative with more diverse opportunities, priority for acquisition. The refuges
D would promote better management including those for youth and disabled would also use other important
and protection of fish, wildlife, and hunters/anglers. Education and acquisition tools, including partnerships
their habitats and higher quality interpretation would be promoted while with conservation organizations,
recreational and educational programs providing programs and partnerships conservation easements with adjacent
for visitors. with local schools. Wildlife observation landowners, and leases/cooperative
Under Alternative D, refuge lands and photography opportunities would agreements.
would be more intensely managed than be expanded. Information guides and
at present to provide high quality signage that highlight refuge Authority: This notice is published under
habitat for wildlife, which would work management programs, as well as the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge
toward fulfilling the habitat objectives System Improvement Act of 1997, Public
unique wildlife habitats, would also be Law 105–57.
outlined for the Mississippi Alluvial developed. Efforts would also be
Valley Migratory Bird Initiative, and undertaken to improve road Dated: October 7, 2005.
would include significant benefits for maintenance in order to provide better Cynthia K. Dohner,
waterfowl, shorebirds, and neotropical visitor access. Acting Regional Director.
migratory birds. With the A visitor center and headquarters [FR Doc. 06–48 Filed 1–3–06; 8:45 am]
implementation of this alternative, there office would be constructed on the BILLING CODE 4310–55–M
would be significant habitat benefits to refuges, with space for interpretation,
migratory bird species by increasing and environmental education, and staff.
enhancing breeding, wintering, and Research studies would continue to DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
migration habitat for wetland-dependent be fostered and partnerships developed
migratory species. This alternative with universities and other agencies, National Park Service
contributes directly to the objectives of with the refuges providing needed
the Lower Mississippi Joint Venture of resources and study sites. Research Concession Contracts and Permits:
the North American Waterfowl would also provide benefits to Expiring Contracts; Extension
Management Plan, the Partners in conservation efforts throughout the
Flight—Mississippi Alluvial Valley Lower Mississippi River Valley to AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
Habitat Conservation Plan, the United preserve, enhance, restore, and manage ACTION: Public notice.
States Shorebird Conservation Plan— bottomland hardwood habitat.
Lower Mississippi Valley/West Gulf Inventorying and monitoring of birds, SUMMARY: Pursuant to 36 CFR 51.23,
Coastal Plain, West Tennessee Wildlife freshwater mussels, reptiles, and public notice is hereby given that the
Resources Conservation Plan, and the amphibians would be continued and National Park Service proposes to
North American Woodcock Plan, and expanded in order to assess population extend the following expiring
provides integrated migratory bird trends, correlate with environmental concession contracts for a period of up
management objectives in a landscape- pressures, and provide baseline data to to 2 years, or until such time as a new
level, biologically driven framework be used in development of appropriate contract is executed, whichever occurs
particularly for migratory birds. This management strategies. Additional staff sooner.
would include creating and maintaining would include biological, law
additional moist-soil units and restoring enforcement, outreach, and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All of the
bottomland hardwood forest habitats. maintenance personnel. Providing a listed concession authorizations will
Fisheries management would be wildlife biologist, outdoor recreation expire by their terms on or before
emphasized and, where appropriate, planner, maintenance workers, and an December 31, 2005. The National Park
restored for native diversity within the additional full-time law enforcement Service has determined that the
floodplain. Refuge habitats would be officer would enable the Service to fully proposed short-term extensions are
managed and restored for natural develop and manage fish and wildlife necessary in order to avoid interruption
diversity in support of national and resources and habitats, provide of visitor services and has taken all
regional plans. Forest management opportunities and facilities for wildlife reasonable and appropriate steps to
would address the need to restore and observation and photography, provide consider alternatives to avoid such
enhance the red oak component for environmental educational programs interruption. These extensions will
migratory waterfowl and develop that promote a greater understanding of allow the National Park Service to
vertical structure to provide habitat for natural resources, and protect natural complete and issue prospectuses
a diversity of species, particularly and cultural resources, as well as refuge leading to the competitive selection of
priority migratory birds. Any future visitors. concessioners for new long-term
reforestation efforts would incorporate Under this alternative, the refuges concession contracts covering these
greater native tree species diversity. would continue to acquire lands within operations.

Conc ID No. Concessioner name Park


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GLBA002–00 ..................................................... Holland America Line, Inc ................................ Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA003–00 ..................................................... Princess Cruises, Inc ....................................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA004–00 ..................................................... P&O, Inc. (Princess Cruises) ........................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA005–00 ..................................................... Holland America Line-Westours, Inc ................ Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.

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Conc ID No. Concessioner name Park

GLBA006–00 ..................................................... World Explorer Cruises .................................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA007–00 ..................................................... NCL Cruises Ltd. (Norwegian Cruise Line) ..... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA036–00 ..................................................... Crystal Cruises, Inc .......................................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA046–00 ..................................................... Celebrity Cruises, Inc ....................................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA050–00 ..................................................... Carnival Cruise Line ......................................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
GLBA040–00 ..................................................... West Travel, Inc. (Cruise West) ....................... Glacier Bay National Park & Pres.
WRST001–98 .................................................... Daniel R. Schwarzer (AAA Alaskan Outfitters, Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
Inc.).
WRST002–98 .................................................... Mel Gillis (Alaska Trophy Hunting & Fishing) .. Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST003–98 .................................................... W. Kirk Ellis (Devils Mtn Guiding Service) ....... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST004–98 .................................................... W. Cole Ellis (Ellis Big Game Guides and Out- Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
fitters).
WRST005–98 .................................................... Dick Gunlogson ................................................ Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST006–98 .................................................... Robert Fithian (Alaskan Mountain Guides) ...... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST007–98 .................................................... Mark Collins (Jungles, Deserts & Mountains) .. Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST009–98 .................................................... Lorene Ellis (Nabesna Glacier Guide Service) Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST010–98 .................................................... Matt Owen (Northern Air Trophy) .................... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST011–98 .................................................... Terry Overly (Pioneer Outfitters) ...................... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST012–98 .................................................... Urban E. Rahoi (Ptarmigan Lake Lodge) ........ Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST013–98 .................................................... Thomas Vaden (Solo Creek Guides) ............... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST014–98 .................................................... John Claus (Ultima Thule Outfitters) ................ Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST015–98 .................................................... Paul Claus (Ultima Thule Outfitters) ................ Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST016–98 .................................................... Richard G. Petersen (Wrangell Outfitters) ....... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.
WRST017–98 .................................................... Chuck McMahan (Gakona Guide Service) ...... Wrangell-St. Elias NPres.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2006. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR extended to maximum allowable under
36 CFR 51.23. Under the provisions of
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo National Park Service current concession contracts and
A. Pendry, Concession Program
pending the completion of the public
Manager, National Park Service, Public Notice
solicitation of a prospectus for a new
Washington, DC 20240, Telephone 202/
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior. concession contract, the National Park
513–7156.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the terms of Service authorizes continuation of
Dated: December 15, 2005. existing concession contracts, public visitor services for a period not-to-
Alfred J. Poole, III, notice is hereby given that the National exceed 1 year under the terms and
Acting Assistant Director, Business Services. Park Service intends to request a conditions of the current contract as
[FR Doc. 06–20 Filed 1–3–06; 8:45 am] continuation of visitor services for a amended. The continuation of
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period not-to-exceed 1 year from the operations does not affect any rights
date of contract expiration. with respect to selection for award of a
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The new concession contract.
contracts listed below have been

Conc ID No. Concessioner name Park

CC–OZAR001–88 .............................................. Shane and Kimberly Van Steenis (Alley Ozark NSR.
Spring Canoe Rental).
CC–OZAR012–88 .............................................. Akers Ferry Canoe Rental, Inc ........................ Ozark NSR.
CC–OZAR016–89 .............................................. Carr’s Grocery & Canoe Rental ....................... Ozark NSR.
CC–SLBE005–87 .............................................. G. Michael Grosvenor (Manitou Island Transit) Sleeping Bear Dunes NL.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2006. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR expire by their terms on or before
December 31, 2005. The National Park
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo National Park Service Service has determined that the
A. Pendry, Concession Program
proposed short-term extensions are
Manager, National Park Service, Public Notice
necessary in order to avoid interruption
Washington, DC 20240, Telephone, 202/
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior. of visitor services and has taken all
513–7156.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to 36 CFR 51.23, reasonable and appropriate steps to
Dated: December 15, 2005. public notice is hereby given that the consider alternatives to avoid such
Alfred J. Poole, III, National Park Service proposes to interruption. These extensions will
Acting Assistant Director, Business Services. extend the following expiring allow the National Park Service to
[FR Doc. 06–21 Filed 1–3–06; 8:45 am] concession contracts for a period of up complete and issue prospectuses
to one year, or until such time as a new leading to the competitive selection of
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contract is executed, whichever occurs concessioners for new long-term
sooner. concession contracts covering these
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All of the operations.
listed concession authorizations will

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