Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 117.djvu/727

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page needs to be proofread.
[117 STAT. 708]
[117 STAT. 708]
PUBLIC LAW 107-000—MMMM. DD, 2003

117 STAT. 708

PUBLIC LAW 108–23—MAY 19, 2003

(A) the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.); and (B) this Act. (2) ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY.—The Secretary may use such additional statutory authority available to the Secretary for the conservation of fish and wildlife, and the provision of opportunities for fish- and wildlife-dependent recreation, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to carry out this Act. (b) ADDITIONAL PURPOSES.—In addition to the purposes of the Refuge Complex under other laws, regulations, Executive orders, and comprehensive conservation plans, the Refuge Complex shall be managed— (1) to strengthen and complement existing resource management, conservation, and education programs and activities at the Refuge Complex in a manner consistent with the primary purposes of the Refuge Complex— (A) to provide major resting, feeding, and wintering habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife; and (B) to enhance national resource conservation and management in the western basin; (2) in partnership with nongovernmental and private organizations and private individuals dedicated to habitat enhancement, to conserve, enhance, and restore the native aquatic and terrestrial community characteristics of the western basin (including associated fish, wildlife, and plant species); (3) to facilitate partnerships among the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian national and provincial authorities, State and local governments, local communities in the United States and Canada, conservation organizations, and other non-Federal entities to promote public awareness of the resources of the western basin; and (4) to advance the collective goals and priorities that— (A) were established in the report entitled ‘‘Great Lakes Strategy 2002—A Plan for the New Millennium’’, developed by the United States Policy Committee, comprised of Federal agencies (including the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Geological Survey, the Forest Service, and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission) and State governments and tribal governments in the Great Lakes basin; and (B) include the goals of cooperating to protect and restore the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. (c) PRIORITY USES.—In providing opportunities for compatible fish- and wildlife-dependent recreation, the Secretary, in accordance with paragraphs (3) and (4) of section 4(a) of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd(a)), shall ensure that hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation are the priority public uses of the Refuge Complex. (d) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS REGARDING NON-FEDERAL LAND.—To promote public awareness of the resources of the western basin and encourage public participation in the conservation of

VerDate 11-MAY-2000

13:45 Aug 26, 2004

Jkt 019194

PO 00000

Frm 00734

Fmt 6580

Sfmt 6581



PsN: 19194PT1