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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG80 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: National Wildlife Refuge System, Drain Tile Setbacks 

FWS will make a final determination on proposed regulations to improve the administration of conservation easements and better protect encumbered wetland areas. The proposed regulations would provide greater transparency and certainty to landowners and the agency by codifying the process by which FWS establishes drain tile setbacks to protect wetland easement contracts.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 25   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 460k to 460k-4    16 U.S.C. 661 to 667e    16 U.S.C. 667b to 667d    16 U.S.C. 668dd to 668ee    16 U.S.C. 715k-3 to 715k-5    16 U.S.C. 718d    16 U.S.C. 742a to 754d    16 U.S.C. 1531 to 1543    16 U.S.C. 1601 to 1624    16 U.S.C. 3901    16 U.S.C. 4401 to 4412   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/28/2023  88 FR 26244   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/27/2023 
Final Action  01/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Debbie L. DeVore
Deputy Chief, Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:251 604-1383