Notice of Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact for the Conservation Security Program, 1865-1866 [05-510]

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[FR Doc. 05–512 Filed 1–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service Notice of Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact for the Conservation Security Program Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and an Environmental Assessment (EA) consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, to implement the Conservation Security Program, which is authorized by title XII, chapter 2, subchapter A, of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Upon review of the analysis of potential environmental impacts from a national perspective, the Chief of NRCS found that the program would not result in a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, particularly when focusing on the significant adverse impacts that NEPA is intended to help decisionmakers avoid and mitigate against. Therefore, a FONSI was issued, and no environmental E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 1866 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 11, 2005 / Notices impact statement is required for national implementation of the program. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments on the EA and FONSI must be postmarked on or before February 10, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments must be sent to the Director of the Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890, Room 5241–S, Washington, DC 20013–2890. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the FONSI, the Final EA, or additional information on matters related to this Federal Register Notice can be obtained by contacting one of the following individuals at the addresses and telephone numbers shown below: Mr. Craig Derickson, Conservation Security Program Branch Chief, Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890, Room 5233–S, Washington, DC 20013–2890, Telephone: (202) 720–3524. ´ Ms. Andree DuVarney, National Environmental Specialist, Ecological Sciences Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890, Room 6158–S, Washington, DC 20013–2890, Telephone: (202) 720– 4925. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description of the Proposed Action The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a voluntary program providing both technical and financial assistance to producers of agricultural operations for the conservation and improvement of the quality of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life on working lands. The intent of the program is to recognize producers financially for the significant environmental goods and services they provide to the public through their annual and ongoing conservation stewardship efforts, to motivate other agricultural producers to do the same, and to secure the Nations ability to produce food and fiber. The need to which NRCS is responding by proposing action is the need to implement CSP in a manner that achieves the purposes for which Congress authorized it, including providing payments to producers who practice good conservation stewardship on their agriculture operations, providing payments to producers to maintain conservation practices they have implemented, to provide financial assistance to producers to implement new conservation practices, and to provide payments to producers as incentives to enhance their conservation achievements. Participation in the CSP requires that a Conservation Security VerDate jul<14>2003 17:22 Jan 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 Program Plan be developed which includes an inventory of the agricultural operation to identify existing resource concerns and benchmark conditions of the land as well as determining the extent of existing conservation treatment. Annual payments made under CSP contracts may include a stewardship payment for existing conservation treatments, cost-share and maintenance payments, and an enhancement payment for exceptional conservation effort. A three tiered approach is used to determine the level and limitations of all payments. The Chief of NRCS has authority under CSP to assist producers who participate in the CSP to develop a comprehensive, long term strategy for improving and maintaining all natural resources of the producer’s agricultural operation. All participants must meet the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended. The CSP authorizes activities that reward agricultural producers for actions they have already taken to improve the quality and quantity of natural resources, and to implement new conservation measures that will also do so. NRCS has in the past and will continue to document the results of an environmental evaluation on a sitespecific level consistent with NRCS policy and, as stated in the Environmental Assessment, will consult with the appropriate organizations to avoid, reduce or mitigate adverse impacts on protected resources. NRCS will comply with requirements protecting unique geographic features and other resources, as well as NRCS policies protecting natural and cultural resources. Thus, any adverse effects that may result from this program will occur at a much lower threshold than the Environmental Impact Statement threshold. Because the purpose of the program is to improve the quality of natural resources and because of the steps NRCS will take to work with other agencies as necessary on a site-specific basis to avoid, mitigate and reduce any potential collateral adverse effects, there is no threat of a violation of any Federal, State or local law or other requirements for the protection of the environment resulting from the proposed rule to implement the CSP. There is no impact on public health or safety identified in this EA or otherwise expected. Implementation of the CSP rule is not sufficiently related to other actions that either individually or cumulatively is likely to result in the type of significant impacts that NEPA is intended to address. Based on the information in the EA for the CSP, the Chief of the NRCS PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 finds that the proposed actions are not a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment that requires preparation of an EIS. Copies of the EA and FONSI may be reviewed at the following location: Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5241–S, Washington, DC 20013– 2890. The documents may also be accessed on the Internet, at http:// www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ Env_Assess/CSP/CSP.html. Signed in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2004. Bruce I. Knight, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service. [FR Doc. 05–510 Filed 1–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service Lower Payette River Ditch Diversion, Replacement Payette County, ID Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability of Draft Environmental Assessment for review and comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that a draft environmental assessment has been prepared for a federally assisted proposed project by the Lower Payette Ditch Company, Payette County, Idaho. DATES: Comments will be received for a 45 day period commencing with this date of publication. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Sims, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 9173 W. Barnes Dr., Suite C, Boise, Idaho, 83709–1574, telephone: (208) 378–5700. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The preliminary information of this federally assisted proposed action indicates that the proposed action will not cause significant local, regional, or national impacts on the environment. As a result of these findings, Richard Sims, State Conservationist, has determined that the preparation and review of an E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 11, 2005)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 05-510]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Natural Resources Conservation Service


Notice of Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact for 
the Conservation Security Program

AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared 
a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and an Environmental 
Assessment (EA) consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, to implement the Conservation Security 
Program, which is authorized by title XII, chapter 2, subchapter A, of 
the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by the Farm Security and 
Rural Investment Act of 2002. Upon review of the analysis of potential 
environmental impacts from a national perspective, the Chief of NRCS 
found that the program would not result in a significant impact on the 
quality of the human environment, particularly when focusing on the 
significant adverse impacts that NEPA is intended to help 
decisionmakers avoid and mitigate against. Therefore, a FONSI was 
issued, and no environmental

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impact statement is required for national implementation of the 
program.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments on the EA and FONSI must be 
postmarked on or before February 10, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments must be sent to the Director of the Financial 
Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
P.O. Box 2890, Room 5241-S, Washington, DC 20013-2890.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the FONSI, the Final EA, or 
additional information on matters related to this Federal Register 
Notice can be obtained by contacting one of the following individuals 
at the addresses and telephone numbers shown below:

Mr. Craig Derickson, Conservation Security Program Branch Chief, 
Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890, Room 5233-S, Washington, DC 20013-2890, 
Telephone: (202) 720-3524.
Ms. Andr[eacute]e DuVarney, National Environmental Specialist, 
Ecological Sciences Division, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
P.O. Box 2890, Room 6158-S, Washington, DC 20013-2890, Telephone: (202) 
720-4925.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Description of the Proposed Action

    The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a voluntary program 
providing both technical and financial assistance to producers of 
agricultural operations for the conservation and improvement of the 
quality of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life on working 
lands. The intent of the program is to recognize producers financially 
for the significant environmental goods and services they provide to 
the public through their annual and ongoing conservation stewardship 
efforts, to motivate other agricultural producers to do the same, and 
to secure the Nations ability to produce food and fiber. The need to 
which NRCS is responding by proposing action is the need to implement 
CSP in a manner that achieves the purposes for which Congress 
authorized it, including providing payments to producers who practice 
good conservation stewardship on their agriculture operations, 
providing payments to producers to maintain conservation practices they 
have implemented, to provide financial assistance to producers to 
implement new conservation practices, and to provide payments to 
producers as incentives to enhance their conservation achievements. 
Participation in the CSP requires that a Conservation Security Program 
Plan be developed which includes an inventory of the agricultural 
operation to identify existing resource concerns and benchmark 
conditions of the land as well as determining the extent of existing 
conservation treatment. Annual payments made under CSP contracts may 
include a stewardship payment for existing conservation treatments, 
cost-share and maintenance payments, and an enhancement payment for 
exceptional conservation effort. A three tiered approach is used to 
determine the level and limitations of all payments.
    The Chief of NRCS has authority under CSP to assist producers who 
participate in the CSP to develop a comprehensive, long term strategy 
for improving and maintaining all natural resources of the producer's 
agricultural operation. All participants must meet the highly erodible 
land and wetland conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 
1985, as amended.
    The CSP authorizes activities that reward agricultural producers 
for actions they have already taken to improve the quality and quantity 
of natural resources, and to implement new conservation measures that 
will also do so. NRCS has in the past and will continue to document the 
results of an environmental evaluation on a site-specific level 
consistent with NRCS policy and, as stated in the Environmental 
Assessment, will consult with the appropriate organizations to avoid, 
reduce or mitigate adverse impacts on protected resources. NRCS will 
comply with requirements protecting unique geographic features and 
other resources, as well as NRCS policies protecting natural and 
cultural resources. Thus, any adverse effects that may result from this 
program will occur at a much lower threshold than the Environmental 
Impact Statement threshold. Because the purpose of the program is to 
improve the quality of natural resources and because of the steps NRCS 
will take to work with other agencies as necessary on a site-specific 
basis to avoid, mitigate and reduce any potential collateral adverse 
effects, there is no threat of a violation of any Federal, State or 
local law or other requirements for the protection of the environment 
resulting from the proposed rule to implement the CSP. There is no 
impact on public health or safety identified in this EA or otherwise 
expected.
    Implementation of the CSP rule is not sufficiently related to other 
actions that either individually or cumulatively is likely to result in 
the type of significant impacts that NEPA is intended to address. Based 
on the information in the EA for the CSP, the Chief of the NRCS finds 
that the proposed actions are not a major Federal action significantly 
affecting the quality of the human environment that requires 
preparation of an EIS.
    Copies of the EA and FONSI may be reviewed at the following 
location: Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, Room 5241-S, Washington, DC 20013-2890. The documents 
may also be accessed on the Internet, at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/
programs/Env_Assess/CSP/CSP.html.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2004.
Bruce I. Knight,
Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
[FR Doc. 05-510 Filed 1-10-05; 8:45 am]
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