Notice of Intent To Prepare a General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, 35705 [05-12211]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Notices Revised Merced River Plan/SEIS via letter, email or fax. Attendees could also leave written comments on comment forms provided at the meetings. The NPS contacted local, regional, and national media outlets, issued press releases that were faxed and emailed to media outlets and phone calls that were made to newspaper and news reporters to generate interest in the plan. In addition, paid newspaper advertisements were placed in the Mariposa Gazette, the Sierra Star (Oakhurst, CA), the Union Democrat (Sonora, CA), the Merced Sun-Star and the Mammoth Times. Paid public notices were placed in the San Francisco Chronicle, the L.A. Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the Fresno Bee. Numerous stories about the plan and the schedule of public meetings appeared in local and regional newspapers. In addition, several project fact sheets were posted on the park’s Web site; fliers were posted on community bulletin boards, post offices, and local businesses in communities where public meetings were hosted; and press release announcements were included in the park’s Daily Report throughout the entire comment period. The park specifically initiated dialogue with several interested local parties. These included park employees and their families, Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts at Yosemite (primary concessioner) employees and residents, and park partner staff such as the Yosemite Institute, the Yosemite Association, and The Yosemite Fund. In addition, there was extensive outreach within the local communities of El Portal and Wawona through participation at local Mariposa County Planning Advisory Committee meetings. The park also conducted a ‘‘walking tour’’ in El Portal to discuss the process for identifying Outstandingly Remarkable Values within the El Portal segment of the Merced River and the rationale for the various El Portal boundary alternatives. The NPS engaged gateway communities throughout the process through personal communications and meetings between the park staff and gateway community members. As a result of the public review period, the NPS received comments from 114 individuals, 25 organizations, 6 government agencies, 2 tribes and 1 university, including public testimony given by individuals at public meetings. Over 900 individual comments were received. The analysis of these comments generated about 400 concerns statements, which were categorized and considered for incorporation in the planning process. The public comments VerDate jul<14>2003 22:07 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 received and transcripts from the public hearings are available for viewing on the park Web site (http://www.nps.gov/ yose/planning/mrp/revision). The Public Comment Analysis and Response Report is included as Appendix F in the Final SEIS. Distribution of Final Revised Merced River Plan/SEIS: A mail-back postcard was sent to all individuals and organizations on the park’s general mailing list asking recipients if they would like to receive a printed copy or CD–ROM version (or both) of the Final Revised Merced River Plan/SEIS. This announcement also indicated that the plan would be available for viewing on the park’s Web site (http:// www.nps.gov/yose/planning). Copies of the final plan will also be available at the National Park Service headquarters in Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Valley Research Library, the National Park Service warehouse building in El Portal, and at a number local and regional libraries (listed in Chapter VI of the Final SEIS). Decision Process: Depending upon the response from other agencies, interested organizations, and the general public, at this time it is anticipated that a Record of Decision would be approved not sooner than at least 30 days have elapsed after publication by the EPA of their filing notice for the Final Revised MRP/SEIS. Notice of the approved decision will be posted in the Federal Register and announced in local and regional media. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the decision is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region, National Park Service; subsequently the official responsible for implementing the approved Revised Merced River Plan is the Superintendent, Yosemite National Park. Dated: May 18, 2005. Jonathan B. Jarvis, Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 05–12207 Filed 6–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Prepare a General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement National Park Service, Interior. Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces its intent to prepare a General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/ AGENCY: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35705 EIS) for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, located in Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties of Virginia. The park consists of 3,000 acres that comprise significant portions of the Cedar Creek Battlefield, a decisive battle in the Civil War, and Belle Grove Plantation, an antebellum manor house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the enabling legislation for the park, Congress established a Federal Advisory Commission to advise in the preparation of a GMP, and key partner organizations who may continue to own and manage properties within the park. Prepared by planners at the park and in the NPS Northeast Region, with assistance from advisors and consultants, the GMP/EIS will propose a long-term approach to managing Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diann Jacox, Superintendent, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, (540) 868–9176. Consistent with the park’s mission, NPS policy, and other laws and regulations, alternatives will be developed to guide the management of the site over the next 15 to 20 years. The alternatives will incorporate various zoning and management prescriptions to ensure resource protection and public enjoyment of the site, and continued involvement by the key partner organizations. The environmental consequences that could result from implementing the various alternatives will be evaluated in the GMP/EIS. The public will be invited to express opinions about the management of the park early in the process through public meetings and other media; and will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft GMP/EIS. The Advisory Commission and key partner organizations will be involved early in the planning process and will remain actively involved throughout the development of the plan. Following the public review processes outlined under NEPA, the final plan will become official, authorizing implementation of a preferred alternative. The target date for the Record of Decision is October 8, 2008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: June 2, 2005. Diann Jacox, Superintendent, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. [FR Doc. 05–12211 Filed 6–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–M E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 21, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Page 35705]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


 Notice of Intent To Prepare a General Management Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces 
its intent to prepare a General Management Plan and Environmental 
Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National 
Historical Park, located in Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties 
of Virginia. The park consists of 3,000 acres that comprise significant 
portions of the Cedar Creek Battlefield, a decisive battle in the Civil 
War, and Belle Grove Plantation, an antebellum manor house listed on 
the National Register of Historic Places. In the enabling legislation 
for the park, Congress established a Federal Advisory Commission to 
advise in the preparation of a GMP, and key partner organizations who 
may continue to own and manage properties within the park. Prepared by 
planners at the park and in the NPS Northeast Region, with assistance 
from advisors and consultants, the GMP/EIS will propose a long-term 
approach to managing Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical 
Park.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diann Jacox, Superintendent, Cedar 
Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, (540) 868-9176.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consistent with the park's mission, NPS 
policy, and other laws and regulations, alternatives will be developed 
to guide the management of the site over the next 15 to 20 years. The 
alternatives will incorporate various zoning and management 
prescriptions to ensure resource protection and public enjoyment of the 
site, and continued involvement by the key partner organizations. The 
environmental consequences that could result from implementing the 
various alternatives will be evaluated in the GMP/EIS. The public will 
be invited to express opinions about the management of the park early 
in the process through public meetings and other media; and will have 
an opportunity to review and comment on the draft GMP/EIS. The Advisory 
Commission and key partner organizations will be involved early in the 
planning process and will remain actively involved throughout the 
development of the plan. Following the public review processes outlined 
under NEPA, the final plan will become official, authorizing 
implementation of a preferred alternative. The target date for the 
Record of Decision is October 8, 2008.

    Dated: June 2, 2005.
Diann Jacox,
Superintendent, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
[FR Doc. 05-12211 Filed 6-20-05; 8:45 am]
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