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Download as PDF 41370 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 19, 2005 / Notices clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP. GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250–7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. National Agricultural Statistics Service Title: Livestock Slaughter. OMB Control Number: 0535–0005. Summary of Collection: The primary function of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue current official State and national estimates of crop and livestock production. General authority for data collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. This statue specifies the ‘‘The Secretary of Agriculture shall procure and preserve all information concerning agriculture which he can obtain * * * by the collection of statistics * * * and shall distribute them among agriculturists’’. Information from federally and nonfederally inspected slaughter plants are used to estimate total red meat production. Need and Use of the Information: NASS will use a survey to collect information on the number of head slaughtered plus live and dressed weights of cattle, calves, hogs and sheep. Accurate and timely livestock estimates provide USDA and the livestock industry with basic data to project future meat supplies and producer prices. Agricultural economists in both the public and private sectors use this information in economic analysis and research. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Jul 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Farms. Number of Respondents: 1,600. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Weekly, Monthly. Total Burden Hours: 550. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–14118 Filed 7–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Grazing Permit Administration Handbook (FSH 2209.13), Chapters 10 (Term Grazing Permits) and 20 (Grazing Agreements) Forest Service, USDA. Notice of interim directives, request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Forest Service has issued two (2) interim directives (IDs) to Forest Service Handbook 2209.13 establishing procedures and responsibilities for administering term grazing permits and grazing agreements (a specific type of term grazing permit). The intended effect of issuance of these IDs is to provide consistent overall guidance to Forest Service employees regarding term grazing permits and grazing agreements. The IDs add new provisions for administering term grazing permits and establish a consistent process regarding issuance of grazing agreements. The regulations at 36 CFR part 222 are not being changed. Public comment is invited and will be considered in development of the final direction. DATES: Interim Directive no. 2209.13– 2005–1 (Chapter 10) and Interim Directive no. 2209.13–2005–2 (Chapter 20) are effective July 19, 2005. Comments must be received in writing by October 17, 2005. ADDRESSES: Send written comments by mail to USDA Forest Service, Attn: Director, Rangeland Management Staff, Mail Stop 1153, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1153; by electronic mail to RgeID@fs.fed.us; or by facsimile to (202) 205–1096. If comments are sent by electronic means or by facsimile, the public is requested not to send duplicate comments via regular mail. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The agency cannot confirm receipt of comments. Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Richard Lindenmuth, Rangeland Management Staff, USDA Forest Service, (202) 205–1458. The Forest Service directives consist of the Forest Service Manual (FSM) and the Forest Service Handbook (FSH), which contain the agency’s policies, practices, and procedures and serves as the primary basis for the internal management and control of programs and administrative direction to Forest Service employees. The directives for all agency programs are set out on the World Wide Web/ Internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/im/ directives. The FSM contains legal authorities, objectives, policies, responsibilities, instructions, and guidance needed on a continuing basis by Forest Service line officers and primary staff to plan and executive programs and activities. The FSH is the principal source of specialized guidance and instruction for carrying out the policies, objectives, and responsibilities contained in the FSM. The last major update to FSH 2209.13 was 1985. New legislation, litigation, and changing needs on-the-ground indicate the need to update and clarify existing policy. Six out of 7 chapters of FSM 2200 and all nine chapters of FSH 2209.13 are updated. Chapter 10, Term Grazing Permits, and Chapter 20, Grazing Agreements, contain most of the new direction. The Forest Service has determined neither of these chapters requires public notice and comment. However, due to the high degree of interest, they are being published as interim directives (ID) and made available for comment. These IDs, along with other amended chapters, clarify and update existing policy. All clarifications and changes to existing policy are within the authority already delegated to the Chief of the Forest Service at 36 CFR part 222. Therefore, no changes, deletions, or additions are deemed necessary by the Forest Service to the regulations at 36 CFR part 222. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: RIN 0596–AB89 PO 00000 The public may inspect comments received on these interim directives in the Rangeland Management Staff, 3rd Floor, South Wing, Yates Building, 14th and Independence Avenues, Northwest, Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those wishing to inspect comments are encouraged to call ahead to (202) 205–1460 to facilitate entry into the building. Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 19, 2005 / Notices Highlights of Interim Directives; Forest Service Handbook; FSH 2209.13— Grazing Permit Administration Handbook Chapter 10—Term Grazing Permits This chapter describes the procedures to properly issue, modify, suspend, and cancel term grazing permits. A term grazing permit is obtained through prior permitted use (existing permit expires), sale of base property or permitted livestock, or grant authority. Section 16.3 adds a new provision explaining the contents of a notice of noncompliance letter and when it should be issued, and it adds a new provision establishing uniform suspension and cancellation guidelines. Section 17.2 expands the maximum period of nonuse for personal convenience from 3 to 4 years. Chapter 20—Grazing Agreements Grazing agreements are a specific type of term grazing permit used on the national grasslands and national forests. This chapter provides direction on administering grazing agreements. Section 21.1 establishes a consistent process to waive Forest Service term grazing permits in favor of a grazing association-issued term grazing permit. Section 21.2 establishes a consistent process to waive a grazing associationissued term grazing permit in favor of a Forest Service term grazing permit. Section 22 establishes standard forms for grazing agreements on both national grasslands and national forests. Section 24.11 establishes a consistent 7-year limit policy for leasing of property to satisfy base property ownership qualification requirements for association-issued term grazing permits on national grasslands. Section 24.12 establishes a consistent 3-year limit policy for share livestock agreements to satisfy livestock ownership qualification requirements for association-issued term grazing permits on national grasslands. Regulatory Certifications Regulatory Impact This notice has been reviewed under USDA procedures and Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that it is substantive, nonsignificant. The ID’s would not have an annual effect of $100 million or more on the economy nor adversely affect productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, nor State or local governments. The ID’s would not interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency nor raise VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Jul 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 new legal or policy issues. Finally, the ID’s would not alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients of such programs. Moreover, the ID’s have been considered in light of Executive Order 13272 regarding proper consideration of small entities and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), which amended the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). No direct or indirect financial impact on small businesses or other entities has been identified. Therefore, it is hereby certified that these ID’s will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as defined by the act. Environmental Impact These ID’s provide detailed direction to agency employees necessary to administer term grazing permits and grazing agreements. Section 31.12 of Forest Service Handbook 1909.15 (57 FR 43208; September 18, 1992) excludes from documentation in an environmental assessment or impact statement ‘‘rules, regulations, or policies to establish Service-wide administrative procedures, program processes, or instructions.’’ The agency’s conclusion is that these ID’s fall within this category of actions and that no extraordinary circumstances exist as currently defined that require preparation of an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement. No Takings Implications These ID’s have been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 12360, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights, and it has been determined that they would not pose the risk of a taking of private property as they are limited to the establishment of administrative procedures. Energy Effects These ID’s have been analyzed under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. It has been determined that they do not constitute a significant energy action as defined in the Executive order. Civil Justice Reform These ID’s have been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. These ID’s will direct the work PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41371 of Forest Service employees and are not intended to preempt any State and local laws and regulations that might be in conflict or that would impede full implementation of these directives. The directives would not retroactively affect existing permits, contracts, or other instruments authorizing the occupancy and use of National Forest System lands and would not require the institution of administrative proceedings before parties may file suit in court challenging their provisions. Unfunded Mandates Pursuant to Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538), which the President signed into law on March 22, 1995, the effects of these ID’s on State, local, and tribal governments, and on the private sector have been assessed and do not compel the expenditure of $100 million or more by any State, local, or Tribal government, or anyone in the private sector. Therefore, a statement under section 202 of the act is not required. Federalism The agency has considered these ID’s under the requirements of Executive Order 13132, Federalism. The agency has made a preliminary assessment that the ID’s conform with the federalism principles set out in this Executive order; would not impose any significant compliance costs on the States; and would not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Moreover, these ID’s address term grazing permits and grazing agreements on national forests and grasslands, which do not directly affect the States. Based on comments received on these ID’s, the agency will consider if any additional consultation will be needed with State and local governments prior to adopting final directives. Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments These ID’s do not have tribal implications as defined by Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and therefore, advance consultation with Tribes is not required. Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public These ID’s do not contain any record keeping or reporting requirements or other information collection requirements as defined in 5 CFR part 1320 and, therefore, impose no E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 41372 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 19, 2005 / Notices paperwork burden on the public. Accordingly, the review provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and implementing regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 do not apply. Conclusion Six out of 7 chapters of FSM 2200 and all 9 chapters of FSH 2209.13 are updated. Chapter 10, Term Grazing Permits, and Chapter 20, Grazing Agreements, contain most of the new direction. The agency has elected to issue chapters 10 and 20 as interim directives, making them effective immediately. An interim directive expires 18 months from issuance and may be reissued only once for a total duration of 36 months. Thereafter, the direction must be incorporated into an amendment or allowed to expire. Both the regular amendments and the interim directives are being published simultaneously in order for reviewers to synthesize the context of each amended directive in relation to the total package. The Forest Service is committed to providing adequate opportunities for the public to comment on administrative directives that are of substantial public interest or controversy, as provided in the regulations at 36 CFR part 216. Because it is important to provide Forest Service units with updated guidance and direction in a comprehensive integrated package, the agency is issuing these ID’s and making them effective immediately. However, pursuant to 36 CFR 216.7, the Forest Service is also requesting public comment on these ID’s. All comments will be considered in the development of final directives. The full text of these Manuals and Handbook references area available on the World Wide Web at http://www.fs.fed.us/im/ directives. Single paper copies are available upon request from the address and phone numbers listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, as well as, from the nearest Regional Office, the location of which are also available on the Washington Office headquarters home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.fs.fed.us. Dated: June 30, 2005. Sally Collins, Associate Chief of the Forest Service. [FR Doc. 05–14147 Filed 7–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Jul 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economic Development Administration [Docket No. 991215339–5181–18] National Technical Assistance: Research and Evaluation Program Economic Development Administration (EDA) Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice and request for proposals. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The mission of EDA is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Through the Research and Evaluation program, EDA will work towards fulfilling its mission by funding research and technical assistance projects to promote competitiveness and innovation in urban and rural regions throughout the United States and its territories. By working in conjunction with its research partners, EDA will help States, local and tribal governments and communitybased organizations to achieve their highest economic potential. Pursuant to its Research and Evaluation program, EDA is soliciting competitive proposals for the following project: Addressing Competitiveness and Innovation in Rural U.S. Regions—Developing and Analyzing Rural Clusters of Innovation and Linking Rural and Metropolitan Regions. Proposals for funding pursuant to this competitive solicitation must be received by the EDA Headquarters representative listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice no later than August 18, 2005 at 4 p.m. (e.d.t.). Proposals received after 4 p.m. (e.d.t.) on August 18, 2005 will not be considered for funding. By September 2, 2005, EDA will notify proponents whether they will be given further funding consideration and will invite the successful proponent to submit a formal application for EDA investment assistance. ADDRESSES: Proposals submitted pursuant to this competitive solicitation may be (a) E-mailed to W. Kent Lim at klim1@eda.doc.gov; (b) hand-delivered to: W. Kent Lim, Economic Development Administration, Room 1874, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; or (c) mailed to: W. Kent Lim, Economic Development Administration, Room 7015, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DC 20230. Proponents are encouraged to submit proposals by e-mail. EDA will not accept proposals submitted by facsimile. Please note that any correspondence sent by regular mail may be substantially delayed or suspended in delivery, since all regular mail sent to the Department of Commerce is subject to extensive security screening. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact W. Kent Lim at (202) 482–6225 or via e-mail at the address listed above. The text of the full FFO announcement may also be accessed at EDA’s Internet Web site: http:// www.eda.gov and at Grants.gov: http:// www.grants.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access: The full FFO announcement for this competitive solicitation is available at EDA’s Web site, http://www.eda.gov, and at Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov. Funding Availability: EDA may use funds appropriated under Public Law 108–447 for the Research and Evaluation program. These funds are available until expended. EDA expects that the successful proposal for this project will require an EDA investment of between $250,000 and $500,000. The EDA award under this competitive solicitation will be in the form of a grant between EDA and the successful proponent. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority for the Research and Evaluation program is the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended ((Pub. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

RIN 0596-AB89


Grazing Permit Administration Handbook (FSH 2209.13), Chapters 10 
(Term Grazing Permits) and 20 (Grazing Agreements)

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of interim directives, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service has issued two (2) interim directives (IDs) 
to Forest Service Handbook 2209.13 establishing procedures and 
responsibilities for administering term grazing permits and grazing 
agreements (a specific type of term grazing permit). The intended 
effect of issuance of these IDs is to provide consistent overall 
guidance to Forest Service employees regarding term grazing permits and 
grazing agreements. The IDs add new provisions for administering term 
grazing permits and establish a consistent process regarding issuance 
of grazing agreements. The regulations at 36 CFR part 222 are not being 
changed. Public comment is invited and will be considered in 
development of the final direction.

DATES: Interim Directive no. 2209.13-2005-1 (Chapter 10) and Interim 
Directive no. 2209.13-2005-2 (Chapter 20) are effective July 19, 2005. 
Comments must be received in writing by October 17, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments by mail to USDA Forest Service, Attn: 
Director, Rangeland Management Staff, Mail Stop 1153, 1400 Independence 
Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1153; by electronic mail to 
RgeID@fs.fed.us; or by facsimile to (202) 205-1096. If comments are 
sent by electronic means or by facsimile, the public is requested not 
to send duplicate comments via regular mail.
    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are 
placed in the record and are available for public inspection and 
copying. The agency cannot confirm receipt of comments.
    The public may inspect comments received on these interim 
directives in the Rangeland Management Staff, 3rd Floor, South Wing, 
Yates Building, 14th and Independence Avenues, Northwest, Washington, 
DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those wishing to inspect 
comments are encouraged to call ahead to (202) 205-1460 to facilitate 
entry into the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Lindenmuth, Rangeland 
Management Staff, USDA Forest Service, (202) 205-1458.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Forest Service directives consist of the 
Forest Service Manual (FSM) and the Forest Service Handbook (FSH), 
which contain the agency's policies, practices, and procedures and 
serves as the primary basis for the internal management and control of 
programs and administrative direction to Forest Service employees. The 
directives for all agency programs are set out on the World Wide Web/
Internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/im/directives.
    The FSM contains legal authorities, objectives, policies, 
responsibilities, instructions, and guidance needed on a continuing 
basis by Forest Service line officers and primary staff to plan and 
executive programs and activities. The FSH is the principal source of 
specialized guidance and instruction for carrying out the policies, 
objectives, and responsibilities contained in the FSM.
    The last major update to FSH 2209.13 was 1985. New legislation, 
litigation, and changing needs on-the-ground indicate the need to 
update and clarify existing policy. Six out of 7 chapters of FSM 2200 
and all nine chapters of FSH 2209.13 are updated. Chapter 10, Term 
Grazing Permits, and Chapter 20, Grazing Agreements, contain most of 
the new direction. The Forest Service has determined neither of these 
chapters requires public notice and comment. However, due to the high 
degree of interest, they are being published as interim directives (ID) 
and made available for comment.
    These IDs, along with other amended chapters, clarify and update 
existing policy. All clarifications and changes to existing policy are 
within the authority already delegated to the Chief of the Forest 
Service at 36 CFR part 222. Therefore, no changes, deletions, or 
additions are deemed necessary by the Forest Service to the regulations 
at 36 CFR part 222.

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Highlights of Interim Directives; Forest Service Handbook; FSH 
2209.13--Grazing Permit Administration Handbook

Chapter 10--Term Grazing Permits

    This chapter describes the procedures to properly issue, modify, 
suspend, and cancel term grazing permits. A term grazing permit is 
obtained through prior permitted use (existing permit expires), sale of 
base property or permitted livestock, or grant authority. Section 16.3 
adds a new provision explaining the contents of a notice of non-
compliance letter and when it should be issued, and it adds a new 
provision establishing uniform suspension and cancellation guidelines. 
Section 17.2 expands the maximum period of nonuse for personal 
convenience from 3 to 4 years.

Chapter 20--Grazing Agreements

    Grazing agreements are a specific type of term grazing permit used 
on the national grasslands and national forests. This chapter provides 
direction on administering grazing agreements. Section 21.1 establishes 
a consistent process to waive Forest Service term grazing permits in 
favor of a grazing association-issued term grazing permit. Section 21.2 
establishes a consistent process to waive a grazing association-issued 
term grazing permit in favor of a Forest Service term grazing permit. 
Section 22 establishes standard forms for grazing agreements on both 
national grasslands and national forests. Section 24.11 establishes a 
consistent 7-year limit policy for leasing of property to satisfy base 
property ownership qualification requirements for association-issued 
term grazing permits on national grasslands. Section 24.12 establishes 
a consistent 3-year limit policy for share livestock agreements to 
satisfy livestock ownership qualification requirements for association-
issued term grazing permits on national grasslands.

Regulatory Certifications

Regulatory Impact

    This notice has been reviewed under USDA procedures and Executive 
Order (E.O.) 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review. The Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that it is substantive, 
nonsignificant. The ID's would not have an annual effect of $100 
million or more on the economy nor adversely affect productivity, 
competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, nor State 
or local governments. The ID's would not interfere with an action taken 
or planned by another agency nor raise new legal or policy issues. 
Finally, the ID's would not alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, 
grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of 
recipients of such programs.
    Moreover, the ID's have been considered in light of Executive Order 
13272 regarding proper consideration of small entities and the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), which 
amended the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). No 
direct or indirect financial impact on small businesses or other 
entities has been identified. Therefore, it is hereby certified that 
these ID's will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities as defined by the act.

Environmental Impact

    These ID's provide detailed direction to agency employees necessary 
to administer term grazing permits and grazing agreements. Section 
31.12 of Forest Service Handbook 1909.15 (57 FR 43208; September 18, 
1992) excludes from documentation in an environmental assessment or 
impact statement ``rules, regulations, or policies to establish 
Service-wide administrative procedures, program processes, or 
instructions.'' The agency's conclusion is that these ID's fall within 
this category of actions and that no extraordinary circumstances exist 
as currently defined that require preparation of an environmental 
assessment or an environmental impact statement.

No Takings Implications

    These ID's have been analyzed in accordance with the principles and 
criteria contained in Executive Order 12360, Governmental Actions and 
Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights, and it 
has been determined that they would not pose the risk of a taking of 
private property as they are limited to the establishment of 
administrative procedures.

Energy Effects

    These ID's have been analyzed under Executive Order 13211, Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use. It has been determined that they do not 
constitute a significant energy action as defined in the Executive 
order.

Civil Justice Reform

    These ID's have been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil 
Justice Reform. These ID's will direct the work of Forest Service 
employees and are not intended to preempt any State and local laws and 
regulations that might be in conflict or that would impede full 
implementation of these directives. The directives would not 
retroactively affect existing permits, contracts, or other instruments 
authorizing the occupancy and use of National Forest System lands and 
would not require the institution of administrative proceedings before 
parties may file suit in court challenging their provisions.

Unfunded Mandates

    Pursuant to Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 
U.S.C. 1531-1538), which the President signed into law on March 22, 
1995, the effects of these ID's on State, local, and tribal 
governments, and on the private sector have been assessed and do not 
compel the expenditure of $100 million or more by any State, local, or 
Tribal government, or anyone in the private sector. Therefore, a 
statement under section 202 of the act is not required.

Federalism

    The agency has considered these ID's under the requirements of 
Executive Order 13132, Federalism. The agency has made a preliminary 
assessment that the ID's conform with the federalism principles set out 
in this Executive order; would not impose any significant compliance 
costs on the States; and would not have substantial direct effects on 
the States, on the relationship between the national government and the 
States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of government. Moreover, these ID's address term grazing 
permits and grazing agreements on national forests and grasslands, 
which do not directly affect the States. Based on comments received on 
these ID's, the agency will consider if any additional consultation 
will be needed with State and local governments prior to adopting final 
directives.

Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments

    These ID's do not have tribal implications as defined by Executive 
Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments, and therefore, advance consultation with Tribes is not 
required.

Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public

    These ID's do not contain any record keeping or reporting 
requirements or other information collection requirements as defined in 
5 CFR part 1320 and, therefore, impose no

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paperwork burden on the public. Accordingly, the review provisions of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and 
implementing regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 do not apply.

Conclusion

    Six out of 7 chapters of FSM 2200 and all 9 chapters of FSH 2209.13 
are updated. Chapter 10, Term Grazing Permits, and Chapter 20, Grazing 
Agreements, contain most of the new direction. The agency has elected 
to issue chapters 10 and 20 as interim directives, making them 
effective immediately. An interim directive expires 18 months from 
issuance and may be reissued only once for a total duration of 36 
months. Thereafter, the direction must be incorporated into an 
amendment or allowed to expire. Both the regular amendments and the 
interim directives are being published simultaneously in order for 
reviewers to synthesize the context of each amended directive in 
relation to the total package.
    The Forest Service is committed to providing adequate opportunities 
for the public to comment on administrative directives that are of 
substantial public interest or controversy, as provided in the 
regulations at 36 CFR part 216. Because it is important to provide 
Forest Service units with updated guidance and direction in a 
comprehensive integrated package, the agency is issuing these ID's and 
making them effective immediately. However, pursuant to 36 CFR 216.7, 
the Forest Service is also requesting public comment on these ID's.
    All comments will be considered in the development of final 
directives. The full text of these Manuals and Handbook references area 
available on the World Wide Web at http://www.fs.fed.us/im/directives.
    Single paper copies are available upon request from the address and 
phone numbers listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, as well 
as, from the nearest Regional Office, the location of which are also 
available on the Washington Office headquarters home page on the World 
Wide Web at http://www.fs.fed.us.

    Dated: June 30, 2005.
Sally Collins,
Associate Chief of the Forest Service.
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