Restrictions on Recreational Use of Public Lands, 43712-43713 [05-14937]

Download as PDF 43712 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 144 / Thursday, July 28, 2005 / Notices R.101W., T.9S. R.100W., T.8S. R.100W. 6th Principle Meridian. Sec. 3: Penalties Under section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), 43 CFR 8360.0–7, 43 CFR 9268.3(d)(1)(2), and 18 U.S.C. 3571 if you violate any of these proposed supplementary rules on public lands within the boundaries established in the rules, you shall be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations shall also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. Douglas M. Koza, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. 05–14946 Filed 7–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CA–668–05–1220–PM] Restrictions on Recreational Use of Public Lands Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice, Issuance of Restriction Orders. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management has issued orders pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1 that restrict the launching and landing of hang gliders and similar aircraft, the discharge of gas- and air-powered weapons and simulated weapons, recreational shooting, and entry with pets on all or certain public lands in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Riverside County, California, to protect resources and enhance visitor safety. DATES: The hang gliding restriction became effective February 2, 2005. Restrictions pertaining to the discharge of gas- and air-propelled weapons, recreational shooting, and entry with pets became effective March 24, 2005. ADDRESSES: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 690 West Garnet Ave., P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, CA 92258–1260. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Foote, Outdoor Recreation Planner, telephone 760–251–4800, e-mail jfoote@ca.blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hang Gliding. Launches of hang gliders, VerDate jul<14>2003 13:40 Jul 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 paragliders, ultralights, and similar aircraft from, and landing on, public lands within and adjacent to essential habitat for Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument are prohibited. The purpose of the prohibition is to protect the distinct vertebrate population segment of bighorn sheep occupying the Peninsular Ranges of southern California from potential adverse impacts that may result from the launching and landing of hang gliders and similar aircraft. This population of bighorn sheep was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on March 18, 1998 (63 FR 13134), pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. This prohibition includes launches from public lands at the Vista Point roadside pullout on California Highway 74, as well as landings on public lands at or near the National Monument Visitor Center, also on California Highway 74. The use of mechanical transport, including hang gliders, is already prohibited in wilderness managed by BLM (43 CFR 6302.20(d) and (e); 6301.5). The prohibition of hang gliders on public lands in wilderness within the National Monument is, therefore, applicable throughout the Santa Rosa Wilderness, whether inside or outside essential habitat for Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep. Launches and landings of hang gliders and similar aircraft are prohibited on the following public lands: Santa Rosa Mountains—All public lands within the National Monument in southeast 1⁄4 Township 4 South, Range 4 East; Township 5 South, Range 5 East; Township 6 South, Range 5 East; south 1⁄2 Township 5 South, Range 6 East; Township 6 South, Range 6 East outside the Santa Rosa Wilderness; west 1⁄2 Township 6 South, Range 7 East outside the Santa Rosa Wilderness; and Township 7 South, Range 7 East outside the Santa Rosa Wilderness, San Bernardino Meridian. San Jacinto Mountains—All public lands within the National Monument in south 1⁄2 Township 3 South, Range 3 East; southwest 1⁄4 Township 3 South, Range 4 East; west 1⁄2 Township 4 South, Range 4 East; and Township 5 South, Range 4 East, San Bernardino Meridian. Discharge of Gas- and Air-powered Weapons. The discharge of gas- and airpropelled weapons and simulated weapons, including paintball and paintball-like weapons, is prohibited on public lands in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The purpose of the prohibition is to protect cultural, biological, and geological resources from defacement and damage resulting from the discharge of gas- and air-propelled and simulated weapons. Potential adverse impacts include the staining of cultural artifacts, plant materials, and exposed rock with paint from paint ball projectiles. Recreational Shooting. Recreational shooting, except for hunting, but including target shooting, is prohibited on public lands in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The purpose of the prohibition is to protect cultural resources from damage resulting from their use as targets; protect wildlife from disruption of feeding, breeding, and other important behaviors; protect wildlife from direct mortality, and temporary or permanent abandonment of habitat, especially with regard to the endangered Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep; and enhance visitor safety by minimizing potential for accidental shootings. Hunting will continue to be permitted in accordance with California Department of Fish and Game regulations. Possession of firearms, however, is not permitted on Federal and nonfederal lands within the Santa Rosa Mountains State Game Refuge in accordance with state regulations. Entry with Pets. All pets must be restrained by leashes not exceeding 10 feet in length while on public lands in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Owners of pets are required to collect and properly dispose of their pet’s fecal matter. Pets are allowed in designated areas only within essential habitat for Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep. The purpose of the leash and fecal collection requirements, and restriction of pets to designated areas in bighorn sheep habitat is to protect wildlife and enhance visitor enjoyment of the National Monument. The leash requirement reduces potential for harassment, chasing, and predation of wildlife by pets. It also protects visitors from unleashed aggressive pets, thereby enhancing visitor safety and enjoyment. Collection of a pet’s fecal matter enhances visitor enjoyment by providing for an aesthetically pleasing setting. Persons using dogs to facilitate official search and rescue or law enforcement operations are exempt from these restrictions. Designated pet areas will be identified through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Trails Plan element of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Pending completion of the Habitat Conservation E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 144 / Thursday, July 28, 2005 / Notices Plan, dogs are prohibited on public lands in the National Monument, with exceptions (65 FR 3473–3474, January 21, 2000). The discharge of gas- and airpropelled weapons, recreational shooting, and entry with pets are prohibited or restricted on the following public lands: Santa Rosa Mountains—All public lands within the National Monument in southeast 1⁄4 Township 4 South, Range 4 East; Township 5 South, Range 5 East; Township 6 South, Range 5 East; east 1⁄2 Township 8 South, Range 5 East; south 1⁄2 Township 5 South, Range 6 East; Township 6 South, Range 6 East; Township 7 South, Range 6 East; Township 8 South, Range 6 East; west 1⁄2 Township 6 South, Range 7 East; Township 7 South, Range 7 East; Township 8 South, Range 7 East; and west 1⁄2 Township 8 South, Range 8 East, San Bernardino Meridian. San Jacinto Mountains—All public lands within the National Monument in south 1⁄2 Township 3 South, Range 3 East; southwest 1/4 Township 3 South, Range 4 East; west 1⁄2 Township 4 South, Range 4 East; and Township 5 South, Range 4 East, San Bernardino Meridian. The decision to prohibit hang gliding and similar activities, prohibit the discharge of gas- and air-propelled weapons and simulated weapons, prohibit recreational shooting, and restrict entry with pets was approved by BLM and U.S. Forest Service on February 5, 2004, in the Record of Decision for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Management Plan. The order prohibiting hang gliding activities was signed by the Field Manager, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, on February 2, 2005. The order prohibiting discharges of gas- and air-propelled weapons, prohibiting recreational shooting, and restricting entry with pets was signed by the Field Manager on March 24, 2005. Any person who fails to comply with these orders may be subject to the penalties provided in 43 CFR 8360.0–7, or the enhanced penalties provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. Gail Acheson, Field Manager. [FR Doc. 05–14937 Filed 7–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P VerDate jul<14>2003 13:40 Jul 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [OR–090–03–0158; HAG 05–0084] Final Supplementary Rules for Public Land Within the West Eugene Wetlands, Eugene District, OR Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of final supplementary rules. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Siuslaw Resource Area is publishing these final supplementary rules for use on public lands within the West Eugene Wetlands in the Siuslaw Resource Area, Eugene District, Lane County, Oregon. The final supplementary rules address issues of conduct for such things as occupancy, motor vehicle use, firearms and campfires. The final supplementary rules are needed in order to protect the area’s natural resources and provide for public health and safety. The rules are needed in order to promote consistency with the ordinances that govern adjacent City of Eugene lands. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 28, 2005. ADDRESSES: Personal delivery: BLM, Siuslaw Resource Area, 2890 Chad Drive, Eugene, Oregon, 97408; Mail: BLM, Siuslaw Resource Area/Field Office, at P.O. Box 10226, Eugene, Oregon, 97440–2226; or Internet e-mail: Eugene_mail@blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Calish, Siuslaw Resource Area Manager, 2890 Chad Drive, Eugene, Oregon, 97408, telephone (541) 683– 6600. I. Background II. Discussion of the Supplementary Rules III. Procedural Matters I. Background A ‘‘Notice of Proposed Establishment of Supplementary Rules’’ was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2003 (68 FR 56310). The notice provided for a thirty day comment period that ended on October 30, 2003. We received no comments on the proposed supplementary rules. II. Discussion of the Supplementary Rules These final supplementary rules apply to the public lands within the West Eugene Wetlands, including any lands acquired within the described lands subsequent to the adoption of these rules. The West Eugene Wetlands is located in the southern Willamette Valley, in and immediately west of the PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43713 City of Eugene, Oregon, within Sections 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35 of Township 17 South, Range 4 West of the Willamette Meridian, and sections 4 and 5 of Township 18 South, Range 4 West of the Willamette Meridian. These rules apply to BLM lands located south of Royal Avenue only. BLM has determined these rules necessary to protect the area’s natural resources and to provide for safe public recreation, public health, and reduce the potential for damage to the environment and to enhance the safety of visitors and neighboring residents. In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), BLM for good cause finds it necessary to make these supplementary rules effective the date of publication. Due to the current extraordinary drought conditions in Oregon, it is essential that the fire control measures in the supplementary rules be effective immediately. Further, the supplementary rules are not controversial; no comments were received during the public comment period. Private Lands: This order is in no way intended to affect the legal rights, or existing rights-of-way, of adjacent private land owners. III. Procedural Matters Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review These final supplementary rules are not a significant regulatory action and are not subject to review by Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. These final supplementary rules will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. They are not intended to affect commercial activity, but contain rules of personal conduct for public use of certain public lands. They will not adversely affect, in a material way, the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or communities. These final supplementary rules will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. The final supplementary rules do not alter the budgetary effects of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the right or obligations of their recipients; nor do they raise novel legal or policy issues. National Environmental Policy Act BLM has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) designated EA–08–01, dated June 18, 2001, which covers the West Eugene Wetlands Recreation, E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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[FR Doc No: 05-14937]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CA-668-05-1220-PM]


Restrictions on Recreational Use of Public Lands

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice, Issuance of Restriction Orders.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management has 
issued orders pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1 that restrict the launching and 
landing of hang gliders and similar aircraft, the discharge of gas- and 
air-powered weapons and simulated weapons, recreational shooting, and 
entry with pets on all or certain public lands in the Santa Rosa and 
San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Riverside County, California, 
to protect resources and enhance visitor safety.

DATES: The hang gliding restriction became effective February 2, 2005. 
Restrictions pertaining to the discharge of gas- and air-propelled 
weapons, recreational shooting, and entry with pets became effective 
March 24, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Palm 
Springs-South Coast Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 690 West 
Garnet Ave., P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, CA 92258-1260.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Foote, Outdoor Recreation Planner, 
telephone 760-251-4800, e-mail jfoote@ca.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hang Gliding. Launches of hang gliders, 
paragliders, ultralights, and similar aircraft from, and landing on, 
public lands within and adjacent to essential habitat for Peninsular 
Ranges bighorn sheep in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains 
National Monument are prohibited.
    The purpose of the prohibition is to protect the distinct 
vertebrate population segment of bighorn sheep occupying the Peninsular 
Ranges of southern California from potential adverse impacts that may 
result from the launching and landing of hang gliders and similar 
aircraft. This population of bighorn sheep was listed as endangered by 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on March 18, 1998 (63 FR 13134), 
pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
    This prohibition includes launches from public lands at the Vista 
Point roadside pullout on California Highway 74, as well as landings on 
public lands at or near the National Monument Visitor Center, also on 
California Highway 74.
    The use of mechanical transport, including hang gliders, is already 
prohibited in wilderness managed by BLM (43 CFR 6302.20(d) and (e); 
6301.5). The prohibition of hang gliders on public lands in wilderness 
within the National Monument is, therefore, applicable throughout the 
Santa Rosa Wilderness, whether inside or outside essential habitat for 
Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep.
    Launches and landings of hang gliders and similar aircraft are 
prohibited on the following public lands:
    Santa Rosa Mountains--All public lands within the National Monument 
in southeast \1/4\ Township 4 South, Range 4 East; Township 5 South, 
Range 5 East; Township 6 South, Range 5 East; south \1/2\ Township 5 
South, Range 6 East; Township 6 South, Range 6 East outside the Santa 
Rosa Wilderness; west \1/2\ Township 6 South, Range 7 East outside the 
Santa Rosa Wilderness; and Township 7 South, Range 7 East outside the 
Santa Rosa Wilderness, San Bernardino Meridian.
    San Jacinto Mountains--All public lands within the National 
Monument in south \1/2\ Township 3 South, Range 3 East; southwest \1/4\ 
Township 3 South, Range 4 East; west \1/2\ Township 4 South, Range 4 
East; and Township 5 South, Range 4 East, San Bernardino Meridian.
    Discharge of Gas- and Air-powered Weapons. The discharge of gas- 
and air-propelled weapons and simulated weapons, including paintball 
and paintball-like weapons, is prohibited on public lands in the Santa 
Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
    The purpose of the prohibition is to protect cultural, biological, 
and geological resources from defacement and damage resulting from the 
discharge of gas- and air-propelled and simulated weapons. Potential 
adverse impacts include the staining of cultural artifacts, plant 
materials, and exposed rock with paint from paint ball projectiles.
    Recreational Shooting. Recreational shooting, except for hunting, 
but including target shooting, is prohibited on public lands in the 
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
    The purpose of the prohibition is to protect cultural resources 
from damage resulting from their use as targets; protect wildlife from 
disruption of feeding, breeding, and other important behaviors; protect 
wildlife from direct mortality, and temporary or permanent abandonment 
of habitat, especially with regard to the endangered Peninsular Ranges 
bighorn sheep; and enhance visitor safety by minimizing potential for 
accidental shootings.
    Hunting will continue to be permitted in accordance with California 
Department of Fish and Game regulations. Possession of firearms, 
however, is not permitted on Federal and nonfederal lands within the 
Santa Rosa Mountains State Game Refuge in accordance with state 
regulations.
    Entry with Pets. All pets must be restrained by leashes not 
exceeding 10 feet in length while on public lands in the Santa Rosa and 
San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Owners of pets are required to 
collect and properly dispose of their pet's fecal matter. Pets are 
allowed in designated areas only within essential habitat for 
Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep.
    The purpose of the leash and fecal collection requirements, and 
restriction of pets to designated areas in bighorn sheep habitat is to 
protect wildlife and enhance visitor enjoyment of the National 
Monument. The leash requirement reduces potential for harassment, 
chasing, and predation of wildlife by pets. It also protects visitors 
from unleashed aggressive pets, thereby enhancing visitor safety and 
enjoyment. Collection of a pet's fecal matter enhances visitor 
enjoyment by providing for an aesthetically pleasing setting. Persons 
using dogs to facilitate official search and rescue or law enforcement 
operations are exempt from these restrictions.
    Designated pet areas will be identified through the Santa Rosa and 
San Jacinto Mountains Trails Plan element of the Coachella Valley 
Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Pending completion of the 
Habitat Conservation

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Plan, dogs are prohibited on public lands in the National Monument, 
with exceptions (65 FR 3473-3474, January 21, 2000).
    The discharge of gas- and air-propelled weapons, recreational 
shooting, and entry with pets are prohibited or restricted on the 
following public lands:
    Santa Rosa Mountains--All public lands within the National Monument 
in southeast \1/4\ Township 4 South, Range 4 East; Township 5 South, 
Range 5 East; Township 6 South, Range 5 East; east \1/2\ Township 8 
South, Range 5 East; south \1/2\ Township 5 South, Range 6 East; 
Township 6 South, Range 6 East; Township 7 South, Range 6 East; 
Township 8 South, Range 6 East; west \1/2\ Township 6 South, Range 7 
East; Township 7 South, Range 7 East; Township 8 South, Range 7 East; 
and west \1/2\ Township 8 South, Range 8 East, San Bernardino Meridian.
    San Jacinto Mountains--All public lands within the National 
Monument in south \1/2\ Township 3 South, Range 3 East; southwest 1/4 
Township 3 South, Range 4 East; west \1/2\ Township 4 South, Range 4 
East; and Township 5 South, Range 4 East, San Bernardino Meridian.
    The decision to prohibit hang gliding and similar activities, 
prohibit the discharge of gas- and air-propelled weapons and simulated 
weapons, prohibit recreational shooting, and restrict entry with pets 
was approved by BLM and U.S. Forest Service on February 5, 2004, in the 
Record of Decision for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains 
National Monument Management Plan. The order prohibiting hang gliding 
activities was signed by the Field Manager, Palm Springs-South Coast 
Field Office, on February 2, 2005. The order prohibiting discharges of 
gas- and air-propelled weapons, prohibiting recreational shooting, and 
restricting entry with pets was signed by the Field Manager on March 
24, 2005. Any person who fails to comply with these orders may be 
subject to the penalties provided in 43 CFR 8360.0-7, or the enhanced 
penalties provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571.

Gail Acheson,
Field Manager.
[FR Doc. 05-14937 Filed 7-27-05; 8:45 am]
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