Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules; Recreation Area Conditions of Use; North Fruita Desert; Mesa County, CO, 43709-43712 [05-14946]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 144 / Thursday, July 28, 2005 / Notices Lower Potomac Field Station Manager (LPFSM). 2. You must not use fireworks or explosive devices. 3. You must not enter the Meadowood SRMA between sunset and sunrise unless you have a contract or other written permission to board or maintain horses at Meadowood. Between sunset and sunrise, persons with a boarding contract and their accompanied guests and other persons authorized by the LPFSM may enter the boarding facilities and adjacent pastures at 10406 Gunston Road only. 4. You must not swim or bathe in the ponds or streams. 5. You must not operate motorized vehicles or devices in the SRMA unless authorized by the LPFSM, except for the following established roads: a. From Old Colchester Road to the control line flying circles in the west parcel. b. From Belmont Boulevard to the visitor parking area. c. From Gunston Road to the parking areas at the horse barn and the BLM compound. These parking areas are designated for BLM employees and contractors, visitors to the Lower Potomac Field Station Office, boarders, or their guests only. 6. You must not enter the fenced pastures at 10406 Gunston Road unless you have a contract or other written permission to board or maintain horses at Meadowood. 7. You must not enter into any area posted as closed to entry or use. 8. You must not camp unless authorized by the LPFSM. 9. You must not use a bicycle except on the roads identified above and on designated trails. 10. You must not store fuel or accelerants. 11. You must not use control line model airplanes outside of times and places designated by the LPFSM. 12. You must not use model rockets or explosive devices. 13. You must not use or possess weapons, other than for hunts planned by the BLM. Exception for Official Use of Site Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers, government employees, and BLM volunteers are exempt from these supplementary rules in the course of their official duties. Limitations on the use of motorized vehicles do not apply to emergency vehicles, fire suppression and rescue vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, and other vehicles performing official duties, or as approved by an authorized officer of the BLM. VerDate jul<14>2003 13:40 Jul 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 Penalties 1. Violations of these supplementary rules are punishable as follows: By a sentence of incarceration not more than one year, and a fine as provided by law under 43 U.S.C. 1733 and 18 U.S.C. 3571. 2. You may also be subject to civil action for unauthorized use of the public lands or related waters and their resources, for violations of permit terms, conditions, or stipulations, or for uses beyond those allowed by the permit. Michael D. Nedd, State Director, Eastern States. [FR Doc. 05–14938 Filed 7–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CO–130–05–1220–AL] Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules; Recreation Area Conditions of Use; North Fruita Desert; Mesa County, CO Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Proposed supplementary rules for conditions of use on public land within the North Fruita Desert. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Junction Field Office, is publishing proposed supplementary rules regulating the conduct of certain activities on all public lands within the North Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). These proposed supplementary rules notify the public that certain activities are no longer allowed in the North Fruita Desert, and include, but are not limited to the following: Prohibition of fires outside of designated fire rings within the designated campground in the bicycle emphasis area, required use of fire pans outside of the mountain bike emphasis area, prohibition of discharge of dangerous weapons within the mountain bike emphasis area, prohibition of camping outside of designated camping sites within the mountain bike emphasis area, limiting all motorized and mechanized vehicle travel within the area to designated routes, the seasonal closure of certain routes, prohibition of possession or use of firewood containing nails or other metal hardware, and the prohibition on shooting any glass objects. DATES: Comments on the proposed supplementary rules must be received or postmarked by August 29, 2005, to be PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43709 assured consideration. In developing final supplementary rules, BLM may not consider comments postmarked or received in person or by electronic mail after this date. ADDRESSES: Mail, personal or messenger delivery: Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Internet e-mail: Attn: Britta_Laub@co.blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Britta Laub, Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner, at (970) 244–3000. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Comment Procedures II. Background III. Procedural Matters IV. Discussion of the Proposed Supplementary Rules I. Public Comment Procedures Public comment on the North Fruita Desert Plan amendment and recreation activity plan ended on September 3, 2004. This notice is intended to ensure decisions made in the amendment and plan are enforceable. Written comments on the proposed supplementary rules should be specific, confined to issues pertinent to the proposed supplementary rules, and should explain the reason for any recommended change. Where possible, comments should reference the specific section or paragraph of the proposal which the comment is addressing. BLM may not necessarily consider or include in the Administrative Record for the final rule comments that BLM receives after the close of the comment period (see DATES), unless they are postmarked or electronically dated before the deadline, or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES). Comments, including names, street addresses, and other contact information of respondents, will be available for public review at Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays). Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to request that BLM consider withholding your name, street address, and other contact information (such as: Internet address, FAX, or phone number) from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. BLM will honor requests for confidentiality on a case-by-case basis to the extent allowed by law. BLM will make available for E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 43710 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 144 / Thursday, July 28, 2005 / Notices public inspection in their entirety all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses. II. Background The North Fruita Desert Management Plan was approved on November 8, 2004. The North Fruita area has become increasing popular for its mountain biking, dispersed camping, and motorized recreational opportunities. In 2003, use numbered about 50,000 visits. Increased use and marketing of the area have resulted in impacts to resources (illegal trail construction and proliferation of social trails, vegetation tramping, weed invasion, sterilization of soil through multiple ground fires), have raised public health and safety issues (human and dog waste, glass and metal debris), and social conflicts (between motorized and mechanized users, competition for camping space, local vs. recreation destination visitors, and shooting over trails). The plan addresses these issues and these proposed supplementary rules enact the prescriptions outlined in the plan. III. Procedural Matters Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review These proposed 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 proposed supplementary rules will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. 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 proposed supplementary rules will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. These proposed supplementary rules do not alter the budgetary effects of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or obligations of their recipients; nor do they raise novel legal or policy issues. They merely impose rules of conduct and impose other limitations on certain recreational activities on certain public lands to protect natural resources and human health and safety. Clarity of the Supplementary Rules Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to write regulations that are simple and easy to understand. We VerDate jul<14>2003 13:40 Jul 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 invite your comments on how to make these proposed supplementary rules easier to understand, including answers to questions such as the following: (1) Are the requirements in the proposed supplementary rules clearly stated? (2) Do the proposed supplementary rules contain technical language or jargon that interferes with their clarity? (3) Does the format of the proposed supplementary rules (grouping and order of sections, use of headings, paragraphing, etc.) aid or reduce their clarity? (4) Would the supplementary rules be easier to understand if they were divided into more (but shorter) sections? (5) Is the description of the proposed supplementary rules in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this preamble helpful to your understanding of the proposed supplementary rules? How could this description be more helpful in making the proposed supplementary rules easier to understand? Please send any comments you have on the clarity of the supplementary rules to the address specified in the ADDRESSES section. National Environmental Policy Act BLM has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) and has found that the proposed supplementary rules would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment under section 102(2)(C) of the Environmental Protection Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C). A detailed statement under NEPA is not required. BLM has placed the EA and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on file in the BLM Administrative Record at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section. BLM invites the public to review these documents and suggests that anyone wishing to submit comments in response to the EA and FONSI do so in accordance with the Written Comments section above. Regulatory Flexibility Act Congress enacted the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. 601–612, to ensure that Government regulations do not unnecessarily or disproportionately burden small entities. The RFA requires a regulatory flexibility analysis if a rule would have a significant economic impact, either detrimental or beneficial, on a substantial number of small entities. These proposed supplementary rules should have no effect on business entities of whatever size. They merely would impose reasonable restrictions on certain recreational activities on certain public lands to protect natural resources PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and the environment, and human health and safety. Therefore, BLM has determined under the RFA that these proposed supplementary rules would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) These proposed supplementary rules are not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). They would not result in an effect on the economy of $100 million or more, in an increase in costs or prices, or in significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based enterprises to compete with foreignbased enterprises in domestic and export markets. They would merely impose reasonable restrictions on certain recreational activities on certain public lands to protect natural resources and the environment, and human health and safety. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act These proposed supplementary rules do not impose an unfunded mandate on state, local, or tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per year; nor do these proposed supplementary rules have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. They would merely impose reasonable restrictions on certain recreational activities on certain public lands to protect natural resources and the environment, and human health and safety. Therefore, BLM is not required to prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With Constitutionally Protected Property Rights (Takings) The rule does not represent a government action capable of interfering with Constitutionally protected property rights. The plan addresses the management of public lands within the North Fruita Desert and in no way addresses the management of private lands. Therefore, the Department of the Interior has determined that the rule would not cause a taking of private property or require further discussion of takings implications under this Executive Order. Executive Order 13132, Federalism The rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 144 / Thursday, July 28, 2005 / Notices relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. The state of Colorado was involved in the development of the plan, the plan underwent the required 60 day Governors Consistency review, and the rule addresses the federal enforceability of conditions of use as described in the plan and does not impact State power or responsibilities. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, BLM has determined that this proposed rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant preparation of a federalism assessment. Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform Under Executive Order 12988, the Office of the Solicitor has determined that this rule would not unduly burden the judicial system and that it meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Order. Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal In accordance with Executive Order 13175, we have found that this rule does not include policies that have tribal implications. The conditions of use as described in this notice are intended to protect resources, public health and safety, and mitigate user conflict. No tribal lands are located within or near the North Fruita Desert. The rule does not apply to Indian lands. Paperwork Reduction Act These proposed supplementary rules do not contain information collection requirements that the Office of Management and Budget must approve under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Author The principal authors of these proposed supplementary rules are: Perry McCoy, James Cooper, and Britta Laub, Grand Junction Field Office. IV. Discussion of the Proposed Supplementary Rules These proposed supplementary rules will apply to the public lands under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management located within the North Fruita Desert. The BLM has determined that these rules are necessary to protect the area’s natural resources, to provide for safe public recreation, public health, reduce potential for user conflict, and reduce the potential for damage to the environment and to enhance the experience of the visitor. VerDate jul<14>2003 13:40 Jul 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 Under the authority found in 43 U.S.C. 1733(a), pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1, 43 CFR 8365.1–6, 43 CFR 9212.2, 43 CFR 9268.3 the Bureau of Land Management proposes to enforce the following rules on all public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management within the North Fruita Desert. You must follow these rules: Sec. 1: Prohibited Acts/Rules While on public lands in the North Fruita Desert, a. No discharge of dangerous weapons will be allowed in the bicycle emphasis area, except for the lawful taking of game during bonafide hunting seasons. b. In North Fruita Desert SRMA, all fires must be contained in a fire pan and all ash and burned material removed and disposed of off of public lands. c. In the North Fruita Desert SRMA, provided and/or portable toilets must be used and contents disposed of according to Mesa County requirements. d. In the North Fruita Desert SRMA, it is prohibited to collect downed wood for campfires or other purposes. e. In the mechanized (bicycle) emphasis area, visitors must camp in designated campsites. Dispersed camping will continue to be allowed in the remaining portions of the North Fruita Desert SRMA. f. All motorized and mechanized travel is limited to designated roads and trails. g. No motorized travel is permitted, except on the graveled access road, V.7 Road, and campground spur pull-offs in the mechanized (bicycle) emphasis area. The mechanized (bicycle) emphasis area is defined as portions of T8S R102W sec. 24, 25, and 36, T9S R102W sec.1, T8S R101W sec. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35, T9S R101W sec. 3, 4, 5, and 6. h. No motorized or mechanized vehicle travel is permitted, except on Q.5 Road, within the non-motorized/ non-mechanized emphasis area. The non-motorized/non-mechanized emphasis area is defined as portions of T8S R101W sec. 35 and 36, T9S R101W sec. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14, T9S R100W sec. 5, 6, 7, and 8. i. The Lippan Wash Trail and Coal Gulch Trail will be seasonally closed to mechanized and motorized travel from December 1 until April 1 of each year. The opening date may be moved to an earlier or later date if conditions warrant. j. No person shall use or possess firewood containing nails, screws, or other metal hardware to include, but not limited to, wood pallets and construction debris. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43711 k. Administrative use is limited to designated routes. Exemptions to travel restrictions are listed under ‘‘ORV’’, exclusions, below. Sec. 2: Definitions ‘‘Dangerous weapons’’ include, but are not limited to: Rifles, pistols, air guns, paint ball guns, bows and arrows, slingshots, or any mechanical devices that propel a projectile. ‘‘Designated fire ring’’ means specific areas designed and delineated for use and containment of camping and/or cooking fires. Fire rings are typically constructed of metal sheeting 21⁄2 to 3 feet in diameter and no less than 1 foot deep. ‘‘Fire pan’’ means a metal container elevated off the ground that serves as a barrier between the ground and the fire, to contain the fire and facilitate the removal of ashes. ‘‘Mechanized vehicle’’ means a mechanical vehicle propelled by human power without use of a motor (e.g.: mountain bike). ‘‘Motorized vehicle’’ is used synonymously with ORV and OHV, and may include motorcycles, ATVs, or full sized vehicles. ‘‘Non-motorized, non-mechanized’’ means powered by human power alone without use of mechanized or motorized assistance. Equestrian use falls under this definition. ‘‘OHV’’ means Off Highway Vehicle and is used synonymously with ORV. ‘‘ORV’’ means Off Road Vehicle as defined in 43 CFR 8340.0–5 (a) as any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed for, travel onto or immediately over land, water, or other natural terrain, excluding: 1. Any non-amphibious registered motorboat; 2. Any military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicle while being used for emergency purposes; 3. Any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized by the authorized officer, or otherwise officially approved; 4. Vehicles in official use: 5. Any combat or support vehicle when used in times of national defense emergencies. ‘‘Public lands’’ means any land in the North Fruita Desert, the surface of which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The North Fruita Desert is bounded by East Salt Creek on the West, Coal Gulch on the North, 21 Road on the east, and the BLM/private land boundary on the south, Mesa County Colorado, T.2 N.R., R3W., T.2N. R.2W. Ute Principle Meridian, T.9S. R.103W., T.8S. R.103W., T.9S. R.102W., T.8S. R.102W., T.9S. R.101W., T.8S. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 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

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CO-130-05-1220-AL]


Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules; Recreation Area 
Conditions of Use; North Fruita Desert; Mesa County, CO

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed supplementary rules for conditions of use on public 
land within the North Fruita Desert.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Junction Field 
Office, is publishing proposed supplementary rules regulating the 
conduct of certain activities on all public lands within the North 
Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). These proposed 
supplementary rules notify the public that certain activities are no 
longer allowed in the North Fruita Desert, and include, but are not 
limited to the following: Prohibition of fires outside of designated 
fire rings within the designated campground in the bicycle emphasis 
area, required use of fire pans outside of the mountain bike emphasis 
area, prohibition of discharge of dangerous weapons within the mountain 
bike emphasis area, prohibition of camping outside of designated 
camping sites within the mountain bike emphasis area, limiting all 
motorized and mechanized vehicle travel within the area to designated 
routes, the seasonal closure of certain routes, prohibition of 
possession or use of firewood containing nails or other metal hardware, 
and the prohibition on shooting any glass objects.

DATES: Comments on the proposed supplementary rules must be received or 
postmarked by August 29, 2005, to be assured consideration. In 
developing final supplementary rules, BLM may not consider comments 
postmarked or received in person or by electronic mail after this date.

ADDRESSES: Mail, personal or messenger delivery: Bureau of Land 
Management, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, 
CO 81506. Internet e-mail: Attn: Britta--Laub@co.blm.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Britta Laub, Supervisory Outdoor 
Recreation Planner, at (970) 244-3000.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Public Comment Procedures
II. Background
III. Procedural Matters
IV. Discussion of the Proposed Supplementary Rules

I. Public Comment Procedures

    Public comment on the North Fruita Desert Plan amendment and 
recreation activity plan ended on September 3, 2004. This notice is 
intended to ensure decisions made in the amendment and plan are 
enforceable.
    Written comments on the proposed supplementary rules should be 
specific, confined to issues pertinent to the proposed supplementary 
rules, and should explain the reason for any recommended change. Where 
possible, comments should reference the specific section or paragraph 
of the proposal which the comment is addressing. BLM may not 
necessarily consider or include in the Administrative Record for the 
final rule comments that BLM receives after the close of the comment 
period (see DATES), unless they are postmarked or electronically dated 
before the deadline, or comments delivered to an address other than 
those listed above (see ADDRESSES).
    Comments, including names, street addresses, and other contact 
information of respondents, will be available for public review at 
Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, 
Grand Junction, CO 81506, during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays). Individual 
respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to request that 
BLM consider withholding your name, street address, and other contact 
information (such as: Internet address, FAX, or phone number) from 
public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 
you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. BLM 
will honor requests for confidentiality on a case-by-case basis to the 
extent allowed by law. BLM will make available for

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public inspection in their entirety all submissions from organizations 
or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.

II. Background

    The North Fruita Desert Management Plan was approved on November 8, 
2004. The North Fruita area has become increasing popular for its 
mountain biking, dispersed camping, and motorized recreational 
opportunities. In 2003, use numbered about 50,000 visits. Increased use 
and marketing of the area have resulted in impacts to resources 
(illegal trail construction and proliferation of social trails, 
vegetation tramping, weed invasion, sterilization of soil through 
multiple ground fires), have raised public health and safety issues 
(human and dog waste, glass and metal debris), and social conflicts 
(between motorized and mechanized users, competition for camping space, 
local vs. recreation destination visitors, and shooting over trails). 
The plan addresses these issues and these proposed supplementary rules 
enact the prescriptions outlined in the plan.

III. Procedural Matters

Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review

    These proposed 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 proposed supplementary rules will 
not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. 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 proposed 
supplementary rules will not create a serious inconsistency or 
otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. 
These proposed supplementary rules do not alter the budgetary effects 
of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or 
obligations of their recipients; nor do they raise novel legal or 
policy issues. They merely impose rules of conduct and impose other 
limitations on certain recreational activities on certain public lands 
to protect natural resources and human health and safety.

Clarity of the Supplementary Rules

    Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to write regulations 
that are simple and easy to understand. We invite your comments on how 
to make these proposed supplementary rules easier to understand, 
including answers to questions such as the following: (1) Are the 
requirements in the proposed supplementary rules clearly stated? (2) Do 
the proposed supplementary rules contain technical language or jargon 
that interferes with their clarity? (3) Does the format of the proposed 
supplementary rules (grouping and order of sections, use of headings, 
paragraphing, etc.) aid or reduce their clarity? (4) Would the 
supplementary rules be easier to understand if they were divided into 
more (but shorter) sections? (5) Is the description of the proposed 
supplementary rules in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this 
preamble helpful to your understanding of the proposed supplementary 
rules? How could this description be more helpful in making the 
proposed supplementary rules easier to understand?
    Please send any comments you have on the clarity of the 
supplementary rules to the address specified in the ADDRESSES section.

National Environmental Policy Act

    BLM has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) and has found 
that the proposed supplementary rules would not constitute a major 
Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human 
environment under section 102(2)(C) of the Environmental Protection Act 
of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C). A detailed statement under NEPA 
is not required. BLM has placed the EA and the Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI) on file in the BLM Administrative Record at 
the address specified in the ADDRESSES section. BLM invites the public 
to review these documents and suggests that anyone wishing to submit 
comments in response to the EA and FONSI do so in accordance with the 
Written Comments section above.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Congress enacted the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), as 
amended, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, to ensure that Government regulations do not 
unnecessarily or disproportionately burden small entities. The RFA 
requires a regulatory flexibility analysis if a rule would have a 
significant economic impact, either detrimental or beneficial, on a 
substantial number of small entities. These proposed supplementary 
rules should have no effect on business entities of whatever size. They 
merely would impose reasonable restrictions on certain recreational 
activities on certain public lands to protect natural resources and the 
environment, and human health and safety. Therefore, BLM has determined 
under the RFA that these proposed supplementary rules would not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA)

    These proposed supplementary rules are not a ``major rule'' as 
defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). They would not result in an effect on the 
economy of $100 million or more, in an increase in costs or prices, or 
in significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, 
productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based 
enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and 
export markets. They would merely impose reasonable restrictions on 
certain recreational activities on certain public lands to protect 
natural resources and the environment, and human health and safety.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    These proposed supplementary rules do not impose an unfunded 
mandate on state, local, or tribal governments or the private sector of 
more than $100 million per year; nor do these proposed supplementary 
rules have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal 
governments or the private sector. They would merely impose reasonable 
restrictions on certain recreational activities on certain public lands 
to protect natural resources and the environment, and human health and 
safety. Therefore, BLM is not required to prepare a statement 
containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act 
(2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)

Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With 
Constitutionally Protected Property Rights (Takings)

    The rule does not represent a government action capable of 
interfering with Constitutionally protected property rights. The plan 
addresses the management of public lands within the North Fruita Desert 
and in no way addresses the management of private lands. Therefore, the 
Department of the Interior has determined that the rule would not cause 
a taking of private property or require further discussion of takings 
implications under this Executive Order.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism

    The rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the

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relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government. The state of Colorado was involved in the development of 
the plan, the plan underwent the required 60 day Governors Consistency 
review, and the rule addresses the federal enforceability of conditions 
of use as described in the plan and does not impact State power or 
responsibilities. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, 
BLM has determined that this proposed rule does not have sufficient 
federalism implications to warrant preparation of a federalism 
assessment.

Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform

    Under Executive Order 12988, the Office of the Solicitor has 
determined that this rule would not unduly burden the judicial system 
and that it meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the 
Order.

Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal

    In accordance with Executive Order 13175, we have found that this 
rule does not include policies that have tribal implications. The 
conditions of use as described in this notice are intended to protect 
resources, public health and safety, and mitigate user conflict. No 
tribal lands are located within or near the North Fruita Desert. The 
rule does not apply to Indian lands.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    These proposed supplementary rules do not contain information 
collection requirements that the Office of Management and Budget must 
approve under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq.

Author

    The principal authors of these proposed supplementary rules are: 
Perry McCoy, James Cooper, and Britta Laub, Grand Junction Field 
Office.

IV. Discussion of the Proposed Supplementary Rules

    These proposed supplementary rules will apply to the public lands 
under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management located 
within the North Fruita Desert. The BLM has determined that these rules 
are necessary to protect the area's natural resources, to provide for 
safe public recreation, public health, reduce potential for user 
conflict, and reduce the potential for damage to the environment and to 
enhance the experience of the visitor.
    Under the authority found in 43 U.S.C. 1733(a), pursuant to 43 CFR 
8364.1, 43 CFR 8365.1-6, 43 CFR 9212.2, 43 CFR 9268.3 the Bureau of 
Land Management proposes to enforce the following rules on all public 
lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management within the North 
Fruita Desert. You must follow these rules:

Sec. 1: Prohibited Acts/Rules

    While on public lands in the North Fruita Desert,
    a. No discharge of dangerous weapons will be allowed in the bicycle 
emphasis area, except for the lawful taking of game during bonafide 
hunting seasons.
    b. In North Fruita Desert SRMA, all fires must be contained in a 
fire pan and all ash and burned material removed and disposed of off of 
public lands.
    c. In the North Fruita Desert SRMA, provided and/or portable 
toilets must be used and contents disposed of according to Mesa County 
requirements.
    d. In the North Fruita Desert SRMA, it is prohibited to collect 
downed wood for campfires or other purposes.
    e. In the mechanized (bicycle) emphasis area, visitors must camp in 
designated campsites. Dispersed camping will continue to be allowed in 
the remaining portions of the North Fruita Desert SRMA.
    f. All motorized and mechanized travel is limited to designated 
roads and trails.
    g. No motorized travel is permitted, except on the graveled access 
road, V.7 Road, and campground spur pull-offs in the mechanized 
(bicycle) emphasis area. The mechanized (bicycle) emphasis area is 
defined as portions of T8S R102W sec. 24, 25, and 36, T9S R102W sec.1, 
T8S R101W sec. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35, T9S R101W sec. 3, 4, 
5, and 6.
    h. No motorized or mechanized vehicle travel is permitted, except 
on Q.5 Road, within the non-motorized/non-mechanized emphasis area. The 
non-motorized/non-mechanized emphasis area is defined as portions of 
T8S R101W sec. 35 and 36, T9S R101W sec. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 
14, T9S R100W sec. 5, 6, 7, and 8.
    i. The Lippan Wash Trail and Coal Gulch Trail will be seasonally 
closed to mechanized and motorized travel from December 1 until April 1 
of each year. The opening date may be moved to an earlier or later date 
if conditions warrant.
    j. No person shall use or possess firewood containing nails, 
screws, or other metal hardware to include, but not limited to, wood 
pallets and construction debris.
    k. Administrative use is limited to designated routes. Exemptions 
to travel restrictions are listed under ``ORV'', exclusions, below.

Sec. 2: Definitions

    ``Dangerous weapons'' include, but are not limited to: Rifles, 
pistols, air guns, paint ball guns, bows and arrows, slingshots, or any 
mechanical devices that propel a projectile.
    ``Designated fire ring'' means specific areas designed and 
delineated for use and containment of camping and/or cooking fires. 
Fire rings are typically constructed of metal sheeting 2\1/2\ to 3 feet 
in diameter and no less than 1 foot deep.
    ``Fire pan'' means a metal container elevated off the ground that 
serves as a barrier between the ground and the fire, to contain the 
fire and facilitate the removal of ashes.
    ``Mechanized vehicle'' means a mechanical vehicle propelled by 
human power without use of a motor (e.g.: mountain bike).
    ``Motorized vehicle'' is used synonymously with ORV and OHV, and 
may include motorcycles, ATVs, or full sized vehicles.
    ``Non-motorized, non-mechanized'' means powered by human power 
alone without use of mechanized or motorized assistance. Equestrian use 
falls under this definition.
    ``OHV'' means Off Highway Vehicle and is used synonymously with 
ORV.
    ``ORV'' means Off Road Vehicle as defined in 43 CFR 8340.0-5 (a) as 
any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed for, travel onto or 
immediately over land, water, or other natural terrain, excluding:
    1. Any non-amphibious registered motorboat;
    2. Any military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicle while 
being used for emergency purposes;
    3. Any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized by the authorized 
officer, or otherwise officially approved;
    4. Vehicles in official use:
    5. Any combat or support vehicle when used in times of national 
defense emergencies.
    ``Public lands'' means any land in the North Fruita Desert, the 
surface of which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The 
North Fruita Desert is bounded by East Salt Creek on the West, Coal 
Gulch on the North, 21 Road on the east, and the BLM/private land 
boundary on the south, Mesa County Colorado, T.2 N.R., R3W., T.2N. 
R.2W. Ute Principle Meridian, T.9S. R.103W., T.8S. R.103W., T.9S. 
R.102W., T.8S. R.102W., T.9S. R.101W., T.8S.

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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]
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