Notice of Availability of Records of Decision for the Andrews Management Unit and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area Resource Management Plans (RMPs)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Steens Mountain Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Plan, 50401 [05-16949]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 165 / Friday, August 26, 2005 / Notices covered in the RMP amendment will be public lands, which include split estate lands, managed by BLM. Decisions in the RMP amendment will be made only on lands managed by BLM; (3) the BLM will use a collaborative and multijurisdictional approach, where possible, to jointly determine the desired future condition of public lands; (4) the BLM will make all possible attempts to ensure that its management prescriptions and amended planning actions are as complimentary as possible to other planning jurisdictions, within the boundaries described by law and policy; (5) the BLM will consider the management prescriptions on adjoining lands to minimize inconsistent management. To the extent possible, BLM will coordinate inventories, planning, and management programs with other Federal, state, tribal, and local governments and agencies; (6) management prescriptions will focus on the relative values of resources and not necessarily the combination of uses that will give the greatest economic return or economic output; (7) to the extent possible, the BLM will use current scientific information, research, new technologies and the results of resource assessments, monitoring and coordination to determine appropriate local and regional management strategies that will enhance or recover impaired ecosystems; and (8) the plan amendment will be completed in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other relevant Federal laws, executive orders and management policies of the BLM. Site-Specific NEPA While this EIS is intended to analyze site-specific impacts, site-specific NEPA analysis and documentation must remain adequate and detailed enough to identify and support any Conditions of Approval or other adaptive management actions justified by future site-specific considerations. This is necessary so as to retain BLM’s full authority at each decision stage to manage its lands in accordance with land use plans, prevent unacceptable impacts, and to support appropriate levels of protection and/or mitigation against effects on other resource values. Accordingly, additional site-specific NEPA analysis may be required before individual activities are approved based on a review of the specific conditions and the adequacy of VerDate jul<14>2003 16:18 Aug 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 the existing NEPA documentation at the time activities are proposed. Patrick Gubbins, Price Field Manager. [FR Doc. 05–16953 Filed 8–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DK–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [OR–027–1610–DR; HAG 05–0050] Notice of Availability of Records of Decision for the Andrews Management Unit and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area Resource Management Plans (RMPs)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Steens Mountain Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Plan Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 (Steens Act), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies, the BLM announces the availability of the RMPs/RODs for the Andrews Management Unit (AMU) and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA), located primarily in Harney County in southeastern Oregon. The Oregon/Washington State Director approved the RMPs/RODs, which become effective immediately. In accordance with the Steens Act, BLM is also releasing the Final Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan for pertinent lands within the CMPA. ADDRESSES: Copies of the AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs are available upon request from the BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, via e-mail at OR_Burns_RMP@or.blm.gov, or via the Internet at http://www.or.blm.gov/ Burns/Planning/AndrewsSteensRMP/ RMP.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information about the plans may be obtained by contacting the RMP Project Leader, Gary Foulkes, BLM, Burns District Office, 29810 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, telephone (541–573– 4400), fax (541–573–4411), or e-mail (gfoulkes@or.blm.gov). three-year collaborative planning process. These RMPs/RODs address management on approximately 1,649,470 acres of public land consisting of the 1,221,314-acre AMU (public land in the Andrews Resource Area outside the CMPA) and public land in the 428,156-acre CMPA. In addition, 53,436 acres of the Three Rivers Resource Area falling within the CMPA were also included in this planning effort, and the Three Rivers RMP is amended as a result. The AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs are designed to achieve or maintain desired future conditions determined through the planning process. The RMPs include a series of management actions to meet the desired resource conditions for upland and riparian vegetation, wildlife habitats, cultural and visual resources, livestock grazing and recreation, wilderness, and WSRs, as well as other resources. The Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan addresses management issues associated with the 170,084-acre wilderness area and the 105 miles of WSRs in the CMPA. Management activities in the approved AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs are essentially the same as those described in Alternative D for each area in the AMU/CMPA Proposed RMP/Final EIS, which was published in August 2004. BLM received five protests on the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and three comment letters on the Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan. The protests were resolved without changes to the RMPs. No inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies, or programs were identified during the Governor’s consistency review of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. As a result, except for separating the text for the two plans, only minor editorial modifications were made in the RMPs/ RODs. These modifications corrected errors that were noted during review of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and provide further clarification for some of the decisions. The Comments received on the Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan were considered during development of the Final Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan. James G. Kenna, Associate State Director, Oregon/Washington. [FR Doc. 05–16949 Filed 8–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–M The AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs were developed with broad public participation over a SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50401 E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 165 (Friday, August 26, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Page 50401]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-16949]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[OR-027-1610-DR; HAG 05-0050]


Notice of Availability of Records of Decision for the Andrews 
Management Unit and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and 
Protection Area Resource Management Plans (RMPs)/Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and the Steens Mountain Wilderness and Wild and Scenic 
Rivers Plan

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Steens 
Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 (Steens 
Act), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies, the BLM announces 
the availability of the RMPs/RODs for the Andrews Management Unit (AMU) 
and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA), 
located primarily in Harney County in southeastern Oregon. The Oregon/
Washington State Director approved the RMPs/RODs, which become 
effective immediately. In accordance with the Steens Act, BLM is also 
releasing the Final Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan for 
pertinent lands within the CMPA.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs are available upon 
request from the BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, 
Hines, OR 97738, via e-mail at OR--Burns--RMP@or.blm.gov, or via the 
Internet at http://www.or.blm.gov/Burns/Planning/AndrewsSteensRMP/
RMP.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information about the plans may be 
obtained by contacting the RMP Project Leader, Gary Foulkes, BLM, Burns 
District Office, 29810 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, telephone 
(541-573-4400), fax (541-573-4411), or e-mail (gfoulkes@or.blm.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs were developed 
with broad public participation over a three-year collaborative 
planning process. These RMPs/RODs address management on approximately 
1,649,470 acres of public land consisting of the 1,221,314-acre AMU 
(public land in the Andrews Resource Area outside the CMPA) and public 
land in the 428,156-acre CMPA. In addition, 53,436 acres of the Three 
Rivers Resource Area falling within the CMPA were also included in this 
planning effort, and the Three Rivers RMP is amended as a result. The 
AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs are designed to achieve or maintain desired 
future conditions determined through the planning process. The RMPs 
include a series of management actions to meet the desired resource 
conditions for upland and riparian vegetation, wildlife habitats, 
cultural and visual resources, livestock grazing and recreation, 
wilderness, and WSRs, as well as other resources. The Steens Mountain 
Wilderness and WSRs Plan addresses management issues associated with 
the 170,084-acre wilderness area and the 105 miles of WSRs in the CMPA.
    Management activities in the approved AMU and CMPA RMPs/RODs are 
essentially the same as those described in Alternative D for each area 
in the AMU/CMPA Proposed RMP/Final EIS, which was published in August 
2004. BLM received five protests on the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and 
three comment letters on the Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan. 
The protests were resolved without changes to the RMPs. No 
inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies, or programs were 
identified during the Governor's consistency review of the Proposed 
RMP/Final EIS. As a result, except for separating the text for the two 
plans, only minor editorial modifications were made in the RMPs/RODs. 
These modifications corrected errors that were noted during review of 
the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and provide further clarification for some 
of the decisions. The Comments received on the Steens Mountain 
Wilderness and WSRs Plan were considered during development of the 
Final Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSRs Plan.

James G. Kenna,
Associate State Director, Oregon/Washington.
[FR Doc. 05-16949 Filed 8-25-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-33-M