Fire Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Saguaro National Park, AZ, 53686 [05-17851]

Download as PDF 53686 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 174 / Friday, September 9, 2005 / Notices businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety. The responsible official is Ernest Quintana, Regional Director, Midwest Region, National Park Service. Dated: July 28, 2005. Ernest Quintana, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 05–17854 Filed 9–8–05; 8:45 am] National Park Service Fire Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Saguaro National Park, AZ National Park Service, Interior. Notice of availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Fire Management Plan, Saguaro National Park. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Fire Management Plan, Saguaro National Park, Arizona. DATES: The National Park Service will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public inspection in the office of the Superintendent, Sarah Craighead, Saguaro National Park, Headquarters and Rincon Mountain District, 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730–5601, phone 520– 733–5101; and at the following locations: Internet: http://www.nps.gov/sagu/ pphtml/documents.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Parrish, Fuels Management Specialist, Saguaro National Park, Headquarters and Rincon Mountain District, 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730–5601, phone 520– 733–5132, or Kevin_Parrish@nps.gov. VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:19 Sep 08, 2005 Jkt 205001 Utah Museum of Natural History, Environmental Impact Statement, University of Utah and National Park Service and as Joint Lead Agencies, Salt Lake County, UT The University of Utah and National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction and operation of a proposed new Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BILLING CODE 4312–52–P National Park Service AGENCY: BILLING CODE 4312–94–P Dated: August 3, 2005. Roger Maxwell, Acting Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 05–17851 Filed 9–8–05; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332 (C) and (D) (NEPA), the University of Utah and the National Park Service as Joint Lead Agencies, are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the construction and operation of a proposed new Utah Museum of Natural History museum facility at the University of Utah, Salt Lake County, Utah. The NEPA process is being followed because federal funds, as grants through the National Park Service, are contributing to the design and construction costs of the new museum facility. The EIS will identify potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the proposed 169,000 square foot museum building, parking, and related appurtenances and mitigation measures to minimize adverse environmental impacts on the 17-acre site provided to the Museum by the University of Utah. This site is near the University of Utah’s Research Park, south of Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum in Salt Lake County, Utah. The Utah Public Lands Artifact Preservation Act, Pub. L. 107–329, enacted in 2002, authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make a grant to the University of Utah to pay the Federal share of the costs of construction of a new facility including design, planning, furnishing, and equipping of the Museum. Seventy-five percent of the Museum’s collection is material recovered from federally managed public lands including lands administered by the National Park Service. In January 2005, the Museum initiated an Environmental Assessment on the proposed project. After completion of public scoping and the identification of issues, the agencies decided to prepare an EIS. The EIS will analyze the proposed action, a no action alternative, alternative approaches to site and facilities design and placement, and PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other reasonable alternatives, if any, identified during the NEPA process. The EIS will also consider mitigation measures to minimize potential adverse environmental effects. Based on current information it is not expected that the EIS alternatives will include alternative sites for the museum facility, for several reasons. (1) The University of Utah and the Museum concluded a site selection process in 1995, and in 1997 the University of Utah Board of Trustees reserved the Research Park site for use by the Museum. Since that time considerable resources have been devoted to site planning, and substantial private, state and federal financial commitments have been received for design, construction and operation of a museum on the designated site. It would not be practical or economically feasible for the Museum to abandon this site for an alternative location. (2) Congress, in enacting the 2002 Utah Public Lands Artifact Preservation Act and in making subsequent appropriations, contemplated that the new museum would be located at the 17-acre Research Park site and it authorized and has since appropriated funding for a facility at that site. (3) If the new museum were built at an alternative location, the Research Park site would nonetheless still be developed, meaning that there would not likely be a decrease in overall impacts. Issues that were identified by the public during scoping for the EA and that will be addressed in the EIS include: vegetation and wildlife; recreation and trail use; open space, visual quality and aesthetics; traffic, transportation and parking; socioeconomics/cultural; air quality; soils, geological and seismic concerns; surface and groundwater quality and management; consideration of alternative sites; hazardous materials; and archaeological, cultural, historic and paleontological resources. Scoping for the EA was conducted February 15 through March 16, 2005 with a scoping meeting on March 8. The meeting was widely publicized and was attended by over 90 members of the public. Approximately 350 comments were received by letter or email. A scoping brochure has been prepared that details the issues identified to date. Copies of the brochure may be obtained from the project’s NEPA contractor, Bear West, 145 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, phone (801) 355–8816. The scoping brochure along with a request for any additional scoping comments is being mailed to the project mailing list including those who attended the initial scoping meeting or submitted written E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Fire Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, 
Saguaro National Park, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Fire Management Plan, Saguaro National Park.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 
U.S.C. 4332(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of 
a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Fire Management Plan, 
Saguaro National Park, Arizona.

DATES: The National Park Service will execute a Record of Decision 
(ROD) no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental 
Protection Agency of the Notice of Availability of the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement.

ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public inspection in the 
office of the Superintendent, Sarah Craighead, Saguaro National Park, 
Headquarters and Rincon Mountain District, 3693 South Old Spanish 
Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601, phone 520-733-5101; and at the following 
locations:
    Internet: http://www.nps.gov/sagu/pphtml/documents.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Parrish, Fuels Management 
Specialist, Saguaro National Park, Headquarters and Rincon Mountain 
District, 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601, phone 
520-733-5132, or Kevin--Parrish@nps.gov.

    Dated: August 3, 2005.
Roger Maxwell,
Acting Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 05-17851 Filed 9-8-05; 8:45 am]
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