Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 76862-76863 [E5-7888]

Download as PDF 76862 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 28, 2005 / Notices Dated: November 3, 2005. George J. Turnbull, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. E5–7893 Filed 12–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–FE–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Jackson Hole Airport Use Agreement Extension, Environmental Assessment, Grand Teton National Park, WY National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Jackson Hole Airport Use Agreement Extension, Grand Teton National Park. wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment for the Jackson Hole Airport Use Agreement Extension for Grand Teton National Park, WY. This effort addresses a request from the Jackson Hole Airport Board to amend the use agreement between the Department of Interior and the Airport Board in order to ensure that the airport remains eligible for funding through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Alternatives to be considered include Alternative 1: No Action—The airport would continue operations under the existing use agreement which currently has an expiration date of April 27, 2033; Alternative 2: Extend Agreement— Jackson Hole Airport Board proposal to extend the use agreement for an additional two 10-year terms, bringing the expiration date to April 27, 2053; and Alternative 3: Update and Extend Agreement—Extend the use agreement for an additional two 10-year terms with minor modifications as mutually agreed to by the NPS and the Airport Board. The Jackson Hole Airport is located within Grand Teton National Park on 533 acres of land under the administrative jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The airport operates under the terms and conditions of a use agreement between the Department of the Interior and the Jackson Hole Airport Board. The agreement, executed in 1983, was for a primary term of 30 years, with options for two 10-year extensions, both of which have been exercised. The agreement also includes a provision that further extensions, amendments, or modifications could be negotiated by the parties on mutually satisfactory VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:37 Dec 27, 2005 Jkt 208001 terms, and that the parties agree that upon expiration of the agreement, a mutually satisfactory extension of the agreement would be negotiated. Since the FAA requires that the airport have more than 20 years remaining on its use agreement in order to remain eligible for Airport Improvement Program funds, an extension of the use agreement is needed to provide assurance that the airport will remain eligible for funding beyond the year 2013. The National Park Service will accept scoping comments from the public through January 9, 2006. DATES: Information will be available for public review and comment online at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov, at Grand Teton National Park Headquarters Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming, and at the Reference Desk of the Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Wilson, Grand Teton National Park, P.O. Drawer 170, Moose, Wyoming 83012–0170, (370) 739–3390, margaret_wilson@nps.gov. A scoping brochure has been prepared that describes the purpose and need for the project and issues identified to date. A copy of the brochure may be obtained at one of the addresses described above. If you wish to provide comments, you may do so by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to the Superintendent Office, Attention: Airport EA, P.O. Drawer 170, Moose, Wyoming 83012–0170. You may comment via the Internet at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the Grand Teton National Park Headquarters Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 22, 2005. Michael D. Snyder, Acting Regional Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. E5–7884 Filed 12–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–CX–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the General Management Plan/ Wilderness Study, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore National Park Service, Department of the Interior. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332 (2)(C), and the Wilderness Act of 1964, 16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq., the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a general management plan/ wilderness study (GMP/WS) for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan. The EIS will be approved by the Regional Director, Midwest Region. This planning effort is a new start, not a restart of the planning effort that ended in 2002. With the publication of this notice of intent, the earlier planning effort has been terminated. The GMP will establish the overall direction for the park, setting broad management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. The plan will prescribe desired resource conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and maintained throughout the park based on such factors as the park’s purpose, significance, special mandates, the body of laws and policies directing park management, resource analysis, and the range of public expectations and concerns. The plan also will outline the kinds of resource management activities, visitor activities, and developments that would be appropriate in the park in the future. The wilderness study will evaluate portions of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Lakeshore) for possible designation as wilderness. The study will be included as a part of the general management plan. A range of reasonable alternatives for managing the Lakeshore will be developed through this planning process and will include, at a minimum, a no-action and a preferred alternative. Major issues the plan will address include access to the Lakeshore, wilderness, management of areas new to AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 28, 2005 / Notices the Lakeshore since the current 1979 general management plan, changes in visitor use patterns, adequacy and sustainability of existing visitor facilities and park operations, and management of natural and cultural resources. The environmental impact statement will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the alternative management approaches and the possible designation of wilderness within the Lakeshore. As the first phase of the planning process, the NPS is beginning to scope the issues to be addressed in the GMP/ WS/EIS. All interested persons, organizations, and agencies are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions on issues and concerns that should be addressed in the GMP/WS/ EIS, and the range of appropriate alternatives that should be examined. DATES: The NPS is planning to begin public scoping with State and Federal Agencies; associated American Indian tribes; neighboring communities; county commissioners; local organizations, researchers and institutions; the congressional delegation; and other interested members of the public. In addition, the NPS will hold public scoping meetings regarding the GMP/ WS/EIS. Specific dates, times, and locations will be announced through a variety of media, including on the Internet at the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/). In addition to attending the scoping meetings, people wishing to provide input to this initial phase of developing the GMP/WS/EIS may mail or email comments to the Superintendent at the addresses below. Written comments concerning the scope of the GMP/WS/EIS will be accepted for 60 days from the publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: General park information requests or requests to be added to the project mailing list should be directed to: Dusty Shultz, Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630–9797, telephone 231– 326–5134. E-mail: slbe_gmp@nps.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dusty Shultz, Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630– 9797, telephone 231–326–5134. E-mail: slbe_gmp@nps.gov. General information about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is available on the Internet at http://www.nps.gov/slbe. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: If you wish to comment on any issues associated with the plan, you may VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:37 Dec 27, 2005 Jkt 208001 submit your comments by several methods. You may mail comments to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630–9797. You may also comment via the Internet at slbe_gmp@nps.gov. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the Lakeshore at 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Dated: November 29, 2005. Ernest Quintana, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. E5–7888 Filed 12–27–05; 8:45 am] 76863 2. Committee reports: —Land Conservation —Park Use —Science and Education —Historic 3. Old business 4. Superintendent’s report 5. Public comments 6. Proposed agenda for next Commission meeting, February 5, 2006 The meeting is open to the public. Interested persons may make oral/ written presentations to the Commission or file written statements. Such requests should be made to the Superintendent at least seven days prior to the meeting. Further information concerning this meeting may be obtained from the Superintendent, Acadia National Park, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, tel: (207) 288–3338. Dated: December 2, 2005. Sheridan Steele, Superintendent. [FR Doc. 05–24508 Filed 12–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service National Park System Advisory Board; Meeting BILLING CODE 4312–52–P National Park Service, Interior. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Acadia National Park Advisory Commission; Notice of Meeting Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92–463, 86 Stat. 770, 5 U.S.C. App. 1, Sec. 10), that the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, February 6, 2006. The Commission was established pursuant to Public Law 99–420, sec. 103. The purpose of the commission is to consult with the Secretary of the Interior, or his designee, on matters relating to the management and development of the park, including but not limited to the acquisition of lands and interests in lands (including conservation easements on islands) and termination of rights of use and occupancy. The meeting will convene at Park Headquarters, Bar Harbor, Maine, at 1 p.m. to consider the following agenda: 1. Review and approval of minutes from the meeting held September 12, 2005. PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix, that the National Park System Advisory Board will meet January 12–13, 2006, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On January 12, the Board will tour Independence National Historical Park and will be briefed regarding environmental, education and partnership programs. The Board will convene its business meeting on January 13, 8:30 a.m., EST, in the Visitor Center at Independence National Historical Park, 1 North Independence Mall West, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA, telephone 215–597–7120. The meeting will be adjourned at 5 p.m. The Board will be addressed by National Park Service Director Fran Mainella and will receive the reports of its Director’s Council, Education Committee, National Landmarks Committee, Committee on Health and Recreation, National Parks Science Committee, Committee on Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, and Partnerships Committee. The Board also will be briefed regarding Preserve America and the 106 Compliance Review. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, Sleeping Bear Dunes 
National Lakeshore

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 
U.S.C. 4332 (2)(C), and the Wilderness Act of 1964, 16 U.S.C. 1131 et 
seq., the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an environmental 
impact statement (EIS) for a general management plan/wilderness study 
(GMP/WS) for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan. The EIS 
will be approved by the Regional Director, Midwest Region. This 
planning effort is a new start, not a restart of the planning effort 
that ended in 2002. With the publication of this notice of intent, the 
earlier planning effort has been terminated.
    The GMP will establish the overall direction for the park, setting 
broad management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 
years. The plan will prescribe desired resource conditions and visitor 
experiences that are to be achieved and maintained throughout the park 
based on such factors as the park's purpose, significance, special 
mandates, the body of laws and policies directing park management, 
resource analysis, and the range of public expectations and concerns. 
The plan also will outline the kinds of resource management activities, 
visitor activities, and developments that would be appropriate in the 
park in the future. The wilderness study will evaluate portions of 
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Lakeshore) for possible 
designation as wilderness. The study will be included as a part of the 
general management plan.
    A range of reasonable alternatives for managing the Lakeshore will 
be developed through this planning process and will include, at a 
minimum, a no-action and a preferred alternative. Major issues the plan 
will address include access to the Lakeshore, wilderness, management of 
areas new to

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the Lakeshore since the current 1979 general management plan, changes 
in visitor use patterns, adequacy and sustainability of existing 
visitor facilities and park operations, and management of natural and 
cultural resources. The environmental impact statement will evaluate 
the potential environmental impacts of the alternative management 
approaches and the possible designation of wilderness within the 
Lakeshore.
    As the first phase of the planning process, the NPS is beginning to 
scope the issues to be addressed in the GMP/WS/EIS. All interested 
persons, organizations, and agencies are encouraged to submit comments 
and suggestions on issues and concerns that should be addressed in the 
GMP/WS/EIS, and the range of appropriate alternatives that should be 
examined.

DATES: The NPS is planning to begin public scoping with State and 
Federal Agencies; associated American Indian tribes; neighboring 
communities; county commissioners; local organizations, researchers and 
institutions; the congressional delegation; and other interested 
members of the public. In addition, the NPS will hold public scoping 
meetings regarding the GMP/WS/EIS. Specific dates, times, and locations 
will be announced through a variety of media, including on the Internet 
at the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website (http:/
/parkplanning.nps.gov/). In addition to attending the scoping meetings, 
people wishing to provide input to this initial phase of developing the 
GMP/WS/EIS may mail or email comments to the Superintendent at the 
addresses below.
    Written comments concerning the scope of the GMP/WS/EIS will be 
accepted for 60 days from the publication of this notice.

ADDRESSES: General park information requests or requests to be added to 
the project mailing list should be directed to: Dusty Shultz, 
Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front 
Street, Empire, Michigan 49630-9797, telephone 231-326-5134. E-mail: 
slbe_gmp@nps.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dusty Shultz, Superintendent, Sleeping 
Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 
49630-9797, telephone 231-326-5134. E-mail: slbe_gmp@nps.gov. General 
information about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is available 
on the Internet at http://www.nps.gov/slbe.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: If you wish to comment on any issues 
associated with the plan, you may submit your comments by several 
methods. You may mail comments to Sleeping Bear Dunes National 
Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630-9797. You may also 
comment via the Internet at slbe_gmp@nps.gov. Finally, you may hand-
deliver comments to the Lakeshore at 9922 Front Street, Empire, 
Michigan.
    Our practice is to make comments, including names and home 
addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular 
business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold 
their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent 
allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would 
withhold from the record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. 
If you wish us to withhold your address, you must state this 
prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all 
submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.

    Dated: November 29, 2005.
Ernest Quintana,
Regional Director, Midwest Region. 1
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