Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe's Proposed 151.87 Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer, Reservation Proclamation and Casino-Resort Project, Clark County, Washington, 18767-18768 [E6-5383]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 70 / Wednesday, April 12, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Notice of Availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for the Chiricahua Leopard Frog Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of document availability. AGENCY: wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for the Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Draft Recovery Plan) for public review. The species occurs in montane and river valley cienegas, springs, pools, cattle tanks, reservoirs, streams, and rivers in central and southeastern Arizona, westcentral and southwestern New Mexico, and the sky islands and Sierra Madre Occidental of northeastern Sonora and western Chihuahua, Mexico, at elevations of approximately 3,000–9,000 feet. 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The delisting criteria proposed in the Draft Plan recommend that the Chiricahua leopard frog should be considered for delisting when: (1) At least two metapopulations located in different drainages plus at least one isolated and robust population in each of eight recovery units exhibit long-term persistence and stability; (2) aquatic breeding habitats are protected; (3) additional habitat needed for population connectivity, recolonization, and dispersal is protected and managed; and (4) threats and causes of decline have been reduced or eliminated, and commitments of long-term management are in place in each recovery unit. Highpriority recovery tasks to lessen and alleviate these threats include actions to protect remaining populations and habitat; restore unoccupied habitats and create new habitat; establish new populations and augment existing populations; monitor; and develop conservation efforts on private, public, and tribal land, and in Mexico. 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The Service considers all information presented during a public comment period prior to approval of each new or revised recovery plan. The Service and others also take these comments into account in the course of implementing recovery plans. The Chiricahua Leopard Frog Draft Recovery Plan is being submitted for review to all interested parties, including independent peer review. After consideration of comments received during the review period, the recovery plan will be submitted for final approval. Public Comments Solicited The Service solicits written comments on the recovery plan described. All comments received by the date specified above will be considered prior to approval of the recovery plan. Authority The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). Dated: March 15, 2006. Benjamin N. Tuggle, Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E6–5354 Filed 4–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Proposed 151.87 Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer, Reservation Proclamation and CasinoResort Project, Clark County, Washington Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Transportation, Clark County, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Cowlitz County, City of La Center, City of Vancouver, City of Ridgefield, Port of E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 18768 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 70 / Wednesday, April 12, 2006 / Notices Ridgefield, City of Woodland, and City of Battle Ground as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed 151.87 acre fee-to-trust transfer, reservation proclamation, and casino-resort complex construction. This notice also announces two public hearings to receive comments on the DEIS. DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by July 14, 2006. The public hearings will be held June 14 and 15, 2006, starting at 6 p.m. and continuing until the last public comment is received. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Stanley Speaks, Director, Northwest Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 NE. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232. Both public hearings will be held at the Skyview High School, 1300 NW. 139th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98685. The BIA will be hosting these hearings. The DEIS is available for public review at the following branches of the Ft. Vancouver Public Library: La Center Community Library, 1402 E. Lockwood Creek Road, La Center, Washington 98629; and Ridgefield Community Library, 210 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield, Washington 98642. General information for the Ft. Vancouver Public Library system can be obtained by calling (360) 695–1561. The DEIS is also available on the following Web sites: https://analyticalcorp.com/ and https:// www.cowlitz.org/. If you would like to obtain a copy of the DEIS, please write to Chuck James, Acting Regional Environmental Protection Specialist, at the address provided above for the Northwest Region, or call him at the number provided below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chuck James, (530) 231–6229. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested that the BIA take 151.87 acres of land into trust on behalf of the Tribe, for which the BIA would issue a reservation proclamation and on which the Tribe proposes to develop a casinoresort complex. The proposed project site encompasses eight contiguous tax lots in Clark County, Washington, near the cities of La Center and Ridgefield. The project site is located along NW. 319th Street between NW. 41st Avenue and NW. 31st Avenue, and adjacent to Interstate 5 (I–5) at the NW. 319th Street Interchange (the La Center Interchange). The proposed casino-resort complex would include an RV park, wastewater treatment plant, Tribal offices, a cultural center and Tribal elder housing. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:56 Apr 11, 2006 Jkt 208001 Regional access to the project site would continue to be via I–5. The NW. 319th Street would provide primary access to local housing to the west of the site and to the casino-resort complex. It would, however, be re-routed to a more southerly location within the proposed project site to allow development of the casino and hotel facilities north of NW. 319th Street, without encroachment into wetlands and wetland buffer areas. A range of project alternatives is considered in the DEIS, including: (1) Proposed casino-resort complex; (2) proposed casino-resort complex without re-routing NW 319th Street; (3) reduced intensity; (4) business park; (5) casinoresort complex at the Ridgefield Interchange Site; and (6) no action. Environmental issues to be addressed in the DEIS include geology and soils, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and paleontological resources, socioeconomic conditions (including environmental justice), transportation and circulation, land use, public services, noise, hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative effects, indirect effects and mitigation. The BIA held a public scoping meeting on the project on December 1, 2004 in Vancouver, Washington. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the law. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: March 27, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cowlitz Indian 
Tribe's Proposed 151.87 Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer, Reservation 
Proclamation and Casino-Resort Project, Clark County, Washington

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Tribe), 
National Indian Gaming Commission, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Washington Department of Transportation, Clark County, Clark County 
Sheriff's Office, Cowlitz County, City of La Center, City of Vancouver, 
City of Ridgefield, Port of

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Ridgefield, City of Woodland, and City of Battle Ground as cooperating 
agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
with the EPA for the proposed 151.87 acre fee-to-trust transfer, 
reservation proclamation, and casino-resort complex construction. This 
notice also announces two public hearings to receive comments on the 
DEIS.

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by July 14, 2006. The 
public hearings will be held June 14 and 15, 2006, starting at 6 p.m. 
and continuing until the last public comment is received.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Stanley 
Speaks, Director, Northwest Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 NE. 
11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232.
    Both public hearings will be held at the Skyview High School, 1300 
NW. 139th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98685. The BIA will be hosting 
these hearings.
    The DEIS is available for public review at the following branches 
of the Ft. Vancouver Public Library: La Center Community Library, 1402 
E. Lockwood Creek Road, La Center, Washington 98629; and Ridgefield 
Community Library, 210 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield, Washington 98642. 
General information for the Ft. Vancouver Public Library system can be 
obtained by calling (360) 695-1561. The DEIS is also available on the 
following Web sites: https://analyticalcorp.com/ and https://
www.cowlitz.org/.
    If you would like to obtain a copy of the DEIS, please write to 
Chuck James, Acting Regional Environmental Protection Specialist, at 
the address provided above for the Northwest Region, or call him at the 
number provided below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chuck James, (530) 231-6229.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested that the BIA take 
151.87 acres of land into trust on behalf of the Tribe, for which the 
BIA would issue a reservation proclamation and on which the Tribe 
proposes to develop a casino-resort complex. The proposed project site 
encompasses eight contiguous tax lots in Clark County, Washington, near 
the cities of La Center and Ridgefield. The project site is located 
along NW. 319th Street between NW. 41st Avenue and NW. 31st Avenue, and 
adjacent to Interstate 5 (I-5) at the NW. 319th Street Interchange (the 
La Center Interchange).
    The proposed casino-resort complex would include an RV park, 
wastewater treatment plant, Tribal offices, a cultural center and 
Tribal elder housing. Regional access to the project site would 
continue to be via I-5. The NW. 319th Street would provide primary 
access to local housing to the west of the site and to the casino-
resort complex. It would, however, be re-routed to a more southerly 
location within the proposed project site to allow development of the 
casino and hotel facilities north of NW. 319th Street, without 
encroachment into wetlands and wetland buffer areas.
    A range of project alternatives is considered in the DEIS, 
including: (1) Proposed casino-resort complex; (2) proposed casino-
resort complex without re-routing NW 319th Street; (3) reduced 
intensity; (4) business park; (5) casino-resort complex at the 
Ridgefield Interchange Site; and (6) no action. Environmental issues to 
be addressed in the DEIS include geology and soils, water resources, 
air quality, biological resources, cultural and paleontological 
resources, socioeconomic conditions (including environmental justice), 
transportation and circulation, land use, public services, noise, 
hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative effects, indirect effects 
and mitigation.
    The BIA held a public scoping meeting on the project on December 1, 
2004 in Vancouver, Washington.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request 
confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address 
from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information 
Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written 
comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the 
law. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. All submissions 
from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their 
entirety.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), 
and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and is in the 
exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: March 27, 2006.
Michael D. Olsen,
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
 [FR Doc. E6-5383 Filed 4-11-06; 8:45 am]
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