Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program, 26449-26450 [E6-6816]

Download as PDF 26449 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 87 Friday, May 5, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Farm Service Agency Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Selected Hurricane Assistance Programs Farm Service Agency, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for selected 2005 Hurricane Assistance Programs of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). These programs include: (1) Hurricane Indemnity Program, (2) Feed Indemnity Program, (3) Livestock Indemnity Program, (4) Tree Indemnity Program, and (5) Aquaculture Grant Program. The draft PEA assesses the potential environmental impacts of alternatives to be considered in the administration of these hurricane programs. The draft PEA also provides a means for the public to voice any concerns they may have about the programs, and any ideas for improving them. This Notice of Availability informs the public of the availability of the applicable draft PEA and solicits public comment. DATES: FSA invites comments on the draft PEA. Comments should be submitted by close of business on June 5, 2006, to ensure consideration. Comments submitted after this date will be considered to the extent possible. ADDRESSES: Written comments on and requests for copies of the draft PEA should be directed to James P. Fortner, USDA/FSA/CEPD/Stop 0513, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0513. The draft PEA is available on the FSA Worldwide Web site, in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/cepd/ epb/assessments.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Fortner, USDA/FSA/CEPD/ VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:48 May 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Stop 0513, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0513, (202) 720–5533, or e-mail at: james.fortner@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Farm Service Agency announces the availability of the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for certain 2005 Hurricane Assistance Programs. FSA, pursuant to section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of August 24, 1935, is using these programs to restore purchasing power to farmers affected by the significant and widespread destruction caused by Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Ophelia, Rita, and Wilma during 2005 in applicable counties in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas. These programs include: (1) Hurricane Indemnity Program, (2) Feed Indemnity Program, (3) Livestock Indemnity Program, (4) Tree Indemnity Program, and (5) Aquaculture Grant Program. The draft PEA assesses the potential environmental impacts of alternatives to be considered in the administration of the 2005 Hurricane Assistance Programs. The draft PEA also provides a means for the public to voice any concerns they may have about the programs, and any ideas for improving them. This Notice of Availability informs the public of the availability of the applicable draft PEA and solicits public comment. Signed in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2006. Thomas B. Hofeller, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. E6–6811 Filed 5–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This Notice announces the availability of the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program (EFCRP) of the Commodity Credit Corporation. EFCRP will provide assistance for owners of forest land and timber related to losses from hurricanes during the 2005 calendar year. The draft PEA assesses the environmental impacts of this program and provides a means for the public to voice concerns about and ideas for improving the program. This Notice informs the public of the availability of the draft PEA and solicits public comment. DATES: CCC invites comments on the draft PEA. Comments should be submitted by close of business on June 5, 2006, to ensure consideration. Comments submitted after this date will be considered to the extent possible. ADDRESSES: Written comments on and requests for copies of the draft PEA should be directed to James P. Fortner, USDA/FSA/CEPD/Stop 0513, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0513. Electronic comments may be submitted to EFCRP@wdc.usda.gov. The draft PEA is available on the FSA Worldwide Web site, in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/cepd/ epb/assessments.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Fortner, USDA/FSA/CEPD/ Stop 0513, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0513, (202) 720–5533, or e-mail at: james.fortner@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 107 of the Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006, (Pub. L. 109–148, December 30, 2005), authorized the EFCRP for owners and operators of private non-industrial forest land who suffered losses due to hurricanes during the 2005 calendar year. EFCRP will provide for annual rental payments or a lump sum payment equal to the present value of 10 years of annual payments. E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 26450 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 87 / Friday, May 5, 2006 / Notices EFCRP will also provide cost-share assistance certain owners or operators of non-industrial forest land and state school trust land who experienced a loss of 35 percent or more of merchantable timber directly related to hurricanes during the 2005 calendar year. The draft PEA assesses the potential environmental impacts of alternatives to be considered in the administration of this hurricane assistance program. The draft PEA also provides a means for the public to voice any concerns they may have about the program, and any ideas for improving it. This Notice informs the public of the availability of the applicable draft PEA and solicits public comment. Signed in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2006. Teresa C. Lasseter, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. E6–6816 Filed 5–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection; Request for Comment; Ride-Along Program Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a renewed information collection associated with the RideAlong Program application, a program which allows any private citizen to apply to ride along with Forest Service law enforcement officers. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before July 5, 2006 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to the Director of Law Enforcement and Investigation, Forest Service, USDA, Mail Stop 1140, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1140. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to (703) 605–5112 or by e-mail to: usfslei@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at 1621 N. Kent Street, Room 1015 Rosslyn Plaza East, Arlington, VA during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to (703) 605–4690 to facilitate entry to the building. cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:48 May 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Ann Melle, Law Enforcement and Investigations Staff, at (703) 605–4527, or send an e-mail to: amelle@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Ride-Along Program. OMB Number: 0596–0170. Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2006. Type of Request: Extension with Revision. Abstract: This information collection is necessary to gather information to assist Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigation (LEI) officers in determining whether to approve the applications of riders requesting to participate in the Ride-Along Program. The information collected provides additional protection for the law enforcement program and for LEI officers who allow authorized riders to accompany them in boats, cars, trucks or other vehicles by confirming the identity and criminal status of citizens wishing to participate in the program. The program provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and observe Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigation (LEI) tasks and activities. The program is intended to enhance Forest Service law enforcement community relationships and cooperation, improve the quality of Forest Service customer service, and provide LEI personnel a recruitment tool. A rider must complete two forms in order to participate. If the information is not collected, riders will not be able to ride along with Forest Service law enforcement officers. Form FS–5300–33 is used by law enforcement officers to conduct a minimum background check before authorizing a person to ride along. Form FS–5300–34 is signed by riders and exempts law enforcement officers and the Forest Service from damage, loss, or injury liability incurred during the rider’s participation in the program. Estimate of Annual Burden: 10 minutes (5 minutes each for FS–5300– 33 and FS–5300–34). Type of Respondents: Citizens. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 500. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 84 hours per year. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comment Is Invited Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the information collection submission for Office of Management and Budget approval. Dated: May 1, 2006. Dale N. Bosworth, Chief. [FR Doc. E6–6865 Filed 5–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meetings. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committees Act (Pub. L. 93–463), the Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on June 1–2, 2006 in John Day, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the selection of Title II projects under Public Law 106– 393, H.4. 2389, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, also called the ‘‘Payment to States’’ Act. DATES: The meeting will be held on June 1, 2006 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and if needed June 2, 2006 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. ADDRESSES: The June 1, 2006 meeting will be held at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Cedar Grove conference room, located at 431 Patterson Bridge Road, John Day, Oregon. The June 2, 2006 portion of the E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 87 (Friday, May 5, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26449-26450]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-6816]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment for the Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces the availability of the draft 
Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Emergency Forestry 
Conservation Reserve Program (EFCRP) of the Commodity Credit 
Corporation. EFCRP will provide assistance for owners of forest land 
and timber related to losses from hurricanes during the 2005 calendar 
year. The draft PEA assesses the environmental impacts of this program 
and provides a means for the public to voice concerns about and ideas 
for improving the program. This Notice informs the public of the 
availability of the draft PEA and solicits public comment.

DATES: CCC invites comments on the draft PEA. Comments should be 
submitted by close of business on June 5, 2006, to ensure 
consideration. Comments submitted after this date will be considered to 
the extent possible.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on and requests for copies of the draft PEA 
should be directed to James P. Fortner, USDA/FSA/CEPD/Stop 0513, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0513. Electronic comments 
may be submitted to EFCRP@wdc.usda.gov. The draft PEA is available on 
the FSA Worldwide Web site, in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, at: http://
www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/cepd/epb/assessments.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Fortner, USDA/FSA/CEPD/Stop 
0513, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0513, (202) 
720-5533, or e-mail at: james.fortner@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with 
disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, 
large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at 
(202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 107 of the Department of Defense, 
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf 
of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006, (Pub. L. 109-148, December 
30, 2005), authorized the EFCRP for owners and operators of private 
non-industrial forest land who suffered losses due to hurricanes during 
the 2005 calendar year. EFCRP will provide for annual rental payments 
or a lump sum payment equal to the present value of 10 years of annual 
payments.

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EFCRP will also provide cost-share assistance certain owners or 
operators of non-industrial forest land and state school trust land who 
experienced a loss of 35 percent or more of merchantable timber 
directly related to hurricanes during the 2005 calendar year.
    The draft PEA assesses the potential environmental impacts of 
alternatives to be considered in the administration of this hurricane 
assistance program. The draft PEA also provides a means for the public 
to voice any concerns they may have about the program, and any ideas 
for improving it. This Notice informs the public of the availability of 
the applicable draft PEA and solicits public comment.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2006.
Teresa C. Lasseter,
Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. E6-6816 Filed 5-4-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-05-P