Notice of Availability of Proposed East Alaska Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, 38893-38895 [E6-10785]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 131 / Monday, July 10, 2006 / Notices woodland. It serves as an important migratory bird production area and migrational area. Long Lake WMD was started as part of the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program in the 1950s to save wetlands from various threats, particularly draining. The passage of Public Law 85– 585, in August of 1958, amended the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act (Duck Stamp Act) of 1934, allowing for acquisition of Waterfowl Production Areas and Easements for Waterfowl Management Rights. This WMD was established with the purpose ‘‘* * * to assure the longterm viability of the breeding waterfowl population and production through the acquisition and management of Waterfowl Production Areas, while considering the needs of other migratory birds, threatened and endangered species and other wildlife.’’ Other purposes for this WMD include those under the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act ‘‘* * * as Waterfowl Production Areas subject to all provisions of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act * * * except the inviolate sanctuary provisions * * *’’; the Migratory Bird Conservation Act ‘‘* * * for any other management purposes, for migratory birds’’; and the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act ‘‘* * * for conservation purposes.’’ This Draft CCP/EA identifies and evaluates four alternatives for managing the NWRs and WMD for the next 15 years. Alternative A, the No Action alternative, would have management activities conducted by the Service remaining at current levels. The Service would not develop any new management, restoration, or education programs at the Complex. Current habitat and wildlife practices benefitting migratory species and other wildlife would not be expanded or changed. The staff would perform limited, issuedriven research and only monitor longterm vegetation change. No new funding or staff levels would occur, and programs would follow the same direction, emphasis and intensity as they presently do. The staff would continue to manage the WMD through monitoring and enforcing easements. Alternative B seeks to return to a more natural hydrology by removing water control structures as well as returning all upland habitats to native vegetation. Alternative B restricts public uses and associated infrastructure (e.g., trails, roads, signs) to a ‘‘primitive type’’ of experience. This alternative seeks to protect and/or restore additional native habitats and to develop partnerships while encouraging research that VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:10 Jul 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 provides the necessary knowledge and data to guide habitat management decisions and activities. Alternative C seeks to maintain existing and develop new water control structures. This alternative targets habitat development to specific resource needs, and it maximizes the expansion and development of public use programs and facilities, and the stocking of game fish in feasible locations. This alternative emphasizes protection and/ or restoration of additional wildlife habitats and the development of partnerships as well as encourages research that provides the necessary knowledge and data to guide habitat management decisions and activities. Alternative D, the Proposed Action, seeks to expand the scope and level of efforts of the current management of habitats by incorporating adaptive resource management. The Proposed Action seeks to improve and develop public use facilities to maximize existing and potential wildlifedependent priority public use opportunities when they are compatible with refuge purposes. This alternative calls for the development of partnerships and the encouragement of research that provides the necessary knowledge and data to guide habitat management decisions and activities, and to protect and/or restore additional wildlife habitats. All four alternatives would continue to protect federally listed species at current levels. The proposed action was selected because it best meets the purposes and goals of the Complex, as well as the goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The proposed action will also benefit federally listed species, shore birds, migrating and nesting waterfowl, and neotropical migrants, as well as enhanced capabilities to deal with botulism episodes. Environmental education and partnerships will result in improved wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities. Cultural and historical resources as well as federally listed species will be protected. Opportunities for public input will also be provided at a public meeting to be scheduled soon. Exact dates and times for these public meetings are yet to be determined, but will be announced via local media and a newsletter. All information provided voluntarily by mail, phone, or at public meetings (e.g., names, addresses, letters of comment, input recorded during meetings) becomes part of the official public record. If requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a private citizen or organization, the Service may provide copies of such information. The PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38893 environmental review of this project will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA Regulations (40 CFR 1500–1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; Executive Order 12996; the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; and Service policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. Dated: May 23, 2006. James J. Slack, Deputy Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, CO. [FR Doc. E6–10705 Filed 7–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–910–02–1410–PG] Notice of Availability of Proposed East Alaska Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a proposed Resource Management Plan/ Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) for the East Alaska Planning Area. DATES: The BLM Planning Regulations (43 CFR 1610.5–2) state that any person who participated in the planning process, and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected, may protest BLM’s approval or amendment of a RMP. You must file a protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Instructions for filing of protests are described in the Dear Reader letter of the Proposed East Alaska RMP/Final EIS and in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Rogers, BLM Glennallen Field Office, P.O. Box 147 Glennallen, AK 99588, (907) 822–3217, brogers@ak.blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The East Alaska RMP planning area covers 7.1 E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 38894 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 131 / Monday, July 10, 2006 / Notices million acres of BLM-administered lands. The Proposed East Alaska RMP/ Final EIS focuses on the principles of multiple use and sustained yield as prescribed by Section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). The Proposed East Alaska RMP/Final EIS considers and analyzes four alternatives, including a No Action and a Preferred Alternative. The alternatives provide for an array of variable levels of commodity production and resource protection and restoration. The alternatives were developed based on extensive public scoping and involvement. There are seven main issues addressed through this planning process. Issue 1, Travel Management, addresses management of access, roads, and the use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) for various purposes, including recreation, commercial uses, subsistence activities, and the general enjoyment of public lands while protecting natural and cultural resources. Issue 2, Recreation, examines how recreation should be managed to provide a diversity of experiences on BLM-managed lands. The document analyzes what measures are necessary to ensure that a diversity of recreational opportunities is maintained and what level of commercial recreational use is appropriate to maintain a diversity of recreational opportunities. Issue 3, Special Resource Values, focuses on those unique, special values located within the planning area that were identified by resource specialists and the public, and includes discussions on wildlife, fisheries, soil, water, air, vegetation, and consideration of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) to protect special resource values. Issue 4, Lands and Realty, addresses the need to determine the appropriate mix of lands and realty actions needed to provide a balance between land use and resource protection. Special attention is paid to the Slana settlement area, and the establishment of conditions that would make the area available for disposal while considering the effects of disposal on the social and environmental conditions of the area. Issue 5, Vegetation Management, examines management to provide for forest health, personal and commercial wood products, fish and wildlife habitat, and the role of fire. Issue 6, Leasable and Locatable Minerals, addresses the need to determine which areas should be made available for mineral exploration and development. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:10 Jul 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 Issue 7, Subsistence/Social and Economic Conditions, examines the need to maintain and protect subsistence opportunities and resources, as well as how the management actions, guidelines, and allowable uses described under the other issues will affect subsistence opportunities and resources. This discussion also addresses social and economic effects. The public involvement and collaboration process included 30 public scoping meetings, 17 alternative development meetings, 7 public meetings on the Draft, and meetings with Native and Village Corporations. The State of Alaska is participating in the planning effort as an informal cooperator. Public Land Order 5150 withdrew land within the planning area to establish the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Utility Corridor. The BLM’s preferred alternative is to maintain most of this corridor in Federal ownership, with the exception of 82,500 acres north of Paxson. These 82,500 acres provide less than ten percent of the average annual subsistence harvest taken off of Federal lands. Alternative B of the Proposed RMP/ Final EIS proposes the revocation of Public Land Order 5150. This revocation would allow the conveyance of these lands to the State of Alaska. This possibility raised much controversy with the local community and Native groups as it would eliminate 63% of the land area available for federal subsistence hunting in Game Management Unit 13. Approximately 80% of the harvest in Unit 13 is taken from lands within PLO 5150 because of its location within the migration corridor of the Nelchina Caribou Herd and the ease with which it can be accessed from the Richardson Highway. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) section 810 analysis, included as an appendix in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, concludes that Alternative B has the clear potential to significantly restrict subsistence uses. Seven subsistence hearings were held throughout the planning area to gather public testimony on the impacts of Alternative B on subsistence. BLM hosted a special session of the Southcentral Subsistence Advisory Committee to facilitate the committee hearing testimony and submitting formal comment on the issue before the deadline for public comment. The Draft RMP/EIS considered four ACECs. A significant percentage of the total comments submitted during the 90-day comment period pertained to ACECs. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS identifies one ACEC for designation, the PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bering Glacier Research Natural Area (RNA) which contains 827,000 acres of land. This area encompasses the Bering Glacier and the surrounding glacially influenced landscape. Measures to protect unique ecological values associated with the glacier and glacier forelands include: (1) OHVs limited to designated trails; (2) new road and airstrip construction would be permitted only if consistent with the protection of the values identified; (3) withdrawals prohibiting mineral entry or leasing would be maintained in the western two-thirds of the area; (4) no FLPMA 302 leases or permits unless associated with research activities; (5) visitor use limits developed for Special Recreation Permits; and (6) no helirecreation activities would be permitted. All comments received on the plan were systematically analyzed and evaluated. Appendix J of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS outlines all substantive comments received and BLM’s responses to those comments. Comments on the Draft RMP/EIS received from the public and internal BLM review comments were incorporated into the proposed plan. Public comments resulted in several changes to the preferred alternative and in the addition of clarifying text. A summary of these changes is included at the beginning of the Proposed RMP/ Final EIS. The Proposed Plan will help BLM meet its mandate of multiple use and sustained yield and recommends the designation of four new Special Recreation Management Areas (SMRAs) and one Research Natural Area (RNA). Restrictions on uses or activities within the SRMAs and RNA will be limited to those necessary to prevent degradation of the relevant and important values for which an area is designated. Copies of the Proposed East Alaska RMP/Final EIS have been sent to affected Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and to interested parties. Copies of the Proposed RMP/ Final EIS are available for public inspection at the BLM Glennallen Field Office located at Mile 186.5 Glenn Highway, Glennallen, Alaska during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS have been sent to individuals, agencies, and groups as requested or as required by regulation or policy. Interested persons may also review the proposed RMP/Final EIS on the Internet at www.ak.blm.gov/gdo/ landplan/index.html or at one of the following locations in and around the planning area: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 131 / Monday, July 10, 2006 / Notices BLM Anchorage Field Office, Anchorage. BLM Northern District Office, Fairbanks. BLM Alaska State Office, Public Room, Anchorage. Chugach National Forest Service, Cordova. Copper Valley Community Library, Glennallen. Delta Junction Community Library, Delta Junction. Denali Borough Office, Healy. Kenny Lake Community Library, Kenny Lake. Loussac Library, Anchorage. Mat-Su Borough Office, Palmer. National Park Service, Wrangell-St. Elias, Copper Center. National Park Service, Denali, McKinley Village. Noel Wien Library, Fairbanks. North Pole Library, North Pole. Valdez Public Library, Valdez. Yakutat Borough Office, Yakutat. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed Plan/Final EIS may be found at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. A protest may only raise those issues which were submitted for the record during the planning process. E-mail and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, BLM will consider the email or faxed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide BLM with such advance notification, please direct faxed protests to the attention of the BLM protest coordinator at 202–452–5112, and e-mails to Brenda_HudgensWilliams@blm.gov. Please direct the follow-up letter to the appropriate address provided below. The protest must contain: a. The name, mailing address, telephone number, and interest of the person filing the protest. b. A statement of the part or parts of the plan and the issue or issues being protested. c. A copy of all documents addressing the issue(s) that the protesting party submitted during the planning process or a statement of the date they were discussed for the record. d. A concise statement explaining why the protestor believes the State Director’s decision is wrong. All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses: Regular Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, DC 20035. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:10 Jul 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 Overnight Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 1620 L Street, NW., Suite 1075, Washington, DC 20036. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your protest. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. The Director will promptly render a decision on the protest. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the Director is the final decision of the Department of the Interior. Dated: April 6, 2006. Henri Bisson, Alaska State Director. [FR Doc. E6–10785 Filed 7–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment National Park Service, Interior. Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National park Service (NPS) invites public comments on an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB #1024–0125). DATES: Public comments will be accepted on or before September 8, 2006. Send comments to Jo A. Pendry, Concession Program Manager, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW., (2410), Washington, DC 20240; email jo_pendry@nps.gov; Phone: 202/ 513–7144; Fax: 202/371–2090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Submission of Offers in Response to Concession Opportunities. Bureau Form Number: None. OMB Control Number: 1024–0125. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2006. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38895 Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Description of Need: The regulations at 36 CFR part 51 primarily implement Title IV of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105– 391 or the Act), which provides new legislative authority, policies and requirements for the solicitation, award and administration of NPS concession contracts. The regulations require the submission of offers by parties interested in applying for a NPS concession contract. The NPS specifically requests comments on: (1) The need for the collection of information for the performance of the functions of the agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the information. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Description of Respondents: Persons or entities seeking a National Park Service concession contract. Total Annual Responses: 240. Estimate of Burden: Approximately 56 hours per response. Total Annual Burden Hours: 76,800. Total Non-hour Cost Burden: $1,120,000. Specific requirements regarding the information that must be submitted by offerors in response to a prospectus issued by NPS are contained in sections 403(4), (5), (7), and (8) of the Act. Send comments regarding the accuracy of the burden estimate, ways to minimize the burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, or any other aspect of this collection to Jo A. Pendry, Concession Program Manager, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., (2410) Washington, DC 20240. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: June 27, 2006. Leonard E. Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–6069 Filed 7–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–53–M E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AK-910-02-1410-PG]


Notice of Availability of Proposed East Alaska Resource 
Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and 
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) has prepared a proposed Resource Management Plan/
Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) for the East Alaska 
Planning Area.

DATES: The BLM Planning Regulations (43 CFR 1610.5-2) state that any 
person who participated in the planning process, and has an interest 
which is or may be adversely affected, may protest BLM's approval or 
amendment of a RMP. You must file a protest within 30 days of the date 
that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register. Instructions for filing of 
protests are described in the Dear Reader letter of the Proposed East 
Alaska RMP/Final EIS and in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of 
this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Rogers, BLM Glennallen Field 
Office, P.O. Box 147 Glennallen, AK 99588, (907) 822-3217, 
brogers@ak.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The East Alaska RMP planning area covers 7.1

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million acres of BLM-administered lands. The Proposed East Alaska RMP/
Final EIS focuses on the principles of multiple use and sustained yield 
as prescribed by Section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976 (FLPMA). The Proposed East Alaska RMP/Final EIS considers 
and analyzes four alternatives, including a No Action and a Preferred 
Alternative. The alternatives provide for an array of variable levels 
of commodity production and resource protection and restoration. The 
alternatives were developed based on extensive public scoping and 
involvement.
    There are seven main issues addressed through this planning 
process.
    Issue 1, Travel Management, addresses management of access, roads, 
and the use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) for various purposes, 
including recreation, commercial uses, subsistence activities, and the 
general enjoyment of public lands while protecting natural and cultural 
resources.
    Issue 2, Recreation, examines how recreation should be managed to 
provide a diversity of experiences on BLM-managed lands. The document 
analyzes what measures are necessary to ensure that a diversity of 
recreational opportunities is maintained and what level of commercial 
recreational use is appropriate to maintain a diversity of recreational 
opportunities.
    Issue 3, Special Resource Values, focuses on those unique, special 
values located within the planning area that were identified by 
resource specialists and the public, and includes discussions on 
wildlife, fisheries, soil, water, air, vegetation, and consideration of 
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) to protect special 
resource values.
    Issue 4, Lands and Realty, addresses the need to determine the 
appropriate mix of lands and realty actions needed to provide a balance 
between land use and resource protection. Special attention is paid to 
the Slana settlement area, and the establishment of conditions that 
would make the area available for disposal while considering the 
effects of disposal on the social and environmental conditions of the 
area.
    Issue 5, Vegetation Management, examines management to provide for 
forest health, personal and commercial wood products, fish and wildlife 
habitat, and the role of fire.
    Issue 6, Leasable and Locatable Minerals, addresses the need to 
determine which areas should be made available for mineral exploration 
and development.
    Issue 7, Subsistence/Social and Economic Conditions, examines the 
need to maintain and protect subsistence opportunities and resources, 
as well as how the management actions, guidelines, and allowable uses 
described under the other issues will affect subsistence opportunities 
and resources. This discussion also addresses social and economic 
effects.
    The public involvement and collaboration process included 30 public 
scoping meetings, 17 alternative development meetings, 7 public 
meetings on the Draft, and meetings with Native and Village 
Corporations. The State of Alaska is participating in the planning 
effort as an informal cooperator.
    Public Land Order 5150 withdrew land within the planning area to 
establish the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Utility Corridor. The BLM's 
preferred alternative is to maintain most of this corridor in Federal 
ownership, with the exception of 82,500 acres north of Paxson. These 
82,500 acres provide less than ten percent of the average annual 
subsistence harvest taken off of Federal lands.
    Alternative B of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS proposes the revocation 
of Public Land Order 5150. This revocation would allow the conveyance 
of these lands to the State of Alaska. This possibility raised much 
controversy with the local community and Native groups as it would 
eliminate 63% of the land area available for federal subsistence 
hunting in Game Management Unit 13. Approximately 80% of the harvest in 
Unit 13 is taken from lands within PLO 5150 because of its location 
within the migration corridor of the Nelchina Caribou Herd and the ease 
with which it can be accessed from the Richardson Highway. The Alaska 
National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) section 810 analysis, 
included as an appendix in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, concludes that 
Alternative B has the clear potential to significantly restrict 
subsistence uses. Seven subsistence hearings were held throughout the 
planning area to gather public testimony on the impacts of Alternative 
B on subsistence. BLM hosted a special session of the Southcentral 
Subsistence Advisory Committee to facilitate the committee hearing 
testimony and submitting formal comment on the issue before the 
deadline for public comment.
    The Draft RMP/EIS considered four ACECs. A significant percentage 
of the total comments submitted during the 90-day comment period 
pertained to ACECs. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS identifies one ACEC for 
designation, the Bering Glacier Research Natural Area (RNA) which 
contains 827,000 acres of land. This area encompasses the Bering 
Glacier and the surrounding glacially influenced landscape. Measures to 
protect unique ecological values associated with the glacier and 
glacier forelands include: (1) OHVs limited to designated trails; (2) 
new road and airstrip construction would be permitted only if 
consistent with the protection of the values identified; (3) 
withdrawals prohibiting mineral entry or leasing would be maintained in 
the western two-thirds of the area; (4) no FLPMA 302 leases or permits 
unless associated with research activities; (5) visitor use limits 
developed for Special Recreation Permits; and (6) no heli-recreation 
activities would be permitted.
    All comments received on the plan were systematically analyzed and 
evaluated. Appendix J of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS outlines all 
substantive comments received and BLM's responses to those comments. 
Comments on the Draft RMP/EIS received from the public and internal BLM 
review comments were incorporated into the proposed plan. Public 
comments resulted in several changes to the preferred alternative and 
in the addition of clarifying text. A summary of these changes is 
included at the beginning of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS.
    The Proposed Plan will help BLM meet its mandate of multiple use 
and sustained yield and recommends the designation of four new Special 
Recreation Management Areas (SMRAs) and one Research Natural Area 
(RNA). Restrictions on uses or activities within the SRMAs and RNA will 
be limited to those necessary to prevent degradation of the relevant 
and important values for which an area is designated.
    Copies of the Proposed East Alaska RMP/Final EIS have been sent to 
affected Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and to 
interested parties. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available 
for public inspection at the BLM Glennallen Field Office located at 
Mile 186.5 Glenn Highway, Glennallen, Alaska during normal business 
hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays. 
Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS have been sent to individuals, 
agencies, and groups as requested or as required by regulation or 
policy. Interested persons may also review the proposed RMP/Final EIS 
on the Internet at www.ak.blm.gov/gdo/landplan/index.html or at one of 
the following locations in and around the planning area:


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BLM Anchorage Field Office, Anchorage.
BLM Northern District Office, Fairbanks.
BLM Alaska State Office, Public Room, Anchorage.
Chugach National Forest Service, Cordova.
Copper Valley Community Library, Glennallen.
Delta Junction Community Library, Delta Junction.
Denali Borough Office, Healy.
Kenny Lake Community Library, Kenny Lake.
Loussac Library, Anchorage.
Mat-Su Borough Office, Palmer.
National Park Service, Wrangell-St. Elias, Copper Center.
National Park Service, Denali, McKinley Village.
Noel Wien Library, Fairbanks.
North Pole Library, North Pole.
Valdez Public Library, Valdez.
Yakutat Borough Office, Yakutat.

    Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM 
regarding the Proposed Plan/Final EIS may be found at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. 
A protest may only raise those issues which were submitted for the 
record during the planning process. E-mail and faxed protests will not 
be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides 
the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by 
the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, BLM will 
consider the e-mail or faxed protest as an advance copy and it will 
receive full consideration. If you wish to provide BLM with such 
advance notification, please direct faxed protests to the attention of 
the BLM protest coordinator at 202-452-5112, and e-mails to Brenda--
Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.
    Please direct the follow-up letter to the appropriate address 
provided below.
    The protest must contain:
    a. The name, mailing address, telephone number, and interest of the 
person filing the protest.
    b. A statement of the part or parts of the plan and the issue or 
issues being protested.
    c. A copy of all documents addressing the issue(s) that the 
protesting party submitted during the planning process or a statement 
of the date they were discussed for the record.
    d. A concise statement explaining why the protestor believes the 
State Director's decision is wrong.
    All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following 
addresses:
    Regular Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 
66538, Washington, DC 20035.
    Overnight Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 1620 L 
Street, NW., Suite 1075, Washington, DC 20036.
    Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to 
withhold your name or street address from public review or from 
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this 
prominently at the beginning of your protest. Such requests will be 
honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from 
organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
    The Director will promptly render a decision on the protest. The 
decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by 
certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the Director 
is the final decision of the Department of the Interior.

    Dated: April 6, 2006.
Henri Bisson,
Alaska State Director.
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