Notice of Seasonal Closure of Public Lands, 44311-44312 [E6-12640]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Notices Sec. 11, N1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, N1⁄2SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, portion of SE1⁄4 north of the pipeline right-ofway; Sec. 12, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, portion of W1⁄2SE1⁄4NW1⁄4. The area described contains approximately 289 acres. Effective Dates: The use restriction is effective immediately on date of this publication in the Federal Register, and shall remain in effect until rescinded or modified by the Authorized Officer. Due to necessity, fencing and signage in the area has been put in place prior to this publication. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Current regulations and management designations allow public use of BLMadministered lands in the Saginaw Hill area. The affected lands contain substances that may compromise public health and safety, such as waste piles containing high levels of arsenic and lead that result from historic mining operations, and are naturally occurring. The public uses the affected area for a variety of recreational activities, exposing these visitors to hazardous substances that may potentially have harmful effects. The restriction prohibiting public entry and use within the affected areas will help mitigate public health and safety threats. This order expands the area restricted under the April 11, 2005, notice. Expansion of the restricted area is necessary to secure several sites more recently identified that contain high levels of arsenic and lead, and provide a safety zone while testing and remediation of the area takes place. The Saginaw Hill area described herein will be subject to the following use restrictions: 1. Unless otherwise authorized, no person shall enter or remain in the restricted area. 2. Persons who are exempt from the restriction include: (a) Any Federal, State, or local officers engaged in fire, emergency or law enforcement activities; (b) BLM employees engaged in official duties; and (c) Persons specifically authorized by the BLM to enter the restricted area. The area affected by this order will be posted with appropriate regulatory signs and/or physical barriers. Additional information is available in the Tucson Field Office at the address given below. Penalties: On all public lands, under section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1733(a), 43 CFR 8360.0–7 and 43 CFR 9212.4, any person who violates any of these supplementary rules, closures or restrictions on public lands within the boundaries established in the gechino on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:39 Aug 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 rules may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000.00 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571 (not to exceed $100,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Field Office Manager at the Tucson Field Office, 12661 East Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85748– 7208; telephone (520) 258–7200. Dated: July 10, 2006. Patrick Madigan, Field Office Manager. [FR Doc. E6–12609 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CA–190–06–1220–PN] Notice of Seasonal Closure of Public Lands Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of seasonal closure of certain public lands referred to as the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), located in the southern portion of San Benito County and western Fresno County, Central Coast region of California, to motorized and non-motorized recreation use. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) subpart 8364, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hollister Field Office will seasonally restrict public access to certain BLMadministered public lands during the period of June 1, 2006 through October 15, 2006. This seasonal closure is needed to ensure visitor safety and protect public land users from potential health risks associated with naturally occurring asbestos found within the closure area. This seasonal closure affects public lands located within the 30,000-acre Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) situated within the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA). Public access within this area will only be allowed on county roads and the following route segments: R011 to Wright Mountain Gate, R016, T153 from the junction of R011 to San Carlos peak, and R02 to the junction of T107. Limited non-motorized use will be allowed adjacent to the routes PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44311 identified above, or by written authorization from the Hollister Field Manager. Personnel of the BLM, California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel are exempt from this closure only when performing official duties. Operators of communication facilities may perform maintenance activities; livestock operators may perform permitted activities, and private inholders may access their private property, as approved. DATES: This seasonal closure will be effective from June 1, 2006 through October 15, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Cooper, Field Office Manager, BLM, Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 95023. Telephone: 831–630–5010 Fax: 831– 630–5055, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CCMA is a popular location for offhighway vehicle (OHV) recreation. A variety of other recreation activities also occur within the CCMA, including hunting, rock-hounding, wildlife watching, and hiking. This is a unique geological area with serpentine soils and a suite of rare plants and animals. The type and level of OHV use also must be carefully managed to create an environment that promotes the health and safety of visitors. BLM will be restricting public access during the dry season within the CCMA, in response to studies being conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which are analyzing the levels of exposure to naturally occurring asbestos for various recreation activities at the CCMA. Studies conducted by EPA in September and November of 2004 found elevated levels of airborne asbestos fibers present during various recreation activities. This action is also in accordance with the 1995 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Resource Management Plan Amendment for the CCMA. The soil moisture during the time period of June through October is at the lowest point and therefore the dust generating potential and release of naturally occurring airborne asbestos is greatest. Analysis of airborne asbestos exposure reflected in EPA’s Technical Memorandum issued February 5, 2005, titled ‘‘Human Health Risk Assessment—Asbestos Air Sampling Clear Creek Management Area, California,’’ based on samples collected September 15, 2004, indicate a higher risk from airborne asbestos exposure in E:\FR\FM\04AUN1.SGM 04AUN1 44312 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Notices gechino on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES CCMA than EPA and BLM previously thought. Based on preliminary EPA results, use restrictions in CCMA may be needed to reduce risk to the public from asbestos exposure, particularly during the dry season. Closure Order Pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1, notice is hereby given that the BLM is seasonally restricting access to portions of public lands within the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) located in the southern portion of San Benito County and western Fresno County, California. Public access, including motorized and non-motorized recreation use is restricted on public lands within the Serpentine ACEC from June 1, 2006 through October 15, 2006. Limited nonmotorized use will be allowed adjacent to the routes identified in this Closure Order. These lands are located in the Mount Diablo Meridian in portions of T.17 S., R. 11 E.; T. 17 S., R. 12 E.; T. 18 S., R 11 E.; T. 18 S., R. 12 E.; T. 18 S., R. 13 E.; T. 19 S., R. 13 E. This seasonal closure is necessary to ensure visitor safety and protect public land users from potential health risks associated with naturally occurring asbestos found within the restricted area. Dry soil conditions and high dust generating potential from public use activities during this time period create the greatest hazard and risk associated with exposure to asbestos. Except for travel on San Benito County roads and the following route segments: R011 to Wright Mountain Gate, R016, T153 from the junction of R011 to San Carlos Peak, and R02 to the junction of T107, all public access and motorized vehicle travel within the Serpentine ACEC will be allowed only by written authorization of the Hollister Field Manager. The following persons are exempt from the identified restrictions: (1) Federal, State, or local law enforcement officers, while engaged in the execution of their official duties. (2) BLM personnel or their representatives while engaged in the execution of their official duties. (3) Any member of an organized rescue, fire-fighting force, or emergency medical services organization while in the performance of their official duties. (4) Any member of a Federal, state, or local public works department while in the performance of an official duty. (5) Any person in receipt of a written authorization of exemption obtained from the authorized officer from the Hollister Field Office. (6) Private landowners with inholdings within the restricted area who have a responsibility or need to access VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:39 Aug 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 their property, and persons with valid existing rights-of-way, mining claims, or lease operations, or representatives thereof. During the closure period, the area will be clearly posted. Closure signs will be posted at main entry points to all locations affected by this Notice. Maps of the area will be posted with this notice at key locations that provide access into the closure areas, and may be obtained with further information at the Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 95023. Seasonal closure orders may be implemented as provided in 43 CFR, subpart 8364.1. Violations of this closure are punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months. Dated: April 21, 2006. Rick Cooper, Hollister Field Office Manager. [FR Doc. E6–12640 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P Rocks State Park and Castle Rocks InterAgency Recreation Area. A closure notice including time periods will be posted near the entry point at the Castle Rocks Ranch House. Authority: This notice is issued under the authority of the 43 CFR 8364.1. Violations of this closure are punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months. Persons who are administratively exempt from the closure contained in this notice include: any Federal, State or local officer or employee acting within the scope of their duties, members of any organized rescue or fire-fighting force in the performance of an official duty, and any person holding written authorization from the BLM. Dated: April 17, 2006. Kenneth E. Miller, Burley Field Office Manager. [FR Doc. E6–12636 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [WO–260–09–1060–00–24 1A] Bureau of Land Management Correction to Notice of Call for Nominations for the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board [ID–220–1220–MA] Notice of Continuation of Temporary Closure of Castle Rocks State Park and Castle Rocks Inter-Agency Recreation Area Near Almo, ID Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management announces the continuation of temporary closure of certain public lands in Cassia County. This closure prohibits bolting and placement of fixed anchors to rocks, and overnight camping. This is to allow further time for analysis of a fixed anchor management plan. DATES: A temporary closure in this area is now in place (70 FR 33651, June 24, 2005), currently set to expire on June 1, 2006. This notice will continue the closure for another year, to remain in effect through June 1, 2007. Effective Date: This extension of closure is effective June 1, 2006 and shall remain effective until June 1, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Thompson, Burley Field Office, 200 South 15 East, Burley, ID. 83318. Telephone (208) 677–6641. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The public lands affected by this closure are all lands administered by the BLM within T. 15 S., R. 24 E., Sec. 8, Boise Meridian. This area is known as Castle PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Correction to Notice of Call for Nominations for the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. This notice was previously published in the Federal Register: Vol. 71, No. 114/Wednesday, June 14, 2006. AGENCY: The Federal Register Notice has an incorrect date for nominations to be submitted to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The corrected notice extends the date to September 5, 2006. The nominations should be submitted to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, Nevada 89520–0006, Attn: Ramona DeLorme: fax (775) 861–6711. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Glenn, Acting Division Chief, Wild Horse and Burro Group, (202) 452–5082. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1 (800) 877–8339. SUMMARY: Dated: July 13, 2006. Carolyn McClellan, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning. [FR Doc. E6–12606 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P E:\FR\FM\04AUN1.SGM 04AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 150 (Friday, August 4, 2006)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CA-190-06-1220-PN]


Notice of Seasonal Closure of Public Lands

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of seasonal closure of certain public lands referred to 
as the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), 
located in the southern portion of San Benito County and western Fresno 
County, Central Coast region of California, to motorized and non-
motorized recreation use.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) subpart 8364, 
notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 
Hollister Field Office will seasonally restrict public access to 
certain BLM-administered public lands during the period of June 1, 2006 
through October 15, 2006. This seasonal closure is needed to ensure 
visitor safety and protect public land users from potential health 
risks associated with naturally occurring asbestos found within the 
closure area.
    This seasonal closure affects public lands located within the 
30,000-acre Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) 
situated within the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA). Public access 
within this area will only be allowed on county roads and the following 
route segments: R011 to Wright Mountain Gate, R016, T153 from the 
junction of R011 to San Carlos peak, and R02 to the junction of T107. 
Limited non-motorized use will be allowed adjacent to the routes 
identified above, or by written authorization from the Hollister Field 
Manager. Personnel of the BLM, California Department of Fish and Game, 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and law enforcement, fire, and emergency 
personnel are exempt from this closure only when performing official 
duties. Operators of communication facilities may perform maintenance 
activities; livestock operators may perform permitted activities, and 
private in-holders may access their private property, as approved.

DATES: This seasonal closure will be effective from June 1, 2006 
through October 15, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Cooper, Field Office Manager, 
BLM, Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 
95023. Telephone: 831-630-5010 Fax: 831-630-5055, during regular 
business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CCMA is a popular location for off-
highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. A variety of other recreation 
activities also occur within the CCMA, including hunting, rock-
hounding, wildlife watching, and hiking. This is a unique geological 
area with serpentine soils and a suite of rare plants and animals. The 
type and level of OHV use also must be carefully managed to create an 
environment that promotes the health and safety of visitors.
    BLM will be restricting public access during the dry season within 
the CCMA, in response to studies being conducted by the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which are analyzing the levels 
of exposure to naturally occurring asbestos for various recreation 
activities at the CCMA. Studies conducted by EPA in September and 
November of 2004 found elevated levels of airborne asbestos fibers 
present during various recreation activities. This action is also in 
accordance with the 1995 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) 
and Resource Management Plan Amendment for the CCMA.
    The soil moisture during the time period of June through October is 
at the lowest point and therefore the dust generating potential and 
release of naturally occurring airborne asbestos is greatest. Analysis 
of airborne asbestos exposure reflected in EPA's Technical Memorandum 
issued February 5, 2005, titled ``Human Health Risk Assessment--
Asbestos Air Sampling Clear Creek Management Area, California,'' based 
on samples collected September 15, 2004, indicate a higher risk from 
airborne asbestos exposure in

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CCMA than EPA and BLM previously thought. Based on preliminary EPA 
results, use restrictions in CCMA may be needed to reduce risk to the 
public from asbestos exposure, particularly during the dry season.

Closure Order

    Pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1, notice is hereby given that the BLM is 
seasonally restricting access to portions of public lands within the 
Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) located in the southern portion of 
San Benito County and western Fresno County, California. Public access, 
including motorized and non-motorized recreation use is restricted on 
public lands within the Serpentine ACEC from June 1, 2006 through 
October 15, 2006. Limited non-motorized use will be allowed adjacent to 
the routes identified in this Closure Order. These lands are located in 
the Mount Diablo Meridian in portions of T.17 S., R. 11 E.; T. 17 S., 
R. 12 E.; T. 18 S., R 11 E.; T. 18 S., R. 12 E.; T. 18 S., R. 13 E.; T. 
19 S., R. 13 E.
    This seasonal closure is necessary to ensure visitor safety and 
protect public land users from potential health risks associated with 
naturally occurring asbestos found within the restricted area. Dry soil 
conditions and high dust generating potential from public use 
activities during this time period create the greatest hazard and risk 
associated with exposure to asbestos.
    Except for travel on San Benito County roads and the following 
route segments: R011 to Wright Mountain Gate, R016, T153 from the 
junction of R011 to San Carlos Peak, and R02 to the junction of T107, 
all public access and motorized vehicle travel within the Serpentine 
ACEC will be allowed only by written authorization of the Hollister 
Field Manager. The following persons are exempt from the identified 
restrictions:
    (1) Federal, State, or local law enforcement officers, while 
engaged in the execution of their official duties.
    (2) BLM personnel or their representatives while engaged in the 
execution of their official duties.
    (3) Any member of an organized rescue, fire-fighting force, or 
emergency medical services organization while in the performance of 
their official duties.
    (4) Any member of a Federal, state, or local public works 
department while in the performance of an official duty.
    (5) Any person in receipt of a written authorization of exemption 
obtained from the authorized officer from the Hollister Field Office.
    (6) Private landowners with in-holdings within the restricted area 
who have a responsibility or need to access their property, and persons 
with valid existing rights-of-way, mining claims, or lease operations, 
or representatives thereof.
    During the closure period, the area will be clearly posted. Closure 
signs will be posted at main entry points to all locations affected by 
this Notice. Maps of the area will be posted with this notice at key 
locations that provide access into the closure areas, and may be 
obtained with further information at the Hollister Field Office, 20 
Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 95023.
    Seasonal closure orders may be implemented as provided in 43 CFR, 
subpart 8364.1. Violations of this closure are punishable by a fine not 
to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months.

    Dated: April 21, 2006.
Rick Cooper,
Hollister Field Office Manager.
[FR Doc. E6-12640 Filed 8-3-06; 8:45 am]
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