Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region, 56421-56422 [06-8280]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 27, 2006 / Proposed Rules document announcing the dates of public meetings and indicating that more detailed information related to the meetings would be published at a later date (71 FR 54792). This document provides detailed information regarding the actual location of the public meetings and topics to be discussed. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Background and Purpose The thirty-four permanent safety zones proposed in the NPRM will be located throughout the Great Lakes in order to accommodate the training needs of 57 separate Coast Guard units. The proposed safety zones are all located more than three nautical miles from the shoreline. Establishing permanent training areas serves to notify the public and solicit its input on selection of the training locations. The proposed safety zones will be enforced only when training is conducted, and then only after notice by the Captain of the Port for the area in which the exercise will be held. The Captain of the Port will use all appropriate means to effect the widest publicity among the affected segments of the public, including publication in the Federal Register if practicable, in accordance with 33 CFR 65.7(a). Such means of notification may also include, but are not limited to, Broadcast Notice to Mariners or Local Notice to Mariners. The appropriate Captain of the Port will also issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners notifying the public when enforcement of a live fire exercise safety zone is suspended. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend the open house forums and public meetings, provide comments and ask questions about the weapons training areas. Meeting Times and Topics The meetings are expected to run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (local). We may end the meetings early if there are no additional comments or questions. Topics to be covered during the public meetings include the following: (1) Introduction of the proposed zones and the need to train on the Great Lakes; (2) How the Coast Guard determined the locations of the zones; (3) Scheduling and frequency of training in the zones; (4) Notification procedures; (5) Safety procedures; (6) Weapons and munitions; and (7) Environmental risk assessment overview. Before the start of the formal public meetings, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (local), the Coast Guard is hosting an open house so that the public can speak VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:43 Sep 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 with Coast Guard personnel and obtain more information on the proposed zones. Procedure Each open house and meeting is open to the public. Ideally, comments will provide specific information and facts related to the impact of the zone(s) on the commenter. Detailed and focused comments will enable the Coast Guard to address identified areas of concern in the rulemaking process. Please note that the meeting may close early if all business is finished. If you are unable to attend, you may submit comments to the Docket Management Facility at the address under ADDRESSES by November 13, 2006. Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities If you plan to attend any of the public meetings and require special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, please contact us as indicated in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Requests for special assistance should reach the Coast Guard within 7 business days of the meeting you plan to attend. Dated: September 21, 2006. John E. Crowley, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. E6–15890 Filed 9–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service 36 CFR Part 242 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 100 RIN 1018–AU92 Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region AGENCIES: Forest Service, Agriculture; Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period. SUMMARY: We, the Federal Subsistence Board, are extending the comment period through November 9, 2006, on the proposed rule that would amend the regulations governing subsistence use of fish and wildlife in Alaska by creating PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 56421 an additional subsistence resource region for the Kenai Peninsula. DATES: The comments period on the proposed rule is extended through November 9, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments electronically to Subsistence@fws.gov or via the Federal E-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for file format and other information about electronic filing. You may also submit written comments to the Office of Subsistence Management, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, AK 99503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general subsistence management program questions, contact Pete Probasco at (907) 786–3888. For Forest Service questions, contact Steve Kessler, Regional Subsistence Program Leader, USDA–FS Alaska Region, at (907) 786– 3592. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) (16 U.S.C. 3111–3126), Congress found that ‘‘the situation in Alaska is unique in that, in most cases, no practical alternative means are available to replace the food supplies and other items gathered from fish and wildlife which supply rural residents dependent on subsistence uses * * * ’’ and that ‘‘continuation of the opportunity for subsistence uses of resources on public and other lands in Alaska is threatened * * * ’’ As a result, Title VIII requires, among other things, that the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretaries) implement a joint program to grant a preference for subsistence uses of fish and wildlife resources on public lands in Alaska, unless the State of Alaska enacts and implements laws of general applicability that are consistent with ANILCA and that provide for the subsistence definition, preference, and participation specified in Sections 803, 804, and 805 of ANILCA. The State implemented a program that the Department of the Interior previously found to be consistent with ANILCA. However, in December 1989, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in McDowell v. State of Alaska that the rural preference in the State subsistence statute violated the Alaska Constitution. The Court’s ruling in McDowell required the State to delete the rural preference from its subsistence statute and, therefore, negated State compliance with ANILCA. The Court stayed the effect of the decision until July 1, 1990. As a result of the McDowell decision, E:\FR\FM\27SEP1.SGM 27SEP1 56422 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 27, 2006 / Proposed Rules the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture (Departments) assumed, on July 1, 1990, responsibility for implementation of Title VIII of ANILCA on public lands. On June 29, 1990, the Temporary Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska were published in the Federal Register (55 FR 27114). rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils Pursuant to the Subsistence Management Regulations for Federal Public Lands in Alaska, April 6, 1992, and the Subsistence Management Regulations for Federal Public Lands in Alaska, 36 CFR 242.11 (2002) and 50 CFR 100.11 (2002), and for the purposes identified therein, we divided Alaska into 10 subsistence resource regions, each of which is represented by a Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (Regional Council). The Regional Councils provide a forum for residents of the regions, who have personal knowledge of local conditions and resource requirements, to have a meaningful role in the subsistence management of fish and wildlife on Alaska public lands. The Regional Council members represent varied geographical, cultural, and user diversity within each region. Comments and Extension of Comment Period on the Proposed Rule The Kenai Peninsula has unique fish and wildlife management challenges due to intense use of the Peninsula’s fish and wildlife by local and nonlocal residents and by nonresidents, and due to the recent Board actions to begin to provide a meaningful subsistence priority for fisheries in Federally managed fresh waters on the Kenai Peninsula. Kenai Peninsula lands primarily under Federal management include the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. On August 14, 2006, the Board published a proposed rule (71 FR 46427) related to the establishment of a new Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region. During a Southcentral Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meeting held in Anchorage, Alaska on August 24, 2006, we heard significant testimony regarding the creation of a new Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region. Additionally, the Southcentral Regional Council unanimously recommended against the formation of such a region without providing more opportunity for public input. Letters from the public also strongly recommended providing more opportunity for public input. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:43 Sep 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 Therefore, the comment period on that proposed rule is extended through November 9, 2006. Prior to that date, the Board will hold public meetings on the Kenai Peninsula to receive testimony and discuss the proposed Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region. The specific time and place will be noticed in local and regional newspapers and by press release. You may submit electronic comments (preferred method) as a PDF or MS Word file, avoiding the use of any special characters and any form of encryption. Dated: September 19, 2006. Peter J. Probasco, Acting Chair, Federal Subsistence Board. Dated: September 19, 2006. Steve Kessler, Subsistence Program Leader, USDA-Forest Service. [FR Doc. 06–8280 Filed 9–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P; 4310–55–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 82 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2005–0087; FRL–8223–5] RIN–2060–AM24 Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Listing of Substitutes for OzoneDepleting Substances—Fire Suppression and Explosion Protection Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 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If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information E:\FR\FM\27SEP1.SGM 27SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 187 (Wednesday, September 27, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 56421-56422]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-8280]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

36 CFR Part 242

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 100

RIN 1018-AU92


Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; 
Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region

AGENCIES: Forest Service, Agriculture; Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, the Federal Subsistence Board, are extending the comment 
period through November 9, 2006, on the proposed rule that would amend 
the regulations governing subsistence use of fish and wildlife in 
Alaska by creating an additional subsistence resource region for the 
Kenai Peninsula.

DATES: The comments period on the proposed rule is extended through 
November 9, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments electronically to 
Subsistence@fws.gov or via the Federal E-Rulemaking Portal at http://
www.regulations.gov. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for file format and 
other information about electronic filing. You may also submit written 
comments to the Office of Subsistence Management, 3601 C Street, Suite 
1030, Anchorage, AK 99503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general subsistence management 
program questions, contact Pete Probasco at (907) 786-3888. For Forest 
Service questions, contact Steve Kessler, Regional Subsistence Program 
Leader, USDA-FS Alaska Region, at (907) 786-3592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation 
Act (ANILCA) (16 U.S.C. 3111-3126), Congress found that ``the situation 
in Alaska is unique in that, in most cases, no practical alternative 
means are available to replace the food supplies and other items 
gathered from fish and wildlife which supply rural residents dependent 
on subsistence uses * * * '' and that ``continuation of the opportunity 
for subsistence uses of resources on public and other lands in Alaska 
is threatened * * * '' As a result, Title VIII requires, among other 
things, that the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of 
Agriculture (Secretaries) implement a joint program to grant a 
preference for subsistence uses of fish and wildlife resources on 
public lands in Alaska, unless the State of Alaska enacts and 
implements laws of general applicability that are consistent with 
ANILCA and that provide for the subsistence definition, preference, and 
participation specified in Sections 803, 804, and 805 of ANILCA.
    The State implemented a program that the Department of the Interior 
previously found to be consistent with ANILCA. However, in December 
1989, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in McDowell v. State of Alaska 
that the rural preference in the State subsistence statute violated the 
Alaska Constitution. The Court's ruling in McDowell required the State 
to delete the rural preference from its subsistence statute and, 
therefore, negated State compliance with ANILCA. The Court stayed the 
effect of the decision until July 1, 1990. As a result of the McDowell 
decision,

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the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture 
(Departments) assumed, on July 1, 1990, responsibility for 
implementation of Title VIII of ANILCA on public lands. On June 29, 
1990, the Temporary Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands 
in Alaska were published in the Federal Register (55 FR 27114).

Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils

    Pursuant to the Subsistence Management Regulations for Federal 
Public Lands in Alaska, April 6, 1992, and the Subsistence Management 
Regulations for Federal Public Lands in Alaska, 36 CFR 242.11 (2002) 
and 50 CFR 100.11 (2002), and for the purposes identified therein, we 
divided Alaska into 10 subsistence resource regions, each of which is 
represented by a Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council 
(Regional Council). The Regional Councils provide a forum for residents 
of the regions, who have personal knowledge of local conditions and 
resource requirements, to have a meaningful role in the subsistence 
management of fish and wildlife on Alaska public lands. The Regional 
Council members represent varied geographical, cultural, and user 
diversity within each region.

Comments and Extension of Comment Period on the Proposed Rule

    The Kenai Peninsula has unique fish and wildlife management 
challenges due to intense use of the Peninsula's fish and wildlife by 
local and nonlocal residents and by nonresidents, and due to the recent 
Board actions to begin to provide a meaningful subsistence priority for 
fisheries in Federally managed fresh waters on the Kenai Peninsula. 
Kenai Peninsula lands primarily under Federal management include the 
Chugach National Forest and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
    On August 14, 2006, the Board published a proposed rule (71 FR 
46427) related to the establishment of a new Kenai Peninsula 
Subsistence Resource Region. During a Southcentral Federal Subsistence 
Regional Advisory Council meeting held in Anchorage, Alaska on August 
24, 2006, we heard significant testimony regarding the creation of a 
new Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region. Additionally, the 
Southcentral Regional Council unanimously recommended against the 
formation of such a region without providing more opportunity for 
public input. Letters from the public also strongly recommended 
providing more opportunity for public input. Therefore, the comment 
period on that proposed rule is extended through November 9, 2006. 
Prior to that date, the Board will hold public meetings on the Kenai 
Peninsula to receive testimony and discuss the proposed Kenai Peninsula 
Subsistence Resource Region. The specific time and place will be 
noticed in local and regional newspapers and by press release. You may 
submit electronic comments (preferred method) as a PDF or MS Word file, 
avoiding the use of any special characters and any form of encryption.

    Dated: September 19, 2006.
Peter J. Probasco,
Acting Chair, Federal Subsistence Board.

    Dated: September 19, 2006.
Steve Kessler,
Subsistence Program Leader, USDA-Forest Service.
[FR Doc. 06-8280 Filed 9-26-06; 8:45 am]
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