Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Island County, WA; Notice of Availability, 60188-60190 [06-8626]

Download as PDF 60188 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Notices must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. 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. Notice is hereby given that an opportunity for a public meeting is afforded in connection with the proposed withdrawal. All interested persons who desire a public meeting for the purpose of being heard on the proposed withdrawal must submit a written request to the Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Regional Office. For a period of 2 years from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, the land will be segregated as specified above unless the application is denied or canceled or the withdrawal is approved prior to that date. The temporary land uses which may be permitted during this segregative period include licenses, permits, rights-of-ways, and disposal of vegetative resources other than under the mining laws. The withdrawal proposal will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR part 2300. (Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3–1) Dated: October 2, 2006. Michael A. Taylor, Deputy State Director, Resources. [FR Doc. E6–16842 Filed 10–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Information Collection— Opportunity for Public Comment Department of the Interior, National Park Service. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1955 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. 3507) and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a revision of a currently approved information collection (OMB# 1024– 0232). Public Comments on the proposed ICR will be accepted on or before December 11, 2006. DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 Send comments to Diane Miller, National Coordinator, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the requests for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Copies of the proposed ICR can be obtained from Diane Miller, National Coordinator, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Miller, 402–661–1588 or James Hill 402–661–1590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Application. Bureau Form Number: n/a. OMB Number: 1024–0232. Expiration Date: 12/31/2006. Type of request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Description of need: The NPS has identified guidelines and criteria for associated elements to qualify for the Network. The application form documents spies, programs, and facilities and demonstrates that they meet the criteria established for inclusion. The documentation will be incorporated into a database that will be available to the general public for information purposes. Public Law 105– 2103 authorizes the NPS to develop and administer the National Underground Railroad Network for Freedom Application, a nationwide collection of governmental and non-governmental sites, facilities, and programs associated with the historic Underground Railroad movement. The NPS has developed the application process through which associated elements can be included in the Network. The information collected will (a) verify associations to the Underground Railroad, (b) measure minimum levels of standards for inclusion in the Network, and (c) identify general needs for technical assistance. The NPS specifically requests comments on: (1) The need for information including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the reporting burden hours estimates, (3) was to enhance the quality, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (40 ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including the use of PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Automated data collection: Respondents must verify associations and characteristics through descriptive texts that are the result of historical research. Evaluations are based on subjective analysis of the information provided, which often includes copies of rare documents and photographs. Much of the information is submitted in electronic format, but at the present time, there is no automated way to gather all of the required information. Description of respondents: The affected public are State, tribal, and local governments, Federal agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals throughout the United States. Nominations to the Network are voluntary. Estimated average number of respondents: 70. Estimated average number of responses: 70. Estimated average burden hours per response: 15. Estimated frequency of response: Once per respondent. Estimated annual reporting burden: 1,050 hours. Dated: September 17, 2006. Leonard E. Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–8629 Filed 10–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Island County, WA; Notice of Availability Summary: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(c), and the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500–1508), the National Park Service has prepared and announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed general management plan (GMP) for Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve located in Island County, Washington. In addition to a ‘‘no-action’’ alternative which would maintain current management, the FEIS describes and analyzes two ‘‘action’’ alternatives which respond to concerns and issues the public identified during the scoping process, as well as various conservation planning requirements. The alternatives present varying E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Notices management strategies that address visitor use and preservation of cultural and natural resources that protect and interpret the rural community on Whidbey Island from 19th century exploration and settlement in Puget Sound to the present time. Development concept plans for three sites are described. The potential environmental consequences of all the alternatives, and mitigation strategies, are identified and analyzed; a determination as to the ‘‘environmentally preferred’’ alternative is also provided. Background: A Notice of Intent announcing preparation of the Draft EIS and general management plan was published in the Federal Register on May 22, 2000. Public engagement and information measures have included public meetings, presentations and meetings with organizations located within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve (Reserve) and additional organizations, newsletter mailings, local press releases, website postings, and postcards. Preceding the formal GMP planning process, the National Park Service (NPS) organized an interdisciplinary planning team to initiate a new general management plan for the Reserve. The team included both the Reserve’s Trust Board (which included members from the NPS, Washington State, Island County and Town of Coupeville) and staff, and staff from the NPS Pacific West Regional Office in Seattle, Washington. The purpose of these initial meetings was to help characterize the scale and extent of the planning process. The official public scoping process began in June 2000 when NPS staff produced and mailed a newsletter to approximately 650 people on the Reserve’s mailing list. In addition, over 2800 newsletters were distributed at local public places such as libraries, civic buildings, businesses, and local parks. The planning team held a series of public scoping meetings in Seattle (June 20) and Coupeville (June 21). In total, 141 verbal comments were recorded from three meetings. Individual scoping meetings were also held between August 2000 and January 2001 to meet with organizations located within the Reserve to discuss issues of mutual interest. Other meetings with additional organizations were scheduled. Scoping letters and comments were received until August 15, 2000 (a total of 36 letters were received during the public scoping period). On August 18, 2005, the NPS mailed 230 copies of the draft GMP/EIS to agencies, governmental representatives, organizations, and interested VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 individuals. Copies of the draft GMP/ EIS were placed in the Coupeville public library for public review. The Reserve’s Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2005 to announce release of the Draft GMP/EIS for public review. The EPA’s notice of filing of the draft EIS (August 26, 2005) and a revised Notice of Availability (September 13, 2005) provided opportunity for public comment through December 1, 2005. All comments received until December 15 are included in the official record. The NPS and Reserve staff placed advertisements announcing locations, times, and dates for public meetings in the Puget Consumer Cooperative Sound Consumer, in Seattle, Washington, the Whidbey News-Times in Oak Harbor, and the Coupeville Examiner in Coupeville, Washington. Press releases were sent to the following local and regional newspapers to publicize release of the draft GMP/EIS and dates, times, and locations of public meetings: Coupeville Examiner, Whidbey NewsTimes, Skagit Valley Herald, EverettHerald, Anacortes American, Journal of the San Juan Islands, South Whidbey Record, Bellingham Herald, Market Place, Peninsula Daily News, and Sequim Gazette. A total of 2,000 newsletters were printed containing a summary of the draft GMP, also announcing the public meetings. Each newsletter included a postage-paid return form for public comments. Newsletters were available at the following locations: Island County Planning Office, the Town of Coupeville Planning Office, the Coupeville Public Library, Island Country Historical Museum in Coupeville, and Fort Ebey and Fort Casey state parks, the Coupeville Post Office, Coupeville Wharf, Coupeville Arts Center, the Oak Harbor and Coupeville Chamber of Commerce offices, local restaurants and other Coupeville businesses. Additional copies were also available at the Reserve’s Trust Board office. All material was also made available online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ebla. The public was also able to provide comments electronically through this Web site. The NPS and the Reserve’s Trust Board hosted three public open houses, one in Seattle (September 12, 2005) and two in Coupeville (both on September 15, 2005). The purpose of the meetings was to provide an opportunity for the public to meet with Reserve Trust Board members and staff, and NPS staff to discuss the draft GMP/EIS and provide comments. A total of 74 people attended the sessions and 179 comments were recorded. In addition to these oral PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60189 comments, at the close of the draft GMP/EIS public comment period a total of 51 pieces of written correspondence had been received from individuals, agencies and organizations. Minor changes to the Preferred Alternative were made as a result of public comment; however, there were no substantive modifications. Responses to comments are provided in the FEIS. Throughout the planning process, the public’s comments and recommendations have provided the foundation for the proposed GMP, represented in the Reserve’s purpose and significance, interpretive themes, and proposed actions. Proposed Plan and Alternatives: Alternative A constitutes the No Action alternative and assumes that existing programs, facilities, staffing, and funding, would generally continue at their current levels. The NPS would dispose of NPS-owned and managed farms within the Reserve to the private sector after placing conservation easements on them. Alternative B is the Preferred Alternative. The Reserve’s Trust Board, and the NPS, in cooperation with partners, would enhance existing programs and resources management, as well as administrative, maintenance, and visitor services within the Reserve. To maintain and protect the rural landscape, the NPS would continue to purchase conservation easements on priority properties based upon a new land protection plan. The NPS would exchange two NPS-owned farms, Farms I and II, to private owners for additional protection on other properties within the Reserve. As part of the exchange of Farm II, the new farm owner would be required to construct a new maintenance building on the West Ridge property, which would remain in NPS ownership. The Sheep Barn at West Ridge would be rehabilitated for dry storage using preservation funds. Additional historic buildings would also be rehabilitated to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. In addition, a minor boundary adjustment would be recommended. To orient and inform the visitor about the Reserve, three gateway kiosks would be developed along State Route 20 and a visitor center/contact station would be sited in an historic building in Coupeville or within the historic district. As noted above, several minor modifications were made to the preferred alternative based upon public comments. A recommendation that Island County adopt a regulatory overlay zone for historic preservation over the unincorporated portion of the Reserve has been removed; the proposed E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 60190 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Notices GMP has also been updated to include historic preservation and land use measures undertaken by Island County since project planning was initiated. A second change involved recognizing the efforts by others and not the NPS to establish a marine science center within the Reserve and encouraging those ongoing efforts. Also, since release of the draft GMP/EIS, Bell Farm has been removed from the proposed boundary in both Alternatives B and C at the owner’s request. Alternative C changes the management structure of the Reserve from a Trust Board of volunteers to a paid Commission structure. Many actions are similar to Alternative B but with some distinctions. Approximately five acres of NPS-owned land at Farm II would be retained for administrative and maintenance use before exchanging the remaining farmland to a private farm owner for additional protection on other properties within the Reserve. One of the three gateways would be in a historic building in the north of the Reserve. The Reserve would also partner for a visitor contact facility at a proposed marine science center. Copies: The Final EIS/GMP is now available. Interested persons and organizations wishing to review the Final EIS/GMP may obtain the document by contacting Rob Harbor, Reserve Manager, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, P.O. Box 774, Coupeville, WA 98239, or via telephone at (360) 678–6084. This document may also be reviewed at the Coupeville Library, or a copy can be obtained electronically at https:// parkplanning.nps.gov/ebla. Please note that names and addresses of all respondents will become part of the public record. It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names, home addresses, home phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their names and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider withholding this information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale for withholding this information.This rational must demonstrate that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be released. We will always make submissions from organizations or business, and from individuals identifying themselves as VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Decision Process: Following release of the Final GMP/EIS, a Record of Decision will be prepared and approved not sooner than 30 days after the EPA has published its notice of filing of the document in the Federal Register. A notice regarding the approved GMP will be similarly published. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the final decision is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Subsequently, official responsibilities for implementing the approved GMP reside with the Trust Board, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Reserve Manager. Dated: August 14, 2006. Jonathan B. Jarvis, Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 06–8626 Filed 10–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–GW–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meeting National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of a meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Review Committee will meet on November 3–4, 2006, at the Westin Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202, telephone (303) 572– 9100. Meeting sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day. The agenda for the meeting includes an overview of activities of the National NAGPRA Program during fiscal year 2006; assisting in the resolution of a dispute between the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Field Museum; discussion of the use of ‘‘compromise of claim’’ language in Federal Register notices and repatriation agreements; several requests for recommendations regarding the disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains; discussion of the recent decision in the case of Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management; and presentations and statements by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and the public. PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 To schedule a presentation to the Review Committee during the meeting, submit a written request with an abstract of the presentation and contact information for the presenters. Persons also may submit written statements for consideration by the Review Committee during the meeting. Send requests and statements to the Designated Federal Officer, NAGPRA Review Committee by U.S. Mail to the National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW (2253), Washington, DC 20240; or by commercial delivery to the National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005. Because increased security in the Washington, DC, area may delay delivery of U.S. Mail to Government offices, copies of mailed requests and statements should also be faxed to (202) 371–5197. Transcripts of Review Committee meetings are available approximately eight weeks after each meeting at the National NAGPRA Program office, 1201 Eye Street NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC. To request electronic copies of meeting transcripts, send an e-mail message to TimlMcKeown@nps.gov. Information about NAGPRA, the Review Committee, and Review Committee meetings is available at the National NAGPRA Web site, https:// www.cr.nps.gov/nagpra; for the Review Committee’s meeting procedures, select ‘‘Review Committee,’’ then select ‘‘Procedures.’’ The Review Committee was established by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq. Review Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Review Committee is responsible for monitoring the NAGPRA inventory and identification process; reviewing and making findings related to the identity or cultural affiliation of cultural items, or the return of such items; facilitating the resolution of disputes; compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human remains that are in the possession or control of each Federal agency and museum and recommending specific actions for developing a process for disposition of such human remains; consulting with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and museums on matters within the scope of the work of the committee affecting such tribes or organizations; consulting with the Secretary of the Interior in the development of regulations to carry out NAGPRA; and making recommendations regarding future care of repatriated cultural items. The Review Committee’s work is completed E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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National Park Service


Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan, 
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Island County, WA; Notice 
of Availability

    Summary: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 
42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(c), and the Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations (40 CFR part 1500-1508), the National Park Service has 
prepared and announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (FEIS) for the proposed general management plan (GMP) for 
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve located in Island County, 
Washington. In addition to a ``no-action'' alternative which would 
maintain current management, the FEIS describes and analyzes two 
``action'' alternatives which respond to concerns and issues the public 
identified during the scoping process, as well as various conservation 
planning requirements. The alternatives present varying

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management strategies that address visitor use and preservation of 
cultural and natural resources that protect and interpret the rural 
community on Whidbey Island from 19th century exploration and 
settlement in Puget Sound to the present time. Development concept 
plans for three sites are described. The potential environmental 
consequences of all the alternatives, and mitigation strategies, are 
identified and analyzed; a determination as to the ``environmentally 
preferred'' alternative is also provided.
    Background: A Notice of Intent announcing preparation of the Draft 
EIS and general management plan was published in the Federal Register 
on May 22, 2000. Public engagement and information measures have 
included public meetings, presentations and meetings with organizations 
located within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (Reserve) and 
additional organizations, newsletter mailings, local press releases, 
website postings, and postcards. Preceding the formal GMP planning 
process, the National Park Service (NPS) organized an interdisciplinary 
planning team to initiate a new general management plan for the 
Reserve. The team included both the Reserve's Trust Board (which 
included members from the NPS, Washington State, Island County and Town 
of Coupeville) and staff, and staff from the NPS Pacific West Regional 
Office in Seattle, Washington. The purpose of these initial meetings 
was to help characterize the scale and extent of the planning process.
    The official public scoping process began in June 2000 when NPS 
staff produced and mailed a newsletter to approximately 650 people on 
the Reserve's mailing list. In addition, over 2800 newsletters were 
distributed at local public places such as libraries, civic buildings, 
businesses, and local parks. The planning team held a series of public 
scoping meetings in Seattle (June 20) and Coupeville (June 21). In 
total, 141 verbal comments were recorded from three meetings. 
Individual scoping meetings were also held between August 2000 and 
January 2001 to meet with organizations located within the Reserve to 
discuss issues of mutual interest. Other meetings with additional 
organizations were scheduled. Scoping letters and comments were 
received until August 15, 2000 (a total of 36 letters were received 
during the public scoping period).
    On August 18, 2005, the NPS mailed 230 copies of the draft GMP/EIS 
to agencies, governmental representatives, organizations, and 
interested individuals. Copies of the draft GMP/EIS were placed in the 
Coupeville public library for public review. The Reserve's Notice of 
Availability was published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2005 
to announce release of the Draft GMP/EIS for public review. The EPA's 
notice of filing of the draft EIS (August 26, 2005) and a revised 
Notice of Availability (September 13, 2005) provided opportunity for 
public comment through December 1, 2005. All comments received until 
December 15 are included in the official record.
    The NPS and Reserve staff placed advertisements announcing 
locations, times, and dates for public meetings in the Puget Consumer 
Cooperative Sound Consumer, in Seattle, Washington, the Whidbey News-
Times in Oak Harbor, and the Coupeville Examiner in Coupeville, 
Washington. Press releases were sent to the following local and 
regional newspapers to publicize release of the draft GMP/EIS and 
dates, times, and locations of public meetings: Coupeville Examiner, 
Whidbey News-Times, Skagit Valley Herald, Everett-Herald, Anacortes 
American, Journal of the San Juan Islands, South Whidbey Record, 
Bellingham Herald, Market Place, Peninsula Daily News, and Sequim 
Gazette.
    A total of 2,000 newsletters were printed containing a summary of 
the draft GMP, also announcing the public meetings. Each newsletter 
included a postage-paid return form for public comments. Newsletters 
were available at the following locations: Island County Planning 
Office, the Town of Coupeville Planning Office, the Coupeville Public 
Library, Island Country Historical Museum in Coupeville, and Fort Ebey 
and Fort Casey state parks, the Coupeville Post Office, Coupeville 
Wharf, Coupeville Arts Center, the Oak Harbor and Coupeville Chamber of 
Commerce offices, local restaurants and other Coupeville businesses. 
Additional copies were also available at the Reserve's Trust Board 
office. All material was also made available online at https://
parkplanning.nps.gov/ebla. The public was also able to provide comments 
electronically through this Web site.
    The NPS and the Reserve's Trust Board hosted three public open 
houses, one in Seattle (September 12, 2005) and two in Coupeville (both 
on September 15, 2005). The purpose of the meetings was to provide an 
opportunity for the public to meet with Reserve Trust Board members and 
staff, and NPS staff to discuss the draft GMP/EIS and provide comments. 
A total of 74 people attended the sessions and 179 comments were 
recorded. In addition to these oral comments, at the close of the draft 
GMP/EIS public comment period a total of 51 pieces of written 
correspondence had been received from individuals, agencies and 
organizations. Minor changes to the Preferred Alternative were made as 
a result of public comment; however, there were no substantive 
modifications. Responses to comments are provided in the FEIS. 
Throughout the planning process, the public's comments and 
recommendations have provided the foundation for the proposed GMP, 
represented in the Reserve's purpose and significance, interpretive 
themes, and proposed actions.
    Proposed Plan and Alternatives: Alternative A constitutes the No 
Action alternative and assumes that existing programs, facilities, 
staffing, and funding, would generally continue at their current 
levels. The NPS would dispose of NPS-owned and managed farms within the 
Reserve to the private sector after placing conservation easements on 
them.
    Alternative B is the Preferred Alternative. The Reserve's Trust 
Board, and the NPS, in cooperation with partners, would enhance 
existing programs and resources management, as well as administrative, 
maintenance, and visitor services within the Reserve. To maintain and 
protect the rural landscape, the NPS would continue to purchase 
conservation easements on priority properties based upon a new land 
protection plan. The NPS would exchange two NPS-owned farms, Farms I 
and II, to private owners for additional protection on other properties 
within the Reserve. As part of the exchange of Farm II, the new farm 
owner would be required to construct a new maintenance building on the 
West Ridge property, which would remain in NPS ownership. The Sheep 
Barn at West Ridge would be rehabilitated for dry storage using 
preservation funds. Additional historic buildings would also be 
rehabilitated to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. In 
addition, a minor boundary adjustment would be recommended. To orient 
and inform the visitor about the Reserve, three gateway kiosks would be 
developed along State Route 20 and a visitor center/contact station 
would be sited in an historic building in Coupeville or within the 
historic district.
    As noted above, several minor modifications were made to the 
preferred alternative based upon public comments. A recommendation that 
Island County adopt a regulatory overlay zone for historic preservation 
over the unincorporated portion of the Reserve has been removed; the 
proposed

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GMP has also been updated to include historic preservation and land use 
measures undertaken by Island County since project planning was 
initiated. A second change involved recognizing the efforts by others 
and not the NPS to establish a marine science center within the Reserve 
and encouraging those on-going efforts. Also, since release of the 
draft GMP/EIS, Bell Farm has been removed from the proposed boundary in 
both Alternatives B and C at the owner's request.
    Alternative C changes the management structure of the Reserve from 
a Trust Board of volunteers to a paid Commission structure. Many 
actions are similar to Alternative B but with some distinctions. 
Approximately five acres of NPS-owned land at Farm II would be retained 
for administrative and maintenance use before exchanging the remaining 
farmland to a private farm owner for additional protection on other 
properties within the Reserve. One of the three gateways would be in a 
historic building in the north of the Reserve. The Reserve would also 
partner for a visitor contact facility at a proposed marine science 
center.
    Copies: The Final EIS/GMP is now available. Interested persons and 
organizations wishing to review the Final EIS/GMP may obtain the 
document by contacting Rob Harbor, Reserve Manager, Ebey's Landing 
National Historical Reserve, P.O. Box 774, Coupeville, WA 98239, or via 
telephone at (360) 678-6084. This document may also be reviewed at the 
Coupeville Library, or a copy can be obtained electronically at https://
parkplanning.nps.gov/ebla. Please note that names and addresses of all 
respondents will become part of the public record. It is the practice 
of the NPS to make all comments, including names, home addresses, home 
phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of respondents, available for 
public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold 
their names and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider 
withholding this information you must state this prominently at the 
beginning of your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale 
for withholding this information.This rational must demonstrate that 
disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. 
Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of 
exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be 
released. We will always make submissions from organizations or 
business, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, 
available for public inspection in their entirety.
    Decision Process: Following release of the Final GMP/EIS, a Record 
of Decision will be prepared and approved not sooner than 30 days after 
the EPA has published its notice of filing of the document in the 
Federal Register. A notice regarding the approved GMP will be similarly 
published. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the final 
decision is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Subsequently, 
official responsibilities for implementing the approved GMP reside with 
the Trust Board, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve and the 
Reserve Manager.

    Dated: August 14, 2006.
Jonathan B. Jarvis,
Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
[FR Doc. 06-8626 Filed 10-11-06; 8:45 am]
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