Environmental Impact Statement/General Management Plan; Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park Complex, Skagit and Whatcom Counties, WA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, 63351-63352 [06-8949]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 209 / Monday, October 30, 2006 / Notices If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to Superintendent, Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, South Carolina 20702, telephone: 864–936–7921. You may also comment via the Internet to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ parkHome.cfm?parkId=390. Please submit internet comments as a plain text file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we have received your internet message, contact us directly at 404–562–3124, extension 685. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, South Carolina 20702. Our practice is to make 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 rationale 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 businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Locations, dates, and times of public meetings will be published in local newspapers and may also be obtained by contacting the NPS Southeast Regional Office, Division of Planning and Compliance. This information will also be published on the GMP Web site for KIMO. DATES: Scoping suggestions should be submitted to the following addresses to ensure adequate consideration by the NPS: Superintendent, Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, South Carolina, Telephone: 864–936–7921. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent, Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, South Carolina, telephone: 864–936–7921. VerDate Aug<31>2005 02:16 Oct 28, 2006 Jkt 211001 The Draft and Final GMP/EIS will be made available to all known interested parties and appropriate agencies. Full public participation by Federal, State, and local agencies as well as other concerned organizations and private citizens is invited throughout the preparation process of this document. The responsible official for this Environmental Impact Statement is the Regional Director for the Southeast Region, Patricia A. Hooks. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 11, 2006. Patricia A. Hooks, Regional Director, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. 06–8951 Filed 10–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–A3–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Environmental Impact Statement/ General Management Plan; Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park Complex, Skagit and Whatcom Counties, WA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Summary: In accord with § 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the National Park Service is undertaking a conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process for updating the General Management Plan (General Management Plan) for the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, in northwestern Washington. Ross Lake National Recreation Area is administratively managed as part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex; however, this GMP will specifically address the Ross Lake unit of the part complex. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared concurrently with the GMP. The GMP is intended to set forth the basic management philosophy for this unit of the National Park System and provide the strategies for addressing issues and achieving identified management objectives for that unit. Thus, the GMP will serve as a blueprint to guide management of natural and cultural resources and visitor use during the next 15–20 years. One or more Development Concept Plans, which guide more detailed, site-specific preservation and development actions, may be included with the GMP. Consistent with NPS Planning Program Standards, the update GMP will: (1) Describe the Ross Lake National Recreation Area’s (Ross Lake NRA) purpose, significance, and primary PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63351 interpretive themes; (2) identify the fundamental resources and values of Ross Lake NRA, its other important resources and values, and describe the condition of these resources; (3) describe desired conditions for cultural and natural resources and visitor experiences throughout the Ross Lake NRA; (4) develop management zoning to support these desired conditions; (5) develop alternative applications of these management zones to the Ross Lake NRA’s landscape (i.e., zoning alternatives); (6) address user capacity; (7) analyze potential boundary modifications; (8) ensure that management recommendations are developed in conclusion with interested stakeholders and the public and adopted by NPS after a thorough analysis of the benefits, potential environmental consequences, and economic costs of alternative courses of action; (9) develop cost estimates implementing each of the alternatives; and (10) identify and prioritize subsequent detailed studies, plans and actions that may be needed to implement the updated GMP. Scoping Process: A comprehensive scoping outreach effort is planned so as to elicit early public comment regarding issues and concerns, the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts (and as appropriate, mitigation measures), and possible alternatives that should be addressed in the preparing of the Draft EIS and proposed update to the GMP. Through the various scoping outreach activities planned, the NPS welcomes information and suggestions from the public regarding resource protection, visitor use, and land management. This notice formally initiates the public scoping comment phase for the EIS process. All written scoping comments must be postmarked not later than December 30, 2006. All comments should be addressed to: General Management Plan, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Attn: Bill Paleck, Superintendent, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 92884–1289. At this time, it is expected that public workshops will be hosted in towns near Ross Lake NRA, and the metropolitan area of Seattle, Washington the week of October 16, 2006, and the week of October 23, 2006. Detailed information regarding these meetings will be posted on the GMP Web site (https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ rola). All participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the planning team. The GMP Web site will provide the most up-to-date information regarding E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 63352 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 209 / Monday, October 30, 2006 / Notices the project, including project description, planning process updates, meeting notices, reports and documents, and useful links associated with the project; direct mailings will also be made periodically. Please note that our practice is to make 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 rationale 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 businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Supplementary Information: As noted above, Ross Lake NRA is managed as one unit of the North Cascades National Park Complex (North Cascades), which also includes North Cascades National Park (north and south units), and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area (which adjoins the park on the south). North Cascades is located deep in the northernmost reaches of the Cascades Range in Washington State and borders British Columbia, Canada. Management guidance for Ross Lake NRA was included in the North Cascades GMP (now 18 years old) and has become inadequate to address the policy and operational issues now facing park management for Ross Lake NRA. Since the completion of the North Cascades GMP, many changes have occurred that affect NRA management. Seattle City Light’s three dam facilities have been re-licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The mitigation package approved as part of the relicensing agreement included several large-scale changes and improvements for Ross Lake NRA that were not included or fully envisioned in the 1988 North Cascades GMP. It is timely to update the GMP to address these large scale changes that are occurring in Ross Lake NRA and to address resource protection, visitor use, and management issues surrounding these enhancements. VerDate Aug<31>2005 02:16 Oct 28, 2006 Jkt 211001 Additionally, Ross Lake NRA also faces other broad natural and cultural resource protection issues—these include bioregional management strategies for grizzly bear recovery, control of invasive species, local climate change effects, changing lake levels, air quality, archeology, and American Indian traditional uses. Complementary management strategies will be pursued for these resource challenges. Visitor use within Ross Lake NRA has diversified and significantly increased since the 1988 North Cascades GMP, due in part to the enhanced recreational facilities. Boating on Diablo and Ross Lakes has intensified. Use of Washington State’s North Cascades Highway 20 (which bisects approximately 25 miles of Ross Lake NRA) has increased dramatically and is the most popular motorcycle touring route in the region. The GMP update is needed to adequately provide management guidance for visitor use, boats, and motor vehicles within the Ross Lake NRA and address carrying capacity for visitor experience and resource protection. Following the completion of the 1988 North Cascades GMP, the Stephen Mather Wilderness within the North Cascades National Park Complex was designated by Congress in November 1988. This act brought 93% of the park complex under the provisions of the 1964 Wilderness Act, and 69% of Ross Lake NRA is designated wilderness (4% is designated potential wilderness). The new GMP is needed to adequately update zoning for the management of wilderness lands within Ross Lake NRA, and will ratify the current management contained in the Wilderness Management Plan. Trans-boundary ecosystem and recreation management is also a significant issue for Ross Lake NRA, which borders British Columbia provincial parks for five miles along its northern border. Hozomeen, at the USCanada border, is the most developed access point onto Ross Lake. Ross Lake NRA is within a large extended watershed that begins in Canada, continues through the North Cascades and lower river valley, and then drains into the Pacific Ocean. An effort by Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (SEE), an endowed organization established by international treaty, is underway to manage the upper Skagit watershed more holistically between Canada and the United States. The new GMP will address trans-boundary resource management issues as well as partnership opportunities with U.S. and Canadian entities. In addition, SEE has PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provided funding to the province of British Columbia to complete a managment plan for its provincial park units adjacent to Ross Lake NRA and within the upper Skagit watershed. Decision Process: Following the scoping phase and consideration of public concerns and other agency comments, a Draft EIS and proposed GMP will be prepared and released for public review. Availability of the forthcoming Draft EIS for public review and written comment will be formally announced with publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, as well as through local and regional news media, direct mailings, and via Web site postings. Following due consideration of all agency and public comment, a Final EIS will be prepared; it is anticipated that the final GMP proposal will be available in September 2009. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the decision on the proposed GMP is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region, National Park Service. Subsequently, the official responsible for implementation of the approved GMP would be the Superintendent, North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Dated: September 14, 2006. Patricia L. Neubacher, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 06–8949 Filed 10–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–GX–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final Environmental Impact Statement/ General Management Plan, Minidoka Internment National Monument, Jerome County, ID; Notice of Approval of Record of Decision Summary: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91–190, as amended) and the implementing regulation promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has prepared, and the Regional Director, Pacific West Region has approved, the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan for Minidoka Internment National Monument. The formal no-action period was officially initiated July 28, 2006, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Register notification of the filing of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Decision: As soon as practicable the monument will begin to implement as its new General Management Plan the E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Environmental Impact Statement/General Management Plan; Ross Lake 
National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park Complex, Skagit 
and Whatcom Counties, WA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement

    Summary: In accord with Sec.  102(2)(c) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the 
National Park Service is undertaking a conservation planning and 
environmental impact analysis process for updating the General 
Management Plan (General Management Plan) for the Ross Lake National 
Recreation Area, in northwestern Washington. Ross Lake National 
Recreation Area is administratively managed as part of the North 
Cascades National Park Service Complex; however, this GMP will 
specifically address the Ross Lake unit of the part complex. An 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared concurrently with 
the GMP. The GMP is intended to set forth the basic management 
philosophy for this unit of the National Park System and provide the 
strategies for addressing issues and achieving identified management 
objectives for that unit. Thus, the GMP will serve as a blueprint to 
guide management of natural and cultural resources and visitor use 
during the next 15-20 years. One or more Development Concept Plans, 
which guide more detailed, site-specific preservation and development 
actions, may be included with the GMP.
    Consistent with NPS Planning Program Standards, the update GMP 
will: (1) Describe the Ross Lake National Recreation Area's (Ross Lake 
NRA) purpose, significance, and primary interpretive themes; (2) 
identify the fundamental resources and values of Ross Lake NRA, its 
other important resources and values, and describe the condition of 
these resources; (3) describe desired conditions for cultural and 
natural resources and visitor experiences throughout the Ross Lake NRA; 
(4) develop management zoning to support these desired conditions; (5) 
develop alternative applications of these management zones to the Ross 
Lake NRA's landscape (i.e., zoning alternatives); (6) address user 
capacity; (7) analyze potential boundary modifications; (8) ensure that 
management recommendations are developed in conclusion with interested 
stakeholders and the public and adopted by NPS after a thorough 
analysis of the benefits, potential environmental consequences, and 
economic costs of alternative courses of action; (9) develop cost 
estimates implementing each of the alternatives; and (10) identify and 
prioritize subsequent detailed studies, plans and actions that may be 
needed to implement the updated GMP.
    Scoping Process: A comprehensive scoping outreach effort is planned 
so as to elicit early public comment regarding issues and concerns, the 
nature and extent of potential environmental impacts (and as 
appropriate, mitigation measures), and possible alternatives that 
should be addressed in the preparing of the Draft EIS and proposed 
update to the GMP. Through the various scoping outreach activities 
planned, the NPS welcomes information and suggestions from the public 
regarding resource protection, visitor use, and land management. This 
notice formally initiates the public scoping comment phase for the EIS 
process. All written scoping comments must be postmarked not later than 
December 30, 2006. All comments should be addressed to: General 
Management Plan, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Attn: Bill Paleck, 
Superintendent, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State 
Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 92884-1289. At this time, it is expected 
that public workshops will be hosted in towns near Ross Lake NRA, and 
the metropolitan area of Seattle, Washington the week of October 16, 
2006, and the week of October 23, 2006. Detailed information regarding 
these meetings will be posted on the GMP Web site (https://
parkplanning.nps.gov/rola). All participants will be given the 
opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the planning team. 
The GMP Web site will provide the most up-to-date information regarding

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the project, including project description, planning process updates, 
meeting notices, reports and documents, and useful links associated 
with the project; direct mailings will also be made periodically.
    Please note that our practice is to make 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 
rationale 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 businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives of or officials of organizations or 
businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.
    Supplementary Information: As noted above, Ross Lake NRA is managed 
as one unit of the North Cascades National Park Complex (North 
Cascades), which also includes North Cascades National Park (north and 
south units), and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area (which adjoins 
the park on the south). North Cascades is located deep in the 
northernmost reaches of the Cascades Range in Washington State and 
borders British Columbia, Canada.
    Management guidance for Ross Lake NRA was included in the North 
Cascades GMP (now 18 years old) and has become inadequate to address 
the policy and operational issues now facing park management for Ross 
Lake NRA. Since the completion of the North Cascades GMP, many changes 
have occurred that affect NRA management. Seattle City Light's three 
dam facilities have been re-licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC). The mitigation package approved as part of the 
relicensing agreement included several large-scale changes and 
improvements for Ross Lake NRA that were not included or fully 
envisioned in the 1988 North Cascades GMP. It is timely to update the 
GMP to address these large scale changes that are occurring in Ross 
Lake NRA and to address resource protection, visitor use, and 
management issues surrounding these enhancements.
    Additionally, Ross Lake NRA also faces other broad natural and 
cultural resource protection issues--these include bioregional 
management strategies for grizzly bear recovery, control of invasive 
species, local climate change effects, changing lake levels, air 
quality, archeology, and American Indian traditional uses. 
Complementary management strategies will be pursued for these resource 
challenges.
    Visitor use within Ross Lake NRA has diversified and significantly 
increased since the 1988 North Cascades GMP, due in part to the 
enhanced recreational facilities. Boating on Diablo and Ross Lakes has 
intensified. Use of Washington State's North Cascades Highway 20 (which 
bisects approximately 25 miles of Ross Lake NRA) has increased 
dramatically and is the most popular motorcycle touring route in the 
region. The GMP update is needed to adequately provide management 
guidance for visitor use, boats, and motor vehicles within the Ross 
Lake NRA and address carrying capacity for visitor experience and 
resource protection.
    Following the completion of the 1988 North Cascades GMP, the 
Stephen Mather Wilderness within the North Cascades National Park 
Complex was designated by Congress in November 1988. This act brought 
93% of the park complex under the provisions of the 1964 Wilderness 
Act, and 69% of Ross Lake NRA is designated wilderness (4% is 
designated potential wilderness). The new GMP is needed to adequately 
update zoning for the management of wilderness lands within Ross Lake 
NRA, and will ratify the current management contained in the Wilderness 
Management Plan.
    Trans-boundary ecosystem and recreation management is also a 
significant issue for Ross Lake NRA, which borders British Columbia 
provincial parks for five miles along its northern border. Hozomeen, at 
the US-Canada border, is the most developed access point onto Ross 
Lake. Ross Lake NRA is within a large extended watershed that begins in 
Canada, continues through the North Cascades and lower river valley, 
and then drains into the Pacific Ocean. An effort by Skagit 
Environmental Endowment Commission (SEE), an endowed organization 
established by international treaty, is underway to manage the upper 
Skagit watershed more holistically between Canada and the United 
States. The new GMP will address trans-boundary resource management 
issues as well as partnership opportunities with U.S. and Canadian 
entities. In addition, SEE has provided funding to the province of 
British Columbia to complete a managment plan for its provincial park 
units adjacent to Ross Lake NRA and within the upper Skagit watershed.
    Decision Process: Following the scoping phase and consideration of 
public concerns and other agency comments, a Draft EIS and proposed GMP 
will be prepared and released for public review. Availability of the 
forthcoming Draft EIS for public review and written comment will be 
formally announced with publication of a Notice of Availability in the 
Federal Register, as well as through local and regional news media, 
direct mailings, and via Web site postings. Following due consideration 
of all agency and public comment, a Final EIS will be prepared; it is 
anticipated that the final GMP proposal will be available in September 
2009. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the decision on 
the proposed GMP is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region, 
National Park Service. Subsequently, the official responsible for 
implementation of the approved GMP would be the Superintendent, North 
Cascades National Park Service Complex.

    Dated: September 14, 2006.
Patricia L. Neubacher,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
[FR Doc. 06-8949 Filed 10-27-06; 8:45 am]
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