Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Grant and Wheeler Counties, OR; Notice of Termination of the Environmental Impact Statement, 17180-17181 [E7-6451]

Download as PDF 17180 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 66 / Friday, April 6, 2007 / Notices lands from the use applied for in the application. The segregative effect of this Notice will terminate upon issuance of a patent or other document of conveyance for such lands, upon publication in the Federal Register of a termination of the segregation, or April 6, 2009, whichever occurs first, unless extended by the BLM State Director in accordance with 43 CFR 2611.1–2(d), prior to the termination date. Interested parties may submit comments to the District Manager, BLM Farmington Field Office, 1235 La Plata Highway, Suite A, Farmington, New Mexico 87401 until 45 days after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Any adverse comments will be reviewed by the State Director who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. In the absence of any adverse comments, this realty action will become the final determination of the Department of the Interior. The BLM may accept or reject any or all offers, or withdraw any land or interest in the land from sale, if, in the opinion of the authorized officer, consummation of the sale would not be fully consistent with FLPMA, or other applicable laws. The lands will not be offered for sale until at least 60 days after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 43 CFR 2711.1–2(c). Dated: February 22, 2007. Joel Farrell, Assistant Field Manager, Farmington, New Mexico. [FR Doc. E7–6411 Filed 4–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Colorado: Filing of Plats of Survey pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES March 29, 2007. Summary: The plats of survey of the following described land will be officially filed in the Colorado State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Lakewood, Colorado, effective 10 a.m., March 29, 2007. All inquiries should be sent to the Colorado State Office (CO– VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:39 Apr 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 956), Bureau of Land Management, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215–7093. The plat and field notes, of the dependent resurvey of the ColoradoNew Mexico State Line (S. bdy.), the east and west boundaries, and the subdivisional lines of Township 32 North, Range 18 West, of the New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on November 15, 2006. The plat which includes the field notes, and is the entire record of this Corrective Dependent Resurvey in Township 35 North, Range 16 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on December 21, 2006. This survey was made as a result of an field error made during the dependent resurvey in 1985–86. The plat, which includes the field notes, and is the entire record of this resurvey, in Section 33, Township 36 North, Range 11 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on January 10, 2007. The supplemental plat of Section 18, in Township 1 North, Range 78 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on January 23, 2007. The plats (2) and field notes, of the dependent resurvey and surveys in Township 50 North, Range 9 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on January 24, 2007. The plat and field notes of the dependent resurvey and surveys in Township 37 North, Range 19 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado were accepted on January 25, 2007. The plat, which includes the field notes, and is the entire record of this survey, in Section 8, Township 32 North, Range 3 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado was accepted on January 30, 2007. The supplemental plat of Township 50 North, Range 18 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on February 1, 2007. This supplemental plat, shows the result of the cancellation of certain mineral surveys in Sections 3, 4, 9, and 14. The plat, which includes the field notes, and is the entire record of the location and remonumentation of certain original corners in, Township 7 North, Range 91 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on February 5, 2007. The plats (2) which include the field notes, and are the entire record of the location and remonumentation of certain original corners in, Townships 8 North, Ranges 100 and 101 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on February 5, 2007. PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The plats (4) and field notes, of the dependent resurveys and surveys, in Townships 5 and 6 North, Range 92 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on February 13, 2007. The plat and field notes, of the dependent resurveys and surveys, of Sections 1 and 2, in Township 36 North, Range 6 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on March 1, 2007. The supplemental plat of Section 21, Township 41 North, Range 2 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on March 7, 2007. This supplemental plat, shows the redesignation of lot 4 to regular aliquot parts and complies with the description shown in Patent No. 1133510. The plats (2) and field notes, of the metes and bounds surveys of portions of the east boundary of the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, in Township 25 South, Range 72 West, (Medano Pass) and Township 24 South, Range 73 West (Music Pass) of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on March 15, 2007. The plat and field notes, of the dependent resurvey and section subdivision of Sections 5, 8 and 20, Township 45 North, Range 5 East, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, was accepted on March 21, 2007. Randall M. Zanon, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Colorado. [FR Doc. E7–6417 Filed 4–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Draft General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Grant and Wheeler Counties, OR; Notice of Termination of the Environmental Impact Statement SUMMARY: The National Park Service is terminating preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan, John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon. A Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument General Management Plan was published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2004 (Vol. 69, No. 185, Pages 57362–63). Based in part on the minimal nature of public response to the Notice of Intent, the National Park Service has since determined that an Environmental Assessment rather than an EIS is the appropriate environmental E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 66 / Friday, April 6, 2007 / Notices documentation for this general management plan update. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This new general management plan (GMP) will update the overall direction for the national monument, setting broad management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. As noted above, the GMP was originally scoped as an EIS. However, few public comments were received in the scoping process. No issues with the potential for controversial impacts were identified for the general management plan. The current GMP was approved in 1979. In the general management planning process the NPS planning team developed four preliminary alternatives for the national monument, none of which would result in substantial changes in the operation and management of the area. The three ‘‘action’’ alternatives primarily focus on maintaining and protecting paleontological and other resources, and expanding interpretation and visitor opportunities where appropriate. The alternatives vary in their treatment of the Cant Ranch cultural landscape, the management of the Hancock mammal quarry, and the development of new trails. Preliminary analysis of the alternatives has revealed no major (nor significant) potential effects on the quality of the human environment, nor any potential for impairment of park resources and values. Most of the impacts from the alternatives are expected to be negligible to minor in magnitude, with the remainder being of a minor to moderate level. For these reasons the NPS determined that the requisite conservation planning and environmental impact analysis necessary for updating the general management plan can appropriately be completed through preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA). For further information about this determination or other aspects of the GMP process, please contact: James Hammett, Superintendent, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, 32651 Highway 19, Kimberly, OR 97848 (telephone: (514) 987–2333; e-mail: JODA_Superintendent@nps.gov). Decsion Process: The draft general management plan/EA is expected to be distributed for public comment in the fall/winter of 2007. The NPS will notify the public about release of the draft general management plan/EA by mail, local and regional media, Web site postings, and other means; all announcements will include information on where and how to obtain a copy of the EA, how to comment on the EA, and the length of the public VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:39 Apr 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 comment period. Following due consideration of public comments and agency consults, at this time a decision is expected be made in the winter of 2008. The official responsible for the final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director; subsequently the responsible official for implementing the approved GMP is the Superintendent, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Dated: January 26, 2007. Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. E7–6451 Filed 4–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–3J–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ General Management Plan, Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito and Monterey Counties, CA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement SUMMARY: In accord with section 102(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the National Park Service (NPS) has undertaken a conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process for updating the General Management Plan (GMP) for Pinnacles National Monument. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared concurrently with the GMP. The GMP will address desired conditions for the Monument, uses or treatment needs for resource protection, visitor use and other management goals thus serving as a ‘‘blueprint’’ to guide management of natural and cultural resources and visitor use during the next 15–20 years. This notice supersedes the previous notice published in the Federal Register on November 19, 1998 (Vol. 63, No. 223). Background: Pinnacles National Monument preserves an ecologicallyrich, geologically-spectacular, and culturally-significant landscape in the Central Coast region of California. Established in 1908 and named for dramatic rock formations that are the remains of an ancient volcano, the Monument preserves a landscape shaped by earthquake, fire, and flood. The Monument is rich in plant and animal life that inhabit the park’s chaparral, oak woodland, talus cave, riparian, and rock-and-scree habitats. In 2003, Pinnacles became the home once again to the California condor, one of the nation’s most endangered species, PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17181 elevating the Monument’s profile substantially throughout the region. Pinnacles preserves a rich human history with archeological sites reaching back at least 2,000 years, revealing use by indigenous people. Sites from the 1800s reflect the homesteading history of the area. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps played the central role in the development of the Monument that visitors enjoy today, evidenced by roads, a visitor center, numerous park structures, and an outstanding trail system that stands as an important cultural resource in itself. Located 100 miles south of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Pinnacles is on the edge of one of the state’s most populated and fastest-growing areas. Since 1976, Pinnacles has grown from 16,271 acres to 24,436 acres. In 1976, 15,985 acres were designated by Congress as Wilderness (and several tracts of land since transferred from the BLM bring the Wilderness total acreage to 16,048). Also, acquisition of the 2,000-acre Pinnacles Ranch during the spring of 2006 has added substantial new resources, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, and management challenges. A new GMP reflecting contemporary issues and challenges facing Pinnacles in the future is essential. The plan will provide direction for park management through the establishment of management zones, user capacities and appropriate types and levels of development and recreational use for all areas of the park. Resource protection, visitor experiences, community relationships, and relationships with neighboring land management agencies will be improved through completion and implementation of the GMP. Scoping Process: The purpose of the scoping outreach efforts is to elicit public comment regarding issues and concerns, the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts (and appropriate mitigation measures) that should be addressed in the plan. Major issues anticipated to be addressed in the EIS include: • What are the desired conditions for native/endemic ecosystems? • What are the desired conditions for Wilderness areas? • What are the desired conditions for cultural resources and cultural landscapes? • What areas and structures are appropriate for museum collections storage, preservation and accessibility for research? • What is the desired visitor experience throughout the Monument (east side, west side, high peaks, Bear Gulch, Chalone, Chaparral, Pinnacles E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, 
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Grant and Wheeler Counties, OR; 
Notice of Termination of the Environmental Impact Statement

SUMMARY: The National Park Service is terminating preparation of an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan, 
John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon. A Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for 
the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument General Management Plan was 
published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2004 (Vol. 69, No. 
185, Pages 57362-63). Based in part on the minimal nature of public 
response to the Notice of Intent, the National Park Service has since 
determined that an Environmental Assessment rather than an EIS is the 
appropriate environmental

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documentation for this general management plan update.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This new general management plan (GMP) will 
update the overall direction for the national monument, setting broad 
management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. As 
noted above, the GMP was originally scoped as an EIS. However, few 
public comments were received in the scoping process. No issues with 
the potential for controversial impacts were identified for the general 
management plan. The current GMP was approved in 1979.
    In the general management planning process the NPS planning team 
developed four preliminary alternatives for the national monument, none 
of which would result in substantial changes in the operation and 
management of the area. The three ``action'' alternatives primarily 
focus on maintaining and protecting paleontological and other 
resources, and expanding interpretation and visitor opportunities where 
appropriate. The alternatives vary in their treatment of the Cant Ranch 
cultural landscape, the management of the Hancock mammal quarry, and 
the development of new trails. Preliminary analysis of the alternatives 
has revealed no major (nor significant) potential effects on the 
quality of the human environment, nor any potential for impairment of 
park resources and values. Most of the impacts from the alternatives 
are expected to be negligible to minor in magnitude, with the remainder 
being of a minor to moderate level.
    For these reasons the NPS determined that the requisite 
conservation planning and environmental impact analysis necessary for 
updating the general management plan can appropriately be completed 
through preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA). For further 
information about this determination or other aspects of the GMP 
process, please contact: James Hammett, Superintendent, John Day Fossil 
Beds National Monument, 32651 Highway 19, Kimberly, OR 97848 
(telephone: (514) 987-2333; e-mail: JODA--Superintendent@nps.gov).
    Decsion Process: The draft general management plan/EA is expected 
to be distributed for public comment in the fall/winter of 2007. The 
NPS will notify the public about release of the draft general 
management plan/EA by mail, local and regional media, Web site 
postings, and other means; all announcements will include information 
on where and how to obtain a copy of the EA, how to comment on the EA, 
and the length of the public comment period. Following due 
consideration of public comments and agency consults, at this time a 
decision is expected be made in the winter of 2008. The official 
responsible for the final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director; 
subsequently the responsible official for implementing the approved GMP 
is the Superintendent, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

    Dated: January 26, 2007.
Jonathan B. Jarvis,
Director, Pacific West Region.
[FR Doc. E7-6451 Filed 4-5-07; 8:45 am]
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