Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan; Yosemite National Park, Mariposa and Madera Counties, CA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, 18272 [E7-6832]

Download as PDF 18272 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 69 / Wednesday, April 11, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service National Park Service Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 204 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan; Yosemite National Park, Mariposa and Madera Counties, CA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior. Notice of availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 204. ACTION: SUMMARY: The MMS announces the availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 204 in the Western GOM OCS. This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 256.29(c) as a matter of information to the public. With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act, provides the affected States the opportunity to review the proposed Notice. The proposed Notice sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rentals. Comments on the size, timing, or location of proposed Sale 204 are due from the affected States within 60 days following their receipt of the proposed Notice. The final Notice of Sale will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the date of bid opening. Bid opening is currently scheduled for August 22, 2007. DATES: The proposed Notice of Sale for Sale 204 and a ‘‘Proposed Sale Notice Package’’ containing information essential to potential bidders may be obtained from the Public Information Unit, Gulf of Mexico Region, Minerals Management Service, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. Telephone: (504) 736–2519. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: April 6, 2007. R. M. ‘‘Johnnie’’ Burton, Director, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. 07–1804 Filed 4–10–07; 8:45 am] cprice-sewell on PRODPC61 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4310–MR–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:09 Apr 10, 2007 Jkt 211001 Summary: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (Pub. L. 91– 190) and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Pub. L. 90–542), the National Park Service is initiating public scoping for the conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process for a Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (MRP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Yosemite National Park. The MRP/EIS will be a comprehensive document that guides future management of the Merced River corridor, and will comply with all applicable legal requirements. The purpose of this scoping outreach is to solicit early public comments about issues and concerns that should be addressed in the plan, including a suitable range of alternatives, appropriate mitigation measures, and the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts. Background: In 1987, Congress designated 122 miles of the Merced River and its South Fork as Wild and Scenic, including the 81 miles within Yosemite National Park and the El Portal Administrative Site. The National Park Service (NPS) completed the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement in August, 2000. Soon after, two citizen’s groups filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. This initiated a series of court proceedings that culminated in a 2006 District Court decision that invalidated the park’s revised 2005 plan, the Merced Wild and Scenic River Revised Comprehensive Management Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Subsequently, the court ordered the NPS to prepare a new comprehensive management plan. On January 9, 2007, the NPS proposed a 33month timeline to the court for the preparation of the new MRP/EIS, which would result in a Record of Decision on September 30, 2009. Scoping and Public Meetings: The participation of interested individuals and organizations is important to the conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process. During the scoping phase, the public is PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 invited to share ideas and concerns that should be considered in development of the draft MRP. Yosemite National Park will consult tribal, federal, state, and local governments, and will receive public input during an extended period concluding 60 days from the date of publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. The scoping period will be publicized via the internet, direct mailings, and press releases distributed to local and regional media. Dates, times, specific locations, and additional information will be available in regional and local news sources, and updates will be available at http://www.nps.gov/ yose/planning/. Written comments should be addressed to the Superintendent, Attn: Merced River Plan, Yosemite National Park, PO Box 577, Yosemite National Park, California 95389, or faxed to (209) 379–1294. All comments must be postmarked or faxed not later than 60 days from the publication date of this Notice in the Federal Register (or if sent via e-mail, transmitted by that date to Yose_Planning@nps.gov). Immediately upon confirmation of this date it will be announced on the project Web site and via announcements in local and regional press media. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Decision Process: Information about future public involvement opportunities, including workshops for preliminary alternatives formulation and the later public review of the draft EIS, will be publicized in regional news media, by mailings, and postings to the project’s Web site. Following due consideration of comments received in response to the draft EIS, a final EIS will be prepared. As a delegated EIS the official responsible for approval of the MRP is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region (at this time a decision is anticipated during September, 2009). Subsequently the Superintendent, Yosemite National Park would be responsible for implementing the MRP. Dated: February 12, 2007. Patricia L. Neubacher, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. E7–6832 Filed 4–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–F4–P E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 69 (Wednesday, April 11, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Page 18272]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-6832]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan; 
Yosemite National Park, Mariposa and Madera Counties, CA; Notice of 
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

    Summary: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (Pub. L. 
91-190) and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Pub. L. 90-542), the 
National Park Service is initiating public scoping for the conservation 
planning and environmental impact analysis process for a Merced Wild 
and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (MRP) and Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) in Yosemite National Park. The MRP/EIS will be a 
comprehensive document that guides future management of the Merced 
River corridor, and will comply with all applicable legal requirements. 
The purpose of this scoping outreach is to solicit early public 
comments about issues and concerns that should be addressed in the 
plan, including a suitable range of alternatives, appropriate 
mitigation measures, and the nature and extent of potential 
environmental impacts.
    Background: In 1987, Congress designated 122 miles of the Merced 
River and its South Fork as Wild and Scenic, including the 81 miles 
within Yosemite National Park and the El Portal Administrative Site. 
The National Park Service (NPS) completed the Merced Wild and Scenic 
River Comprehensive Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact 
Statement in August, 2000. Soon after, two citizen's groups filed suit 
in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. This 
initiated a series of court proceedings that culminated in a 2006 
District Court decision that invalidated the park's revised 2005 plan, 
the Merced Wild and Scenic River Revised Comprehensive Management Plan/
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Subsequently, the court 
ordered the NPS to prepare a new comprehensive management plan. On 
January 9, 2007, the NPS proposed a 33-month timeline to the court for 
the preparation of the new MRP/EIS, which would result in a Record of 
Decision on September 30, 2009.
    Scoping and Public Meetings: The participation of interested 
individuals and organizations is important to the conservation planning 
and environmental impact analysis process. During the scoping phase, 
the public is invited to share ideas and concerns that should be 
considered in development of the draft MRP. Yosemite National Park will 
consult tribal, federal, state, and local governments, and will receive 
public input during an extended period concluding 60 days from the date 
of publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. The scoping 
period will be publicized via the internet, direct mailings, and press 
releases distributed to local and regional media. Dates, times, 
specific locations, and additional information will be available in 
regional and local news sources, and updates will be available at 
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planning/.
    Written comments should be addressed to the Superintendent, Attn: 
Merced River Plan, Yosemite National Park, PO Box 577, Yosemite 
National Park, California 95389, or faxed to (209) 379-1294. All 
comments must be postmarked or faxed not later than 60 days from the 
publication date of this Notice in the Federal Register (or if sent via 
e-mail, transmitted by that date to Yose--Planning@nps.gov). 
Immediately upon confirmation of this date it will be announced on the 
project Web site and via announcements in local and regional press 
media.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying 
information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Decision Process: Information about future public involvement 
opportunities, including workshops for preliminary alternatives 
formulation and the later public review of the draft EIS, will be 
publicized in regional news media, by mailings, and postings to the 
project's Web site. Following due consideration of comments received in 
response to the draft EIS, a final EIS will be prepared. As a delegated 
EIS the official responsible for approval of the MRP is the Regional 
Director, Pacific West Region (at this time a decision is anticipated 
during September, 2009). Subsequently the Superintendent, Yosemite 
National Park would be responsible for implementing the MRP.

    Dated: February 12, 2007.
Patricia L. Neubacher,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
[FR Doc. E7-6832 Filed 4-10-07; 8:45 am]
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