Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Badlands National Park, North Unit, South Dakota, 20364 [E7-7744]

Download as PDF 20364 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 78 / Tuesday April 24, 2007 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES winter use season, will rely on an openended, in-depth process. Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the burden hour estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden to respondents, including use of automated information collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 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. Automated data collection: This information will be collected via inperson interviews and surveys. No automated data collection will take place. Description of respondents: Components 1 and 2: Visitors stopping at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Old Faithful Geyser on 20 days during the 2007–2008 winter use season. Component 3: Snowmobile and snowcoach guides in Yellowstone National Park. Estimated average number of respondents: Component 1: 165 (120 respondents for on-site survey; 45 respondents for interviews). Component 2: 400. Component 3: 30. Estimated average number of responses: Component 1: 165 (120 respondents for on-site survey; 45 respondents for interviews). Component 2: 400. Component 3: 30. Estimated average burden hours per response: Component 1: 25 minutes for on-site survey respondents; 30 minutes for interview respondents. Component 2: 25 minutes. Component 3: 33 minutes. Frequency of Response: 1 time per respondent. Estimated annual reporting burden: 256 hours. Dated: April 16, 2007. Leonard E. Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 07–2019 Filed 4–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–CT–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 Apr 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement, Badlands National Park, North Unit, South Dakota National Park Service, Department of the Interior. SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/ EIS) for Badlands National Park, North Unit (park). A separate GMP is being developed for the guidance and management of the South Unit of Badlands National Park, and is scheduled to be completed in three years. Specifically, the NPS has selected the preferred alternative as described in the Final GMP/EIS. Under the selected action, the NPS will provide expanded opportunities for visitors to use the North Unit of the park. The number of locations where visitors could obtain park information and orientation will be increased with new visitor contact stations added near Pinnacles and in the town of Scenic. In addition, more hiking trails and routes will be designated in various parts of the park. Education pavilions will be added in the Conata picnic area and west of County Road 502 along with a group campground. Additional studies and environmental documents will be developed, as appropriate, to examine alternative road alignments for the Loop Road at Cedar Pass. Finally, the NPS will recommend expanding the park’s boundaries in two locations to enhance resource protection and offer additional visitor experiences. One boundary expansion will incorporate approximately 5,400 acres along South Dakota Highway 44. The other recommended addition will be 4,500 acres along the western edge adjacent to the wilderness area. The selected action and three other alternatives were analyzed in the draft and final GMP/EIS. The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed. Among the alternatives the NPS considered, the selected action best achieves a high standard of natural and cultural resource protection with improved opportunities for visitors in the park. Furthermore, the selected action responds to the changing visitation pattern the park has been experiencing. In the recent years, western South Dakota has become more of a AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 destination for visitors with Rapid City serving as the hub for this visitation. This shift in tourism patterns has increased the number of park visitors entering the park through the western entrances. The selected action also provides needed improvements for park operations, such as areas for additional park housing and research support. The park is located in a rural area and housing for employees is limited in the surrounding communities. In addition, the park has developed a good relationship with the natural resources research community but has limited facilities for supporting these efforts. The selected action would address the need to provide facilities for park operations and research. The selected action also meets national environmental policy goals will not result in the impairment of resources and values. The ROD includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, the rationale for why the selected action is the environmentally preferred alternative, a finding of no impairment of park resources and values, and an overview of public involvement in the decisionmaking process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Paige Baker, Badlands National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, P.O. Box 6, Interior, South Dakota 57750, telephone 605–433–5361. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies of the Record of Decision may be obtained from the contact listed above or may be viewed online at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/. Dated: December 14, 2006. Ernest Quintana, Regional Director, Midwest Region. This document was received at the Office of the Federal Register on April 19, 2007. [FR Doc. E7–7744 Filed 4–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–AD–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Prepare a General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the South Unit of Badlands National Park, South Dakota. National Park Service, Department of the Interior. SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the National Park Service (NPS) in AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, 
Badlands National Park, North Unit, South Dakota

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the 
availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final General 
Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Badlands 
National Park, North Unit (park). A separate GMP is being developed for 
the guidance and management of the South Unit of Badlands National 
Park, and is scheduled to be completed in three years. Specifically, 
the NPS has selected the preferred alternative as described in the 
Final GMP/EIS. Under the selected action, the NPS will provide expanded 
opportunities for visitors to use the North Unit of the park. The 
number of locations where visitors could obtain park information and 
orientation will be increased with new visitor contact stations added 
near Pinnacles and in the town of Scenic. In addition, more hiking 
trails and routes will be designated in various parts of the park. 
Education pavilions will be added in the Conata picnic area and west of 
County Road 502 along with a group campground. Additional studies and 
environmental documents will be developed, as appropriate, to examine 
alternative road alignments for the Loop Road at Cedar Pass. Finally, 
the NPS will recommend expanding the park's boundaries in two locations 
to enhance resource protection and offer additional visitor 
experiences. One boundary expansion will incorporate approximately 
5,400 acres along South Dakota Highway 44. The other recommended 
addition will be 4,500 acres along the western edge adjacent to the 
wilderness area.
    The selected action and three other alternatives were analyzed in 
the draft and final GMP/EIS. The full range of foreseeable 
environmental consequences was assessed. Among the alternatives the NPS 
considered, the selected action best achieves a high standard of 
natural and cultural resource protection with improved opportunities 
for visitors in the park. Furthermore, the selected action responds to 
the changing visitation pattern the park has been experiencing. In the 
recent years, western South Dakota has become more of a destination for 
visitors with Rapid City serving as the hub for this visitation. This 
shift in tourism patterns has increased the number of park visitors 
entering the park through the western entrances. The selected action 
also provides needed improvements for park operations, such as areas 
for additional park housing and research support. The park is located 
in a rural area and housing for employees is limited in the surrounding 
communities. In addition, the park has developed a good relationship 
with the natural resources research community but has limited 
facilities for supporting these efforts. The selected action would 
address the need to provide facilities for park operations and 
research. The selected action also meets national environmental policy 
goals will not result in the impairment of resources and values.
    The ROD includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of 
other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, the 
rationale for why the selected action is the environmentally preferred 
alternative, a finding of no impairment of park resources and values, 
and an overview of public involvement in the decisionmaking process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Paige Baker, Badlands 
National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, P.O. Box 6, Interior, South 
Dakota 57750, telephone 605-433-5361.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies of the Record of Decision may be 
obtained from the contact listed above or may be viewed online at 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/.

    Dated: December 14, 2006.
Ernest Quintana,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.

     This document was received at the Office of the Federal 
Register on April 19, 2007.

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