Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation Project, 21046-21047 [E7-8100]

Download as PDF 21046 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 81 / Friday April 27, 2007 / Notices more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided by Title 18 U.S.C. 3571. Conditions for Ending Closure: Soil stabilization and revegetation treatments will be considered successful if and when the following occur: 1. Slopes and soils show signs of stabilization and have not experienced slope failure through at least one winter season. 2. Re-growth of vegetation has sufficiently obscured cultural sites exposed by the fire. 3. Seeding treatments on burned areas have successfully established. ADDRESSES: A map of the closed area, along with more detailed information, may be obtained from the Jarbidge Field Office at 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls, ID, 83301. This emergency closure notice is issued under the authority of 43 CFR 8364.1. T. 08S., R09 E, 24, 25, 33, 34, and 35, B.M. T. 09S., R09 E, all sections of BLM lands except 16 and 36, B.M. T. 09S., R10 E, sections 18, 19, 20, and sections 28 to 34 inclusive, B.M. T. 10S., R09 E, sections 1, 2, 11, 12, and 13, B.M. T. 10S., R10 E, sections 2 to15, inclusive, sections 17 to 28, inclusive and sections 34 and 35, B.M. T. 10S., R11 E, sections 7, 18, 19, 20, and sections 28 to 33, inclusive B.M. T. 11S., R10 E, sections 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 24, and 25 B.M. T. 11S., R11 E, sections 5 to 8, inclusive, sections 17 to 20, inclusive, and sections 28, 29, and 30 B.M. A total of approximately 64,708 acres. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES restrict off-road vehicle use while providing continued public access to and through the area. Vehicles traveling cross-country in a burned area may damage reemerging plants, increase erosion and spread noxious weeds. Motorized vehicles may continue to use established roads capable of being traveled by full size vehicles. DATES: This closure is in effect for two years, and may be lifted sooner if the BLM determines that revegetation and stabilization efforts have reduced resource concerns. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Max Yingst, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Jarbidge Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls, ID 83301–7975, or call (208) 736–2362. Closure Order: This closure order applies to approximately 64,708 acres of BLM lands and is considered an emergency situation to enhance protection of the resources involved. The Jarbidge Field Office will analyze the effects of the closure in the fall of 2007 and extend, modify, or rescind the order at that time. This order affects public lands in Owyhee County, Idaho, thus described: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The closure does not apply to authorized vehicles, rescue vehicles, BLM operation and maintenance vehicles, resource management activities or use by fire and law enforcement vehicles. In addition, access to private property by property owners may be authorized by the BLM Field Manager. Nothing in this closure is intended to affect legal hunting as consistent with Idaho Department of Fish and Game regulations. Under section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360–7), if you violate this closure on public land within the boundaries established, you may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000 or imprisoned for no VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Apr 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 Richard Vander Voet, Jarbidge Field Office Manager, Bureau of Land Management. [FR Doc. E7–8118 Filed 4–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P Bureau of Land Management [ID–420–2824–DD–FM04] Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation Project Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation Project is available for public review. The BLM is the lead Federal agency for preparation of the EIS in compliance with the requirements of the NEPA and the Nez Perce National Forest is a Cooperating Agency. The document will be available for 30 days following publication of a Notice of Availability (NOA) of this document, in the Federal Register, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Final EIS is available online at the BLM Web site: http:// www.id.blm.gov/offices/cottonwood/ index.htm (available March 15, 2007). Copies of the document can also be viewed at or obtained by contacting the BLM Cottonwood Field Office, 1 Butte Drive, Cottonwood, ID 83522; or e-mail to robbin_boyce@blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robbin Boyce at (208) 962–3245 or email: robbin_boyce@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation Project (Eastside) is located in north central Idaho, near the southern portion of the Idaho Panhandle in Idaho County. The project area, which encompasses approximately 3,300 acres, borders the small, isolated town of Elk City and includes the surrounding wildland urban interface (WUI) areas. Actual BLM-administered lands to be treated total approximately 1,300 acres. This landscape level project was developed to address increasing fuel loads resulting from combined effects of long-term fire suppression and an ongoing mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Elk City area. The purpose of this project is to manage the fuels and vegetation conditions in the Elk City WUI area. The project objectives are to: • Reduce the risk of high intensity wildland fire to life, property and natural resources and the likelihood of severe local fire effects by removing dead, dying, and downed trees that would otherwise result in high fuel loading; • Manage forest stands to create conditions that will contribute to sustaining long-lived fire tolerant tree species by regenerating to western larch and Douglas-fir, and by retaining most Douglas-fir, western larch, and ponderosa pine; • Create an upward trend in fish habitat condition; and • Contribute to the economic and social well being of area users and local residents. Existing and potential fuel loads would be reduced through a combination of vegetation manipulation and fuels treatments while supporting a long term upward trend in fish habitat condition. Treatments include removing dead and dying trees and selectively harvesting other trees in both lodgepole pine and mixed conifer stands. Fuel treatments include thinning, piling and burning, prescribed burning, and biomass utilization. The Final EIS analyzes four alternatives based on issues identified during the scoping process. Alternatives include a no action alternative and the ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 81 / Friday April 27, 2007 / Notices agency Preferred Alternative, Alternative B. Issues include hazardous fuels, watershed, fisheries, and road/ trail access-transportation system. The Preferred Alternative proposes to treat about 1,300 acres requiring about 15.1 miles of temporary road construction. Upon completion of the project, including road decommissioning, there would be no net change of road density per square mile in the American River watershed and a decrease of 2.12 miles of permanent road in the project area. The Preferred Alternative also proposes watershed improvements that would provide for an upward trend in aquatic habitat and water quality. These include riparian planting along 4.8 miles of the American River; decommissioning 1.9 miles of existing road; constructing 0.57 miles of new permanent road along the American River; improving stream crossings (two ford closures, one ford hardening, and two ATV bridge replacements); reconnecting Queen Creek with the American River; converting 1.6 miles of road to ATV trail; and recontouring 1.2 miles of streambank along the American River. The Final EIS responds to public comments that were received on the Draft EIS. The Nez Perce National Forest (NPNF) is a Cooperating Agency with specific expertise and interest in the project. The BLM proposes to use and construct roads on the NPNF to implement the Eastside project. The NPNF may authorize the use and construction of roads for the Eastside project based on the analysis in this Final EIS. Stephanie Snook, Acting District Manager. [FR Doc. E7–8100 Filed 4–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–957–07–1910–BJ–5GKX] Filing of Plats of Survey, Nebraska Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey, Nebraska. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to file the plat of survey of the lands described below thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this publication in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Apr 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, 5353 Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This survey was executed at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is necessary for the management of these lands. The lands surveyed are: The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of section lines, and the survey of the subdivision of sections 26 and 35, Township 26 North, Range 9 East, of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Nebraska. Copies of the preceding described plat and field notes are available to the public at a cost of $1.10 per page. Dated: April 19, 2007. John P. Lee, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Division of Support Services. [FR Doc. E7–8048 Filed 4–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4467–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 30-Day Notice of Submission to Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites comments on an extension of a currently approved collection of information (OMB Control #1024–0029). DATES: Public comments on the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) will be accepted on or before May 29, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments directly to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior, (OMB 1024– 0029) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB by fax at 202/ 395–6566, or be electronic mail at OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov. Please also send a copy of your comments to Ms. Jo A. Pendry, Concession Program Manager, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW., (2410), Washington, DC 20240, or electronically to jo_pendry@nps.gov. Ms. Jo A. Pendry, phone: 202–513–7156, fax: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21047 202–371–2090, or at the address above. You are entitled to a copy of the entire ICR package free-of-charge. The National Park Service published the 60–day Federal Register notice to solicit comments on this proposed information collection on February 14, 2007, on page 7074. There were no public comments received as a result of publishing in the Federal Register a 60day Notice of Intention to Request Clearance of Information Collection for this survey. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Concessioner Annual Financial Report. Form Number(s): 10–356, 10–356A. OMB Control Number: 1024–0029. Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2007. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection Description of Need: The regulations at 36 CFR part 51 primarily implement Title IV of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105– 391 or the Act), which requires that the Secretary of the Interior exercise authority in a manner consistent with a reasonable opportunity for a concessioner to realize a profit on his operation as a whole commensurate with the capital invested and the obligations assumed. It also requires that franchise fees be determined with consideration to the opportunity for net profit in relation to both gross receipts and capital invested. The financial information being collected is necessary to provide insight into and knowledge of the concessioner’s operation so that this authority can be exercised and franchise fees determined in a timely manner and without an undue burden on the concessioner. Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s 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. E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 81 (Friday, April 27, 2007)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-8100]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[ID-420-2824-DD-FM04]


Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation Project

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
for the proposed Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation Project is 
available for public review. The BLM is the lead Federal agency for 
preparation of the EIS in compliance with the requirements of the NEPA 
and the Nez Perce National Forest is a Cooperating Agency.

DATES: The document will be available for 30 days following publication 
of a Notice of Availability (NOA) of this document, in the Federal 
Register, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ADDRESSES: The Final EIS is available online at the BLM Web site: 
http://www.id.blm.gov/offices/cottonwood/index.htm (available March 15, 
2007). Copies of the document can also be viewed at or obtained by 
contacting the BLM Cottonwood Field Office, 1 Butte Drive, Cottonwood, 
ID 83522; or e-mail to robbin_boyce@blm.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robbin Boyce at (208) 962-3245 or e-
mail: robbin_boyce@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Eastside Township Fuels and Vegetation 
Project (Eastside) is located in north central Idaho, near the southern 
portion of the Idaho Panhandle in Idaho County. The project area, which 
encompasses approximately 3,300 acres, borders the small, isolated town 
of Elk City and includes the surrounding wildland urban interface (WUI) 
areas. Actual BLM-administered lands to be treated total approximately 
1,300 acres.
    This landscape level project was developed to address increasing 
fuel loads resulting from combined effects of long-term fire 
suppression and an on-going mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Elk 
City area. The purpose of this project is to manage the fuels and 
vegetation conditions in the Elk City WUI area. The project objectives 
are to:
     Reduce the risk of high intensity wildland fire to life, 
property and natural resources and the likelihood of severe local fire 
effects by removing dead, dying, and downed trees that would otherwise 
result in high fuel loading;
     Manage forest stands to create conditions that will 
contribute to sustaining long-lived fire tolerant tree species by 
regenerating to western larch and Douglas-fir, and by retaining most 
Douglas-fir, western larch, and ponderosa pine;
     Create an upward trend in fish habitat condition; and
     Contribute to the economic and social well being of area 
users and local residents.
    Existing and potential fuel loads would be reduced through a 
combination of vegetation manipulation and fuels treatments while 
supporting a long term upward trend in fish habitat condition. 
Treatments include removing dead and dying trees and selectively 
harvesting other trees in both lodgepole pine and mixed conifer stands. 
Fuel treatments include thinning, piling and burning, prescribed 
burning, and biomass utilization.
    The Final EIS analyzes four alternatives based on issues identified 
during the scoping process. Alternatives include a no action 
alternative and the

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agency Preferred Alternative, Alternative B. Issues include hazardous 
fuels, watershed, fisheries, and road/trail access-transportation 
system. The Preferred Alternative proposes to treat about 1,300 acres 
requiring about 15.1 miles of temporary road construction. Upon 
completion of the project, including road decommissioning, there would 
be no net change of road density per square mile in the American River 
watershed and a decrease of 2.12 miles of permanent road in the project 
area.
    The Preferred Alternative also proposes watershed improvements that 
would provide for an upward trend in aquatic habitat and water quality. 
These include riparian planting along 4.8 miles of the American River; 
decommissioning 1.9 miles of existing road; constructing 0.57 miles of 
new permanent road along the American River; improving stream crossings 
(two ford closures, one ford hardening, and two ATV bridge 
replacements); reconnecting Queen Creek with the American River; 
converting 1.6 miles of road to ATV trail; and recontouring 1.2 miles 
of streambank along the American River.
    The Final EIS responds to public comments that were received on the 
Draft EIS.
    The Nez Perce National Forest (NPNF) is a Cooperating Agency with 
specific expertise and interest in the project. The BLM proposes to use 
and construct roads on the NPNF to implement the Eastside project. The 
NPNF may authorize the use and construction of roads for the Eastside 
project based on the analysis in this Final EIS.

Stephanie Snook,
Acting District Manager.
[FR Doc. E7-8100 Filed 4-26-07; 8:45 am]
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