Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Butte Field Office, Montana, 31851-31853 [E7-10887]

Download as PDF pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 110 / Friday, June 8, 2007 / Notices (5,775 acres) and North Fork Cosumnes (1,129 acres). Additionally, the Proposed RMP would expand three existing ACECs: Red Hills, Ione Manzanita, and Limestone Salamander ACECs. Use of public lands in these ACECs would vary depending on their individual resources and values but would include limitations on motorized use, mining, and other surface disturbing activities. Copies of the Sierra Proposed RMP and Final EIS have been sent to affected Federal, state, and local government agencies and to interested parties. Copies are available for public inspection on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/ nepa2.2.html. The document is also available at some local libraries, BLM’s Folsom Field Office (63 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630) and upon request by emailing or calling BLM (see contact information, above). Comments on the Sierra Draft RMP/EIS received from the public and internal BLM review were incorporated into the proposed RMP. Public comments resulted in corrections, clarifying text, and the proposal to establish a 1,129 acre ACEC along the North Fork Cosumnes River. The public has 60 days from this notice to comment on this ACEC proposal. A final decision on the RMP will not be issued until after this 60 day comment period and until all protests are resolved. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP and Final EIS are described in 43 CFR 1610.5–2. A protest may only raise issues that were submitted for the record during the planning process. Emailed and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, BLM will consider the emailed or faxed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide BLM with such advance notification, please direct faxed protests to the attention of the BLM protest coordinator at (202) 452–5112, and e-mails to Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov. Please direct the follow-up letter to the appropriate address provided below. The protest must contain: a. The name, mailing address, telephone number, and interest of the person filing the protest. b. A statement of the part(s) of the plan and the issue(s) being protested. c. A copy of all documents addressing the issue(s) that the protesting party submitted during the planning process VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:14 Jun 07, 2007 Jkt 211001 or a statement of the date they were discussed for the record. d. A concise statement explaining why the protestor believes the State Director’s decision is wrong. All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses: Regular Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, DC 20035. Overnight Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 1620 L Street, NW., Suite 1075, Washington, DC 20036. Before including your address, phone number, email 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. The Director will promptly render a decision on any protests. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the Director is the final decision of the Department of the Interior. Dated: March 13, 2007. William S. Haigh, Field Manager. [FR Doc. E7–11140 Filed 6–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [MT–070–1610-DP–030E] Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Butte Field Office, Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), a Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/EIS) has been prepared for public lands and resources administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Butte Field Office in Montana. DATES: The 90-day public comment period will begin the date the PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31851 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes their Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. Public meetings to gather comments on the draft will be held in Montana at the following locations during the public comment period: Boulder, Bozeman, Butte, Divide, Helena, and Townsend. Comments on the DRMP/EIS must be received on or before the end of the comment period at the address listed below. Public meetings and any other public involvement activities will be announced at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media news releases, newsletter mailings, and on the Butte RMP Web site at http:// www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/ butte_field_office.html. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods below. Your name and mailing address must be submitted as part of your comments. • E-mail: MT_Butte_RMP@blm.gov. • Fax: (406) 533–7660 • Mail or hand-deliver to: Butte RMP Team, BLM Butte Field Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, Montana 59701. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim La Marr, Project Manager, BLM, (406) 533–7645. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Butte Field Office RMP planning area is located in southwestern Montana in Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deerlodge, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Park, and Silver Bow Counties. The planning area contains approximately 302,000 acres of public surface estate and approximately 678,000 acres of federal mineral estate administered by the Butte Field Office. The DRMP/EIS focuses on the principles of multiple use and sustained yield as prescribed by Section 202 of the FLPMA. The public involvement and collaboration process included invitations to Federal agencies and tribal and local governments to become cooperating agencies. None of the Federal agencies or governments have participated as cooperating agencies. Public scoping included six public meetings in communities throughout the planning area (January 2004), six additional public meetings specifically focused on site-specific travel planning issues (November/December 2004), two additional public meetings to scope the Proposed Planning Scenario (a preliminary draft proposal of management) in June 2005, ten briefings to specific organizations/county governments on the Proposed Planning Scenario (June/July 2005), and release of reports on Wild and Scenic River (WSR) and Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) findings. Community- E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 31852 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 110 / Friday, June 8, 2007 / Notices based working groups sponsored by the Lewis and Clark County Commission helped develop travel management planning alternatives for three travel planning areas in Lewis and Clark County. The DRMP/EIS considers and analyzes four alternatives (A–D), including the No Action, or Continuation of Current Management Alternative. These alternatives were developed based on the BLM’s planning team expertise, public input, and community-based working group recommendations for three site-specific travel plans. The alternatives provide for an array of alternative land use allocations and variable levels of commodity production and resource protection and restoration. Alternative B is the BLM’s Preferred Alternative, which emphasizes moderate levels of resource protection, use, and restoration. After comments are reviewed and any pertinent adjustments made, a Proposed RMP and Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be available in 2008. The issues addressed in the formulation of alternatives include vegetation management (including commodity uses associated with livestock grazing and forest products), wildlife and special status species habitat management, travel management, recreation, and special designations such as ACECs and WSRs. In all alternatives, ACECs have been proposed to protect relevant and important values. These potential ACECs, their values, acreages, and summaries of use limitations are listed in the table below. More detailed information on the management of the five potential ACECs and analysis of impacts is described within the DRMP/ EIS. Restrictions would only occur to the degree necessary to prevent degradation of relevant and important values for which an area is designated. ACRES OF BLM-MANAGED SURACE ESTATE PROPOSED TO BE MANAGED AS ACECS BY ALTERNATIVE IN THE BUTTE DRMP/EIS Alternative A Alternative B (Preferred) Alternative C 11,679 acres ......... 11,679 acres ......... 11,679 acres ......... 11,679 acres. N/A ........................ 53,349 acres ......... 67,665 acres ......... 3,595 acres. N/A ........................ 8,374 acres ........... 8,374 acres ........... 8,374 acres. N/A ........................ 14 acres ................ 14 acres ................ N/A. N/A ........................ 160 acres .............. 160 acres .............. N/A. ACEC values and use limitations pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Sleeping Giant: Values: high scenic quality, diverse upland and aquatic habitat, primitive/unconfined recreation. Limitations: Exclude motorized vehicle use. Exclude timber harvest. Exclude firewood cutting. Exclude ROWs. Exclude outfitter/guide hunting permits. Restrict livestock grazing along Missouri River shoreline. No Surface Occupancy allowed for oil and gas leasing. Elkhorn Mountains: Values: cultural resources, diverse upland and aquatic habitat, unique national management area. Limitations: Manage to sustain full range of potential biological diversity and ecosystem processes. Exclude R&PP actions. Exclude timber salvage unless beneficial to ACEC values or needed for human safety. Emphasize non-motorized recreation. No Surface Occupancy allowed for oil and gas leasing in the Muskrat Creek watershed. Humbug Spires: Values: high scenic quality, diverse upland and aquatic habitat, primitive/unconfined recreation. Limitations: Exclude R&PP actions. Exclude outfitter camping w/in 200 feet of existing trail. Close outfitter rock climbing on spires with active raptor nests. Exclude new roads or motorized trails. Exclude timber harvest. No Surface Occupancy allowed for oil and gas leasing. Spokane Creek: Values: important sport-fish spawning stream ............. Limitations: Exclude new road construction. Exclude R&PP actions. Exclude ROWs. No Surface Occupancy allowed for oil and gas leasing. Ringing Rocks: Values: unique geological feature ................................ Limitations: Exclude salable mineral removal. Exclude R&PP actions. Exclude ROWs. No Surface Occupancy allowed for oil and gas leasing. Other key management concerns addressed in the plan include mineral development, oil and gas leasing, rightsof-way and utility corridor designations, and renewable energy. Comments and information submitted on the DRMP/ EIS, including names, email addresses, and street addresses of respondents, will VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:14 Jun 07, 2007 Jkt 211001 be available for public review and disclosure at the above address. The BLM will not accept anonymous comments. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Alternative D 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\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 110 / Friday, June 8, 2007 / Notices Dated: February 23, 2007. Editorial Note: This document was received at the Office of the Federal Register on June, 1, 2007. Randy D. Heuscher, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E7–10887 Filed 6–7–07; 8:45 am] ILLINOIS Champaign County Solon, Francis and Abbie, House, 503 South State St., Champaign, 07000644 MINNESOTA BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P Ramsey County Commerce Building, 10 E. Fourth St., St. Paul, 07000645 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR MISSISSIPPI National Park Service Hinds County Lorena Dulling School, 622 Dulling Ave., Jackson, 07000650 National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before May 26, 2007. Pursuant to section 60.13 of 36 CFR Part 60 written comments concerning the significance of these properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW., 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service,1201 Eye St., NW., 8th floor, Washington DC 20005; or by fax, 202–371–6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted by June 25, 2007. J. Paul Loether, Chief, National Register of Historic Places/ National Historic Landmarks Program. Lowndes County Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, 2382 Wright Rd., Caledonia, 07000649 31853 340th and 355th Ave., Butler Township, 07000655 NEW YORK Dutchess County Hoffman House, (Poughkeepsie MRA) N. Water St., Poughkeepsie, 07000669 TENNESSEE De Kalb County Foster, Susie, Log House, 810 College St., Smithville, 07000665 Henderson County Montgomery High School, Montgomery Ave., Lexington, 07000662 Rutherford County Tate County McGehee Plantation, 950 Ed Nelson Dr., Senatobia, 07000648 Elmwood (Boundary Increase), (Historic Family Farms in Middle Tennessee MPS) 5722 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro, 07000664 MISSOURI Sevier County Jackson County Howard Neighborhood Historic District, (Lee’s Summit, Missouri MPS) Roughly bounded by SE 5th St., SE Green St., SE 7th St., and SE Miller St., Lee’s Summit, 07000651 First Methodist Church, Gatlinburg, 742 Parkway, Gatlinburg, 07000661 Jasper County Jopin Supply Company, 228 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin, 07000652 UTAH St. Louis Independent City Hempstead School, (St. Louis Public Schools of William B. Ittner MPS), 5872 Minerva Ave., St. Louis (Independent City), 07000653 MONTANA Williamson County Triangle School, (Williamson County MRA) Fairview Blvd., Fairview, 07000663 Utah County Payson Historic District, Roughly bounded by 500 North, 300 East, 500 South, 400 West, Payson, 07000666 Wasatch County Wilson House and Farmstead, 94 E. 250 North, Midway, 07000667 WISCONSIN Los Angeles County Roosevelt Building, Missoula County Missoula Downtown Historic District, Roughly bounded by Northern Pacific RR, Clak Fork R, Little McCormick Park and Madison St., Missoula, 07000647 727 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, 07000636 NEBRASKA Santa Clara County Highway 152 Tree Row, CA 152, Gilroy, 07000635 Cherry County Dry Valley Church and Cemetery, Address Restricted, Mullen, 07000660 In the interest of preservation the comment period for the following resource has been reduced to 3 (three) days: MICHIGAN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Custer County Brenizer Library, 430 W. Center Ave., Merna, 07000654 Kellenbarger, Benjamin and Mary, House, 451 W. Center Ave., Merna, 07000659 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES CALIFORNIA District of Columbia Acacia Mutual Life Company Building, 320 First St., NW., Washington, 07000642 Central Heating Plant, 325 13th St., SW., Washington, 07000637 Railroad Retirement Board Building, 330 C St., SW., Washington, 07000638 Social Security Administration Building, 330 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, 07000639 U.S. Courthouse—District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, 07000640 U.S. Department of Agriculture South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., SW., Washington, 07000643 U.S. Public Health Service Building, 1951 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, 07000641 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:14 Jun 07, 2007 Jkt 211001 Douglas County Swartz Printing Company Building, 714 S. 15th St., Omaha, 07000658 Price County Fifield Fire Lookout Tower, 5 mi. E of Fifield, WI 70, Fifield, 07000668 Genesee County First National Bank and Trust Company Building, 460 South Saginaw St., Flint, 07000646 A request for Removal has been made for the following resources: NEBRASKA Thomas County Lancaster County Lewis—Syford House, 700 N. 16th St., Lincoln, 07000657 Thomas County Courthouse (Courthouses of Nebraska MPS) 503 Main St., Thedford, 90000971 Platte County Lincoln Highway—Duncan West, (Lincoln Highway in Nebraska MPS AD) North Blvd. in Duncan, rural 145th St., Village of Duncan and Butler Township, 07000656 Lincoln Highway—Gardiner Station, (Lincoln Highway in Nebraska MPS) 115th St. bet NORTH CAROLINA PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Wake County Midway Plantation, E of Raleigh on U.S. 64, Raleigh vicinity, 70000473 [FR Doc. E7–11066 Filed 6–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–51–P E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 110 (Friday, June 8, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 31851-31853]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-10887]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[MT-070-1610-DP-030E]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Butte Field Office, Montana

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), and under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and 
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), a Draft Resource Management Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/EIS) has been prepared for public 
lands and resources administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Butte Field Office in Montana.

DATES: The 90-day public comment period will begin the date the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes their Notice of 
Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. Public meetings to gather 
comments on the draft will be held in Montana at the following 
locations during the public comment period: Boulder, Bozeman, Butte, 
Divide, Helena, and Townsend. Comments on the DRMP/EIS must be received 
on or before the end of the comment period at the address listed below. 
Public meetings and any other public involvement activities will be 
announced at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media 
news releases, newsletter mailings, and on the Butte RMP Web site at 
http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/butte_field_office.html.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
below. Your name and mailing address must be submitted as part of your 
comments.
     E-mail: MT--Butte--RMP@blm.gov.
     Fax: (406) 533-7660
     Mail or hand-deliver to: Butte RMP Team, BLM Butte Field 
Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, Montana 59701.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim La Marr, Project Manager, BLM, 
(406) 533-7645.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Butte Field Office RMP planning area is 
located in southwestern Montana in Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deerlodge, 
Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Park, and Silver Bow Counties. 
The planning area contains approximately 302,000 acres of public 
surface estate and approximately 678,000 acres of federal mineral 
estate administered by the Butte Field Office. The DRMP/EIS focuses on 
the principles of multiple use and sustained yield as prescribed by 
Section 202 of the FLPMA.
    The public involvement and collaboration process included 
invitations to Federal agencies and tribal and local governments to 
become cooperating agencies. None of the Federal agencies or 
governments have participated as cooperating agencies. Public scoping 
included six public meetings in communities throughout the planning 
area (January 2004), six additional public meetings specifically 
focused on site-specific travel planning issues (November/December 
2004), two additional public meetings to scope the Proposed Planning 
Scenario (a preliminary draft proposal of management) in June 2005, ten 
briefings to specific organizations/county governments on the Proposed 
Planning Scenario (June/July 2005), and release of reports on Wild and 
Scenic River (WSR) and Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) 
findings. Community-

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based working groups sponsored by the Lewis and Clark County Commission 
helped develop travel management planning alternatives for three travel 
planning areas in Lewis and Clark County.
    The DRMP/EIS considers and analyzes four alternatives (A-D), 
including the No Action, or Continuation of Current Management 
Alternative. These alternatives were developed based on the BLM's 
planning team expertise, public input, and community-based working 
group recommendations for three site-specific travel plans. The 
alternatives provide for an array of alternative land use allocations 
and variable levels of commodity production and resource protection and 
restoration. Alternative B is the BLM's Preferred Alternative, which 
emphasizes moderate levels of resource protection, use, and 
restoration. After comments are reviewed and any pertinent adjustments 
made, a Proposed RMP and Final Environmental Impact Statement is 
expected to be available in 2008.
    The issues addressed in the formulation of alternatives include 
vegetation management (including commodity uses associated with 
livestock grazing and forest products), wildlife and special status 
species habitat management, travel management, recreation, and special 
designations such as ACECs and WSRs. In all alternatives, ACECs have 
been proposed to protect relevant and important values. These potential 
ACECs, their values, acreages, and summaries of use limitations are 
listed in the table below. More detailed information on the management 
of the five potential ACECs and analysis of impacts is described within 
the DRMP/EIS. Restrictions would only occur to the degree necessary to 
prevent degradation of relevant and important values for which an area 
is designated.

     Acres of BLM-Managed Surace Estate Proposed To Be Managed as Acecs by Alternative in the Butte DRMP/EIS
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                                                         Alternative B
 ACEC values and use limitations     Alternative A        (Preferred)        Alternative C       Alternative D
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Sleeping Giant:
    Values: high scenic quality,  11,679 acres......  11,679 acres......  11,679 acres......  11,679 acres.
     diverse upland and aquatic
     habitat, primitive/
     unconfined recreation.
    Limitations: Exclude
     motorized vehicle use.
     Exclude timber harvest.
     Exclude firewood cutting.
     Exclude ROWs. Exclude
     outfitter/guide hunting
     permits. Restrict livestock
     grazing along Missouri
     River shoreline. No Surface
     Occupancy allowed for oil
     and gas leasing.
Elkhorn Mountains:
    Values: cultural resources,   N/A...............  53,349 acres......  67,665 acres......  3,595 acres.
     diverse upland and aquatic
     habitat, unique national
     management area.
    Limitations: Manage to
     sustain full range of
     potential biological
     diversity and ecosystem
     processes. Exclude R&PP
     actions. Exclude timber
     salvage unless beneficial
     to ACEC values or needed
     for human safety. Emphasize
     non-motorized recreation.
     No Surface Occupancy
     allowed for oil and gas
     leasing in the Muskrat
     Creek watershed.
Humbug Spires:
    Values: high scenic quality,  N/A...............  8,374 acres.......  8,374 acres.......  8,374 acres.
     diverse upland and aquatic
     habitat, primitive/
     unconfined recreation.
    Limitations: Exclude R&PP
     actions. Exclude outfitter
     camping w/in 200 feet of
     existing trail. Close
     outfitter rock climbing on
     spires with active raptor
     nests. Exclude new roads or
     motorized trails. Exclude
     timber harvest. No Surface
     Occupancy allowed for oil
     and gas leasing.
Spokane Creek:
    Values: important sport-fish  N/A...............  14 acres..........  14 acres..........  N/A.
     spawning stream.
    Limitations: Exclude new
     road construction. Exclude
     R&PP actions. Exclude ROWs.
     No Surface Occupancy
     allowed for oil and gas
     leasing.
Ringing Rocks:
    Values: unique geological     N/A...............  160 acres.........  160 acres.........  N/A.
     feature.
    Limitations: Exclude salable
     mineral removal. Exclude
     R&PP actions. Exclude ROWs.
     No Surface Occupancy
     allowed for oil and gas
     leasing.
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    Other key management concerns addressed in the plan include mineral 
development, oil and gas leasing, rights-of-way and utility corridor 
designations, and renewable energy. Comments and information submitted 
on the DRMP/EIS, including names, email addresses, and street addresses 
of respondents, will be available for public review and disclosure at 
the above address. The BLM will not accept anonymous comments. 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.


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    Dated: February 23, 2007.

    Editorial Note: This document was received at the Office of the 
Federal Register on June, 1, 2007.
Randy D. Heuscher,
Acting State Director.
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