Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Yellowstone County, Montana Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, 39637-39638 [E7-13995]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / Notices conveyance of the identified land would be subject to valid existing rights and encumbrances, including but not limited to, rights-of-way for roads and utilities. Conveyance of any mineral interests pursuant to section 209 of the FLPMA will be analyzed during processing of the sale, should it be proposed. Public Comments For a period until August 20, 2007, interested parties and the general public may submit in writing any comments concerning the proposed land use plan amendment, including notification of any encumbrances or other claims relating to the identified public land, to the Associate Field Office Manager, Richfield Field Office, at the above address. In order to ensure consideration in the environmental analysis of the proposed plan amendment, comments must be in writing and postmarked or delivered within 45 days of the initial date of publication of this notice. Comments transmitted by e-mail will not be accepted. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Richfield Field Office during regular business hours, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. (Authority: 43 CFR 1610.2(c)) Wayne A. Wetzel, Associate Field Office Manager. [FR Doc. E7–13994 Filed 7–18–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [MT010–1220–FU] cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Yellowstone County, Montana Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Billings Field Office is proposing to begin collecting fees in 2007 at the Shepherd Ah Nei VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:31 Jul 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 OHV Area in Yellowstone County, Montana, located in Township 3 N, Range 27 E, Section 1 and Township 3 N, Range 28 E, Section 6. Under Section 2 (13) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), L. 108–447, the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area qualifies as a site wherein visitors can be charged a ‘‘Special Recreation Permit Fee’’ authorized under section 3(h). In accordance with REA, and implementing regulations at 43 CFR Part 2930, visitors participating in OHV use (e.g. ATVs, motorcycles, quads), could purchase a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to operate their vehicle within the riding area. Each OHV operating within the recreation area would be required to purchase and display the permit. Permits would expire on December 31 of the issue year, regardless of when the permit was purchased. Opportunity to purchase an individual SRP pass for the day would be available onsite to facilitate less frequent users. BLM provides individual special recreation permits for management of special areas as defined in 43 CFR Part 2932.11. 1– 2., and in REA under section 3(h). The America The Beautiful—The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, and Volunteer passes would not be honored and do not apply to the SRP fee. The National Park Passports, Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports would also not be honored and do not apply to the SRP fee. DATES: The public is encouraged to participate in the public comment period that will expire 30 days after the publication of this notice. Effective six months after the publication of this notice, the Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office will initiate fee collection in the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area, unless BLM publishes a Federal Register notice to the contrary. The Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will review consideration for the new fee at least three months prior to the proposed initiation date. Fees will be established by separate supplemental rules pursuant to 43 CFR 8365.1–6. Future adjustments in the fee amount will be made in accordance with the BLM Shepherd Ah Nei Business Plan, and after consultation with the Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council and other public notice. ADDRESSES: Mail: Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39637 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James M. Sparks, Acting Field Manager, Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area is a popular OHV recreation area offering significant opportunities for outdoor recreation and has received substantial Federal investment. The BLM’s commitment is to find the proper balance between public use and resource protection. It is the BLM’s policy to collect fees at all specialized recreation sites, or where the BLM provides facilities, equipment or services, at federal expense, in connection with outdoor use. In an effort to meet increasing demands for services and maintenance of existing facilities, routes and trails, the BLM would implement a fee program for the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. BLM’s mission for the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Fee Collection Project (Project) is to ensure that funding is available to maintain existing facilities and recreational opportunities, to provide for law enforcement presence, to develop additional services, and to protect resources. This mission entails communication with those who will be most directly affected, for example, recreationists, other recreation providers, neighbors, as well as those who will have a stake in solving concerns that may arise throughout the life of the Project, including elected officials, and other agencies. In January 1999, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) initiated the OffHighway Vehicle Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Plan Amendment for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota (OHV EIS). This EIS considered various ways to minimize the potential for resource damage from cross-country OHV use. The BLM signed a record of decision (ROD) for this EIS and Plan Amendment in June 2003. In December 2004, the REA was signed into law. The REA provides authority for 10 years for the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees for use of some Federal recreation lands and waters, and contains specific provisions addressing public involvement in the establishment of recreation fees, including a requirement that Recreation Resource Advisory Committees or Councils have the opportunity to make recommendations regarding establishment of such fees. The REA also directs the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to publish advance notice in the Federal Register E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 39638 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / Notices whenever new recreation fee areas are established under their respective jurisdictions. In May 2005, the BLM issued the Decision for the Shepherd AH Nei OHV Travel Management Plan, which established roads, trails and areas as open, closed, or limited with respect to vehicular use in the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. This 2005 decision allows for recreation opportunities, issuing of use permits, and charging of fees for use of the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. The establishment of a permit process, and the collection of user fees were also addressed in the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Business Plan, prepared pursuant to the REA and BLM recreation fee program policy. This Business Plan, in conjunction with the Travel Management Plan, establishes the rationale for charging recreation fees. In accordance with BLM recreation fee program policy, the Business Plan explains the fee collection process, and outlines how the fees will be used at the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. The BLM has notified and involved the public at each stage of the planning process, including the proposal to collect fees. Fee amounts will be posted on-site and at the Billings Field Office; copies of the Business Plan will be available at the Billings Field Office and the BLM Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101. The BLM welcomes public comments on this proposal. 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. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6803(b); 43 CFR 2932.13. James M. Sparks, Acting Field Manager, Billings Field Office. [FR Doc. E7–13995 Filed 7–18–07; 8:45 am] cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:31 Jul 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [MT–039–1610–DO–059E] Notice of Intent To Prepare Resource Management Plans and Associated Environmental Impact Statements for the North Dakota and South Dakota Field Offices, North Dakota and South Dakota Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) North Dakota Field Office (NDFO) and South Dakota Field Office (SDFO) intend to prepare Resource Management Plans with associated Environmental Impact Statements (RMP/EIS) for the NDFO and SDFO planning areas. These RMPs will replace the current North Dakota and South Dakota RMPs. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. Formal scoping will end 60 days after publication of this notice; however, collaboration with the public will continue throughout the process. Comments on issues and planning criteria can be submitted in writing to the address listed below. All public meetings will be announced through the local news media, newsletters, and the BLM Web site: (http://www.mt.blm.gov/ndfo/rmp and http://www.mt.blm.gov/sdfo/rmp ) at least 15 days prior to the event. The minutes and list of attendees for each meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days to any participant who wishes to clarify the views they expressed. Written comments should be sent or faxed to: John Hartley, BLM RMP Project Manager, BLM North Dakota Field Office, 99 23rd Avenue West, Suite A, Dickinson, ND 58601; Fax—(701) 227–7701; or BLM South Dakota Field Office, 310 Roundup Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717; Fax— (605) 892–7015. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at either the NDFO or SDFO. Respondents’ comments, including their names and street addresses, will be available for public review at the NDFO and SDFO during regular business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, and may be published as part of the RMP/EIS. 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 ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact John Hartley, North Dakota Field Office, at (701) 227–7700. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM’s North Dakota (ND) RMP/EIS incorporates a planning area administered by the NDFO located in Dickinson, ND. The land area to be covered under the ND RMP/EIS is approximately 58,500 surface acres of public lands and approximately 4.1 million subsurface acres of federal minerals in North Dakota. The bulk of this mineral acreage is federal coal reserve only. Additional acres are federal oil and gas reserves only; and the remaining acres are made up of all minerals, coal and oil and gas only, and other combinations. The focus of the NDFO has been mineral management on split estate lands (fee surface/federal minerals). The BLM’s South Dakota (SD) RMP/ EIS incorporates a planning area administered by the SDFO located in Belle Fourche, SD. The land area to be covered under the SD RMP/EIS is approximately 278,000 subsurface acres of BLM-administered public land located in the western part of the state in Brule, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, and Stanley Counties. There are also approximately 1.6 million subsurface acres of federal minerals in South Dakota. The RMP/EIS revisions to be prepared for the public lands administered by the NDFO and SDFO will identify goals, objectives, standards, and guidelines for management of a variety of resources and values. The scope of the RMP/EISs will be comprehensive. The plans will specify actions, constraints, and general management practices necessary to achieve desired conditions. The plans will also identify any areas requiring special management such as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. Certain existing standards and guidelines and other BLM plans/plan amendments will be incorporated into the RMP/EISs. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 138 (Thursday, July 19, 2007)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[MT010-1220-FU]


Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Yellowstone 
County, Montana Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Billings Field Office is 
proposing to begin collecting fees in 2007 at the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV 
Area in Yellowstone County, Montana, located in Township 3 N, Range 27 
E, Section 1 and Township 3 N, Range 28 E, Section 6.
    Under Section 2 (13) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement 
Act (REA), L. 108-447, the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area qualifies as a site 
wherein visitors can be charged a ``Special Recreation Permit Fee'' 
authorized under section 3(h).
    In accordance with REA, and implementing regulations at 43 CFR Part 
2930, visitors participating in OHV use (e.g. ATVs, motorcycles, 
quads), could purchase a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to operate 
their vehicle within the riding area.
    Each OHV operating within the recreation area would be required to 
purchase and display the permit. Permits would expire on December 31 of 
the issue year, regardless of when the permit was purchased. 
Opportunity to purchase an individual SRP pass for the day would be 
available onsite to facilitate less frequent users. BLM provides 
individual special recreation permits for management of special areas 
as defined in 43 CFR Part 2932.11. 1-2., and in REA under section 3(h). 
The America The Beautiful--The National Parks and Federal Recreational 
Lands Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, and Volunteer passes 
would not be honored and do not apply to the SRP fee. The National Park 
Passports, Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports would 
also not be honored and do not apply to the SRP fee.

DATES: The public is encouraged to participate in the public comment 
period that will expire 30 days after the publication of this notice. 
Effective six months after the publication of this notice, the Bureau 
of Land Management Billings Field Office will initiate fee collection 
in the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area, unless BLM publishes a Federal 
Register notice to the contrary. The Eastern Montana Resource Advisory 
Council (RAC) will review consideration for the new fee at least three 
months prior to the proposed initiation date. Fees will be established 
by separate supplemental rules pursuant to 43 CFR 8365.1-6. Future 
adjustments in the fee amount will be made in accordance with the BLM 
Shepherd Ah Nei Business Plan, and after consultation with the Eastern 
Montana Resource Advisory Council and other public notice.

ADDRESSES: Mail: Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Billings 
Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James M. Sparks, Acting Field Manager, 
Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area is a popular 
OHV recreation area offering significant opportunities for outdoor 
recreation and has received substantial Federal investment. The BLM's 
commitment is to find the proper balance between public use and 
resource protection. It is the BLM's policy to collect fees at all 
specialized recreation sites, or where the BLM provides facilities, 
equipment or services, at federal expense, in connection with outdoor 
use. In an effort to meet increasing demands for services and 
maintenance of existing facilities, routes and trails, the BLM would 
implement a fee program for the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. BLM's mission 
for the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Fee Collection Project (Project) is to 
ensure that funding is available to maintain existing facilities and 
recreational opportunities, to provide for law enforcement presence, to 
develop additional services, and to protect resources. This mission 
entails communication with those who will be most directly affected, 
for example, recreationists, other recreation providers, neighbors, as 
well as those who will have a stake in solving concerns that may arise 
throughout the life of the Project, including elected officials, and 
other agencies.
    In January 1999, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) initiated 
the Off-Highway Vehicle Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed 
Plan Amendment for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota (OHV EIS). 
This EIS considered various ways to minimize the potential for resource 
damage from cross-country OHV use. The BLM signed a record of decision 
(ROD) for this EIS and Plan Amendment in June 2003. In December 2004, 
the REA was signed into law. The REA provides authority for 10 years 
for the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, 
modify, charge, and collect recreation fees for use of some Federal 
recreation lands and waters, and contains specific provisions 
addressing public involvement in the establishment of recreation fees, 
including a requirement that Recreation Resource Advisory Committees or 
Councils have the opportunity to make recommendations regarding 
establishment of such fees. The REA also directs the Secretaries of the 
Interior and Agriculture to publish advance notice in the Federal 
Register

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whenever new recreation fee areas are established under their 
respective jurisdictions.
    In May 2005, the BLM issued the Decision for the Shepherd AH Nei 
OHV Travel Management Plan, which established roads, trails and areas 
as open, closed, or limited with respect to vehicular use in the 
Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. This 2005 decision allows for recreation 
opportunities, issuing of use permits, and charging of fees for use of 
the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. The establishment of a permit process, 
and the collection of user fees were also addressed in the Shepherd Ah 
Nei OHV Business Plan, prepared pursuant to the REA and BLM recreation 
fee program policy. This Business Plan, in conjunction with the Travel 
Management Plan, establishes the rationale for charging recreation 
fees. In accordance with BLM recreation fee program policy, the 
Business Plan explains the fee collection process, and outlines how the 
fees will be used at the Shepherd Ah Nei OHV Area. The BLM has notified 
and involved the public at each stage of the planning process, 
including the proposal to collect fees. Fee amounts will be posted on-
site and at the Billings Field Office; copies of the Business Plan will 
be available at the Billings Field Office and the BLM Montana State 
Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101.
    The BLM welcomes public comments on this proposal. 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.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6803(b); 43 CFR 2932.13.

James M. Sparks,
Acting Field Manager, Billings Field Office.
[FR Doc. E7-13995 Filed 7-18-07; 8:45 am]
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