Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the East Alaska Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), 51464-51465 [E7-17491]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 51464 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Notices Ecological and biological resource protection and enhancement have been provided. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/ Approved RMP are available upon request from the Field Manager, Rio Puerco Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 435 Montano NE., Albuquerque, NM 87107 or via the internet at (http://www.nm.blm.gov). Reference copies are available for review during regular business hours at BLM’s Rio Puerco Field Office at the address above or at BLM’s New Mexico State Office, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information visit the Web site at http://www.nm.blm.gov or contact: Danny Randall danny_randall@blm.gov or 505–761–8953), Manager, KashaKatuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, BLM Rio Puerco Field Office, 435 Montano NE., Albuquerque NM 87107. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The RMP ROD was developed with broad public and stakeholder participation through a 3-year collaborative planning process. The RMP ROD addresses management on approximately 15,635 acres. BLM currently manages 5,089 of these acres and has identified the other 10,546 acres as being desirable for acquisition, to be managed in conjunction with the Monument. The RMP ROD contains both land use planning decisions and implementation decisions to provide planning structure to facilitate the management of the Monument. Major resources and activities addressed in the RMP ROD include: American Indian Use and Traditional Cultural Practices; recreation; cultural resources; interpretation; facilities; lands and realty; access and transportation; vegetation management; and wildlife management. The ROD selected Alternative B as the approved RMP. Except for editorial clarification and format, Alternative B was approved as it appeared when published as Alternative B (The Preferred Alternative) in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in October 2006, with the NOA published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2006. BLM received one letter during the protest period on the Proposed RMP/FEIS; however, after careful consideration of all points raised in this letter, it was concluded that the letter did not constitute a valid protest. The BLM Director concluded that the responsible planning team and decision-makers followed all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and pertinent resource considerations in developing VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:34 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 the proposed plan. No inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies or programs were identified during the Governor’s consistency review of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. RMP implementation decisions are identified in Chapter 4 of the ROD RMP. As listed here: Access and Transportation pg. 2–5; American Indian Uses and Traditional Cultural Practices pg. 2–9; Cultural Resources pg. 2–11; Fire Management pg. 22–15; Lands and Realty pg. 2–18; Livestock Grazing pg. 2–21; Noxious Weed Management pg. 2–23; Public Land Health pg. 2–26; Recreational Use pg. 2– 30; Riparian Areas pg. 2–33; Social and Economic Conditions pg. 2–35; Soil and Water Resources pg. 2–37; Special Geologic Features pg. 2–38; Special Status Species pg. 2–39; Vegetation and Woodlands Management pg. 2–42; Visual Resources pg. 2–43. Pursuant to 43 CFR 4.400 et seq., any party adversely affected by these decisions may appeal within 30 days of publication of this notice of availability per 43 CFR Part 4, Subpart E. The appeal should state the specific decisions as identified by resource or activity under the subheading ‘Implementation Decisions’ in Chapter 4 of the approved RMP. The appeal must be filed with the Rio Puerco Field Manager at the above listed address. Linda S.C. Rundell, State Director, New Mexico. [FR Doc. E7–17492 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [ID 100 1220MA 241A: DBG071010] Notice of Public Meeting: Resource Advisory Council to the Boise District, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. located at 3948 S. Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho. Public comment periods will be held at intervals throughout the meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: MJ Byrne, Public Affairs Officer and RAC Coordinator, BLM Boise District, 3948 Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705, Telephone (208) 384–3393. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member Council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in southwestern Idaho. The Board will receive a briefing on the wildland fires that have occurred within the District, and planned rehabilitation efforts. The RAC will be given a brief status report on the Bruneau Resource Management Plan (RMP). A presentation will be given about a wind energy project located in the Owyhee Field Office by Ridgeline Energy, Inc. Hot Topics will be discussed by the District Manager and Field Office managers will provide highlights on activities in their offices. Agenda items and location may change due to changing circumstances, including wildfire emergencies. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Council. Each formal Council meeting will also have time allocated for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM Coordinator as provided above. Dated: August 31, 2007. David Wolf, Associate, District Manager. [FR Doc. E7–17684 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will hold a meeting as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held October 3, 2007, beginning at 9 a.m. and adjourning at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Boise District Office SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–050–1610–DR–085L] Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the East Alaska Resource Management Plan (RMP)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Bureau of Land Management (BLM). ACTION: Notice of availability of Record of Decision (ROD). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Notices SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM management policies, the BLM announces the availability of the RMP/ ROD for the East Alaska planning area. ADDRESSES: Copies of the East Alaska ROD/RMP are available upon request from the Field Manager, Glennallen Field Office (GFO), Bureau of Land Management, ATTN: RMP, P.O. Box 147, Glennallen, AK 99588, or via the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/ak/gdo. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bruce Rogers, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM–GFO, P.O. Box 147, Glennallen, AK 99588 (907) 822–3217, or via e-mail to Bruce_E_Rogers@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The East Alaska RMP was developed with broad public participation through a 4-year planning process. This RMP/ROD addresses management on approximately 7.1 million acres of public land in the planning area. The East Alaska RMP is designed to meet goals, objectives, and desired conditions developed through the planning process. It includes a series of management actions to meet these goals, objectives, and desired conditions for upland and riparian vegetation; wildlife habitats; cultural and visual resources; recreation; and subsistence. The approved East Alaska RMP is essentially the same as Alternative D in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS (FEIS), published in June 2006. The BLM received three protests to the PRMP/ FEIS, which the BLM Director resolved without requiring significant changes to decisions in the PRMP/FEIS. The Alaska Governor’s Consistency Review found the PRMP/FEIS to be inconsistent with Alaska State plans, policies, or programs. This finding was based on BLM’s decision to maintain most of Public Land Order 5150, which withdrew lands for a route for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and which now provides a pipeline/utility corridor, high recreation and mineral values, and important subsistence resources. The State of Alaska requested revocation of the withdrawal to allow state top-filings to fall into place, resulting in eventual conveyance of these lands to the state. The PRMP/FEIS partially modified the withdrawal to allow for eventual conveyance to the State of 82,500 acres. The inconsistencies have been resolved through wording in the ROD that allows for future negotiation with the State on this issue. The RMP/ROD includes decisions identifying routes of travel for VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:34 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 motorized vehicles, which are implementation level decisions appealable to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) under 43 CFR part 4. These decisions (route identifications) are displayed on travel management maps in the ROD/RMP. Any party adversely affected by these route identifications may appeal within 30 days of publication of this Notice of Availability by filing a notice of appeal in the office of the BLM Glennallen Field Manager at the above listed address. The notice of appeal should identify the specific route identifications by township, range, and section which are being appealed. Thomas P. Lonnie, State Director, Alaska. [FR Doc. E7–17491 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CA–190–07–1610] Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Hollister Resource Management Plan for the Southern Diablo Mountain Range and Central Coast of California Bureau of Land Management. Notice of Availability of Record of Decision (ROD). AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies, the BLM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Southern Diablo Mountain Range and Central Coast of California BLM public lands administered by the Hollister Field Office. The California State Director has signed the ROD, which constitutes the final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective immediately. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD and RMP are available upon request from the Field Manager, Hollister Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 95023 or via the internet at http:// www.ca.blm.gov/hollister. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sky Murphy, Hollister Field Office 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 95023; Tel: (831) 630–5039; E-mail: Sky_Murphy@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Hollister RMP for the Southern Diablo PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51465 Mountain Range and Central Coast of California provides direction for managing approximately 274,000 acres of BLM-managed surface acres and 443,806 additional subsurface acres (mineral estate) in central California. The geographic area includes all BLMmanaged public lands within the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and portions of Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin counties. Planning for the Hollister RMP officially began with a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2004 initiating scoping. BLM sought participation from the public, tribes, and local state, and federal agencies in the development of this RMP and will continue to pursue partnerships in the management of the public lands. The RMP describes the actions to meet desired resource conditions for vegetation communities, wildlife habitats, and cultural and visual resources. It also outlines actions for recreation, protection of sensitive natural and cultural resources, livestock grazing, guidance for energy and mineral development, land tenure adjustments, and other planning issues raised during the scoping process. The BLM’s Draft RMP/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Southern Diablo Mountain Range and Central Coast of California (October 2005) presented alternatives to help the BLM and interested parties understand the various ways of addressing issues in the region. Upon evaluation of the alternatives and associated impacts described in the Draft RMP/EIS and based on public and agency comments on that document, the BLM prepared the Proposed RMP and Final EIS for the Southern Diablo Mountain Range and Central Coast of California, which was released on July 14, 2006. The Proposed RMP includes the preferred alternative identified in the Draft RMP/EIS with minor changes as a result of comments received. Eleven protest letters on the Proposed RMP were received and resolved by the BLM Director. The BLM determined that the Preferred Alternative, as described in the Proposed RMP and Final EIS, best meets the purpose and need for the plan; however, two (2) minor changes will be made to the ROD/Approved RMP. First, a mapping error will be corrected to show that BLM public lands in the Clear Creek Management Area administrative boundary, which were mistakenly included in Appendix A on Figures 25–27 of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS, will not be made available for disposal under this Record E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 173 (Friday, September 7, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51464-51465]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-17491]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AK-050-1610-DR-085L]


Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the East 
Alaska Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS)

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

ACTION: Notice of availability of Record of Decision (ROD).

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM 
management policies, the BLM announces the availability of the RMP/ROD 
for the East Alaska planning area.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the East Alaska ROD/RMP are available upon request 
from the Field Manager, Glennallen Field Office (GFO), Bureau of Land 
Management, ATTN: RMP, P.O. Box 147, Glennallen, AK 99588, or via the 
Internet at http://www.blm.gov/ak/gdo.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bruce Rogers, Planning and 
Environmental Coordinator, BLM-GFO, P.O. Box 147, Glennallen, AK 99588 
(907) 822-3217, or via e-mail to Bruce--E--Rogers@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The East Alaska RMP was developed with broad 
public participation through a 4-year planning process. This RMP/ROD 
addresses management on approximately 7.1 million acres of public land 
in the planning area. The East Alaska RMP is designed to meet goals, 
objectives, and desired conditions developed through the planning 
process. It includes a series of management actions to meet these 
goals, objectives, and desired conditions for upland and riparian 
vegetation; wildlife habitats; cultural and visual resources; 
recreation; and subsistence. The approved East Alaska RMP is 
essentially the same as Alternative D in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS 
(FEIS), published in June 2006. The BLM received three protests to the 
PRMP/FEIS, which the BLM Director resolved without requiring 
significant changes to decisions in the PRMP/FEIS.
    The Alaska Governor's Consistency Review found the PRMP/FEIS to be 
inconsistent with Alaska State plans, policies, or programs. This 
finding was based on BLM's decision to maintain most of Public Land 
Order 5150, which withdrew lands for a route for the Trans-Alaska 
Pipeline and which now provides a pipeline/utility corridor, high 
recreation and mineral values, and important subsistence resources. The 
State of Alaska requested revocation of the withdrawal to allow state 
top-filings to fall into place, resulting in eventual conveyance of 
these lands to the state. The PRMP/FEIS partially modified the 
withdrawal to allow for eventual conveyance to the State of 82,500 
acres. The inconsistencies have been resolved through wording in the 
ROD that allows for future negotiation with the State on this issue.
    The RMP/ROD includes decisions identifying routes of travel for 
motorized vehicles, which are implementation level decisions appealable 
to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) under 43 CFR part 4. These 
decisions (route identifications) are displayed on travel management 
maps in the ROD/RMP. Any party adversely affected by these route 
identifications may appeal within 30 days of publication of this Notice 
of Availability by filing a notice of appeal in the office of the BLM 
Glennallen Field Manager at the above listed address. The notice of 
appeal should identify the specific route identifications by township, 
range, and section which are being appealed.

Thomas P. Lonnie,
State Director, Alaska.
 [FR Doc. E7-17491 Filed 9-6-07; 8:45 am]
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