Notice of Availability of Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, AK, 55244-55246 [E7-19064]

Download as PDF 55244 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 188 / Friday, September 28, 2007 / Notices date of this Article, be assigned a taxpayer identification number by the Department pursuant to Title 20, Section 20–1417. Section 2–612. Filing of Return. All retailers shall pay to the Department of Revenue and Finance all taxes under this Chapter. Each retailer that sells liquor and/or packaged liquor at retail within the boundaries of the Reservation shall file monthly tax returns showing tax receipts received during each monthly period on forms prescribed by the Department. The tax return shall be filed before the last day of the calendar month next succeeding the month for which the tax return is made and shall be accompanied by payment of all taxes due and owing for the month covered by said tax return. Section 2–613. Records. All retailers shall maintain and preserve complete and accurate books, records and accounts showing the gross receipts for sales of liquor and/or packaged liquor at retail and the taxes collected each day and shall make available such books, records and accounts to the Director of the Department of Revenue and Finance for examination for those periods of time prescribed in Article I, Chapter 8 of the Taxation Code. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Section 2–614. Failure to Pay Tax. Taxes that are not remitted to the Department of Revenue and Finance on or before the due date are delinquent. Section 2–615. Violations; Additional Penalties. Any retailer which violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with, or resists or opposes the enforcement of any of the provisions of this Chapter, may be assessed a penalty of not less than Seventy-Five Dollars ($75.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for the first violation, and not less than One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00), nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for the second violation, and not less than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) nor more than Five Thousand ($5,000.00) for the third violation, and not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) nor more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for the fourth and each subsequent violation, or five (5) times the amount of the tax imposed, if any, whichever is higher, for the second and each subsequent violation. A separate and distinct violation shall be regarded as committed each day said retailer continues any such violation, or permits any such VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Sep 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 violation to exist after notification thereof. The penalties imposed under this Chapter shall be in addition to the tax and in addition to those penalties, if any, imposed under Article I, Chapter 7 of the Taxation Code. Section 2–616. Promulgation of Regulations. The Director shall have the power to promulgate regulations for the enforcement of the provisions of this Chapter and the collection of revenues hereunder. Section 2–617. Amendments. The provisions of this Chapter may be amended at the discretion of the Tribal Council by Ordinance or Resolution. Section 2–618. Failure to Remit; Licensing. Collection and payment of this tax may be enforced by action in any court of competent jurisdiction and failure to account for or pay the tax by retailers of taxable alcoholic liquor shall be cause for revocation of any license of such retailer or applicable to the premises thereof, in addition to any other penalty provided in this Article. Section 2–619. Application to the Tribes. The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to the Tribes including any governmental entity or enterprise of the Tribes. For purposes of this Chapter, the Tribes, including any governmental entity or enterprise of the Tribes, if applicable, shall be considered a ‘‘retailer.’’ Section 2–620. Nondiscrimination. No provision of this Chapter shall be construed as imposing a tax that discriminates on the basis of whether a bar, restaurant, packaged liquor store or similar establishment is owned, managed or operated by a member of the Tribes. [FR Doc. E7–19150 Filed 9–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4J–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–025–07–1610–DQ–089L] Notice of Availability of Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, AK Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan/ Final Environmental Impact Statement (Proposed RMP/Final EIS) for the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Planning Area in Alaska. DATES: The BLM Planning Regulations state that any person who participated in the planning process, and has an interest that is or may be adversely affected, may protest the BLM’s approval or amendment of an RMP within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Instructions for filing of protests are described in the Dear Reader letter of the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS. Please consult BLM’s Planning Regulations (43 CFR 1610.5–2) for further instructions on protests. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanie Cole, BLM Central Yukon Field Office, 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709, (907) 474–2340, jeanie_cole@ak.blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula planning area covers approximately 11.9 million acres of BLM-managed land in northwestern Alaska. The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS focuses on the principles of multiple use and sustained yield as prescribed by section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). The Proposed RMP/Final EIS considers and analyzes four alternatives, including a No Action and a Preferred Alternative. The alternatives provide for an array of variable levels of commodity production and resource protection and restoration. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS will help the BLM meet its mandate of multiple use and sustained yield. The alternatives were developed based on public scoping and participation, and the requirements of the BLM’s Land Use Planning Handbook (H–1601–1). The public involvement and collaboration process included 9 public scoping meetings, 12 public meetings on the Draft RMP/EIS, and meetings with other interested parties. Four primary issues were raised and addressed through this planning process. (1) Recreation, including how the BLM should manage recreation to provide and maintain a diversity of experiences on BLM-managed public lands while protecting subsistence E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 188 / Friday, September 28, 2007 / Notices resources and opportunity, and what level of commercial recreational permits is appropriate, particularly in the Squirrel River area; (2) Subsistence, including maintaining and protecting subsistence uses; (3) Minerals Management, determining which areas should be available for mineral exploration and development; (4) Access/Travel Management, allowing for access to BLM-managed public lands for various purposes. In addition to these issues, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS addresses management of various program areas such as vegetation, fish and wildlife habitat, fire management, cultural resources, visual resources, forest products, livestock grazing, and realty. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS also resulted in development of required operating procedures (ROP), which are requirements, procedures, management practices, or design features the BLM adopts as operational requirements for all permitted activities. The ROPs were developed to ensure that Alaska Statewide Land Health Standards are met. The Squirrel River area contains BLMand-State-managed land, and is surrounded by National Park Serviceand Fish and Wildlife Service-managed lands. Ultimately, the Northwest Arctic Borough will also be a land owner. Approximately 14 percent of the public comments were related to recreation and 7 percent were specific to the Squirrel River. Relatively easy access to this area from Kotzebue by fixed-wing aircraft, a large number of gravel bars that can be used for landing strips, and the reduced level of regulation compared to other surrounding federal lands, make the Squirrel River a popular destination for hunters. Local subsistence hunters have expressed concern about this area for more than a decade, raising issues such as competition with subsistence hunters by large numbers of sport hunters, potential deflection of migrating caribou away from subsistence villages, waste of game meat, lack of enforcement, and unmanaged commercial guiding/ transporter operations. Alternatives B, C, and D of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS all identify the Squirrel River as a special recreation management area. One component of the BLM’s preferred 55245 alternative (D) is to maintain recreational use of the Squirrel River at the current level while developing a recreation area management plan. This recreation area management plan, developed in concert with the State and Northwest Arctic Borough, both of which do or soon will own land in the Squirrel River watershed, would develop special rules to address the issues in the area. As required by 43 CFR 1610.7–2, areas with potential for designation as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) have been considered during the planning process. Approximately seven percent of the total comments submitted during the public-comment period pertained to ACECs. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS identifies six ACECs for designation in the BLM’s preferred alternative. Final acreage for areas designated as ACECs will depend on the result of land conveyance to the State of Alaska and Native Corporations. The following table provides a summary of proposed ACECs and descriptions of resource use limitations provided by decisions made in the proposed plan. TABLE 1.—PROPOSED ACECS UNDER ALTERNATIVE D (PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE) OF THE PROPOSED RMP/FINAL EIS Acreage Resource use limitations Nulato Hills ACEC ..................... 1.1 million .... Western Arctic Caribou Herd Insect Relief ACEC. Inglutalik Watershed ACEC ....... Ungalik Watershed ACEC ......... Shaktoolik Watershed ACEC ..... Mount Osborn ACEC ................. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Name of area 1.5 million .... Limited OHV designation. Retained in Federal ownership. Closed to grazing outside of existing allotments. Designate as ROW avoidance area. Open to fluid mineral leasing subject to special stipulations. Open to locatable mineral entry subject to required operating procedures. Same as Nulato Hills except it would not be designated as a ROW avoidance area and the entire ACEC would be closed to grazing. Same as Nulato Hills except it would not be a ROW avoidance area. Same as Nulato Hills except it would not be a ROW avoidance area. Same as Nulato Hills except it would not be a ROW avoidance area. Same as Nulato Hills except the level of commercial recreational use may be limited, it would be open to grazing, and it would not be a ROW avoidance area. 466,000 ....... 264,000 ....... 234,000 ....... 82,000 ......... During the public comment period on the Draft RMP/EIS the BLM received nine additional ACEC nominations. The areas nominated were: Coastal areas near Kivalina, Teller, Koyuk, and Unalakleet; the Bendeleben and Darby mountains; the Agiapuk and American rivers; and the multiple major pathways and convergence area of caribou migration routes in the vicinity of Selawik-Kobuk. The BLM evaluated these areas for possible ACEC designation and determined that designation was not warranted. The BLM will not retain sufficient land in the Teller, Kivalina and Koyuk areas to warrant designation, Unalakleet is outside of the Planning Area, and the BLM does not administer any land along the American River. The Bendeleben VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Sep 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 and Darby mountains and the Agiapuk River have some relevant values but do not meet the importance criteria defined under 43 CFR 1601.7–2. The caribou migration routes meet the relevance criteria of supporting a significant wildlife resource. However, data on caribou migration routes is not sufficient to support the importance criteria. In fact, the limited data available seems to indicate that caribou migrate less on BLM-managed public land and more on private, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and State lands. The primary areas of BLMmanaged public land in this migration area are the Squirrel River, which was identified as a special recreation management area where BLM proposes to develop a recreation area PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 management plan, and the northern Nulato Hills, which is within the proposed Nulato Hills ACEC. All comments received on the plan were analyzed and evaluated. Appendix J of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS contains all substantive comments received and BLM responses to those comments. Comments on the Draft RMP/EIS received from the public and internal BLM review comments were incorporated into the Proposed RMP/ Final EIS. Public comments resulted in changes to the preferred alternative through the addition of clarifying text and additional analysis of impacts. A summary of these changes is included in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS after the Executive Summary. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 55246 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 188 / Friday, September 28, 2007 / Notices Copies of the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS have been sent to affected Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and to interested parties. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS have also been sent to individuals, agencies, and groups as requested or as required by regulation or policy. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available for public inspection at the BLM Fairbanks District Office at 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska, during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except holidays. Interested persons may also view the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on the Internet at http://www.ak.blm.gov/ksp or at one of the following locations in Alaska: The BLM Fairbanks District Office, Fairbanks; BLM Nome Field Station, Nome; BLM Anchorage Field Office, Anchorage; BLM Alaska State Office, Public Room, Anchorage; Noel Wien Library, Fairbanks; Keyoayah Kozga Library, Nome; Chukchi Consortium Library, Kotzebue; Anchorage Municipal Library, Anchorage; Alaska State Library, Juneau; Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow; Selawik National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Kotzebue; Northwest Arctic Borough Planning Department, Kotzebue. E-mail and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period to one of the following addresses, or as appropriate: 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. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the e-mail or faxed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct faxed protests to the attention of the BLM protest coordinator at 202–452–5112, and emails to Brenda_HudgensWilliams@blm.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Sep 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: August 20, 2007. Julia Dougan, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E7–19064 Filed 9–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Madera Irrigation District Water Supply Enhancement Project Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and notice of public scoping meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare an EIS for the proposed Madera Irrigation District (MID) Water Supply Enhancement Project (Project), in which MID would construct a groundwater bank on the property known as Madera Ranch, west of the City of Madera, Madera County, CA. The Federal actions include approval from Reclamation for MID to bank a portion of their Central Valley Project (CVP) Friant Division contract water supply outside of its service area in the newly constructed groundwater bank at Madera Ranch and approval to extend the Reclamation-owned 24.2 Canal. Reclamation will hold a scoping meeting to seek public input on topics, issues, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. The scoping meeting will occur on October 22, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. Written comments should be mailed to Reclamation at the address below by close of business November 5, 2007. If special assistance is required at the scoping meeting, please contact Ms. Patti Clinton, Reclamation, at (559) 487– 5127, TDD (559) 487–5933, or via e-mail at pclinton@mp.usbr.gov no less than five working days prior to the meeting. ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting will be held at the Madera Irrigation District Office, 2152 Road 28 1/4, Madera, CA 93637. Written comments on the scope of the environmental document should be sent to Ms. Patti Clinton, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, via e-mail at pclinton@mp.usbr.gov, or fax to 559– 487–5397. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Patti Clinton, Reclamation, at the above DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 address, (559) 487–5127; or MID, 12152 Road 28 1/4, Madera, CA 93637–9199 (559) 268–2483, fax: (559) 673–0564. In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), MID approved its Water Supply Enhancement Project in September 2005 based on a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)—State Clearing House # 2005031068. At the time, there was no Federal action. Reclamation commented on the draft EIR stating that once MID proposed a Federal action, Reclamation would need to complete and satisfy all NEPA and Endangered Species Act requirements before approving any Federal action. This EIS has been initiated in response to MID’s request that Reclamation approve the banking of CVP water outside of its service area in the proposed Madera Ranch water bank, as well as alterations to Federal facilities. The primary objectives of the Project are to: • Enhance water supply reliability and flexibility; • Help maintain water costs at levels that are affordable to farmers; • Reduce aquifer overdraft; • Improve groundwater quality; and • Encourage conjunctive use, where appropriate. The Project includes facilities necessary to store water in and recover water from the underlying aquifer. Phase 1 would be recharge-related facilities only. Phase 2 would involve supplemental recharge facilities and facilities for recovery of stored water. The water bank would have a total storage capacity of 250,000 acre-feet (AF), and could recharge or recover up to 55,000 AF of water per year. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Disclosure Before including your name, 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. Dated: August 22, 2007. Susan M. Fry, Regional Environmental Officer, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AK-025-07-1610-DQ-089L]


Notice of Availability of Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed 
Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, AK

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, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and 
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan/
Final Environmental Impact Statement (Proposed RMP/Final EIS) for the 
Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Planning Area in Alaska.

DATES: The BLM Planning Regulations state that any person who 
participated in the planning process, and has an interest that is or 
may be adversely affected, may protest the BLM's approval or amendment 
of an RMP within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. 
Instructions for filing of protests are described in the Dear Reader 
letter of the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS. Please 
consult BLM's Planning Regulations (43 CFR 1610.5-2) for further 
instructions on protests.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanie Cole, BLM Central Yukon Field 
Office, 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709, (907) 474-2340, 
jeanie_cole@ak.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula planning area 
covers approximately 11.9 million acres of BLM-managed land in 
northwestern Alaska. The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS 
focuses on the principles of multiple use and sustained yield as 
prescribed by section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA). The Proposed RMP/Final EIS considers and analyzes four 
alternatives, including a No Action and a Preferred Alternative. The 
alternatives provide for an array of variable levels of commodity 
production and resource protection and restoration. The Proposed RMP/
Final EIS will help the BLM meet its mandate of multiple use and 
sustained yield.
    The alternatives were developed based on public scoping and 
participation, and the requirements of the BLM's Land Use Planning 
Handbook (H-1601-1). The public involvement and collaboration process 
included 9 public scoping meetings, 12 public meetings on the Draft 
RMP/EIS, and meetings with other interested parties.
    Four primary issues were raised and addressed through this planning 
process. (1) Recreation, including how the BLM should manage recreation 
to provide and maintain a diversity of experiences on BLM-managed 
public lands while protecting subsistence

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resources and opportunity, and what level of commercial recreational 
permits is appropriate, particularly in the Squirrel River area; (2) 
Subsistence, including maintaining and protecting subsistence uses; (3) 
Minerals Management, determining which areas should be available for 
mineral exploration and development; (4) Access/Travel Management, 
allowing for access to BLM-managed public lands for various purposes. 
In addition to these issues, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS addresses 
management of various program areas such as vegetation, fish and 
wildlife habitat, fire management, cultural resources, visual 
resources, forest products, livestock grazing, and realty. The Proposed 
RMP/Final EIS also resulted in development of required operating 
procedures (ROP), which are requirements, procedures, management 
practices, or design features the BLM adopts as operational 
requirements for all permitted activities. The ROPs were developed to 
ensure that Alaska Statewide Land Health Standards are met.
    The Squirrel River area contains BLM-and-State-managed land, and is 
surrounded by National Park Service-and Fish and Wildlife Service-
managed lands. Ultimately, the Northwest Arctic Borough will also be a 
land owner. Approximately 14 percent of the public comments were 
related to recreation and 7 percent were specific to the Squirrel 
River. Relatively easy access to this area from Kotzebue by fixed-wing 
aircraft, a large number of gravel bars that can be used for landing 
strips, and the reduced level of regulation compared to other 
surrounding federal lands, make the Squirrel River a popular 
destination for hunters. Local subsistence hunters have expressed 
concern about this area for more than a decade, raising issues such as 
competition with subsistence hunters by large numbers of sport hunters, 
potential deflection of migrating caribou away from subsistence 
villages, waste of game meat, lack of enforcement, and unmanaged 
commercial guiding/transporter operations. Alternatives B, C, and D of 
the Proposed RMP/Final EIS all identify the Squirrel River as a special 
recreation management area. One component of the BLM's preferred 
alternative (D) is to maintain recreational use of the Squirrel River 
at the current level while developing a recreation area management 
plan. This recreation area management plan, developed in concert with 
the State and Northwest Arctic Borough, both of which do or soon will 
own land in the Squirrel River watershed, would develop special rules 
to address the issues in the area.
    As required by 43 CFR 1610.7-2, areas with potential for 
designation as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) have been 
considered during the planning process. Approximately seven percent of 
the total comments submitted during the public-comment period pertained 
to ACECs. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS identifies six ACECs for 
designation in the BLM's preferred alternative. Final acreage for areas 
designated as ACECs will depend on the result of land conveyance to the 
State of Alaska and Native Corporations. The following table provides a 
summary of proposed ACECs and descriptions of resource use limitations 
provided by decisions made in the proposed plan.

       Table 1.--Proposed ACECs under Alternative D (preferred alternative) of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS
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              Name of area                          Acreage                     Resource use limitations
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Nulato Hills ACEC.......................  1.1 million................  Limited OHV designation.
                                                                       Retained in Federal ownership.
                                                                       Closed to grazing outside of existing
                                                                        allotments.
                                                                       Designate as ROW avoidance area.
                                                                       Open to fluid mineral leasing subject to
                                                                        special stipulations.
                                                                       Open to locatable mineral entry subject
                                                                        to required operating procedures.
Western Arctic Caribou Herd Insect        1.5 million................  Same as Nulato Hills except it would not
 Relief ACEC.                                                           be designated as a ROW avoidance area
                                                                        and the entire ACEC would be closed to
                                                                        grazing.
Inglutalik Watershed ACEC...............  466,000....................  Same as Nulato Hills except it would not
                                                                        be a ROW avoidance area.
Ungalik Watershed ACEC..................  264,000....................  Same as Nulato Hills except it would not
                                                                        be a ROW avoidance area.
Shaktoolik Watershed ACEC...............  234,000....................  Same as Nulato Hills except it would not
                                                                        be a ROW avoidance area.
Mount Osborn ACEC.......................  82,000.....................  Same as Nulato Hills except the level of
                                                                        commercial recreational use may be
                                                                        limited, it would be open to grazing,
                                                                        and it would not be a ROW avoidance
                                                                        area.
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    During the public comment period on the Draft RMP/EIS the BLM 
received nine additional ACEC nominations. The areas nominated were: 
Coastal areas near Kivalina, Teller, Koyuk, and Unalakleet; the 
Bendeleben and Darby mountains; the Agiapuk and American rivers; and 
the multiple major pathways and convergence area of caribou migration 
routes in the vicinity of Selawik-Kobuk. The BLM evaluated these areas 
for possible ACEC designation and determined that designation was not 
warranted. The BLM will not retain sufficient land in the Teller, 
Kivalina and Koyuk areas to warrant designation, Unalakleet is outside 
of the Planning Area, and the BLM does not administer any land along 
the American River. The Bendeleben and Darby mountains and the Agiapuk 
River have some relevant values but do not meet the importance criteria 
defined under 43 CFR 1601.7-2. The caribou migration routes meet the 
relevance criteria of supporting a significant wildlife resource. 
However, data on caribou migration routes is not sufficient to support 
the importance criteria. In fact, the limited data available seems to 
indicate that caribou migrate less on BLM-managed public land and more 
on private, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and State 
lands. The primary areas of BLM-managed public land in this migration 
area are the Squirrel River, which was identified as a special 
recreation management area where BLM proposes to develop a recreation 
area management plan, and the northern Nulato Hills, which is within 
the proposed Nulato Hills ACEC.
    All comments received on the plan were analyzed and evaluated. 
Appendix J of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS contains all substantive 
comments received and BLM responses to those comments. Comments on the 
Draft RMP/EIS received from the public and internal BLM review comments 
were incorporated into the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. Public comments 
resulted in changes to the preferred alternative through the addition 
of clarifying text and additional analysis of impacts. A summary of 
these changes is included in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS after the 
Executive Summary.

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    Copies of the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS have 
been sent to affected Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and 
to interested parties. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS have also 
been sent to individuals, agencies, and groups as requested or as 
required by regulation or policy. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS 
are available for public inspection at the BLM Fairbanks District 
Office at 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska, during normal 
business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday 
except holidays.
    Interested persons may also view the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on the 
Internet at http://www.ak.blm.gov/ksp or at one of the following 
locations in Alaska: The BLM Fairbanks District Office, Fairbanks; BLM 
Nome Field Station, Nome; BLM Anchorage Field Office, Anchorage; BLM 
Alaska State Office, Public Room, Anchorage; Noel Wien Library, 
Fairbanks; Keyoayah Kozga Library, Nome; Chukchi Consortium Library, 
Kotzebue; Anchorage Municipal Library, Anchorage; Alaska State Library, 
Juneau; Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow; Selawik National Wildlife 
Refuge Headquarters, Kotzebue; Northwest Arctic Borough Planning 
Department, Kotzebue.
    E-mail and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests 
unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either 
regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period 
to one of the following addresses, or as appropriate:
    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.
    Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the e-mail or faxed 
protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If 
you wish to provide the 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.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be 
aware that your entire protest--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: August 20, 2007.
Julia Dougan,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. E7-19064 Filed 9-27-07; 8:45 am]
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