Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Kanab Field Office in Kane and Garfield Counties, UT, 58117-58121 [E7-20115]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices useful and likely to influence decisions on management and protection of wild horses and burros are those that are either supported by quantitative information or studies or those that include citations to and analysis of applicable laws and regulations. Except for comments provided in electronic format, speakers should submit two copies of their written comments where feasible. The BLM will not necessarily consider comments received after the time indicated under the DATES section or at locations other than that listed in the ADDRESSES section. In the event there is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for a copy of your comments, the BLM will make them available in their entirety, including your name and address. However, if you do not want the BLM to release your name and address in response to a FOIA request, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. The BLM will honor your request to the extent allowed by law. The BLM will release all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, in their entirety, including names and addresses. Electronic Access and Filing Address Speakers may transmit comments electronically via the Internet to: ramona_delorme@blm.gov. Please include the identifier ‘‘WH&B’’ in the subject of your message and your name and address in the body of your message. Dated: October 5, 2007. Todd S. Christensen, Acting Deputy, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning. [FR Doc. E7–20108 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CO–922–08–1310–FI; COC67185] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed reinstatement of terminated oil and gas lease. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2–3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:21 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 58117 petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease COC67185 from Klabzuba Oil and Gas, Inc. for lands in Moffat County, Colorado. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, Milada Krasilinec, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication, at 303.239.3767. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lessee has agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $10.00 per acre or fraction thereof, per year and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessee has paid the required $500 administrative fee and $163 to reimburse the Department for the cost of this Federal Register notice. The lessee has met all the requirements for reinstatement of the lease as set out in Section 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188), and the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to reinstate lease COC67185 effective April 1, 2007, under the original terms and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. The lessee has agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $5.00 per acre or fraction thereof, per year and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessee has paid the required $500 administrative fee and $163 to reimburse the Department for the cost of this Federal Register notice. The lessee has met all the requirements for reinstatement of the lease as set out in Section 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188), and the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to reinstate lease COC67178 effective April 1, 2007, under the original terms and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. Dated: September 4, 2007. Milada Krasilinec, Land Law Examiner. [FR Doc. E7–20141 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Kanab Field Office in Kane and Garfield Counties, UT BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 4, 2007. Milada Krasilinec, Land Law Examiner. [FR Doc. E7–20143 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [UT0110–1610–029J] Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CO–922–08–1310–FI; COC67178] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed reinstatement of terminated oil and gas lease. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2–3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease COC67178 from Klabzuba Oil and Gas, Inc. for lands in Moffat County, Colorado. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, Milada Krasilinec, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication, at 303.239.3767. PO 00000 Frm 00072 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) hereby gives notice that the Kanab Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/DEIS) is available for a 90-day public review and comment period. This notice also meets requirements in 43 CFR 1610.7–2(b) concerning designation of proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern ACECs) and specification of resource use limitations for each proposed ACEC. DATES: To ensure that your written comments on the DRMP/DEIS will be considered, they should be submitted to the BLM within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice of availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce public meetings and other public-involvement activities E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 58118 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices at least 15 days in advance through public notices, news releases, direct mailings, and on the project Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/kanab/. Public meetings will be held in Kanab, Panguitch, St. George, Escalante and Salt Lake City, Utah, and in other locations if warranted. ADDRESSES: Address written comments to: RMP Comments, Kanab Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 318 North 100 East, Kanab, Utah 84741. Comments may also be faxed to the Field Office at 435–644–4620, or submitted electronically by e-mail at: UT_Kanab_Comments@blm.gov. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have your name added to the Kanab RMP mailing list, visit the RMP Web site: http:// www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/kanab/. You may Values and use limitations also contact Keith Rigtrup, Land Use Planner, Kanab Field Office, 318 North 100 East, Kanab, Utah 84741, phone 435–644–4600. The DRMP/DEIS may be viewed and downloaded in portable document format (PDF) at the project Web site: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/ kanab/. Copies of the DRMP/DEIS are also available at the BLM Kanab Field Office. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DRMP/DEIS addresses public lands and resources, including the Federal mineral estate, managed by the Kanab Field Office in Kane and Garfield Counties, Utah. These lands and resources are currently managed under five land use plans: Cedar-Beaver-Garfield-Antimony RMP (1986), Escalante Management Framework Plan (MFP) (1981), Paria MFP (1981), Vermilion MFP (1981), and Zion MFP (1981). The planning area includes approximately 550,000 acres of BLM-administered surface lands and an additional 96,600 acres of Federallyowned minerals under Federal, state, and private lands in the area. Decisions in the Kanab RMP will only apply to BLM-administered public lands and Federal mineral estate. The DRMP/DEIS proposes and analyzes four alternatives for future management of the public lands and resources in the planning area. • Alternative A (No Action): Proposes to continue existing management, which is defined by five existing land use plans currently prescribing the management of public lands and the Federal mineral estate within the Kanab Field Office. Alt. A (no action) Alt. B (preferred) • Alternative B (BLM’s Preferred Alternative): Proposes managing the public lands and Federal mineral estate for multiple uses and sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the lands for present and future generations, balancing resource protection with resource or commodity production and use. • Alternative C: Proposes managing the lands and resources with an emphasis on resource protection, including managing for wilderness characteristics (naturalness, and outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation), ACECs, and Wild and Scenic Rivers. • Alternative D: Proposes managing the lands and resources with an emphasis on encouraging commodity production and use. Examples of issues considered in the DRMP/DEIS include access and transportation, recreation and offhighway vehicle management, special designations (including ACECs and suitability findings for eligible wild and scenic rivers, among others), range management and livestock, oil and gas leasing, mining, special status species, and non-WSA lands with wilderness characteristics. As required by law, the DRMP/DEIS considers the designation and protection of ACECs. ACEC values and resource use limitations vary by ACEC, and the ACECs themselves vary by alternative. (Refer to the table below.) More detailed management prescriptions in these areas are provided in the DRMP/DEIS. Alt. C Alt. D Water Canyon/South Fork Indian Canyon ACEC Values: Scenery, recreational, botanical, and biological values. Limitations: For alternatives where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below. Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Designations. Oil and Gas Leasing ........... Mineral Entry ....................... jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Other ................................... • 220 acres would be limited to existing roads and trails; 0 miles of open routes. • 220 acres overlapping with a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) would be closed to leasing. • 220 acres would be proposed for withdrawal. • Until an activity plan is developed, fire suppression would be determined on a case-bycase basis as an interim management tool. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. • 220 acres would be designated and managed as part of the Cottonwood Canyon ACEC. Cottonwood Canyon potential ACEC Values: Scenery, cultural resources, wildlife, and natural processes. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. 58119 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices Values and use limitations Alt. A (no action) Alt. B (preferred) Alt. C Alt. D Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below. Visual Resource Management (VRM). ACEC not designated ....... • 2,400 acres would be Class I where the ACEC overlaps with a WSA. • 1,400 acres would be Class II. OHV Designations ............... ACEC not designated ....... Livestock Grazing ................ ACEC not designated ....... Rights Of Way (ROWs) ....... ACEC not designated ....... • 3,800 acres would be limited to designated routes, and 4 miles of open routes. • Water Canyon Allotment would be unavailable for livestock grazing. ACEC not designated ....... Oil and Gas Leasing ........... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Entry ....................... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Material Sales ........ ACEC not designated ....... Other ................................... ACEC not designated ....... • 3,700 acres would be Class I, where the ACEC overlaps with a WSA, suitable Wild and Scenic River segments, and lands with Wilderness Characteristics (WC)). • 100 acres would be Class II. • 3,800 acres would be closed. • Water Canyon Allotment would be unavailable for livestock grazing. • 3,800 acres would be closed to new ROWs. • 3,800 acres would be closed to leasing. • 1,400 acres would be open to leasing with major constraints (NSO). • 2,400 acres where the ACEC overlaps a WSA would be closed to leasing. • 3,800 acres would be • 3,800 acres would be proposed for withdrawal. proposed for withdrawal. • 3,800 acres would be • 3,800 acres would be closed. closed. • Retain all lands and in• Retain all lands and interests in land in Fedterests in land in Federal ownership. Work eral ownership. Work with the School and Inwith SITLA to acquire stitutional Trust Lands state inholdings. Administration (SITLA) to acquire state inholdings. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. Welsh’s Milkweed potential ACEC Values: Scenery, rare geologic feature, Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, Welsh’s Milkweed. Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... OHV Designations ............... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... ROWs .................................. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Oil and Gas Leasing ........... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Entry ....................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Material Sales ........ ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Forest Product Sales .......... jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES VRM .................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 1,250 acres would be Class I where the ACEC overlaps with a WSA. • 50 acres would be Class II. • 1,300 acres would be closed to OHV designations. • 1,300 acres would be closed to new ROWs. • 1,300 acres would be closed to leasing. • 1,300 acres would be proposed for withdrawal. • 1,300 acres would be closed. • 1,300 acres would be closed to forest product sales (woodcutting, posts, Christmas trees). E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. 58120 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices Values and use limitations Alt. A (no action) Alt. B (preferred) Alt. C Other ................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... • Retain all lands and interest in land in Federal ownership. • Close to wilding collection without a permit. • Prohibit motorized use in and through islands of vegetation in designated critical habitat for Welsh’s Milkweed (790 acres). Alt. D ACEC not designated. Vermilion Cliffs potential ACEC Values: Scenery, cultural resources, wildlife and natural process. Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below. VRM .................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... OHV Designations ............... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... ROWs .................................. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Oil and Gas Leasing ........... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Entry ....................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Other ................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... • 11,100 acres would be designated as Class I where the ACEC overlaps with WC. • 12,300 acres would be designated as Class II. • 11,100 acres would be closed (WC). • 12,300 acres would be limited to designated routes, and 49 miles of open routes. • 23,400 acres would be closed to new ROWs. • 12,300 acres would be open to leasing with major constraints (No Surface Occupancy (NSO)). • 11,100 acres would be closed to leasing: (WC). • 23,400 acres would be proposed for withdrawal. • Restrict climbing within spatial and seasonal buffers surrounding raptor nests. • Retain lands and interests in land in Federal ownership. Work with SITLA to acquire state inholdings. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. White Cliffs potential ACEC Values: Scenery, cultural resources, wildlife and natural processes. Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... OHV Designations ............... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... ROWs .................................. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Oil and Gas Leasing ........... jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES VRM .................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Entry ....................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 26,000 acres would be designated as Class I because it overlaps with WC. • 26,000 acres would be closed because it overlaps with WC. • 26,000 acres would be closed to new ROWs. • 26,000 acres would be closed to leasing because it overlaps with WC. • 26,000 acres would be proposed for withdrawal. E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. 58121 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices Values and use limitations Alt. A (no action) Alt. B (preferred) Other ................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Alt. C Alt. D • Restrict climbing within spatial and seasonal buffers surrounding raptor nests. • Retain lands and interests in land in Federal ownership. Work with SITLA to acquire state inholdings. ACEC not designated. Parunuweep Canyon potential ACEC Values: Scenery, cultural resources, and wildlife. Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... OHV Designations ............... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... ROWs .................................. ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Oil and Gas Leasing ........... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Mineral Entry ....................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Other ................................... ACEC not designated ....... ACEC not designated ....... Total Acres Designated jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES VRM .................................... 220 acres .......................... 3,800 acres ....................... The application of the Federal coal unsuitability criteria to the Alton, Kaiparowits, and Kolob Coal Fields is included in Appendix F of the DRMP/ DEIS. As required by 43 CFR 3461.2– 1(a)(2), the public is invited to comment on the results of the application of the criteria and the process used to derive these results. The criteria are listed VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 • 6,100 acres would be designated as Class I because it overlaps with a WSA. • 6,100 acres would be closed because it overlaps with a WSA. • Avoid new ROWs in 6,100 acres. • 6,100 acres would be closed to leasing. • 6,100 acres would be proposed for withdrawal. • Limit camping associated with Special Recreation Permits (SRPs) to areas/sites identified during permitting. • Regulate rock climbing within 300 feet of cultural sites. Climbing routes that impact cultural resource sites would not be allowed, and climbing routes designed to access cultural resource sites would not be allowed unless under permit for scientific investigation. • Preclude SRP tours or visitation of sites without prior consultation/clearance with BLM archaeologists and other specialists. • Restrict climbing within spatial and seasonal buffers surrounding raptor nests. • Retain all lands and interest in lands in Federal ownership. ACEC not designated. 60,600 acres ..................... 0 under 43 CFR 3461.5. Additionally, any person who may be adversely affected by adoption of coal leasing decisions in the proposed plan may request a public PO 00000 ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. ACEC not designated. hearing on coal leasing potential before the DRMP/DEIS is finalized. Jeff Rawson, Utah Associate State Director. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 197 (Friday, October 12, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58117-58121]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[UT0110-1610-029J]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Kanab Field Office in Kane 
and Garfield Counties, UT

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) hereby gives notice that the Kanab Draft Resource 
Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/DEIS) is 
available for a 90-day public review and comment period. This notice 
also meets requirements in 43 CFR 1610.7-2(b) concerning designation of 
proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern ACECs) and 
specification of resource use limitations for each proposed ACEC.

DATES: To ensure that your written comments on the DRMP/DEIS will be 
considered, they should be submitted to the BLM within 90 days 
following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its 
notice of availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce 
public meetings and other public-involvement activities

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at least 15 days in advance through public notices, news releases, 
direct mailings, and on the project Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/
rmp/ut/kanab/. Public meetings will be held in Kanab, Panguitch, St. 
George, Escalante and Salt Lake City, Utah, and in other locations if 
warranted.

ADDRESSES: Address written comments to: RMP Comments, Kanab Field 
Office, Bureau of Land Management, 318 North 100 East, Kanab, Utah 
84741. Comments may also be faxed to the Field Office at 435-644-4620, 
or submitted electronically by e-mail at: UT--Kanab--Comments@blm.gov. 
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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have 
your name added to the Kanab RMP mailing list, visit the RMP Web site: 
http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/kanab/. You may also contact Keith Rigtrup, 
Land Use Planner, Kanab Field Office, 318 North 100 East, Kanab, Utah 
84741, phone 435-644-4600. The DRMP/DEIS may be viewed and downloaded 
in portable document format (PDF) at the project Web site: http://
www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/kanab/. Copies of the DRMP/DEIS are also available 
at the BLM Kanab Field Office.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DRMP/DEIS addresses public lands and 
resources, including the Federal mineral estate, managed by the Kanab 
Field Office in Kane and Garfield Counties, Utah. These lands and 
resources are currently managed under five land use plans: Cedar-
Beaver-Garfield-Antimony RMP (1986), Escalante Management Framework 
Plan (MFP) (1981), Paria MFP (1981), Vermilion MFP (1981), and Zion MFP 
(1981). The planning area includes approximately 550,000 acres of BLM-
administered surface lands and an additional 96,600 acres of Federally-
owned minerals under Federal, state, and private lands in the area. 
Decisions in the Kanab RMP will only apply to BLM-administered public 
lands and Federal mineral estate. The DRMP/DEIS proposes and analyzes 
four alternatives for future management of the public lands and 
resources in the planning area.
     Alternative A (No Action): Proposes to continue existing 
management, which is defined by five existing land use plans currently 
prescribing the management of public lands and the Federal mineral 
estate within the Kanab Field Office.
     Alternative B (BLM's Preferred Alternative): Proposes 
managing the public lands and Federal mineral estate for multiple uses 
and sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the lands for 
present and future generations, balancing resource protection with 
resource or commodity production and use.
     Alternative C: Proposes managing the lands and resources 
with an emphasis on resource protection, including managing for 
wilderness characteristics (naturalness, and outstanding opportunities 
for solitude and primitive recreation), ACECs, and Wild and Scenic 
Rivers.
     Alternative D: Proposes managing the lands and resources 
with an emphasis on encouraging commodity production and use.
    Examples of issues considered in the DRMP/DEIS include access and 
transportation, recreation and off-highway vehicle management, special 
designations (including ACECs and suitability findings for eligible 
wild and scenic rivers, among others), range management and livestock, 
oil and gas leasing, mining, special status species, and non-WSA lands 
with wilderness characteristics. As required by law, the DRMP/DEIS 
considers the designation and protection of ACECs. ACEC values and 
resource use limitations vary by ACEC, and the ACECs themselves vary by 
alternative. (Refer to the table below.) More detailed management 
prescriptions in these areas are provided in the DRMP/DEIS.

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                                      Alt. A  (no           Alt. B
   Values and use limitations           action)           (preferred)           Alt. C              Alt. D
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                                   Water Canyon/South Fork Indian Canyon ACEC
 
Values: Scenery, recreational, botanical, and biological values.
 
Limitations: For alternatives where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below.
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Off Highway Vehicle (OHV)          220 acres   220 acres   220 acres  ACEC not
 Designations.                     would be limited    would be            would be            designated.
                                   to existing roads   designated and      designated and
                                   and trails; 0       managed as part     managed as part
                                   miles of open       of the Cottonwood   of the Cottonwood
                                   routes.             Canyon ACEC.        Canyon ACEC.
Oil and Gas Leasing.............   220 acres   220 acres   220 acres  ACEC not
                                   overlapping with    would be            would be            designated.
                                   a Wilderness        designated and      designated and
                                   Study Area (WSA)    managed as part     managed as part
                                   would be closed     of the Cottonwood   of the Cottonwood
                                   to leasing.         Canyon ACEC.        Canyon ACEC.
Mineral Entry...................   220 acres   220 acres   220 acres  ACEC not
                                   would be proposed   would be            would be            designated.
                                   for withdrawal.     designated and      designated and
                                                       managed as part     managed as part
                                                       of the Cottonwood   of the Cottonwood
                                                       Canyon ACEC.        Canyon ACEC.
Other...........................   Until an    220 acres   220 acres  ACEC not
                                   activity plan is    would be            would be            designated.
                                   developed, fire     designated and      designated and
                                   suppression would   managed as part     managed as part
                                   be determined on    of the Cottonwood   of the Cottonwood
                                   a case-by-case      Canyon ACEC.        Canyon ACEC.
                                   basis as an
                                   interim
                                   management tool.
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                                        Cottonwood Canyon potential ACEC
 
Values: Scenery, cultural resources, wildlife, and natural processes.
 

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Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below.
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Visual Resource Management (VRM)  ACEC not             2,400       3,700      ACEC not
                                   designated.         acres would be      acres would be      designated.
                                                       Class I where the   Class I, where
                                                       ACEC overlaps       the ACEC overlaps
                                                       with a WSA.         with a WSA,
                                                       1,400       suitable Wild and
                                                       acres would be      Scenic River
                                                       Class II.           segments, and
                                                                           lands with
                                                                           Wilderness
                                                                           Characteristics
                                                                           (WC)).
                                                                           100 acres
                                                                           would be Class II.
OHV Designations................  ACEC not             3,800       3,800      ACEC not
                                   designated.         acres would be      acres would be      designated.
                                                       limited to          closed.
                                                       designated
                                                       routes, and 4
                                                       miles of open
                                                       routes.
Livestock Grazing...............  ACEC not             Water       Water      ACEC not
                                   designated.         Canyon Allotment    Canyon Allotment    designated.
                                                       would be            would be
                                                       unavailable for     unavailable for
                                                       livestock grazing.  livestock grazing.
Rights Of Way (ROWs)............  ACEC not            ACEC not             3,800      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to new
                                                                           ROWs.
Oil and Gas Leasing.............  ACEC not             1,400       3,800      ACEC not
                                   designated.         acres would be      acres would be      designated.
                                                       open to leasing     closed to leasing.
                                                       with major
                                                       constraints (NSO).
                                                       2,400
                                                       acres where the
                                                       ACEC overlaps a
                                                       WSA would be
                                                       closed to leasing.
Mineral Entry...................  ACEC not             3,800       3,800      ACEC not
                                   designated.         acres would be      acres would be      designated.
                                                       proposed for        proposed for
                                                       withdrawal.         withdrawal.
Mineral Material Sales..........  ACEC not             3,800       3,800      ACEC not
                                   designated.         acres would be      acres would be      designated.
                                                       closed.             closed.
Other...........................  ACEC not             Retain      Retain     ACEC not
                                   designated.         all lands and       all lands and       designated.
                                                       interests in land   interests in land
                                                       in Federal          in Federal
                                                       ownership. Work     ownership. Work
                                                       with the School     with SITLA to
                                                       and Institutional   acquire state
                                                       Trust Lands         inholdings.
                                                       Administration
                                                       (SITLA) to
                                                       acquire state
                                                       inholdings.
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                                         Welsh's Milkweed potential ACEC
 
Values: Scenery, rare geologic feature, Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, Welsh's Milkweed.
 
Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below.
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VRM.............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,250      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           Class I where the
                                                                           ACEC overlaps
                                                                           with a WSA.
                                                                           50 acres
                                                                           would be Class II.
OHV Designations................  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,300      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to OHV
                                                                           designations.
ROWs............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,300      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to new
                                                                           ROWs.
Oil and Gas Leasing.............  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,300      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to leasing.
Mineral Entry...................  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,300      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           proposed for
                                                                           withdrawal.
Mineral Material Sales..........  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,300      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed.
Forest Product Sales............  ACEC not            ACEC not             1,300      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to forest
                                                                           product sales
                                                                           (woodcutting,
                                                                           posts, Christmas
                                                                           trees).

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Other...........................  ACEC not            ACEC not             Retain     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         all lands and       designated.
                                                                           interest in land
                                                                           in Federal
                                                                           ownership.
                                                                           Close to
                                                                           wilding
                                                                           collection
                                                                           without a permit.
                                                                           Prohibit
                                                                           motorized use in
                                                                           and through
                                                                           islands of
                                                                           vegetation in
                                                                           designated
                                                                           critical habitat
                                                                           for Welsh's
                                                                           Milkweed (790
                                                                           acres).
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                                         Vermilion Cliffs potential ACEC
 
Values: Scenery, cultural resources, wildlife and natural process.
 
Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below.
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VRM.............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             11,100     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           designated as
                                                                           Class I where the
                                                                           ACEC overlaps
                                                                           with WC.
                                                                           12,300
                                                                           acres would be
                                                                           designated as
                                                                           Class II.
OHV Designations................  ACEC not            ACEC not             11,100     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed (WC).
                                                                           12,300
                                                                           acres would be
                                                                           limited to
                                                                           designated
                                                                           routes, and 49
                                                                           miles of open
                                                                           routes.
ROWs............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             23,400     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to new
                                                                           ROWs.
Oil and Gas Leasing.............  ACEC not            ACEC not             12,300     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           open to leasing
                                                                           with major
                                                                           constraints (No
                                                                           Surface Occupancy
                                                                           (NSO)).
                                                                           11,100
                                                                           acres would be
                                                                           closed to
                                                                           leasing: (WC).
Mineral Entry...................  ACEC not            ACEC not             23,400     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           proposed for
                                                                           withdrawal.
Other...........................  ACEC not            ACEC not             Restrict   ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         climbing within     designated.
                                                                           spatial and
                                                                           seasonal buffers
                                                                           surrounding
                                                                           raptor nests.
                                                                           Retain
                                                                           lands and
                                                                           interests in land
                                                                           in Federal
                                                                           ownership. Work
                                                                           with SITLA to
                                                                           acquire state
                                                                           inholdings.
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                                           White Cliffs potential ACEC
 
Values: Scenery, cultural resources, wildlife and natural processes.
 
Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below.
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VRM.............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             26,000     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           designated as
                                                                           Class I because
                                                                           it overlaps with
                                                                           WC.
OHV Designations................  ACEC not            ACEC not             26,000     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed because it
                                                                           overlaps with WC.
ROWs............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             26,000     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to new
                                                                           ROWs.
Oil and Gas Leasing.............  ACEC not            ACEC not             26,000     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to leasing
                                                                           because it
                                                                           overlaps with WC.
Mineral Entry...................  ACEC not            ACEC not             26,000     ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           proposed for
                                                                           withdrawal.

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Other...........................  ACEC not            ACEC not             Restrict   ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         climbing within     designated.
                                                                           spatial and
                                                                           seasonal buffers
                                                                           surrounding
                                                                           raptor nests.
                                                                           Retain
                                                                           lands and
                                                                           interests in land
                                                                           in Federal
                                                                           ownership. Work
                                                                           with SITLA to
                                                                           acquire state
                                                                           inholdings.
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                                        Parunuweep Canyon potential ACEC
 
Values: Scenery, cultural resources, and wildlife.
 
Limitations: For alternative(s) where an ACEC would be designated, the management constraints are listed below.
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VRM.............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             6,100      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           designated as
                                                                           Class I because
                                                                           it overlaps with
                                                                           a WSA.
OHV Designations................  ACEC not            ACEC not             6,100      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed because it
                                                                           overlaps with a
                                                                           WSA.
ROWs............................  ACEC not            ACEC not             Avoid new  ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         ROWs in 6,100       designated.
                                                                           acres.
Oil and Gas Leasing.............  ACEC not            ACEC not             6,100      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           closed to leasing.
Mineral Entry...................  ACEC not            ACEC not             6,100      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         acres would be      designated.
                                                                           proposed for
                                                                           withdrawal.
Other...........................  ACEC not            ACEC not             Limit      ACEC not
                                   designated.         designated.         camping             designated.
                                                                           associated with
                                                                           Special
                                                                           Recreation
                                                                           Permits (SRPs) to
                                                                           areas/sites
                                                                           identified during
                                                                           permitting.
                                                                           Regulate
                                                                           rock climbing
                                                                           within 300 feet
                                                                           of cultural
                                                                           sites. Climbing
                                                                           routes that
                                                                           impact cultural
                                                                           resource sites
                                                                           would not be
                                                                           allowed, and
                                                                           climbing routes
                                                                           designed to
                                                                           access cultural
                                                                           resource sites
                                                                           would not be
                                                                           allowed unless
                                                                           under permit for
                                                                           scientific
                                                                           investigation.
                                                                           Preclude
                                                                           SRP tours or
                                                                           visitation of
                                                                           sites without
                                                                           prior
                                                                           consultation/
                                                                           clearance with
                                                                           BLM
                                                                           archaeologists
                                                                           and other
                                                                           specialists.
                                                                           Restrict
                                                                           climbing within
                                                                           spatial and
                                                                           seasonal buffers
                                                                           surrounding
                                                                           raptor nests.
                                                                           Retain
                                                                           all lands and
                                                                           interest in lands
                                                                           in Federal
                                                                           ownership.
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    Total Acres Designated......  220 acres.........  3,800 acres.......  60,600 acres......  0
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    The application of the Federal coal unsuitability criteria to the 
Alton, Kaiparowits, and Kolob Coal Fields is included in Appendix F of 
the DRMP/DEIS. As required by 43 CFR 3461.2-1(a)(2), the public is 
invited to comment on the results of the application of the criteria 
and the process used to derive these results. The criteria are listed 
under 43 CFR 3461.5. Additionally, any person who may be adversely 
affected by adoption of coal leasing decisions in the proposed plan may 
request a public hearing on coal leasing potential before the DRMP/DEIS 
is finalized.

Jeff Rawson,
Utah Associate State Director.
[FR Doc. E7-20115 Filed 10-11-07; 8:45 am]
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