Final Environmental Impact Statement; General Management Plan/Comprehensive River Management Plans; Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks; Fresno and Tulare Counties, CA; Notice of Approval Of Decision., 72374 [07-6101]

Download as PDF 72374 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 244 / Thursday, December 20, 2007 / Notices made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, a finding of no impairment of park resources and values, a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, and an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mack, Chief of Resource Management, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 87544, 505–672–3861, extension 540, johnlmack@nps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies of the Record of Decision may be obtained from the contact listed above or online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Dated: September 18, 2007. Michael D. Snyder, Regional Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 07–6102 Filed 12–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–EW–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final Environmental Impact Statement; General Management Plan/ Comprehensive River Management Plans; Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks; Fresno and Tulare Counties, CA; Notice of Approval Of Decision. Pursuant to § 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91–190, as amended) and the implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental quality (40 CFR 1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan (GMP). The Regional Director, Pacific West Region has approved the Record of Decision for the GMP and supporting Comprehensive River Management Plans which together will guide management, research and operations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks over the next 10–15 years. The formal no-action period was officially initiated November 17, 2006, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Register notification of the filing of the Final EIS. Decision: As soon as practicable the Parks will begin to implement a comprehensive range of activities and programs planned so as to enhance the park’s ability to carry out its mission while limiting the amount of new environmental impacts from development and use—the selected plan sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 was identified and analyzed as Preferred in the Final EIS. The new plan maximizes ecological restoration where possible, while the basic character of park activities and the rustic architecture of facilities is retained. River protection measures safeguard the existing and eligible and suitable wild and scenic rivers. A modest increase in day use is accommodated through alternative transportation systems and redesign of some roads and parking. Visitors are offered more diverse opportunities to experience the parks. A Wilderness Stewardship and Stock Use Plan will be developed, with formal opportunities for public involvement in the planning as well as review. The parks will refine the visitor carrying capacity framework so as to preserve park resources and ensure a quality visitor experience. As documented in the Final EIS, this course of action was deemed to be ‘‘environmentally preferred’’. The preferred plan and four alternatives were identified and analyzed in the Final EIS, and previously in the Draft EIS (the latter was distributed in May, 2004). The full spectrum of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigation measures identified, for each alternative. Beginning with early scoping, through the preparation of the Draft EIS, numerous public meetings were hosted in Three Rivers, Grant Grove, Visalia, Clovis, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Bishop, Los Angeles and elsewhere. As a result of the extensive scoping outreach of GMP mailing list of about 3,700 entries was developed. Approximately 400 oral and written comments were received in response to the Draft EIS. Key consultations or other contacts which aided in preparing the Draft and Final EIS involved (but were not limited to) the State Historic Preservation Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and Tribal representatives. Local communities, county and city officials, and interested groups and organizations were contacted extensively during initial scoping and throughout the conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process. Copies: Interested parties desiring to review the Record of Decision may obtain a complete copy by contacting the Superintendent, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA 93271; or via telephone request at (559) 565–3341. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: September 14, 2007. Jonathan B. Jarvis, Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 07–6101 Filed 12–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–X2–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Flight 93 National Memorial Advisory Commission; Notice of Public Meeting Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Flight 93 Advisory Commission. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. SUMMARY: Notice is given that a meeting of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission (the Commission) will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern). The Commission will meet jointly with the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force. The joint meeting will be held at the Somerset County Courthouse, Courtroom #1; 2nd floor; 111 East Union Street, Somerset, Pennsylvania 155501. The agenda of the meeting will include review and approval of Commission minutes from October 7, 2007; reports from Flight 93 Memorial Task Force and National Park Service; old business; and new business. The meeting will be open to the public. Comments from the public will be taken at the end of the meeting. Any person may file with a Commission a written statement concerning the matters to be discussed. Persons who wish to file a written statement or testify at the meeting, or who want further information concerning the meeting may contact Superintendent Joanne Hanley at 814.443.4557. Address all statements to: Flight 93 Advisory Commission, 109 West Main Street, Somerset, PA 15501. DATES: February 2, 2008 at 10 a.m. Somerset County Courthouse, Courtroom #1 2nd floor; 111 East Union Street, Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Joanne M. Hanley, 814.443.4557. The Commission was established by Public Law 107–226 to advise the Secretary of the Interior on the planning, design, construction and long-term management of a permanent memorial at the crash site of Flight 93. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Final Environmental Impact Statement; General Management Plan/
Comprehensive River Management Plans; Sequoia-Kings Canyon National 
Parks; Fresno and Tulare Counties, CA; Notice of Approval Of Decision.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Sec.  102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended) and the implementing 
regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental quality (40 CFR 
1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has 
released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General 
Management Plan (GMP). The Regional Director, Pacific West Region has 
approved the Record of Decision for the GMP and supporting 
Comprehensive River Management Plans which together will guide 
management, research and operations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon 
National Parks over the next 10-15 years. The formal no-action period 
was officially initiated November 17, 2006, with the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency's Federal Register notification of the filing of the 
Final EIS.
    Decision: As soon as practicable the Parks will begin to implement 
a comprehensive range of activities and programs planned so as to 
enhance the park's ability to carry out its mission while limiting the 
amount of new environmental impacts from development and use--the 
selected plan was identified and analyzed as Preferred in the Final 
EIS. The new plan maximizes ecological restoration where possible, 
while the basic character of park activities and the rustic 
architecture of facilities is retained. River protection measures 
safeguard the existing and eligible and suitable wild and scenic 
rivers. A modest increase in day use is accommodated through 
alternative transportation systems and redesign of some roads and 
parking. Visitors are offered more diverse opportunities to experience 
the parks. A Wilderness Stewardship and Stock Use Plan will be 
developed, with formal opportunities for public involvement in the 
planning as well as review. The parks will refine the visitor carrying 
capacity framework so as to preserve park resources and ensure a 
quality visitor experience. As documented in the Final EIS, this course 
of action was deemed to be ``environmentally preferred''.
    The preferred plan and four alternatives were identified and 
analyzed in the Final EIS, and previously in the Draft EIS (the latter 
was distributed in May, 2004). The full spectrum of foreseeable 
environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigation 
measures identified, for each alternative. Beginning with early 
scoping, through the preparation of the Draft EIS, numerous public 
meetings were hosted in Three Rivers, Grant Grove, Visalia, Clovis, 
Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Bishop, Los Angeles and elsewhere. 
As a result of the extensive scoping outreach of GMP mailing list of 
about 3,700 entries was developed. Approximately 400 oral and written 
comments were received in response to the Draft EIS. Key consultations 
or other contacts which aided in preparing the Draft and Final EIS 
involved (but were not limited to) the State Historic Preservation 
Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of 
Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, 
and Tribal representatives. Local communities, county and city 
officials, and interested groups and organizations were contacted 
extensively during initial scoping and throughout the conservation 
planning and environmental impact analysis process.
    Copies: Interested parties desiring to review the Record of 
Decision may obtain a complete copy by contacting the Superintendent, 
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA 93271; or via 
telephone request at (559) 565-3341.

    Dated: September 14, 2007.
Jonathan B. Jarvis,
Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
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