Ecological Restoration Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, 72373-72374 [07-6102]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 244 / Thursday, December 20, 2007 / Notices about the same size as the existing parking lot, but it would be pulled back from the creek further than the minimum 90 feet to create a minimum distance of about 180 feet from the creek. It would also expand further northward into existing riparian habitat; the 175 Cars Rotated Parallel to Pacific Way alternative would have the same 175-car capacity but rotate the parking lot parallel to Pacific Way; the 200 Cars at Beach alternative proposes the largest parking lot of all the alternatives with a maximum of 200 vehicle spaces located in the same area as the existing parking lot; and the 118 Cars at Alder Grove alternative would designate most parking away from the beach in an area known as the Alder Grove but would provide 14 Disabled-Accessible Parking Spaces and a drop-off turnaround at the beach. Bridge alternatives include: The No Action alternative would not change Pacific Way Road or the bridge. The 50 foot-long Bridge with a Raised Road alternative would free-span the 35 footwide channel and have a deck at 16.5 feet NGVD and be raised on the north and south approaches; the 50 foot-long Bridge with a Low Road alternative would free-span the 35 foot-wide channel and have a deck height at approximately 15 feet NGVD but would not be raised on the north and south approaches; the 150 foot-long Bridge with Raised Road alternative would span both the new 35 foot-wide channel and areas of riparian habitat and floodplain on either side of the channel and would be supported by 2 foot-wide piers, placed at approximately 40-foot intervals; and the 250 foot-long Bridge with Highest Road alternative would span the entire available riparian zone and floodplain from the Pelican Inn on the north to the existing bridge on the south and would have the highest deck of all the alternatives, between 16.25 and 18 feet NGVD and be supported by two foot-wide piers, placed at approximately 40-foot intervals. Scoping And Public Review: Between December 2002 and December 2004, 17 public meetings were held, as well as a variety of site visits and meetings with representatives of various agencies. On December 3, 2002, a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register beginning the formal scoping phase and identifying goals for the project. Three public scoping meetings were held on October 22, October 29, and November 2, 2002, with a site visit for the public held on November 9, 2002, to solicit input on the project and its potential impacts. Following these meetings, a Big Lagoon Working Group consisting of interested VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 individuals, agencies, and organizations was formed to help develop project alternatives. The working group convened regularly in meetings that were open to the public. In addition, two alternatives workshops were held for the public on September 30 and October 4, 2003. The results of those workshops, as well as a more detailed summary of the scoping process, were distributed in the Alternative Public Workshops Report (2004). Finally, Marin County circulated a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report on April 27, 2004, soliciting comments on the specific issues to be included in the scope of CEQA environmental review. All of these activities informed the alternatives formulation process. The Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS/EIR was published December 18, 2006 in the Federal Register and the document was made available for a 75-day public review and comment period. Following release of the Draft EIS/EIR, NPS and Marin County held two public meetings to present the project to interested parties and to answer questions about the project. These meetings were held on January 18 and 31, 2007. NPS and Marin County also conducted a public hearing at the Marin County Planning Commission in San Rafael, California, on February 26, 2007, to receive comments on the draft document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the Final EIS/EIR will be sent to affected Federal, Tribal, State and local government agencies, to interested parties, and those requesting copies. Paper and digital copies (compact disc) of the Final EIS/EIR will be available at both lead agency offices and at local libraries during normal business hours. The complete document will be available in area libraries, and also posted on the GGNRA’s project Web site (http://www.nps.gov/goga) and on NPS’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment Web site (http:// www.parkplanning.nps.gov/goga). New requests may be sent to: Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Attn: Creek and Wetland Restoration at Big Lagoon). After release of the Final EIS/EIR, a public meeting will be scheduled (date and other details will be posted on the project Web site). For further information about the project’s conservation planning process or logistics of the public meeting, contact Steve Ortega or Carolyn Shoulders, Building 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123, Phone: (415) 561– 4841. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72373 Decision Process: The NPS will prepare a Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of their notice of filing of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for final approval is the Pacific West Regional Director, and subsequently the official responsible for project implementation is the General Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Dated: November 2, 2007. Jonathan B. Jarvis, Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 07–6103 Filed 12–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–FN–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Ecological Restoration Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ecological Restoration Plan, Bandelier National Monument. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the Ecological Restoration Plan for Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. On September 18, 2007, the Regional Director, Intermountain Region, approved the Record of Decision for the project. As soon as practicable, the National Park Service will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in the FEIS issued on August 17, 2007. Alternative B was selected as the Park’s preferred alternative; it maximizes work efficiency and minimizes resource impacts by implementing restoration treatments in the most systematic and timely fashion possible given available funding. This course of action, the noaction alternative, and one action alternative were analyzed in the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements. Alternative C focused on treating sub-basins containing the highest priority cultural resource sites ˜ within pinon-juniper woodland. The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigating measures were identified. The Record of Decision includes a statement of the decision E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 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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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 244 (Thursday, December 20, 2007)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Ecological Restoration Plan, Final Environmental Impact 
Statement, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Ecological Restoration Plan, 
Bandelier National Monument.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 
U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability 
of the Record of Decision for the Ecological Restoration Plan for 
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. On September 18, 2007, the 
Regional Director, Intermountain Region, approved the Record of 
Decision for the project. As soon as practicable, the National Park 
Service will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in 
the FEIS issued on August 17, 2007. Alternative B was selected as the 
Park's preferred alternative; it maximizes work efficiency and 
minimizes resource impacts by implementing restoration treatments in 
the most systematic and timely fashion possible given available 
funding. This course of action, the no-action alternative, and one 
action alternative were analyzed in the Draft and Final Environmental 
Impact Statements. Alternative C focused on treating sub-basins 
containing the highest priority cultural resource sites within 
pi[ntilde]on-juniper woodland. The full range of foreseeable 
environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigating 
measures were identified. The Record of Decision includes a statement 
of the decision

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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, john_mack@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]
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