Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for BLM-Alaska's Eastern Interior Planning Area, 11140-11142 [E8-3924]

Download as PDF 11140 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices 384–3300; e-mail address: John_Sullivan@blm.gov. The NCA encompasses approximately 484,000 acres of public land extending along 81 miles of the Snake River south of Boise, Idaho. The NCA was established on August 4, 1993 by Public Law 103–64 for the purpose of conserving, protecting, and enhancing North America’s densest concentration of nesting and migrating raptor populations and habitats, and the natural and environmental resources and values associated with the area. Key components of the proposed plan include land allocations and management guidance that provide for: • Reducing further wildfire-related loss of native shrub habitat through aggressive wildfire suppression; however, it is anticipated that about 30,000 additional acres of remnant shrub habitat could potentially be lost to wildfire. • Restoring 130,000 acres of degraded shrub habitat to stabilize small mammal populations which provide prey for raptors. • Completing 100,000 acres of fuels management projects to protect the economic and ecological investments made in the habitat restoration program. • Restricting or modifying currently authorized National Guard military training activities, including the restriction of off-road vehicle maneuver training on 22,300 acres; limiting vehicle maneuver training to non-shrub areas in the remaining maneuver areas to protect remnant shrub communities; and providing 4,100 additional acres to enhance military maneuvers. • Remove the Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) designation for the Guffey Butte—Black Butte Archaeological District ACEC to eliminate redundant protective designations. The Guffey Butte—Black Butte Archaeological District ACEC was designated prior to establishment of the NCA in 1993. The protective withdrawal language included in the ACEC designation is redundant with those protections provided by the NCAenabling Act and the Archaeological District designation and is therefore unneccessary. Copies of the NCA Proposed RMP/ FEIS have been sent to affected Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and to interested organizations and individuals. Copies of the Proposed RMP/FEIS are available for public inspection at the BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705. Interested persons may also view the Proposed RMP/FEIS on the rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 Internet at http://www.id.blm.gov/id/st/ en/prop/planning.1.html. Changes were incorporated into the proposed plan based on public comments and internal BLM review of the Draft RMP and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Public comments resulted in BLM incorporating in the Proposed Alternative a new utility corridor south of the Snake River to be consistent with proposals being evaluated in the WestWide Energy Corridor Study EIS. Further, BLM removed from the Proposed Alternative the proposed expansion of the existing shooting management area. No other proposed land use decisions were significantly affected, but comments did result in BLM adding clarifying language to certain sections. As noted above, instructions for filing protests with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP/FEIS may be found at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. 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. Under these conditions the BLM will consider the e-mail or faxed protest as an advanced 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. All protests, including the follow-up letter (if emailing or faxing) must be in writing and mailed to the following address: Regular mail Overnight mail Diretor (210), Attention: Brenda Hudgens-Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, DC 20035.. Director (210), Attention: Brenda Hudgens-Williams, 1620 L Street, NW., Suite 1075, Washington, DC 20036. 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. Following resolution of any protests of the proposed decision, a record of decision will be signed by the BLM Idaho State Director. A notice of availability of the record of decision PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will be published in the Federal Register and will be made available through local media. Thomas H. Dyer, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Director. [FR Doc. E8–3942 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–024–1610–DO–094L] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for BLM-Alaska’s Eastern Interior Planning Area Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Interior Field Office, Fairbanks, Alaska, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Eastern Interior Planning Area and by this notice announces the beginning of the public scoping period. Public scoping meetings will be held in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Tok, Eagle, Chicken, Central, and Anchorage. Additional public scoping meetings may be held at Circle, Chalkyitsik, Fort Yukon, Stevens Village, Beaver, Birch Creek and other locations to be determined at a later date. The RMP will replace the existing Steese National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan, the White Mountains National Recreation Area Resource Management Plan, and the Fortymile Management Framework Plan. The RMP will also make land use decisions on previously unplanned public lands in the Upper Black River subunit. DATES: The public scoping period will begin with the publication of this notice. Formal scoping will end on July 1, 2008. The BLM will announce public scoping meetings to identify relevant issues through local news media, newsletters, and the BLM Web site, http://www.blm.gov/ak, at least 15 days prior to the first meeting. We will provide formal opportunities for public participation after release of the Draft RMP/EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: eirmp_comments@blm.gov. • Fax: (907) 474–2282. E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices • Mail: BLM Eastern Interior Field Office, Attention: Jeanie Cole, 1150 University Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99709. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Eastern Interior Field Office, Fairbanks, Alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Jeanie Cole, telephone (907) 474–2340; e-mail jeanie_cole@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM Eastern Interior Field Office, Fairbanks, Alaska, intends to prepare an RMP with an associated EIS for the Eastern Interior Planning Area and announces public scoping meetings. The planning area is located in eastern Alaska and is bounded by the Brooks Range on the north, the Dalton and Elliott Highways on the west, the BLM Fairbanks/Anchorage District boundary on the south, and the U.S.Canada border on the east. The planning area includes four subunits: the Steese National Conservation Area (SNCA), the White Mountains National Recreation Area (WMNRA), the Fortymile River subunit, and the Upper Black River subunit. Two of the subunits, the SNCA and WMNRA, require their own separate Record of Decision (ROD) due to their status as units of the BLM National Landscape Conservation System. Decisions on the Fortymile and Black River subunits will be combined into one ROD. The planning area also includes three national wild and scenic rivers: Beaver Creek, Birch Creek, and the Fortymile River. This planning activity encompasses approximately 8 million acres of public land. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM management policies. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis and RMP alternatives. These issues also guide the planning process. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM, at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit formal scoping comments before July 1, 2008. The minutes and list of attendees for each VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and/or address from public review or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. The BLM will honor such requests to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety. Preliminary issues and management concerns have been identified by BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and user groups. They represent the BLM’s knowledge to date regarding the existing issues and concerns with current land management. The major issues or management concerns that will be addressed in this planning effort include management of: recreational use, off-highway vehicles and access, minerals and energy resources, land tenure and realty, wild and scenic rivers, wildlife and fisheries, and subsistence use. After public comments are gathered about issues the plan should address, the issues will be placed into the following categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM will provide an explanation in the plan as to why an issue was placed in categories two or three. In addition to these major issues, the plan will address a number of management questions and concerns and the public is encouraged to help identify these during the scoping phase. Preliminary planning criteria are: 1. Public participation by interested groups and individuals will be encouraged throughout the RMP/EIS process. 2. Valid existing rights will be recognized and protected. 3. Subsistence uses will be considered and adverse impacts minimized in accordance with Section 810 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). 4. The BLM will work cooperatively with State and Federal agencies, Native corporations, Tribes, and Municipal governments. Agencies (including federally recognized tribal governments) PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11141 with jurisdiction by law or special expertise will be consulted to determine if cooperating agency status is appropriate and desired. 5. Wildlife habitat management will be consistent with Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) objectives and/ or the Federal Subsistence Board requirements and mandates. 6. Resource management plans prepared by the BLM will conform to the Bureau’s H–1601–1 Land Use Planning Handbook, Appendix C, Program-Specific and Resource-Specific Decision Guidance and supplemental program guidance manual for Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) and Fluid Minerals. 7. The plan will be consistent with the standards and guidance set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, ANILCA, and other Federal laws, regulations, and policies as required. 8. The plan will be consistent with the BLM-Alaska Land Health Standards. 9. Off-highway vehicles designations for all public lands within the planning area will be completed according to the regulations found in 43 CFR 8342. 10. Areas proposed for Area of Critical Environmental Concern designation will meet the criteria found in 43 CFR 1610.7–2. 11. The plan will address all lands within the Eastern Interior planning area managed by the BLM (excluding military reservations). 12. Review and classification of waterways as eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System will follow the guidance found in the BLM Manual 8351, Wild and Scenic Rivers—Policy and Program Direction for Identification, Evaluation, and Management. 13. The Economic Profile System developed for the BLM by the Sonoran Institute, or equivalent, will be used to characterize baseline social and economic conditions. 14. The BLM will incorporate Environmental Justice (EJ) considerations in land use planning alternatives to adequately respond to EJ issues facing minority populations, low income communities, and Tribes living near public lands and using public land resources. 15. The analysis will employ guidance provided in the BLM Land Use Planning Handbook H–1601–1, Appendix D, Social Science E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 11142 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices Considerations in Land Use Planning Decisions. 16. Wilderness will not be considered in this plan unless Alaska’s Governor or a member of the Congressional Delegation for Alaska recommends a particular area for study. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: outdoor recreation, minerals and geology, forestry, archeology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, subsistence, sociology and economics, visual resource management, and vegetation. Dated: February 22, 2008. Thomas P. Lonnie, State Director. [FR Doc. E8–3924 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NM–010–1610–DN] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan Revision for the Rio Puerco Field Office, New Mexico and Associated Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rio Puerco Field Office, Albuquerque, New Mexico, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan Revision for the Rio Puerco Field Office with an associated Environmental Impact Statement, and by this notice is announcing public scoping meetings. The Resource Management Plan Revision will replace the existing Rio Puerco Resource Management Plan as currently maintained and amended. DATES: The BLM will announce public scoping meetings to identify relevant issues through local news media, newsletters, and the BLM Web site, www.blm.gov/nm, at least 15 days prior to the first meeting. We will provide formal opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft Resource Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Web Site: http://www.blm.gov/nm. • E-mail: Joe_Blackmon@blm.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 • Fax: 505–761–8911. • Mail: RP RMP, Rio Puerco Field ˜ Office, 435 Montano RD, NE., Albuquerque, NM 87107. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Rio Puerco ˜ Field Office, 435 Montano RD, NE., Albuquerque, New Mexico. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To have your name added to our mailing list and/or for general information, contact Joe Blackmon, Telephone 505–761–8918; e-mail Joe_Blackmon@blm.gov or Sabrina Flores, Telephone 505–761–8794; e-mail Sabrina_Flores@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office, Albuquerque, New Mexico, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan Revision with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (RMPR/EIS) and announces public scoping meetings. The planning area is located in Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties, New Mexico. This planning activity encompasses approximately 997,000 acres of public land. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM management policies. The BLM will seek to work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis and EIS alternatives. These issues also guide the planning process. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit formal scoping comments within 30 days after the last public meeting. Before including your address, phone number, email 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. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. Preliminary issues and management concerns have been identified by BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and user groups. They represent the BLM’s knowledge to date regarding the existing issues and concerns with current land management. The major issues that will be addressed in this planning effort include: Land Tenure Adjustment; Mineral and Energy Development; Recreation and Visitor Services; Visual Resources Management; Special Area Designations; Travel and Trails Management; and Public Land-Urban Interface. After the public comments as to what issues the plan should address are gathered, they will be placed in one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM will provide an explanation in the plan as to why issues were placed in category two or three. In addition to these major issues, a number of management questions and concerns will be addressed in the plan. The public is encouraged to help identify these questions and concerns during the scoping phase. Preliminary planning criteria are: • The RMPR will be in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other applicable laws, regulations, and policies. • Land use decisions in the RMPR will only apply to surface and subsurface estate managed by the BLM. • For program-specific guidance for decisions at the land use planning level, the process will follow the BLM’s Land Use Planning Handbook, H–1601–1. • Broad-based public participation and collaboration will be an integral part of the planning process. • The BLM will strive to make decisions in the plan compatible with the existing plans and policies of adjacent local, state, and federal agencies and local American Indian tribes, as long as the decisions are consistent with the purposes, policies, and programs of federal law and regulations applicable to public lands. • The BLM recognizes the state’s responsibility and authority to manage wildlife while the BLM manages habitat. • The BLM will consult with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. • The RMPR will recognize valid existing rights. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AK-024-1610-DO-094L]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement for BLM-Alaska's Eastern Interior 
Planning Area

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Interior Field 
Office, Fairbanks, Alaska, intends to prepare a Resource Management 
Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for 
the Eastern Interior Planning Area and by this notice announces the 
beginning of the public scoping period. Public scoping meetings will be 
held in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Tok, Eagle, Chicken, Central, and 
Anchorage. Additional public scoping meetings may be held at Circle, 
Chalkyitsik, Fort Yukon, Stevens Village, Beaver, Birch Creek and other 
locations to be determined at a later date. The RMP will replace the 
existing Steese National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan, 
the White Mountains National Recreation Area Resource Management Plan, 
and the Fortymile Management Framework Plan. The RMP will also make 
land use decisions on previously unplanned public lands in the Upper 
Black River subunit.

DATES: The public scoping period will begin with the publication of 
this notice.
    Formal scoping will end on July 1, 2008. The BLM will announce 
public scoping meetings to identify relevant issues through local news 
media, newsletters, and the BLM Web site, http://www.blm.gov/ak, at 
least 15 days prior to the first meeting. We will provide formal 
opportunities for public participation after release of the Draft RMP/
EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: eirmp_comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: (907) 474-2282.

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     Mail: BLM Eastern Interior Field Office, Attention: Jeanie 
Cole, 1150 University Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99709.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Eastern 
Interior Field Office, Fairbanks, Alaska.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact Jeanie Cole, telephone 
(907) 474-2340; e-mail jeanie_cole@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM 
Eastern Interior Field Office, Fairbanks, Alaska, intends to prepare an 
RMP with an associated EIS for the Eastern Interior Planning Area and 
announces public scoping meetings.
    The planning area is located in eastern Alaska and is bounded by 
the Brooks Range on the north, the Dalton and Elliott Highways on the 
west, the BLM Fairbanks/Anchorage District boundary on the south, and 
the U.S.-Canada border on the east. The planning area includes four 
subunits: the Steese National Conservation Area (SNCA), the White 
Mountains National Recreation Area (WMNRA), the Fortymile River 
subunit, and the Upper Black River subunit. Two of the subunits, the 
SNCA and WMNRA, require their own separate Record of Decision (ROD) due 
to their status as units of the BLM National Landscape Conservation 
System. Decisions on the Fortymile and Black River subunits will be 
combined into one ROD. The planning area also includes three national 
wild and scenic rivers: Beaver Creek, Birch Creek, and the Fortymile 
River. This planning activity encompasses approximately 8 million acres 
of public land. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set 
forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land 
Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM management policies. The BLM 
will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the 
management decisions best suited to local, regional, and national needs 
and concerns.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis and 
RMP alternatives. These issues also guide the planning process. You may 
submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM, 
at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using 
one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most 
helpful, you should submit formal scoping comments before July 1, 2008. 
The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be 
available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any 
participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. 
Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to 
withhold your name and/or address from public review or disclosure 
under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently 
at the beginning of your written comment. The BLM will honor such 
requests to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety.
    Preliminary issues and management concerns have been identified by 
BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and 
user groups. They represent the BLM's knowledge to date regarding the 
existing issues and concerns with current land management.
    The major issues or management concerns that will be addressed in 
this planning effort include management of: recreational use, off-
highway vehicles and access, minerals and energy resources, land tenure 
and realty, wild and scenic rivers, wildlife and fisheries, and 
subsistence use.
    After public comments are gathered about issues the plan should 
address, the issues will be placed into the following categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the plan as to why an issue 
was placed in categories two or three. In addition to these major 
issues, the plan will address a number of management questions and 
concerns and the public is encouraged to help identify these during the 
scoping phase.
    Preliminary planning criteria are:
    1. Public participation by interested groups and individuals will 
be encouraged throughout the RMP/EIS process.
    2. Valid existing rights will be recognized and protected.
    3. Subsistence uses will be considered and adverse impacts 
minimized in accordance with Section 810 of the Alaska National 
Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
    4. The BLM will work cooperatively with State and Federal agencies, 
Native corporations, Tribes, and Municipal governments. Agencies 
(including federally recognized tribal governments) with jurisdiction 
by law or special expertise will be consulted to determine if 
cooperating agency status is appropriate and desired.
    5. Wildlife habitat management will be consistent with Alaska 
Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) objectives and/or the Federal 
Subsistence Board requirements and mandates.
    6. Resource management plans prepared by the BLM will conform to 
the Bureau's H-1601-1 Land Use Planning Handbook, Appendix C, Program-
Specific and Resource-Specific Decision Guidance and supplemental 
program guidance manual for Areas of Critical Environmental Concern 
(ACECs) and Fluid Minerals.
    7. The plan will be consistent with the standards and guidance set 
forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental 
Quality, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Wild and Scenic 
Rivers Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, ANILCA, and other Federal 
laws, regulations, and policies as required.
    8. The plan will be consistent with the BLM-Alaska Land Health 
Standards.
    9. Off-highway vehicles designations for all public lands within 
the planning area will be completed according to the regulations found 
in 43 CFR 8342.
    10. Areas proposed for Area of Critical Environmental Concern 
designation will meet the criteria found in 43 CFR 1610.7-2.
    11. The plan will address all lands within the Eastern Interior 
planning area managed by the BLM (excluding military reservations).
    12. Review and classification of waterways as eligible for 
inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System will follow the 
guidance found in the BLM Manual 8351, Wild and Scenic Rivers--Policy 
and Program Direction for Identification, Evaluation, and Management.
    13. The Economic Profile System developed for the BLM by the 
Sonoran Institute, or equivalent, will be used to characterize baseline 
social and economic conditions.
    14. The BLM will incorporate Environmental Justice (EJ) 
considerations in land use planning alternatives to adequately respond 
to EJ issues facing minority populations, low income communities, and 
Tribes living near public lands and using public land resources.
    15. The analysis will employ guidance provided in the BLM Land Use 
Planning Handbook H-1601-1, Appendix D, Social Science

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Considerations in Land Use Planning Decisions.
    16. Wilderness will not be considered in this plan unless Alaska's 
Governor or a member of the Congressional Delegation for Alaska 
recommends a particular area for study.
    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan 
to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. 
Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be 
involved in the planning process: outdoor recreation, minerals and 
geology, forestry, archeology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and 
realty, hydrology, soils, subsistence, sociology and economics, visual 
resource management, and vegetation.

    Dated: February 22, 2008.
Thomas P. Lonnie,
State Director.
[FR Doc. E8-3924 Filed 2-28-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-JA-P