Notice of Emergency Motorized Vehicle Closure and Restrictions for Specified Routes During the 2008 Moab Jeep Safari; Moab Field Office, UT, 15191-15192 [E8-5769]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 56 / Friday, March 21, 2008 / Notices requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, via 516 DM 6.3 B. and Environmental Statement Memorandum ESM04–12.6(e). Willie R. Taylor, Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance. [FR Doc. E8–5341 Filed 3–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Enterprise Rancheria Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project, Yuba County, CA Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Enterprise Rancheria of Estom Ymeka Maidu Tribe (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Yuba County, California, as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe’s proposed Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project to be located within unincorporated Yuba County, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. This review is part of the administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 CFR part 151. We will consider public comments carefully prior to deciding whether to approve or disapprove this application. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS. DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by May 5, 2008. A public hearing will be held on April 9, 2008, at the Elk’s Lodge, 920 D Street, Marysville, California, 95901–5322, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until all those who register to make comments have been heard. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Amy Dutschke, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include your VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:33 Mar 20, 2008 Jkt 214001 name, return address, and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Comments, Enterprise Rancheria, Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The DEIS will be available for review at the Yuba County Public Library, 303 2nd Street, Marysville, California 95901; the Sutter County Library, 720 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City, California 95991, and the Butte County Library, 1820 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville, California 95966. General information for the Yuba County Public Library can be obtained by calling (530) 749–7380. For information on the Sutter County Library please call (530) 822–7137. For the Butte County Library, please call (530) 538–7641. If you would like to obtain a copy of the DEIS, please write or call John Rydzik, Chief, Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, Pacific Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–2820, Sacramento, California 95825, telephone (916) 978– 6042. You may view an electronic version of the DEIS at: http:// www.EnterpriseEIS.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978–6042. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested that the BIA take into trust 40 acres of land currently held in fee by the Tribe, on which the Tribe proposes to construct a gaming facility, hotel, parking areas and other facilities. The proposed 40-acre site (Yuba site) is located in unincorporated Yuba County, approximately four miles southeast of the Community of Olivehurst, near the intersection of Forty Mile Road and State Route 65. The proposed project includes the development of a 207,760 square-foot gaming facility and a 107,125 squarefoot hotel on the Yuba site. The twostory gaming facility would include a casino floor, food and beverage areas (consisting of a buffet, gourmet restaurant, and bar), meeting space, guest support services, offices, and security area. The resort would include an eight-story hotel with 170 rooms, a pool area, an exercise room, retail space and an arcade. Access to the site would be provided from Forty Mile Road. The range of alternatives considered in the DEIS: includes (A) the proposed casino and hotel alternative, (B) a reduced intensity alternative, (C) a water park and hotel alternative, (D) a reduced intensity—Butte County alternative and (E) a no action alternative. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15191 biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, transportation, land use, agriculture, public services, noise, hazardous materials, visual resources, cumulative effects, indirect effects, growth inducing effects and mitigation measures. The BIA held a public scoping meeting for the EIS on June 9, 2005, at the Elk’s Lodge in Marysville, California. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR, Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l. Dated: March 4, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–5342 Filed 3–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [UT–062–08–1220–PM] Notice of Emergency Motorized Vehicle Closure and Restrictions for Specified Routes During the 2008 Moab Jeep Safari; Moab Field Office, UT AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1 15192 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 56 / Friday, March 21, 2008 / Notices Notice of Emergency Motorized Vehicle Closure and Restrictions. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice restricts motorized use on 10 popular public land vehicle routes used by the Moab Jeep Safari during the 2008 Moab Jeep Safari organized group event. The action is in effect for the 2008 Jeep Safari event which takes place during the nine day period from March 15 to March 23, 2008. The following two components of the action apply only to users of motorized vehicles. Exclusive Use: On seven of the routes (Behind the Rocks, Cliff Hanger, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Moab Rim, Poison Spider Mesa, and Pritchett Canyon), motorized users holding a Special Recreation Permit for such use from the Bureau of Land Management, including participants in the Moab Jeep Safari, are granted exclusive use of the route while a Jeep Safari trip is occurring. This action temporarily excludes non-permit holding motorized users from these routes. One Way Travel: On three of the routes (Hell’s Revenge, Kane Creek Canyon and Steel Bender), the routes are open to general motorized travel by non-permitted users in one direction only for the entire nine day duration of the Moab Jeep Safari. The dates for the Moab Jeep Safari and the dates when the Jeep Safari plans use of a route are posted at the Moab Field Office and on the Moab Field Office’s Internet site at the addresses provided below. They are also available upon request. DATES: This notice is effective upon publication and shall remain in effect from March 15 through March 23, 2008, during the 2008 Moab Jeep Safari. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Russell von Koch, Recreation Branch Chief, BLM Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood Avenue, Moab, Utah 84532 or telephone 435–259–2100. Also see the Moab Field Office Internet site at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/ moab.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 23, 2008, the Decision Record authorizing permitted motorized use on a set of 30 routes (called ‘‘Jeep Safari Routes’’) was signed. This permit authorizes the Redrock 4Wheelers to utilize the Jeep Safari Routes for an organized group event during an annual nine day period each spring (that traditionally includes Easter Sunday and the previous eight days) from 2008 through 2012. The Environmental Assessment analyzing these routes (EA # 060–2005–080) concluded that allowing permitted motorized users exclusive use of seven of the more popular routes listed in the above VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:33 Mar 20, 2008 Jkt 214001 summary, and managing for one-way travel on the three additional routes listed in the above summary for the nine day period of the Moab Jeep Safari would mitigate environmental damage by lessening the amount of traffic concentrated on these narrow dirt routes. The annual nine day Jeep Safari period sees the most intense and concentrated motorized use of these routes; the resultant overcrowding of these routes leads to degradation of resources as routes widen with the congregation of vehicles along them. Specifically, exclusive motorized use of seven of the more popular routes listed above, by permittees only, would prevent damage to wilderness, water quality, soils, visual resources and vegetation by reducing the amount of travel. In addition, restricting motorized use of these routes would lessen user conflict and provide for a more enjoyable experience during the annual Jeep Safari for those motorized users holding a Special Recreation Permit. One way use of three routes listed above would reduce impacts to water quality, soils, visual resources, and vegetation by eliminating passing, which results in road widening along these narrow routes. In addition, one way travel mitigates crowding along these three routes; this lessens user conflict and provides for a more enjoyable experience for those motorized users holding a Special Recreation Permit. Exclusive Use: To enact these restrictions, the following routes will be for the exclusive use of permitted motorized users on days that they are utilized by the Moab Jeep Safari while Safari participants are making use of the routes: Behind the Rocks, Cliff Hanger, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Moab Rim, Poison Spider Mesa, and Pritchett Canyon. This means that for the routes listed above, motorized users without a Special Recreation Permit authorizing use of these routes are excluded from using them as described above. Nonmotorized users are not restricted. One Way Travel: The following routes are restricted to one way travel for the entire nine days of the Moab Jeep Safari: Hell’s Revenge, Kane Creek Canyon and Steelbender. For the Hell’s Revenge route, motorized use must occur oneway from east to west, i.e., from the Sand Flats Recreation Area entrance booth west to the end of the route west of the Lion’s Back Rock. This action is consistent with Grand County’s travel management which allows the Lion’s Back access to be used only as an exit for general recreational travel. For the Kane Creek Canyon route, motorized use must occur one-way from north to PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 south, i.e., from the Hurrah Pass/Kane Creek junction south to the end of the route at U.S. Highway 191. For the Steelbender route, motorized use must occur one-way from north to south, i.e., from the Moab Golf Club area entry south to the southern end of the route near Flat Pass and Kens Lake. This restriction applies to all motorized users. This action will be posted at the Moab BLM Field Office as well as on the Moab Field Office Web site at: http:// www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html. The restrictions will also be posted at each of the trailheads affected during the 2008 Jeep Safari. Enforcement actions will be taken as necessary in accordance with 43 CFR 8360.0–7 and 18 U.S.C 3571. Exceptions The use of motorized vehicles for emergency, official United States military, and law enforcement purposes, or for official duties, or as otherwise authorized by the Bureau of Land Management are exempt from these restrictions. Use of motorized wheelchairs is also exempt. Authority: The authority to implement these restrictions on motorized vehicular use is found in 43 CFR 8364.1. Dated: March 12, 2008. Selma Sierra, BLM Utah State Director. [FR Doc. E8–5769 Filed 3–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WO–305–1430–PF–01–24 1A] Extension of Approved Information Collection, OMB Control Number 1004– 0189 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend an existing approval to collect information from entities desiring a right-of-way across public lands under 43 CFR parts 2800 and 2880. The BLM and several other agencies use Form 299, Application for Transportation and Utility System and Facility, to determine whether applicants qualify to hold right-of-way grants across public lands, and for several other purposes. E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[UT-062-08-1220-PM]


Notice of Emergency Motorized Vehicle Closure and Restrictions 
for Specified Routes During the 2008 Moab Jeep Safari; Moab Field 
Office, UT

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

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ACTION: Notice of Emergency Motorized Vehicle Closure and Restrictions.

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SUMMARY: This notice restricts motorized use on 10 popular public land 
vehicle routes used by the Moab Jeep Safari during the 2008 Moab Jeep 
Safari organized group event. The action is in effect for the 2008 Jeep 
Safari event which takes place during the nine day period from March 15 
to March 23, 2008. The following two components of the action apply 
only to users of motorized vehicles. Exclusive Use: On seven of the 
routes (Behind the Rocks, Cliff Hanger, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, 
Moab Rim, Poison Spider Mesa, and Pritchett Canyon), motorized users 
holding a Special Recreation Permit for such use from the Bureau of 
Land Management, including participants in the Moab Jeep Safari, are 
granted exclusive use of the route while a Jeep Safari trip is 
occurring. This action temporarily excludes non-permit holding 
motorized users from these routes. One Way Travel: On three of the 
routes (Hell's Revenge, Kane Creek Canyon and Steel Bender), the routes 
are open to general motorized travel by non-permitted users in one 
direction only for the entire nine day duration of the Moab Jeep 
Safari. The dates for the Moab Jeep Safari and the dates when the Jeep 
Safari plans use of a route are posted at the Moab Field Office and on 
the Moab Field Office's Internet site at the addresses provided below. 
They are also available upon request.

DATES: This notice is effective upon publication and shall remain in 
effect from March 15 through March 23, 2008, during the 2008 Moab Jeep 
Safari.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Russell von Koch, Recreation Branch 
Chief, BLM Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood Avenue, Moab, Utah 84532 
or telephone 435-259-2100. Also see the Moab Field Office Internet site 
at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 23, 2008, the Decision Record 
authorizing permitted motorized use on a set of 30 routes (called 
``Jeep Safari Routes'') was signed. This permit authorizes the Redrock 
4Wheelers to utilize the Jeep Safari Routes for an organized group 
event during an annual nine day period each spring (that traditionally 
includes Easter Sunday and the previous eight days) from 2008 through 
2012. The Environmental Assessment analyzing these routes (EA  
060-2005-080) concluded that allowing permitted motorized users 
exclusive use of seven of the more popular routes listed in the above 
summary, and managing for one-way travel on the three additional routes 
listed in the above summary for the nine day period of the Moab Jeep 
Safari would mitigate environmental damage by lessening the amount of 
traffic concentrated on these narrow dirt routes. The annual nine day 
Jeep Safari period sees the most intense and concentrated motorized use 
of these routes; the resultant overcrowding of these routes leads to 
degradation of resources as routes widen with the congregation of 
vehicles along them.
    Specifically, exclusive motorized use of seven of the more popular 
routes listed above, by permittees only, would prevent damage to 
wilderness, water quality, soils, visual resources and vegetation by 
reducing the amount of travel. In addition, restricting motorized use 
of these routes would lessen user conflict and provide for a more 
enjoyable experience during the annual Jeep Safari for those motorized 
users holding a Special Recreation Permit.
    One way use of three routes listed above would reduce impacts to 
water quality, soils, visual resources, and vegetation by eliminating 
passing, which results in road widening along these narrow routes. In 
addition, one way travel mitigates crowding along these three routes; 
this lessens user conflict and provides for a more enjoyable experience 
for those motorized users holding a Special Recreation Permit.
    Exclusive Use: To enact these restrictions, the following routes 
will be for the exclusive use of permitted motorized users on days that 
they are utilized by the Moab Jeep Safari while Safari participants are 
making use of the routes: Behind the Rocks, Cliff Hanger, Gold Bar Rim, 
Golden Spike, Moab Rim, Poison Spider Mesa, and Pritchett Canyon. This 
means that for the routes listed above, motorized users without a 
Special Recreation Permit authorizing use of these routes are excluded 
from using them as described above. Non-motorized users are not 
restricted.
    One Way Travel: The following routes are restricted to one way 
travel for the entire nine days of the Moab Jeep Safari: Hell's 
Revenge, Kane Creek Canyon and Steelbender. For the Hell's Revenge 
route, motorized use must occur one-way from east to west, i.e., from 
the Sand Flats Recreation Area entrance booth west to the end of the 
route west of the Lion's Back Rock. This action is consistent with 
Grand County's travel management which allows the Lion's Back access to 
be used only as an exit for general recreational travel. For the Kane 
Creek Canyon route, motorized use must occur one-way from north to 
south, i.e., from the Hurrah Pass/Kane Creek junction south to the end 
of the route at U.S. Highway 191. For the Steelbender route, motorized 
use must occur one-way from north to south, i.e., from the Moab Golf 
Club area entry south to the southern end of the route near Flat Pass 
and Kens Lake. This restriction applies to all motorized users.
    This action will be posted at the Moab BLM Field Office as well as 
on the Moab Field Office Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/
moab.html. The restrictions will also be posted at each of the 
trailheads affected during the 2008 Jeep Safari. Enforcement actions 
will be taken as necessary in accordance with 43 CFR 8360.0-7 and 18 
U.S.C 3571.

Exceptions

    The use of motorized vehicles for emergency, official United States 
military, and law enforcement purposes, or for official duties, or as 
otherwise authorized by the Bureau of Land Management are exempt from 
these restrictions. Use of motorized wheelchairs is also exempt.

    Authority: The authority to implement these restrictions on 
motorized vehicular use is found in 43 CFR 8364.1.

    Dated: March 12, 2008.
Selma Sierra,
BLM Utah State Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-5769 Filed 3-20-08; 8:45 am]
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