Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process, 61163-61164 [E8-24374]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 15, 2008 / Notices applications should be submitted to the Director (address above). Anyone requesting a hearing should give specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Director. The following applicants request permits to import polar bears (Ursus maritimus) taken from the Gulf of Boothia polar bear population in Canada as sport hunted trophies for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species under section 104(c)(4)(A) of the MMPA because these specimens would not be eligible for importation under 104(c)(5)(A). These specimens were taken prior to the date when the Endangered Species Act prohibitions would apply. Applicant: Dennis H. Dunn, Kirkland, WA, PRT–189427. Applicant: Keith C. Halstead, Greenville, SC, PRT–189429. Applicant: Keith J. Atcheson, Butte, MT, PRT–189430. Applicant: Kevin J. Wieczorek, Chesterfield, MI, PRT–189431. 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ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska 18:32 Oct 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 Judy A. Kelley, Land Law Examiner, Resolution Branch (962). [FR Doc. E8–24389 Filed 10–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CO 130 2009 001] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR VerDate Aug<31>2005 Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Calista Corporation for lands located in the vicinity of Newtok and Chefornak, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News. DATES: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until November 14, 2008 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR Part 4, Subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO), Colorado, is initiating a planning effort to prepare the Grand Junction RMP and associated EIS. The RMP will replace the existing 1987 Resource Management Plan. DATES: The scoping comment period will commence with the publication of this notice and will end on January 9, 2009. However, collaboration with the PO 00000 Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61163 public will continue throughout the planning process. Public meetings will be announced through the local news media, newsletters, and a BLM Web site at least 15 days prior to the event. Comments on issues and planning criteria should be received on or before the end of the scoping period at the address listed below. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the Grand Junction Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or via fax at (970) 244–3083. E-mail comments may be set to GJFO_mail@blm.gov. Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM GJFO, during regular business hours 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. 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. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list; contact Matt Anderson, Project Manager, Telephone (970) 244–3027. Project documents may be reviewed on BLM’s Grand Junction’s Field Office Web site at http://www.blm.gov (select Grand Junction on the interactive map). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the public scoping process is to identify issues that should be considered in the RMP/EIS and to initiate public participation in the planning process. BLM personnel will also be present at scoping meetings to explain the planning process and other requirements for preparing the RMP/ EIS. The planning area includes lands within the BLM GJFO administrative boundary. The GJFO RMP decision area encompasses about 1.2 million acres of public lands, which are located within Mesa, Garfield, Montrose, and Delta Counties, Colorado. The decision area includes public lands administered by the BLM GJFO, and does not include E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 61164 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 15, 2008 / Notices private lands, state lands, tribal trust lands, federal lands not administered by the BLM, lands located within the planning area of the RMP for the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and associated Wilderness Area. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and associated Council of Environmental Quality Regulations 40 CFR part 1500. The plan also fulfills requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA: 43 U.S.C. 1711), applicable planning regulations at 43 CFR part 1600, and BLM management policies. Parties interested in leasing and development of Federal coal in the planning area should provide coal resource data for their area(s) of interest. Specifically, information is requested on the location, quality, and quantity of Federal coal with development potential, and on surface resource values related to the 20 coal unsuitability criteria described in 43 CFR part 3461. This information will be used for any necessary updating of coal screening determination (43 CFR 3420.1–4) in the area and in the environmental analysis. In addition to coal resource data, the BLM seeks resource information and data for other public land values (e.g., air quality, cultural and historic resources, fire/ fuels, fisheries, forestry, lands and realty, non-energy minerals and geology, oil and gas (including coalbed methane), paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, soil, water, and wildlife) in the planning area. The purpose of this request is to assure that the planning effort has sufficient information and data to consider a reasonable range of resource uses, management options, and alternatives for the public lands. Proprietary data marked as confidential may be submitted in response to this call for coal and other resource information. Please submit all proprietary information submissions to the address listed above. The BLM will treat submissions marked as ‘‘Confidential’’ in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of such information. The BLM GJFO will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management actions and decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns of the public, subject to planning criteria to be developed to guide the plan. Preliminary issues and management concerns have been identified by the BLM, other agencies, and meetings with individuals and user VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 Oct 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 groups. The major issue themes to be addressed in the RMP effort include: • Management and protection of public land resources while allowing for multiple uses. • Management of riparian areas and water quality concerns. • Recreation/visitor use and safety management. • Travel management, including Off Highway Vehicle. • Management of areas with special values. • Energy and minerals management. • Management of wildlife habitat including protection of sensitive species habitat. • Community expansion and urban interface. • Land Tenure Adjustments. After gathering public comments, issues will be placed in one of three categories. 1. Issues to be resolved by the plan; 2. Issues resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. Rationale will be provided in the plan for each issue 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. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to develop the plan in order to consider the variety of issues and concerns identified. Disciplines involved in the planning process will include specialists with expertise in rangeland management, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife, fisheries, wild horse, weeds, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, engineering, fire, wilderness, hazardous materials, and social and economic. The BLM has identified some preliminary planning criteria to guide the development of the plan. The following planning criteria have been proposed to guide the development of the plan, to avoid unnecessary data collection and analyses, and to ensure the plan is tailored to issues. Other criteria may be identified during the public scoping process. Proposed planning criteria include the following: • The plan will comply with all applicable laws, regulations and current policies. • Broad-based public participation will be an integral part of the planning and EIS process. • The plan will recognize valid existing rights. • Areas with special designations as appropriate. PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: October, 2008. Raul Morales, Associate Field Manager, Grand Junction Field Office. [FR Doc. E8–24374 Filed 10–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NV–040–07–5101–ER–F344; N–78091] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Coal-Fired Electric Power Generating Plant in Eastern White Pine County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) has been prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ely Field Office for the White Pine Energy Station (WPES) and is now available. This document evaluates the environmental effects of constructing a coal-fired electric power generating plant (up to 1,600-megawatts) and associated features on public lands in White Pine County, Nevada. DATES: The Final EIS will be available for review until November 3, 2008, which is 30 days following the date the EPA published their notice in the Federal Register, [73 FR 57620]. ADDRESSES: The Final EIS and associated documents will be available for review in hard copy and on compact disk at the following locations: —University of Nevada-Reno, Getchell Library, Government Publication Dept., Reno, NV 89507 —Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno, NV 89501 —White Pine County Library, 950 Campton Street, Ely, NV 89301 —Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119 A limited number of copies of the document will be available at the following BLM offices: —Elko Field Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 —Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701 —Ely Field Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301–9408 —Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502–7147 —Washington Office of Public Affairs, 18th and C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240 E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 15, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 61163-61164]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-24374]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CO 130 2009 001]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and 
Associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public 
Scoping Process

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO), Colorado, is initiating a 
planning effort to prepare the Grand Junction RMP and associated EIS. 
The RMP will replace the existing 1987 Resource Management Plan.

DATES: The scoping comment period will commence with the publication of 
this notice and will end on January 9, 2009. However, collaboration 
with the public will continue throughout the planning process. Public 
meetings will be announced through the local news media, newsletters, 
and a BLM Web site at least 15 days prior to the event. Comments on 
issues and planning criteria should be received on or before the end of 
the scoping period at the address listed below.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the Grand Junction Field 
Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 
81506 or via fax at (970) 244-3083. E-mail comments may be set to 
GJFO_mail@blm.gov. Comments, including names and addresses of 
respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM GJFO, 
during regular business hours 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, 
except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. 
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. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and 
from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials 
of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection 
in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list; contact Matt Anderson, Project 
Manager, Telephone (970) 244-3027. Project documents may be reviewed on 
BLM's Grand Junction's Field Office Web site at http://www.blm.gov 
(select Grand Junction on the interactive map).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the public scoping process is 
to identify issues that should be considered in the RMP/EIS and to 
initiate public participation in the planning process. BLM personnel 
will also be present at scoping meetings to explain the planning 
process and other requirements for preparing the RMP/EIS. The planning 
area includes lands within the BLM GJFO administrative boundary. The 
GJFO RMP decision area encompasses about 1.2 million acres of public 
lands, which are located within Mesa, Garfield, Montrose, and Delta 
Counties, Colorado. The decision area includes public lands 
administered by the BLM GJFO, and does not include

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private lands, state lands, tribal trust lands, federal lands not 
administered by the BLM, lands located within the planning area of the 
RMP for the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and associated 
Wilderness Area.
    The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and associated Council of 
Environmental Quality Regulations 40 CFR part 1500. The plan also 
fulfills requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
(FLPMA: 43 U.S.C. 1711), applicable planning regulations at 43 CFR part 
1600, and BLM management policies.
    Parties interested in leasing and development of Federal coal in 
the planning area should provide coal resource data for their area(s) 
of interest. Specifically, information is requested on the location, 
quality, and quantity of Federal coal with development potential, and 
on surface resource values related to the 20 coal unsuitability 
criteria described in 43 CFR part 3461. This information will be used 
for any necessary updating of coal screening determination (43 CFR 
3420.1-4) in the area and in the environmental analysis. In addition to 
coal resource data, the BLM seeks resource information and data for 
other public land values (e.g., air quality, cultural and historic 
resources, fire/fuels, fisheries, forestry, lands and realty, non-
energy minerals and geology, oil and gas (including coalbed methane), 
paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, soil, water, and 
wildlife) in the planning area. The purpose of this request is to 
assure that the planning effort has sufficient information and data to 
consider a reasonable range of resource uses, management options, and 
alternatives for the public lands.
    Proprietary data marked as confidential may be submitted in 
response to this call for coal and other resource information. Please 
submit all proprietary information submissions to the address listed 
above. The BLM will treat submissions marked as ``Confidential'' in 
accordance with the laws and regulations governing the confidentiality 
of such information.
    The BLM GJFO will work collaboratively with interested parties to 
identify the management actions and decisions that are best suited to 
local, regional, and national needs and concerns of the public, subject 
to planning criteria to be developed to guide the plan. Preliminary 
issues and management concerns have been identified by the BLM, other 
agencies, and meetings with individuals and user groups. The major 
issue themes to be addressed in the RMP effort include:
     Management and protection of public land resources while 
allowing for multiple uses.
     Management of riparian areas and water quality concerns.
     Recreation/visitor use and safety management.
     Travel management, including Off Highway Vehicle.
     Management of areas with special values.
     Energy and minerals management.
     Management of wildlife habitat including protection of 
sensitive species habitat.
     Community expansion and urban interface.
     Land Tenure Adjustments.

After gathering public comments, issues will be placed in one of three 
categories.

    1. Issues to be resolved by the plan;
    2. Issues resolved through policy or administrative action; or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.

Rationale will be provided in the plan for each issue 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. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to 
develop the plan in order to consider the variety of issues and 
concerns identified. Disciplines involved in the planning process will 
include specialists with expertise in rangeland management, minerals 
and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife, 
fisheries, wild horse, weeds, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, 
engineering, fire, wilderness, hazardous materials, and social and 
economic. The BLM has identified some preliminary planning criteria to 
guide the development of the plan. The following planning criteria have 
been proposed to guide the development of the plan, to avoid 
unnecessary data collection and analyses, and to ensure the plan is 
tailored to issues. Other criteria may be identified during the public 
scoping process. Proposed planning criteria include the following:
     The plan will comply with all applicable laws, regulations 
and current policies.
     Broad-based public participation will be an integral part 
of the planning and EIS process.
     The plan will recognize valid existing rights.
     Areas with special designations as appropriate.

    Dated: October, 2008.
Raul Morales,
Associate Field Manager, Grand Junction Field Office.
[FR Doc. E8-24374 Filed 10-14-08; 8:45 am]
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