Avalanche Hazard Reduction by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, MT Final Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision, Glacier National Park, MT, 65394-65395 [E8-26122]

Download as PDF 65394 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 213 / Monday, November 3, 2008 / Notices official or representative of a business or organization. Any adverse comments will be reviewed by the State Director, who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action. In the absence of timely filed objections, this realty action will become the final determination of the Department of the Interior. The land will not be offered for sale prior to December 18, 2008. Authority: 43 CFR 2711.1–2. Lance C. Porter, Field Manager. [FR Doc. E8–26119 Filed 10–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NM–030–5874–EU–038G] Notice of Realty Action; Proposed Sale of Public Land, New Mexico Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior. ACTION: Notice of Realty Action. 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E8–26129 Filed 10–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–VC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Avalanche Hazard Reduction by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, MT Final Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision, Glacier National Park, MT National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Avalanche Hazard Reduction by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park. 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 Avalanche Hazard Reduction by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in Glacier National Park (GNP) and Flathead National Forest, Montana, Final Environmental Impact Statement. On September 12, 2008, the Regional Director, Intermountain Region approved the Record of Decision. As soon as practicable, the National Park Service will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in the FEIS issued on August 2, 2008. Four alternatives were analyzed and Alternative B was identified as the preferred which will include the following actions: GNP will issue a special use permit to BNSF for nonexplosive snow stability testing, installation of a weather station and other avalanche forecasting equipment and detection devices in the Middle Fork area within the park. All E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 213 / Monday, November 3, 2008 / Notices installations will be painted to blend in and reduce their visibility. GNP will not permit the use of explosives for avalanche hazard reduction within the park except during emergency extenuating circumstances after all other options, including railroad delays, have been exercised. GNP recommends that BNSF build snowsheds in areas of the John Stevens Canyon that currently do not have them. GNP also recommends that BNSF lengthen existing snowsheds that do not provide sufficient protection from avalanche activity. In the event that BNSF constructs snowsheds, GNP recommends that wildlife crossings be incorporated into the structures where appropriate. Wildlife specialists from GNP, FNF and the USFWS will work closely with BNSF to assist with this effort. GNP also recommends that BNSF design historically compatible extensions on the existing historic snowsheds. Cultural Resource Specialists from both GNP and FNF will assist with this effort. Other alternatives analyzed were: (1) No Action—BNSF would continue to use avalanche forecasting, travel restrictions, and delays to protect employees, freight, equipment and Amtrak passengers; (2) Alternative C–GNP would permit explosive use for up to ten years for avalanche hazard reduction after a commitment from BNSF to build snowsheds and fund a 15 year resource monitoring program; and (3) Alternative D–GNP would permit BNSF to conduct a permanent explosive avalanche hazard reduction program using military artillery in the park. Construction of less than one mile of snowsheds offers the best avalanche protection for Amtrak passengers, BNSF employees, equipment, and freight. Explosive avalanche hazard reduction is an inappropriate use of park lands and may have unacceptable impacts on park resources and values, as defined in the 2006 NPS Management Policies. GNP along with Waterton Lakes National Park is the world’s first International Peace Park, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Site. Three comments were received on the Final EIS supporting the preferred alternative. Over 13,000 comments were received on the Draft EIS in addition to 1,100 comments received during scoping. The public as well as other agencies and tribes were overwhelmingly in support of the preferred alternative. The Record of Decision includes a description of the decision, key actions and mitigation measures, a synopsis of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, findings on VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Oct 31, 2008 Jkt 217001 impairment, unacceptable impacts and appropriate use of park resources and values, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, and an overview of public and agency involvement in the decision-making process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Riddle, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana 59936, mary_riddle@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/glac. Dated: October 24, 2008. Anthony J. Schetzsle, Deputy Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. E8–26122 Filed 10–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–94–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan; San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County, WA; Notice of Availability SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91–190, as amended), and the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Part 1500–1508), the National Park Service (NPS), Department of the Interior, has prepared a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for updating the General Management Plan (GMP) for San Juan Island National Historical Park located in San Juan County, Washington. The current GMP was prepared in 1979. This FEIS describes and analyzes three GMP alternatives that respond to both NPS planning requirements and to the public’s concerns and issues, identified during the scoping and public involvement process. Each alternative presents management strategies for resource protection and preservation, education and interpretation, visitor use and facilities, land protection and boundaries, and long-term operations and management of the park. The potential environmental consequences of all the alternatives, and mitigation strategies, are identified and analyzed in the FEIS. In addition to a ‘‘no-action’’ alternative, an ‘‘environmentally preferred’’ alternative is identified. Proposed Plan and Alternatives: Alternative A constitutes the ‘‘noaction’’ alternative and assumes a PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65395 continuation of existing management and trends at San Juan Island National Historical Park. The primary emphasis in current management is placed on the protection and preservation of cultural resources. Since 1966, the park has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The management of cultural landscapes around the immediate encampment areas at American Camp and English Camp would continue to emphasize cultural landscape management while respecting the natural environment and natural processes. No new construction would be authorized. Alternative B would increase visitor opportunities and outreach at both English Camp and American Camp, as well as in the town of Friday Harbor through additional visitor facilities, recreational opportunities, programs, and services. Natural and cultural resources interpretation would be enhanced through more extensive facilities and programs. At English Camp, the road system would be reconfigured as a one-way loop road by connecting a road segment approximately one-fifth mile long from the entrance road to the administrative road. The road would follow the existing historic road alignment where possible. The Crook house would be rehabilitated as a visitor contact facility on the ground floor and for administrative use on the second floor. At American Camp, the 1979 doublewide trailer that serves as the temporary visitor center at American Camp would be removed, the site restored to natural conditions, and a new enlarged visitor center would be constructed north of the redoubt. The new visitor center would include space for a collections study room for natural and cultural resource items, including a portion of the military-era collections. The existing road to the redoubt off Pickett’s Lane would be removed and converted to a trail. The cultural landscapes would be enhanced to aid visitor understanding and interpretation through a variety of techniques. The prairie would be restored to native plant species. Offisland interpretation would be enhanced through partnerships. The park would propose boundary adjustments at both sites to include important natural and cultural resources related to the purpose of the park. Alternative C is the agency-preferred alternative as it would broaden the scope of resource management and interpretation programs to emphasize connections and interrelationships between the park’s natural and cultural resources. New facilities, trails and E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1

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National Park Service


Avalanche Hazard Reduction by Burlington Northern Santa Fe 
Railway in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, MT Final 
Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision, Glacier National 
Park, MT

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 Avalanche Hazard Reduction by 
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Glacier National Park and 
Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park.

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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 Avalanche Hazard Reduction by 
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in Glacier National Park 
(GNP) and Flathead National Forest, Montana, Final Environmental Impact 
Statement. On September 12, 2008, the Regional Director, Intermountain 
Region approved the Record of Decision. As soon as practicable, the 
National Park Service will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative 
contained in the FEIS issued on August 2, 2008. Four alternatives were 
analyzed and Alternative B was identified as the preferred which will 
include the following actions: GNP will issue a special use permit to 
BNSF for non-explosive snow stability testing, installation of a 
weather station and other avalanche forecasting equipment and detection 
devices in the Middle Fork area within the park. All

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installations will be painted to blend in and reduce their visibility. 
GNP will not permit the use of explosives for avalanche hazard 
reduction within the park except during emergency extenuating 
circumstances after all other options, including railroad delays, have 
been exercised. GNP recommends that BNSF build snowsheds in areas of 
the John Stevens Canyon that currently do not have them. GNP also 
recommends that BNSF lengthen existing snowsheds that do not provide 
sufficient protection from avalanche activity. In the event that BNSF 
constructs snowsheds, GNP recommends that wildlife crossings be 
incorporated into the structures where appropriate. Wildlife 
specialists from GNP, FNF and the USFWS will work closely with BNSF to 
assist with this effort. GNP also recommends that BNSF design 
historically compatible extensions on the existing historic snowsheds. 
Cultural Resource Specialists from both GNP and FNF will assist with 
this effort. Other alternatives analyzed were: (1) No Action--BNSF 
would continue to use avalanche forecasting, travel restrictions, and 
delays to protect employees, freight, equipment and Amtrak passengers; 
(2) Alternative C-GNP would permit explosive use for up to ten years 
for avalanche hazard reduction after a commitment from BNSF to build 
snowsheds and fund a 15 year resource monitoring program; and (3) 
Alternative D-GNP would permit BNSF to conduct a permanent explosive 
avalanche hazard reduction program using military artillery in the 
park. Construction of less than one mile of snowsheds offers the best 
avalanche protection for Amtrak passengers, BNSF employees, equipment, 
and freight. Explosive avalanche hazard reduction is an inappropriate 
use of park lands and may have unacceptable impacts on park resources 
and values, as defined in the 2006 NPS Management Policies. GNP along 
with Waterton Lakes National Park is the world's first International 
Peace Park, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage 
Site. Three comments were received on the Final EIS supporting the 
preferred alternative. Over 13,000 comments were received on the Draft 
EIS in addition to 1,100 comments received during scoping.
    The public as well as other agencies and tribes were overwhelmingly 
in support of the preferred alternative. The Record of Decision 
includes a description of the decision, key actions and mitigation 
measures, a synopsis of other alternatives considered, the basis for 
the decision, findings on impairment, unacceptable impacts and 
appropriate use of park resources and values, a description of the 
environmentally preferable alternative, and an overview of public and 
agency involvement in the decision-making process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Riddle, Glacier National Park, 
West Glacier, Montana 59936, mary_riddle@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/glac.

    Dated: October 24, 2008.
Anthony J. Schetzsle,
Deputy Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.
 [FR Doc. E8-26122 Filed 10-31-08; 8:45 am]
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