Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, VA, 72077-72078 [E8-28115]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 26, 2008 / Notices existing substation operated by NV Energy located near U.S. Highway 50 east of Carson City. A series of 15 feet to 40 feet wide access roads will be improved or constructed to facilitate site development. Other facilities will include several small outbuildings for storage of materials and temporary work areas and storage yards. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the EIS process. The EIS will address issues brought forth through scoping and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary team of BLM and other agency specialists. A range of alternatives and mitigating measures will be considered to evaluate and minimize environmental impacts and to assure that the proposed actions do not result in undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands. 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Kelly, Field Manager, Sierra Front Field Office. [FR Doc. E8–28198 Filed 11–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES National Park Service Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, VA National Park Service, Department of the Interior. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:30 Nov 25, 2008 Jkt 217001 ACTION: Notice of availability. SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102 (2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Pub. L. 91–190, as amended), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/ EIS) for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia. Consistent with National Park Service laws, regulations, policies, and the purposes of the National Historical Park, the Draft GMP/EIS describes and analyzes four alternatives (A–D) to guide the management of the park over the next 20 years. The alternatives incorporate various management prescriptions to addresss the following issues: protecting park resources and values, interpretation, visitor facilities and services, access and circulation, related resources, partnership collaboration, and technical assistance. Alternative A is continuation of current management practices. Visitors would experience the park at sites owned and independently managed by the Key Partners. The NPS would provide technical assistance and bring national recognition and visibility to the park by virtue of being part of the national park system. Under Alternative B, visitors would experience the park at sites owned by the Key Partners and through electronic media and NPS ranger led tours and programs. Visitors would access the park via auto-touring routes and a few non-motorized trails located on Key Partner properties. The primary NPS role would be to provide interpretive programs and technical assistance. The Key Partners would have the responsibility for land and resource protection. There would be increased collaboration among the NPS and the Key Partners, with the NPS serving as a coordinator for resource and planning issues. Under Alternative C, visitors would experience the park at a NPS-developed and managed visitor center and at visitor focal areas owned and managed by the NPS and the Key Partners. The NPS and the Key Partners would coordinate interpretive programs at these sites. Visitors would access the park via auto-touring routes and a system of non-motorized trails that provides opportunities for interpretation. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop a coordinated land protection plan focused on protection of key historic sites that would become focal areas. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop formal PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72077 agreements to undertake special projects and general park management. Alternative D is the preferred alternative. Under this alternative, visitors would experience the park at a NPS-developed and managed visitor center and at visitor focal areas owned and managed by the NPS and the Key Partners. The NPS and the Key Partners would coordinate interpretive programs at these sites. Visitors would access the park via auto-touring routes and an extensive system of non-motorized trails that provides opportunities for interpretation and recreation, that connect focal areas, and that tie to communities and resources outside the park. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop a coordinated land protection plan focused on protection of cultural landscapes, sensitive natural resource areas, and lands providing connections between NPS and Key Partner properties. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop formal agreements that define responsibilities for special projects, programs, events, and specific park operations. The Draft GMP/EIS evaluates the potential environmental consequences of implementing the alternatives. Impact topics include the cultural, natural, and socioeconomic environments. This notice also announces that public meetings will be held to solicit comments on the Draft GMP/EIS during the public review period. Dates, times, and locations will be announced on the agency’s planning Web site http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe, in local papers, and can be obtained by calling the park office at (540) 868–9176. Public Review: There are several ways to view the document: • An electronic version of the document will be available for download, review, and comment on the agency’s planning Web site http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe. • CDs and a limited number of printed copies can be requested by contacting the park at (540) 868–9176 or by e-mailing park planner Christopher Stubbs at chris_stubbs@nps.gov. • The document will be available for review at the park office at 77181⁄2 Main St., Middletown, VA 22645. The National Park Service will accept comments on the Draft GMP/EIS from the public for a period of 90 days following publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Interested persons may check the planning Web site at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe for dates, times, and places of public meetings to be conducted by the NPS, or by calling (540) 868–9176. E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1 72078 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 26, 2008 / Notices If you wish to comment, you may do so by any one of several methods. The preferred method of comment is via the internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ cebe. You may mail your comments to Superintendent Diann Jacox, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP, P.O. Box 700, Middletown, VA 22645. You may also hand deliver your comments to the National Park Service office at 77181⁄2 Main St., Middletown, VA. If you include 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. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was created by Congress in December 2002 to help preserve, protect, and interpret a nationally significant Civil War landscape and antebellum plantation; to tell the rich story of Shenandoah Valley history; to preserve historic, natural, cultural, military, and scenic resources; and to serve as a focal point within the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. The park is located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, adjacent to the historic towns of Middletown and Strasburg, and is within the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren. The park consists of approximately 3,712 acres that includes prehistoric resources, ecologically important areas, evidence of valley settlement and early European history of the region, examples of plantation life and culture, and significant Civil War resources. In the enabling legislation for the park, Congress established a Federal Advisory Commission to advise in the preparation of a GMP, and Key Partner organizations who may continue to own and manage properties within the park. The Draft GMP/EIS sets forth alternative visions (management alternatives) for the development and operation of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. This plan is the product of collaboration between the National Park Service, the Federal Advisory Commission, and the Key Partners to provide for the preservation and public enjoyment of the National Historical Park for the next 15 to 20 years. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diann Jacox, Superintendent, Cedar VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:30 Nov 25, 2008 Jkt 217001 Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, (540) 868–9176. Dated: February 7, 2008. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on November 21, 2008. [FR Doc. E8–28115 Filed 11–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–AR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Prepare a General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)), the National Park Service (NPS) is announcing its intent to prepare a General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/ EIS) for Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Memorial), South Dakota. This effort will update the 1980 GMP. The GMP/EIS will establish the overall direction for the Memorial, setting broad management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. The GMP/EIS will prescribe desired resource conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and maintained throughout the Memorial based on such factors as the Memorial’s purpose, significance, special mandates, the body of laws and policies directing Memorial management, resource analysis, and the range of public expectations and concerns. The GMP/ EIS also will outline the kinds of resource management activities, visitor activities, and developments that would be appropriate in the Memorial in the future. A range of reasonable alternatives for managing the Memorial will be developed through this planning process and will include, at a minimum, a no-action and a preferred alternative. Major issues the GMP/EIS will address include changes in visitor use patterns and special events, adequacy and sustainability of existing facilities for visitor opportunities and activities and PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for Memorial operations, and partnership roles and opportunities. The need for new facilities such as maintenance, museum curation and storage, and interpretation will be examined. The GMP/EIS will evaluate the potential environmental effects of the alternative management approaches. As the first phase of the planning process, the NPS is beginning to scope the issues to be addressed in the GMP/ EIS. All interested persons, organizations, Agencies, and Tribes are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions on issues and concerns that should be addressed in the GMP/EIS, and the range of appropriate alternatives that should be examined. DATES: The NPS will begin public scoping soon. Public scoping meetings regarding the GMP, including specific dates, times, and locations, will be announced in the local media, at the Web site http://parkplanning.nps.gov/, or by contacting the Superintendent. ADDRESSES: General park information requests or requests to be added to the project mailing list should be directed to: Gerard Baker, Superintendent, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Highway 244, Building 31, Suite 1, Keystone, South Dakota 57751–0268; telephone: 605–574–2523; e-mail: moru_gmp@nps.gov. If you wish to comment on any issues associated with the GMP/EIS, you may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Highway 244, Building 31, Suite 1, Keystone, South Dakota 57751–0268. Once the public comment period commences, you may comment via the Internet at http:// www.planning.nps.gov/; simply select Mount Rushmore National Memorial from the list of parks, and then select the GMP/EIS. Finally, you may handdeliver comments to the Memorial at the address above. Before including your address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, 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 comments to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials, or organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety. E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 26, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72077-72078]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-28115]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, 
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, VA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102 (2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended), the National 
Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft General 
Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Cedar 
Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia.
    Consistent with National Park Service laws, regulations, policies, 
and the purposes of the National Historical Park, the Draft GMP/EIS 
describes and analyzes four alternatives (A-D) to guide the management 
of the park over the next 20 years. The alternatives incorporate 
various management prescriptions to addresss the following issues: 
protecting park resources and values, interpretation, visitor 
facilities and services, access and circulation, related resources, 
partnership collaboration, and technical assistance.
    Alternative A is continuation of current management practices. 
Visitors would experience the park at sites owned and independently 
managed by the Key Partners. The NPS would provide technical assistance 
and bring national recognition and visibility to the park by virtue of 
being part of the national park system.
    Under Alternative B, visitors would experience the park at sites 
owned by the Key Partners and through electronic media and NPS ranger 
led tours and programs. Visitors would access the park via auto-touring 
routes and a few non-motorized trails located on Key Partner 
properties. The primary NPS role would be to provide interpretive 
programs and technical assistance. The Key Partners would have the 
responsibility for land and resource protection. There would be 
increased collaboration among the NPS and the Key Partners, with the 
NPS serving as a coordinator for resource and planning issues.
    Under Alternative C, visitors would experience the park at a NPS-
developed and managed visitor center and at visitor focal areas owned 
and managed by the NPS and the Key Partners. The NPS and the Key 
Partners would coordinate interpretive programs at these sites. 
Visitors would access the park via auto-touring routes and a system of 
non-motorized trails that provides opportunities for interpretation. 
The NPS and the Key Partners would develop a coordinated land 
protection plan focused on protection of key historic sites that would 
become focal areas. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop formal 
agreements to undertake special projects and general park management.
    Alternative D is the preferred alternative. Under this alternative, 
visitors would experience the park at a NPS-developed and managed 
visitor center and at visitor focal areas owned and managed by the NPS 
and the Key Partners. The NPS and the Key Partners would coordinate 
interpretive programs at these sites. Visitors would access the park 
via auto-touring routes and an extensive system of non-motorized trails 
that provides opportunities for interpretation and recreation, that 
connect focal areas, and that tie to communities and resources outside 
the park. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop a coordinated land 
protection plan focused on protection of cultural landscapes, sensitive 
natural resource areas, and lands providing connections between NPS and 
Key Partner properties. The NPS and the Key Partners would develop 
formal agreements that define responsibilities for special projects, 
programs, events, and specific park operations.
    The Draft GMP/EIS evaluates the potential environmental 
consequences of implementing the alternatives. Impact topics include 
the cultural, natural, and socioeconomic environments. This notice also 
announces that public meetings will be held to solicit comments on the 
Draft GMP/EIS during the public review period. Dates, times, and 
locations will be announced on the agency's planning Web site http://
parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe, in local papers, and can be obtained by 
calling the park office at (540) 868-9176.
    Public Review: There are several ways to view the document:
     An electronic version of the document will be available 
for download, review, and comment on the agency's planning Web site 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe.
     CDs and a limited number of printed copies can be 
requested by contacting the park at (540) 868-9176 or by e-mailing park 
planner Christopher Stubbs at chris_stubbs@nps.gov.
     The document will be available for review at the park 
office at 7718\1/2\ Main St., Middletown, VA 22645.
    The National Park Service will accept comments on the Draft GMP/EIS 
from the public for a period of 90 days following publication of the 
Environmental Protection Agency's Notice of Availability in the Federal 
Register. Interested persons may check the planning Web site at http://
parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe for dates, times, and places of public 
meetings to be conducted by the NPS, or by calling (540) 868-9176.

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    If you wish to comment, you may do so by any one of several 
methods. The preferred method of comment is via the internet at http://
parkplanning.nps.gov/cebe. You may mail your comments to Superintendent 
Diann Jacox, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP, P.O. Box 700, Middletown, 
VA 22645. You may also hand deliver your comments to the National Park 
Service office at 7718\1/2\ Main St., Middletown, VA. If you include 
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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National 
Historical Park was created by Congress in December 2002 to help 
preserve, protect, and interpret a nationally significant Civil War 
landscape and antebellum plantation; to tell the rich story of 
Shenandoah Valley history; to preserve historic, natural, cultural, 
military, and scenic resources; and to serve as a focal point within 
the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. The park 
is located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, adjacent to the historic 
towns of Middletown and Strasburg, and is within the counties of 
Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren. The park consists of approximately 
3,712 acres that includes prehistoric resources, ecologically important 
areas, evidence of valley settlement and early European history of the 
region, examples of plantation life and culture, and significant Civil 
War resources. In the enabling legislation for the park, Congress 
established a Federal Advisory Commission to advise in the preparation 
of a GMP, and Key Partner organizations who may continue to own and 
manage properties within the park.
    The Draft GMP/EIS sets forth alternative visions (management 
alternatives) for the development and operation of Cedar Creek and 
Belle Grove National Historical Park. This plan is the product of 
collaboration between the National Park Service, the Federal Advisory 
Commission, and the Key Partners to provide for the preservation and 
public enjoyment of the National Historical Park for the next 15 to 20 
years.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diann Jacox, Superintendent, Cedar 
Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, (540) 868-9176.

    Dated: February 7, 2008.
Dennis R. Reidenbach,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.

    Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the 
Federal Register on November 21, 2008.

[FR Doc. E8-28115 Filed 11-25-08; 8:45 am]
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