White-Tailed Deer Management Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania, 72832-72833 [E8-28439]

Download as PDF 72832 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Notices States where the project will occur Regional Native American Liaison & phone number Region 4 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee Jeffrey Fleming (404) 679-7287 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ARD External Affairs 1875 Century Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30345 Region 5 Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia DJ Monette (413) 253-8662 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Native American Liaison 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035-9589 Region 6 Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming Kim Greenwood (303) 236-4575 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Liaison P.O. 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ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Valley Forge National Historical Park. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, theNational Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the DEIS is to evaluate a range of alternatives for establishing a whitetailed deer management plan that VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Nov 28, 2008 Jkt 217001 supports forest regeneration and provides for long-term protection, preservation, and restoration of native vegetation and other natural and cultural resources. The DEIS evaluates four alternatives for managing whitetailed deer in the park. Alternatives for response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been integrated into each deer management alternative to address the elevated risk of disease in proximity to the park and because of the efficiencies and cost savings associated with incorporating CWD response into the deer management plan. The DEIS describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of three action alternatives and the no-action alternative. When approved, the plan will guide deer management actions over the next 15 years. DATES: The NPS invites comments regarding the DEIS from the public. Comments will be accepted for a period of 60 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. In addition, the NPS intends to conduct public meetings. Please check local newspapers, the park’s Web site, http:// www.nps.gov/vafo, or contact the name listed below to find out when and where the meetings will be held. ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Where to send your project proposal comment online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov, or available on CD. Once on the PEPC Web site, select ‘‘Valley Forge National Historical Park’’ in order to access the DEIS. A limited number of hard copies will be made available at the Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center located at the intersection of North Gulph Road and Route 23 and at the Lower Providence Community Library (50 Parkiane Drive, Eagleville, PA 19403– 1171), Tredyffrin Public Library (582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford-Wayne, PA 19087–2052), Phoenixville Public Library (183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460), and Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library (1001 Powell Street, Norristown, PA 19401). You may request a hardcopy by contacting Kristina M. Heister at the phone or address provided below. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to: Superintendent, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406. You may also comment via the Internet at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov. If you do not receive confirmation from that system that we have received your Internet message, contact us directly at 610–783– 1008. During the public meetings, the E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Notices NPS will accept written comments as well as provide for verbal comments to be recorded. Comments will be analyzed and responded to within the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristina M. Heister, Natural Resource Manager, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406, (610) 783–1008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Development of the Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Valley Forge National Historical Park was initiated in 2006, pursuant to the 2006 House Appropriations Report (HR 109–465): ‘‘The public has been patient as the NPS has worked through its process in regard to management of the over-abundance of white-tailed deer at the park. Within existing funds, NPS is directed to begin the environmental impact statement for deer management. The Committee expects that the plan will be funded fully so that it can be completed in fiscal year 2008. The Committee further expects that implementation of the selected action will begin immediately upon signing of the Record of Decision.’’ The DEIS evaluates four alternatives for managing white-tailed deer in the park. The document describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of three action alternatives and the noaction alternative. Alternatives: Alternative A (no action) would continue the existing deer management activities of monitoring deer population size and vegetation, small scale fencing of selected vegetation, removal of deer killed on roadways, public education, coordination with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and continuation of limited CWD surveillance; no new deer management actions would be implemented. Alternative B would combine several non-lethal actions, including large-scale rotational fencing of 10% to 15% of the park’s forested area and reproductive control of does to gradually reduce deer VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Nov 28, 2008 Jkt 217001 population in the park. Chronic wasting disease surveillance would include live testing (via tonsillar biopsy) and removal of CWD-positive individuals. Under Alternative C, qualified federal employees or contractors would directly reduce the deer population in the park through sharpshooting and through capture and euthanasia, where appropriate. CWD response would include rapid reduction of the deer population to the target deer density and the potential for a one-time reduction action to not less than 10 deer per square mile through sharpshooting and through capture and euthanasia. These actions would be taken for the purposes of assessing disease presence, prevalence, and distribution. These actions may also minimize the likelihood of CWD becoming established, minimize the likelihood of amplification and spread if the disease is introduced, and promote elimination of CWD, if possible. Alternative D (NPS Preferred Alternative) would combine actions of Alternative C to directly reduce the deer population with reproductive control of does as under Alternative B to maintain population levels. CWD response actions would be the same as described for Alternative C. Dated: September 29, 2008. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. E8–28439 Filed 11–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–70–M 72833 report from the Superintendent, and public comment. The meeting will be open to the public. Any person may file with the Superintendent a written statement concerning the matters to be discussed. Persons who wish to file a written statement at the meeting or who want further information concerning the meeting may contact Superintendent Bruce Jacobson at (617) 223–8667. DATES: December 3, 2008 at 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: National Park Service, 408 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor Conference Room, Boston, MA 02110. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Bruce Jacobson, (617) 223–8667. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Council was appointed by the Director of National Park Service pursuant to Public Law 104–333. The 28 members represent business, educational/cultural, community and environmental entities; municipalities surrounding Boston Harbor; Boston Harbor advocates; and Native American interests. The purpose of the Council is to advise and make recommendations to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership with respect to the development and implementation of a management plan and the operations of the Boston Harbor Islands NRA. Dated: November 5, 2008. Bruce Jacobson, Superintendent, Boston Harbor Islands NRA. [FR Doc. E8–28417 Filed 11–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–70–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council; Notice of Public Meeting Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at National Park Service, 408 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor Conference Room, Boston, MA 02110. This will be a quarterly meeting of the Council. The agenda will include a report from the council’s steering committee, the park’s draft 2016 strategic plan, preparations for the council’s annual meeting in March, PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 731–TA–752 (Second Review)] Crawfish Tail Meat From China Determination On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject five-year review, the United States International Trade Commission (Commission) determines, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)), that revocation of the antidumping duty order on crawfish tail meat from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time. 1 The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


White-Tailed Deer Management Plan, Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Valley Forge 
National Historical Park.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 
theNational Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the White-tailed Deer 
Management Plan for Valley Forge National Historical Park, 
Pennsylvania. The purpose of the DEIS is to evaluate a range of 
alternatives for establishing a white-tailed deer management plan that 
supports forest regeneration and provides for long-term protection, 
preservation, and restoration of native vegetation and other natural 
and cultural resources. The DEIS evaluates four alternatives for 
managing white-tailed deer in the park. Alternatives for response to 
chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been integrated into each deer 
management alternative to address the elevated risk of disease in 
proximity to the park and because of the efficiencies and cost savings 
associated with incorporating CWD response into the deer management 
plan. The DEIS describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of 
three action alternatives and the no-action alternative. When approved, 
the plan will guide deer management actions over the next 15 years.

DATES: The NPS invites comments regarding the DEIS from the public. 
Comments will be accepted for a period of 60 days from the date the 
Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in 
the Federal Register. In addition, the NPS intends to conduct public 
meetings. Please check local newspapers, the park's Web site, http://www.nps.gov/vafo, or contact the name listed below to find out when and 
where the meetings will be held.

ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and comment 
online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web 
site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov, or available on CD. Once on the 
PEPC Web site, select ``Valley Forge National Historical Park'' in 
order to access the DEIS. A limited number of hard copies will be made 
available at the Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center 
located at the intersection of North Gulph Road and Route 23 and at the 
Lower Providence Community Library (50 Parkiane Drive, Eagleville, PA 
19403-1171), Tredyffrin Public Library (582 Upper Gulph Road, 
Strafford-Wayne, PA 19087-2052), Phoenixville Public Library (183 
Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460), and Montgomery County-
Norristown Public Library (1001 Powell Street, Norristown, PA 19401). 
You may request a hardcopy by contacting Kristina M. Heister at the 
phone or address provided below.
    If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of 
several methods. You may mail comments to: Superintendent, Valley Forge 
National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, 
Pennsylvania 19406. You may also comment via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. If you do not receive confirmation from that 
system that we have received your Internet message, contact us directly 
at 610-783-1008. During the public meetings, the

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NPS will accept written comments as well as provide for verbal comments 
to be recorded.
    Comments will be analyzed and responded to within the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management 
Plan. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristina M. Heister, Natural Resource 
Manager, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line 
Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406, (610) 783-1008.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Development of the Environmental Impact 
Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Valley Forge 
National Historical Park was initiated in 2006, pursuant to the 2006 
House Appropriations Report (HR 109-465): ``The public has been patient 
as the NPS has worked through its process in regard to management of 
the over-abundance of white-tailed deer at the park. Within existing 
funds, NPS is directed to begin the environmental impact statement for 
deer management. The Committee expects that the plan will be funded 
fully so that it can be completed in fiscal year 2008. The Committee 
further expects that implementation of the selected action will begin 
immediately upon signing of the Record of Decision.''
    The DEIS evaluates four alternatives for managing white-tailed deer 
in the park. The document describes and analyzes the environmental 
impacts of three action alternatives and the no-action alternative.
    Alternatives: Alternative A (no action) would continue the existing 
deer management activities of monitoring deer population size and 
vegetation, small scale fencing of selected vegetation, removal of deer 
killed on roadways, public education, coordination with the 
Pennsylvania Game Commission, and continuation of limited CWD 
surveillance; no new deer management actions would be implemented.
    Alternative B would combine several non-lethal actions, including 
large-scale rotational fencing of 10% to 15% of the park's forested 
area and reproductive control of does to gradually reduce deer 
population in the park. Chronic wasting disease surveillance would 
include live testing (via tonsillar biopsy) and removal of CWD-positive 
individuals.
    Under Alternative C, qualified federal employees or contractors 
would directly reduce the deer population in the park through 
sharpshooting and through capture and euthanasia, where appropriate. 
CWD response would include rapid reduction of the deer population to 
the target deer density and the potential for a one-time reduction 
action to not less than 10 deer per square mile through sharpshooting 
and through capture and euthanasia. These actions would be taken for 
the purposes of assessing disease presence, prevalence, and 
distribution. These actions may also minimize the likelihood of CWD 
becoming established, minimize the likelihood of amplification and 
spread if the disease is introduced, and promote elimination of CWD, if 
possible.
    Alternative D (NPS Preferred Alternative) would combine actions of 
Alternative C to directly reduce the deer population with reproductive 
control of does as under Alternative B to maintain population levels. 
CWD response actions would be the same as described for Alternative C.

    Dated: September 29, 2008.
Dennis R. Reidenbach,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. E8-28439 Filed 11-28-08; 8:45 am]
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