Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Catoctin Mountain Park, MD, 76055-76056 [E8-29513]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 241 / Monday, December 15, 2008 / Notices personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Shawn Benge, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, P.O. Box 2128, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742; phone: (423) 752–5213. The responsible official for this EIS is the Regional Director, Southeast Region, National Park Service, 100 Alabama Street, SW., 1924 Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Authority: The authority for publishing this notice is contained in 40 CFR 1506.6. Dated: November 3, 2008. David Vela, Regional Director, Southeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 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DATES: The final GMP/WS/EIS will remain available for public review for 30 days following the publishing of the notice of availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Final GMP/WS/EIS should be sent to the Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630–9797. You may also view the document via the Internet through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov); simply click on the link to the Lakeshore. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:00 Dec 12, 2008 Jkt 217001 The NPS prepared a draft GMP/WS/EIS for the Lakeshore, pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, combining the plan, wilderness study, and an environmental analysis of both. The GMP provides a framework for making decisions about and managing the national lakeshore’s resources and visitor use for the next 15–20 years. 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The preferred alternative will provide for the preservation of natural resources, while offering opportunities for visitor enjoyment of natural, cultural, and recreational resources in a scenic outdoor setting. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Superintendent Shultz, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, at the address or telephone number above. Dated: September 26, 2008. Ernest Quintana, Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. E8–29514 Filed 12–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HH–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Catoctin Mountain Park, MD AGENCY: Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76055 Plan, Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan (FEIS) for Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Maryland. The plan will support forest regeneration and provide for long-term protection, conservation, and restoration of native species and cultural landscapes at Catoctin Mountain Park. The document describes four management alternatives which include a no action alternative (continue existing management) and three action alternatives, one of which was identified as the preferred alternative. DATES: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan was on public review from December 1, 2006, through February 2, 2007. Responses to public comments received during that review are addressed in the FEIS. A 30-day noaction period will follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability of the FEIS. After the 30-day no-action period, a Record of Decision will be signed that will document NPS approval of the FEIS and identify the selected alternative for implementation. ADDRESSES: The FEIS will be available for public review online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cato by selecting ‘‘Deer Management Plan for Catoctin Mountain Park.’’ Bound copies of the FEIS will also be available at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center which is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 77 and Park Central Road, and at Catoctin Mountain Park Headquarters which is located approximately two miles west of Thurmont on Maryland Route 77. Copies will also be available at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701; the Thurmont Regional Library, 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788; the Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740; and the Smithsburg Library, 66 West Water Street, Smithsburg, Maryland 21783. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Loncosky, Park Biologist, at Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788, by E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 76056 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 241 / Monday, December 15, 2008 / Notices telephone at (301) 416–0536, or by email at Becky_Loncosky@nps.gov. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The FEIS evaluates four alternatives for managing white-tailed deer in the park. The document describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of the no-action alternative and three action alternatives. When approved, the plan will guide deer management actions in Catoctin Mountain Park over the next 15 years. Alternative A (no action) would continue the existing deer management plan of limited fencing, use of repellents in landscaped areas, monitoring, data management, and research; no new deer management actions would be implemented. Alternative B would combine several non-lethal actions including large-scale exclosures (fencing), additional use of repellents in limited areas, and reproductive control of does to gradually reduce deer population in the park. Under Alternative C qualified federal employees or contractors would directly reduce the deer population in the park through sharpshooting. Capture and euthanasia of individual deer would be used in circumstances where sharpshooting would not be appropriate. Alternative C is the NPS preferred alternative. Alternative D would combine actions of Alternatives B and C which would include sharpshooting, capture and euthanasia, and reproductive control of does to maintain population levels. The preferred alternative would fully meet the plan objectives and has more certainty of success than the other alternatives analyzed. The relatively rapid reduction in deer density and browsing pressure on native plant communities and species of special concern would provide beneficial impacts to the natural and cultural resources of the park. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 13, 2008. Lisa A. Mendelson-Ielmini, Acting Regional Director, National Capital Region. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on December 9, 2008. [FR Doc. E8–29513 Filed 12–12–08; 8:45 am] pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4312–59–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:00 Dec 12, 2008 Jkt 217001 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029–0035 and 1029– 0038 AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer 
Management Plan, Catoctin Mountain Park, MD

AGENCY: Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Catoctin Mountain 
Park, Maryland.

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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 (NPS) announces the 
availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-
tailed Deer Management Plan (FEIS) for Catoctin Mountain Park in 
Thurmont, Maryland. The plan will support forest regeneration and 
provide for long-term protection, conservation, and restoration of 
native species and cultural landscapes at Catoctin Mountain Park. The 
document describes four management alternatives which include a no 
action alternative (continue existing management) and three action 
alternatives, one of which was identified as the preferred alternative.

DATES: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed 
Deer Management Plan was on public review from December 1, 2006, 
through February 2, 2007. Responses to public comments received during 
that review are addressed in the FEIS. A 30-day no-action period will 
follow the Environmental Protection Agency's Notice of Availability of 
the FEIS. After the 30-day no-action period, a Record of Decision will 
be signed that will document NPS approval of the FEIS and identify the 
selected alternative for implementation.

ADDRESSES: The FEIS will be available for public review online at the 
National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) 
Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cato by selecting ``Deer 
Management Plan for Catoctin Mountain Park.'' Bound copies of the FEIS 
will also be available at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center 
which is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 77 and Park 
Central Road, and at Catoctin Mountain Park Headquarters which is 
located approximately two miles west of Thurmont on Maryland Route 77. 
Copies will also be available at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 
East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701; the Thurmont Regional 
Library, 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788; the Washington 
County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 
21740; and the Smithsburg Library, 66 West Water Street, Smithsburg, 
Maryland 21783.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Loncosky, Park Biologist, at 
Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788, 
by

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telephone at (301) 416-0536, or by e-mail at Becky_Loncosky@nps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FEIS evaluates four alternatives for 
managing white-tailed deer in the park. The document describes and 
analyzes the environmental impacts of the no-action alternative and 
three action alternatives. When approved, the plan will guide deer 
management actions in Catoctin Mountain Park over the next 15 years.
    Alternative A (no action) would continue the existing deer 
management plan of limited fencing, use of repellents in landscaped 
areas, monitoring, data management, and research; no new deer 
management actions would be implemented. Alternative B would combine 
several non-lethal actions including large-scale exclosures (fencing), 
additional use of repellents in limited areas, and reproductive control 
of does to gradually reduce deer population in the park. Under 
Alternative C qualified federal employees or contractors would directly 
reduce the deer population in the park through sharpshooting. Capture 
and euthanasia of individual deer would be used in circumstances where 
sharpshooting would not be appropriate. Alternative C is the NPS 
preferred alternative. Alternative D would combine actions of 
Alternatives B and C which would include sharpshooting, capture and 
euthanasia, and reproductive control of does to maintain population 
levels. The preferred alternative would fully meet the plan objectives 
and has more certainty of success than the other alternatives analyzed. 
The relatively rapid reduction in deer density and browsing pressure on 
native plant communities and species of special concern would provide 
beneficial impacts to the natural and cultural resources of the park.

    Dated: August 13, 2008.
Lisa A. Mendelson-Ielmini,
Acting Regional Director, National Capital Region.

    Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the 
Federal Register on December 9, 2008.
[FR Doc. E8-29513 Filed 12-12-08; 8:45 am]
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