Notice of Availability for the Draft Elk Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND, 76053-76054 [E8-29593]

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E8–29535 Filed 12–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES National Park Service Notice of Availability for the Draft Elk Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND 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) announces VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:00 Dec 12, 2008 Jkt 217001 the availability of a draft Elk Management Plan (Plan) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota (Park). DATES: The draft EIS will remain available for public review for 90 days following the publishing of the notice of availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Public meetings will be held during the 90-day review period, but the specific dates and locations will be announced in local and regional media sources of record and on the Park’s Web site. You may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may comment via the Internet through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/thro) and simply click on the link to the Plan. You may mail comments to Superintendent Valerie Naylor at the address provided below. You may send comments to the Superintendent by facsimile at 701– 623–4840. Finally, you may hand- PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Date 7/28/2008 7/29/2008 7/30/2008 8/15/2008 8/18/2008 8/19/2008 8/22/2008 8/22/2008 8/22/2008 8/27/2008 8/27/2008 8/28/2008 9/11/2008 9/19/2008 9/19/2008 9/19/2008 9/19/2008 9/22/2008 9/26/2008 9/26/2008 deliver comments to the Park headquarters. ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft EIS are available from the Superintendent, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Box 7, Medora, North Dakota 58645–0007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this EIS is to develop and implement an elk management strategy compatible with the long-term protection and preservation of park resources. This EIS is needed to address the rapid increase of the Park elk population from the 47 reintroduced to the South Unit of the Park in 1985, to the approximately 900 that occur there today. Larger populations of elk could, over the long-term, negatively affect plant communities and other resources as a result of overgrazing. Large elk populations could also negatively affect other herbivores present in the South Unit by competing for forage. Other considerations include land use and users outside the Park, including livestock grazing, hunting, and agriculture; visitors to the Park; and the E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 76054 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 241 / Monday, December 15, 2008 / Notices ability of the Park to effectively manage resources. The alternatives under consideration include a required ‘‘no-action’’ alternative plus five action alternatives. An alternative that addresses herd maintenance only is included as one of the action alternatives. These alternatives were developed by an interdisciplinary planning team and through feedback from the public, other Agencies, and the scientific community during the planning process. • Under alternative A (no action), existing management practices would be followed and no new management actions would be implemented beyond those available when the elk management planning process started. This would be limited to vegetation monitoring in elk use areas of the South Unit, as well as monitoring of the elk population. • Under alternative B, direct reduction with firearms would be used to reduce and maintain elk numbers consistent with the protection of the lightly-grazed system in the South Unit. • Under alternative C, the elk herd would be reduced and maintained using roundups and euthanasia at either offsite locations or the Park’s handling facility. • Under alternative D, the NPS would seek to reduce and maintain the elk population using translocation (roundup and relocation of animals to willing recipients outside the Park). • Under alternative E, the NPS would look to increase hunting opportunities outside the park, coordinated with State actions to reduce and maintain the elk population in the Park. • Under alternative F (maintenance only), the elk herd would initially be reduced using one of the other action alternatives, and then maintained by treating female elk with chemical fertility control agents to maintain the target elk population size. At this time, there are no fertility control agents that meet NPS criteria for use. However, ongoing research in other NPS units has indicated that use of such an agent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park could be feasible during the life of this plan. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Superintendent Naylor at the address above or by telephone at 701– 623–4466. Before including your address, telephone number, electronic 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:00 Dec 12, 2008 Jkt 217001 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. Dated: December 4, 2008. Ernest Quintana, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. E8–29593 Filed 12–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–70–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan (GMP) for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Tennessee and Georgia SUMMARY: Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and Director’s Order Number 12 (Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making) the NPS is preparing an EIS for a GMP for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, located in Tennessee and Georgia. The GMP will prescribe the desired resource conditions and visitor experience opportunities that are to be achieved and maintained in the park over approximately the next 15 to 20 years. The park’s purpose, significance, special mandates, and relevant laws and policies directing park management will be reviewed and assessed to establish the foundation for the GMP. The GMP will build upon these foundation elements to determine the appropriate type, level and location for resource management activities, visitor use, and potential development. In consultation with the park’s stakeholders (i.e., government agencies, affiliated tribal representatives, partnership organizations, and other concerned members of the public), issues bearing on the long-term management of the park will be factored into the development of a reasonable range of management alternatives. The resource impacts and other anticipated consequences of implementing the planning alternatives will be assessed in the EIS. From initial discussions among NPS planners, park staff and partners, issues that are anticipated to be addressed by the GMP will include (but are not limited to) the following: Long-term management of the battlefield landscape to achieve objectives for restoring historic viewsheds and protecting PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 important cultural and natural resources; articulation of resource stewardship and visitor management prescriptions for the recently acquired Moccasin Bend National Archeological District; determination of a range of appropriate and compatible visitor activities in the park; and, identification of opportunities for collaboration and partnership with community leaders and other entities to ensure park values are understood and considered in local decision making (e.g., viewshed protection and adjacent land-use). DATES: Any comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the GMP should be submitted no later than 30 days after public meetings. Public scoping meetings regarding the GMP will be held to allow an opportunity for stakeholders and other members of the public to bring issues and other concerns to the attention of the NPS planning team. Government-togovernment meetings with tribal representatives will also be held. Specific dates, times, and locations will be made available in the local media, on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/chch), or by contacting the Superintendent of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. ADDRESSES: Information on the planning process and copies of newsletters will be available from the office of the Superintendent, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, P.O. Box 2128, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public and agency involvement will be solicited at several key steps in the planning process including initial scoping, alternatives development, and the draft plan. If you wish to comment on any issues associated with the GMP, you may submit your concerns to the planning team by any of several methods. You may mail comments to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, P.O. Box 2128, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia 30742. You may comment electronically at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/chch. You may also hand-deliver comments to park headquarters located at 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[FR Doc No: E8-29593]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Availability for the Draft Elk Management Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

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) announces the availability of a draft Elk Management Plan (Plan) 
and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Theodore Roosevelt 
National Park, North Dakota (Park).

DATES: The draft EIS will remain available for public review for 90 
days following the publishing of the notice of availability in the 
Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Public 
meetings will be held during the 90-day review period, but the specific 
dates and locations will be announced in local and regional media 
sources of record and on the Park's Web site.
    You may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may 
comment via the Internet through the NPS Planning, Environment, and 
Public Comment Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/thro) and simply 
click on the link to the Plan. You may mail comments to Superintendent 
Valerie Naylor at the address provided below. You may send comments to 
the Superintendent by facsimile at 701-623-4840. Finally, you may hand-
deliver comments to the Park headquarters.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft EIS are available from the 
Superintendent, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Box 7, Medora, North 
Dakota 58645-0007.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this EIS is to develop and 
implement an elk management strategy compatible with the long-term 
protection and preservation of park resources. This EIS is needed to 
address the rapid increase of the Park elk population from the 47 
reintroduced to the South Unit of the Park in 1985, to the 
approximately 900 that occur there today. Larger populations of elk 
could, over the long-term, negatively affect plant communities and 
other resources as a result of overgrazing. Large elk populations could 
also negatively affect other herbivores present in the South Unit by 
competing for forage. Other considerations include land use and users 
outside the Park, including livestock grazing, hunting, and 
agriculture; visitors to the Park; and the

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ability of the Park to effectively manage resources.
    The alternatives under consideration include a required ``no-
action'' alternative plus five action alternatives. An alternative that 
addresses herd maintenance only is included as one of the action 
alternatives. These alternatives were developed by an interdisciplinary 
planning team and through feedback from the public, other Agencies, and 
the scientific community during the planning process.
     Under alternative A (no action), existing management 
practices would be followed and no new management actions would be 
implemented beyond those available when the elk management planning 
process started. This would be limited to vegetation monitoring in elk 
use areas of the South Unit, as well as monitoring of the elk 
population.
     Under alternative B, direct reduction with firearms would 
be used to reduce and maintain elk numbers consistent with the 
protection of the lightly-grazed system in the South Unit.
     Under alternative C, the elk herd would be reduced and 
maintained using roundups and euthanasia at either offsite locations or 
the Park's handling facility.
     Under alternative D, the NPS would seek to reduce and 
maintain the elk population using translocation (roundup and relocation 
of animals to willing recipients outside the Park).
     Under alternative E, the NPS would look to increase 
hunting opportunities outside the park, coordinated with State actions 
to reduce and maintain the elk population in the Park.
     Under alternative F (maintenance only), the elk herd would 
initially be reduced using one of the other action alternatives, and 
then maintained by treating female elk with chemical fertility control 
agents to maintain the target elk population size. At this time, there 
are no fertility control agents that meet NPS criteria for use. 
However, ongoing research in other NPS units has indicated that use of 
such an agent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park could be feasible 
during the life of this plan.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Superintendent Naylor at the 
address above or by telephone at 701-623-4466.
    Before including your address, telephone number, electronic 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.

    Dated: December 4, 2008.
Ernest Quintana,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
 [FR Doc. E8-29593 Filed 12-12-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-70-P