Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States, 79900-79902 [E8-30883]

Download as PDF 79900 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices Closure Order is necessary to protect people, public and private property, and public land resources due to an increase in documented cases of stray bullets fired by indiscriminate shooters. The following persons are exempt from this closure order: (1) Federal, State, or local law enforcement officers, while acting within the scope of their official duties. (2) BLM personnel or their representatives while acting within the scope of their official duties. (3) Any member of an organized rescue, fire-fighting force, or emergency medical services organization while in the performance of their official duties. (4) Any person in receipt of a written authorization of exemption obtained from the authorized officer. (5) Any person with a current legal California hunting license in his/her possession and hunting in accordance with state law. This Notice and maps of the restricted area will be clearly posted at main entry points to the Knoxville Recreation Area and at the area affected by this Order and will also be available at the BLM Ukiah Field Office. This Closure Order is effective on the date published in the Federal Register and will remain in effect until revoked. Failure to comply with this order is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months pursuant to 43 CFR 8360.0–7. A failure to comply may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. This Shooting closure is supported by NEPA document number CA–340–08– 020. The NEPA document and its associated decision record are available upon request at the BLM Ukiah Field Office. Rich Burns, Ukiah Field Manager. [FR Doc. E8–30960 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWO300000.L91310000.PP000] pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 202 of the National Environmental VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:55 Dec 29, 2008 Jkt 217001 Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500– 1508), and applicable agency guidance, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendments for geothermal leasing in the western United States (U.S.). The decision is hereby made to amend 114 BLM land use plans covering public lands managed by the BLM under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) in order to allocate about 111 million acres of BLM-administered lands as open to geothermal leasing and to adopt a reasonably foreseeable development scenario, stipulations, best management practices (BMPs), and leasing procedures for geothermal resources within the 11 western states and Alaska. The Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, in the Department of the Interior signed the ROD on December 17, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jack G. Peterson, BLM Project Manager at (208) 373–4048 (Jack_G_Peterson@blm.gov), BLM, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83706 or visit the PEIS Web site at http:// www.blm.gov/Geothermal_EIS. ADDRESSES: A copy of the ROD and Approved RMP Amendments are available for review via the Internet from a link at http://www.blm.gov/ Geothermal_EIS, as well as at BLM State Offices and Field Offices. Copies may also be obtained by contacting Jack G. Peterson at the address and phone number listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ROD and Approved RMP Amendments for geothermal leasing in the western U.S. was developed through preparation of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States. The NOA of the Final PEIS was published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2008 (73 FR 63430). The elements of the ROD and Approved RMP Amendments were evaluated through this PEIS, which was prepared in accordance with NEPA and FLPMA. Alternative B was identified as the Proposed Action in the Draft PEIS. As a result of public comment, internal review, and agency coordination, Alternative B was clarified and slightly modified to become the preferred alternative and proposed to amend 122 plans in the Final PEIS. The Approved RMP Amendments are identical to the proposed plan amendments presented PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in the Final PEIS except that the East San Diego County RMP has been removed from the list of plans for amendment because in October 2008 the BLM issued a ROD revising the RMP to include allocations and management for geothermal resources. In addition, the BLM is deferring the decision to amend the Box Elder RMP, House Range Resource Area RMP, Iso-tract Management Framework Plan (MFP), Park City RMP, Pony Express RMP, Randolph RMP, and Warm Springs Resource Area RMP in accordance with the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA § 2815 [a and d], 113 Stat. 512, 852 [1999]). Based on these changes, the decision is to amend 114 BLM land use plans to adopt the allocations, reasonably foreseeable development scenario, stipulations, BMPs, and leasing procedures provided in Alternative B of the PEIS. In accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the ROD/Approved RMP Amendments facilitates geothermal leasing of the Federal mineral estate that has geothermal potential in the 11 western states and Alaska. In the ROD and Approved RMP Amendments, the BLM: (1) Identifies public lands with geothermal potential as being legally and administratively open or closed to leasing, and under what conditions; (2) provides a reasonably foreseeable development scenario; (3) develops a comprehensive list of stipulations, BMPs, and procedures to serve as consistent guidance for future geothermal leasing; and (4) provides information that the Forest Service (FS) can use to facilitate making consent determinations for any lease decisions on National Forest System lands. The Final PEIS also provided analysis on 19 specific pending lease applications located in seven geographic areas. This ROD/Approved RMP Amendments does not issue a decision for these applications. Separate RODs will be issued for the applications as the environmental review process is complete. Over 530 million acres of the western U.S. and Alaska have been identified as potentially containing geothermal resources suitable for commercial electrical generation and other direct uses, such as heating. Much of the resource base is held in the Federal mineral estate, for which the BLM has the delegated authority for processing and issuing geothermal leases. The BLM is prohibited from issuing leases on statutorily closed lands (see 43 CFR 3201.11), including Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, lands contained in a unit of the National Park System, National Recreation Areas, E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Indian trust or restricted lands, and the Island Park Geothermal Areas (around the border of Yellowstone National Park). Other areas closed to leasing by existing laws, regulations, and Executive Orders include National Monuments and designated wild rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Under the ROD/Approved RMP Amendments, the BLM also applies discretionary closures to: (1) Areas of Critical Environmental Concern where the BLM determines that geothermal leasing and development would be incompatible with the purposes for which the ACEC was designated, or that have management plans that expressly preclude new leasing; (2) National Conservation Areas, except the California Desert Conservation Area; and (3) other lands in the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, such as historic and scenic trails. Approximately 143 million acres of public (BLM) lands and 104 million acres of National Forest System lands have geothermal potential. The ROD/ Approved RMP Amendments identifies approximately 111 million acres of public lands as available to potential geothermal leasing subject to existing laws, regulations, formal orders, stipulations attached to the lease form, and terms and conditions of the standard lease form. To protect special resource values, the BLM has developed a comprehensive list of stipulations, conditions of approval, and BMPs. As noted above, the BLM manages the public lands pursuant to FLPMA. Under FLPMA, in order for geothermal resource leasing and development to take place on the public lands that BLM manages, such activities must be provided for in the land use plan (also termed RMP) for the affected administrative unit. Under the ROD/ Approved RMP Amendments, the BLM amends 114 RMPs to adopt the allocations, reasonably foreseeable development scenario, stipulations, BMPs, and procedures analyzed in the PEIS. In most cases, the BLM will be able to issue geothermal leases on the basis of the analysis contained in this document. The FS will use the PEIS to facilitate subsequent consent decisions for leasing on National Forest System lands. The following BLM RMPs and MFPs are amended with this ROD: TABLE 1—BLM LAND USE PLANS PROPOSED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE PEIS—Continued State State California ............ Colorado ............. Idaho .................. Montana ............. Land use plan(s) Alaska ................. VerDate Aug<31>2005 Central Yukon RMP 22:55 Dec 29, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00113 TABLE 1—BLM LAND USE PLANS PROPOSED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE PEIS—Continued Land use plan(s) Arizona ............... TABLE 1—BLM LAND USE PLANS PROPOSED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE PEIS 79901 State Land use plan(s) Kobuk-Seward RMP Ring of Fire RMP Arizona Strip RMP Kingman RMP Lake Havasu RMP Lower Gila North MFP Lower Gila South RMP Phoenix RMP Safford RMP Yuma RMP Alturas RMP Arcata RMP Bishop RMP Caliente RMP Cedar Creek/Tule Mountain Integrated RMP Eagle Lake RMP Headwaters RMP Hollister RMP Redding RMP S. Diablo Mountain Range and Central Coast RMP South Coast RMP Surprise RMP West Mojave RMP Glenwood Springs RMP Grand Junction RMP Gunnison RMP Kremmling RMP Little Snake RMP Northeast RMP Royal Gorge RMP San Juan/San Miguel RMP Uncompahgre Basin RMP White River RMP Bennett Hills/Timmerman Hills MFP Big Desert MFP Big Lost MFP Bruneau MFP Cascade RMP Cassia RMP Challis RMP Chief Joseph MFP Jarbidge RMP Kuna MFP Lemhi RMP Little Lost-Birch MFP Magic MFP Malad MFP Medicine Lodge RMP Monument RMP Owyhee RMP Pocatello RMP Sun Valley MFP Twin Falls MFP Big Dry RMP Billings Resource Area RMP Dillon RMP Garnet Resource Area RMP Judith Valley Phillips RMP North Headwaters RMP Powder River Resource Area RMP West HiLine RMP Nevada ............... Carson City Consolidated RMP Elko RMP Las Vegas RMP Paradise-Denio MFP Shoshone-Eureka RMP Sonoma-Gerlach MFP Tonopah RMP Wells RMP Carlsbad RMP Farmington RMP MacGregor Range RMP Mimbres RMP Rio Puerco RMP Roswell RMP Socorro RMP Taos RMP White Sands RMP Brothers/LaPine RMP Eugene District RMP John Day River RMP John Day RMP Lower Deschutes RMP Medford RMP Roseburg RMP Salem RMP Three Rivers RMP Two Rivers RMP Book Cliffs MFP Cedar Beaver Garfield Antimony RMP Diamond Mountain RMP Henry Mountain MFP Mountain Valley MFP Paria MFP Parker Mountain MFP Pinyon MFP St. George (formerly Dixie) RMP Vermilion MFP Zion MFP Spokane RMP Big Horn Basin RMP Buffalo RMP Cody RMP Grass Creek RMP Great Divide RMP Green River RMP Kemmerer RMP Lander RMP Newcastle RMP Pinedale RMP Platte River RMP Snake River RMP Waskakie RMP Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 New Mexico ........ Oregon ............... Utah .................... Washington ........ Wyoming ............ Public involvement in preparation of the Geothermal Leasing PEIS was extensive, as documented in the PEIS and the ROD. Results of the 60-day Governors’ Consistency Review of the PEIS, as required by BLM planning regulations, were favorable in that none E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 79902 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices of the Governors objected to the proposed plan amendments. Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management. [FR Doc. E8–30883 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–100–2008–1110–PI] Notice of Seasonal Closures of Public Lands to Human Presence and/or Motorized Vehicle Use pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Seasonal Closures of Public Lands to Human Presence and/or Motorized Vehicle Use. SUMMARY: Pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) subpart(s) 8341, 8364, and 9268, the Bureau of Land management (BLM) announces the seasonal closure of certain BLMadministered public lands under the jurisdiction of the Pinedale, Wyoming Field Office to all types of motor vehicle use (i.e., snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and any other motorized vehicles including trucks, sport-utility vehicles, cars, motorcycles, etc.) each year during the period of January 1 through April 30. Elk feedground areas will be closed each year to any human presence from November 15 through April 30. This seasonal closure is needed to protect public lands and resources and to minimize stress to wintering elk, moose, pronghorn antelope, and mule deer. This seasonal closure affects public lands located within the Mesa, Ryegrass, Bench Corral, Deer Hills, Calpet, and Miller Mountain winter ranges as well as the Franz, Finnegan, Bench Corral, Scab Creek, Fall Creek, Black Butte, and North Piney elk feedgrounds as more particularly described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Except for travel on highways or county roads, motorized vehicle travel within these areas will only be allowed with written authorization from the Pinedale Field Manager. Personnel of the BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture-APHIS and Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and law enforcement personnel are exempt from this closure only when performing official duties. Operators of existing oil and gas facilities may perform maintenance and pumping, as VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:55 Dec 29, 2008 Jkt 217001 approved, and livestock operators may perform permitted activities. DATES: The seasonal motorized vehicle closure will be effective annually from January 1 through April 30. The no human presence closure will be effective annually from November 15 through April 30. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chuck Otto, Field Manager or Rusty Kaiser, Wildlife Biologist, telephone: (307) 367–5300, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These crucial winter range habitat areas and the management thereof are addressed in the Pinedale Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision which was approved on December 12, 1988. The RMP identifies areas of crucial winter range and states that seasonal closures for motorized vehicles may be used to protect big game winter range. Losses of wintering habitat from development activity can reduce the area available to the wintering animals. These impacts to wintering wildlife are compounded by significant human activity, such as day and night wildlife observation, still and video photography, snowmobiling, and antler gathering. The following BLM administered lands are closed to motorized vehicles each year from January 1 through April 30: the Ryegrass, Bench Corral, Deer Hills, Calpet, and Miller Mountain winter ranges including all BLM administered lands north of Fontenelle Creek, east of the U.S. Forest Service Boundary, west of Highway 189, and south of Horse Creek, which contains approximately 444,000 acres; and the Mesa winter range including all BLM administered lands east of County Road 110 (East Green River Road), north of County Road 136 (Paradise Valley Road), west of the New Fork River, and south of State Highway 191, which contains approximately 76,000 acres; the Franz elk winter feedground (T36N, R112W) containing 680 acres. The following feedgrounds are closed to human presence each year from November 15 through April 30: the Finnegan elk winter feedground (T30N, R114W) containing approximately 1920 acres; the Bench Corral elk winter feedground (T31–32N, R112W) containing approximately 2560 acres; the Fall Creek elk winter feedground (T33N, R108W) containing approximately 160 acres; the Scab Creek elk winter feedground (T33N, R106– 107W) containing approximately 2,240 acres; the North Piney elk winter feedground (T31N, R114W) containing PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 approximately 1,080 acres; and the Black Butte elk winter feedground (T36– 37N, R114W) containing approximately 320 acres. Signs will be posted at key locations that provide access into the closure areas. Additional information and maps will be available at the Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941. Seasonal closure orders may be implemented as provided in 43 CFR, subparts 8341.2 and 8364.1. Violations of this closure are punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000.00, and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months. Chuck Otto, Pinedale Field Office Manager. [FR Doc. E8–30952 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, that meet the definition of ‘‘sacred objects’’ under 25 U.S.C. 3001. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. In April 1952, seven cultural items were removed by Gordon L. Grosscup from a cave described in museum documents as ‘‘Prayer Cave, NV–Ly–3.’’ Mr. Grosscup donated the cultural items to the museum later that same year. The seven cultural items are four ‘‘Prayer Sticks’’ (catalog number 2–28953); one ‘‘For-shaft of dart’’ (catalog number 2– 28954); one lot of fragments described as ‘‘White paint?’’ (catalog number 2– 28955); and one item described as a ‘‘Stick, charred at one end’’ (catalog number 2–28956). E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLWO300000.L91310000.PP000]


Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and Approved 
Resource Management Plan Amendments for Geothermal Leasing in the 
Western United States

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 202 of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on 
Environmental Quality's regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-
1508), and applicable agency guidance, the Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the 
Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) 
Amendments for geothermal leasing in the western United States (U.S.). 
The decision is hereby made to amend 114 BLM land use plans covering 
public lands managed by the BLM under the Federal Land Policy and 
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) in order to allocate about 111 million 
acres of BLM-administered lands as open to geothermal leasing and to 
adopt a reasonably foreseeable development scenario, stipulations, best 
management practices (BMPs), and leasing procedures for geothermal 
resources within the 11 western states and Alaska. The Assistant 
Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, in the Department of the 
Interior signed the ROD on December 17, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jack G. Peterson, BLM Project Manager 
at (208) 373-4048 (Jack_G_Peterson@blm.gov), BLM, 1387 S. Vinnell 
Way, Boise, Idaho 83706 or visit the PEIS Web site at http://
www.blm.gov/Geothermal_EIS.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the ROD and Approved RMP Amendments are available 
for review via the Internet from a link at http://www.blm.gov/
Geothermal_EIS, as well as at BLM State Offices and Field Offices. 
Copies may also be obtained by contacting Jack G. Peterson at the 
address and phone number listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ROD and Approved RMP Amendments for 
geothermal leasing in the western U.S. was developed through 
preparation of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement 
(PEIS) on Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States. The NOA of 
the Final PEIS was published in the Federal Register on October 24, 
2008 (73 FR 63430). The elements of the ROD and Approved RMP Amendments 
were evaluated through this PEIS, which was prepared in accordance with 
NEPA and FLPMA. Alternative B was identified as the Proposed Action in 
the Draft PEIS. As a result of public comment, internal review, and 
agency coordination, Alternative B was clarified and slightly modified 
to become the preferred alternative and proposed to amend 122 plans in 
the Final PEIS. The Approved RMP Amendments are identical to the 
proposed plan amendments presented in the Final PEIS except that the 
East San Diego County RMP has been removed from the list of plans for 
amendment because in October 2008 the BLM issued a ROD revising the RMP 
to include allocations and management for geothermal resources. In 
addition, the BLM is deferring the decision to amend the Box Elder RMP, 
House Range Resource Area RMP, Iso-tract Management Framework Plan 
(MFP), Park City RMP, Pony Express RMP, Randolph RMP, and Warm Springs 
Resource Area RMP in accordance with the provisions of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA Sec.  2815 [a and d], 113 Stat. 512, 
852 [1999]). Based on these changes, the decision is to amend 114 BLM 
land use plans to adopt the allocations, reasonably foreseeable 
development scenario, stipulations, BMPs, and leasing procedures 
provided in Alternative B of the PEIS.
    In accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the ROD/Approved 
RMP Amendments facilitates geothermal leasing of the Federal mineral 
estate that has geothermal potential in the 11 western states and 
Alaska. In the ROD and Approved RMP Amendments, the BLM: (1) Identifies 
public lands with geothermal potential as being legally and 
administratively open or closed to leasing, and under what conditions; 
(2) provides a reasonably foreseeable development scenario; (3) 
develops a comprehensive list of stipulations, BMPs, and procedures to 
serve as consistent guidance for future geothermal leasing; and (4) 
provides information that the Forest Service (FS) can use to facilitate 
making consent determinations for any lease decisions on National 
Forest System lands. The Final PEIS also provided analysis on 19 
specific pending lease applications located in seven geographic areas. 
This ROD/Approved RMP Amendments does not issue a decision for these 
applications. Separate RODs will be issued for the applications as the 
environmental review process is complete.
    Over 530 million acres of the western U.S. and Alaska have been 
identified as potentially containing geothermal resources suitable for 
commercial electrical generation and other direct uses, such as 
heating. Much of the resource base is held in the Federal mineral 
estate, for which the BLM has the delegated authority for processing 
and issuing geothermal leases. The BLM is prohibited from issuing 
leases on statutorily closed lands (see 43 CFR 3201.11), including 
Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, lands contained in a unit of 
the National Park System, National Recreation Areas,

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Indian trust or restricted lands, and the Island Park Geothermal Areas 
(around the border of Yellowstone National Park). Other areas closed to 
leasing by existing laws, regulations, and Executive Orders include 
National Monuments and designated wild rivers under the Wild and Scenic 
Rivers Act.
    Under the ROD/Approved RMP Amendments, the BLM also applies 
discretionary closures to: (1) Areas of Critical Environmental Concern 
where the BLM determines that geothermal leasing and development would 
be incompatible with the purposes for which the ACEC was designated, or 
that have management plans that expressly preclude new leasing; (2) 
National Conservation Areas, except the California Desert Conservation 
Area; and (3) other lands in the BLM's National Landscape Conservation 
System, such as historic and scenic trails.
    Approximately 143 million acres of public (BLM) lands and 104 
million acres of National Forest System lands have geothermal 
potential. The ROD/Approved RMP Amendments identifies approximately 111 
million acres of public lands as available to potential geothermal 
leasing subject to existing laws, regulations, formal orders, 
stipulations attached to the lease form, and terms and conditions of 
the standard lease form. To protect special resource values, the BLM 
has developed a comprehensive list of stipulations, conditions of 
approval, and BMPs.
    As noted above, the BLM manages the public lands pursuant to FLPMA. 
Under FLPMA, in order for geothermal resource leasing and development 
to take place on the public lands that BLM manages, such activities 
must be provided for in the land use plan (also termed RMP) for the 
affected administrative unit. Under the ROD/Approved RMP Amendments, 
the BLM amends 114 RMPs to adopt the allocations, reasonably 
foreseeable development scenario, stipulations, BMPs, and procedures 
analyzed in the PEIS. In most cases, the BLM will be able to issue 
geothermal leases on the basis of the analysis contained in this 
document. The FS will use the PEIS to facilitate subsequent consent 
decisions for leasing on National Forest System lands. The following 
BLM RMPs and MFPs are amended with this ROD:

    Table 1--BLM Land Use Plans Proposed for Amendment Under the PEIS
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                 State                          Land use plan(s)
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Alaska................................  Central Yukon RMP
                                        Kobuk-Seward RMP
                                        Ring of Fire RMP
Arizona...............................  Arizona Strip RMP
                                        Kingman RMP
                                        Lake Havasu RMP
                                        Lower Gila North MFP
                                        Lower Gila South RMP
                                        Phoenix RMP
                                        Safford RMP
                                        Yuma RMP
California............................  Alturas RMP
                                        Arcata RMP
                                        Bishop RMP
                                        Caliente RMP
                                        Cedar Creek/Tule Mountain
                                         Integrated RMP
                                        Eagle Lake RMP
                                        Headwaters RMP
                                        Hollister RMP
                                        Redding RMP
                                        S. Diablo Mountain Range and
                                         Central Coast RMP
                                        South Coast RMP
                                        Surprise RMP
                                        West Mojave RMP
Colorado..............................  Glenwood Springs RMP
                                        Grand Junction RMP
                                        Gunnison RMP
                                        Kremmling RMP
                                        Little Snake RMP
                                        Northeast RMP
                                        Royal Gorge RMP
                                        San Juan/San Miguel RMP
                                        Uncompahgre Basin RMP
                                        White River RMP
Idaho.................................  Bennett Hills/Timmerman Hills
                                         MFP
                                        Big Desert MFP
                                        Big Lost MFP
                                        Bruneau MFP
                                        Cascade RMP
                                        Cassia RMP
                                        Challis RMP
                                        Chief Joseph MFP
                                        Jarbidge RMP
                                        Kuna MFP
                                        Lemhi RMP
                                        Little Lost-Birch MFP
                                        Magic MFP
                                        Malad MFP
                                        Medicine Lodge RMP
                                        Monument RMP
                                        Owyhee RMP
                                        Pocatello RMP
                                        Sun Valley MFP
                                        Twin Falls MFP
Montana...............................  Big Dry RMP
                                        Billings Resource Area RMP
                                        Dillon RMP
                                        Garnet Resource Area RMP
                                        Judith Valley Phillips RMP
                                        North Headwaters RMP
                                        Powder River Resource Area RMP
                                        West HiLine RMP
Nevada................................  Carson City Consolidated RMP
                                        Elko RMP
                                        Las Vegas RMP
                                        Paradise-Denio MFP
                                        Shoshone-Eureka RMP
                                        Sonoma-Gerlach MFP
                                        Tonopah RMP
                                        Wells RMP
New Mexico............................  Carlsbad RMP
                                        Farmington RMP
                                        MacGregor Range RMP
                                        Mimbres RMP
                                        Rio Puerco RMP
                                        Roswell RMP
                                        Socorro RMP
                                        Taos RMP
                                        White Sands RMP
Oregon................................  Brothers/LaPine RMP
                                        Eugene District RMP
                                        John Day River RMP
                                        John Day RMP
                                        Lower Deschutes RMP
                                        Medford RMP
                                        Roseburg RMP
                                        Salem RMP
                                        Three Rivers RMP
                                        Two Rivers RMP
Utah..................................  Book Cliffs MFP
                                        Cedar Beaver Garfield Antimony
                                         RMP
                                        Diamond Mountain RMP
                                        Henry Mountain MFP
                                        Mountain Valley MFP
                                        Paria MFP
                                        Parker Mountain MFP
                                        Pinyon MFP
                                        St. George (formerly Dixie) RMP
                                        Vermilion MFP
                                        Zion MFP
Washington............................  Spokane RMP
Wyoming...............................  Big Horn Basin RMP
                                        Buffalo RMP
                                        Cody RMP
                                        Grass Creek RMP
                                        Great Divide RMP
                                        Green River RMP
                                        Kemmerer RMP
                                        Lander RMP
                                        Newcastle RMP
                                        Pinedale RMP
                                        Platte River RMP
                                        Snake River RMP
                                        Waskakie RMP
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    Public involvement in preparation of the Geothermal Leasing PEIS 
was extensive, as documented in the PEIS and the ROD. Results of the 
60-day Governors' Consistency Review of the PEIS, as required by BLM 
planning regulations, were favorable in that none

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of the Governors objected to the proposed plan amendments.

Michael D. Nedd,
Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land 
Management.
[FR Doc. E8-30883 Filed 12-29-08; 8:45 am]
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