Notice of Seasonal Closures of Public Lands to Human Presence and/or Motorized Vehicle Use, 79902 [E8-30952]

Download as PDF 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

[WY-100-2008-1110-PI]


Notice of Seasonal Closures of Public Lands to Human Presence 
and/or Motorized Vehicle Use

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Seasonal Closures of Public Lands to Human Presence 
and/or Motorized Vehicle Use.

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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 BLM-administered 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 
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 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]
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