White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA, 37050-37051 [E9-17807]

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E9–17875 Filed 7–24–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Valley Forge National Historical Park. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the FEIS 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 FEIS 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 VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:02 Jul 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 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 FEIS describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of three action alternatives and the no-action alternative. The FEIS responds to, and incorporates, agency and public comments received on the Draft Whitetailed Deer Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement, which was available for public review from December 19, 2008 through February 17, 2009. Agency and public comments with NPS responses are provided as Appendix F of the FEIS. When approved, the plan will guide deer management actions over the next 15 years. DATES: No sooner than 30 days following publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability of the FEIS in the Federal Register, the Northeast Regional Director will sign a Record of Decision that will document NPS approval of the FEIS and identify the alternative selected for implementation. ADDRESSES: The White-tailed Deer Management Plan/FEIS will be available online through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at https:// parkplanning.nps.gov/vafo. A limited number of hard copies will be 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 Parklane 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), Upper Merion Township Library (175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406) and Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library (1001 Powell Street, Norristown, PA 19401). You may request a hardcopy or CD by contacting Kristina M. Heister, Valley Forge National Historical Park, at the phone or address provided below. 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) 783–0252. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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.’’ A Notice of Intent to prepare a deer management plan and environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register on September 7, 2006. Extensive agency and public scoping was conducted and the Draft WhiteTailed Deer Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released on December 19, 2008 for a 60-day public review period that ended on February 17, 2009. Two public meetings were held in January, 2009. During the comment period, 1,168 pieces of correspondence were received, from which 3,884 comments were derived. Agency and public comments received on the DEIS were carefully reviewed and incorporated into the FEIS. The FEIS 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 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 E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 142 / Monday, July 27, 2009 / Notices 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, the 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. Changes to the FEIS as a result of public comment on the DEIS consist of factual updates to baseline data and clarifications added to the text. No changes were made to the preferred alternative or other alternatives evaluated nor was the outcome of the impact analysis changed. Agency and public comments received on the DEIS with NPS responses are provided as Appendix F of the FEIS. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. E9–17807 Filed 7–24–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DJ–P comment period ending on July 30, 2009. DATES: Several individuals and organizations have requested an extension of the comment period. The Agencies have decided to act in accordance with these requests; therefore, comments on the solar energy study areas will now be accepted through September 14, 2009. Comments received or postmarked after September 14, 2009 will be considered to the extent practicable. 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The draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of the proposed MID WSEP on the property known as PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37051 Madera Ranch (west of the City of Madera, Madera County, CA), and the improvements to associated facilities needed to operate the MID WSEP. Portions of the 24.2 Canal, Section 8 Canal, Main Number 1 Canal, Cottonwood Creek, and Gravelly Ford Canal would be enlarged, extended, or improved. The MID WSEP would be completed in two phases. Phase 1 would involve recharge-related facilities only. Phase 2 would involve supplemental recharge facilities and facilities for recovery of banked water. The draft EIS addresses both phases. DATES: Submit written comments on the draft environmental document on or before September 25, 2009. A public meeting will be held on August 27, 2009 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Madera, CA to discuss the purpose and content of the draft environmental document and to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the draft environmental document. Written comments will also be accepted at the public meeting. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at Madera Irrigation District Office, 2152 Road 281⁄4, Madera, CA 93637. Written comments on the Draft EIS should be addressed to Ms. Patricia Clinton, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721–1831. Copies of the draft document may be requested from Ms. Patricia Clinton at the above address, by calling 559–487– 5127, TDD 559–487–5933, or at pclinton@usbr.gov. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations where copies of the Draft EIS are available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Patricia Clinton, Bureau of Reclamation at the phone numbers or e-mail address above. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


White-tailed Deer Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact 
Statement, Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Final 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, as 
amended, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of 
the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the White-tailed 
Deer Management Plan for Valley Forge National Historical Park, 
Pennsylvania. The purpose of the FEIS 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 FEIS 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 FEIS describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of 
three action alternatives and the no-action alternative. The FEIS 
responds to, and incorporates, agency and public comments received on 
the Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact 
Statement, which was available for public review from December 19, 2008 
through February 17, 2009. Agency and public comments with NPS 
responses are provided as Appendix F of the FEIS. When approved, the 
plan will guide deer management actions over the next 15 years.

DATES: No sooner than 30 days following publication of the 
Environmental Protection Agency's Notice of Availability of the FEIS in 
the Federal Register, the Northeast Regional Director will sign a 
Record of Decision that will document NPS approval of the FEIS and 
identify the alternative selected for implementation.

ADDRESSES: The White-tailed Deer Management Plan/FEIS will be available 
online through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) 
Web site at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/vafo. A limited number of hard 
copies will be 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 Parklane 
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), Upper Merion 
Township Library (175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 
19406) and Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library (1001 Powell 
Street, Norristown, PA 19401). You may request a hardcopy or CD by 
contacting Kristina M. Heister, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 
at the phone or address provided below.

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) 783-0252.

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.''
    A Notice of Intent to prepare a deer management plan and 
environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register on 
September 7, 2006. Extensive agency and public scoping was conducted 
and the Draft White-Tailed Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) was released on December 19, 2008 for a 60-day public 
review period that ended on February 17, 2009. Two public meetings were 
held in January, 2009. During the comment period, 1,168 pieces of 
correspondence were received, from which 3,884 comments were derived. 
Agency and public comments received on the DEIS were carefully reviewed 
and incorporated into the FEIS.
    The FEIS 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

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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, the 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.
    Changes to the FEIS as a result of public comment on the DEIS 
consist of factual updates to baseline data and clarifications added to 
the text. No changes were made to the preferred alternative or other 
alternatives evaluated nor was the outcome of the impact analysis 
changed. Agency and public comments received on the DEIS with NPS 
responses are provided as Appendix F of the FEIS.

Dennis R. Reidenbach,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. E9-17807 Filed 7-24-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-DJ-P