Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed 3-Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project, Eureka County, NV, 3916-3917 [2010-1335]

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LF.HF.JF500000; MO:4500008784; 10– 08807; TAS:14X1125] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed 3-Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project, Eureka County, NV jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until February 24, 2010. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local new media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_ 16:23 Jan 22, 2010 FONSI Gulf of Mexico, offshore Terrebonne Parish, LA. The MMS has concluded that the respective proposed actions will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment and the preparation of EISs is not required. Mitigation measures identified during the NEPA process will be applied for each proposal to ensure environmental protection and safety. VerDate Nov<24>2008 Project purpose Jkt 220001 mountain_field.html. In order to be considered as part of the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues related to the proposed 3-Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project by the following methods: • E-mail: 3bars_project@blm.gov. • Fax: (775) 635–4034, Attention: 3Bars Project Manager. • Mail: BLM, Mount Lewis Field Office, Attn: 3-Bars Project Manager, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. Documents pertinent to this project may be examined at the Mount Lewis Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Donovan Walker, (775) 635–4000, or email: 3bars_project@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is proposing to conduct the 3-Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project located primarily on public lands and on non-Federal lands where partnerships exist in Eureka County, Nevada. The project area encompasses approximately 724,000 acres. Individual areas ranging from several acres to several thousand acres will be treated with a variety of methods including mechanical, fire, biological, chemical and physical, depending on specific project and resource management goals and desired outcomes. The project will be conducted in conformance with the Shoshone-Eureka Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Record of Decision approved February 26, 1986, and its subsequent amendments. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Lead Federal agency U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. MMS. • Multiple key habitats within the sagebrush-steppe are declining and in need of restoration, maintenance or protection. • Key species in multiple vegetative communities are declining as species diversity declines with ecological succession. • Pinyon and juniper species are encroaching in native habitats and are expanding into adjacent, non-native habitats causing a net loss of important wildlife habitat and fragmentation. • Greater than 70 percent of key wildlife habitats such as sage grouse, mule deer and Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) habitat are at a high, very high or extreme risk of catastrophic fire. • Excessive fuel loadings are contributing to catastrophic fire potential. Hazardous fuel situations are caused by continuous closed canopy stands and excessive ladder fuels. • Greater than 75 percent of riparian/ wetland areas are not considered to be in Proper Functioning Condition. • Less than optimal habitat conditions exist for LCT, a Federally listed ‘‘threatened’’ species currently occupying two streams. • The project area has an active yearly fire occurrence and has had significant catastrophic fires in the recent past. Rehabilitation efforts have been less than fully successful as evidenced by cheatgrass monocultures in some wildfire scars. • Range conditions have degraded and native plant communities have deteriorated as a result of past livestock management practices such as ‘‘hotseason’’ grazing or uneven livestock and wild horse distribution due to the lack of available water. • Wild horse populations exceed appropriate management levels. The wild horses have poor body conditions as a result of excess numbers of wild horses in areas with degraded range conditions, limited water sources and restricted distribution. Permanent and temporary fences throughout two herd management areas hinder the free roaming abilities of wild horses. • Permitted activities such as livestock grazing, mining and E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 15 / Monday, January 25, 2010 / Notices exploration and recreational offhighway vehicle use contribute to habitat decline in the absence of active management, maintenance and restorative activities. • The distribution and abundance of traditional/edible, medicinal plants is declining. There is a continued decrease in pinion tree vigor and pine nut production as stand densities increase. • The unresolved eligibility status and ongoing degradation of the National Historic Pony Express Trail which bisects the 3-Bars Project Area, needs to be considered and mitigated appropriately in the EIS. These and other areas of prehistoric and historic use have not been fully recorded or analyzed within the project area. The BLM will use the NEPA commenting process to satisfy the public involvement requirements for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Native American Tribal consultations will be conducted in accordance with policy, and Tribal concerns will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as individuals, organizations or tribes that may be interested or affected by the BLM’s decision on this project are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, 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 comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The Northwest Colorado RAC has scheduled its first 2010 meeting for February 25, 2010. Meetings for the remainder of 2010 will be scheduled at this meeting. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. DATES: The Northwest Colorado RAC meeting will be held in Silt, Colorado, at the BLM Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Rd. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and adjourn at approximately 3 p.m., with public comment periods regarding matters on the agenda at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO, (970) 876–9008. [LLCON01000 L07770000 XX0000] The Northwest Colorado RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of public land issues in Colorado. Topics of discussion during Northwest Colorado RAC meetings may include the BLM National Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy, working group reports, recreation, fire management, land use planning, invasive species management, energy and minerals management, travel management, wilderness, wild horse herd management, land exchange proposals, cultural resource management, and other issues as appropriate. These meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the RACs. Each formal RAC meeting will also have time, as identified above, allocated for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Notice of Public Meeting, Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council Meeting Steve Bennett, Acting Designated Federal Officer for the Northwest Colorado RAC. Douglas W. Furtado, Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office. [FR Doc. 2010–1335 Filed 1–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Bureau of Land Management AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:23 Jan 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 3917 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2010–1298 Filed 1–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD08000.L14300000.ET0000; CACA 50194] Notice of Partial Cancellation of Proposed Withdrawal; California SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Navy (Navy) has requested partial cancellation of its application of August 13, 2008, which requested the Secretary of the Interior to process a proposed legislative withdrawal and reservation of public lands and public mineral estate for its use. These lands were to be withdrawn on behalf of the proposed expansion of the U. S. Marine Corps’ Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms. The Navy has requested that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) remove approximately 33,488 acres of public lands from its application. The initial application was for the transfer of jurisdiction and the withdrawal of approximately 365,906 acres of public land and approximately 507 acres of Federal subsurface mineral estate from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including surface entry, mining, mineral leasing, and the Materials Act of 1947. This notice terminates the temporary two-year segregation from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the public land laws, including the mining laws, and the operation of the mineral leasing laws and the Materials Act of 1947 of the public lands and mineral estate described below. In addition, the initial application provisionally identified the surface estate of 507 acres of federallyowned mineral estate and the surface and mineral estates of approximately 72,186 acres of non-federally owned property in the proposed withdrawal area. If these acres were ever acquired by or returned to the United States by any means, they were also to be included in the proposed withdrawal and subject to the temporary segregation authorized by the initial notice. The Navy has requested that the BLM remove surface and mineral estates of approximately 28,871 acres of the nonfederally owned property. DATES: Effective Date: January 25, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roxie Trost, Field Manager, BLM Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California 92311, (760) 252–6000; or Joseph Ross, Range Expansion Program Manager, USMC MAGTFTC, MCAGCC, Bldg. 1554, Box E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 15 (Monday, January 25, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3916-3917]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-1335]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVB00000.LF31020NW.JQ0000.LF.HF.JF500000; MO:4500008784; 10-08807; 
TAS:14X1125]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed 3-Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project, Eureka 
County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 
Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, 
Nevada, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and 
by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to 
solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. 
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until February 24, 2010. 
The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced 
at least 15 days in advance through local new media, newspapers and the 
BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html. In order to be considered as part of the Draft EIS, all 
comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 
15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will 
provide additional opportunities for public participation upon 
publication of the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues related to the proposed 3-
Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project by the following 
methods:
     E-mail: 3bars_project@blm.gov.
     Fax: (775) 635-4034, Attention: 3-Bars Project Manager.
     Mail: BLM, Mount Lewis Field Office, Attn: 3-Bars Project 
Manager, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820.
    Documents pertinent to this project may be examined at the Mount 
Lewis Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to the mailing list, contact Donovan Walker, (775) 635-
4000, or e-mail: 3bars_project@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is proposing to conduct the 3-Bars 
Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project located primarily on public 
lands and on non-Federal lands where partnerships exist in Eureka 
County, Nevada. The project area encompasses approximately 724,000 
acres. Individual areas ranging from several acres to several thousand 
acres will be treated with a variety of methods including mechanical, 
fire, biological, chemical and physical, depending on specific project 
and resource management goals and desired outcomes. The project will be 
conducted in conformance with the Shoshone-Eureka Resource Management 
Plan (RMP) and Record of Decision approved February 26, 1986, and its 
subsequent amendments.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, 
including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. 
At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues:
     Multiple key habitats within the sagebrush-steppe are 
declining and in need of restoration, maintenance or protection.
     Key species in multiple vegetative communities are 
declining as species diversity declines with ecological succession.
     Pinyon and juniper species are encroaching in native 
habitats and are expanding into adjacent, non-native habitats causing a 
net loss of important wildlife habitat and fragmentation.
     Greater than 70 percent of key wildlife habitats such as 
sage grouse, mule deer and Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) habitat are 
at a high, very high or extreme risk of catastrophic fire.
     Excessive fuel loadings are contributing to catastrophic 
fire potential. Hazardous fuel situations are caused by continuous 
closed canopy stands and excessive ladder fuels.
     Greater than 75 percent of riparian/wetland areas are not 
considered to be in Proper Functioning Condition.
     Less than optimal habitat conditions exist for LCT, a 
Federally listed ``threatened'' species currently occupying two 
streams.
     The project area has an active yearly fire occurrence and 
has had significant catastrophic fires in the recent past. 
Rehabilitation efforts have been less than fully successful as 
evidenced by cheatgrass monocultures in some wildfire scars.
     Range conditions have degraded and native plant 
communities have deteriorated as a result of past livestock management 
practices such as ``hot-season'' grazing or uneven livestock and wild 
horse distribution due to the lack of available water.
     Wild horse populations exceed appropriate management 
levels. The wild horses have poor body conditions as a result of excess 
numbers of wild horses in areas with degraded range conditions, limited 
water sources and restricted distribution. Permanent and temporary 
fences throughout two herd management areas hinder the free roaming 
abilities of wild horses.
     Permitted activities such as livestock grazing, mining and

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exploration and recreational off-highway vehicle use contribute to 
habitat decline in the absence of active management, maintenance and 
restorative activities.
     The distribution and abundance of traditional/edible, 
medicinal plants is declining. There is a continued decrease in pinion 
tree vigor and pine nut production as stand densities increase.
     The unresolved eligibility status and ongoing degradation 
of the National Historic Pony Express Trail which bisects the 3-Bars 
Project Area, needs to be considered and mitigated appropriately in the 
EIS. These and other areas of prehistoric and historic use have not 
been fully recorded or analyzed within the project area.
    The BLM will use the NEPA commenting process to satisfy the public 
involvement requirements for Section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) as provided for in 36 CFR 
800.2(d)(3). Native American Tribal consultations will be conducted in 
accordance with policy, and Tribal concerns will be given due 
consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as 
individuals, organizations or tribes that may be interested or affected 
by the BLM's decision on this project are invited to participate in the 
scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the 
BLM to participate as a cooperating agency.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, 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 comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Douglas W. Furtado,
Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2010-1335 Filed 1-22-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-HC-P