Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, 21034-21035 [2010-9177]

Download as PDF 21034 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 77 / Thursday, April 22, 2010 / Notices explicitly terminated any existing classifications and segregations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Hagen, Realty Specialist, BLM Shoshone Field Office, 400 West F Street, Shoshone, Idaho 83352 or phone at (208) 732–7205. Correction: Replace the first sentence of the fourth paragraph of the ‘‘SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION’’ section found at 74 FR 9265, March 3, 2009 with: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 3, 2009, all existing segregations and classifications will be terminated, and the above-described land will be segregated from appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, except the sale provisions of the FLPMA and the lands will be open to disposal under those provisions only. Ruth A. Miller, Shoshone Field Manager. [FR Doc. 2010–9369 Filed 4–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAZP01000.L16100000. DR0000.LXSS081A0000.241A] Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning Area, located in central Arizona. The Arizona State Director has signed the ROD on April 22, 2010, which constitutes the final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective immediately. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/ Approved RMP are available upon request from the Field Manager, Hassayampa Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027 or via the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/az/ st/en/prog/planning/afria_plan.html. Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available for public inspection at the Hassayampa Field Office, the BLM Arizona State Office, and at public libraries in Phoenix (Central Avenue VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:25 Apr 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 branch), Prescott, Peoria, Black Canyon City, Mayer, and Wickenburg. Interested persons may also review the ROD/ Approved RMP on the Internet at http:// www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/planning/ afria_plan.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Steven Cohn, Field Manager, telephone 623– 580–5500; address Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027; or e-mail AZ_AFNM_BRADSHAW@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Through communication media such as meetings, newsletters, and news releases, the BLM described opportunities for the public to identify issues that needed to be addressed and to participate in the development of plan alternatives. The public also provided comments during the 90-day public comment period on the Draft RMP/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which were addressed in the Final EIS. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS was developed in cooperation with the following agencies: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Prescott National Forest, the Tonto National Forest, the Luke Air Force Base, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, Maricopa County, Yavapai County, the City of Peoria, and the City of Phoenix. The BLM also conducted consultation with Indian tribes who have oral traditions or cultural concerns relating to the planning area or who are documented as having occupied or used portions of the planning area during prehistoric or historic times. The Agua Fria National Monument includes 70,900 acres of BLMadministered lands. The Approved RMP for the Monument provides for the protection of the significant cultural and natural resources that were identified as objects in the Presidential Proclamation establishing the Agua Fria National Monument. The Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning Area encompasses 896,100 surface acres of BLM-administered lands. In addition to the surface acres, there are 346,300 acres of BLMadministered mineral estate, with nonFederal surface ownership, within the boundaries of the planning area. The Hassayampa Field Office also administers another 181,200 acres of mineral estate in Coconino County in northern Arizona, which are addressed in the Approved RMP. The Approved RMP includes strategies for protecting and preserving the biological, cultural, PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recreational, geological, educational, scientific, and scenic values that balance multiple uses of the BLMadministered lands throughout the area. The Bradshaw-Harquahala ROD and Approved RMP identify four new Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC): Tule Creek ACEC (640 acres); Vulture Mountain ACEC (6,120 acres); Black Butte ACEC (8,260 acres); and Harquahala Mountains ACEC (74,950 acres). The following types of resourceuse limitations generally apply to these ACECs: (1) Allowable uses are limited to those which are compatible with the important natural or cultural resources for which the area is designated; (2) recreation facilities are limited to projects that protect ACEC values; (3) travel is permitted only on designated open and signed routes; and (4) no new mineral material disposal sites would be authorized. Detailed information is described in the Special Designations section of the Approved RMP. The Agua Fria National Monument ROD and Approved RMP remove designations of the Perry Mesa ACEC and the Larry Canyon ACEC, established in the Phoenix RMP (1988). The protective management prescriptions for the two ACECs are incorporated into the ROD and Approved RMP, or in the case of lands and minerals actions, are more restrictive under the ROD and Approved RMP. The Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP/Draft EIS (published January 6, 2006) was revised to address comments received during the 90-day public comment period. The resultant alternative became the Proposed Plan in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, published on August 8, 2008 and has been carried forward as the Approved RMP. Six protests were received during the 30day protest period following the release of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. These protests were dismissed or denied by the BLM Director. Minor clarifications and changes between the Proposed Plan/Final EIS and the ROD/Approved Plan include change to text to clarify certain decisions, provide an additional map of the Black Canyon utility corridor, and make minor corrections to Proposed RMP Maps 2–83, 2–84, 2–86 and 2–90. Depictions of potential route designations have been deleted from these maps, as the Approved RMP does not contain route designations for the Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning Area. Route designations will be addressed in a future phase of plan implementation with opportunities for public participation. The BLM has determined that the Approved RMP for the Agua Fria National Monument provides for long- E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 77 / Thursday, April 22, 2010 / Notices term protection of the Monument’s objects, while allowing for authorized uses, recreation activities, scientific studies, and interpretive facilities that are consistent with the protection of monument values. The Approved RMP for the Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning Area provides an optimal balance between authorized resource use and the protection and long-term sustainability of sensitive resources within the planning area. The Arizona Governor’s Office did not identify any inconsistencies between the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and state or local plans, policies, and programs following the 60-day Governor’s Consistency Review (initiated April 15, 2008) in accordance with planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.3–2(e). The Approved RMP for the Agua Fria National Monument contains implementation level decisions that identify individual roads and trails within designated areas as open, closed, or limited. These decisions, which are contained in Appendix C of the Approved RMP, are appealable under 43 CFR part 4. Any party adversely affected by an implementation decision may appeal within 30 days of publication of this Notice of Availability pursuant to 43 CFR, part 4, subpart E. The appeal should state the specific route(s), as identified in Appendix C of the Approved RMP, on which the decision is being appealed. The appeal must be filed with the Hassayampa Field Manager at the above-listed address. Please consult the appropriate regulations (43 CFR, part 4, subpart E) for further appeal requirements. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6. James G. Kenna, Arizona State Director. [FR Doc. 2010–9177 Filed 4–21–10; 8:45 am] Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) will meet in Pinedale, Wyoming. These meetings are open to the public. DATES: The April 22, 2010 and May 27, 2010 meetings have been combined and rescheduled. The PAWG will meet on the following date beginning at 1 p.m.: May 6, 2010. Due to administrative delays, the 15day advance notification required by the regulations at 41 CFR 102–3.150 could not be met. Extra effort will be made to ensure that all interested parties receive timely notification of the changed meeting dates via mail, e-mail, the Internet, and through the news media. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, WY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shelley Gregory, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, PO Box 768, Pinedale WY 82941; 307–367–5328; shelley_gregory@blm.gov. The PAWG was authorized and established by the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement of the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Project Area (PAPA) on July 27, 2000 and carried forward with the release of the ROD for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement of the PAPA on September 12, 2008. The PAWG advises the BLM on the development and implementation of monitoring plans and adaptive management decisions as PAPA development proceeds. Additional information about the PAWG can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/ field_offices/Pinedale/pawg.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Brian W. Davis, Field Manager, Pinedale Field Office. BILLING CODE 4310–32–P [FR Doc. 2010–9330 Filed 4–19–10; 4:15 pm] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BILLING CODE 4310–22–P Bureau of Land Management [LLWYD01000–2009–LL13100000–NB0000– LXSI016K0000] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Notice of Rescheduled Meetings of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group, Wyoming AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:25 Apr 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLOR–936000–L14300000–ET0000; HAG– 10–0099; OR–1202] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Oregon AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The United States Forest Service has filed an application with the PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21035 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6875 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 6875 withdrew approximately 1,050 acres of National Forest System lands from mining in order to protect the rare botanical specimens and the unique natural environment located within the Babyfoot and Big Craggies Botanical Areas. The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6875 will expire on August 27, 2011, unless extended. This notice also gives an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and to request a public meeting. DATES: Comments and requests for a public meeting must be received by July 21, 2010. ADDRESSES: Comments and meeting requests should be sent to the Oregon/ Washington State Director, BLM, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, Oregon 97208– 2965. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Krantz, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, (541) 618–2037, or Charles R. Roy, BLM Oregon/ Washington State Office, (503) 808– 6189. The United States Forest Service has filed an application requesting that the Secretary of the Interior extend PLO No. 6875 (56 FR 42539 (1991)), which withdrew certain lands in Curry and Josephine Counties, Oregon, from location and entry under the United States mining laws (30 U.S.C. ch. 2), for an additional 20-year term, subject to valid existing rights. The area described contains approximately 1,050 acres in Curry and Josephine Counties. PLO No. 6875 is incorporated herein by reference. The purpose of the proposed withdrawal extension is to continue the protection of rare botanical specimens and the unique natural environment located within the Babyfoot and Big Craggies Botanical Areas. The use of a right-of-way, interagency agreement, or cooperative agreement would not provide adequate protection. The Forest Service would not need to acquire water rights to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal extension. Records related to the application may be examined by contacting Charles R. Roy at the above address or phone number. For a period of 90 days from the date of publication of this notice, all persons who wish to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in connection with the proposed withdrawal extension may present their views in writing to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 77 (Thursday, April 22, 2010)]
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Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Agua Fria 
National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan/
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) 
for the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning 
Area, located in central Arizona. The Arizona State Director has signed 
the ROD on April 22, 2010, which constitutes the final decision of the 
BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective immediately.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available upon request 
from the Field Manager, Hassayampa Field Office, Bureau of Land 
Management, 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027 or via the 
Internet at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/planning/afria_plan.html. 
Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available for public inspection at 
the Hassayampa Field Office, the BLM Arizona State Office, and at 
public libraries in Phoenix (Central Avenue branch), Prescott, Peoria, 
Black Canyon City, Mayer, and Wickenburg. Interested persons may also 
review the ROD/Approved RMP on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/planning/afria_plan.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Steven 
Cohn, Field Manager, telephone 623-580-5500; address Bureau of Land 
Management, Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, 
Arizona 85027; or e-mail AZ_AFNM_BRADSHAW@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Through communication media such as 
meetings, newsletters, and news releases, the BLM described 
opportunities for the public to identify issues that needed to be 
addressed and to participate in the development of plan alternatives. 
The public also provided comments during the 90-day public comment 
period on the Draft RMP/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
which were addressed in the Final EIS. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS was 
developed in cooperation with the following agencies: The U.S. Bureau 
of Reclamation, the Prescott National Forest, the Tonto National 
Forest, the Luke Air Force Base, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 
the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway 
Administration, Maricopa County, Yavapai County, the City of Peoria, 
and the City of Phoenix. The BLM also conducted consultation with 
Indian tribes who have oral traditions or cultural concerns relating to 
the planning area or who are documented as having occupied or used 
portions of the planning area during prehistoric or historic times.
    The Agua Fria National Monument includes 70,900 acres of BLM-
administered lands. The Approved RMP for the Monument provides for the 
protection of the significant cultural and natural resources that were 
identified as objects in the Presidential Proclamation establishing the 
Agua Fria National Monument. The Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning Area 
encompasses 896,100 surface acres of BLM-administered lands. In 
addition to the surface acres, there are 346,300 acres of BLM-
administered mineral estate, with non-Federal surface ownership, within 
the boundaries of the planning area. The Hassayampa Field Office also 
administers another 181,200 acres of mineral estate in Coconino County 
in northern Arizona, which are addressed in the Approved RMP. The 
Approved RMP includes strategies for protecting and preserving the 
biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, 
scientific, and scenic values that balance multiple uses of the BLM-
administered lands throughout the area.
    The Bradshaw-Harquahala ROD and Approved RMP identify four new 
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC): Tule Creek ACEC (640 
acres); Vulture Mountain ACEC (6,120 acres); Black Butte ACEC (8,260 
acres); and Harquahala Mountains ACEC (74,950 acres). The following 
types of resource-use limitations generally apply to these ACECs: (1) 
Allowable uses are limited to those which are compatible with the 
important natural or cultural resources for which the area is 
designated; (2) recreation facilities are limited to projects that 
protect ACEC values; (3) travel is permitted only on designated open 
and signed routes; and (4) no new mineral material disposal sites would 
be authorized. Detailed information is described in the Special 
Designations section of the Approved RMP.
    The Agua Fria National Monument ROD and Approved RMP remove 
designations of the Perry Mesa ACEC and the Larry Canyon ACEC, 
established in the Phoenix RMP (1988). The protective management 
prescriptions for the two ACECs are incorporated into the ROD and 
Approved RMP, or in the case of lands and minerals actions, are more 
restrictive under the ROD and Approved RMP.
    The Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP/Draft EIS (published 
January 6, 2006) was revised to address comments received during the 
90-day public comment period. The resultant alternative became the 
Proposed Plan in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, published on August 8, 
2008 and has been carried forward as the Approved RMP. Six protests 
were received during the 30-day protest period following the release of 
the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. These protests were dismissed or denied by 
the BLM Director. Minor clarifications and changes between the Proposed 
Plan/Final EIS and the ROD/Approved Plan include change to text to 
clarify certain decisions, provide an additional map of the Black 
Canyon utility corridor, and make minor corrections to Proposed RMP 
Maps 2-83, 2-84, 2-86 and 2-90. Depictions of potential route 
designations have been deleted from these maps, as the Approved RMP 
does not contain route designations for the Bradshaw-Harquahala 
Planning Area. Route designations will be addressed in a future phase 
of plan implementation with opportunities for public participation.
    The BLM has determined that the Approved RMP for the Agua Fria 
National Monument provides for long-

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term protection of the Monument's objects, while allowing for 
authorized uses, recreation activities, scientific studies, and 
interpretive facilities that are consistent with the protection of 
monument values. The Approved RMP for the Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning 
Area provides an optimal balance between authorized resource use and 
the protection and long-term sustainability of sensitive resources 
within the planning area.
    The Arizona Governor's Office did not identify any inconsistencies 
between the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and state or local plans, policies, 
and programs following the 60-day Governor's Consistency Review 
(initiated April 15, 2008) in accordance with planning regulations at 
43 CFR 1610.3-2(e).
    The Approved RMP for the Agua Fria National Monument contains 
implementation level decisions that identify individual roads and 
trails within designated areas as open, closed, or limited. These 
decisions, which are contained in Appendix C of the Approved RMP, are 
appealable under 43 CFR part 4. Any party adversely affected by an 
implementation decision may appeal within 30 days of publication of 
this Notice of Availability pursuant to 43 CFR, part 4, subpart E. The 
appeal should state the specific route(s), as identified in Appendix C 
of the Approved RMP, on which the decision is being appealed. The 
appeal must be filed with the Hassayampa Field Manager at the above-
listed address. Please consult the appropriate regulations (43 CFR, 
part 4, subpart E) for further appeal requirements.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6.

James G. Kenna,
Arizona State Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-9177 Filed 4-21-10; 8:45 am]
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