Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for the Carlsbad Field Office, New Mexico and Associated Environmental Impact Statement, 32962-32963 [2010-13949]

Download as PDF 32962 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 111 / Thursday, June 10, 2010 / Notices approval of construction projects and determinations with regard to the leasehold surrender interest value of such projects. The request to OMB is to renew approval of the collection of information in 36 CFR Part 51, Section 51.47, regarding the appeal of a preferred offeror determination, and Sections 51.54 and 51.55 regarding NPS approval of the construction of capital improvements by concessioners. NPS is requesting a 3-year term of approval for Number of respondents per year Section 36 36 36 36 36 CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR 51.47 51.54 51.54 51.55 51.55 .............................................................................................................................. (Large projects) .................................................................................................... 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The following chart provides the number of respondents annually, average completion time, and total annual burden hours by section. 13:40 Jun 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 ACTION: Notice of Intent. SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office, Carlsbad, New Mexico, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Carlsbad Field Office and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing 1988 Carlsbad RMP. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP and the associated EIS. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, comments on issues and planning criteria may be submitted in writing by any of the methods described in the ADDRESSES section below, until July 12, 2010 (the 30-day scoping period). Alternatively you may submit comments at any public scoping meeting or 30 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers, and at the following BLM Web site: https://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/ fo/Carlsbad_Field_Office.html. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria by any of the following methods: • Web site: https://www.blm.gov/nm/ st/en/fo/Carlsbad_Field_Office.html. • E-mail: nm_cfo_rmp@blm.gov. • Fax: 575–885–9264. • Mail: BLM, Carlsbad Field Office, RMP Project Manager, 620 E. Greene St., Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Carlsbad Field Office. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 31 89 31 89 Average completion time (hours) 1 16 8 56 24 Total hours annually 1 496 712 1,736 2,136 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact James B. Smith, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, telephone 575–234–5986; address BLM, Carlsbad Field Office, Attention: James B. Smith, 620 E. Greene St., Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220; e-mail James_B_Smith@blm.gov. This document provides notice that the BLM Carlsbad Field Office, New Mexico, intends to prepare an RMP with an associated EIS for the Carlsbad Field Office, announces the beginning of the scoping process, and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The planning area is located in Eddy, Lea, and Chaves counties, New Mexico, and encompasses approximately 2.2 million surface acres of public land and 4.1 million acres of mineral estate (1.9 million acres is split estate). 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 planning process. Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified by BLM personnel, Federal, state, and local agencies, and other stakeholders. The issues include: 1. What management actions, best management practices (BMP), and mitigation measures are necessary to protect or enhance resources, such as: visual resources, air quality, groundwater and karst aquifers, watersheds and riparian areas, recreational areas, wilderness areas, vegetation, soils, cultural sites, cave/ karst, specially designated areas, wildlife habitat, and rangeland health? 2. What areas should be identified as open, limited, or closed to travel to meet resource and recreational demands? What major roads and ways should be identified in the transportation SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 cprice-sewell on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 111 / Thursday, June 10, 2010 / Notices management plan for closure and reclamation? 3. How should the BLM facilitate energy development, both renewable and non-renewable, while allowing for multiple uses and appropriate protection of public lands and resources? 4. How should the RMP facilitate rights-of-ways within the planning area through designation of exclusion and avoidance areas, stipulations, BMPs, and mitigation measures while balancing the need to protect sensitive resources? 5. How should the RMP address new technologies such as potash solution mining? 6. What public lands should be identified for retention, withdrawal, disposal (e.g., parcels, historic landfill sites) or acquisition? 7. What management actions, BMPs, and mitigation measures will be necessary to reduce impacts to reclaimed and restored lands? Preliminary Planning Criteria Include: 1. The RMP will be in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other applicable laws and regulations; 2. Land use decisions in the RMP will apply to the surface and subsurface estate managed by the BLM; 3. The RMP process will follow BLM policies in the Land Use Planning Handbook, H–1601–1; 4. Public participation and collaboration will be an integral part of the planning process; 5. The BLM will strive to make decisions in the plan compatible with the existing plans and policies of adjacent local, state, and Federal agencies and local American Indian tribes, as long as the decisions are consistent with the purposes of the Federal laws, policies, and programs applicable to public lands; 6. The RMP will recognize valid existing rights; 7. The RMP will incorporate, where applicable, management decisions brought forward from existing planning documents; 8. The BLM will work cooperatively and collaboratively with cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, and individuals; 9. The planning process will provide for ongoing consultation with American Indian tribes and strategies for protecting recognized traditional uses; 10. Where practicable and timely for the planning effort, the best available scientific information, research, and new technologies will be used; and 11. Planning decisions must comply with all applicable regulations and must be reasonably achievable, and allow for VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:40 Jun 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 flexibility while supporting adaptive management principles. The Preparation Plan developed for the RMP Revision is available on the Carlsbad Field Office Web site. This document contains pertinent and descriptive information regarding planning issues, management concerns, planning criteria and scheduling. Please refer to this document for the detailed list of planning issues and criteria. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 30 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. Before including your address, phone number, email 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. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft RMP/EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Wildlife and fisheries, threatened and endangered species, vegetation and native plants, riparian and wetlands, invasive and noxious weeds, rangeland management, fire and fuels management, cultural resources PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32963 and Native American concerns, paleontology, geology and fluid minerals, lands and realty, outdoor recreation, hydrology, soils, visual resource management, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, sociology and economics, and forest management. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7; 43 CFR 1610.2 Linda S.C. Rundell, State Director. [FR Doc. 2010–13949 Filed 6–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–OX–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNMF02000 L16100000.DP0000 LXSS026G0000] Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Taos Field Office, New Mexico AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Taos Field Office and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes this Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Taos Draft RMP/EIS by any of the following methods: • Web site: https://www.blm.gov/nm/ st/en/fo/Taos_Field_Office/ taos_rmpr.html. • E-mail: NM_TAFO_Comment@blm.gov. • Mail: Bureau of Land Management, Attention: Brad Higdon, 226 Cruz Alta, Taos, New Mexico 87571. Copies of the Taos Draft RMP and EIS are available at the Taos Field Office at the above address and at the New Mexico State Office at 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508. E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNMP02000 16100000.DN0000]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for the 
Carlsbad Field Office, New Mexico and Associated Environmental Impact 
Statement

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, as amended, (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976, as amended, (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Carlsbad Field Office, Carlsbad, New Mexico, intends to prepare a 
Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Carlsbad Field Office and by this notice is 
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing 1988 
Carlsbad RMP.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP and 
the associated EIS. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, comments 
on issues and planning criteria may be submitted in writing by any of 
the methods described in the ADDRESSES section below, until July 12, 
2010 (the 30-day scoping period). Alternatively you may submit comments 
at any public scoping meeting or 30 days after the last public meeting, 
whichever is later. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings 
will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, 
newspapers, and at the following BLM Web site: https://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Carlsbad_Field_Office.html. We will provide additional 
opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft 
EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria by 
any of the following methods:
     Web site: https://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Carlsbad_Field_Office.html.
     E-mail: nm_cfo_rmp@blm.gov.
     Fax: 575-885-9264.
     Mail: BLM, Carlsbad Field Office, RMP Project Manager, 620 
E. Greene St., Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the 
Carlsbad Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact James B. Smith, Planning 
and Environmental Coordinator, telephone 575-234-5986; address BLM, 
Carlsbad Field Office, Attention: James B. Smith, 620 E. Greene St., 
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220; e-mail James_B_Smith@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM 
Carlsbad Field Office, New Mexico, intends to prepare an RMP with an 
associated EIS for the Carlsbad Field Office, announces the beginning 
of the scoping process, and seeks public input on issues and planning 
criteria. The planning area is located in Eddy, Lea, and Chaves 
counties, New Mexico, and encompasses approximately 2.2 million surface 
acres of public land and 4.1 million acres of mineral estate (1.9 
million acres is split estate). 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 
planning process. Preliminary issues for the planning area have been 
identified by BLM personnel, Federal, state, and local agencies, and 
other stakeholders. The issues include:
    1. What management actions, best management practices (BMP), and 
mitigation measures are necessary to protect or enhance resources, such 
as: visual resources, air quality, groundwater and karst aquifers, 
watersheds and riparian areas, recreational areas, wilderness areas, 
vegetation, soils, cultural sites, cave/karst, specially designated 
areas, wildlife habitat, and rangeland health?
    2. What areas should be identified as open, limited, or closed to 
travel to meet resource and recreational demands? What major roads and 
ways should be identified in the transportation

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management plan for closure and reclamation?
    3. How should the BLM facilitate energy development, both renewable 
and non-renewable, while allowing for multiple uses and appropriate 
protection of public lands and resources?
    4. How should the RMP facilitate rights-of-ways within the planning 
area through designation of exclusion and avoidance areas, 
stipulations, BMPs, and mitigation measures while balancing the need to 
protect sensitive resources?
    5. How should the RMP address new technologies such as potash 
solution mining?
    6. What public lands should be identified for retention, 
withdrawal, disposal (e.g., parcels, historic landfill sites) or 
acquisition?
    7. What management actions, BMPs, and mitigation measures will be 
necessary to reduce impacts to reclaimed and restored lands?
    Preliminary Planning Criteria Include:
    1. The RMP will be in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other 
applicable laws and regulations;
    2. Land use decisions in the RMP will apply to the surface and 
subsurface estate managed by the BLM;
    3. The RMP process will follow BLM policies in the Land Use 
Planning Handbook, H-1601-1;
    4. Public participation and collaboration will be an integral part 
of the planning process;
    5. The BLM will strive to make decisions in the plan compatible 
with the existing plans and policies of adjacent local, state, and 
Federal agencies and local American Indian tribes, as long as the 
decisions are consistent with the purposes of the Federal laws, 
policies, and programs applicable to public lands;
    6. The RMP will recognize valid existing rights;
    7. The RMP will incorporate, where applicable, management decisions 
brought forward from existing planning documents;
    8. The BLM will work cooperatively and collaboratively with 
cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, and 
individuals;
    9. The planning process will provide for ongoing consultation with 
American Indian tribes and strategies for protecting recognized 
traditional uses;
    10. Where practicable and timely for the planning effort, the best 
available scientific information, research, and new technologies will 
be used; and
    11. Planning decisions must comply with all applicable regulations 
and must be reasonably achievable, and allow for flexibility while 
supporting adaptive management principles.
    The Preparation Plan developed for the RMP Revision is available on 
the Carlsbad Field Office Web site. This document contains pertinent 
and descriptive information regarding planning issues, management 
concerns, planning criteria and scheduling. Please refer to this 
document for the detailed list of planning issues and criteria.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the 
BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To 
be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day 
scoping period or within 30 days after the last public meeting, 
whichever is later. Before including your address, phone number, email 
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. The minutes and list of attendees for each 
scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days 
after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he 
or she expressed. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be 
addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three 
categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft RMP/EIS as to why 
an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also 
encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that 
should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with 
interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best 
suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns.
    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan 
in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines 
will be involved in the planning process: Wildlife and fisheries, 
threatened and endangered species, vegetation and native plants, 
riparian and wetlands, invasive and noxious weeds, rangeland 
management, fire and fuels management, cultural resources and Native 
American concerns, paleontology, geology and fluid minerals, lands and 
realty, outdoor recreation, hydrology, soils, visual resource 
management, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, sociology and 
economics, and forest management.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7; 43 CFR 1610.2

Linda S.C. Rundell,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-13949 Filed 6-9-10; 8:45 am]
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