Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan Amendment/Environmental Assessment for the Farmington Field Office Visual Resources, 34249-34250 [2011-14491]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 113 / Monday, June 13, 2011 / Notices Corporation when the surface estate is conveyed to The Kuskokwim Corporation, Successor in Interest to Sleetmute Limited. The lands are in the vicinity of Sleetmute, Alaska, and are located in: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 17 N., R. 43 W., Secs. 13 and 23; Secs. 24, 25, and 26. Containing approximately 2,873 acres. T. 18 N., R. 43 W., Secs. 30, 32, and 36. Containing 1,891.83 acres. T. 19 N., R. 43 W., Secs. 31, 33, and 34. Containing 1,304.92 acres. T. 18 N., R. 44 W., Sec. 25. Containing 640 acres. Aggregating approximately 6,710 acres. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 16:06 Jun 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 [FR Doc. 2011–14497 Filed 6–10–11; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNM01000 L16100000 DO0000] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan Amendment/ Environmental Assessment for the Farmington Field Office Visual Resources Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office (Field Office), Farmington, New Mexico, intends to amend the 2003 Farmington Resource Management Plan (RMP) and prepare an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the Visual Resource Management (VRM) in the planning area. By this Notice, the Field Office 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 RMP amendment and associated EA. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until July 13, 2011. The date(s), time(s), and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/ en.html. In order to be included in the Draft RMP amendment/EA, 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 Field Office will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft RMP amendment/EA. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the Farmington Visual Resource Management RMP amendment/EA by any of the following methods: • Web Site: http://www.blm.gov/nm/ st/en.html. • E-mail: FFO_Comments@blm.gov. SUMMARY: Any party claiming a property interest in the lands affected by the decision may appeal the decision within the following time limits: 1. Unknown parties, parties unable to be located after reasonable efforts have been expended to locate, parties who fail or refuse to sign their return receipt, and parties who receive a copy of the decision by regular mail which is not certified, return receipt requested, shall have until July 13, 2011 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. 3. Notices of appeal transmitted by electronic means, such as facsimile or email, will not be accepted as timely filed. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The BLM by phone at 907–271–5960 or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@blm.gov. Persons who use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the BLM during normal business hours. In addition, the FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the BLM. The BLM VerDate Mar<15>2010 Barbara Opp Waldal, Land Law Examiner, Land Transfer Adjudication II Branch. BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Tundra Drums. DATES: will reply during normal business hours. PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34249 • Fax: 505–599–8999 Attn: VRM ID Team. • Mail: BLM Farmington Field Office, Attn: VRM ID Team, 1235 La Plata Highway, Farmington, New Mexico 87401. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Farmington Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Janelle Alleman, Outdoor Recreation Planner; telephone 505–599–8944; address 1235 La Plata Highway, Farmington, New Mexico 87401; e-mail at FFO_Comments@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Farmington Field Office, Farmington, New Mexico, intends to prepare an RMP amendment and associated EA to address the visual resource management in the planning area. The planning area is located in San Juan, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval Counties, New Mexico, and encompasses 1.4 million acres of public land in these counties. 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. The RMP completed in 2003 directs the Field Office to conduct a review of VRM objectives upon the completion of a new visual resource inventory. That inventory was completed in March of 2009. The purpose of this RMP amendment/EA is to address the need to update the VRM objectives in the 2003 RMP. The BLM is required to manage public lands in such a manner as to protect the quality of the scenic (visual) values of these lands. The RMP amendment/EA will determine if, over time, changes in the condition of the visual resources within the planning area warrant changes to VRM management objectives, and to what degree. VRM objectives (or classes) provide the basic visual management standards for design and development of surface disturbing projects on public lands and are determined through careful analysis and consideration of other land uses, needs and demands. VRM Classes I through IV are designated in the RMP and establish E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 34250 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 113 / Monday, June 13, 2011 / Notices the allowable threshold of detectable visual modification. The associated management objectives dictate the level of protection, which range from preservation with a VRM Class I designation to major modification with a VRM Class IV. 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: Rangeland management, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, economics, and wilderness. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary planning issues: (1) How should visual resources be managed to address areas of scenic quality in contrast to increasing development? (2) How should changes in the visual resource inventory be used to address modifications to the visual resource management classes? (3) What type of protective management prescriptions should be considered to address visual resources? Proposed planning criteria include the following: 1. The RMP amendment/EA will comply with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other applicable laws, regulations, and policies; 2. For program-specific guidance for decisions at the land use planning level, the process will follow the BLM’s policies in the Land Use Planning Handbook, H–1601–1; 3. Public participation and collaboration will be an integral part of the planning process; 4. 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, policies, Federal laws, and regulations applicable to public lands; 5. The RMP amendment/EA will recognize valid existing rights; 6. The RMP amendment/EA will incorporate, where applicable, management decisions brought forward from existing planning documents; 7. The BLM staff will work cooperatively and collaboratively with cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, and individuals; 8. The BLM and cooperating agencies will jointly develop alternatives for resolution of resource management issues and management concerns; VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:06 Jun 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 9. GIS and metadata information will meet Federal Geographic Data Committee standards, as required by Executive Order 12906 and all other applicable BLM data standards will be followed; 10. The planning process will provide for ongoing consultation with American Indian tribes to identify strategies for protecting recognized traditional uses; 11. Planning and management direction will focus on the relative values of resources and not the combination of uses that will give the greatest economic return or economic output; 12. The BLM will consider the quantity and quality of non-commodity resource values; 13. Where practicable and timely for the planning effort, the best available scientific information, research, and new technologies will be used; 14. Actions must comply with all applicable regulations and must be reasonable, achievable, and allow for flexibility while supporting adaptive management principles; and 15. The Economic Profile System will be used as one source of demographic and economic data for the planning process, which will provide baseline data and contribute to estimates of existing and projected social and economic conditions. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to satisfy the public involvement process 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, including impacts on Indian trust assets. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested in 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. 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. Please note that public comments and information submitted including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of persons who submit comments will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7, 43 CFR 1610.2. Linda S. C. Rundell, State Director. [FR Doc. 2011–14491 Filed 6–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–VB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNML00000 L16100000.DU0000] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Gila Lower Box Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Hidalgo and Grant Counties, New Mexico and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: 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, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, Las Cruces, New Mexico, intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) and a possible amendment to the 1993 Mimbres Resource Management Plan (RMP), and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues and planning criteria. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EA. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until July 13, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers, and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/ Las_Cruces_District_Office.html. To be included in the EA, all comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EA. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 113 (Monday, June 13, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34249-34250]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-14491]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNM01000 L16100000 DO0000]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan Amendment/
Environmental Assessment for the Farmington Field Office Visual 
Resources

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 
(FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Farmington Field Office (Field Office), Farmington, New Mexico, intends 
to amend the 2003 Farmington Resource Management Plan (RMP) and prepare 
an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the Visual 
Resource Management (VRM) in the planning area. By this Notice, the 
Field Office 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 RMP 
amendment and associated EA. Comments on issues may be submitted in 
writing until July 13, 2011. The date(s), time(s), and location(s) of 
any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance 
through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en.html. In order to be included in the Draft RMP 
amendment/EA, 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 Field Office will provide additional opportunities for 
public participation upon publication of the Draft RMP amendment/EA.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the Farmington Visual Resource Management RMP amendment/EA 
by any of the following methods:
     Web Site: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en.html.
     E-mail: FFO_Comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: 505-599-8999 Attn: VRM ID Team.
     Mail: BLM Farmington Field Office, Attn: VRM ID Team, 1235 
La Plata Highway, Farmington, New Mexico 87401.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the 
Farmington Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact Janelle Alleman, Outdoor 
Recreation Planner; telephone 505-599-8944; address 1235 La Plata 
Highway, Farmington, New Mexico 87401; e-mail at FFO_Comments@blm.gov. 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is 
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question 
with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal 
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Farmington Field Office, Farmington, 
New Mexico, intends to prepare an RMP amendment and associated EA to 
address the visual resource management in the planning area. The 
planning area is located in San Juan, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval 
Counties, New Mexico, and encompasses 1.4 million acres of public land 
in these counties. 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. The RMP completed in 2003 directs the Field Office to conduct 
a review of VRM objectives upon the completion of a new visual resource 
inventory. That inventory was completed in March of 2009. The purpose 
of this RMP amendment/EA is to address the need to update the VRM 
objectives in the 2003 RMP.
    The BLM is required to manage public lands in such a manner as to 
protect the quality of the scenic (visual) values of these lands. The 
RMP amendment/EA will determine if, over time, changes in the condition 
of the visual resources within the planning area warrant changes to VRM 
management objectives, and to what degree. VRM objectives (or classes) 
provide the basic visual management standards for design and 
development of surface disturbing projects on public lands and are 
determined through careful analysis and consideration of other land 
uses, needs and demands. VRM Classes I through IV are designated in the 
RMP and establish

[[Page 34250]]

the allowable threshold of detectable visual modification. The 
associated management objectives dictate the level of protection, which 
range from preservation with a VRM Class I designation to major 
modification with a VRM Class IV.
    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: Rangeland management, 
minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, 
wildlife, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, economics, and 
wilderness.
    At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary 
planning issues: (1) How should visual resources be managed to address 
areas of scenic quality in contrast to increasing development? (2) How 
should changes in the visual resource inventory be used to address 
modifications to the visual resource management classes? (3) What type 
of protective management prescriptions should be considered to address 
visual resources?
    Proposed planning criteria include the following:
    1. The RMP amendment/EA will comply with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other 
applicable laws, regulations, and policies;
    2. For program-specific guidance for decisions at the land use 
planning level, the process will follow the BLM's policies in the Land 
Use Planning Handbook, H-1601-1;
    3. Public participation and collaboration will be an integral part 
of the planning process;
    4. 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, policies, Federal laws, and 
regulations applicable to public lands;
    5. The RMP amendment/EA will recognize valid existing rights;
    6. The RMP amendment/EA will incorporate, where applicable, 
management decisions brought forward from existing planning documents;
    7. The BLM staff will work cooperatively and collaboratively with 
cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, and 
individuals;
    8. The BLM and cooperating agencies will jointly develop 
alternatives for resolution of resource management issues and 
management concerns;
    9. GIS and metadata information will meet Federal Geographic Data 
Committee standards, as required by Executive Order 12906 and all other 
applicable BLM data standards will be followed;
    10. The planning process will provide for ongoing consultation with 
American Indian tribes to identify strategies for protecting recognized 
traditional uses;
    11. Planning and management direction will focus on the relative 
values of resources and not the combination of uses that will give the 
greatest economic return or economic output;
    12. The BLM will consider the quantity and quality of non-commodity 
resource values;
    13. Where practicable and timely for the planning effort, the best 
available scientific information, research, and new technologies will 
be used;
    14. Actions must comply with all applicable regulations and must be 
reasonable, achievable, and allow for flexibility while supporting 
adaptive management principles; and
    15. The Economic Profile System will be used as one source of 
demographic and economic data for the planning process, which will 
provide baseline data and contribute to estimates of existing and 
projected social and economic conditions.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to 
satisfy the public involvement process 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, including impacts on Indian trust assets. Federal, 
State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be 
interested in 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. 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.
    Please note that public comments and information submitted 
including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of persons who 
submit comments will be available for public review and disclosure at 
the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 
Monday through Friday, except holidays.
    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.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7, 43 CFR 1610.2.

Linda S. C. Rundell,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-14491 Filed 6-10-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-VB-P