Deer and Vegetation Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Fire Island National Seashore, New York, 35467-35468 [2011-15064]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 117 / Friday, June 17, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLIDI02000.L71220000.EO0000. LVTFD0980300] Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Proposed Blackfoot Bridge Mine, Caribou County, ID Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is announcing the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed Blackfoot Bridge Mine. DATES: The ROD is now available. Implementation of this decision may begin at the close of an appeal-filing period which begins June 17, 2011 and ends 30 days after June 17, 2011. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Blackfoot Bridge Mine ROD are available in the BLM Pocatello Field Office at the following address: 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, Idaho 83204. In addition, an electronic copy of the ROD is available at the following Web site: http:// www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/0.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle Free, Bureau of Land Management, Pocatello Field Office, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, Idaho 83204, phone (208) 478–6368, fax (208) 478–6376. 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, seven 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 has made the decision to approve the Blackfoot Bridge Mine and Reclamation Plan as defined by Alternative 1A, subject to the environmental protection measures of the Proposed Action and Alternative 1A, mitigation, monitoring, and conditions developed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and subject to additional conditions described in the ROD. The BLM has also decided to recommend the proposed lease modification to lease I–05613. This decision is consistent with the Prefered Alternative as described and analyzed in the Final EIS. The BLM approves of Alternative 1A because this alternative employs reasonable measures to satisfy regulatory requirements and adequately reduces potential environmental emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:39 Jun 16, 2011 Jkt 223001 impacts on local and regional water quality. A Geosynthetic Clay Liner Laminate cover system is the most notable of these mitigation measures, but other measures such as an Overburden Seepage Management System, will also reduce potential impacts. The effectiveness of these measures is enhanced by the development of specific management plans for the implementation of additional environmental control measures. As detailed in the Final EIS, these measures include, but are not limited to the Water Management Plan, the Environmental Monitoring Plan, and the Adaptive Management Plan. As conditions of approval for the Blackfoot Bridge Mine, P4 or the Federal lease holder, its employees, contractors, agents, assignees, and operators must comply with the mitigation and monitoring measures as well as other requirements defined in the Final EIS, the ROD, and conditions defined by cooperating agencies in their decisions. Conditions of Approval defined in the ROD cover performance bonding, monitoring, construction quality assurance, oversight funding, water rights, and other requirements. Implementation of the decision may begin at the close of an appeal-filing period which begins with this notice and ends in 30 days. Information and procedures for taking appeals to the Interior Board of Land Appeals are provided in Appendix IV of the ROD. Authority: Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.); the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and 40 CFR part 1500. Joe Kraayenbrink, BLM Idaho Falls District Manager. [FR Doc. 2011–15241 Filed 6–16–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [2031–A154–422] Deer and Vegetation Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Fire Island National Seashore, New York National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Deer and Vegetation Management Plan, Fire Island National Seashore, New York. AGENCY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35467 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Deer and Vegetation Management Plan at Fire Island National Seashore, New York. The purpose of taking action at this time is to address issues associated with the abundance and distribution of whitetailed deer at Fire Island National Seashore (Seashore). The issues include impacts from deer on the natural and cultural resources of the Seashore as well as impacts resulting from deerhuman interaction. Actions addressing these issues will be designed and undertaken in support of the long-term protection, preservation, and restoration of Seashore resources. Information collected as part of research conducted at the Seashore has indicated the need for a management plan to address changes in deer abundance and deer behavior due to the presence of human food sources and habituation to the unthreatening presence of humans; adverse impacts on native vegetation resulting from current levels of deer browsing; and adverse impacts on natural and cultural resources at the William Floyd Estate resulting from current deer population levels. DATES: The National Park Service will accept comments from the public through July 18, 2011. ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and comment online at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/fiis, at Park Headquarters (120 Laurel St, Patchogue, NY 11772), the Fire Island Lighthouse, and the Wilderness Visitor Center. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Valentine (631–687–4759) or Lindsay Ries (631–687–4768). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For 30 years, Seashore staff have been involved with issues linked to the deer population on Fire Island. Initially, concerns were focused around a noticeable increase in the number of deer within the communities of western Fire Island and the appearance of Lyme disease among island residents and park employees. Later, a re-evaluation of permanent sample plots established in 1967 in the Sunken Forest area of the Seashore documented the impacts of deer browsing on understory vegetation within a decade of the Seashore’s establishment. As a result of these concerns, Seashore staff, along with academic and agency scientists, embarked on a series of investigations documenting and describing deer abundance and distribution across the island; ecology of Lyme disease and its host vectors including ticks, birds, and E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 35468 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 117 / Friday, June 17, 2011 / Notices mammals; browsing impacts on vegetation; fertility control as a potential deer population management tool; community relations relative to garbage disposal, and inadvertent and intentional feeding and/or poisoning of deer; the role of disturbance on the regeneration capacity of the Sunken Forest and the likelihood of its future conservation; and the human dimensions of deer abundance. More recently, Seashore staff has turned their attention to the potential impacts of deer on native vegetation in other natural zones of the Seashore and the cultural landscape of the William Floyd Estate. Information collected as part of this research has indicated the need for a management plan to address changes in deer abundance and deer behavior due to the presence of human food sources and habituation to the unthreatening presence of humans; adverse impacts on native vegetation resulting from current levels of deer browsing; and adverse impacts on natural and cultural resources at the William Floyd Estate resulting from current deer population levels. A scoping newsletter will be prepared which identifies the issues and statements of purpose, need, and objectives identified to date during internal scoping meetings. Copies of that information and other updates may be obtained online at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/fiis or at the address and phone numbers listed above. If you wish to comment on the purpose, need, objectives, or on any other issues associated with the plan, you may submit your comments via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ fiis and by mailing or hand-delivering comments to Fire Island National Seashore, Attn: Deer and Vegetation Management Plan, 120 Laurel St, Patchogue, NY 11772. 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. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service National Park Service [NPS–SER–BICY–0601–7609; 5120–SZM] Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Advisory Council Cancellation of June 23, 2011, Meeting of the Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee Department of the Interior, National Park Service, ORV Advisory Committee. ACTION: Cancellation of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463, 86 Stat. 770, 5 U.S.C. App 1, 10), notice is hereby given that the June 23, 2011, meeting of the Big Cypress National Preserve ORV Advisory Committee previously announced in the Federal Register, Vol. 76, January 20, 2011, p. 3653, is cancelled. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pedro Ramos, Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141–1000; 239–695–1103. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee was established (Federal Register, August 1, 2007, pp. 42108– 42109) pursuant to the Preserve’s 2000 Recreational Off-road Vehicle Management Plan and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix) to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of off-road vehicles (ORVs) in the Preserve. The agendas for these meetings are published by press release and on the http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ projectHome.cfm?parkId=352& projectId=20437 Web site. The meetings are open to the public, and time is reserved for public comment. Oral comments are summarized for the record. If you wish to have your comments recorded verbatim, you must submit them in writing. 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: National Park Service, Interior. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the National Park Service (NPS) is hereby giving notice that the Advisory Committee on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail will hold a meeting. Designated through an amendment to the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1241), the trail consists of ‘‘water and overland routes totaling approximately 290 miles, extending from Tangier Island, Virginia, through southern Maryland, the District of Columbia, and northern Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay, Patuxent River, Potomac River, and north to the Patapsco River, and Baltimore, Maryland, commemorating the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812 (including the British invasion of Washington, District of Columbia, and its associated feints, and the Battle of Baltimore in summer 1814).’’ This meeting is open to the public. Preregistration is required for both public attendance and comment. Any individual who wishes to attend the meeting and/or participate in the public comment session should register via e-mail at Christine_Lucero@nps.gov or telephone: (757) 258–8914. For those wishing to make comments, please provide a written summary of your comments prior to the meeting. The Designated Federal Official for the Advisory Council is John Maounis, Superintendent, Chesapeake Bay Office, telephone: (410) 260–2471. DATES: The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Advisory Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor Center, 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230. For more information, please contact the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 314, Annapolis, MD 21403. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. Dated: June 1, 2011. Pedro Ramos, Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve. Christine Lucero, Partnership Coordinator for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, telephone: (757) 258–8914 or e-mail: Christine_Lucero@nps.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2031-A154-422]


Deer and Vegetation Management Plan/Environmental Impact 
Statement, Fire Island National Seashore, New York

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement 
for a Deer and Vegetation Management Plan, Fire Island National 
Seashore, New York.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 
U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Deer and Vegetation 
Management Plan at Fire Island National Seashore, New York. The purpose 
of taking action at this time is to address issues associated with the 
abundance and distribution of white-tailed deer at Fire Island National 
Seashore (Seashore). The issues include impacts from deer on the 
natural and cultural resources of the Seashore as well as impacts 
resulting from deer-human interaction. Actions addressing these issues 
will be designed and undertaken in support of the long-term protection, 
preservation, and restoration of Seashore resources.
    Information collected as part of research conducted at the Seashore 
has indicated the need for a management plan to address changes in deer 
abundance and deer behavior due to the presence of human food sources 
and habituation to the unthreatening presence of humans; adverse 
impacts on native vegetation resulting from current levels of deer 
browsing; and adverse impacts on natural and cultural resources at the 
William Floyd Estate resulting from current deer population levels.

DATES: The National Park Service will accept comments from the public 
through July 18, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and comment 
online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/fiis, at Park Headquarters (120 
Laurel St, Patchogue, NY 11772), the Fire Island Lighthouse, and the 
Wilderness Visitor Center.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Valentine (631-687-4759) or 
Lindsay Ries (631-687-4768).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For 30 years, Seashore staff have been 
involved with issues linked to the deer population on Fire Island. 
Initially, concerns were focused around a noticeable increase in the 
number of deer within the communities of western Fire Island and the 
appearance of Lyme disease among island residents and park employees. 
Later, a re-evaluation of permanent sample plots established in 1967 in 
the Sunken Forest area of the Seashore documented the impacts of deer 
browsing on understory vegetation within a decade of the Seashore's 
establishment. As a result of these concerns, Seashore staff, along 
with academic and agency scientists, embarked on a series of 
investigations documenting and describing deer abundance and 
distribution across the island; ecology of Lyme disease and its host 
vectors including ticks, birds, and

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mammals; browsing impacts on vegetation; fertility control as a 
potential deer population management tool; community relations relative 
to garbage disposal, and inadvertent and intentional feeding and/or 
poisoning of deer; the role of disturbance on the regeneration capacity 
of the Sunken Forest and the likelihood of its future conservation; and 
the human dimensions of deer abundance. More recently, Seashore staff 
has turned their attention to the potential impacts of deer on native 
vegetation in other natural zones of the Seashore and the cultural 
landscape of the William Floyd Estate.
    Information collected as part of this research has indicated the 
need for a management plan to address changes in deer abundance and 
deer behavior due to the presence of human food sources and habituation 
to the unthreatening presence of humans; adverse impacts on native 
vegetation resulting from current levels of deer browsing; and adverse 
impacts on natural and cultural resources at the William Floyd Estate 
resulting from current deer population levels.
    A scoping newsletter will be prepared which identifies the issues 
and statements of purpose, need, and objectives identified to date 
during internal scoping meetings. Copies of that information and other 
updates may be obtained online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/fiis or 
at the address and phone numbers listed above. If you wish to comment 
on the purpose, need, objectives, or on any other issues associated 
with the plan, you may submit your comments via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/fiis and by mailing or hand-delivering comments to 
Fire Island National Seashore, Attn: Deer and Vegetation Management 
Plan, 120 Laurel St, Patchogue, NY 11772. 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.

Dennis R. Reidenbach,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-15064 Filed 6-16-11; 8:45 am]
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