Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Canada Goose Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, 44604-44605 [2011-18829]

Download as PDF 44604 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 26, 2011 / Notices The NPS completed a General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/ EIS) for the Memorial in October 2009 and the record of Decision (ROD) was signed in November 2009. The selected alternative in the ROD allowed for a design competition to guide the future development of the Memorial. The intent of the competition was to identify ways to seamlessly integrate the park and surrounding areas into the St. Louis region, while honoring the Arch and the grounds immediately surrounding. The design competition began in December 2009 and the winning team was selected in September 2010. The winning concept was subsequently refined and presented to the public in January 2011. The 2009 GMP/EIS provided a broad analysis of potential impacts of the expansion of programs and facilities at the Memorial; this EA will provide a more site-specific analysis. Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1502.20) encourage the use of a tiering process in these types of situations. Department of the Interior regulations implementing NEPA (43 CFR 46.140) state that an ‘‘ * * * environmental assessment prepared in support of an individual proposed action can be tiered to a programmatic or other broader-scope environmental impact statement. Tiering to the programmatic or broader-scope environmental impact statement would allow the preparation of an environmental assessment and a finding of no significant impact for the individual proposed action, so long as any previously unanalyzed effects are not significant.’’ In addition, NPS consultation, in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, began in January 2011, and the NEPA process will be integrated with the section 106 process as much as possible to coordinate public review and other consultative requirements of both laws. A scoping newsletter will be prepared which identifies the draft statements of purpose, need, and objectives, as well as issues and preliminary alternative concepts, as identified to date. Copies of that information and other updates may be obtained online from the PEPC Web site or at the address and phone numbers listed above. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments via the Internet through PEPC, at one of the public meetings, and by mailing or hand-delivering comments to the address noted above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Before including your address, phone number, sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Jul 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 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. Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any way other than those specified above. Dated: May 6, 2011. Michael T. Reynolds, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2011–18825 Filed 7–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–AW–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–NCR–NACE–0411–7112; 3501–PZY] Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Canada Goose Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement National Park Service, Interior. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Canada Goose Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/DEIS) for Anacostia Park (Park), Washington, DC. The draft Plan/DEIS evaluates the impacts of several management alternatives that address managing wetlands and resident Canada geese at the Park. It also assesses the impacts that could result from continuing the current management framework in the no action alternative. The selected alternative will describe the wetland management and Canada goose management strategies that will guide future actions at the Park for 15 years. DATES: The NPS will accept comments on the Plan/DEIS for 60 days following publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the Notice of the Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. After the EPA Notice of Availability is published, the NPS will schedule public meetings during the comment period. Dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be announced in press releases, e-mail announcements, and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site for the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 project at http:// www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ANAC . ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and comment online at: http:// www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ANAC. Copies of the Plan/DEIS will be available in the office of the Superintendent, National Capital Parks—East, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE., Washington, DC 20020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Resource Management Division, National Capital Parks—East headquarters in Anacostia Park at the address above or by telephone at (202) 690–5160. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tidal wetland restoration efforts at Anacostia Park have been jeopardized by grazing resident Canada geese. Action is needed at this time to manage the restored wetlands at the Park. The Plan/DEIS will be an integrated tool designed to allow for the long-term planning and management for both wetlands and resident Canada geese at the Park. This Plan/DEIS evaluates five alternatives—a No Action Alternative (A) and four Action Alternatives (B (preferred), C, D, and E). These are summarized briefly here. Other alternatives were explored but dismissed; these are discussed in some detail in the draft Plan/EIS. • Alternative A—No Action—Park wetlands and the resident goose population would continue to be managed using the current wetland and goose management techniques which include: Invasive species management, trash management, public education, goose egg oiling, goose population monitoring, goose exclusion fencing, and wetland vegetation planting. • Alternative B—Preferred—Very High Level of Wetland and Goose Management—The most aggressive wetlands management techniques would be combined with intensive goose management techniques. Proposed extensive wetland restoration opportunities could include: Managing invasive species, shoreline protection, restoration of tidal guts, and daylighting. Goose management techniques include: Lethal control, scare and harassment, habitat alteration, and reproduction control such as egg oiling. • Alternative C—High Level of Wetlands Management with Moderate Level of Goose Management—This alternative combines aggressive wetlands management options with a moderate level of lethal goose management techniques. Some of the wetland management techniques could include managing invasive species and E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 26, 2011 / Notices planting throughout the wetlands. The goose management techniques include: Less intensive population reduction than in alternative B; habitat modification by planting buffers along the shoreline; scare and harassment techniques in certain areas; and reproduction control. • Alternative D—Low Level of Wetlands Management and Low Goose Management—Wetland management techniques include a removal of structures or obstacles resulting in severe erosion of the shoreline and wetland areas as well as management of invasive species. There would be no new wetland restoration or new cultural/educational efforts under this alternative. The goose management techniques would include no initial lethal resident goose population reduction activities; however, there could be a one-time population reduction if other goose management techniques, such as habitat modification and reproduction control, do not keep the goose population at the sustainable threshold level. • Alternative E—Very High Level of Wetlands Management with Moderate Goose Management with No Lethal Control—Wetland management techniques include erosion control and invasive species management. The resident goose management techniques would have no initial or follow-up lethal control; however, habitat modification, scare and harassment, and reproductive control would be allowed. You may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may submit your comments online on the PEPC Web site at: http:// www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ANAC. Comments can be mailed to Alex Romero, Superintendent, National Capital Parks—East, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE., Washington, DC 20020. You may also contact the Superintendent by facsimile at (202) 690–1425. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the National Capital Parks—East headquarters in Anacostia Park at the address above. Before including your address, telephone number, electronic 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 comments to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials, of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Jul 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Dated: March 18, 2011. Woody Smeck, Acting Regional Director, National Capital Region. [FR Doc. 2011–18829 Filed 7–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–JK–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–AKR–WRST–DENA;9924–PYS] Alaska Region’s Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program; Public Meeting and Teleconference National Park Service, Interior. Notice of meeting and teleconference. AGENCY: ACTION: The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC and the Denali National Park SRC will meet to develop and continue work on National Park Service (NPS) subsistence program recommendations and other related subsistence management issues. The NPS SRC program is authorized under Title VIII, Section 808 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Public Law 96–487, to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC will meet August 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Denali National Park SRC will meet August 27, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC Meeting: Barbara Cellarius, Subsistence Manager, (907) 822–7236, or Clarence Summers, Subsistence Manager, NPS Alaska Regional Office, at (907) 644–3603. If you are interested in applying for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC membership contact the Superintendent, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, PO Box 439, Copper Center, AK 99573, (907) 822– 5234, or fax (907) 822–7216 or visit the park Web site at: http://www.nps.gov/ wrst/contacts.htm. For the Denali National Park SRC Meeting Contact: Amy Craver, Subsistence Manager, (907) 683–9544, or Clarence Summers, Subsistence Manager, NPS Alaska Regional Office, at (907) 644–3603. If you are interested in applying for Denali National Park SRC SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44605 membership contact the Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve, P. O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755, (907) 683–2294, or fax (907) 683–9617 or visit the park Web site at: http://www.nps.gov/dena/contacts.htm. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Availability of Comments: These meetings are open to the public and will have time allocated for public testimony. The public is welcome to present written or oral comments to the SRC. Each meeting will be recorded and meeting minutes will be available upon request from the park superintendent for public inspection approximately six weeks after each meeting. Before including your address, telephone 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. If the meeting dates and locations are changed, a notice will be published in local newspapers and announced on local radio stations prior to the meeting date. SRC meeting locations and dates may need to be changed based on inclement weather or exceptional circumstances. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC Teleconference Meeting Date And Location: The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC will meet at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve headquarters office in Copper Center, Alaska on Thursday, August 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Teleconference meeting participants should contact Barbara Cellarius by email [Barabara_Cellarius@nps.gov] or by telephone at (907) 822–7236 to receive a toll-free call-in telephone number on or before Monday, August 1, 2011. The number of teleconference lines is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Proposed Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC Agenda 1. Call to order. 2. Welcome and Introductions. 3. Administrative Announcements. 4. Approve Agenda. 5. Approval of Minutes. 6. Review SRC Purpose and Membership. 7. SRC Member Reports. 8. Public and Other Agency Comments. 9. Federal Subsistence Board Update. 10. Alaska Board of Game Update. E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-NCR-NACE-0411-7112; 3501-PZY]


Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Canada Goose Management 
Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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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 (NPS) announces the 
availability of the Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Canada 
Goose Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/DEIS) for 
Anacostia Park (Park), Washington, DC. The draft Plan/DEIS evaluates 
the impacts of several management alternatives that address managing 
wetlands and resident Canada geese at the Park. It also assesses the 
impacts that could result from continuing the current management 
framework in the no action alternative. The selected alternative will 
describe the wetland management and Canada goose management strategies 
that will guide future actions at the Park for 15 years.

DATES: The NPS will accept comments on the Plan/DEIS for 60 days 
following publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
of the Notice of the Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement. After the EPA Notice of Availability is published, the NPS 
will schedule public meetings during the comment period. Dates, times, 
and locations of these meetings will be announced in press releases, e-
mail announcements, and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public 
Comment (PEPC) Web site for the project at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ANAC .

ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and comment 
online at: http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ANAC. Copies of the Plan/
DEIS will be available in the office of the Superintendent, National 
Capital Parks--East, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE., Washington, DC 20020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Resource Management Division, 
National Capital Parks--East headquarters in Anacostia Park at the 
address above or by telephone at (202) 690-5160.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tidal wetland restoration efforts at 
Anacostia Park have been jeopardized by grazing resident Canada geese. 
Action is needed at this time to manage the restored wetlands at the 
Park. The Plan/DEIS will be an integrated tool designed to allow for 
the long-term planning and management for both wetlands and resident 
Canada geese at the Park.
    This Plan/DEIS evaluates five alternatives--a No Action Alternative 
(A) and four Action Alternatives (B (preferred), C, D, and E). These 
are summarized briefly here. Other alternatives were explored but 
dismissed; these are discussed in some detail in the draft Plan/EIS.
     Alternative A--No Action--Park wetlands and the resident 
goose population would continue to be managed using the current wetland 
and goose management techniques which include: Invasive species 
management, trash management, public education, goose egg oiling, goose 
population monitoring, goose exclusion fencing, and wetland vegetation 
planting.
     Alternative B--Preferred--Very High Level of Wetland and 
Goose Management--The most aggressive wetlands management techniques 
would be combined with intensive goose management techniques. Proposed 
extensive wetland restoration opportunities could include: Managing 
invasive species, shoreline protection, restoration of tidal guts, and 
daylighting. Goose management techniques include: Lethal control, scare 
and harassment, habitat alteration, and reproduction control such as 
egg oiling.
     Alternative C--High Level of Wetlands Management with 
Moderate Level of Goose Management--This alternative combines 
aggressive wetlands management options with a moderate level of lethal 
goose management techniques. Some of the wetland management techniques 
could include managing invasive species and

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planting throughout the wetlands. The goose management techniques 
include: Less intensive population reduction than in alternative B; 
habitat modification by planting buffers along the shoreline; scare and 
harassment techniques in certain areas; and reproduction control.
     Alternative D--Low Level of Wetlands Management and Low 
Goose Management--Wetland management techniques include a removal of 
structures or obstacles resulting in severe erosion of the shoreline 
and wetland areas as well as management of invasive species. There 
would be no new wetland restoration or new cultural/educational efforts 
under this alternative. The goose management techniques would include 
no initial lethal resident goose population reduction activities; 
however, there could be a one-time population reduction if other goose 
management techniques, such as habitat modification and reproduction 
control, do not keep the goose population at the sustainable threshold 
level.
     Alternative E--Very High Level of Wetlands Management with 
Moderate Goose Management with No Lethal Control--Wetland management 
techniques include erosion control and invasive species management. The 
resident goose management techniques would have no initial or follow-up 
lethal control; however, habitat modification, scare and harassment, 
and reproductive control would be allowed.
    You may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may 
submit your comments online on the PEPC Web site at: http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ANAC. Comments can be mailed to Alex Romero, 
Superintendent, National Capital Parks--East, 1900 Anacostia Drive, 
SE., Washington, DC 20020. You may also contact the Superintendent by 
facsimile at (202) 690-1425. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to 
the National Capital Parks--East headquarters in Anacostia Park at the 
address above. Before including your address, telephone number, 
electronic 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 comments to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will make all submissions 
from organizations or businesses, from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials, of organizations or 
businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.

    Dated: March 18, 2011.
Woody Smeck,
Acting Regional Director, National Capital Region.
[FR Doc. 2011-18829 Filed 7-25-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4312-JK-P