Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Document and Proposed Plan Amendment for the West Mojave (WEMO) Plan, Motorized Vehicle Access Element, Inyo, Kern and Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, CA, 56466-56468 [2011-23320]

Download as PDF 56466 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Notices (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant.) Land Management Oregon/Washington State Office, Portland, Oregon, 30 days from the date of this publication. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. T. 30 S., R. 2 W., accepted August 18, 2011. T. 20 S., R. 6 W., accepted August 18, 2011. T. 18 S., R. 12 W., accepted August 18, 2011. T. 16 S., R. 1 W., accepted August 29, 2011. T. 19 S., R. 8 W., accepted August 29, 2011. T. 13 S.,R. 6 W., accepted August 30, 2011. T. 3 S., R. 3 E., accepted August 30, 2011. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Document and Proposed Plan Amendment for the West Mojave (WEMO) Plan, Motorized Vehicle Access Element, Inyo, Kern and Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, CA A copy of the plats may be obtained from the Land Office at the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/ Washington State Office, 333 SW. 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, upon required payment. A person or party who wishes to protest against a survey must file a notice that they wish to protest (at the above address) with the Oregon/Washington State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Portland, Oregon. BILLING CODE 9111–23–P AGENCY: ADDRESSES: Indian Gaming Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Approved Tribal— State Class III Gaming Compact. AGENCY: This notice publishes an approval of the gaming compact between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota. DATES: Effective Date: September 13, 2011. SUMMARY: Kyle Hensley, (503) 808–6124, Branch of Geographic Sciences, Bureau of Land Management, 333 SW. 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA) Public Law 100–497, 25 U.S.C. 2710, the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. This Compact increases the number of gaming devices for which the Tribe is authorized to operate from 250 to 500. Dated: August 31, 2011. Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2011–23389 Filed 9–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4N–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [LLOR957000–L63100000–HD0000: HAG11– 0343] Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/ Washington Fred O’Ferrall, Chief, Branch of Land, Mineral, and Energy Resources. [FR Doc. 2011–23303 Filed 9–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice. ACTION: The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Bureau of Land Management [[LLCAD00000.L91310000.EI0000] Willamette Meridian, Oregon [FR Doc. 2011–23326 Filed 9–12–11; 8:45 am] AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. 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) California Desert District (CDD) intends to prepare an environmental document to amend the West Mojave (WEMO) area plan. By this Notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments. SUMMARY: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the environmental document and proposed plan amendment. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until October 13, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through the local news media, newspapers, and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ cdd.html. In order to be fully considered in the environmental document, all scoping comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the environmental document. ADDRESSES: The public may submit comments on planning criteria and related issues, by any of the following methods: • E-mail: cawemopa@blm.gov. • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/ en/fo/cdd/west_mojave_wemo. • Fax: (951) 697–5299. • Mail: BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, ATTN: Alan Stein, Moreno Valley, CA 92553–9046. Documents relevant to this proposal may be examined at the California Desert District Office or Web site (address above), or the BLM’s California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. DATES: E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Stein, telephone (951) 697–5382; address Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, ATTN: Alan Stein, Moreno Valley, CA 92553– 9046; e-mail cawemopa@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 California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980 addressed publicland resources and resources use within 25-million acres of land in southern California. The 1980 CDCA Plan included 12 plan elements, including a Motorized Vehicle Element. The Motorized Vehicle Access Element of the CDCA Plan addressed both access and vehicular use of public lands in southern California, and identified management guidelines and objectives. The CDCA Plan of 1980 has been amended numerous times since it was adopted in 1982. The CDCA Plan contains language that has been judicially determined to restrict motorized routes to those that existed in 1980. In 2006, the BLM approved a comprehensive amendment to the West Mojave area of the CDCA Plan. In a 2006 Western Mojave Record of Decision (WEMO ROD) the BLM amended the CDCA Plan and modified its motorized vehicle management decisions, including off-highway vehicle (OHV) route designation, on more than 3 million acres of public land within the CDCA. The 2006 WEMO ROD approved the designation of 5,098 miles of motorized vehicle routes without specifically changing the language of the 1980 CDCA plan. A lawsuit was filed challenging the WEMO ROD’s route designation process. In January 2011, a court order remanded the 2006 WEMO ROD to the BLM and, in part, directed the BLM to amend the CDCA Plan and reconsider route designation throughout the WEMO area. By court order, the BLM must issue a revised decision by March 31, 2014. A plan amendment is necessary to update language in the Motorized Vehicle Access Element of the CDCA Plan. The plan amendment, and associated environmental documents, will address two components, among VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 others: (1) Alternatives for amending the Motorized Vehicle Access Element of the CDCA Plan for the WEMO area; and (2) Alternative processes for designating travel routes within the sub-regional areas of the WEMO plan area. The main purpose of the scoping process is to solicit public comments on the following: 1. Identification of those portions of the WEMO plan that should be revised to reflect current management policy regarding motorized vehicle access; 2. Identification of the process and decision criteria that should be used to designate routes in the sub-regional areas of the WEMO plan area; 3. Identification of motorized vehicle use issues and concerns within each sub-regional area of the WEMO plan area; 4. Identification of the best science and technology available to identify and establish viable route networks in the sub-regional areas of the WEMO plan area; and 5. Whether the BLM should analyze an amendment to the WEMO plan as it relates, primarily, to motorized vehicle use separately or in conjunction with sub-regional route designation, and alternatives to route designation. The proposed planning effort would allow the BLM to revise portions of the Motorized Vehicle Element of the CDCA Plan to more clearly describe how motorized vehicle use will be managed in the CDCA according to current BLM policy. A primary objective of the proposed action for this plan amendment is to replace the following CDCA Plan language: ‘‘at the minimum, use will be restricted to existing routes of travel,’’ with language that reflects current BLM policy, such as restricting motorized vehicle use to designated routes. Other language from the CDCA Plan may be modified to reduce confusion and clearly state to the public where motorized vehicle use is appropriate and where it is inappropriate. Further, subsequently, concurrently, or in a combination of both, additional environmental analysis would address current route designation within the WEMO sub-regional areas. This analysis would result in new decisions for each sub-regional area within the WEMO plan area that would either retain or modify, in whole or in part, current route designations. New route designation decisions would be issued in accordance with the route designation criteria in 43 CFR 8342.1, and in consideration of other applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The public scoping process for this action will also determine relevant PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56467 issues, impacts, and possible alternatives that could influence the scope of the environmental analysis, and guide the entire process from plan decision-making to route designation review in order to comply with the court order. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues of concern: Special status species, vegetation communities (including unique plant assemblages), special area designations, air quality in previously designated open areas, cultural resources, soils, springs and seeps, fringe-toed lizard habitat, and cumulative effects. By this Notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use plans. The BLM will integrate the land use planning process with the NEPA process. The scoping process will help determine whether the BLM prepares an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement (EIS), based on the anticipated level of impacts. In the event the BLM elects to prepare an EIS, this notice satisfies the requirement in 40 CFR 1501.7 to publish a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS. 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 (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)), as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Tribal consultations will be conducted in accordance with policy, and tribal concerns including impacts on Indian trust assets, if any, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the BLM’s decision on this proposed plan amendment or implementation decisions, are invited to participate in the scoping process, and the whole of the public involvement process. Preliminary planning criteria include the following: 1. The plan amendment 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 and Manual Section 1626, Travel and Transportation Management. 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 E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 56468 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Notices 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, and programs of Federal law and regulations applicable to public lands. 5. The plan amendment will incorporate, where applicable and appropriate, management decisions brought forward from existing planning documents. 6. The BLM will work collaboratively with cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, and individuals. 7. GIS and metadata information will meet Federal Geographic Data Committee standards, as required by Executive Order 12906. All other applicable BLM data standards will also be followed. 8. The planning process will provide for ongoing consultation with American Indian tribes and strategies for protecting recognized traditional uses, e.g., gathering of traditionally used plant materials. 9. The plan amendment will focus on developing language for the WEMO area that conforms to the goals of the Motorized Vehicle Access Element of the CDCA Plan as described in the 1982 Plan Amendment #3. 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 available any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public release, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director, Natural Resources. human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. Repatriation of the human remains to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico at the address below by October 13, 2011. ADDRESSES: Heather Edgar, Curator of Human Osteology, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, MSC01 1050, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, telephone (505) 277–4415. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. The human remains were removed from Sandoval County, NM. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. [FR Doc. 2011–23320 Filed 9–12–11; 8:45 am] Consultation BILLING CODE 4310–40–P A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [2253–665] History and Description of the Remains Notice of Inventory Completion: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico has completed an inventory of SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Between the 1930s and 1940s, human remains representing a minimum of 189 individuals were removed from the Unshagi site (LA 123), Sandoval County, NM, during excavations by University of New Mexico field schools. The human remains were accessioned by the museum between 1973 and 1975. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Between the 1930s and 1940s, human remains representing a minimum of 78 individuals were removed from the Guisewa site (LA 679), Sandoval County, NM, during excavations by University of New Mexico field schools. The human remains were accessioned by the museum between 1973 and 1975. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Between the 1930s and 1940s, human remains representing a minimum of 65 individuals were removed from the Nonishagi site (LA 541), Sandoval County, NM, during excavations by University of New Mexico field schools. The human remains were accessioned by the museum between 1973 and 1975. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. At unknown dates, human remains representing a minimum of 84 individuals were removed from various sites located in the area of ‘‘Jemez.’’ No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The human remains are identified as ancestral Jemez because they came from Puebloan sites of the upper Jemez River drainage. Populations that inhabited these sites are linked by Native oral tradition, Euro-American records, and archeological evidence to members of the present-day Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. Determinations Made by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico Officials of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of at least 416 individuals of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Heather Edgar, Curator of Human Osteology, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, MSC01 1050, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, telephone (505) 277–4415, before October 13, 2011. Repatriation of the human remains to the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico, may proceed after that E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Document and 
Proposed Plan Amendment for the West Mojave (WEMO) Plan, Motorized 
Vehicle Access Element, Inyo, Kern and Los Angeles and San Bernardino 
Counties, CA

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) 
California Desert District (CDD) intends to prepare an environmental 
document to amend the West Mojave (WEMO) area plan. By this Notice, the 
BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit 
public comments.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the 
environmental document and proposed plan amendment. Comments on issues 
may be submitted in writing until October 13, 2011. The date(s) and 
location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days 
in advance through the local news media, newspapers, and the BLM Web 
site at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd.html. In order to be fully 
considered in the environmental document, all scoping comments must be 
received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the 
last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide 
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of 
the environmental document.

ADDRESSES: The public may submit comments on planning criteria and 
related issues, by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: cawemopa@blm.gov.
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave_wemo.
     Fax: (951) 697-5299.
     Mail: BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle 
San Juan de Los Lagos, ATTN: Alan Stein, Moreno Valley, CA 92553-9046.
    Documents relevant to this proposal may be examined at the 
California Desert District Office or Web site (address above), or the 
BLM's California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Stein, telephone (951) 697-5382; 
address Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, 
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, ATTN: Alan Stein, Moreno Valley, CA 
92553-9046; e-mail cawemopa@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 California Desert Conservation Area 
(CDCA) Plan of 1980 addressed public-land resources and resources use 
within 25-million acres of land in southern California. The 1980 CDCA 
Plan included 12 plan elements, including a Motorized Vehicle Element. 
The Motorized Vehicle Access Element of the CDCA Plan addressed both 
access and vehicular use of public lands in southern California, and 
identified management guidelines and objectives. The CDCA Plan of 1980 
has been amended numerous times since it was adopted in 1982. The CDCA 
Plan contains language that has been judicially determined to restrict 
motorized routes to those that existed in 1980.
    In 2006, the BLM approved a comprehensive amendment to the West 
Mojave area of the CDCA Plan. In a 2006 Western Mojave Record of 
Decision (WEMO ROD) the BLM amended the CDCA Plan and modified its 
motorized vehicle management decisions, including off-highway vehicle 
(OHV) route designation, on more than 3 million acres of public land 
within the CDCA. The 2006 WEMO ROD approved the designation of 5,098 
miles of motorized vehicle routes without specifically changing the 
language of the 1980 CDCA plan.
    A lawsuit was filed challenging the WEMO ROD's route designation 
process. In January 2011, a court order remanded the 2006 WEMO ROD to 
the BLM and, in part, directed the BLM to amend the CDCA Plan and 
reconsider route designation throughout the WEMO area. By court order, 
the BLM must issue a revised decision by March 31, 2014.
    A plan amendment is necessary to update language in the Motorized 
Vehicle Access Element of the CDCA Plan. The plan amendment, and 
associated environmental documents, will address two components, among 
others: (1) Alternatives for amending the Motorized Vehicle Access 
Element of the CDCA Plan for the WEMO area; and (2) Alternative 
processes for designating travel routes within the sub-regional areas 
of the WEMO plan area.
    The main purpose of the scoping process is to solicit public 
comments on the following:
    1. Identification of those portions of the WEMO plan that should be 
revised to reflect current management policy regarding motorized 
vehicle access;
    2. Identification of the process and decision criteria that should 
be used to designate routes in the sub-regional areas of the WEMO plan 
area;
    3. Identification of motorized vehicle use issues and concerns 
within each sub-regional area of the WEMO plan area;
    4. Identification of the best science and technology available to 
identify and establish viable route networks in the sub-regional areas 
of the WEMO plan area; and
    5. Whether the BLM should analyze an amendment to the WEMO plan as 
it relates, primarily, to motorized vehicle use separately or in 
conjunction with sub-regional route designation, and alternatives to 
route designation.
    The proposed planning effort would allow the BLM to revise portions 
of the Motorized Vehicle Element of the CDCA Plan to more clearly 
describe how motorized vehicle use will be managed in the CDCA 
according to current BLM policy. A primary objective of the proposed 
action for this plan amendment is to replace the following CDCA Plan 
language: ``at the minimum, use will be restricted to existing routes 
of travel,'' with language that reflects current BLM policy, such as 
restricting motorized vehicle use to designated routes. Other language 
from the CDCA Plan may be modified to reduce confusion and clearly 
state to the public where motorized vehicle use is appropriate and 
where it is inappropriate.
    Further, subsequently, concurrently, or in a combination of both, 
additional environmental analysis would address current route 
designation within the WEMO sub-regional areas. This analysis would 
result in new decisions for each sub-regional area within the WEMO plan 
area that would either retain or modify, in whole or in part, current 
route designations. New route designation decisions would be issued in 
accordance with the route designation criteria in 43 CFR 8342.1, and in 
consideration of other applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
    The public scoping process for this action will also determine 
relevant issues, impacts, and possible alternatives that could 
influence the scope of the environmental analysis, and guide the entire 
process from plan decision-making to route designation review in order 
to comply with the court order.
    The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues of concern: 
Special status species, vegetation communities (including unique plant 
assemblages), special area designations, air quality in previously 
designated open areas, cultural resources, soils, springs and seeps, 
fringe-toed lizard habitat, and cumulative effects.
    By this Notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 
1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use 
plans. The BLM will integrate the land use planning process with the 
NEPA process. The scoping process will help determine whether the BLM 
prepares an environmental assessment or an environmental impact 
statement (EIS), based on the anticipated level of impacts. In the 
event the BLM elects to prepare an EIS, this notice satisfies the 
requirement in 40 CFR 1501.7 to publish a Notice of Intent to prepare 
an EIS.
    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 (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)), as provided for in 
36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Tribal consultations will be conducted in 
accordance with policy, and tribal concerns including impacts on Indian 
trust assets, if any, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, 
and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be 
interested or affected by the BLM's decision on this proposed plan 
amendment or implementation decisions, are invited to participate in 
the scoping process, and the whole of the public involvement process.
    Preliminary planning criteria include the following:
    1. The plan amendment 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 and Manual Section 1626, Travel and 
Transportation Management.
    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

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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, and programs of Federal law and 
regulations applicable to public lands.
    5. The plan amendment will incorporate, where applicable and 
appropriate, management decisions brought forward from existing 
planning documents.
    6. The BLM will work collaboratively with cooperating agencies and 
all other interested groups, agencies, and individuals.
    7. GIS and metadata information will meet Federal Geographic Data 
Committee standards, as required by Executive Order 12906. All other 
applicable BLM data standards will also be followed.
    8. The planning process will provide for ongoing consultation with 
American Indian tribes and strategies for protecting recognized 
traditional uses, e.g., gathering of traditionally used plant 
materials.
    9. The plan amendment will focus on developing language for the 
WEMO area that conforms to the goals of the Motorized Vehicle Access 
Element of the CDCA Plan as described in the 1982 Plan Amendment 
3.
    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 available any time. While you can ask the BLM 
in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from 
public release, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Thomas Pogacnik,
Deputy State Director, Natural Resources.
[FR Doc. 2011-23320 Filed 9-12-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-40-P