General Management Plan/Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement, New River Gorge National River, West Virginia, 62089 [2011-25791]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 194 / Thursday, October 6, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–NER–HPPC–0317–6990; 4780–NERI– 409] General Management Plan/Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement, New River Gorge National River, West Virginia National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement for the General Management Plan (GMP/EIS) for New River Gorge National River, West Virginia. When approved, the plan will provide guidance to park management for administration, development, and interpretation of park resources over the next 20 years. The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS includes an analysis of agency and public comments received on the Draft GMP/EIS with NPS responses, errata sheets detailing editorial corrections to the Draft GMP/EIS, and copies of agency and substantive public comments. Action Alternative Five, as described in the Draft GMP/EIS, remains the NPS Preferred Alternative. DATES: The NPS will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 30 days after the date of publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of a Notice of Availability of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS is available online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/neri). Hardcopies of the document are available for inspection at the Park Headquarters in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Requests for a hard copy may be made by contacting the park at (304) 465–6526. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Striker, Superintendent, New River Gorge National River, P.O. Box 246, Glen Jean, West Virginia 25846, (304) 465–0508. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consistent with Federal laws, regulations, and National Park Service policies, the Draft GMP/EIS was available for public and agency review from January 13, 2010, through April 16, 2010. Copies of the Draft GMP/EIS were available at the park office, by request, and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/neri). Public open mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:07 Oct 05, 2011 Jkt 226001 houses were held on March 9, 10, and 11, 2010 in Hinton, Beckley, and Fayetteville, WV, respectively. The Draft GMP/EIS described and analyzed the environmental impact of five alternatives to guide the development and future management of the National River. Alternative 1 would continue current management and trends. Alternative 2 would emphasize the substantial differences among subareas of the gorge and would build upon the opportunities of the north and south ends of the park, while retaining a primitive and remote feeling in the middle of the park. Alternative 3 would unify the park by providing a northsouth through-park hike-and-bike trail, enhancing existing scenic roads, and building new access and facilities in the middle of the park. Alternative 4 would enhance the river gateways and the rim to river experiences at these primary access points and orientation venues. Alternative 5 would preserve areas for primitive recreational experiences from end to end of the park and would intersperse cultural and interpretive resource focal areas, establish a northsouth through-park connector of scenic roads and trails, develop partnerships with gateway communities, and improve rim to river experiences. The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS responds to, and incorporates, agency and public comments received on the Draft GMP/ EIS. An abbreviated format was used because comments received during the public review period required only minor responses and editorial changes to the Draft GMP/EIS. The abbreviated format also allows the NPS to produce a simple brief document and avoid costly reprinting of the entire 900-page document. No changes have been made to the alternatives or to the impact analyses presented in the Draft GMP/ EIS. Therefore, Action Alternative Five remains as the NPS Preferred Alternative and the environmentally preferred alternative. The public release of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS will be followed by a noaction period that will end no sooner than 30 days from the date of publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of a Notice of Availability of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS in the Federal Register. After the 30-day no action period, a Record of Decision will be prepared to document the selected alternative and set forth any stipulations for implementation of the GMP. The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS and the Draft GMP/EIS constitute the complete and final documentation upon PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62089 which the Record of Decision will be based. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2011–25791 Filed 10–5–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–YP–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–NCR–WHHO–0911–8507; 3086–SYM] Correction of Notice of Meeting, Committee for the Preservation of the White House National Park Service, Interior. Correction to a notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: This notice contains a correction to the Notice of Meeting which was published by the National Park Service (NPS) in the Federal Register on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 (76 FR 58535). That notice publishes an incorrect deadline date by which the NPS must receive clearance information in advance of a meeting of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House which will occur October 18, 2011. The purpose, date, time and place of the meeting are correct as published in the September 21, 2011, notice. DATES: October 11, 2011, is the deadline for submitting appointment and clearance information in advance of the October 18, 2011, meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Bowman Smith, Executive Secretary, Committee for the Preservation of the White House, (202) 619–6344. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Need for Correction On September 21, 2011, the NPS announced that a meeting of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House would take place on October 18, 2011. The NPS regrets that there is a typographical error in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of that meeting announcement (‘‘Notice of Meeting, Committee for the Preservation of the White House’’ (76 FR 58535)). As published, the September 21, 2011, notice provides an incorrect submission deadline date for security clearance information. That notice states: ‘‘The meeting will be open, but subject to appointment and security clearance requirements. Clearance information, which includes full name, date of birth, Social Security number, city and state of residence, and country E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1

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 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-NER-HPPC-0317-6990; 4780-NERI-409]


General Management Plan/Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact 
Statement, New River Gorge National River, West Virginia

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of 
the Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement for the General 
Management Plan (GMP/EIS) for New River Gorge National River, West 
Virginia. When approved, the plan will provide guidance to park 
management for administration, development, and interpretation of park 
resources over the next 20 years.
    The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS includes an analysis of agency and 
public comments received on the Draft GMP/EIS with NPS responses, 
errata sheets detailing editorial corrections to the Draft GMP/EIS, and 
copies of agency and substantive public comments. Action Alternative 
Five, as described in the Draft GMP/EIS, remains the NPS Preferred 
Alternative.

DATES: The NPS will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 
30 days after the date of publication by the Environmental Protection 
Agency of a Notice of Availability of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS in 
the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS is available online at the NPS 
Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/neri). Hardcopies of the document are available 
for inspection at the Park Headquarters in Glen Jean, West Virginia. 
Requests for a hard copy may be made by contacting the park at (304) 
465-6526.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Striker, Superintendent, New River 
Gorge National River, P.O. Box 246, Glen Jean, West Virginia 25846, 
(304) 465-0508.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consistent with Federal laws, regulations, 
and National Park Service policies, the Draft GMP/EIS was available for 
public and agency review from January 13, 2010, through April 16, 2010. 
Copies of the Draft GMP/EIS were available at the park office, by 
request, and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment 
(PEPC) Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/neri). Public open houses 
were held on March 9, 10, and 11, 2010 in Hinton, Beckley, and 
Fayetteville, WV, respectively. The Draft GMP/EIS described and 
analyzed the environmental impact of five alternatives to guide the 
development and future management of the National River. Alternative 1 
would continue current management and trends. Alternative 2 would 
emphasize the substantial differences among subareas of the gorge and 
would build upon the opportunities of the north and south ends of the 
park, while retaining a primitive and remote feeling in the middle of 
the park. Alternative 3 would unify the park by providing a north-south 
through-park hike-and-bike trail, enhancing existing scenic roads, and 
building new access and facilities in the middle of the park. 
Alternative 4 would enhance the river gateways and the rim to river 
experiences at these primary access points and orientation venues. 
Alternative 5 would preserve areas for primitive recreational 
experiences from end to end of the park and would intersperse cultural 
and interpretive resource focal areas, establish a north-south through-
park connector of scenic roads and trails, develop partnerships with 
gateway communities, and improve rim to river experiences. The 
Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS responds to, and incorporates, agency and 
public comments received on the Draft GMP/EIS. An abbreviated format 
was used because comments received during the public review period 
required only minor responses and editorial changes to the Draft GMP/
EIS. The abbreviated format also allows the NPS to produce a simple 
brief document and avoid costly reprinting of the entire 900-page 
document. No changes have been made to the alternatives or to the 
impact analyses presented in the Draft GMP/EIS. Therefore, Action 
Alternative Five remains as the NPS Preferred Alternative and the 
environmentally preferred alternative.
    The public release of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS will be 
followed by a no-action period that will end no sooner than 30 days 
from the date of publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of 
a Notice of Availability of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS in the 
Federal Register. After the 30-day no action period, a Record of 
Decision will be prepared to document the selected alternative and set 
forth any stipulations for implementation of the GMP. The Abbreviated 
Final GMP/EIS and the Draft GMP/EIS constitute the complete and final 
documentation upon which the Record of Decision will be based.

Dennis R. Reidenbach,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.
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