Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Taos Field Office, New Mexico, 75556-75557 [2011-30929]

Download as PDF 75556 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 232 / Friday, December 2, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNMF02000 L16100000.DP0000 LXSS026G0000] Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Taos Field Office, New Mexico Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared the Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (Proposed RMP/Final EIS) for the Taos Field Office, New Mexico, and by this Notice is announcing its availability. DATES: The BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes this Notice in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS have been sent to affected Federal, Tribal, state, and local government agencies and to other stakeholders. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available for public inspection at the Taos Field Office in Taos, New Mexico, and New Mexico State Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Interested persons may also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS at: http:// www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/ Taos_Field_Office/taos_rmpr.html. All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses: SUMMARY: Regular mail jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024–1383. Overnight mail BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003. Brad Higdon, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, Taos Field Office, telephone (575) 751–4725; address 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, New Mexico 87571; email bhigdon@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Dec 01, 2011 Jkt 226001 for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– (800) 877–8339 to contact the above individuals 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 individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed RMP/Final EIS analyzes the environmental consequences of four alternative land use plans under consideration by the BLM for managing approximately 595,100 acres of surface estate and 1.5 million acres of mineral estate administered by the Taos Field Office within Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos, San Miguel, and Union Counties in northern New Mexico. This land use plan would replace the 1988 Taos RMP, as amended, and approval thereof is needed to provide updated management decisions regarding land tenure adjustments, land use authorizations, mineral resources, recreation, renewable energy, special designations, transportation and access, visual resources, and other resource uses and considerations. Upon approval, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS will apply only to BLM-administered public lands and Federal mineral estate. The four alternatives analyzed in detail in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are the No Action Alternative, or a continuation of the existing management decisions; Alternative A, the Proposed RMP, which strives to balance resource uses with protections; Alternative B, which emphasizes resource conservation and protection; and Alternative C, which allows greater opportunity for resource use and development. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS would establish eleven Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, totaling approximately 407,855 acres, to provide special management for the protection of relevant and important cultural, historic, scenic, and natural resource values. The proposed plan would also apply protective management to approximately 67,032 acres of lands with wilderness characteristics in four different areas. Public lands available for renewable energy development, mineral development, land use authorization, systems of designated travel routes, and other uses would be provided for under the proposed plan, which would delineate and, as necessary, apply limitations on these opportunities. In addition, management parameters and prescriptions would be applied to a variety of natural, cultural, and visual resources, including air and PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 water quality, wildlife habitat, forests and woodlands, and other components of the biological, physical, and cultural environment. The land use planning process was initiated on May 26, 2006, through a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register (71 FR 30446). A Notice of Availability of the Draft RMP/ Draft EIS was published on June 10, 2010, in the Federal Register (75 FR 32963) to announce a 90-day public review and comment period of the draft document. During that period, the BLM held public open-house meetings in ˜ Santa Fe, Espanola, and Taos to assist the public in their review of the Draft and to solicit their comments. The Draft RMP/EIS was sent to multiple Federal, Tribal, State, and local government agencies and interested parties and was made publicly available for viewing at the Taos Field Office, the New Mexico State Office, and on the Internet. During the comment period, the Taos Field Office received approximately 94 comments from comment forms, which were completed during one of the public open-house meetings, comment letters, or emails. Each submission was carefully reviewed to identify substantive comments in accordance with regulations on the implementation of NEPA (40 CFR 1503.4). Comments received from the public were considered and incorporated upon internal BLM reviews as appropriate into the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not significantly change the proposed land use plan decisions. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the proposed plan may be found in the ‘‘Dear Reader Letter’’ of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. Emailed and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed or faxed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advanced notification, please send protests to fax phone number (202) 912–7212, attention BLM Protest Coordinator Brenda Hudgens-Williams or email Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov. All protests, including the follow-up letter to emails or faxes, must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM 02DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 232 / Friday, December 2, 2011 / Notices Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Jesse Juen, Acting State Director. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6; 40 CFR 1506.10; 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 1610.5–2. [FR Doc. 2011–30929 Filed 12–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–OW–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–PWR–PWRO–0928–8539; 9082–H921– 409] Draft Environmental Impact Statement for General Management Plan/ Wilderness Study, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii National Park Service, Interior. Notice of intent. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service is expanding the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is being prepared for updating the General Management Plan (GMP) for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. As part of this conservation planning and environmental impact analysis effort, the Draft EIS will include a wilderness study to determine if any additional portions of the park should be recommended for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System (currently the park contains 130,790 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Notice supplements and updates the original Notice of Intent (published in Federal Register on April 13, 2009) which formally announced initiation of the GMP update effort. The scope of the EIS is expanded to include an evaluation of foreseeable effects associated with possible designation of additional wilderness within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The new GMP will establish the overall direction for the park, setting broad management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. The GMP will prescribe desired resource conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and maintained throughout jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Dec 01, 2011 Jkt 226001 the park. Based on the desired conditions, the GMP will outline what resource management and visitor activities, and what limited development, would be appropriate in the park. Among the topics that have been addressed thus far are preservation and protection of native ecosystems and the park’s natural and cultural resources; significance of park resources to Native Hawaiian culture; visitor experiences including use of facilities and participation in activities and programs; access to lava for visitors and researchers; current wilderness management issues; transportation, roads and parking; commercial services and special park uses; park operations, partnerships, and collaboration; and the future of the Kahuku Unit. A reasonable range of alternatives for managing the park, including ‘‘no-action’’ and ‘‘agency preferred’’ alternatives will be developed through the planning process and analyzed in the EIS. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of all alternatives, address appropriate mitigation strategies, and identify an ‘‘environmentally preferred’’ alternative. Comments: To facilitate sound planning and analysis of foreseeable environmental effects, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is gathering additional information relevant to preparing the Draft EIS. The park is also soliciting suggestions from the public on issues that should be addressed in the wilderness study, and comments on the range of preliminary GMP alternatives under consideration. In concert with local, state, Tribal, and other federal agencies, consideration will also be made for cooperative management of resources outside park boundaries that affect the integrity of the park. Thoughtful comments and participation in this scoping process are desired. You are encouraged to submit your comments directly online through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment Web site at: http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/havo (select the GMP/Wilderness Study from the list of projects). Or if you prefer to do so, you may send written responses to: Cindy Orlando, Superintendent, Attn: General Management Planning Team, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718–0052. All written comments on the GMP/ Wilderness Study must be postmarked, hand delivered, or electronically transmitted not later than January 3, 2012. Immediately upon confirmation of this date an update will be posted on the project Web site. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75557 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. In April 2009, seven public scoping sessions were held on the island of Hawaii (including Volcano, Hilo, Naalehu, Kailua-Kona), on Oahu (Honolulu), and on Maui (Kahului). Additional meetings were held in August 2011 to provide a planning update that presented preliminary alternatives and addressed what would be considered in the wilderness study component. All persons who previously submitted comments during the initial GMP scoping process need not resubmit their comments. However, persons who have not previously submitted comments related to wilderness, or who wish to submit any new information or comments related to the range of preliminary alternatives are encouraged to do so. The GMP project Web site http:// www.nps.gov/havo/parkmgmt/plan.htm will provide regularly up-dated information regarding the project, including planning process milestones, meeting notices, reports and documents, and useful links associated with the EIS process. The conservation planning and environmental impact analysis supporting preparation of the GMP/ Wilderness Study will be conducted as described above, in accord with Council on Environmental Quality requirements and other appropriate Federal regulations, and NPS Director’s Order 12, 2006 Management Policies pertaining to wilderness, and other NPS procedures and policies. For further information, please contact: Cindy Orlando, Superintendent, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (contact information as noted above). General information about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is available at http:// www.nps.gov/havo. Decision Process: Following the completion of the scoping phase and consideration of all public concerns and other agency comments, a Draft EIS, wilderness study, and proposed GMP will be prepared and released for public review. Thereafter, the availability of the Final EIS/GMP would be similarly announced in the Federal Register and via local and regional news media. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region, E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM 02DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan 
and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Taos Field Office, New 
Mexico

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 
prepared the Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental 
Impact Statement (Proposed RMP/Final EIS) for the Taos Field Office, 
New Mexico, and by this Notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: The BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the Proposed 
RMP/Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions must file the protest 
within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency 
publishes this Notice in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS have been sent to 
affected Federal, Tribal, state, and local government agencies and to 
other stakeholders. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available 
for public inspection at the Taos Field Office in Taos, New Mexico, and 
New Mexico State Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Interested persons may 
also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS at: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Taos_Field_Office/taos_rmpr.html. All protests must be in writing 
and mailed to one of the following addresses:

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               Regular mail                        Overnight mail
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BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda       BLM Director (210),
 Williams, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC    Attention: Brenda Williams,
 20024-1383.                                 20 M Street SE., Room
                                             2134LM, Washington, DC
                                             20003.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Higdon, Planning and 
Environmental Coordinator, Taos Field Office, telephone (575) 751-4725; 
address 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, New Mexico 87571; email 
bhigdon@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 individuals 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 individuals. You will receive a 
reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed RMP/Final EIS analyzes the 
environmental consequences of four alternative land use plans under 
consideration by the BLM for managing approximately 595,100 acres of 
surface estate and 1.5 million acres of mineral estate administered by 
the Taos Field Office within Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio 
Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos, San Miguel, and Union Counties in northern New 
Mexico. This land use plan would replace the 1988 Taos RMP, as amended, 
and approval thereof is needed to provide updated management decisions 
regarding land tenure adjustments, land use authorizations, mineral 
resources, recreation, renewable energy, special designations, 
transportation and access, visual resources, and other resource uses 
and considerations. Upon approval, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS will 
apply only to BLM-administered public lands and Federal mineral estate. 
The four alternatives analyzed in detail in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS 
are the No Action Alternative, or a continuation of the existing 
management decisions; Alternative A, the Proposed RMP, which strives to 
balance resource uses with protections; Alternative B, which emphasizes 
resource conservation and protection; and Alternative C, which allows 
greater opportunity for resource use and development.
    The Proposed RMP/Final EIS would establish eleven Areas of Critical 
Environmental Concern, totaling approximately 407,855 acres, to provide 
special management for the protection of relevant and important 
cultural, historic, scenic, and natural resource values. The proposed 
plan would also apply protective management to approximately 67,032 
acres of lands with wilderness characteristics in four different areas. 
Public lands available for renewable energy development, mineral 
development, land use authorization, systems of designated travel 
routes, and other uses would be provided for under the proposed plan, 
which would delineate and, as necessary, apply limitations on these 
opportunities. In addition, management parameters and prescriptions 
would be applied to a variety of natural, cultural, and visual 
resources, including air and water quality, wildlife habitat, forests 
and woodlands, and other components of the biological, physical, and 
cultural environment.
    The land use planning process was initiated on May 26, 2006, 
through a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register (71 FR 
30446). A Notice of Availability of the Draft RMP/Draft EIS was 
published on June 10, 2010, in the Federal Register (75 FR 32963) to 
announce a 90-day public review and comment period of the draft 
document. During that period, the BLM held public open-house meetings 
in Santa Fe, Espa[ntilde]ola, and Taos to assist the public in their 
review of the Draft and to solicit their comments. The Draft RMP/EIS 
was sent to multiple Federal, Tribal, State, and local government 
agencies and interested parties and was made publicly available for 
viewing at the Taos Field Office, the New Mexico State Office, and on 
the Internet. During the comment period, the Taos Field Office received 
approximately 94 comments from comment forms, which were completed 
during one of the public open-house meetings, comment letters, or 
emails.
    Each submission was carefully reviewed to identify substantive 
comments in accordance with regulations on the implementation of NEPA 
(40 CFR 1503.4). Comments received from the public were considered and 
incorporated upon internal BLM reviews as appropriate into the Proposed 
RMP/Final EIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying 
text, but did not significantly change the proposed land use plan 
decisions. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the 
BLM regarding the proposed plan may be found in the ``Dear Reader 
Letter'' of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. Emailed 
and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the 
protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or 
overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under 
these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed or faxed protest as 
an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to 
provide the BLM with such advanced notification, please send protests 
to fax phone number (202) 912-7212, attention BLM Protest Coordinator 
Brenda Hudgens-Williams or email Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.
    All protests, including the follow-up letter to emails or faxes, 
must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth 
in the ADDRESSES section above.

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    Before including your phone number, email address, or other 
personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware 
that your entire protest--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Jesse Juen,
Acting State Director.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6; 40 CFR 1506.10; 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 
1610.5-2.
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