Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed General Management Plan, Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito and Monterey Counties, CA, 14568 [2012-5852]

Download as PDF 14568 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 48 / Monday, March 12, 2012 / Notices Superintendent by phone at 402–441– 5610 or by facsimile at 608–441–5606. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail headquarters at the address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, 700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 100, Madison, Wisconsin 53711. Telephone 402–441–5610. This GMP/EIS is a joint state and federal effort addressing lands within the Cross Plains Unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve as well as the Interpretive Site for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail; these lands are referred to as the ‘‘Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains’’ for the purpose of this planning effort. This plan will guide the management of the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains for the next 25 years. The draft GMP/EIS considers five draft conceptual alternatives—a noaction and four action alternatives, including the NPS-preferred alternative. The draft GMP/EIS assesses impacts of the alternatives on soil resources, water quality, soundscapes, vegetation and wildlife, socioeconomics, and visitor use and experience. The preferred alternative focuses on providing visitors with interpretation of the evolution of the complex from the last glacial retreat to the present and opportunities to enjoy appropriate low-impact outdoor recreation. Ecological resources would largely be managed to reveal the glacial landscape. The most sensitive ecological areas would be carefully protected, and visitor access would be highly controlled in these areas. Visitors would experience a wide variety of indoor and outdoor interpretive programming. Under this alternative, the Ice Age Complex would serve as the headquarters for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. 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[FR Doc. 2012–5889 Filed 3–9–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–KN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–PWR–PWRO–0105–9223; 9082–P704– 409] Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed General Management Plan, Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito and Monterey Counties, CA National Park Service, Interior. Notice of Termination of Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service is terminating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan, Pinnacles National Monument, California. A Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the General Management Plan (GMP) was published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2007. Based in part on the minimal nature of public response to the Notice of Intent, the National Park Service has since determined that an Environmental Assessment (EA) rather than an EIS will suffice as the documentation for the environmental analysis for this general management planning effort. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This new GMP will update the overall direction for the national monument, setting broad goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. As noted above, the GMP was originally scoped as an EIS. However, few substantive comments were received during the public scoping process, and no issues having potential for significant or controversial impacts were identified. The current Master Plan was approved in 1975. In the general management planning process to date, the NPS planning team developed four preliminary alternatives for the management of the monument, none of which would result in substantial changes in the operation and management of the area. The three ‘‘action’’ alternatives define desired future conditions for new lands recently acquired, and address parkwide cultural and natural resource protection, wilderness stewardship, administration and operations, and opportunities for expanding interpretation and visitor opportunities where appropriate. Preliminary analysis of the alternatives has revealed no potential for major (nor SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 significant) effects on the quality of the human environment, nor any potential for impairment of monument resources and values. Most of the impacts which could result from the alternatives are expected to be negligible to minor in magnitude, with the remainder being of a minor to moderate level. For these reasons the NPS has determined that the requisite conservation planning and environmental impact analysis necessary for developing the GMP may be completed through preparation of an EA. For further information about this determination or other aspects of the GMP process, please contact: Karen Beppler-Dorn, Superintendent, Pinnacles National Monument, 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, CA 95043 (telephone: (831) 389–4486x222; email: PINN_Superintendent@nps.gov). Decision Process: The draft general management plan/EA is expected to be distributed for public comment in the spring of 2012. The NPS will notify the public about release of the draft general management plan/EA by mail, local and regional media, Web site postings, and other means. All announcements will include information on where and how to obtain a copy of the EA, how to comment on the EA, and the inclusive dates of the public comment period. Following due consideration of public comments and agency consults, at this time a decision is expected be made in the fall of 2012. The official responsible for the final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director; subsequently the responsible official for implementing the approved GMP is the Superintendent, Pinnacles National Monument. Dated: February 28, 2012. Christine S. Lehnertz, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 2012–5852 Filed 3–9–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–EP–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 332–503] Earned Import Allowance Program: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Program for Certain Apparel from the Dominican Republic, Third Annual Review U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice of opportunity to provide written comments in connection with the Commission’s third annual review. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 48 (Monday, March 12, 2012)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5852]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-PWR-PWRO-0105-9223; 9082-P704-409]


Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed General Management 
Plan, Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito and Monterey Counties, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Termination of Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service is terminating the preparation of an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan, 
Pinnacles National Monument, California. A Notice of Intent to prepare 
an EIS for the General Management Plan (GMP) was published in the 
Federal Register on April 6, 2007. Based in part on the minimal nature 
of public response to the Notice of Intent, the National Park Service 
has since determined that an Environmental Assessment (EA) rather than 
an EIS will suffice as the documentation for the environmental analysis 
for this general management planning effort.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This new GMP will update the overall 
direction for the national monument, setting broad goals for managing 
the area over the next 15 to 20 years. As noted above, the GMP was 
originally scoped as an EIS. However, few substantive comments were 
received during the public scoping process, and no issues having 
potential for significant or controversial impacts were identified. The 
current Master Plan was approved in 1975.
    In the general management planning process to date, the NPS 
planning team developed four preliminary alternatives for the 
management of the monument, none of which would result in substantial 
changes in the operation and management of the area. The three 
``action'' alternatives define desired future conditions for new lands 
recently acquired, and address parkwide cultural and natural resource 
protection, wilderness stewardship, administration and operations, and 
opportunities for expanding interpretation and visitor opportunities 
where appropriate. Preliminary analysis of the alternatives has 
revealed no potential for major (nor significant) effects on the 
quality of the human environment, nor any potential for impairment of 
monument resources and values. Most of the impacts which could result 
from the alternatives are expected to be negligible to minor in 
magnitude, with the remainder being of a minor to moderate level.
    For these reasons the NPS has determined that the requisite 
conservation planning and environmental impact analysis necessary for 
developing the GMP may be completed through preparation of an EA. For 
further information about this determination or other aspects of the 
GMP process, please contact: Karen Beppler-Dorn, Superintendent, 
Pinnacles National Monument, 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, CA 95043 
(telephone: (831) 389-4486x222; email: PINN_Superintendent@nps.gov).
    Decision Process: The draft general management plan/EA is expected 
to be distributed for public comment in the spring of 2012. The NPS 
will notify the public about release of the draft general management 
plan/EA by mail, local and regional media, Web site postings, and other 
means. All announcements will include information on where and how to 
obtain a copy of the EA, how to comment on the EA, and the inclusive 
dates of the public comment period. Following due consideration of 
public comments and agency consults, at this time a decision is 
expected be made in the fall of 2012. The official responsible for the 
final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director; subsequently the 
responsible official for implementing the approved GMP is the 
Superintendent, Pinnacles National Monument.

    Dated: February 28, 2012.
Christine S. Lehnertz,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
[FR Doc. 2012-5852 Filed 3-9-12; 8:45 am]
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