Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment for Non-native Plant Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande in Seldon Canyon, Doña Ana County, NM, 49457-49458 [2012-20016]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2012 / Notices in Book 018, Pages 02059–02062, as Document No. 200800959.) That certain parcel of land situated within the Cebolleta Grant in projected Sections 10 and 15, Township 11 North, Range 6 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Cibola County, New Mexico, and being that certain parcel of land described in Quit Claim Deed from Cebolleta Ranch Ltd. Co. to Silver Dollar Ranch, LLC, filed in the office of the County Clerk of Cibola County, New Mexico, on August 2, 2005, in Book 0014, Page 9122, more particularly described by survey performed by Russ P. Hugg, New Mexico Professional Surveyor Number 9750, using the New Mexico State Plane Coordinate System, West Zone (NAD83), grid bearings and ground distances as follows: BEGINNING at the Southwest corner of the parcel herein described (a 31⁄2″ brass cap stamped Elder Company Property Corner mounted on a 1″ iron pipe found in place), whence (1) the six (6) mile marker on the South Boundary of said Cebolleta Grant (a correctly marked BLM Brass Cap Monument found in place) bears S 15°19′20″ W, 5589.46 feet distant, (2) the seven (7) mile marker on said south boundary of the Cebolleta Grant (a correctly marked BLM Brass Cap Monument found in place) bears S 34°32′35″ E, 6567.42 feet distant and (3) Angle Point No. 5 on the North line of Tract 37 (a correctly marked BLM Brass Cap Monument found in place) bears N 33°09′41″ W, 2795.69 feet distant; Thence, N 17°50′59″ E, 4457.95 feet to the Northwest corner of the parcel herein described (a 31⁄2″ brass cap stamped Elder Company Property Corner mounted on a 1″ iron pipe found in place), a point on the Westerly boundary of the Cebolleta Ranch being that certain parcel of land described in Warranty Deed from John C. Dilts, Jr., Trustee of the John C. Dilts, Jr., Inter Vivos Trust and Two Rivers Ranch to Cebolleta Ranch LTD., Co., filed in the office of the County Clerk of Cibola County, New Mexico, on July 16, 1999, in Book 8, page 4223; Thence, S 48°05′38″ E, 1097.13 feet along said Westerly boundary of the Cebolleta Ranch to the Northeast corner of the parcel herein described (a 31⁄2″ brass cap stamped Elder Company Property Corner mounted on a 1″ iron pipe found in place); Thence, S 22°45′37″ W, 4163.53 feet to the Southeast corner of the parcel herein described (a 31⁄2″ brass cap stamped Elder Company Property Corner mounted on a 1″ iron pipe found in place); Thence, N 60°07′19″ W, 659.92 feet to the Southwest corner and point of beginning of the parcel herein described. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Aug 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 Said Parcel II contains an area of 82.5593 acres, more or less. The above-described Parcels I and II contain a combined total area of 8,353.0683 acres, more or less, together with all rights and easements appurtenant thereto, and all water rights, whether appurtenant or not, for their associated purposes of use whether for irrigation, ranching, stock, game, wildlife, domestic, commercial, recreation or other purposes, and from all sources whether surface water, groundwater, or springs, whether permitted or unpermitted, and including all claims for water rights, subject to restrictions, reservations, and easements of record insofar as the same are in force and applicable. This proclamation does not affect title to the land described above, nor does it affect any valid existing easements for public roads and highways, public utilities and for railroads and pipelines and any other rights-of-way or reservations of record. Dated: July 20, 2012. Donald E. Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–20145 Filed 8–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment for Non-native Plant Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio ˜ Grande in Seldon Canyon, Dona Ana County, NM United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico. ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). AGENCY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Non-native Plant SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49457 Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande on U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission and Bureau of Land Management Lands are available. A notice of finding of no significant impact dated January 24, 2012, provided a thirty (30) day comment period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2012 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 77, No. 15, Page 3497). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gilbert Anaya, Division Chief, Environmental Management Division; United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission; 4171 N. Mesa, C–100; El Paso, Texas 79902. Telephone: (915) 832–4702, email: Gilbert.Anaya@ibwc.gov. BACKGROUND: This proposed project will be part of a regional initiative to restore the form and function of the Rio Grande floodplain that has been undertaken by other Federal, State, and non government organizations. The overarching goals of the project are to improve the ecosystem integrity within the project area by shifting conditions to match those that historically existed. This project will focus on restoring 31.35 acres divided between two tracts of federal lands (25.85 ac USIBWC and 5.5 ac BLM) from saltcedar to native riparian habitats by utilizing validated mechanical and chemical control methods to remove and control saltcedar. Availability: Electronic copies of the Final EA and FONSI are available from the USIBWC Web site at: http:// www.ibwc.gov/Organization/ Environmental/reports_studies.html. Dated: August 3, 2012. Steven Fitten, General Counsel. U.S. INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION EL PASO FIELD OFFICE TEXAS FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT NON-NATIVE PLANT CONTROL AND RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF RIPARIAN HABITATS ALONG THE RIO GRANDE LEAD AGENCY United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico (USIBWC). PROPOSED ACTION The United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) proposes to remove the nonnative salt cedar (Tamarix chinensis) on a 25.85 acre parcel of USIBWC land along the Rio Grande in Selden Canyon. E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 49458 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2012 / Notices The proposed action will include mechanical removal of salt cedar and follow-up treatments using herbicide. Two alternatives were discussed in an environmental assessment made available to the public during the formal public review period initiated on January 19, 2012: 1. Mechanical Removal of salt cedar with follow-up herbicide treatments, prescribed burning of debris and native plant restoration. (Preferred Alternative). 2. No Action would be taken to control non-native salt cedar and no restoration of native plant species would occur. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT On January 19, 2012 the Draft Environmental Assessment for removing salt cedar on the IBWC tract known as Broad Canyon Arroyo was released for public review by the USIBWC. Notice of this document was published in the Federal Register and made available on the USIBWC Web site: www.ibwc.gov/ Organization/Environmental/ EIS_EA_Public_Comment.html. An electronic copy of the draft EA was also made available through the San Andres NWR Web site at: http:// www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/ newmex/sanandres/index.html. Public review of the draft EA was completed following a 30 day review period. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS Pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance (40 Code of Federal Regulations 1500–1508), The President’s Council on Environmental Quality issued regulations for NEPA implementation which included provisions for both the content and procedural aspects of the required Environmental Assessment (EA) the USIBWC has prepared the draft EA. A careful review of the draft EA indicates that there will not be a significant impact on the quality of the human environment as a result of this proposal. This determination is based on the following factors: 1. The proposed action will occur in a localized area belonging to the International Boundary and Water Commission and will be of short duration during part of the year. The proposed activities are not national or regional in scope. 2. The proposed action will not significantly affect public health or safety. The methods used are limited in scope, monitored by San Andres National Wildlife Refuge staff and occur in areas with no VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Aug 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 public access. 3. The proposed action will not significantly impact unique characteristics of the geographic area such as historical or cultural resources, park lands, prime farmlands, wetlands, wild and scenic rivers, or ecologically critical areas. The proposed action will impact the abundance of the nonnative salt cedar on less than 26 acres. 4. The effects of the proposed action are not considered highly controversial. The use of mechanical extraction and followup herbicide treatments as a management tool to reduce an exotic species is accepted among wildlife experts. 5. The possible effects of the proposed action are not highly uncertain and do not involve unique or unknown risks. 6. The proposed action does not establish a precedent for actions with future significant effects or represent a decision in principle about a future consideration. 7. There are no significant cumulative effects identified by the EA. Mechanical extraction of salt cedar will be limited in scope and time, will be coordinated with other management agencies, and will stay within management objectives. 8. The proposed action will not affect districts, sites, highways, structures, or objects listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, nor will it cause a loss or destruction of significant scientific, cultural, or historic resources. The fieldwork conducted under the proposed action does not constitute an undertaking as defined by the National Historic Preservation Act. 9. The proposed action will fully comply with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The proposed action would not affect non-target federally or state listed threatened and endangered species. The proposed action will likely benefit native wildlife populations, particularly neotropical migrant birds by replacing a monotypic stand of nonnative salt cedar with a diverse native plant community. 10. The proposed action will result in the irretrievable loss of some individual salt cedar. The proposed action will reduce the amount of salt cedar on a small parcel in an area that is made up of salt cedar along the river for miles in either direction. Impacts to the statewide PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 population of salt cedar are determined to be insignificant. 11. The proposed action will not have any significant adverse effects on wetlands and floodplains, pursuant to Executive Orders 11990 and 11988 because the study area is not located within any wetlands and the amount of floodplain affected is minimal. 12. The proposed action will not threaten a violation of Federal, State, or local law or requirement imposed for the protection of the environment. The proposed action will be conducted consistent with any and all requisite approvals or authorizations of the cooperating agencies. On the basis of the information contained in the environmental assessment, it is the determination of the USIBWC that the proposed action does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment under the meaning of Section 102 (2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. Accordingly, requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality are fulfilled and an environmental impact statement is not required. Edward Drusina Commissioner International Boundary and Water Commission, United States Section Date: August 8, 2012 [FR Doc. 2012–20016 Filed 8–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7010–01–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–834] Certain Mobile Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics; Amendment of the Complaint and Notice of Investigation U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative law judge’s (‘‘ALJ’’) initial determination (‘‘ID’’) (Order No. 7) amending the complaint and notice of investigation in the above-captioned investigation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sidney A. Rosenzweig, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1

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INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO


Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment for Non-native Plant 
Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande 
in Seldon Canyon, Do[ntilde]a Ana County, NM

AGENCY: United States Section, International Boundary and Water 
Commission, United States and Mexico.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment 
(EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final 
Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States 
Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, 
published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the 
United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental 
Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Non-native Plant 
Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande 
on U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission and Bureau of Land 
Management Lands are available. A notice of finding of no significant 
impact dated January 24, 2012, provided a thirty (30) day comment 
period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the 
Federal Register on January 24, 2012 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 77, 
No. 15, Page 3497).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gilbert Anaya, Division Chief, 
Environmental Management Division; United States Section, International 
Boundary and Water Commission; 4171 N. Mesa, C-100; El Paso, Texas 
79902. Telephone: (915) 832-4702, email: Gilbert.Anaya@ibwc.gov.

BACKGROUND: This proposed project will be part of a regional initiative 
to restore the form and function of the Rio Grande floodplain that has 
been undertaken by other Federal, State, and non government 
organizations. The overarching goals of the project are to improve the 
ecosystem integrity within the project area by shifting conditions to 
match those that historically existed. This project will focus on 
restoring 31.35 acres divided between two tracts of federal lands 
(25.85 ac USIBWC and 5.5 ac BLM) from saltcedar to native riparian 
habitats by utilizing validated mechanical and chemical control methods 
to remove and control saltcedar.
    Availability: Electronic copies of the Final EA and FONSI are 
available from the USIBWC Web site at: http://www.ibwc.gov/Organization/Environmental/reports_studies.html.

    Dated: August 3, 2012.
Steven Fitten,
General Counsel.

U.S. INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION EL PASO FIELD OFFICE 
TEXAS

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

NON-NATIVE PLANT CONTROL AND RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF RIPARIAN HABITATS 
ALONG THE RIO GRANDE

LEAD AGENCY

United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, 
United States and Mexico (USIBWC).

PROPOSED ACTION

The United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission 
(USIBWC) proposes to remove the non-native salt cedar (Tamarix 
chinensis) on a 25.85 acre parcel of USIBWC land along the Rio Grande 
in Selden Canyon.

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The proposed action will include mechanical removal of salt cedar and 
follow-up treatments using herbicide.

Two alternatives were discussed in an environmental assessment made 
available to the public during the formal public review period 
initiated on January 19, 2012:

    1. Mechanical Removal of salt cedar with follow-up herbicide 
treatments, prescribed burning of debris and native plant restoration. 
(Preferred Alternative).
    2. No Action would be taken to control non-native salt cedar and no 
restoration of native plant species would occur.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

On January 19, 2012 the Draft Environmental Assessment for removing 
salt cedar on the IBWC tract known as Broad Canyon Arroyo was released 
for public review by the USIBWC. Notice of this document was published 
in the Federal Register and made available on the USIBWC Web site: 
www.ibwc.gov/Organization/Environmental/EIS_EA_Public_Comment.html.

An electronic copy of the draft EA was also made available through the 
San Andres NWR Web site at: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/sanandres/index.html.

Public review of the draft EA was completed following a 30 day review 
period.

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

Pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance (40 Code 
of Federal Regulations 1500-1508), The President's Council on 
Environmental Quality issued regulations for NEPA implementation which 
included provisions for both the content and procedural aspects of the 
required Environmental Assessment (EA) the USIBWC has prepared the 
draft EA.
A careful review of the draft EA indicates that there will not be a 
significant impact on the quality of the human environment as a result 
of this proposal. This determination is based on the following factors:

    1. The proposed action will occur in a localized area belonging to 
the International Boundary and Water Commission and will be of short 
duration during part of the year. The proposed activities are not 
national or regional in scope.
    2. The proposed action will not significantly affect public health 
or safety. The methods used are limited in scope, monitored by San 
Andres National Wildlife Refuge staff and occur in areas with no public 
access.
    3. The proposed action will not significantly impact unique 
characteristics of the geographic area such as historical or cultural 
resources, park lands, prime farmlands, wetlands, wild and scenic 
rivers, or ecologically critical areas. The proposed action will impact 
the abundance of the non-native salt cedar on less than 26 acres.
    4. The effects of the proposed action are not considered highly 
controversial. The use of mechanical extraction and follow-up herbicide 
treatments as a management tool to reduce an exotic species is accepted 
among wildlife experts.
    5. The possible effects of the proposed action are not highly 
uncertain and do not involve unique or unknown risks.
    6. The proposed action does not establish a precedent for actions 
with future significant effects or represent a decision in principle 
about a future consideration.
    7. There are no significant cumulative effects identified by the 
EA. Mechanical extraction of salt cedar will be limited in scope and 
time, will be coordinated with other management agencies, and will stay 
within management objectives.
    8. The proposed action will not affect districts, sites, highways, 
structures, or objects listed in or eligible for listing in the 
National Register of Historic Places, nor will it cause a loss or 
destruction of significant scientific, cultural, or historic resources. 
The fieldwork conducted under the proposed action does not constitute 
an undertaking as defined by the National Historic Preservation Act.
    9. The proposed action will fully comply with the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended. The proposed action would not affect 
non-target federally or state listed threatened and endangered species. 
The proposed action will likely benefit native wildlife populations, 
particularly neotropical migrant birds by replacing a monotypic stand 
of non-native salt cedar with a diverse native plant community.
    10. The proposed action will result in the irretrievable loss of 
some individual salt cedar. The proposed action will reduce the amount 
of salt cedar on a small parcel in an area that is made up of salt 
cedar along the river for miles in either direction. Impacts to the 
statewide population of salt cedar are determined to be insignificant.
    11. The proposed action will not have any significant adverse 
effects on wetlands and floodplains, pursuant to Executive Orders 11990 
and 11988 because the study area is not located within any wetlands and 
the amount of floodplain affected is minimal.
    12. The proposed action will not threaten a violation of Federal, 
State, or local law or requirement imposed for the protection of the 
environment. The proposed action will be conducted consistent with any 
and all requisite approvals or authorizations of the cooperating 
agencies.

On the basis of the information contained in the environmental 
assessment, it is the determination of the USIBWC that the proposed 
action does not constitute a major Federal action significantly 
affecting the quality of the human environment under the meaning of 
Section 102 (2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 
as amended. Accordingly, requirements of the National Environmental 
Policy Act and regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental 
Quality are fulfilled and an environmental impact statement is not 
required.

Edward Drusina
Commissioner
International Boundary and Water Commission, United States Section

Date: August 8, 2012
[FR Doc. 2012-20016 Filed 8-15-12; 8:45 am]
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