Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing Development Concept Plans, Clark County, NV, and Mohave County, AZ, 13376-13377 [2013-04538]

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To ensure that all significant issues are identified and considered, all interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed scope of the project, the purpose, need, and objectives of the plan, and draft alternatives. The National Park Service will accept comments from the public for a period of 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Public meetings will be held during the review period to facilitate the DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:18 Feb 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 submission of public comment. Once scheduled, the meeting dates will be announced on the NPS’s Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/shen); by newsletter posted on the Shenandoah National Park Web page (www.nps.gov/ shen); and by a press release to the local media. ADDRESSES: The preferred method of comment is to submit comments electronically through the NPS PEPC Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ shen). You may also mail comments to Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray, VA, 22835. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Flanagan, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, at (303) 969–2327. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A longrange CWD Management Plan is needed at this time because: CWD is established and spreading within the region and represents a threat to white-tailed deer, which are an important park resource; the risk of CWD introduction and amplification is high because of high deer population density in certain areas of the park and deer movement in and out of the park; there is no known treatment to eliminate CWD once it is established in the population; a variety of management options must be considered to limit the prevalence and minimize spread; and CWD is a nonnative disease process, therefore, NPS policy states that CWD should be managed or eliminated, if prudent and feasible. To date, Shenandoah National Park has prepared a CWD Detection and Assessment Plan and Environmental Assessment which, when completed and approved, will guide future actions for detecting and responding to initial CWD cases within the park. The next step is to comprehensively evaluate alternative approaches for long-term management of CWD, which is the purpose of the proposed CWD Management Plan/EIS. The objectives of the long-range CWD management plan are to: Prevent CWD establishment and, should CWD become established, slow the spread of CWD within the park; monitor disease progression and impacts on park resources; provide a framework to assess or evaluate the success of the management actions and for the NPS to cooperate with other state and federal agencies on the management of CWD; develop public support for CWD management through education; minimize disruption to visitor use and experience from management actions; PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and minimize the potential for health and safety issues for park staff and visitors during CWD management activities. The NPS has begun development of two action alternatives that will be made available for public comment as part of the scoping process. The first action alternative proposes a phased approach to CWD management and would be implemented when CWD is identified within a specified distance from the park. In slight contrast, the second alternative would initiate management actions immediately, rather than in response to proximity of CWD detection to the boundaries of the park. The NPS will also evaluate a no action alternative, under which current management approaches would continue, including implementation of the approved CWD detection and assessment plan. To ensure that all significant issues are identified and considered, all interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed scope of the project; the purpose, need and objectives of the plan; and draft alternatives. These materials will be available for review and comment on the NPS PEPC Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/shen) and the park’s Web page (www.nps.gov/shen). Before including your address, phone number, email 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. Dated: November 20, 2012. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2013–04549 Filed 2–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–WV–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–PWR–PWRO–11436; PXP0137227A001] Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing Development Concept Plans, Clark County, NV, and Mohave County, AZ National Park Service, Interior. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 39 / Wednesday, February 27, 2013 / Notices SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing Development Concept Plans, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Draft EIS identifies and analyzes three alternatives, as follows. Alternative 1 Continue Current Management Trends (no action alternative) reflects current management direction and serves as a baseline for comparison with the other alternatives. Existing facilities would be retained with minimal changes. Alternative 2 Implement Previous Planning Proposals would implement previous planning proposals that separate day use and marina facilities, maintain the type of overnight facilities, and provide flood mitigation. Alternative 3 Enhance Visitor Experience and Park Operations (agency-preferred alternative) would enhance day-use opportunities, upgrade and expand the type of overnight facilities, and provide flood mitigation. The Draft EIS also evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives, including potential impacts to native plant communities and soils, wildlife, threatened, endangered, and special status species; floodplains; archeological resources; historic structures; cultural landscape; ethnographic resources; visitor use, experience, and safety; park operations; and socioeconomic environment. DATES: The National Park Service will accept comments on the Draft EIS from the public for 60 days after the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice in the Federal Register. The National Park Service will also hold public meetings during the public comment period; the date, time, and location of the meetings will be announced on Project Web site http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/lake, as well as via local and regional press media. ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments by one of two methods. You may mail written comments to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Attn: DCP–DEIS, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005. You may also submit comments electronically via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ lake. Before including your address, phone number, email 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:18 Feb 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Mr. Jim Holland, Park Planner, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005 (702) 293–8986. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The purpose of the development concept plans is to reevaluate the implementation strategies for these two areas that were identified in the 1986 Lake Mead National Recreation Area General Management Plan/Development Concept Plans/Final Environmental Impact Statement and to incorporate the concepts and carrying capacities that were approved in the 2003 Lake Mead National Recreation Area Lake Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement. Each development concept plan provides an integrated plan for development with site specific guidance for the extent, type, and location of facilities and services that is consistent with the management direction and intent established in the general management plan and lake management plan. The general management plan addressed the need to provide recreational opportunities while preserving and protecting natural and cultural resources. It established landbased management zones and included development concept plans for Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing that identified limits on the development, established the number and type of facilities, and addressed flood hazards. The general management plan’s vision for both areas was to accommodate increasing use, enhance the visitor experience, and mitigate flood hazards. The lake management plan established water-based management zones and provided further guidance for the long-term protection of park resources while allowing a range of recreational opportunities to support visitor needs. A number of the management actions identified in both approved plans require more sitespecific development planning. There are also a number of management issues that have not been adequately addressed or resolved in the previous planning efforts and that require a more detailed examination of development and operational needs. The primary issues affecting the management of the Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing developed areas are as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Providing flood mitigation PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13377 • Enhancing shoreline-based day-use opportunities and facilities to meet a growing demand • Improving the safety and ease of access, providing better organized and more convenient parking, and providing an appropriate number of parking spaces • Improving NPS campgrounds to function effectively to meet visitor needs while protecting the cultural landscape • Providing adequate visitor information and education programs and determining if commercial services and NPS educational and interpretive services be provided in a joint facility enhancing operational facilities to function effectively and efficiently, meeting the needs of both park staff and visitors • Identifying which concession facilities or services are still necessary and appropriate at these sites for public use and enjoyment of the park Decision Process: Following due consideration of all comments received, a Final EIS will be prepared. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for a final decision is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Subsequently the official responsible for implementing the approved development concept plans and for monitoring results is the Superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Dated: September 28, 2012. Martha J. Lee, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 2013–04538 Filed 2–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NRNHL–12225; PPWOCRADI0, PCU00RP14.R50000] Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board Meeting National Park Service, Interior. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), that a teleconference meeting of the Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board will be held beginning at 1:00 p.m. on April 9, 2013, at the following location. 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[NPS-PWR-PWRO-11436; PXP0137227A001]


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cottonwood Cove and 
Katherine Landing Development Concept Plans, Clark County, NV, and 
Mohave County, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 
U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability 
of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cottonwood Cove 
and Katherine Landing Development Concept Plans, Lake Mead National 
Recreation Area. The Draft EIS identifies and analyzes three 
alternatives, as follows. Alternative 1 Continue Current Management 
Trends (no action alternative) reflects current management direction 
and serves as a baseline for comparison with the other alternatives. 
Existing facilities would be retained with minimal changes. Alternative 
2 Implement Previous Planning Proposals would implement previous 
planning proposals that separate day use and marina facilities, 
maintain the type of overnight facilities, and provide flood 
mitigation. Alternative 3 Enhance Visitor Experience and Park 
Operations (agency-preferred alternative) would enhance day-use 
opportunities, upgrade and expand the type of overnight facilities, and 
provide flood mitigation. The Draft EIS also evaluates the potential 
environmental impacts of the alternatives, including potential impacts 
to native plant communities and soils, wildlife, threatened, 
endangered, and special status species; floodplains; archeological 
resources; historic structures; cultural landscape; ethnographic 
resources; visitor use, experience, and safety; park operations; and 
socioeconomic environment.

DATES: The National Park Service will accept comments on the Draft EIS 
from the public for 60 days after the date the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes its notice in the Federal Register. The National Park 
Service will also hold public meetings during the public comment 
period; the date, time, and location of the meetings will be announced 
on Project Web site http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lake, as well as via 
local and regional press media.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments by one of two methods. You 
may mail written comments to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Attn: 
DCP-DEIS, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005. You may also 
submit comments electronically via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lake. Before including your address, phone number, 
email 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jim Holland, Park Planner, Lake 
Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 
89005 (702) 293-8986.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the development concept plans 
is to reevaluate the implementation strategies for these two areas that 
were identified in the 1986 Lake Mead National Recreation Area General 
Management Plan/Development Concept Plans/Final Environmental Impact 
Statement and to incorporate the concepts and carrying capacities that 
were approved in the 2003 Lake Mead National Recreation Area Lake 
Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement. Each development 
concept plan provides an integrated plan for development with site 
specific guidance for the extent, type, and location of facilities and 
services that is consistent with the management direction and intent 
established in the general management plan and lake management plan.
    The general management plan addressed the need to provide 
recreational opportunities while preserving and protecting natural and 
cultural resources. It established land-based management zones and 
included development concept plans for Cottonwood Cove and Katherine 
Landing that identified limits on the development, established the 
number and type of facilities, and addressed flood hazards. The general 
management plan's vision for both areas was to accommodate increasing 
use, enhance the visitor experience, and mitigate flood hazards. The 
lake management plan established water-based management zones and 
provided further guidance for the long-term protection of park 
resources while allowing a range of recreational opportunities to 
support visitor needs. A number of the management actions identified in 
both approved plans require more site-specific development planning. 
There are also a number of management issues that have not been 
adequately addressed or resolved in the previous planning efforts and 
that require a more detailed examination of development and operational 
needs.
    The primary issues affecting the management of the Cottonwood Cove 
and Katherine Landing developed areas are as follows:

 Providing flood mitigation
 Enhancing shoreline-based day-use opportunities and facilities 
to meet a growing demand
 Improving the safety and ease of access, providing better 
organized and more convenient parking, and providing an appropriate 
number of parking spaces
 Improving NPS campgrounds to function effectively to meet 
visitor needs while protecting the cultural landscape
 Providing adequate visitor information and education programs 
and determining if commercial services and NPS educational and 
interpretive services be provided in a joint facility enhancing 
operational facilities to function effectively and efficiently, meeting 
the needs of both park staff and visitors
 Identifying which concession facilities or services are still 
necessary and appropriate at these sites for public use and enjoyment 
of the park
    Decision Process: Following due consideration of all comments 
received, a Final EIS will be prepared. As a delegated EIS, the 
official responsible for a final decision is the Regional Director, 
Pacific West Region. Subsequently the official responsible for 
implementing the approved development concept plans and for monitoring 
results is the Superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

    Dated: September 28, 2012.
Martha J. Lee,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
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