Ochoco National Forest, Paulina Ranger District; Oregon; Wolf Creek Vegetation and Fuels Management Project EIS, 20613-20614 [2013-07938]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS) Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on a proposed information collection. The proposed collection is an extension, without change, of a currently approved collection. The purpose of the Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS) form is to collect uniform and standard information on nutrition education activities (SNAP-Ed) funded by SNAP. The data collected will inform management decisions, support policy initiatives and provide documentation for legislative, budget and other requests that support planning within the agency. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 4, 2013. ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Jane Duffield, Chief, State Administration Branch, Program Accountability and Administration Division, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 818, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Jane Duffield at 703–605–0795, Room 824, or via email to SNAP-Ed@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Apr 04, 2013 Jkt 229001 https://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 824, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will also be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information collection form and instructions should be directed to Usha Kalro at 703–305– 2397. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Education and Administrative Reporting System. OMB Number: 0584–0542. Form Number: FNS–759. Expiration Date: 08/31/2013. Type of Request: Extension, without change, of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) developed the Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS) for the nutrition education (SNAP-Ed) component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is provided for in Section 11 of the Food and Nutrition Act 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020 (f)(3)(B)(ii)). In 2003, the Agency convened a workgroup of diverse stakeholders to assist with this task, including people from the State, local and federal levels, as well as academia. The EARS form was approved by OMB in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007. The first phase of EARS implementation, launched in FY 2008, required SNAP State agencies to report on financial questions #9 and #10 on the EARS form. Full implementation of all applicable EARS questions was required of SNAP State agencies by FY 2010. All State agencies fully complied with this requirement. EARS provides uniform data and information about the nutrition education activities of all participating States across the country. Data collected on the EARS form includes demographic characteristics of participants receiving nutrition education benefits, information about education topics and strategies and use of resources. The EARS form is designed as an annual report that SNAP State agencies submit using FNS web-based Food Program Reporting System (FPRS). FPRS is available to SNAP State PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20613 agencies between October 15 and December 30 of each year for the submission of EARS data for the prior FY’s nutrition education activities. There are no changes in hourly burden since the last submission. FNS estimates that 52 State agencies will respond once a year for a total 52 annual responses. It will take approximately 54 burden hours for each State agency to respond for a total of 2,808 annual burden hours. There are no recordkeeping requirements imposed by this information collection. Affected Public: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) State Agencies and implementing partners such as extension universities, non-profit organizations and local program operators. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52. Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 52. Hours per Response: 54. Total Annual Burden Hours (Reporting Only): 2,808. Dated: March 21, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2013–07958 Filed 4–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Ochoco National Forest, Paulina Ranger District; Oregon; Wolf Creek Vegetation and Fuels Management Project EIS Forest Service. Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Ochoco National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of managing vegetation and fuels within the 24,506 acre Wolf project area, which is approximately 50 miles east of Prineville, Oregon. The project area includes National Forest system lands within the Lower Beavercreek watershed. The alternatives that will be analyzed include the proposed action, no action, and additional alternatives that will respond to issues generated through the scoping process. The Ochoco National Forest will give notice of the full environmental analysis and decision making process so interested and affected people may participate and contribute to the final decision. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 20614 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2013 / Notices Scoping comments must be received by May 20, 2013. The draft environmental impact statement is expected to be completed and available for public comment in October, 2013. The final environmental impact statement is expected to be completed in March, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Sandra Henning, District Ranger, Paulina Ranger District, Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754. Alternately, electronic comments may be sent to comments-pacificnorthwestochoco@fs.fed.us. Electronic comments must be submitted as part of the actual email message, or as an attachment in plain text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Marszal, Project Leader at 3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754, or at (541) 416–6500, or by email at jmarszal@fs.fed.us SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: Purpose and Need for Action The existing condition of the Wolf planning area was evaluated in 2012 and documented in the Wolf Creek Watershed Analysis. The watershed analysis determined that conditions in the planning area have departed from the historic conditions in several ways. • Tree species compositions are outside the historic range of variability. • A reduction in Late and Old Structured forest (LOS); especially single-strata LOS. • A reduction in open-canopy stands accompanied by an increase in stand densities and multi-storied stands. • An increased risk of large-scale loss of forest to wildfire. • An increased risk of insect infestation and/or disease that can impact forested stands. • A decline in riparian/aquatic conditions and hardwood communities. Based upon direction from the Ochoco Forest Plan and recommendations identified in the Wolf Creek WA, the Paulina Ranger District has determined that within the Wolf project area: 1. There is a need to manage vegetation towards to the historic range of variability to provide a range of forest conditions and habitats that would support historic disturbance processes, native wildlife, and plant species. 2. There is a need to reduce forest vegetation density and fuel loadings to reduce the risk that disturbance events such as insect, disease and wildfire will lead to a loss of desired forest conditions. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Apr 04, 2013 Jkt 229001 3. There is a need to increase or maintain large tree structure; especially single-strata LOS and maintain and increase the abundance of early-seral and fire tolerant species. 4. There is a need to improve riparian conditions and associated upland vegetation within Riparian Habitat Conservation Area (RHCAs) and maintain and enhance hardwood communities. 5. There is a need to contribute to the local and regional economies by providing timber and other wood fiber products now and in the future. Proposed Action The proposed action includes a variety of management strategies and activities, including commercial thinning with follow-up noncommercial thinning and/or slashes treatment (4,927 acres), noncommercial treatment with slash treatment (907 acres), juniper cutting with slash treatment (481 acres), underburning (4,910 acres) and hardwood enhancement (78 acres). Implementation of the proposed action would require some connected actions; these include use of temporary roads on existing disturbance (18 miles), use of new temporary roads (2 miles), stream restoration (1 location), material source expansion (1 location, 3 acres), and headcut repair (3 locations). Implementation of the proposed action would require the following mitigation to reduce or eliminate unwanted effects; these include road closure (2 miles) and road decommission (2.7 miles). Responsible Official The responsible official will be Kate Klein, Forest Supervisor, Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754. Nature of Decision To Be Made Given the purpose and need, the deciding official will review the proposed action, the other alternatives, and the environmental consequences in order to determine whether and under what circumstances vegetation and fuels management will be implemented in the Wolf Creek project area. Preliminary Issues The project’s interdisciplinary team has developed a list of preliminary issues that will be used during the analysis of effects. Other issues may arise as a result of public comment and further analysis. Preliminary issues include: • Invasive Plant Species (Noxious Weeds). Several populations of noxious weeds are known to exist within the project area. There is a risk that PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 management activities may exacerbate the weed situation by spreading existing populations or introducing new ones. • Peck’s Mariposa Lily. Management activities can improve habitat for this sensitive species, but there is also risk of impacting individual plants and/or habitat where it occurs in the project area. • Soil Productivity. Maintenance of soil productivity is an important objective for management of National Forest Lands. When mechanized equipment is used in the Forest, soil can become displaced and compacted, which can impact productivity. • Water Quality. The main streams in the project area, Wolf, North Wolf and East Wolf Creeks, are listed on Oregon DEQ’s 303(d) list due to high summer temperatures. Management activities can result in reduced shade on streams, as well as contribute sediment into the streams, which impacts water quality and decreases habitat quality for fish and other riparian fauna. • Wildlife Habitat. Activities intended to improve forest health and resiliency may reduce habitat effectiveness for some wildlife species, including forest raptors and big game. Scoping Process The notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comments period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received in response to this solicitation including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered. Dated: April 1, 2013. Sandra Henning, District Ranger. [FR Doc. 2013–07938 Filed 4–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Application(s) for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Ochoco National Forest, Paulina Ranger District; Oregon; Wolf 
Creek Vegetation and Fuels Management Project EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: The Ochoco National Forest is preparing an environmental 
impact statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of managing vegetation 
and fuels within the 24,506 acre Wolf project area, which is 
approximately 50 miles east of Prineville, Oregon. The project area 
includes National Forest system lands within the Lower Beavercreek 
watershed. The alternatives that will be analyzed include the proposed 
action, no action, and additional alternatives that will respond to 
issues generated through the scoping process. The Ochoco National 
Forest will give notice of the full environmental analysis and decision 
making process so interested and affected people may participate and 
contribute to the final decision.

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DATES: Scoping comments must be received by May 20, 2013. The draft 
environmental impact statement is expected to be completed and 
available for public comment in October, 2013. The final environmental 
impact statement is expected to be completed in March, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Sandra Henning, District Ranger, 
Paulina Ranger District, Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third Street, 
Prineville, Oregon 97754. Alternately, electronic comments may be sent 
to comments-pacificnorthwest-ochoco@fs.fed.us. Electronic comments must 
be submitted as part of the actual email message, or as an attachment 
in plain text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), 
or portable document format (.pdf).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Marszal, Project Leader at 
3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754, or at (541) 416-6500, 
or by email at jmarszal@fs.fed.us

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Purpose and Need for Action

    The existing condition of the Wolf planning area was evaluated in 
2012 and documented in the Wolf Creek Watershed Analysis. The watershed 
analysis determined that conditions in the planning area have departed 
from the historic conditions in several ways.
     Tree species compositions are outside the historic range 
of variability.
     A reduction in Late and Old Structured forest (LOS); 
especially single-strata LOS.
     A reduction in open-canopy stands accompanied by an 
increase in stand densities and multi-storied stands.
     An increased risk of large-scale loss of forest to 
wildfire.
     An increased risk of insect infestation and/or disease 
that can impact forested stands.
     A decline in riparian/aquatic conditions and hardwood 
communities.
    Based upon direction from the Ochoco Forest Plan and 
recommendations identified in the Wolf Creek WA, the Paulina Ranger 
District has determined that within the Wolf project area:
    1. There is a need to manage vegetation towards to the historic 
range of variability to provide a range of forest conditions and 
habitats that would support historic disturbance processes, native 
wildlife, and plant species.
    2. There is a need to reduce forest vegetation density and fuel 
loadings to reduce the risk that disturbance events such as insect, 
disease and wildfire will lead to a loss of desired forest conditions.
    3. There is a need to increase or maintain large tree structure; 
especially single-strata LOS and maintain and increase the abundance of 
early-seral and fire tolerant species.
    4. There is a need to improve riparian conditions and associated 
upland vegetation within Riparian Habitat Conservation Area (RHCAs) and 
maintain and enhance hardwood communities.
    5. There is a need to contribute to the local and regional 
economies by providing timber and other wood fiber products now and in 
the future.

Proposed Action

    The proposed action includes a variety of management strategies and 
activities, including commercial thinning with follow-up noncommercial 
thinning and/or slashes treatment (4,927 acres), noncommercial 
treatment with slash treatment (907 acres), juniper cutting with slash 
treatment (481 acres), underburning (4,910 acres) and hardwood 
enhancement (78 acres). Implementation of the proposed action would 
require some connected actions; these include use of temporary roads on 
existing disturbance (18 miles), use of new temporary roads (2 miles), 
stream restoration (1 location), material source expansion (1 location, 
3 acres), and headcut repair (3 locations). Implementation of the 
proposed action would require the following mitigation to reduce or 
eliminate unwanted effects; these include road closure (2 miles) and 
road decommission (2.7 miles).

Responsible Official

    The responsible official will be Kate Klein, Forest Supervisor, 
Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    Given the purpose and need, the deciding official will review the 
proposed action, the other alternatives, and the environmental 
consequences in order to determine whether and under what circumstances 
vegetation and fuels management will be implemented in the Wolf Creek 
project area.

Preliminary Issues

    The project's interdisciplinary team has developed a list of 
preliminary issues that will be used during the analysis of effects. 
Other issues may arise as a result of public comment and further 
analysis. Preliminary issues include:
     Invasive Plant Species (Noxious Weeds). Several 
populations of noxious weeds are known to exist within the project 
area. There is a risk that management activities may exacerbate the 
weed situation by spreading existing populations or introducing new 
ones.
     Peck's Mariposa Lily. Management activities can improve 
habitat for this sensitive species, but there is also risk of impacting 
individual plants and/or habitat where it occurs in the project area.
     Soil Productivity. Maintenance of soil productivity is an 
important objective for management of National Forest Lands. When 
mechanized equipment is used in the Forest, soil can become displaced 
and compacted, which can impact productivity.
     Water Quality. The main streams in the project area, Wolf, 
North Wolf and East Wolf Creeks, are listed on Oregon DEQ's 303(d) list 
due to high summer temperatures. Management activities can result in 
reduced shade on streams, as well as contribute sediment into the 
streams, which impacts water quality and decreases habitat quality for 
fish and other riparian fauna.
     Wildlife Habitat. Activities intended to improve forest 
health and resiliency may reduce habitat effectiveness for some 
wildlife species, including forest raptors and big game.

Scoping Process

    The notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement. It is important 
that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a 
manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of the 
environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided 
prior to the close of the comments period and should clearly articulate 
the reviewer's concerns and contentions. Comments received in response 
to this solicitation including names and addresses of those who 
comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. 
Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered.

     Dated: April 1, 2013.
Sandra Henning,
District Ranger.
[FR Doc. 2013-07938 Filed 4-4-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-11-P