Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas, NE and SD; Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Land Protection Plan; Request for Public Comments, 20942-20943 [2013-08105]

Download as PDF 20942 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 67 / Monday, April 8, 2013 / Notices regarding the SRP process can be found online at http://floodsrp.org/pdfs/ srp_fact_sheet.pdf. The communities affected are listed in the table below. The Preliminary FIRM and where applicable, Preliminary FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison. Correction In the proposed flood hazard determination notice published at 77 FR 67016, the table contained inaccurate Community information as to the location of the Community Map Repository Address for the following communities: the Cities of Brandon and Florence and the Township of Puckett. In this notice, FEMA is publishing a table containing the accurate information, to address these prior errors. The information provided below should be used in lieu of that previously published. Community Map Repository Address Rankin County, Mississippi, and Incorporated Areas Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.geology.deq.ms.gov/floodmaps/Projects/FY2009/?county=Rankin City City City City of of of of Brandon ......................................................................................... Florence ........................................................................................ Flowood ......................................................................................... Jackson ......................................................................................... City of Pearl .............................................................................................. City of Richland ........................................................................................ Pearl River Valley Water Supply District .................................................. Town of Pelahatchie ................................................................................. Township of Puckett ................................................................................. Unincorporated Areas of Rankin County ................................................. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, ‘‘Flood Insurance.’’) Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2013–08044 Filed 4–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–12–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service South Dakota for public review and comment. In these documents, we describe alternatives, including our proposed action, for implementing conservation actions along the Missouri River and its tributaries. We are furnishing this notice in compliance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended, the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916, as amended, and the National Environmental Policy Act to advise other agencies, Tribal governments, and the public of our intentions to provide the opportunity for public review and comment on the DEIS and LPP. [FWS–R6–R–2013–N021; FXRS12 65066CCP0–134–FF06R06000] DATES: Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas, NE and SD; Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Land Protection Plan; Request for Public Comments ADDRESSES: Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS), as lead agencies, announce the availability of a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and land protection plan (LPP) for the proposed Niobrara Confluence Conservation Area and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Area in Nebraska and SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES City Hall, 1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon, MS 39042. City Hall, 203 College Street, Florence, MS 39073. City Hall, 2101 North Airport Road, Flowood, MS 39232. Department of Public Works, 200 South President Street, Jackson, MS 39205. City Hall, 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, MS 39208. City Hall, 380 Scarborough Street, Richland, MS 38218. Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, MS 39157. Town Hall, 705 2nd Street, Pelahatchie, MS 39145. Town Hall, 6449 Highway 18, Puckett, MS 39042. Rankin County Courthouse, 211 East Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042. VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:02 Apr 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by June 14th, 2013. We will announce upcoming public meetings in local news media, on our Web site, and by mail. You may submit your comments or a request for copies (hard copies or a CD–ROM) or more information by any of the following methods: Agency Web site: http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/niob-ponca. Email: niobrara_ponca@fws.gov. In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Call (605) 665–0209 to make an appointment during regular business hours at Missouri River National Recreational River Headquarters, 508 East 2nd Street, Yankton, SD 57078. PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mail: Nick Kaczor, USFWS, Division of Refuge Planning, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Denver, CO 80225. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nick Kaczor, Planning Team Leader, at (303) 236–4387, or by mail at Division of Refuge Planning, USFWS, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Denver, CO 80225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we continue the LPP process for the proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas. We started this process through a notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 8892, February 15, 2012). The proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas are partnership-based projects being taken on by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, to build upon existing conservation efforts along the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. This proposal aims to work with willing private landowners, local communities, and other conservation entities to conserve important wildlife habitats, increase quality recreational opportunities, preserve sensitive historical sites, and maintain sustainable ranching operations. The Missouri River The Missouri River is the artery to America’s heartland, coursing its way E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 67 / Monday, April 8, 2013 / Notices through the scenic landscapes of the Great Plains to the Eastern deciduous forest. It drains one-sixth of the United States and encompasses over 500,000 square miles, flowing 2,341 miles from its headwaters in western Montana to where it joins the Mississippi River, at St. Louis, Missouri. It is home to thousands of fish, wildlife, and plants, while providing unlimited recreational opportunities for its visitors. Visitors can also experience scenic bluffs, forests, grasslands, and traditional rural lifestyles critical to the local communities. Niobrara Confluence The Niobrara Confluence segment between Fort Randall Dam and Lewis and Clark Lake is one of the last portions of the middle Missouri River that remains unchannelized, relatively free-flowing, and undeveloped. This area of the Missouri River’s main channel in the old, wider river valley contains important habitat for at least 60 native and 26 sport fish. In addition, the riparian woodlands and island complexes are important for approximately 25 year-round bird species and 115 species of migratory birds, including piping plovers, least terns, and bald eagles. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Ponca Bluffs The Ponca Bluffs segment between Gavins Point Dam and Sioux City is a diverse, relatively unaltered riverine/ floodplain ecosystem characterized by a main channel, braided channels, wooded riparian corridor, pools, chutes, sloughs, islands, sandbars, backwater areas, wetlands, natural floodplain and upland forest communities, pastureland, and croplands. This area also supports a wide variety of wildlife and fisheries resources similar to those found in the Niobrara Confluence segment. The Concept We are proposing to work with willing landowners to conserve valuable recreational, natural, scenic, and historical resources. By combining agency resources and working together with other conservation efforts like the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Wetland Reserve Program, we hope to maintain a legacy for future generations. Our personnel and technical resources in each agency’s various programs will help improve the delivery of actions outlined in this plan. The concept of this project is to combine agency resources to enhance conservation; enhance recreation; increase tourism; instill new money into local economies; improve quality of life through healthy air, water, and ecosystems; and increase VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:02 Apr 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 the appreciation and awareness of the natural resources. This would be achieved by purchasing conservation easements from willing landowners or the use of fee-title acquisition. Fee-title acquisition could be used when rehabilitation is needed to improve the ecological function of the river by allowing a more natural meander, or when extensive public access is anticipated. Conservation Easements We recognize that the preservation of working landscapes such as farms and rangeland through easement acquisition is more cost effective, socially acceptable, and politically popular than fee title acquisition, while still effectively promoting the preservation of unfragmented quality habitat. Conservation easements provide a unique tool for agencies to use in partnership with willing landowners. Easements allow the land to stay in private ownership and on the local tax rolls while still providing the greater American public lifelong conservation value. The alternatives outlined in the plan (B–C) allow for a greater use of easements (80 percent) over more traditional fee title acquisition. With easement acquisitions, landowners will be compensated for perpetually conserving their property in a native state, and in turn will have funds available to use for investment in the local communities. The purpose of the easements would be to promote native grasses, shrubs, and trees; eliminate or reduce invasive species such as eastern red cedars; and protect culturally or tribally significant sites. All easement conditions would be mutually agreed upon by the landowner and us. Priorities We developed this draft conservation plan by focusing on the overall ecological function of the Missouri River. We identified areas that are important for native fish and wildlife species such as bald eagles and pallid sturgeon. In addition, we prioritized areas that increase access to the river, conserve scenic areas such as chalkstone bluffs, and maintain historically significant sites. Public Availability of Comments 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 PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20943 to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authorities The FWS and NPS are furnishing this notice in compliance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 (16 U.S.C. l et seq.), and amendments thereto, and the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations. Dated: Feb 21, 2013. Michael Reynolds, Midwest Regional Director, National Park Service. Dated: Feb 26, 2013. Matt Hogan, Acting, Regional Director, Mountain Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–08105 Filed 4–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–4312–51–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCO956000 L14200000.BJ0000] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Colorado AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office is publishing this notice to inform the public of the intent to officially file the survey plats listed below and afford a proper period of time to protest this action prior to the plat filing. During this time, the plats will be available for review in the BLM Colorado State Office. DATES: Unless there are protests of this action, the filing of the plats described in this notice will happen on May 8, 2013. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

National Park Service

[FWS-R6-R-2013-N021; FXRS1265066CCP0-134-FF06R06000]


Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas, NE and 
SD; Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Land Protection Plan; 
Request for Public Comments

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park 
Service (NPS), as lead agencies, announce the availability of a draft 
environmental impact statement (DEIS) and land protection plan (LPP) 
for the proposed Niobrara Confluence Conservation Area and Ponca Bluffs 
Conservation Area in Nebraska and South Dakota for public review and 
comment. In these documents, we describe alternatives, including our 
proposed action, for implementing conservation actions along the 
Missouri River and its tributaries. We are furnishing this notice in 
compliance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act 
of 1966, as amended, the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916, as 
amended, and the National Environmental Policy Act to advise other 
agencies, Tribal governments, and the public of our intentions to 
provide the opportunity for public review and comment on the DEIS and 
LPP.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
June 14th, 2013. We will announce upcoming public meetings in local 
news media, on our Web site, and by mail.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments or a request for copies (hard 
copies or a CD-ROM) or more information by any of the following 
methods:
    Agency Web site: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/niob-ponca.
    Email: niobrara_ponca@fws.gov.
    In-Person Viewing or Pickup: Call (605) 665-0209 to make an 
appointment during regular business hours at Missouri River National 
Recreational River Headquarters, 508 East 2nd Street, Yankton, SD 
57078.
    Mail: Nick Kaczor, USFWS, Division of Refuge Planning, P.O. Box 
25486, DFC, Denver, CO 80225.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nick Kaczor, Planning Team Leader, at 
(303) 236-4387, or by mail at Division of Refuge Planning, USFWS, P.O. 
Box 25486, DFC, Denver, CO 80225.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we continue the LPP process for the proposed 
Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas. We started 
this process through a notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 8892, 
February 15, 2012).
    The proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation 
Areas are partnership-based projects being taken on by the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, to build upon existing 
conservation efforts along the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska and 
southeast South Dakota. This proposal aims to work with willing private 
landowners, local communities, and other conservation entities to 
conserve important wildlife habitats, increase quality recreational 
opportunities, preserve sensitive historical sites, and maintain 
sustainable ranching operations.

The Missouri River

    The Missouri River is the artery to America's heartland, coursing 
its way

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through the scenic landscapes of the Great Plains to the Eastern 
deciduous forest. It drains one-sixth of the United States and 
encompasses over 500,000 square miles, flowing 2,341 miles from its 
headwaters in western Montana to where it joins the Mississippi River, 
at St. Louis, Missouri. It is home to thousands of fish, wildlife, and 
plants, while providing unlimited recreational opportunities for its 
visitors. Visitors can also experience scenic bluffs, forests, 
grasslands, and traditional rural lifestyles critical to the local 
communities.

Niobrara Confluence

    The Niobrara Confluence segment between Fort Randall Dam and Lewis 
and Clark Lake is one of the last portions of the middle Missouri River 
that remains unchannelized, relatively free-flowing, and undeveloped. 
This area of the Missouri River's main channel in the old, wider river 
valley contains important habitat for at least 60 native and 26 sport 
fish. In addition, the riparian woodlands and island complexes are 
important for approximately 25 year-round bird species and 115 species 
of migratory birds, including piping plovers, least terns, and bald 
eagles.

Ponca Bluffs

    The Ponca Bluffs segment between Gavins Point Dam and Sioux City is 
a diverse, relatively unaltered riverine/floodplain ecosystem 
characterized by a main channel, braided channels, wooded riparian 
corridor, pools, chutes, sloughs, islands, sandbars, backwater areas, 
wetlands, natural floodplain and upland forest communities, 
pastureland, and croplands. This area also supports a wide variety of 
wildlife and fisheries resources similar to those found in the Niobrara 
Confluence segment.

The Concept

    We are proposing to work with willing landowners to conserve 
valuable recreational, natural, scenic, and historical resources. By 
combining agency resources and working together with other conservation 
efforts like the Natural Resource Conservation Service's Wetland 
Reserve Program, we hope to maintain a legacy for future generations. 
Our personnel and technical resources in each agency's various programs 
will help improve the delivery of actions outlined in this plan. The 
concept of this project is to combine agency resources to enhance 
conservation; enhance recreation; increase tourism; instill new money 
into local economies; improve quality of life through healthy air, 
water, and ecosystems; and increase the appreciation and awareness of 
the natural resources.
    This would be achieved by purchasing conservation easements from 
willing landowners or the use of fee-title acquisition. Fee-title 
acquisition could be used when rehabilitation is needed to improve the 
ecological function of the river by allowing a more natural meander, or 
when extensive public access is anticipated.

Conservation Easements

    We recognize that the preservation of working landscapes such as 
farms and rangeland through easement acquisition is more cost 
effective, socially acceptable, and politically popular than fee title 
acquisition, while still effectively promoting the preservation of 
unfragmented quality habitat. Conservation easements provide a unique 
tool for agencies to use in partnership with willing landowners. 
Easements allow the land to stay in private ownership and on the local 
tax rolls while still providing the greater American public lifelong 
conservation value. The alternatives outlined in the plan (B-C) allow 
for a greater use of easements (80 percent) over more traditional fee 
title acquisition. With easement acquisitions, landowners will be 
compensated for perpetually conserving their property in a native 
state, and in turn will have funds available to use for investment in 
the local communities.
    The purpose of the easements would be to promote native grasses, 
shrubs, and trees; eliminate or reduce invasive species such as eastern 
red cedars; and protect culturally or tribally significant sites. All 
easement conditions would be mutually agreed upon by the landowner and 
us.

Priorities

    We developed this draft conservation plan by focusing on the 
overall ecological function of the Missouri River. We identified areas 
that are important for native fish and wildlife species such as bald 
eagles and pallid sturgeon. In addition, we prioritized areas that 
increase access to the river, conserve scenic areas such as chalkstone 
bluffs, and maintain historically significant sites.

Public Availability of Comments

    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.

Authorities

    The FWS and NPS are furnishing this notice in compliance with the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 
668dd-668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife 
Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; the National Park Service 
Organic Act of 1916 (16 U.S.C. l et seq.), and amendments thereto, and 
the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its 
implementing regulations.

    Dated: Feb 21, 2013.
Michael Reynolds,
Midwest Regional Director, National Park Service.
    Dated: Feb 26, 2013.
Matt Hogan,
Acting, Regional Director, Mountain Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-08105 Filed 4-5-13; 8:45 am]
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