Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Snohomish County, WA; Green Mountain Lookout Removal, 33048-33049 [2013-13008]

Download as PDF sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 33048 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 106 / Monday, June 3, 2013 / Notices maintenance of the proposed lift and trail network. All proposed trails will be groomed on a rotating basis, as needed, to maintain a consistent snow surface. Glades (tree stands that have been strategically thinned, thereby increasing the spacing between individual trees, to accommodate skiing and riding) between formal trails will not be groomed. The trail plan for the Atoma Pod includes approximately 23 acres of new trails. Approximately 49 acres of glades will be available between the defined trails. Specific portions of proposed trails have been identified for grading in order to improve the surface or gradients (totaling approximately 6.0 acres). The existing Atoma building and associated parking lot, will be removed and the area re-contoured to natural grades. In conjunction with the proposed Atoma Pod a raised, vegetated buffer between the Mt. Rose Highway and new skiing terrain will be created. Terrain in the Atoma Pod is proposed to be served by a new fixed-grip quad chairlift with a capacity of between 1,800 and 2,200 people-per-hour. The 3,500-foot long lift will span the Mt. Rose Highway, with the bottom terminal located in a flat, open area at an elevation of approximately 7,970 feet on NFS land. The top terminal will be located on private land owned by Mt. Rose at an elevation of 8,395 feet. Adequate road access to the top and bottom terminal sites currently exists. In order to connect the existing terrain network at Mt. Rose (private land) to the proposed Atoma Pod (NFS land), a skiway will be constructed. The skiway will begin at the top terminal of the Atoma chairlift and cross a proposed skier bridge over the Mt. Rose Highway, connecting to NFS land in the Atoma Pod. The skiway will be located on private land, and grading will be necessary to achieve/maintain appropriate grades for descending skiers and riders. The bridge will be constructed within the Nevada Department of Transportation highway right-of-way. This roughly 130-foot long skier bridge will provide access for skiers to enter the Atoma Pod and will be constructed to minimum of 25 feet wide to accommodate grooming. Proposed ski trails in the Atoma Pod have been planned around the natural topography preserving/avoiding known resources of importance (e.g., wetlands, cultural resources, and healthy, large and/or important trees) to the extent possible. Trails will be constructed to variable widths—ranging from 40 to 70 feet. Site-specific prescriptions for the construction of each proposed trail in VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 May 31, 2013 Jkt 229001 the Atoma Pod will be analyzed in detail in the draft EIS. For safety and operational reasons, standing dead/ diseased timber will be removed throughout the Atoma area. A new water impoundment is proposed adjacent to the skier’s left edge of the upper Galena trail (near an existing potable water storage tank) at Mt. Rose. The site has relatively flat topography and is in close proximity to Mt. Rose’s existing road network, snowmaking control building, and associated existing buried water lines. The impoundment will be located entirely on NFS land, as no comparably suitable location is available on private lands. The proposed water impoundment will store between 13 and 15 acre feet of water (approximately 4.2 and 4.9 million gallons), with a surface area of approximately 1.6 acres and a disturbance area of roughly 3.5 acres. Because of the porosity of soils present at Mt. Rose, the impoundment will be fitted with a geosynthetic liner to prevent seepage. Approximately 50,000 cubic yards of material will be excavated from construction of the impoundment. New snowmaking coverage is proposed on five trails in the Atoma Pod. Water—originating from Mt. Rose’s well on private land—will ultimately be stored in the proposed on-mountain impoundment. A water transmission line will be installed, across the Atoma skier bridge, and into the Atoma Pod. Except where wetlands have been identified, all snowmaking lines will be buried below the frost line, and related ground disturbance will be analyzed in the EIS. Under the proposed action, dispersed (‘‘backcountry’’) recreational access to NFS land within and adjacent to the Atoma Pod will continue to be allowed throughout the winter and summer. The EIS will consider and analyze how to accommodate dispersed recreational access to NFS land, with consideration given to operational and public safety needs within a developed ski area. The proposed action includes a nonsignificant Forest Plan amendment to prohibit future commercial development on lands acquired as a result of the 1994 Galena Resort Land Exchange. The non-significant Forest Plan amendment is proposed to clarify management direction in the Carson Front Management Area #2, Mount Rose Unit. The Atoma area (approximately 112 acres), as well as the 168 acres already included in the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe SUP and designated as ‘‘The Chutes’’, would be excluded from the Forest Plan amendment. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Lead and Cooperating Agencies: The Forest Service is the lead federal agency for the NEPA analysis process and preparation of the EIS. The Nevada Department of Transportation has been identified as a cooperating agency for this project. Responsible Official: William A. Dunkelberger, Forest Supervisor, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431. Nature of Decision To Be Made: Based on the analysis that will be documented in the forthcoming EIS, the responsible official will decide whether to amend the current special use permit to implement, in whole or in part, the proposed action or another alternative that may be developed by the Forest Service as a result of scoping. Scoping Process: This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the EIS. The Forest Service is soliciting comments from federal, state and local agencies and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by implementation of the proposed project. 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 EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment 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, however. Additional information on the proposed action will be available at two public open houses which will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on (1) June 18, 2013, at the Winters Creek Lodge, 21333 State Route 878, Reno, NV 89511 and (2) June 19, 2013, at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisors Office, 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431. Dated: May 28, 2013. William A. Dunkelberger, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2013–13010 Filed 5–31–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Snohomish County, WA; Green Mountain Lookout Removal AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM Forest Service, USDA. 03JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 106 / Monday, June 3, 2013 / Notices Notice of extension of public scoping comment period. ACTION: Comments must be received no later than July 8, 2013. SUMMARY: The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest hereby gives notice that it is extending the public scoping comment period for the Green Mountain Lookout Removal Project. A notice was originally published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2013 (Volume 78, No. 85), beginning a 30 day comment period. Please see the Notice of Intent (FR Doc. 2013–10322) for more information related to the project. In response to requests for additional time, the Forest Service will extend the comment period from June 3, 2013, to July 8, 2013. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Todd Griffin, Project Leader, Mt. BakerSnoqualmie National Forest, 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 3A, Everett, Washington 98201. Comments may also be sent via email to toddgriffin@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to (425) 783–0141. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Griffin, Project Leader, at the address listed above or by telephone (360) 677–2258. DATES: Dated: May 28, 2013. Steve Kuennen, Acting Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2013–13008 Filed 5–31–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Advisory Committee Meeting Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA. ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets twice annually to advise the GIPSA Administrator on the programs and services that GIPSA delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace. DATES: June 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and June 19, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to Noon. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 May 31, 2013 Jkt 229001 The Advisory Committee meeting will take place at GIPSA’s National Grain Center, 10383 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64153. Requests to orally address the Advisory Committee during the meeting or written comments may be sent to: Administrator, GIPSA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 3601, Washington, DC 20250–3601. Requests and comments may also be faxed to (202) 690–2173. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terri L. Henry by phone at (202) 205– 8281 or by email at Terri.L.Henry@usda.gov. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the GIPSA Administrator with respect to the implementation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 71–87k). Information about the Advisory Committee is available on the GIPSA Web site at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/ fgis/adcommit.html. The agenda will include an overview of Federal Grain Inspection Service operations-market overview, international programs, moisture meter implementation, update on biotech proficiency program, Field Management Division updates and initiatives, and an overview of the quality pilot in New Orleans and results to date. For a copy of the agenda please contact Terri L. Henry by phone at (202) 205–8281 or by email at Terri.L.Henry@usda.gov. Public participation will be limited to written statements unless permission is received from the Committee Chairperson to orally address the Advisory Committee. The meeting will be open to the public. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication of program information or related accommodations should contact Terri L. Henry at the telephone number listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Larry Mitchell, Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–13063 Filed 5–31–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–KD–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33049 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Green River/ Tusher Diversion Dam Rehabilitation Project, Emery/Grand County, UT Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321– 4370d, as implemented by the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) regulations that implement NEPA at 7 CFR part 650, the NRCS Utah State Office announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Green River/Tusher Diversion Dam Rehabilitation project. The purpose of this notice is to alert interested parties regarding the intent to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the nature of the proposed action and possible alternatives, and to invite public participation in the EIS process (including providing comments on the scope of the draft EIS, to announce that a public scoping meeting will be conducted, and to identify cooperating agency contacts). The EIS process will evaluate alternatives recommended for detailed study as a result of previous planning-level studies completed by NRCS and any additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping. DATES: Written comments on the scope of the draft EIS, including the project’s purpose and need, the alternatives to be considered, types of issues that should be addressed, associated research that should be considered, and the methodologies to be used in impact evaluations should be sent to NRCS starting on May 29, 2013 and ending on or before June 28, 2013 (5:00 p.m. MDT), to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section below. Comments submitted after June 28, 2013 will be considered to the extent practicable by the project team. Two scoping meetings to present the project and develop the scope of the EIS will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, via Tele-briefings. Participants should call (800) 346–7359 (entry code 840561) at least fifteen minutes prior to the meeting and an operator will connect you to the Tele-briefing. The first Tele-briefing will start at 2:00 p.m. (MDT) with a formal presentation and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 106 (Monday, June 3, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33048-33049]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-13008]


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 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Snohomish County, WA; Green 
Mountain Lookout Removal

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

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ACTION: Notice of extension of public scoping comment period.

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DATES: Comments must be received no later than July 8, 2013.
SUMMARY: The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest hereby gives notice 
that it is extending the public scoping comment period for the Green 
Mountain Lookout Removal Project. A notice was originally published in 
the Federal Register on May 2, 2013 (Volume 78, No. 85), beginning a 30 
day comment period. Please see the Notice of Intent (FR Doc. 2013-
10322) for more information related to the project. In response to 
requests for additional time, the Forest Service will extend the 
comment period from June 3, 2013, to July 8, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Todd Griffin, Project Leader, Mt. 
Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 3A, 
Everett, Washington 98201. Comments may also be sent via email to 
toddgriffin@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to (425) 783-0141.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Griffin, Project Leader, at the 
address listed above or by telephone (360) 677-2258.

    Dated: May 28, 2013.
Steve Kuennen,
Acting Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2013-13008 Filed 5-31-13; 8:45 am]
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