Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa, 38359 [2013-15265]

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[FR Doc. 2013–15268 Filed 6–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–MWR–EFMO–13214; PPMWMWROW2/ PPMPSAS1Y.YP0000] Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa National Park Service, Interior. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/ EIS), Effigy Mounds National Monument (Monument), Iowa. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD are available by request by writing to Superintendent, Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Highway 76, Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146–7519. The document is also available on the internet at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site at: http:// www.parkplanning.nps.gov/efmo. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent James Nepstad at the address above, by telephone at 563– 873–3491 or email at jim_nepstad@nps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NPS has issued a ROD for the Final GMP/ EIS; on May 29, 2013, the Regional Director for the Midwest Region approved the ROD. As soon as practicable, the NPS will begin to implement the selected alternative, which was identified as the preferred alternative (Alternative B) in the EIS. In the preferred alternative, a large portion of the Monument would be zoned as backcountry, a virtual research center would be created to collect and share information on mound research and preservation, and access to the South Unit of the Monument would be improved by connecting the Yellow River bridge and trail to the trails in the South Unit. This alternative was also determined to be the environmentally preferable alternative. The preferred alternative and two others were analyzed in the GMP/EIS. In reaching its decision to select the preferred alternative, the NPS SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38359 considered the purposes for which the Monument was established, and other laws and policies that apply to lands within the Monument. The NPS also carefully considered public comments received during the planning process. To determine the preferred alternative, the planning team evaluated three draft alternatives that had been reviewed by the public. To minimize the influence of individual biases and opinions, the team used an objective analysis process called ‘‘Choosing by Advantages.’’ Alternative B best preserves the outstanding representative examples of significant phases of prehistoric Indian moundbuilding cultures in the American Midwest and the wildlife and natural values within the Monument, two of the three purposes for which the Monument was established. Alternative B also achieves this higher level of protection through the management zoning and more limited trail development. Finally, Alternative B provides broader access to mound research and digitized portions of the collections through the development of the virtual research center, thereby better fulfilling the third purpose (scientific study and appreciation) for which the Monument was established. Dated: May 24, 2013. Michael T. Reynolds, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2013–15265 Filed 6–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–PWR–PWRO–12863; PPPWSAJHA0 PPMPSAS1Z.Y00000] Approval of Record of Decision for Relocation of Cattle Point Road, San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County, Washington National Park Service, Interior. Notice of Record of Decision. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to § 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-MWR-EFMO-13214; PPMWMWROW2/PPMPSAS1Y.YP0000]


Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final 
General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Effigy Mounds 
National Monument, Iowa

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of 
the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final General Management Plan/
Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS), Effigy Mounds National 
Monument (Monument), Iowa.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD are available by request by writing to 
Superintendent, Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Highway 76, 
Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146-7519. The document is also available on the 
internet at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site 
at: http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/efmo.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent James Nepstad at the 
address above, by telephone at 563-873-3491 or email at jim_nepstad@nps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NPS has issued a ROD for the Final GMP/
EIS; on May 29, 2013, the Regional Director for the Midwest Region 
approved the ROD. As soon as practicable, the NPS will begin to 
implement the selected alternative, which was identified as the 
preferred alternative (Alternative B) in the EIS.
    In the preferred alternative, a large portion of the Monument would 
be zoned as backcountry, a virtual research center would be created to 
collect and share information on mound research and preservation, and 
access to the South Unit of the Monument would be improved by 
connecting the Yellow River bridge and trail to the trails in the South 
Unit. This alternative was also determined to be the environmentally 
preferable alternative. The preferred alternative and two others were 
analyzed in the GMP/EIS.
    In reaching its decision to select the preferred alternative, the 
NPS considered the purposes for which the Monument was established, and 
other laws and policies that apply to lands within the Monument. The 
NPS also carefully considered public comments received during the 
planning process.
    To determine the preferred alternative, the planning team evaluated 
three draft alternatives that had been reviewed by the public. To 
minimize the influence of individual biases and opinions, the team used 
an objective analysis process called ``Choosing by Advantages.'' 
Alternative B best preserves the outstanding representative examples of 
significant phases of prehistoric Indian moundbuilding cultures in the 
American Midwest and the wildlife and natural values within the 
Monument, two of the three purposes for which the Monument was 
established. Alternative B also achieves this higher level of 
protection through the management zoning and more limited trail 
development. Finally, Alternative B provides broader access to mound 
research and digitized portions of the collections through the 
development of the virtual research center, thereby better fulfilling 
the third purpose (scientific study and appreciation) for which the 
Monument was established.

    Dated: May 24, 2013.
Michael T. Reynolds,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2013-15265 Filed 6-25-13; 8:45 am]
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