Conejos Peak Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest; Colorado; Cumbres Vegetation Management Project, 45495-45496 [2013-17968]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 145 / Monday, July 29, 2013 / Notices cost of $43.8 million. These purchase and exchange transactions are estimated to have saved CCC $66.9 million in Sugar Program costs by reducing the amount of sugar loan collateral forfeitures. However, a significant forfeiture threat still remains, which will be mitigated by this action. The sugar purchase will be administered similarly to the purchase and exchange announced on June 18, 2013. CCC will invite domestic sugarcane processors to offer raw cane sugar to CCC, as authorized by the Cost Reduction Options of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1308a(c)), which permits CCC to purchase sugar provided that the price paid is below the comparable regional or State costs of later acquiring the sugar through loan forfeiture under the Sugar Program. The purchase invitation will describe the information needed from sugar sellers, such as the quantity, storage location, and CCC warehouse code. The purchase invitation will also specify additional details, such as the opening and closing dates for offers and other terms of CCC’s sugar purchase. CCC will then post a catalog listing the available sugar quantities. The purchase invitation and catalog will be placed on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Commodity Operations Web site at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp? area=home&subject= coop&topic=landing. In order to allow for timely market pricing, CCC will permit sugarcane processors to provide price offers to the catalog to coincide with the timing of the exchange invitation’s closing bid date. Subsequently, approximately 2 calendar days later, an exchange invitation will be made under which CCC will offer available sugar to Refined Sugar Re-export Program licensees in exchange for re-export credits. The exchange invitation will specify a minimum bid ratio of credits per metric ton of CCC sugar. The exchange invitation will be placed on the FSA Commodity Operations Web site at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp ?area=home& subject=coop&topic=landing. The sugar purchase will be different from the earlier purchase in that only sugarcane processors may offer to sell sugar to CCC. This purchase also differs from the earlier purchase in that any sugar offered to CCC must be pledged as collateral for CCC loan, as the purpose of this action is to reduce the forfeitures of loan collateral under the sugar loan program and this would most directly reduce forfeitures. The exchange invitation and evaluation process will be administered in the same way, except VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Jul 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 for the timing, as announced in the notice published on June 18, 2013. CCC may make future offers to purchase sugar and exchange it for reexport credits under this notice. Future offers to purchase and exchange will be made publicly available electronically on the FSA Web site at http:// www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/ webapp?area=home &subject=coop&topic=pas, and also on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site at www.fbo.gov. All terms and conditions for any future sugar purchases and exchanges will be included in the purchase and exchange invitations. Signed on July 24, 2013. Darci L. Vetter, Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Juan M. Garcia, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2013–18219 Filed 7–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Conejos Peak Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest; Colorado; Cumbres Vegetation Management Project AGENCY : Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. ACTION: The Conejos Peak Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest, proposes to salvage timber stands killed or infested by spruce beetles; reduce fuel loading, particularly adjacent to private lands; cut potential hazard trees along private property, roads, and other infrastructure; and regenerate forested acres, as needed, to move toward the long-term desired conditions described in the Forest Plan. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by August 28, 2013. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in September 2013 and the final environmental impact statemen t is expected in November 2013. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Diana McGinn, Team Leader, San Luis Valley Publ ic Land Center, 1803 W. Hwy 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144. Commen ts may also be sent via e-mail to comments-rockv-mountain-rioqrande-conejos-peak@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 719–852–6250, with subject SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45495 Cumbres Vegetation Management Project. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana McGinn at 719–852–6241 or visit the Forest Web site: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/projects/riogrande/ landmanagement/projects. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m ., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose and Need for Action The purpose an d need for the Cumbres Vegeta tion Management Project is move toward achieving longterm desired conditions described in the Forest Plan for this area following extensive tree mortality caused by epidemic levels of spruce beetles. Actions taken to meet these goals would include: (1) Harvesting dead and dying trees to provide wood products, while reducing the continuous extent of large fuels, particularly around private lands; (2) removing trees that create a potential safety hazard in areas of concentrated public use or that have the potential to damage public or private propert y as they fall; (3) Re-plant portions of harvested s t ands to speed ecological recovery. Proposed Action The Rio Grande National Forest proposes to harvest and regenerate timber stands killed by or infested with spruce beetles in an area located approximately 23 miles west of Antonito. Colorado. The project would use the existing transportation system except for the construction or re-use of approximately 8.3 miles of temporary road segments. All temporary roads would be rehabilitated and closed following use. Tree planting would follow harvest operations in areas with inadequate existing regeneration and where aspen sprouting is unlikely, in order to maintain diverse forest cover over the long-term. Responsible Official Conejos Peak District Ranger at 15571 County Road T5, La J ara, CO, 81140. Nature of Decision To Be Made An environmental impact statement (EIS) that discloses the environmental consequences of implementing the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action, including No Action, will be prepared. A separate Record of Decision (ROD) wlll explain the Responsible Official’s decision E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 45496 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 145 / Monday, July 29, 2013 / Notices regarding whether or not to implement some level of timber harvest and other proposed activities on alL part. cr none cf the area analyzed, given the consideration of multiple- use goals and objectives. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement . The Forest invites public comment and participation for this project by publication of this notice. Comments are also invited by: publication in the quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA): public notice regarding this project i n the newspaper of record, the Valley Courier: letters to potentially interested individuals, tribal governments, elected officials, and State and other Federal Agencies. Information will also be posted on the Rio Grande National Forest project Web site as this project progresses. Comments received during these and other scopin g efforts will be considered in this EIS. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the conunent period. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility (36 CFR 218.5) to file an objection under 36 CFR 218.8. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the scoping period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Conunents 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 anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Flathead Resource Advisory Committee ACTION: The effect of proposed activities on soil and watershed condition and on the habitat structural needs of the local populati on of Canada Lynx, a Threatened species, and their primary prey, the snowshoe hare. Dated: July 17, 2013. Andrea Jones, District Ranger. [FR Doc. 2013–17968 Filed 07/26/ 2013 at 8:45 a.m.; Publication Date: 07/29/2 [FR Doc. 2013–17968 Filed 7–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P 18:00 Jul 26, 2013 Forest Service Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meetings. AGENCY: Preliminary Issues VerDate Mar<15>2010 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Jkt 229001 The Flathead Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Kalispell, Montana on the dates listed below. The Committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, (the Act) (Pub. L. 112–141) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92–463). The purpose of the Committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to hear project proposal presentations for 2014. DATES: The meetings will be held every Tuesday between August 27, 2013, and September 24, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (MST). Exact meeting dates are as follow: 1. August 27, 2013—4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 2. September 3, 2013—4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 3. September 10, 2013—4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 4. September 17, 2013—4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 5. September 24, 2013—4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All Resource Advisory Committee meetings are subject to change or cancellation. For status of the Flathead Resource Advisory Committee meetings prior to attending each meeting, contact: Wade Muehlhof, Public Affairs Specialist, Flathead National Forest, 406–758–5252, ewmuehlhof@fs.fed.us. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Flathead National Forest Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana 59901. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information listed below. All comments, including names and addresses when provided are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Flathead National Forest Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana 59901. Please call ahead to 406–758– 5252 to facilitate entry into the building in order to view comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wade Muehlhof, Public Affairs SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Specialist, Flathead National Forest, 406–758–5252, ewmuehlof@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following business will be conducted: presentation of project proposals and approval of projects. Additional information on the Flathead Resource Advisory Committee can be found by visiting the Flathead National Forest Web site at: www.fs.fed.us/r1/gwj. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff before or after the meeting. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by August 1, 2013, to be scheduled on the agenda. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Wade Muehlhof, Public Affairs Specialist, Flathead National Forest, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana 59901; Email: ewmuehlhof@fs.fed.us; or Facsimile: 406–758–5351. A summary of the meeting will be posted at https://fsplaces.fs.fed.us/ fsfiles/unit/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf within 21 days of the meeting. If you are a person requiring resonable accomodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accomodation for access to the facility or procedings by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: July 17, 2013. Chip Weber, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2013–18111 Filed 7–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the New Hampshire Advisory Committee Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a planning meeting of the New Hampshire Advisory Committee to E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 145 (Monday, July 29, 2013)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Conejos Peak Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest; 
Colorado; Cumbres Vegetation Management Project

    AGENCY : Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Conejos Peak Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest, 
proposes to salvage timber stands killed or infested by spruce beetles; 
reduce fuel loading, particularly adjacent to private lands; cut 
potential hazard trees along private property, roads, and other 
infrastructure; and regenerate forested acres, as needed, to move 
toward the long-term desired conditions described in the Forest Plan.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 
by August 28, 2013. The draft environmental impact statement is 
expected in September 2013 and the final environmental impact statemen 
t is expected in November 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Diana McGinn, Team Leader, San Luis 
Valley Publ ic Land Center, 1803 W. Hwy 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144. 
Commen ts may also be sent via e-mail to comments-rockv-mountain-rio-qrande-conejos-peak@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 719-852-6250, with 
subject Cumbres Vegetation Management Project.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana McGinn at 719-852-6241 or visit 
the Forest Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/riogrande/landmanagement/projects.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m ., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose and Need for Action

    The purpose an d need for the Cumbres Vegeta tion Management 
Project is move toward achieving long-term desired conditions described 
in the Forest Plan for this area following extensive tree mortality 
caused by epidemic levels of spruce beetles. Actions taken to meet 
these goals would include: (1) Harvesting dead and dying trees to 
provide wood products, while reducing the continuous extent of large 
fuels, particularly around private lands; (2) removing trees that 
create a potential safety hazard in areas of concentrated public use or 
that have the potential to damage public or private propert y as they 
fall; (3) Re-plant portions of harvested s t ands to speed ecological 
recovery.

Proposed Action

    The Rio Grande National Forest proposes to harvest and regenerate 
timber stands killed by or infested with spruce beetles in an area 
located approximately 23 miles west of Antonito. Colorado. The project 
would use the existing transportation system except for the 
construction or re-use of approximately 8.3 miles of temporary road 
segments. All temporary roads would be rehabilitated and closed 
following use. Tree planting would follow harvest operations in areas 
with inadequate existing regeneration and where aspen sprouting is 
unlikely, in order to maintain diverse forest cover over the long-term.

Responsible Official

    Conejos Peak District Ranger at 15571 County Road T5, La J ara, CO, 
81140.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    An environmental impact statement (EIS) that discloses the 
environmental consequences of implementing the proposed action and 
alternatives to the proposed action, including No Action, will be 
prepared. A separate Record of Decision (ROD) wlll explain the 
Responsible Official's decision

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regarding whether or not to implement some level of timber harvest and 
other proposed activities on alL part. cr none cf the area analyzed, 
given the consideration of multiple- use goals and objectives.

Preliminary Issues

    The effect of proposed activities on soil and watershed condition 
and on the habitat structural needs of the local populati on of Canada 
Lynx, a Threatened species, and their primary prey, the snowshoe hare.

Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement . The Forest 
invites public comment and participation for this project by 
publication of this notice. Comments are also invited by: publication 
in the quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA): public notice 
regarding this project i n the newspaper of record, the Valley Courier: 
letters to potentially interested individuals, tribal governments, 
elected officials, and State and other Federal Agencies. Information 
will also be posted on the Rio Grande National Forest project Web site 
as this project progresses. Comments received during these and other 
scopin g efforts will be considered in this EIS.
    It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit 
them by the close of the conunent period. Only those who submit timely 
and specific written comments will have eligibility (36 CFR 218.5) to 
file an objection under 36 CFR 218.8. Therefore, comments should be 
provided prior to the close of the scoping period and should clearly 
articulate the reviewer's concerns and contentions.
    Conunents 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 anonymous comments will not provide 
the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent 
environmental documents.

    Dated: July 17, 2013.
Andrea Jones,
District Ranger.
    [FR Doc. 2013-17968 Filed 07/26/2013 at 8:45 a.m.; Publication 
Date: 07/29/2
[FR Doc. 2013-17968 Filed 7-26-13; 8:45 am]
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