Notice of Availability of the Proposed Winnemucca District Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, NV, 54909-54910 [2013-21766]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 173 / Friday, September 6, 2013 / Notices Dated: August 30, 2013. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–21739 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4N–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW00000.L16100000.DQ0000. LXSS015F0000 241A; 13–08807; MO# 4500049371; TAS: 14X5017] Notice of Availability of the Proposed Winnemucca District Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Winnemucca District and by this notice is announcing its availability. DATES: BLM planning regulations provide that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed RMP/Final EIS (43 CFR 1610.5–2). A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice of availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available for public inspection at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada. Interested persons may also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/ blm_information/rmp.html. All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses: Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024–1383. Overnight Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Jeff Johnson, RMP Team Lead, telephone: 775–861–6420; address: 5100 E Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Sep 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 NV 89445; email wdrmp@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Winnemucca District Proposed RMP would replace the existing 1982 Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio Management Framework Plans and the 1999 Paradise-Denio and SonomaGerlach Management Framework PlanLands Amendment. The Proposed RMP/ Final EIS has been developed using a collaborative planning process. Collaboration included working with nine cooperating agencies, development of alternatives using a sub-group of the Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council, input through coordination and consultation with Native American/tribal interests, and input based on public scoping and public comments received on the Draft Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Winnemucca District Proposed RMP decision area encompasses approximately 7.4 million acres of public land administered by the BLM in Humboldt, Pershing, and parts of Lander, Lyon, Churchill, and Washoe counties, Nevada. The Proposed RMP does not include decisions on private lands, State lands, Indian reservations, Federal lands administered by other agencies or lands within the District’s Black Rock Desert-Highrock Canyon, Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA), except for administratively combining portions of two wild horse herd management areas into one herd management area. The NCA is managed in accordance with the 2004 Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan for the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and Associated Wilderness, and other Contiguous Lands in Nevada. The Winnemucca District Proposed RMP/Final EIS includes goals, objectives and management actions for protecting and preserving natural resources including wildlife habitat, sensitive and threatened or endangered species habitat, watersheds, and wild horses and burros. The Proposed RMP/ Final EIS also addresses protection and preserving cultural resources, scenic values, lands with wilderness characteristics, National Historic Trails, PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54909 and management of recreation. Multiple uses are addressed including: Management and forage allocations for livestock grazing; delineation of lands open, closed, or subject to special stipulations or mitigation measures relating to minerals; and management of lands and realty actions, including delineation of avoidance and exclusion areas applicable to rights-of-ways and land tenure adjustments. Recreation management includes designation of offhighway vehicle management areas. Three new areas of critical environmental concern (ACECs) are proposed. The ACECs are proposed to protect natural and cultural resource values and traditional Native American use areas. The proposed Pine Forest ACEC contains important wildlife habitat values including habitat for sensitive species. The proposed Raised Bog ACEC contains a unique floating bog that is useful for scientific research. The proposed Stillwater ACEC contains important cultural resources and many traditional Native American use areas including traditional cultural properties. Management direction to protect sensitive plant species is proposed for the existing Osgood Mountain Milkvetch ACEC. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS analyzes four management alternatives. Alternative A is the No Action Alternative, which is the continuation of current management; Alternative B emphasizes resource use; Alternative C emphasizes preservation and protection of ecosystems and contains two options: Option 1 allows livestock grazing and option 2 does not allow livestock grazing; and Alternative D, which is the Proposed RMP and provides a balance between resource protection and resource use. Alternative D has been modified from the proposed alternative D in the Draft RMP/EIS based on public comments and input from the Cooperating Agencies. The proposed RMP balances resource uses and environmental protection, best fulfills the BLM’s statutory mission and responsibilities as required under FLPMA, and complies with the BLM planning regulations. The Winnemucca District worked with nine cooperating agencies in the development of the Proposed RMP. The Cooperating Agencies are: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Humboldt County, Pershing County, Washoe County, City of Winnemucca, and the N–2 Grazing Board. The BLM issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Resource Management Plan E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 54910 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 173 / Friday, September 6, 2013 / Notices and Associated Environmental Impact Statement and initiated the public scoping process on March 25, 2005 (70 FR 15348). The BLM accepted scoping comments for 60 days. The draft RMP/ draft EIS was made available for a 90day public comment period on June 25, 2010 (75 FR 36435). The BLM received 1,348 comments and 30,617 form letters pertaining to wild horses and burros in response to the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. Substantive comments were reviewed and incorporated as appropriate into the proposed plan. Notable issues raised in public comments include: Minerals, with an emphasis on areas available for minerals development; recreation management and designation of off-highway vehicle management areas; livestock grazing; fish and wildlife, including management of priority habitat; air quality; management of rights-of-way avoidance and exclusion areas; and management of wild horses and burros. Copies of the Proposed Winnemucca District RMP/Final EIS have been sent to affected tribal, Federal, State, and local government agencies and to other stakeholders. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP/Final EIS may be found in the ‘‘Dear Reader’’ letter of the Winnemucca District Proposed RMP/ Final EIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov. Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Sep 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 1610.5 Amy Lueders, State Director, Nevada. [FR Doc. 2013–21766 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORB00000.L1109AF13X. L17110000.PH0000.LXSS020H0000; HAG13– 0270] Notice of Public Meeting for the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below: DATES: The Southeast Oregon RAC will hold a public meeting Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2013. The exact meeting time, agenda, and location will be announced online at www.blm.gov/ or/rac/seorrac-minutes.php prior to September 24, 2013. A public comment period will be available each day of the session. Unless otherwise approved by the Southeast Oregon RAC Chair, the public comment period will last no longer than 30 minutes, and each speaker may address the Southeast Oregon RAC for a maximum of 5 minutes. Meeting times and the duration scheduled for public comment periods may be extended or altered when the authorized representative considers it necessary to accommodate necessary business and all who seek to be heard regarding matters before the Southeast Oregon RAC. ADDRESSES: The exact meeting time, agenda, and location will be announced online at www.blm.gov/or/rac/seorracminutes.php prior to September 24, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Martinak, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, Oregon 97738–9424, (541) 573–4519, or email tmartina@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1(800) 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Southeast Oregon RAC consists of 15 members chartered and appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Their diverse perspectives are represented in commodity, conservation, and general interests. They provide advice to BLM and Forest Service resource managers regarding management plans and proposed resource actions on public land in southeast Oregon. Tentative agenda items for the October 3–4, 2013, meeting include: Lands with Wilderness Characteristics; the Wild Horse and Burro Program; travel management planning; forage management and grassbanks; and planning future meeting agendas, dates, and locations. Any other matters that may reasonably come before the Southeast Oregon RAC may also be addressed. This meeting is open to the public in its entirety. Information to be distributed to the Southeast Oregon RAC is requested prior to the start of each meeting. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, please 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. Brendan Cain, Burns District Manager. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVW00000.L16100000.DQ0000. LXSS015F0000 241A; 13-08807; MO 
4500049371; TAS: 14X5017]


Notice of Availability of the Proposed Winnemucca District 
Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 
prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Final Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) for the Winnemucca District and by this notice 
is announcing its availability.

DATES: BLM planning regulations provide that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's 
Proposed RMP/Final EIS (43 CFR 1610.5-2). A person who meets the 
conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of 
the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice 
of availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available for 
public inspection at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E 
Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada. Interested persons may also 
review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/rmp.html. All protests 
must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:
    Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. 
Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383.
    Overnight Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 20 
M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Johnson, RMP Team Lead, 
telephone: 775-861-6420; address: 5100 E Winnemucca Boulevard, 
Winnemucca, NV 89445; email wdrmp@blm.gov. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above 
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Winnemucca District Proposed RMP would 
replace the existing 1982 Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio Management 
Framework Plans and the 1999 Paradise-Denio and Sonoma-Gerlach 
Management Framework Plan-Lands Amendment. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS 
has been developed using a collaborative planning process. 
Collaboration included working with nine cooperating agencies, 
development of alternatives using a sub-group of the Sierra Front-
Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council, input through 
coordination and consultation with Native American/tribal interests, 
and input based on public scoping and public comments received on the 
Draft Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement. 
The Winnemucca District Proposed RMP decision area encompasses 
approximately 7.4 million acres of public land administered by the BLM 
in Humboldt, Pershing, and parts of Lander, Lyon, Churchill, and Washoe 
counties, Nevada. The Proposed RMP does not include decisions on 
private lands, State lands, Indian reservations, Federal lands 
administered by other agencies or lands within the District's Black 
Rock Desert-Highrock Canyon, Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area 
(NCA), except for administratively combining portions of two wild horse 
herd management areas into one herd management area. The NCA is managed 
in accordance with the 2004 Record of Decision and Resource Management 
Plan for the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails 
National Conservation Area and Associated Wilderness, and other 
Contiguous Lands in Nevada.
    The Winnemucca District Proposed RMP/Final EIS includes goals, 
objectives and management actions for protecting and preserving natural 
resources including wildlife habitat, sensitive and threatened or 
endangered species habitat, watersheds, and wild horses and burros. The 
Proposed RMP/Final EIS also addresses protection and preserving 
cultural resources, scenic values, lands with wilderness 
characteristics, National Historic Trails, and management of 
recreation. Multiple uses are addressed including: Management and 
forage allocations for livestock grazing; delineation of lands open, 
closed, or subject to special stipulations or mitigation measures 
relating to minerals; and management of lands and realty actions, 
including delineation of avoidance and exclusion areas applicable to 
rights-of-ways and land tenure adjustments. Recreation management 
includes designation of off-highway vehicle management areas. Three new 
areas of critical environmental concern (ACECs) are proposed. The ACECs 
are proposed to protect natural and cultural resource values and 
traditional Native American use areas. The proposed Pine Forest ACEC 
contains important wildlife habitat values including habitat for 
sensitive species. The proposed Raised Bog ACEC contains a unique 
floating bog that is useful for scientific research. The proposed 
Stillwater ACEC contains important cultural resources and many 
traditional Native American use areas including traditional cultural 
properties. Management direction to protect sensitive plant species is 
proposed for the existing Osgood Mountain Milkvetch ACEC.
    The Proposed RMP/Final EIS analyzes four management alternatives. 
Alternative A is the No Action Alternative, which is the continuation 
of current management; Alternative B emphasizes resource use; 
Alternative C emphasizes preservation and protection of ecosystems and 
contains two options: Option 1 allows livestock grazing and option 2 
does not allow livestock grazing; and Alternative D, which is the 
Proposed RMP and provides a balance between resource protection and 
resource use.
    Alternative D has been modified from the proposed alternative D in 
the Draft RMP/EIS based on public comments and input from the 
Cooperating Agencies. The proposed RMP balances resource uses and 
environmental protection, best fulfills the BLM's statutory mission and 
responsibilities as required under FLPMA, and complies with the BLM 
planning regulations.
    The Winnemucca District worked with nine cooperating agencies in 
the development of the Proposed RMP. The Cooperating Agencies are: U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Nevada 
Department of Wildlife, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Humboldt 
County, Pershing County, Washoe County, City of Winnemucca, and the N-2 
Grazing Board.
    The BLM issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Resource Management 
Plan

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and Associated Environmental Impact Statement and initiated the public 
scoping process on March 25, 2005 (70 FR 15348). The BLM accepted 
scoping comments for 60 days. The draft RMP/draft EIS was made 
available for a 90-day public comment period on June 25, 2010 (75 FR 
36435).
    The BLM received 1,348 comments and 30,617 form letters pertaining 
to wild horses and burros in response to the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. 
Substantive comments were reviewed and incorporated as appropriate into 
the proposed plan.
    Notable issues raised in public comments include: Minerals, with an 
emphasis on areas available for minerals development; recreation 
management and designation of off-highway vehicle management areas; 
livestock grazing; fish and wildlife, including management of priority 
habitat; air quality; management of rights-of-way avoidance and 
exclusion areas; and management of wild horses and burros.
    Copies of the Proposed Winnemucca District RMP/Final EIS have been 
sent to affected tribal, Federal, State, and local government agencies 
and to other stakeholders.
    Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM 
regarding the Proposed RMP/Final EIS may be found in the ``Dear 
Reader'' letter of the Winnemucca District Proposed RMP/Final EIS and 
at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the 
appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. 
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the 
protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or 
overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under 
these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an 
advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to 
provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to 
Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.
    Before including your phone number, email address, or other 
personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware 
that your entire protest--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 
1610.5

Amy Lueders,
State Director, Nevada.
[FR Doc. 2013-21766 Filed 9-5-13; 8:45 am]
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