Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative-Science Technical Advisory Panel, 59714-59715 [2013-23586]

Download as PDF pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 59714 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2013 / Notices Draft EIS proposes to amend the North Dakota RMP. The current management decisions for resources are described in the North Dakota RMP (1988). The planning area includes approximately 963,017 acres of BLM, USFS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State, and private lands located in southwestern North Dakota, in three counties (Bowman, Slope, and Golden Valley). Within the decision area, the BLM administers approximately 33,030 surface acres and 396,053 acres of Federal mineral (subsurface) estate. Surface management decisions made as a result of this Draft RMP Amendment/ Draft EIS will apply only to the BLMadministered lands in the decision area. The decision area is defined as those BLM-administered lands and Federal mineral estate within the Planning Area, which includes two categories of habitat identified by the BLM and North Dakota Game and Fish (NDG&F): • Preliminary Priority Habitat (PPH)—Areas identified as having the highest conservation value to maintaining sustainable GRSG populations; includes all leks in North Dakota. • Preliminary General Habitat (PGH)—Areas of historic sage-grouse habitat, which still has some use by sage-grouse. The formal public scoping process for the RMP Amendment/EIS began on December 9, 2011, with the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (76 FR 77008), and ended on March 23, 2012. The BLM held one scoping open house in North Dakota in January 2011. The BLM used public scoping comments to help identify planning issues that directed the formulation of alternatives and framed the scope of analysis in the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS. The scoping process was also used to introduce the public to preliminary planning criteria, which set limits on the scope of the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS. Major issues considered in the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS include special status species management (GRSG specifically), energy development, lands and realty (including transmission), and livestock grazing. The Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS evaluates four alternatives in detail, including the No Action Alternative (Alternative A) and three action alternatives (Alternatives B, C and D). The BLM identified Alternative D as the preferred alternative. Identification of this alternative, however, does not represent final agency direction, and the Proposed RMP Amendment may reflect changes or adjustments based on VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:21 Sep 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 information received during public comment, from new information, or from changes in BLM policies or priorities. The Proposed RMP may include objectives and actions described in the other analyzed alternatives or otherwise within the spectrum of alternatives analyzed. Alternative A would retain the current management goals, objectives, and direction specified in the current RMP. Alternative B includes conservation measures from the SageGrouse National Technical Team Report. Alternative C includes conservation measures various conservation groups submitted to the BLM. Alternative D includes conservation measures the BLM developed with the cooperating agencies. Pursuant to 43 CFR 1610.7–2(b), this notice announces a concurrent public comment period on proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). One ACEC is proposed in Alternative C. The Sage-Grouse Habitat ACEC (approximately 32,900 acres) would include the following resource use limitations if it were formally designated: • Close to fluid mineral leasing; • Designate as a Right-of-Way exclusion area; • Reduce livestock grazing; • No roads constructed within 4 miles of a lek; • Allow vegetation treatments only for the benefit of GRSG; and • Recommend for withdrawal from mineral entry. Please note that public comments and information submitted including names, street addresses and email addresses of persons who submit comments will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2. Theresa M. Hanley, Acting BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–23485 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAK910000 L13100000.DB0000 LXSINSSI0000] Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative—Science Technical Advisory Panel Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)—Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held October 28–31, 2013 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Akasofu Building, International Arctic Research Center (IARC), Room 401, North Koyukuk Drive, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Public comment will be received between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative, AK–910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271–3431 or email jpayne@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, seven 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 NSSI STAP provides advice and recommendations to the NSSI Oversight Group regarding priority information needs for management decisions across the North Slope of Alaska. These priority information needs may include recommendations on inventory, monitoring, and research activities that contribute to informed resource management decisions. This meeting will include continued dialog for developing scenario models for the North Slope and adjacent marine environments. Additionally, the STAP will review the progress on a long-term monitoring strategy for the North Slope. An interactive session on remote SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2013 / Notices sensing-derived monitoring products for the Arctic will provide participants an opportunity to generate a requirements document that defines remote sensing needs for the Arctic. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Science Technical Advisory Panel through the Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative. Each formal meeting will also have time allotted for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, transportation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative. 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. Dated: September 20, 2013. Bud C. Cribley, State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–23586 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCON06000–L16100000–DQ0000] Notice of Resource Advisory Council Meetings for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meetings AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA) Advisory Council (Council) is scheduled to meet as indicated below. DATES: The meetings will be held on October 22, 2013, and October 24, 2013. The meetings begin at 3 p.m. and will pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:21 Sep 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 normally adjourn at 6 p.m. Any adjustments to the meetings will be advertised on the Dominguez-Escalante NCA Resource Management Plan (RMP) Web site, http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/ nca/denca/denca_rmp.html. ADDRESSES: The meeting on October 22 will be held at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive, Delta, CO 81416. The meeting on October 24 will be held at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. 4th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Collin Ewing, Advisory Council Designated Federal Official, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Phone: (970) 244–3049. Email: cewing@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, seven 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 10member Council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with the RMP process for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Topics of discussion during the meetings may include informational presentations from various resource specialists working on the RMP, as well as Council reports on the following topics: recreation, fire management, land-use planning process, invasive species management, travel management, wilderness, land exchange criteria, cultural resource management and other resource management topics of interest to the Council raised during the planning process. These meetings are anticipated to occur monthly, and may occur as frequently as every two weeks during intensive phases of the planning process. Dates, times and agendas for additional meetings may be determined at future Council meetings, and will be published in the Federal Register, announced through local media and on the BLM’s Web site for the DominguezEscalante planning effort, www.blm.gov/ co/st/en/nca/denca/denca_rmp.html. These meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Council. Each formal Council meeting will have time allocated at the middle and end of each meeting to hear public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59715 the time for individual, oral comments may be limited at the discretion of the chair. Helen M. Hankins, BLM Colorado State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–23445 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [MMAA104000; Lease Sale 237] Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska OCS Region, Chukchi Sea Planning Area, Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale 237 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Call for Information and Nominations. AGENCY: This Call for Information and Nominations (‘‘Call’’) is the initial step in the prelease process for Lease Sale 237 in the Chukchi Sea Planning Area, scheduled to be held in 2016, as included in the Proposed Final OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2012–2017 (‘‘Five Year Program’’). The purpose of this Call is to obtain nominations and information on oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development that might result from an OCS oil and gas lease sale for the Chukchi Sea Planning Area. The lease sale area addressed in this Call (‘‘Program Area’’) is located offshore Alaska in the Chukchi Sea Planning Area. As identified in the Five Year Program, the Program Area is a sub-area of the larger Chukchi Sea Planning Area. DATES: All responses to the Call must be received no later than November 12, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael S. Rolland, Chief, Leasing Section, BOEM, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503–5823, or at (907) 334–5271. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Five Year Program states: While BOEM has determined that it is appropriate to continue areawide leasing in the GOM. . . . BOEM will not be conducting areawide leasing in the Arctic, consistent with rigorous internal analysis as well as a number of outside recommendations to develop alternative leasing approaches for Arctic areas. Rather, potential sales are deliberately set late in the five year program schedule to allow for further analysis and information-gathering. These would be geographically targeted in scope, in SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative--Science 
Technical Advisory Panel

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope 
Science Initiative, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
(FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. 
Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)--
Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below.

DATES: The meeting will be held October 28-31, 2013 in Fairbanks, 
Alaska. The meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Akasofu Building, 
International Arctic Research Center (IARC), Room 401, North Koyukuk 
Drive, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Public comment will be received 
between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, 
North Slope Science Initiative, AK-910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 
222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271-3431 
or email jpayne@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, seven 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 NSSI STAP provides advice and 
recommendations to the NSSI Oversight Group regarding priority 
information needs for management decisions across the North Slope of 
Alaska. These priority information needs may include recommendations on 
inventory, monitoring, and research activities that contribute to 
informed resource management decisions. This meeting will include 
continued dialog for developing scenario models for the North Slope and 
adjacent marine environments. Additionally, the STAP will review the 
progress on a long-term monitoring strategy for the North Slope. An 
interactive session on remote

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sensing-derived monitoring products for the Arctic will provide 
participants an opportunity to generate a requirements document that 
defines remote sensing needs for the Arctic.
    All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written 
comments to the Science Technical Advisory Panel through the Executive 
Director, North Slope Science Initiative. Each formal meeting will also 
have time allotted for hearing public comments. Depending on the number 
of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for 
individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend 
and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, 
transportation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the 
Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative. 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.

    Dated: September 20, 2013.
Bud C. Cribley,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-23586 Filed 9-26-13; 8:45 am]
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