Notice of Availability of the Lewistown Field Office Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendments and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Montana, 67186-67187 [2013-26867]

Download as PDF 67186 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 217 / Friday, November 8, 2013 / Notices TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ESA, the information we collect is important for monitoring the success of reintroduction efforts and recovery efforts in general. This is a nonform collection. Information collection requirements for experimental populations of endangered and threatened species are in 50 CFR 17.84. We collect three categories of information: (1) General take or removal. Relates to human-related mortality including unintentional taking incidental to otherwise lawful activities (e.g., highway mortalities); animal husbandry actions authorized to manage the population (e.g., translocation or providing aid to sick, injured, or orphaned individuals); take in defense of human life; take related to defense of property (if authorized); or take in the form of authorized harassment. (2) Depredation-related take. 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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: November 5, 2013. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–26803 Filed 11–7–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0095. Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, Experimental Populations, 50 CFR 17.84. Service Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:08 Nov 07, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMTL06000 L11100000.DS0000 LXSISGST0000] Notice of Availability of the Lewistown Field Office Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendments and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Montana 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, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Lewistown Field Office (LFO) Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the LFO and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes notice of the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the LFO GRSG Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS by any of the following methods: • Web site: https://www.blm.gov/eplfront-office/eplanning/lup/lup_ register.do • Email: blm_mt_lfo_sage_grouse@ blm.gov • Fax: 406–538–1904 • Mail: BLM—Greater Sage-Grouse EIS, 920 Northeast Main St., Lewistown, MT 59457 Copies of the LFO GRSG Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS are available at the LFO at the above address or on the Web site at: http://blm.gov/f9kd. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Adam Carr, Project Lead, telephone 406–538–1913; see address above; email acarr@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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 217 / Friday, November 8, 2013 / Notices 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 BLM prepared the LFO GRSG Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS to address a range of alternatives focused on specific conservation measures across the LFO range of the GRSG. This Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS is one of 15 separate planning efforts undertaken as part of the BLM’s and United States Forest Service’s (USFS) National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS proposes to amend the RMPs for the LFO. The current management decisions for resources are described in the following RMPs: • Judith RMP (1994) • Headwaters RMP (1984) The planning area includes approximately 7.3 million acres of BLM, USFS, State, local, and private lands located in central Montana, in five counties (Petroleum, Fergus, Judith Basin, Chouteau and Meagher). Within the planning area, the BLM administers approximately 593,995 surface acres and 1,113,841 acres of Federal mineral (subsurface) estate. Management decisions made as a result of this Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS will apply only to the BLM-administered lands and Federal mineral estate within two categories of habitat identified in cooperation with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks: • Preliminary Priority Habitat (PPH)—Areas identified as having the highest conservation value to maintaining sustainable GRSG populations; include breeding, late brood-rearing and winter concentration areas (233,219 surface acres; 281,748 acres of Federal mineral estate). • Preliminary General Habitat (PGH)—Areas of seasonal or year-round habitat outside of priority habitat (112,341 surface acres; 175,848 acres of Federal mineral estate). 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). Another notice was published in the Federal Register to extend the scoping period until March 19, 2012. The BLM held a scoping open house on January 10, 2012. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:08 Nov 07, 2013 Jkt 232001 planning criteria, which set limits on the scope of the Draft RMP Amendment/ Draft EIS. Issues considered in the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS include GRSG habitat, energy and mineral development, recreation, travel management, rights-of-way including transmission, livestock grazing, wildland fire management, vegetation management, drought and climate change, special designations, fish and wildlife, socioeconomics and environmental justice, and agricultural conversion. 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 information received during the public comment period, from new information, or from changes in BLM policies or priorities. The Proposed RMP Amendment 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 RMPs for the LFO. Alternative B includes conservation measures from the Sage-Grouse 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 96,000 acres) would include the following resource use limitations if it were formally designated: Designate as a Right-of-Way exclusion area; close to livestock grazing; 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 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67187 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. Katherine P. Kitchell, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–26867 Filed 11–7–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–MWR–OZAR–13117; PX.P0097321D.00.1] Notice of Availability of the Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri National Park Service, Interior. Notice of Availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft General Management Plan/ Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/WS/EIS) for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Riverways) in Missouri. DATES: The Draft GMP/WS/EIS will remain available for public review and comment for 60 days following the publishing of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Draft GMP/ WS/EIS will be available to the public by request by writing to the Superintendent, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 404 Watercress Drive, PO Box 490, Van Buren, MO 63965. The document is available on the Internet at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (PEPC) at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Bill Black, at the address above, or by telephone at 573– 323–4236. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the NPS, announce the availability of the Draft GMP/WS/EIS for the Riverways. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Lewistown Field Office Greater 
Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendments and Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement, Montana

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, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a 
Lewistown Field Office (LFO) Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) Draft Resource 
Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the LFO and by this notice is announcing the 
opening of the comment period.

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive 
written comments on the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS within 90 days 
following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes notice 
of the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM 
will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public 
participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public 
notices, media releases, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the LFO GRSG Draft RMP 
Amendment/Draft EIS by any of the following methods:
     Web site: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/lup/lup_register.do
     Email: blm_mt_lfo_sage_grouse@blm.gov
     Fax: 406-538-1904
     Mail: BLM--Greater Sage-Grouse EIS, 920 Northeast Main 
St., Lewistown, MT 59457
    Copies of the LFO GRSG Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS are available 
at the LFO at the above address or on the Web site at: http://blm.gov/f9kd.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Adam Carr, Project Lead, telephone 
406-538-1913; see address above; email acarr@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

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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 BLM prepared the LFO GRSG Draft RMP 
Amendment/Draft EIS to address a range of alternatives focused on 
specific conservation measures across the LFO range of the GRSG. This 
Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS is one of 15 separate planning efforts 
undertaken as part of the BLM's and United States Forest Service's 
(USFS) National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The Draft RMP 
Amendment/Draft EIS proposes to amend the RMPs for the LFO. The current 
management decisions for resources are described in the following RMPs:

 Judith RMP (1994)
 Headwaters RMP (1984)

    The planning area includes approximately 7.3 million acres of BLM, 
USFS, State, local, and private lands located in central Montana, in 
five counties (Petroleum, Fergus, Judith Basin, Chouteau and Meagher). 
Within the planning area, the BLM administers approximately 593,995 
surface acres and 1,113,841 acres of Federal mineral (subsurface) 
estate. Management decisions made as a result of this Draft RMP 
Amendment/Draft EIS will apply only to the BLM-administered lands and 
Federal mineral estate within two categories of habitat identified in 
cooperation with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:
     Preliminary Priority Habitat (PPH)--Areas identified as 
having the highest conservation value to maintaining sustainable GRSG 
populations; include breeding, late brood-rearing and winter 
concentration areas (233,219 surface acres; 281,748 acres of Federal 
mineral estate).
     Preliminary General Habitat (PGH)--Areas of seasonal or 
year-round habitat outside of priority habitat (112,341 surface acres; 
175,848 acres of Federal mineral estate).
    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). Another notice was published in the 
Federal Register to extend the scoping period until March 19, 2012. The 
BLM held a scoping open house on January 10, 2012. 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.
    Issues considered in the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS include GRSG 
habitat, energy and mineral development, recreation, travel management, 
rights-of-way including transmission, livestock grazing, wildland fire 
management, vegetation management, drought and climate change, special 
designations, fish and wildlife, socioeconomics and environmental 
justice, and agricultural conversion.
    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 
information received during the public comment period, from new 
information, or from changes in BLM policies or priorities. The 
Proposed RMP Amendment 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 RMPs for the LFO. 
Alternative B includes conservation measures from the Sage-Grouse 
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 96,000 acres) would include the following 
resource use limitations if it were formally designated:
    Designate as a Right-of-Way exclusion area; close to livestock 
grazing; 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 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 
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.

Katherine P. Kitchell,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-26867 Filed 11-7-13; 8:45 am]
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