Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, San Luis Obispo County, CA: Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, 73557-73559 [2013-29126]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 235 / Friday, December 6, 2013 / Notices public review of a draft, a Phase I Early Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Phase I ERP/EA) in April 2012. Subsequently, the Trustees released, after public review of a draft, a Phase II Early Restoration Plan/ Environmental Review (Phase II ERP/ ER) in December 2012. In addition to the 10 projects contained in the Phase I and Phase II Early Restoration Plans, the Trustees are proposing 44 additional early restoration projects in Phase III to address injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees are proposing these projects at this time while continuing to work with BP to develop additional restoration projects in accordance with the Framework Agreement. The Draft Phase III ERP/ PEIS is not intended to, and does not fully address all injuries caused by the spill or provide the extent of restoration needed to make the public and the environment whole. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Overview of the Draft Phase III ERP/ PEIS The Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS is being released in accordance with the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR 990, the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Framework for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. On June 4, 2013, the Trustees announced their intent to prepare an Early Restoration Plan, as well as a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) under OPA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the environmental consequences of early restoration project types, as well as the early restoration projects the Trustees have proposed in the Draft Phase III ERP/ PEIS. In accordance with NEPA, the Trustees conducted scoping to identify the concerns of the affected public and Federal agencies, States, and Indian tribes; involve the public in the decision making process; facilitate efficient early restoration planning and environmental review; define the issues and alternatives that will be examined in detail; and save time by ensuring that draft documents adequately address relevant issues. A scoping process reduces paperwork and delay by ensuring that important issues are considered early in the decision making process. To gather public input, the Trustees hosted six public meetings. The Trustees also accepted written VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Dec 05, 2013 Jkt 232001 comment electronically and via U.S. mail during the scoping period. The Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS proposes early restoration programmatic alternatives and evaluates the potential environmental effects and cumulative effects of those alternatives. The Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS groups 12 project types into two categories: (1) Contribute to Restoring Habitats and Living Coastal and Marine Resources, and (2) Contribute to Providing and Enhancing Recreational Opportunities. These categories provide the basis for defining the list of four proposed alternatives included in the document: • Alternative 1: No Action (No Additional Early Restoration); • Alternative 2: Contribute to Restoring Habitats and Living Coastal and Marine Resources; • Alternative 3: Contribute to Providing and Enhancing Recreational Opportunities; and • Alternative 4 (Preferred Alternative): Contribute to Restoring Habitats, Living Coastal and Marine Resources, and Recreational Opportunities The Trustees are considering 44 projects in the Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS. The total estimated cost for proposed Phase III projects is approximately $625 million. Details regarding expenditures on projects are provided in the Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS. The proposed restoration projects are intended to continue the process of using early restoration funding to restore natural resources, ecological services, and recreational use services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees considered hundreds of projects leading to the identification of a potential 28 future early restoration projects announced in the May 6, 2013 Federal Register notice (78 FR 26319), and the document now proposes these 28 projects plus additional early restoration projects agreed upon by the Trustees and BP subsequent to the announcement. They considered both ecological and recreational use restoration projects to restore injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, addressing both the physical and biological environment, as well as the relationship people have with the environment. Early restoration actions are not intended to provide the full extent of restoration needed to make the public and the environment whole. The Trustees anticipate that additional early restoration projects will be proposed in the future as the early restoration process continues. PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73557 Next Steps As described above, public meetings are scheduled to facilitate the public review and comment process. After the public comment period ends, the Trustees will consider and address the comments received before issuing a Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Final Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS). After issuing a Final Phase III ERP/PEIS, the Trustees will file negotiated stipulations for approved projects with the court. Approved projects will then proceed to implementation, pending compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws. Invitation to Comment The Trustees seek public review and comment on the Draft Phase III ERP/ PEIS. 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 publicly available at any time. Administrative Record The documents comprising the Administrative Record can be viewed electronically at the following location: http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. Authority The authority of this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) and the implementing Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations found at 15 CFR 990. Cynthia K. Dohner, DOI Authorized Official. [FR Doc. 2013–28792 Filed 12–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–R–2013–N160; FXRS1265080000– 145–FF08R00000] Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, San Luis Obispo County, CA: Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 73558 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 235 / Friday, December 6, 2013 / Notices prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the GuadalupeNipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge located in San Luis Obispo County of California. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by February 4, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by any of the following methods. Email: hoppermountain@fws.gov. Include ‘‘GND CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: Attn: GND CCP, 805–644–1732. U.S. Mail: Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2493 Portola Road, Suite A, Ventura, CA 93003. In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments during regular business hours; please call 805–644–5185 for directions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Winnie Chan, Refuge Planner at 510– 792–0222 or hoppermountain@fws.gov, or Glenn Greenwald, Wildlife Refuge Manager, at 805–343–9151. Further information may also be found at http://www.fws.gov/hoppermountain/ GuadalupeNDNWR/ GuadalupeNipomoDunesNWR.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP for Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in San Luis Obispo County, California. This notice complies with our CCP policy to (1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct detailed planning on this refuge and (2) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the environmental document and during development of the CCP. Background emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:28 Dec 05, 2013 Jkt 232001 plan for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals, objectives, and strategies that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Our CCP process provides opportunities for participation by Tribal, State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. We will be contacting identified stakeholders and individuals at this time for initial input. If you would like to meet with planning staff or would like to receive periodic updates, please contact us (see ADDRESSES section). We anticipate holding public meetings for initial comments and potentially when alternative management scenarios have been identified. At this time we encourage comments in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the management of the Refuge. We will conduct the environmental review of this project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508 and 43 CFR part 46); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2000 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1537) to preserve and conserve Central California coastal dune and associated wetlands habitats and assist in the recovery of native plants and animals that are federally listed as threatened or endangered. Interim Refuge management goals include protecting federally listed species and critical habitat, protecting and restoring biodiversity, creating and leading conservation partnerships, and providing safe and high-quality opportunities for compatible wildlifedependent educational and recreational activities. The 2,553-acre Refuge currently is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, lands owned by private agricultural interests to the east, Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area (a management unit of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area) to the north, and Chevron Guadalupe Restoration Project (former Guadalupe Oil Fields) to the south. Scoping: Preliminary Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities We have identified preliminary issues, concerns, and opportunities that we may address in the CCP. These include: wildlife management, habitat management, wildlife-dependent recreation, environmental education, and cultural resources. During public scoping, we may identify additional issues. Public Meetings We will give the public an opportunity to provide input at a public meeting (or meetings). You may contact the Refuge Planner or Wildlife Refuge Manager to be added to our contact list for meeting announcements (see FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also submit comments during the planning process by mail, email, or fax (see ADDRESSES). There will be additional opportunities to provide public input once we have prepared a draft CCP. Public Availability of Comments 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 E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 235 / Friday, December 6, 2013 / Notices cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Alexandra Pitts, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2013–29126 Filed 12–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [DR.5B814.IA001213] Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Reporting Systems for Demonstration Project Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of submission to OMB. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs is seeking comments on the renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the collection of information for the Reporting System for the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 (as amended) Demonstration Project authorized by OMB Control Number 1076–0135. This information collection expires December 31, 2013. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 6, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at the Office of Management and Budget, by facsimile to (202) 395–5806 or you may send an email to: OIRA_ Submission@omb.eop.gov. Please send a copy of your comments to Jack Stevens, Division Chief, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., MS–20 SIB, Washington, DC 20240; facsimile: (202) 208–4564; email: Jack.Stevens@bia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jack Stevens, (202) 208–6764. You may review the information collection request online at http:// www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs is seeking renewal of the approval for the information collection conducted under OMB Control Number 1076–0135, Reporting System for Indian VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:28 Dec 05, 2013 Jkt 232001 Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 (as amended) (Pub. L. 102–477) Demonstration Project. This information allows the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) to document satisfactory compliance with statutory, regulatory, and other requirements of the various integrated programs. Public Law 102–477 authorizes tribal governments to integrate Federally funded employment, training, and related services and programs into a single, coordinated, comprehensive service delivery plan. Funding agencies include the Department of the Interior, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is statutorily required to serve as the lead agency and provides a single report format for use by tribal governments to report on integrated activities and expenditures. The IEED shares the information collected from these reports with the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. No third party notification or public disclosure burden is associated with this collection. II. Request for Comments The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB Control Number. It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73559 cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. III. Data OMB Control Number: 1076–0135. Title: Reporting System for Public Law 102–477 Demonstration Project. Brief Description of Collection: Public Law 102–477 authorizes tribal governments to integrate Federallyfunded employment, training and related services programs into a single, coordinated, comprehensive delivery plan. BIA has made available a single format for Statistical Reports (IA 7702) for tribal governments to report on integrated activities undertaken within their projects, and a single format for Financial Reports (IA 7703) for tribal governments to report on all project expenditures. BIA will accept Standard Form 425 (OMB# 4040–0014) in lieu of IA 7703—Financial Status Report. Respondents that participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must provide information on an additional form (IA 7703A). A response is required to obtain or retain a benefit. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. Respondents: Indian tribes participating in Public Law 102–477. Number of Respondents: 62 on average. Number of Responses: 62 on average. Frequency of Response: Each respondent must supply the information for the Financial Status Report and Public Law 102–477 Demonstration Project Statistical Report once. Estimated Time per Response: Ranges from 2 to 40 hours. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 3,566 hours. Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Dollar Cost: $310. Dated: November 26, 2013. John Ashley, Acting Assistant Director for Information Resources. [FR Doc. 2013–29169 Filed 12–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–G1–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–IMR–GRTE–14044; PX.PD202594.A.00.1] Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming National Park Service, Interior. Notice of Intent. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

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Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, San Luis Obispo 
County, CA: Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and 
Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to

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prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental 
Assessment (EA) for the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge 
located in San Luis Obispo County of California. We provide this notice 
in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State 
agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain 
suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the 
planning process.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments 
by February 4, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by any 
of the following methods.
    Email: hoppermountain@fws.gov. Include ``GND CCP'' in the subject 
line of the message.
    Fax: Attn: GND CCP, 805-644-1732.
    U.S. Mail: Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2493 
Portola Road, Suite A, Ventura, CA 93003.
    In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments during regular 
business hours; please call 805-644-5185 for directions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Winnie Chan, Refuge Planner at 510-
792-0222 or hoppermountain@fws.gov, or Glenn Greenwald, Wildlife Refuge 
Manager, at 805-343-9151. Further information may also be found at  
http://www.fws.gov/hoppermountain/GuadalupeNDNWR/GuadalupeNipomoDunesNWR.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP for 
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in San Luis 
Obispo County, California. This notice complies with our CCP policy to 
(1) advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of 
our intention to conduct detailed planning on this refuge and (2) 
obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider 
in the environmental document and during development of the CCP.

Background

The CCP Process

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop 
a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for developing a 
CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving 
refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National 
Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and 
wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In 
addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife 
and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife-dependent recreational 
opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for 
hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and 
environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update 
the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration 
Act.
    Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established 
for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for 
developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for 
each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to 
determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a 
way for us and the public to evaluate management goals, objectives, and 
strategies that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, 
plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent 
recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge's 
establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge 
System.
    Our CCP process provides opportunities for participation by Tribal, 
State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. 
We will be contacting identified stakeholders and individuals at this 
time for initial input. If you would like to meet with planning staff 
or would like to receive periodic updates, please contact us (see 
ADDRESSES section). We anticipate holding public meetings for initial 
comments and potentially when alternative management scenarios have 
been identified. At this time we encourage comments in the form of 
issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the management of the 
Refuge.
    We will conduct the environmental review of this project in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA 
regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508 and 43 CFR part 46); other 
appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and 
procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations.

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

    Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge was established in 
2000 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1537) to 
preserve and conserve Central California coastal dune and associated 
wetlands habitats and assist in the recovery of native plants and 
animals that are federally listed as threatened or endangered. Interim 
Refuge management goals include protecting federally listed species and 
critical habitat, protecting and restoring biodiversity, creating and 
leading conservation partnerships, and providing safe and high-quality 
opportunities for compatible wildlife-dependent educational and 
recreational activities. The 2,553-acre Refuge currently is bordered to 
the west by the Pacific Ocean, lands owned by private agricultural 
interests to the east, Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area (a management unit 
of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area) to the north, and 
Chevron Guadalupe Restoration Project (former Guadalupe Oil Fields) to 
the south.

Scoping: Preliminary Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities

    We have identified preliminary issues, concerns, and opportunities 
that we may address in the CCP. These include: wildlife management, 
habitat management, wildlife-dependent recreation, environmental 
education, and cultural resources. During public scoping, we may 
identify additional issues.

Public Meetings

    We will give the public an opportunity to provide input at a public 
meeting (or meetings). You may contact the Refuge Planner or Wildlife 
Refuge Manager to be added to our contact list for meeting 
announcements (see FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also submit 
comments during the planning process by mail, email, or fax (see 
ADDRESSES). There will be additional opportunities to provide public 
input once we have prepared a draft CCP.

Public Availability of Comments

    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

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cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Alexandra Pitts,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, 
California.
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