Angeles National Forest; Los Angeles County, CA Williamson Rock/Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) Project EIS, 45759-45761 [2014-18553]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 151 / Wednesday, August 6, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_ exp.php?project=43405. Forest Service SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Angeles National Forest; Los Angeles County, CA Williamson Rock/Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) Project EIS Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Angeles National Forest proposes to provide limited, managed recreational activities in the vicinity of Williamson Rock. The proposed action would include allowing access to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) and limited access to Williamson Rock for rock climbing, while protecting the federally listed mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF) and other unique resources. The area has been closed to the public since 2006, either by Forest Order or court injunction, to protect the MYLF. The project was originally proposed as an environmental assessment, and an opportunity for public scoping comments was provided from December 18, 2013 through January 24, 2014. Preliminary issues identified during scoping indicated that there may be significant effects resulting from the proposed action. Responsible official, Forest Supervisor Thomas A. Contreras, has decided to prepare an EIS instead of an EA for this project. The proposed action in the EA has been modified for the EIS. DATES: Comments on the proposed action should be submitted within 30 days of the date of publication of this Notice of Intent in the Federal Register. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be available for public review in Spring 2015 and the Final EIS is expected in Fall 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Mailed to the Angeles National Forest; Attn: Jose Henriquez, Williamson Rock/PCT ID Team; 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006; • Delivered to the address shown above during business hours (M–F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); • Submitted electronically, in common formats (.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt), to: comments-pacificsouthwest-angeles@ fs.fed.us with Subject: Williamson Rock. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Henriquez, 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006; (626) 574–5277. A scoping package, maps and other information are online at: http://www.fs. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Aug 05, 2014 Jkt 232001 General Background: Williamson Rock is a well-known High Country recreation area used predominately for rock climbing, located within the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District, in upper Little Rock Canyon. It has been utilized by climbers since the 1960’s and is regarded as one of the unique rock climbing resources in southern California, due to its mild summer temperatures and close proximity to urban centers. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) traverses the project area, paralleling and periodically crossing Little Rock Creek and its tributaries for approximately 2 miles. The mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa—MYLF) occupies habitat in Little Rock Creek, within the Williamson Rock area. The area is also home to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), as well as a Forest Service Sensitive plant species, Johnston’s buckwheat (Eriogonum microthecum var. johnstonii). Purpose and Need for Action: The Forest Service continues to receive high demand for the resumption of recreation opportunities in the Williamson Rock area. Specifically, there is a need for the public use and enjoyment of the PCT where it passes through the project area, in accordance with the management objectives specified in the PCTA/Forest Service Memorandum of Understanding and PCT Comprehensive Management Plan. Consistent with the Angeles National Forest Land Management Plan recreation goals and objectives, there is also a need for a quality, sustainable rock climbing opportunity at Williamson Rock. In achieving these needs, this proposal and any alternatives must achieve the following purposes: • Provide protective measures for the federally listed MYLF, and the Primary Constituent Elements of the Designated Critical Habitat in the project area. • Protect other listed or otherwise unique resources in the Williamson Rock area (specifically: Peregrine falcon, Johnston’s buckwheat, and an eligible Wild and Scenic River). • Monitor recreation activity to manage compliance of natural resource protective measures. Proposed Action: In meeting the needs for action, the following measures are proposed: 1. Implement long-term closure of Little Rock Creek corridor and adjacent areas. • Implement a long-term closure of the stream corridor (10 meters beyond PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45759 high water mark) within MYLF Designated Critical Habitat (DCH) and adjacent areas between the stream corridor and CA–2 within Section 12, T. 3N, R. 10W and Section 7, T.3N, R. 11W as shown on maps #1 and #2 (see http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_ project_exp.php?project=43405). These are areas that have historically provided direct human access into the DCH, or contain climbing routes within the stream habitat. The closure would include all stream-based rock climbing routes (e.g. the ‘‘Stream Wall’’ and ‘‘London Wall’’), as well as the area of ‘‘user-created’’ braided trails and paths along scree slopes between CA–2 and Williamson Rock. Exceptions to this closure are as follows: Æ Exception: The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is within the proposed closure area, and would remain open year around (see further discussion of the PCT below). Æ Exception: The Long Trail, a new system trail which would access the Williamson Rock Visitor Use Permit Area, would be within the proposed closure boundaries, and would remain open from August 1 to November 15 to people having a valid Visitor Use Permit (see further discussion of the Long Trail below). 2. Implement a visitor use permit system and seasonal closures for the Williamson Rock Visitor Use Permit Area. • Designate a day-use Visitor Use Permit Area that encompasses the Williamson Rock Trailhead and parking, the Long Trail, and the Williamson Rock climbing areas as shown on maps #1 and #2 (see http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/ nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405). Visitors to this area would be required to obtain a Visitor Use Permit through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). • A seasonal closure of the Visitor Use Permit Area would be implemented from November 16 to July 31, to minimize impacts to MYLF and/or peregrine falcons. • During the open season (August 1 to November 15), Visitor Use Permits would be reserved in advance through NRRS online or by calling the NRRS toll-free number. Permits would not be issued by local Forest Service offices. • At least one Forest Service site manager with citation authorization would be onsite each day that the Visitor Use Permit Area is open. Funding for this site management would be provided by a combination of grants, partner contributions, user fees, and federal budget allocations. • The Forest Service would use the NRRS system to provide permit users E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 45760 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 151 / Wednesday, August 6, 2014 / Notices with educational information about the area, including regulations, human waste disposal requirements, and resource protection concerns and requirements. • A limited number of permits would be issued each day, based on site capacity (including parking capacity at the Kratka Ridge parking lot on CA–2). The permit system would be governed by an ‘‘either/or’’ quota mechanism that would initially issue permits each day for no more than 90 persons to access the rock and no more than 30 vehicles (based on available number of parking stalls) to park at the designated trail head. • The number of visitor use permits issued would be adjusted up or down as determined by an adaptive management process that would consider the following three metrics/indicators: Æ MYLF population reports Æ Permit compliance Æ Available funding for onsite Forest Service management • Dogs and other domestic animals would be prohibited (PCT exempt), unless they are service animals covered under DOJ 28 CFR Part 35.136—also applies to federal agencies under Section 504. 3. Provide developed recreation facilities to access Williamson Rock. • Establish a system trail (approximately 1.2 miles in length) to the east side of Williamson Rock from the Kratka Ridge parking lot, partially using abandoned logging road segments and the user-created trail alignment currently referred to as the Long Trail (see map #2 at http://www.fs.fed.us/ nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project =43405). • The Long Trail would cross Little Rock Creek in two places (referred to in this analysis as the 1st and 2nd crossings). At the 2nd crossing, install a removable 3′–4′ wide by approximately 14′ long stream crossing platform. The platform would be built so that it could be easily removed and re-installed based on the seasonal closure periods. See sample images of platform crossings in the fact sheet posted at http:// www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_ exp.php?project=43405. • At the 1st stream crossing, materials deposited over several years create an artificial bridge that would continue to be used as a stream crossing. The material keeps people out of the stream, and it has also been determined that removing the material could create more resource damage than if left in place. • Place interpretive signage and barriers to discourage entry into closure areas and encourage resource protection. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Aug 05, 2014 Jkt 232001 • At the terminus of the Long Trail at Williamson Rock, install an information kiosk displaying a map of the existing climbing routes available for use, site use etiquette and rules, and clearly identified closed areas. 4. Construct Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail bridge. • Construct a bridge for PCT users at the point where the trail crosses Little Rock Creek within the closure area (SW 1⁄4, Section 12, T. 3N, R. 10W). See map and image of proposed bridge location in the fact sheet posted at http:// www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_ exp.php?project=43405. 5. Manage human waste. • Removal of human waste would be required in the Williamson Rock Visitor Use Permit Area and along the Long Trail corridor. Permit holders must bag and remove all human waste (feces) and toilet paper, and deposit in a disposal container to be installed at the Kratka Ridge trailhead/parking area. The presence of human waste in these areas would be monitored to determine compliance. • Install a vault toilet at the Kratka Ridge trailhead/parking area. • Provide interpretive signing within the Visitor Use Permit Area, trailhead/ parking area, and along the Long Trail regarding human waste disposal requirements. • Hikers on the PCT would be required to deposit human body waste in cat-holes dug at least 100 feet from any surface freshwater source, and to remove toilet paper as trash. 6. Implement botanical resource requirements (Include in all action alternatives). • Sensitive plant species found within the project area shall be flagged and avoided prior to, and during construction activities. • (1) All heavy equipment and vegetation maintenance tools (e.g., chain saws, hand clippers, pruners) shall be cleaned prior to entering National Forest System lands. (2) Any transport vehicles that have operated in an off-road area since that vehicle’s last washing shall be cleaned prior to entering National Forest System lands. • Cutting or removal of trees shall be done by or under the direction of a silviculturist. • Install and maintain appropriate weed free erosion/sediment control measures, as needed per the erosion control plan, throughout the duration of work activities. Wattles or hay bales shall be made of rice straw and netted in biodegradable material. • If necessary, barriers will be installed or replaced to limit unauthorized off-highway vehicle PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 activity after trail construction activities. • During the growing season following trail construction, a survey for weed species would be conducted along the trail and associated disturbance areas to ensure that new/expanding weed species are removed/controlled. 7. Prevent access to user-created trails. • Install natural barriers at access points to user-created trails within the project area, to prevent use and encourage natural regeneration. • Monitor trespass activity to determine if additional measures would be needed. 8. Develop a monitoring and adaptive management plan. • A monitoring and adaptive management plan for the closure area and Williamson Rock Visitor User Permit Area would be developed and adopted as a part of implementation, to determine appropriate use levels and seasons over time. Possible Alternatives: In addition to the proposed action, the EIS will evaluate the required No Action alternative and will likely consider other alternatives identified through the interdisciplinary process and public participation. Responsible Official: Thomas A. Contreras, Forest Supervisor, Angeles National Forest, Supervisor’s Office, 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006. Nature of Decision to be Made: The responsible official will decide whether to adopt and implement the proposed action, or an alternative to the proposed action, or take no action with respect to the Williamson Rock/PCT project. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service is soliciting comments from federal, state and local agencies and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by implementation of the proposed project. Public questions and comments regarding this proposal are an integral part of this environmental analysis process. Input provided by interested and/or affected individuals, organizations and governmental agencies will be used to identify resource issues that will be analyzed in the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service will identify significant issues raised during the scoping process, and use them to formulate alternatives, prescribe mitigation measures and project design E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 151 / Wednesday, August 6, 2014 / Notices features, or analyze environmental effects. We are particularly interested in hearing about any potential issues, which are defined as points of discussion, dispute, or debate about the effects of the proposed action. Your participation will help the interdisciplinary team develop effective, issue-driven alternatives and mitigations to the proposed action as needed. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. The project was originally proposed as an environmental assessment, and an opportunity for public scoping comments was provided between December 18, 2013 and January 24, 2014. The proposed action in the EA has been modified for the EIS. If you previously commented on the project, your comments have been and will continue to be considered in the development of alternatives. In order to move forward with this project, we ask that you do not repeat your comments. Following alternative development, the Forest Service will be providing another opportunity to comment on the alternatives and analysis. If you have any new comments, we welcome those at this time. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public project 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 29, 2014. Thomas A. Contreras, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2014–18553 Filed 8–5–14; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Wallowa-Whitman National Forest; Oregon; Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the 2012 Final Environmental Impact Statement for Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement. ACTION: The USDA Forest Service will prepare a Supplement to the Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the environmental impact of the project on elk and elk habitat, as directed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in League of Wilderness Defenders/Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project v. Connaughton, 752 F.3d 755, 767 (9th Cir. 2014). Specifically, the court held that ‘plaintiffs are likely to prevail on their claim that a supplemental EIS must be completed to show the environmental impact of the Snow Basin project on elk and their habitat now that the [Travel Management Plan] has been withdrawn.’ Id. at 761. SUMMARY: Dea Nelson, Environmental Coordinator, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, PO Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814; or, 541– 523–1216; or, dnelson09@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 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. In March 2012, the Final EIS for the Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project was completed. A Record of Decision was signed on March 19, 2012. These documents, which include descriptions of the purpose and need for the project and the proposed action, can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ SnowBasin. The supplemental EIS will provide additional information to clarify the impacts on elk of the Snow Basin project without considering the travel management plan decision, which was withdrawn in April 2012. A draft supplemental EIS is estimated to be available in November 2014, and the final in February 2015. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor. 17:14 Aug 05, 2014 Jkt 232001 Nature of Decision To Be Made The Responsible Official will decide whether or not to incorporate the supplemental information into the FEIS. The Responsible Official will also document the decision and reasons for the decision in a new record of decision consistent with the scope of the supplement. This decision will be subject to Forest Service predecisional objection procedures (36 CFR part 218, Subparts A and B). Scoping Process Scoping is not required for supplements to environmental impact statements (40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4)). Scoping was conducted for the original EIS. The supplement will be subject to notice and comment. A draft supplemental EIS will be published and made available for review and comment for 45 days, following direction at 36 CFR part 218 § 218.22 and § 218.24. Dated: July 29, 2014. John Laurence, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2014–18577 Filed 8–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Responsible Official VerDate Mar<15>2010 45761 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [C–570–938] Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty order (‘‘CVD’’) order on citric acid and certain citrate salts (‘‘citric acid’’) from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy at the levels indicated in the ‘‘Final Results of Review’’ section of this notice. Effective Date: August 6, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Tran, Office III, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Angeles National Forest; Los Angeles County, CA Williamson Rock/
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) Project EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: The Angeles National Forest proposes to provide limited, 
managed recreational activities in the vicinity of Williamson Rock. The 
proposed action would include allowing access to the Pacific Crest 
National Scenic Trail (PCT) and limited access to Williamson Rock for 
rock climbing, while protecting the federally listed mountain yellow-
legged frog (MYLF) and other unique resources. The area has been closed 
to the public since 2006, either by Forest Order or court injunction, 
to protect the MYLF.
    The project was originally proposed as an environmental assessment, 
and an opportunity for public scoping comments was provided from 
December 18, 2013 through January 24, 2014. Preliminary issues 
identified during scoping indicated that there may be significant 
effects resulting from the proposed action. Responsible official, 
Forest Supervisor Thomas A. Contreras, has decided to prepare an EIS 
instead of an EA for this project. The proposed action in the EA has 
been modified for the EIS.

DATES: Comments on the proposed action should be submitted within 30 
days of the date of publication of this Notice of Intent in the Federal 
Register. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to 
be available for public review in Spring 2015 and the Final EIS is 
expected in Fall 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
     Mailed to the Angeles National Forest; Attn: Jose 
Henriquez, Williamson Rock/PCT ID Team; 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, 
Arcadia, CA 91006;
     Delivered to the address shown above during business hours 
(M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.);
     Submitted electronically, in common formats (.doc, .pdf, 
.rtf, .txt), to: comments-pacificsouthwest-angeles@fs.fed.us with 
Subject: Williamson Rock.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Henriquez, 701 N. Santa Anita 
Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006; (626) 574-5277. A scoping package, maps and 
other information are online at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    General Background: Williamson Rock is a well-known High Country 
recreation area used predominately for rock climbing, located within 
the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District, in upper Little Rock 
Canyon. It has been utilized by climbers since the 1960's and is 
regarded as one of the unique rock climbing resources in southern 
California, due to its mild summer temperatures and close proximity to 
urban centers. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) traverses 
the project area, paralleling and periodically crossing Little Rock 
Creek and its tributaries for approximately 2 miles. The mountain 
yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa--MYLF) occupies habitat in Little Rock 
Creek, within the Williamson Rock area. The area is also home to a 
nesting pair of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), as well as a 
Forest Service Sensitive plant species, Johnston's buckwheat (Eriogonum 
microthecum var. johnstonii).
    Purpose and Need for Action: The Forest Service continues to 
receive high demand for the resumption of recreation opportunities in 
the Williamson Rock area. Specifically, there is a need for the public 
use and enjoyment of the PCT where it passes through the project area, 
in accordance with the management objectives specified in the PCTA/
Forest Service Memorandum of Understanding and PCT Comprehensive 
Management Plan. Consistent with the Angeles National Forest Land 
Management Plan recreation goals and objectives, there is also a need 
for a quality, sustainable rock climbing opportunity at Williamson 
Rock.
    In achieving these needs, this proposal and any alternatives must 
achieve the following purposes:
     Provide protective measures for the federally listed MYLF, 
and the Primary Constituent Elements of the Designated Critical Habitat 
in the project area.
     Protect other listed or otherwise unique resources in the 
Williamson Rock area (specifically: Peregrine falcon, Johnston's 
buckwheat, and an eligible Wild and Scenic River).
     Monitor recreation activity to manage compliance of 
natural resource protective measures.
    Proposed Action: In meeting the needs for action, the following 
measures are proposed:
    1. Implement long-term closure of Little Rock Creek corridor and 
adjacent areas.
     Implement a long-term closure of the stream corridor (10 
meters beyond high water mark) within MYLF Designated Critical Habitat 
(DCH) and adjacent areas between the stream corridor and CA-2 within 
Section 12, T. 3N, R. 10W and Section 7, T.3N, R. 11W as shown on maps 
1 and 2 (see http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405). These are areas that have historically 
provided direct human access into the DCH, or contain climbing routes 
within the stream habitat. The closure would include all stream-based 
rock climbing routes (e.g. the ``Stream Wall'' and ``London Wall''), as 
well as the area of ``user-created'' braided trails and paths along 
scree slopes between CA-2 and Williamson Rock. Exceptions to this 
closure are as follows:
    [cir] Exception: The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is 
within the proposed closure area, and would remain open year around 
(see further discussion of the PCT below).
    [cir] Exception: The Long Trail, a new system trail which would 
access the Williamson Rock Visitor Use Permit Area, would be within the 
proposed closure boundaries, and would remain open from August 1 to 
November 15 to people having a valid Visitor Use Permit (see further 
discussion of the Long Trail below).
    2. Implement a visitor use permit system and seasonal closures for 
the Williamson Rock Visitor Use Permit Area.
     Designate a day-use Visitor Use Permit Area that 
encompasses the Williamson Rock Trailhead and parking, the Long Trail, 
and the Williamson Rock climbing areas as shown on maps 1 and 
2 (see http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405). Visitors to this area would be required to 
obtain a Visitor Use Permit through the National Recreation Reservation 
Service (NRRS).
     A seasonal closure of the Visitor Use Permit Area would be 
implemented from November 16 to July 31, to minimize impacts to MYLF 
and/or peregrine falcons.
     During the open season (August 1 to November 15), Visitor 
Use Permits would be reserved in advance through NRRS online or by 
calling the NRRS toll-free number. Permits would not be issued by local 
Forest Service offices.
     At least one Forest Service site manager with citation 
authorization would be onsite each day that the Visitor Use Permit Area 
is open. Funding for this site management would be provided by a 
combination of grants, partner contributions, user fees, and federal 
budget allocations.
     The Forest Service would use the NRRS system to provide 
permit users

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with educational information about the area, including regulations, 
human waste disposal requirements, and resource protection concerns and 
requirements.
     A limited number of permits would be issued each day, 
based on site capacity (including parking capacity at the Kratka Ridge 
parking lot on CA-2). The permit system would be governed by an 
``either/or'' quota mechanism that would initially issue permits each 
day for no more than 90 persons to access the rock and no more than 30 
vehicles (based on available number of parking stalls) to park at the 
designated trail head.
     The number of visitor use permits issued would be adjusted 
up or down as determined by an adaptive management process that would 
consider the following three metrics/indicators:
    [cir] MYLF population reports
    [cir] Permit compliance
    [cir] Available funding for onsite Forest Service management
     Dogs and other domestic animals would be prohibited (PCT 
exempt), unless they are service animals covered under DOJ 28 CFR Part 
35.136--also applies to federal agencies under Section 504.
    3. Provide developed recreation facilities to access Williamson 
Rock.
     Establish a system trail (approximately 1.2 miles in 
length) to the east side of Williamson Rock from the Kratka Ridge 
parking lot, partially using abandoned logging road segments and the 
user-created trail alignment currently referred to as the Long Trail 
(see map 2 at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405 =43405).
     The Long Trail would cross Little Rock Creek in two places 
(referred to in this analysis as the 1st and 2nd crossings). At the 2nd 
crossing, install a removable 3'-4' wide by approximately 14' long 
stream crossing platform. The platform would be built so that it could 
be easily removed and re-installed based on the seasonal closure 
periods. See sample images of platform crossings in the fact sheet 
posted at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405.
     At the 1st stream crossing, materials deposited over 
several years create an artificial bridge that would continue to be 
used as a stream crossing. The material keeps people out of the stream, 
and it has also been determined that removing the material could create 
more resource damage than if left in place.
     Place interpretive signage and barriers to discourage 
entry into closure areas and encourage resource protection.
     At the terminus of the Long Trail at Williamson Rock, 
install an information kiosk displaying a map of the existing climbing 
routes available for use, site use etiquette and rules, and clearly 
identified closed areas.
    4. Construct Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail bridge.
     Construct a bridge for PCT users at the point where the 
trail crosses Little Rock Creek within the closure area (SW \1/4\, 
Section 12, T. 3N, R. 10W). See map and image of proposed bridge 
location in the fact sheet posted at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43405.
    5. Manage human waste.
     Removal of human waste would be required in the Williamson 
Rock Visitor Use Permit Area and along the Long Trail corridor. Permit 
holders must bag and remove all human waste (feces) and toilet paper, 
and deposit in a disposal container to be installed at the Kratka Ridge 
trailhead/parking area. The presence of human waste in these areas 
would be monitored to determine compliance.
     Install a vault toilet at the Kratka Ridge trailhead/
parking area.
     Provide interpretive signing within the Visitor Use Permit 
Area, trailhead/parking area, and along the Long Trail regarding human 
waste disposal requirements.
     Hikers on the PCT would be required to deposit human body 
waste in cat-holes dug at least 100 feet from any surface freshwater 
source, and to remove toilet paper as trash.
    6. Implement botanical resource requirements (Include in all action 
alternatives).
     Sensitive plant species found within the project area 
shall be flagged and avoided prior to, and during construction 
activities.
     (1) All heavy equipment and vegetation maintenance tools 
(e.g., chain saws, hand clippers, pruners) shall be cleaned prior to 
entering National Forest System lands. (2) Any transport vehicles that 
have operated in an off-road area since that vehicle's last washing 
shall be cleaned prior to entering National Forest System lands.
     Cutting or removal of trees shall be done by or under the 
direction of a silviculturist.
     Install and maintain appropriate weed free erosion/
sediment control measures, as needed per the erosion control plan, 
throughout the duration of work activities. Wattles or hay bales shall 
be made of rice straw and netted in biodegradable material.
     If necessary, barriers will be installed or replaced to 
limit unauthorized off-highway vehicle activity after trail 
construction activities.
     During the growing season following trail construction, a 
survey for weed species would be conducted along the trail and 
associated disturbance areas to ensure that new/expanding weed species 
are removed/controlled.
    7. Prevent access to user-created trails.
     Install natural barriers at access points to user-created 
trails within the project area, to prevent use and encourage natural 
regeneration.
     Monitor trespass activity to determine if additional 
measures would be needed.
    8. Develop a monitoring and adaptive management plan.
     A monitoring and adaptive management plan for the closure 
area and Williamson Rock Visitor User Permit Area would be developed 
and adopted as a part of implementation, to determine appropriate use 
levels and seasons over time.
    Possible Alternatives: In addition to the proposed action, the EIS 
will evaluate the required No Action alternative and will likely 
consider other alternatives identified through the interdisciplinary 
process and public participation.
    Responsible Official: Thomas A. Contreras, Forest Supervisor, 
Angeles National Forest, Supervisor's Office, 701 N. Santa Anita 
Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006.
    Nature of Decision to be Made: The responsible official will decide 
whether to adopt and implement the proposed action, or an alternative 
to the proposed action, or take no action with respect to the 
Williamson Rock/PCT project.

Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement. The Forest 
Service is soliciting comments from federal, state and local agencies 
and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or 
affected by implementation of the proposed project.
    Public questions and comments regarding this proposal are an 
integral part of this environmental analysis process. Input provided by 
interested and/or affected individuals, organizations and governmental 
agencies will be used to identify resource issues that will be analyzed 
in the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service will identify 
significant issues raised during the scoping process, and use them to 
formulate alternatives, prescribe mitigation measures and project 
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features, or analyze environmental effects.
    We are particularly interested in hearing about any potential 
issues, which are defined as points of discussion, dispute, or debate 
about the effects of the proposed action. Your participation will help 
the interdisciplinary team develop effective, issue-driven alternatives 
and mitigations to the proposed action as needed. It is important that 
reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a manner 
that they are useful to the agency's preparation of the environmental 
impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the 
close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the 
reviewer's concerns and contentions.
    The project was originally proposed as an environmental assessment, 
and an opportunity for public scoping comments was provided between 
December 18, 2013 and January 24, 2014. The proposed action in the EA 
has been modified for the EIS. If you previously commented on the 
project, your comments have been and will continue to be considered in 
the development of alternatives. In order to move forward with this 
project, we ask that you do not repeat your comments. Following 
alternative development, the Forest Service will be providing another 
opportunity to comment on the alternatives and analysis. If you have 
any new comments, we welcome those at this time.
    Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names 
and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public project 
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 29, 2014.
Thomas A. Contreras,
Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2014-18553 Filed 8-5-14; 8:45 am]
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