Environmental Assessment for the General Management Plan for Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado, 61336 [2014-24045]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61336 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 197 / Friday, October 10, 2014 / Notices Mountain (9,488 acres), Stewart Valley (3,248 acres), Stuart Ranch (278 acres), and Upper Las Vegas Wash (12,294 acres). Alternative 3 would also expand the following existing ACECs: Amargosa Mesquite (9,642 acres), Keyhole Canyon (639 acres), Mormon Mesa (167,888 acres), Piute/Eldorado (347,630 acres), and Virgin River (7,493 acres). Alternative 3 would reduce the size of the following existing ACECs: Ash Meadows (37,273 acres), Big Dune (1,589 acres), Gold Butte Part A (183,440 acres), Gold Butte Part B (116,733 acres), Rainbow Gardens (35,355 acres), and River Mountains (6,697 acres). The new potential ACECs in Alternative 4 include: Grapevine Spring (85 acres), Jean Lake (9,138 acres), Perkins Ranch (408 acres), and Stuart Ranch (278 acres). Alternative 4 would also expand the following existing ACECs: Mormon Mesa (159,940 acres), Piute/Eldorado (338,767 acres), and Virgin River (7,493 acres). Alternative 4 would reduce the size of the following existing ACECs: Big Dune (428 acres), Gold Butte Part A (183,440 acres), Gold Butte Part B (116,733 acres), Rainbow Gardens (35,355 acres), and River Mountains (6,697 acres). The following management prescriptions may apply to the individual ACECs under consideration, if formally designated: Avoid or exclude linear ROWs; avoid or exclude site-type ROWs; close to material site ROWs or only allow near Federal-aid highways; close to or place use constraints on fluid leasable mineral development; close to solid leasable mineral development; pursue withdrawal of locatable mineral development; close to saleable mineral development; close to livestock grazing; pursue reverting area within ACEC from a herd management area into a herd area; close to camping; exclude speedbased recreation events; exclude nonspeed based recreation events; exclude commercial recreation activities; closed or limited to designated routes for motorized travel; place seasonal restrictions of ground disturbing actions; cap the amount of habitat disturbance allowed from Federal actions. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Oct 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 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 Marci Todd, Associate State Director, Nevada. [FR Doc. 2014–24135 Filed 10–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–IMR–SACR–13960; PX.PD108787G.00.1] Environmental Assessment for the General Management Plan for Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado National Park Service, Interior. Notice of intent. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service has determined that an Environmental Assessment, rather than an Environmental Impact Statement, is the appropriate environmental documentation for the general management plan for Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. This determination is the result of evaluating public comments and considering the analysis required to adequately address environmental impacts in developing the General Management Plan. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexa Roberts, Superintendent, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, P.O. Box 249, Eads, CO 81036. Telephone (719) 438–5916. ADDRESSES: More information about the project can be obtained from the contact listed above or online at http://park planning.nps.gov/sand. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This general management plan will establish the overall direction for the national historic site, setting broad management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. The General Management Plan was originally scoped as an Environmental Impact Statement. However, internal discussions and meetings, and comments received in written correspondence and public scoping sessions held in Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming in 2008 and again in 2011 did not raise any concerns or issues that have the potential for controversial impacts. Most SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 of the comments received in response to the preliminary alternatives newsletter agreed that the range of alternatives being considered is appropriate and did not identify any substantive issues or concerns. The planning team has developed six alternatives (no-action and five action alternatives), none of which would result in substantial changes in the operation and management of the national historic site. The five action alternatives primarily focus on maintaining and protecting cultural and natural resources, and expanding interpretation and visitor opportunities where appropriate. Preliminary analysis of the alternatives revealed no major (significant) effects on the human environment or impairment of park resources and values. For these reasons the National Park Service determined that the requisite conservation planning and environmental impact analysis necessary for updating the general management plan can appropriately be completed through preparation of an EA. This draft general management plan/ EA is expected to be distributed for public comment in the fall 2014. The National Park Service will notify the public about release of the draft general management plan/EA by public meetings, mail, local and regional media, Web site postings, and other means; all announcements will include information on where and how to obtain a copy of the EA, how to comment on the EA, and the length of the public comment period. Following due consideration of public comments and agency consults, at this time a decision is expected to be made in the winter 2014. The official responsible for the final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director; subsequently the responsible official for implementing the approved GMP is the Superintendent, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Dated: October 1, 2014. Sue E. Masica, Regional Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2014–24045 Filed 10–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–CB–P E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 197 (Friday, October 10, 2014)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-IMR-SACR-13960; PX.PD108787G.00.1]


Environmental Assessment for the General Management Plan for Sand 
Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service has determined that an Environmental 
Assessment, rather than an Environmental Impact Statement, is the 
appropriate environmental documentation for the general management plan 
for Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. This determination is 
the result of evaluating public comments and considering the analysis 
required to adequately address environmental impacts in developing the 
General Management Plan.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexa Roberts, Superintendent, Sand 
Creek Massacre National Historic Site, P.O. Box 249, Eads, CO 81036. 
Telephone (719) 438-5916.

ADDRESSES: More information about the project can be obtained from the 
contact listed above or online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sand.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This general management plan will establish 
the overall direction for the national historic site, setting broad 
management goals for managing the area over the next 15 to 20 years. 
The General Management Plan was originally scoped as an Environmental 
Impact Statement. However, internal discussions and meetings, and 
comments received in written correspondence and public scoping sessions 
held in Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming in 2008 and again in 
2011 did not raise any concerns or issues that have the potential for 
controversial impacts. Most of the comments received in response to the 
preliminary alternatives newsletter agreed that the range of 
alternatives being considered is appropriate and did not identify any 
substantive issues or concerns.
    The planning team has developed six alternatives (no-action and 
five action alternatives), none of which would result in substantial 
changes in the operation and management of the national historic site. 
The five action alternatives primarily focus on maintaining and 
protecting cultural and natural resources, and expanding interpretation 
and visitor opportunities where appropriate. Preliminary analysis of 
the alternatives revealed no major (significant) effects on the human 
environment or impairment of park resources and values.
    For these reasons the National Park Service determined that the 
requisite conservation planning and environmental impact analysis 
necessary for updating the general management plan can appropriately be 
completed through preparation of an EA.
    This draft general management plan/EA is expected to be distributed 
for public comment in the fall 2014. The National Park Service will 
notify the public about release of the draft general management plan/EA 
by public meetings, mail, local and regional media, Web site postings, 
and other means; all announcements will include information on where 
and how to obtain a copy of the EA, how to comment on the EA, and the 
length of the public comment period. Following due consideration of 
public comments and agency consults, at this time a decision is 
expected to be made in the winter 2014. The official responsible for 
the final decision on the GMP is the Regional Director; subsequently 
the responsible official for implementing the approved GMP is the 
Superintendent, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

    Dated: October 1, 2014.
Sue E. Masica,
Regional Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-24045 Filed 10-9-14; 8:45 am]
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