Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project, Arizona Strip, Mohave County, AZ, 62954-62955 [2014-24986]

Download as PDF 62954 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 203 / Tuesday, October 21, 2014 / Notices Sciences; 93.113, Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards; 93.114, Applied Toxicological Research and Testing, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: October 15, 2014. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–24911 Filed 10–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [14X.LLAZA03000.L17110000.DF0000.241A] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project, Arizona Strip, Mohave County, AZ Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Arizona Strip Field Office, St. George, Utah, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until November 20, 2014. Two public open-house meetings will be held—one in St. George, Utah, and one in Mesquite, Nevada. The dates and locations of these meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web sites at: http:// www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/grand_ canyon-parashant.html, and http:// www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/arizona_strip_ field.html. In order to be considered during preparation of the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30 day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues related to the proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Oct 20, 2014 Jkt 235001 Restoration Project by any of the following methods: • Email: blm_az_uinkaret_eis@ blm.gov. • Fax: 435–688–3258. • Mail: 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790. • In person: At either open-house meeting. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Grand CanyonParashant National Monument and Arizona Strip Field offices. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Spotts, Planning and Environmental Coordinator; telephone 435–688–3207; address 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790; email: blm_az_uinkaret_eis@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 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 is proposing to conduct the Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project located on public lands administered by the Grand CanyonParashant National Monument and Arizona Strip Field Office in Mohave County, Arizona. The project area encompasses approximately 128,535 acres. Individual areas ranging from several acres to several thousand acres would be treated using a variety of methods including manual, mechanical, chemical, management of wildfires, use of prescribed fire, and seeding depending on the resource management goals and desired outcomes for the specific treatment area. Grand CanyonParashant National Monument and the Arizona Strip Field Office completed interdisciplinary land health evaluations of existing resource conditions throughout the project area. These evaluations identified areas where one or more of the Standards for Rangeland Health were not being met. The information from these land health evaluations will be used in development of the Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. The project will be conducted in conformance with the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Arizona Strip Field Office Resource Management Plans and Records of Decision approved January 29, 2008. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: • Excessive fuel loadings, including closed-canopy stands and ladder fuels, are contributing to the risk of large highintensity wildfires, and posing a threat to resources including wildlife habitat, species diversity, wildland urban interface areas, and the ponderosa pine ecosystem in the Mt. Trumbull area which is identified as a biologic resource of scientific interest to be protected in the Monument proclamation. • Past management practices, such as timber harvest, livestock grazing, and fire suppression have affected vegetation communities; this has altered species composition, structure and function in many portions of the project area including within designated wilderness. • Pinyon and juniper species are encroaching or expanding into the sagebrush and ponderosa pine communities causing a decline in species diversity, hydrologic function, and a decrease in the quality of important wildlife habitat, as well as habitat fragmentation. • Accelerated soil erosion in parts of the project area is decreasing nutrient cycling and soil productivity. • Habitat conditions have declined in areas with sagebrush monoculture and continuous closed canopy stands, resulting in a lack of species diversity and accelerated soil erosion. The BLM anticipates that potential direct and indirect impacts of the project will be mitigated to an acceptable level onsite. The BLM will consider and analyze potential regional mitigation actions through the NEPA process. The BLM will use NEPA public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 203 / Tuesday, October 21, 2014 / Notices cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. 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 1501.7. Timothy J. Burke, District Manager, Arizona Strip District. [FR Doc. 2014–24986 Filed 10–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [15X.LLAZ956000.L14200000.BJ0000.241A] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona. AGENCY: The plats of survey of the described lands were officially filed in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix, Arizona, on dates indicated. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: The Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona The plat, in three sheets, representing the survey of a portion of the Ninth Standard Parallel North (south boundary), a portion of the Second Guide Meridian East (west boundary), the east and north boundaries, the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of certain sections, Township 37 North, Range 9 East, accepted June 11, 2014, and officially filed June 13, 2014, for Group 1121, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat representing the survey of a portion of the Second Guide Meridian VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Oct 20, 2014 Jkt 235001 East (west boundary), the north boundary, the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of certain sections, Township 38 North, Range 9 East, accepted June 11, 2014, and officially filed June 13, 2014, for Group 1122, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat, in two sheets, representing the survey of a portion of the Tenth Standard Parallel North through Township 41 North, Range 10 East (north boundary), the east boundary, the subdivisional lines, the subdivision of certain sections and the segregation of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Township 40 North, Range 10 East, accepted May 14, 2014, and officially filed May 15, 2014, for Group 1118, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat, in two sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Fifth Standard Parallel North (south boundary) and the west boundary, the survey of the east boundary, the subdivisional lines and the metes-andbounds survey, Township 21 North, Range 12 East, accepted August 7, 2014, and officially filed August 11, 2014, for Group 1129, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Hopi— Navajo Partition Line, Segment ‘‘D’’, and the survey of the Third Guide Meridian East (west boundary), the east and north boundaries, the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of certain sections, Township 34 North, Range 13 East, accepted September 12, 2014, and officially filed September 16, 2014, for Group 1125, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary of the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, from milepost 3 1/2 to milepost 9, partially surveyed Township 5 North, Range 27 East, accepted June 17, 2014, and officially filed June 19, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of sections 17 and 20, Township 7 North, Range 27 East, accepted July 30, 2014, and officially filed July 30, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62955 The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary of the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, unsurveyed Township 3 1/2 North, Range 28 East and unsurveyed Township 4 North, Range 27 1/2 East, accepted June 17, 2014, and officially filed June 19, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of section 13, Township 6 North, Range 28 East, accepted July 30, 2014, and officially filed July 31, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of certain sections, Township 7 North, Range 29 East, accepted July 28, 2014, and officially filed July 30, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of Homestead Entry Survey Number 595, unsurveyed Township 4 North, Range 30 East, accepted July 28, 2014, and officially filed July 30, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of Homestead Entry Survey Number 597, unsurveyed Township 4 North, Range 30 East, accepted July 28, 2014, and officially filed July 30, 2014, for Group 1108, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat, in two sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of the YavapaiPrescott Indian Reservation (Whipple Barracks Military Addition) and the Yavapai Indian Reservation, Act of June 7, 1935, Public Law 117, 74th Congress, 49 Stat. 332, the metes-and-bounds survey of the Whipple Veterans Administration Reservation boundary, the survey of lots 7 and 8, block 6 of the Dameron Park Addition and the completion survey of the subdivisional lines within the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation, Township 14 North, Range 2 West, accepted May 16, 2014, and officially filed May 19, 2014, for Group 1116, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines, the subdivision of section 10 and the metes-and-bounds survey of a portion of the North Santa E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[14X.LLAZA03000.L17110000.DF0000.241A]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project, Arizona 
Strip, Mohave County, AZ

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Canyon-
Parashant National Monument and Arizona Strip Field Office, St. George, 
Utah, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 
Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project and by this notice is 
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. 
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until November 20, 2014. 
Two public open-house meetings will be held--one in St. George, Utah, 
and one in Mesquite, Nevada. The dates and locations of these meetings 
will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, 
newspapers and the BLM Web sites at: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/grand_canyon-parashant.html, and http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/arizona_strip_field.html. In order to be considered during preparation 
of the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of 
the 30 day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, 
whichever is later. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for 
public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues related to the proposed 
Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project by any of the 
following methods:
     Email: blm_az_uinkaret_eis@blm.gov.
     Fax: 435-688-3258.
     Mail: 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790.
     In person: At either open-house meeting.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Grand 
Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Arizona Strip Field offices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Spotts, Planning and 
Environmental Coordinator; telephone 435-688-3207; address 345 East 
Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790; email: 
blm_az_uinkaret_eis@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay 
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during 
normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 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 is proposing to conduct the Uinkaret 
Mountains Landscape Restoration Project located on public lands 
administered by the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and 
Arizona Strip Field Office in Mohave County, Arizona. The project area 
encompasses approximately 128,535 acres. Individual areas ranging from 
several acres to several thousand acres would be treated using a 
variety of methods including manual, mechanical, chemical, management 
of wildfires, use of prescribed fire, and seeding depending on the 
resource management goals and desired outcomes for the specific 
treatment area. Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and the 
Arizona Strip Field Office completed interdisciplinary land health 
evaluations of existing resource conditions throughout the project 
area. These evaluations identified areas where one or more of the 
Standards for Rangeland Health were not being met. The information from 
these land health evaluations will be used in development of the 
Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. The project will be 
conducted in conformance with the Grand Canyon-Parashant National 
Monument and Arizona Strip Field Office Resource Management Plans and 
Records of Decision approved January 29, 2008.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, 
including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. 
At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues:
     Excessive fuel loadings, including closed-canopy stands 
and ladder fuels, are contributing to the risk of large high-intensity 
wildfires, and posing a threat to resources including wildlife habitat, 
species diversity, wildland urban interface areas, and the ponderosa 
pine ecosystem in the Mt. Trumbull area which is identified as a 
biologic resource of scientific interest to be protected in the 
Monument proclamation.
     Past management practices, such as timber harvest, 
livestock grazing, and fire suppression have affected vegetation 
communities; this has altered species composition, structure and 
function in many portions of the project area including within 
designated wilderness.
     Pinyon and juniper species are encroaching or expanding 
into the sagebrush and ponderosa pine communities causing a decline in 
species diversity, hydrologic function, and a decrease in the quality 
of important wildlife habitat, as well as habitat fragmentation.
     Accelerated soil erosion in parts of the project area is 
decreasing nutrient cycling and soil productivity.
     Habitat conditions have declined in areas with sagebrush 
monoculture and continuous closed canopy stands, resulting in a lack of 
species diversity and accelerated soil erosion.
    The BLM anticipates that potential direct and indirect impacts of 
the project will be mitigated to an acceptable level onsite. The BLM 
will consider and analyze potential regional mitigation actions through 
the NEPA process.
    The BLM will use NEPA public participation requirements to assist 
the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 
470(f)) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic 
and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the 
proposed Uinkaret Mountains Landscape Restoration Project will assist 
the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the 
context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and 
potential impacts to

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cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, 
and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may 
be interested in or affected by the proposed Uinkaret Mountains 
Landscape Restoration Project are invited to participate in the scoping 
process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to 
participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a 
cooperating agency.
    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 1501.7.

Timothy J. Burke,
District Manager, Arizona Strip District.
[FR Doc. 2014-24986 Filed 10-20-14; 8:45 am]
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