Northern Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, RWU NRS-01, West Virginia, Fernow Experimental Forest 2016 to 2020, 73880-73881 [2014-29162]

Download as PDF 73880 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 239 / Friday, December 12, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection: Good Neighbor Agreement With State Cooperators Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; correction. Dated: December 10, 2014. Brian Ferebee, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2014–29263 Filed 12–10–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE The Forest Service is correcting a notice that appeared in the Federal Register on December 9, 2014, (79 FR 73026). This correction replaces the link listed for the Good Neighbor Agreement instruments and associated administrative forms for this new information collection request. It does not change the date comments must be received by. Forest Service Comments must be received in writing on or before February 9, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. SUMMARY: SUMMARY: DATES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Jake Donnay, Legislative Affairs, USDA Forest Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mailstop 1130, Washington, DC 20250–1130. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 202–205– 1225 or by email to: jacobsdonnay@ fs.fed.us. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, will be placed in the record and available for public viewing and copying. The public may inspect comments received at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 201 14th Street SW., 4th floor, 4CE, Washington, DC, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202–205–1637 to facilitate entry. The public may request an electronic copy of the draft supporting statement and/or any comments received be sent via return email. Requests should be emailed to jacobsdonnay@fs.fed.us. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jake Donnay, Legislative Affairs at USDA Forest Service, 202–205–1617. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of December 9, 2014, in FR Doc. 2014–28746, on page 73026, in column 3, the paragraph before the heading ‘‘Estimate of Annual Burden’’ replace www.fs.fed.us.gov/farmbill/ gna.shtml with the following http:// www.fs.fed.us/farmbill/gna.shtml. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Dec 11, 2014 Jkt 235001 Northern Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, RWU NRS–01, West Virginia, Fernow Experimental Forest 2016 to 2020 Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS9) to document the analysis and disclose environmental impacts of proposed actions needed to continue long-term research on the Fernow Experimental Forest. To continue long-term research on the Fernow Experimental Forest, the USDA Forest Service proposes to harvest timber, use prescribed fire, and apply fertilizer to specific areas of the experimental forest. Also, to maintain the integrity of the experimental forest for long-term research we will continue the following management activities: Applying gravel to road surfaces as needed; replacing culverts on skid roads and haul roads as needed; maintaining water bars on skid roads; maintaining ditches and culverts; seeding decks and landings; using herbicides to control the spread of Japanese stiltgrass and other invasive species such as tree-of-heaven as needed; removing hazard trees from along the roads; and maintaining openings used for weather stations. The purpose of the research is to evaluate the effectiveness of silvicultural tools on central Appalachian forests, to better understand ecological dynamics within these forest ecosystems, and to develop management tools, practices, and guidelines for central Appalachian forests. The 4,700-acre Fernow Experimental Forest is situated with the boundary of eth Monongahela National Forest in Tucker County, West Virginia and is managed by the Northern Research Station of eth USDA Forest Service. These proposed research activities are in compliance with the 2006 revised in 2011 Monongahela National Forest Plan, which provides overall guidance for management of the area, including direction for management of the Fernow Experimental Forest. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by January 26, 2015. The draft environmental impact statement is expected September 2015 and the final environmental impact statement is expected November 2015. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, Attn: Fernow EIS, P.O. Box 404, Parsons, WV 26287. Comments may also be sent via email to mailto:fsfernow@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 304–478–8692. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Schuler, Northern Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, P.O. Box 404, Parsons, WV 26287, 304–478– 2000, tschuler@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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Purpose and Need for Action The purpose of the proposed actions is to continue ongoing research studies on the FEF and to maintain the integrity of the FEF for long-term research. The need for these specific proposed actions is found in the various study plans that set up the harvest methods and timing for harvests. Some studies include experiments that were designed to last 80 years or more. These data represent some of the most complete, continuous long-term records on ecosystem processes in the world. We want to continue these experiments as designed, and continue to gather information about the effects of various silvicultural practices on forest ecosystems in the central Appalachians. We will use these data to provide information on basic ecosystem processes in unmanaged and managed forests, on species diversity of plants and animals, and on other ecological parameters. Research results from the FEF are used to guide management on private and public lands in the central Appalachian region. The FEF has many partners and collaborators who rely on the existing studies as a framework for basic research, and for innovative studies. Therefore, it is important that we manage the FEF to ensure availability for collaborative research, and to ensure safety for all visitors to the FEF. Management activities include: Applying gravel to road surfaces as needed; replacing culverts on skid roads and haul roads as needed; maintaining water bars on skid roads; maintaining E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 239 / Friday, December 12, 2014 / Notices ditches and culverts; seeding decks and landings; using herbicides to control the spread of Japanese stiltgrass and other invasive species such as tree-of-heaven as needed; removing hazard trees from along the roads; and maintaining openings used for weather stations. Proposed Action The proposed activities planned for 2015 through 2020 include the following silvicultural treatments in existing research studies: Diameter-limit harvest on 173 acres; single-tree selection on 150 acres; 24 acres of patch clearcuts (each patch is 0.4 acre) within 169 acres; and prescribed fire treatment on 391 acres. Other treatments include annual fertilization of 89 acres with ammonium sulfate fertilizer (and additions of dolomitic lime to 2 of those acres), treatments of invasive non-native plants, and maintenance of roads, decks, and other infrastructure. of Proposed Actions at http://www.fs. fed.us/nepa/project_content.php ?project=45791. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such 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. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered, however. Dated: December 8, 2014. Thomas M. Schuler, Project Leader, NRS–01. [FR Doc. 2014–29162 Filed 12–11–14; 8:45 am] Responsible Official The responsible official for the decision will be the Project Leader or Acting Project Leader for RWU NRS–01, ‘‘Ecological and Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of Globalization’’. BILLING CODE 3410–11–P Nature of Decision To Be Made The responsible official will decide if the proposed action will be implmented as described, as modified by an alternative, or not at all. If the proposed actiion is implemented, what mitigation measures and monitoring requirements will the Forest Service implement. DATE AND TIME: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Preliminary Issues Preliminary issues to address in the EIS include: • Adverse effects of logging and prescribed fire to habitat and individuals listed as federally endangered or threatened • a decrease in soil productivity from erosion following timber harvests and prescribed fires • increased sediment input to streams from timber harvests and prescribed fires • increases in stream acidity and adverse effects to trout populations from the addition of ammonium sulfate fertilizer to a watershed Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. Letters describing the proposed action were sent to interested people and agencies on December 5, 2014. The project is listed on the Monongahela National Forest Schedule VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Dec 11, 2014 Jkt 235001 BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS Sunshine Act Meeting Thursday, December 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EST. PLACE: Cohen Building, Room 3321, 330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20237. SUBJECT: Notice of Meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. SUMMARY: The Broadcasting Board of Governors (Board) will be meeting at the time and location listed above. The Board will vote on a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of its October 30, 2014 meeting, a resolution honoring the 65th anniversary of Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service, and a resolution honoring the fifth anniversary of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Radio Mashaal. The Board will receive a presentation providing an overview of the International Broadcasting Bureau. This meeting will also be available for public observation via streamed Webcast, both live and on-demand, on the agency’s public Web site at www.bbg.gov. Information regarding this meeting, including any updates or adjustments to its starting time, can also be found on the agency’s public Web site. The public may also attend this meeting in person at the address listed above as seating capacity permits. Members of the public seeking to attend the meeting in person must register at http://bbgboardmeetingdecember2014. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73881 eventbrite.com by 12:00 p.m. (EST) on December 17. For more information, please contact BBG Public Affairs at (202) 203–4400 or by email at pubaff@ bbg.gov. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Persons interested in obtaining more information should contact Oanh Tran at (202) 203–4545. Oanh Tran, Director of Board Operations. [FR Doc. 2014–29290 Filed 12–10–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8610–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Alaska American Fisheries Act Reports. OMB Control Number: 0648–0401. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (revision and extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 8. Average Hours per Response: Chinook Salmon Incentive Plan Agreement (IPA), 40 hours; Non-Chinook Salmon Intercooperative Agreement (ICA) revisions, 1 hour; Chinook Salmon IPA Annual Report, Non-Chinook ICA Annual Report, American Fisheries Act (AFA) Annual Cooperative Report, AFA Annual Cooperative Catch Report and AFA Cooperative Contract, 8 hours each; AFA Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Agreement and AFA Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Agreement Annual Report, 40 hours each. Burden Hours: 345. Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of a currently approved information collection. Two new voluntary reports have been added, and one report removed. On October 21, 1998, the President signed into law The American Fisheries Act, 16 U.S.C. 1851 (AFA). The AFA established a limited access program for the inshore sector of the BSAI pollock fishery that is based on the formation of fishery cooperatives around each inshore pollock processor. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Northern Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, RWU 
NRS-01, West Virginia, Fernow Experimental Forest 2016 to 2020

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS9) to document the analysis and disclose environmental 
impacts of proposed actions needed to continue long-term research on 
the Fernow Experimental Forest. To continue long-term research on the 
Fernow Experimental Forest, the USDA Forest Service proposes to harvest 
timber, use prescribed fire, and apply fertilizer to specific areas of 
the experimental forest. Also, to maintain the integrity of the 
experimental forest for long-term research we will continue the 
following management activities: Applying gravel to road surfaces as 
needed; replacing culverts on skid roads and haul roads as needed; 
maintaining water bars on skid roads; maintaining ditches and culverts; 
seeding decks and landings; using herbicides to control the spread of 
Japanese stiltgrass and other invasive species such as tree-of-heaven 
as needed; removing hazard trees from along the roads; and maintaining 
openings used for weather stations. The purpose of the research is to 
evaluate the effectiveness of silvicultural tools on central 
Appalachian forests, to better understand ecological dynamics within 
these forest ecosystems, and to develop management tools, practices, 
and guidelines for central Appalachian forests.
    The 4,700-acre Fernow Experimental Forest is situated with the 
boundary of eth Monongahela National Forest in Tucker County, West 
Virginia and is managed by the Northern Research Station of eth USDA 
Forest Service. These proposed research activities are in compliance 
with the 2006 revised in 2011 Monongahela National Forest Plan, which 
provides overall guidance for management of the area, including 
direction for management of the Fernow Experimental Forest.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 
by January 26, 2015. The draft environmental impact statement is 
expected September 2015 and the final environmental impact statement is 
expected November 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to USDA Forest Service, Northern 
Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, Attn: Fernow EIS, P.O. 
Box 404, Parsons, WV 26287. Comments may also be sent via email to 
mailto:fs-fernow@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 304-478-8692.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Schuler, Northern Research 
Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory, P.O. Box 404, Parsons, WV 
26287, 304-478-2000, tschuler@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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose and Need for Action

    The purpose of the proposed actions is to continue ongoing research 
studies on the FEF and to maintain the integrity of the FEF for long-
term research. The need for these specific proposed actions is found in 
the various study plans that set up the harvest methods and timing for 
harvests. Some studies include experiments that were designed to last 
80 years or more. These data represent some of the most complete, 
continuous long-term records on ecosystem processes in the world. We 
want to continue these experiments as designed, and continue to gather 
information about the effects of various silvicultural practices on 
forest ecosystems in the central Appalachians. We will use these data 
to provide information on basic ecosystem processes in unmanaged and 
managed forests, on species diversity of plants and animals, and on 
other ecological parameters. Research results from the FEF are used to 
guide management on private and public lands in the central Appalachian 
region.
    The FEF has many partners and collaborators who rely on the 
existing studies as a framework for basic research, and for innovative 
studies. Therefore, it is important that we manage the FEF to ensure 
availability for collaborative research, and to ensure safety for all 
visitors to the FEF. Management activities include: Applying gravel to 
road surfaces as needed; replacing culverts on skid roads and haul 
roads as needed; maintaining water bars on skid roads; maintaining

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ditches and culverts; seeding decks and landings; using herbicides to 
control the spread of Japanese stiltgrass and other invasive species 
such as tree-of-heaven as needed; removing hazard trees from along the 
roads; and maintaining openings used for weather stations.

Proposed Action

    The proposed activities planned for 2015 through 2020 include the 
following silvicultural treatments in existing research studies: 
Diameter-limit harvest on 173 acres; single-tree selection on 150 
acres; 24 acres of patch clearcuts (each patch is 0.4 acre) within 169 
acres; and prescribed fire treatment on 391 acres. Other treatments 
include annual fertilization of 89 acres with ammonium sulfate 
fertilizer (and additions of dolomitic lime to 2 of those acres), 
treatments of invasive non-native plants, and maintenance of roads, 
decks, and other infrastructure.

Responsible Official

    The responsible official for the decision will be the Project 
Leader or Acting Project Leader for RWU NRS-01, ``Ecological and 
Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of 
Globalization''.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The responsible official will decide if the proposed action will be 
implmented as described, as modified by an alternative, or not at all. 
If the proposed actiion is implemented, what mitigation measures and 
monitoring requirements will the Forest Service implement.

Preliminary Issues

    Preliminary issues to address in the EIS include:

 Adverse effects of logging and prescribed fire to habitat and 
individuals listed as federally endangered or threatened
 a decrease in soil productivity from erosion following timber 
harvests and prescribed fires
 increased sediment input to streams from timber harvests and 
prescribed fires
 increases in stream acidity and adverse effects to trout 
populations from the addition of ammonium sulfate fertilizer to a 
watershed

Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement. Letters 
describing the proposed action were sent to interested people and 
agencies on December 5, 2014. The project is listed on the Monongahela 
National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=45791.
    It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times 
and in such 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.
    Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names 
and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record 
for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be 
accepted and considered, however.

    Dated: December 8, 2014.
Thomas M. Schuler,
Project Leader, NRS-01.
[FR Doc. 2014-29162 Filed 12-11-14; 8:45 am]
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