Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska-2016-17 and 2017-18 Subsistence Taking of Wildlife Regulations, 1868-1872 [2015-00425]

Download as PDF 1868 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / Proposed Rules § 891.650 Conditions for receipt of vacancy payments for assisted units. § 891.790 Conditions for receipt of vacancy payments for assisted units. ACTION: * * This proposed rule would establish regulations for hunting and trapping seasons, harvest limits, and methods and means related to taking of wildlife for subsistence uses during the 2016–17 and 2017–18 regulatory years. The Federal Subsistence Board is on a schedule of completing the process of revising subsistence taking of wildlife regulations in even-numbered years and subsistence taking of fish and shellfish regulations in odd-numbered years; public proposal and review processes take place during the preceding year. The Board also addresses customary and traditional use determinations during the applicable cycle. When final, the resulting rulemaking will replace the existing subsistence wildlife taking regulations. This rule would also amend the general regulations on subsistence taking of fish and wildlife. DATES: Public meetings: The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils will hold public meetings to receive comments and make proposals to change this proposed rule on several dates between February 10 and March 19, 2015, and then hold another round of public meetings to discuss and receive comments on the proposals, and make recommendations on the proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board, on several dates between August 17 and November 4, 2015. The Board will discuss and evaluate proposed regulatory changes during a public meeting in Anchorage, AK, in April 2016. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings. Public comments: Comments and proposals to change this proposed rule must be received or postmarked by March 25, 2015. ADDRESSES: Public meetings: The Federal Subsistence Board and the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils’ public meetings will be held at various locations in Alaska. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings. Public comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov and search for FWS–R7–SM–2014–0062, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. • By hard copy: U.S. mail or handdelivery to: USFWS, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 121, Attn: Theo Matuskowitz, Anchorage, AK 99503– 6199, or hand delivery to the Designated * * * * (b) Vacancies during rent-up. For each unit that is not leased as of the effective date of the HAP contract, the owner is entitled to vacancy payments in the amount of 80 percent of the contract rent for the first 30 days of a vacancy, if the owner: * * * * * (c) Vacancies after rent-up. If an eligible family vacates a unit, the owner is entitled to vacancy payments in the amount of 80 percent of the contract rent for the first 30 days of a vacancy, if the owner: * * * * * (d) Debt-service vacancy payments. If a unit continues to be vacant after the vacancy period specified in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, the owner may apply to receive additional vacancy payments in an amount equal to the principal and interest payments required to amortize that portion of the debt service attributable to the vacant unit for up to 12 additional months for the unit if: * * * * * ■ 25. In § 891.655, revise the definition of ‘‘Vacancy payment’’ to read as follows: § 891.655 projects. Definitions applicable to 202/162 * * * * * Vacancy payment means the housing assistance payment made to the owner by HUD for a vacant assisted unit if certain conditions are fulfilled. * * * * * ■ 26. In § 891.705, remove the word ‘‘Borrower’’ and add in its place the word ‘‘Owner’’ wherever it appears, and revise paragraph (c)(2) to read as follows: § 891.705 Project assistance contract. * * * * (b) Vacancies during rent-up. For each unit (or residential space in a group home) that is not leased as of the effective date of the PAC, the owner is entitled to vacancy payments in the amount of 80 percent of the contract rent (or pro rata share of the contract rent for a group home) for the first 30 days of a vacancy, if the owner: * * * * * (c) Vacancies after rent-up. If an eligible family vacates an assisted unit (or residential space in a group home) the owner is entitled to vacancy payments in the amount of 80 percent of the contract rent (or pro rata share of the contract rent for a group home) for the first 30 days of a vacancy, if the owner: * * * * * (d) Debt-service vacancy payments. If an assisted unit (or residential space in a group home) continues to be vacant after the vacancy period specified in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, the owner may apply to receive additional vacancy payments in an amount equal to the principal and interest payments required to amortize that portion of the debt service attributable to the vacant unit (or, in the case of group homes, the residential space) for up to 12 additional months for the unit, if: * * * * * Dated: December 11, 2014. Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing— Federal Housing Commissioner. [FR Doc. 2015–00357 Filed 1–13–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service wreier-aviles on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS * * * * * (c) * * * (2) Payments to the owner for vacant assisted units (vacancy payments). The amount of and conditions for vacancy payments are described in § 891.790. HUD makes the project assistance payments monthly upon proper requisition by the owner, except payments for vacancies under § 891.790(d), which HUD makes semiannually upon requisition by the owner. * * * * * ■ 27. In § 891.790, remove the word ‘‘Borrower’’ and add in its place the word ‘‘Owner’’ wherever it appears, and revise the introductory text of paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) to read as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:23 Jan 13, 2015 Jkt 235001 36 CFR Part 242 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 100 [Docket No. FWS–R7–SM–2014–0062; FXFR13350700640–156–FF07J00000; FBMS#4500074738] RIN 1018–BA39 Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska—2016–17 and 2017–18 Subsistence Taking of Wildlife Regulations Forest Service, Agriculture; Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Proposed rule. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14JAP1.SGM 14JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / Proposed Rules Federal Official attending any of the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council public meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information on locations of the public meetings. We will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Review Process section below for more information). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chair, Federal Subsistence Board, c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attention: Eugene R. Peltola, Jr., Office of Subsistence Management; (907) 786– 3888 or subsistence@fws.gov. For questions specific to National Forest System lands, contact Thomas Whitford, Regional Subsistence Program Leader, USDA, Forest Service, Alaska Region; (907) 743–9461 or twhitford@fs.fed.us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: wreier-aviles on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Background Under Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) (16 U.S.C. 3111–3126), the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretaries) jointly implement the Federal Subsistence Management Program. This program provides a rural preference for take of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska. The Secretaries published temporary regulations to carry out this program in the Federal Register on June 29, 1990 (55 FR 27114), and final regulations were published in the Federal Register on May 29, 1992 (57 FR 22940). The Program has subsequently amended these regulations a number of times. Because this program is a joint effort between Interior and Agriculture, these regulations are located in two titles of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Title 36, ‘‘Parks, Forests, and Public Property,’’ and Title 50, ‘‘Wildlife and Fisheries,’’ at 36 CFR 242.1–28 and 50 CFR 100.1–28, respectively. The regulations contain subparts as follows: Subpart A, General Provisions; Subpart B, Program Structure; Subpart C, Board Determinations; and Subpart D, Subsistence Taking of Fish and Wildlife. Consistent with subpart B of these regulations, the Secretaries established a Federal Subsistence Board to administer the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The Board comprises: • A Chair appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture; • The Alaska Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:23 Jan 13, 2015 Jkt 235001 • The Alaska Regional Director, U.S. National Park Service; • The Alaska State Director, U.S. Bureau of Land Management; • The Alaska Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs; • The Alaska Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service; and • Two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture. Through the Board, these agencies and public members participate in the development of regulations for subparts C and D, which, among other things, set forth program eligibility and specific harvest seasons and limits. In administering the program, the Secretaries divided Alaska into 10 subsistence resource regions, each of which is represented by a Regional Advisory Council. The Regional Advisory Councils provide a forum for rural residents with personal knowledge of local conditions and resource requirements to have a meaningful role in the subsistence management of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands in Alaska. The Regional Advisory Council members represent varied geographical, cultural, and user interests within each region. Public Review Process—Comments, Proposals, and Public Meetings The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils have a substantial role in reviewing this proposed rule and making recommendations for the final rule. The Federal Subsistence Board, through the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils, will hold public meetings on this proposed rule at the following locations in Alaska, on the following dates: Region 1—Southeast Regional Council, Yakutat, March 17, 2015 Region 2—Southcentral Regional Council, Anchorage, February 18, 2015 Region 3—Kodiak/Aleutians Regional Council, Kodiak, February 10, 2015 Region 4—Bristol Bay Regional Council, Naknek, February 24, 2015 Region 5—Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta Regional Council, Bethel, February 25, 2015 Region 6—Western Interior Regional Council, Fairbanks, March 3, 2015 Region 7—Seward Peninsula Regional Council, Nome, February 18, 2015 Region 8—Northwest Arctic Regional Council, Kotzebue, March 9, 2015 Region 9—Eastern Interior Regional Council, Fairbanks, March 4, 2015 Region 10—North Slope Regional Council, Barrow, March 17, 2015 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 1869 During April 2015, the written proposals to change the subpart D, take of wildlife regulations, and subpart C, customary and traditional use determinations, will be compiled and distributed for public review. During the 45-day public comment period, which is presently scheduled to end on May 15, 2015, written public comments will be accepted on the distributed proposals. The Board, through the Regional Advisory Councils, will hold a second series of public meetings in August through October 2015, to receive comments on specific proposals and to develop recommendations to the Board at the following locations in Alaska, on the following dates: Region 1—Southeast Regional Council, Petersburg, October 13, 2015 Region 2—Southcentral Regional Council, Seldovia, October 20, 2015 Region 3—Kodiak/Aleutians Regional Council, Adak, September 25, 2015 Region 4—Bristol Bay Regional Council, Dillingham, October 27, 2015 Region 5—Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta Regional Council, TBD, October 7, 2015 Region 6—Western Interior Regional Council, Kaltag, November 3, 2015 Region 7—Seward Peninsula Regional Council, Nome, October 14, 2015 Region 8—Northwest Arctic Regional Council, Buckland, October 6, 2015 Region 9—Eastern Interior Regional Council, Fairbanks, October 29, 2015 Region 10—North Slope Regional Council, Kaktovik, November 3, 2015 A notice will be published of specific dates, times, and meeting locations in local and statewide newspapers prior to both series of meetings. Locations and dates may change based on weather or local circumstances. The amount of work on each Regional Advisory Council’s agenda determines the length of each Regional Advisory Council meeting. The Board will discuss and evaluate proposed changes to the subsistence management regulations during a public meeting scheduled to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2016. The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Chairs, or their designated representatives, will present their respective Councils’ recommendations at the Board meeting. Additional oral testimony may be provided on specific proposals before the Board at that time. At that public meeting, the Board will deliberate and take final action on proposals received that request changes to this proposed rule. Proposals to the Board to modify the general fish and wildlife regulations, wildlife harvest regulations, and E:\FR\FM\14JAP1.SGM 14JAP1 wreier-aviles on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 1870 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / Proposed Rules customary and traditional use determinations must include the following information: a. Name, address, and telephone number of the requestor; b. Each section and/or paragraph designation in this proposed rule for which changes are suggested, if applicable; c. A description of the regulatory change(s) desired; d. A statement explaining why each change is necessary; e. Proposed wording changes; and f. Any additional information that you believe will help the Board in evaluating the proposed change. The Board immediately rejects proposals that fail to include the above information, or proposals that are beyond the scope of authorities in § ll.24, subpart C (the regulations governing customary and traditional use determinations), and §§ ll.25 and ll0;.26, subpart D (the general and specific regulations governing the subsistence take of wildlife). If a proposal needs clarification, prior to being distributed for public review, the proponent may be contacted, and the proposal could be revised based on their input. Once distributed for public review, no additional changes may be made as part of the original submission. During the April 2016 meeting, the Board may defer review and action on some proposals to allow time for cooperative planning efforts, or to acquire additional needed information. The Board may elect to defer taking action on any given proposal if the workload of staff, Regional Advisory Councils, or the Board becomes excessive. These deferrals may be based on recommendations by the affected Regional Advisory Council(s) or staff members, or on the basis of the Board’s intention to do least harm to the subsistence user and the resource involved. A proponent of a proposal may withdraw the proposal provided it has not been considered, and a recommendation has not been made, by a Regional Advisory Council. The Board may consider and act on alternatives that address the intent of a proposal while differing in approach. You may submit written comments and materials concerning this proposed rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire comment, including any personal identifying information, will be posted on the Web site. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:23 Jan 13, 2015 Jkt 235001 public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov. Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing this proposed rule, will be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, at: USFWS, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503. Reasonable Accommodations The Federal Subsistence Board is committed to providing access to these meetings for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to Deborah Coble, 907–786–3880, subsistence@fws.gov, or 800–877–8339 (TTY), seven business days prior to the meeting you would like to attend. Tribal Consultation and Comment As expressed in Executive Order 13175, ‘‘Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,’’ the Federal officials that have been delegated authority by the Secretaries are committed to honoring the unique government-to-government political relationship that exists between the Federal Government and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes (Tribes) as listed in 79 FR 4748 (January 29, 2014). Consultation with Alaska Native corporations is based on Public Law 108–199, div. H, Sec. 161, Jan. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 452, as amended by Public Law 108–447, div. H, title V, Sec. 518, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3267, which provides that: ‘‘The Director of the Office of Management and Budget and all Federal agencies shall hereafter consult with Alaska Native corporations on the same basis as Indian tribes under Executive Order No. 13175.’’ ANILCA does not provide specific rights to Tribes for the subsistence taking of wildlife, fish, and shellfish. However, because tribal members are affected by subsistence fishing, hunting, and trapping regulations, the Secretaries, through the Board, will provide Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native corporations an opportunity to consult on this rule. The Board will engage in outreach efforts for this rule, including a notification letter, to ensure that Tribes and Alaska Native corporations are advised of the mechanisms by which they can participate. The Board provides a variety of opportunities for consultation: proposing changes to the PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 existing rule; commenting on proposed changes to the existing rule; engaging in dialogue at the Regional Council meetings; engaging in dialogue at the Board’s meetings; and providing input in person, by mail, email, or phone at any time during the rulemaking process. The Board commits to efficiently and adequately providing an opportunity to Tribes and Alaska Native corporations for consultation in regard to subsistence rulemaking. The Board will consider Tribes’ and Alaska Native corporations’ information, input, and recommendations, and address their concerns as much as practicable. Developing the 2016–17 and 2017–18 Wildlife Seasons and Harvest Limit Regulations Subpart C and D regulations are subject to periodic review and revision. The Federal Subsistence Board currently completes the process of revising subsistence take of wildlife regulations in even-numbered years and fish and shellfish regulations in oddnumbered years; public proposal and review processes take place during the preceding year. The Board also addresses customary and traditional use determinations during the applicable cycle. Applicable portions of the regulations in the final rules that published June 13, 2012 (77 FR 35482), and June 19, 2014 (79 FR 35232), for the 2012–2014 and 2014–16 subparts C and D regulations constitute the text of the regulations in this proposed rule. The June 2012 rule sets forth the proposed text for § __.25, and the June 2014 rule sets for the proposed text for §§ __.24 and __.26. These regulations will remain in effect until subsequent Board action changes elements as a result of the public review process outlined above in this document. Compliance With Statutory and Regulatory Authorities National Environmental Policy Act A Draft Environmental Impact Statement that described four alternatives for developing a Federal Subsistence Management Program was distributed for public comment on October 7, 1991. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published on February 28, 1992. The Record of Decision (ROD) on Subsistence Management for Federal Public Lands in Alaska was signed April 6, 1992. The selected alternative in the FEIS (Alternative IV) defined the administrative framework of an annual E:\FR\FM\14JAP1.SGM 14JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / Proposed Rules regulatory cycle for subsistence regulations. A 1997 environmental assessment dealt with the expansion of Federal jurisdiction over fisheries and is available at the office listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The Secretary of the Interior, with concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture, determined that expansion of Federal jurisdiction does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the human environment and, therefore, signed a Finding of No Significant Impact. wreier-aviles on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Section 810 of ANILCA An ANILCA § 810 analysis was completed as part of the FEIS process on the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The intent of all Federal subsistence regulations is to accord subsistence uses of fish and wildlife on public lands a priority over the taking of fish and wildlife on such lands for other purposes, unless restriction is necessary to conserve healthy fish and wildlife populations. The final § 810 analysis determination appeared in the April 6, 1992, ROD and concluded that the Federal Subsistence Management Program, under Alternative IV with an annual process for setting subsistence regulations, may have some local impacts on subsistence uses, but will not likely restrict subsistence uses significantly. During the subsequent environmental assessment process for extending fisheries jurisdiction, an evaluation of the effects of this rule was conducted in accordance with § 810. That evaluation also supported the Secretaries’ determination that the rule will not reach the ‘‘may significantly restrict’’ threshold that would require notice and hearings under ANILCA § 810(a). Paperwork Reduction Act An agency may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. This proposed rule does not contain any new collections of information that require OMB approval. OMB has reviewed and approved the collections of information associated with the subsistence regulations at 36 CFR 242 and 50 CFR 100, and assigned OMB Control Number 1018–0075, which expires February 29, 2016. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563) Executive Order 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:23 Jan 13, 2015 Jkt 235001 Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget will review all significant rules. OIRA has reviewed this rule and has determined that this rule is not significant. Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while calling for improvements in the nation’s regulatory system to promote predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires preparation of flexibility analyses for rules that will have a significant effect on a substantial number of small entities, which include small businesses, organizations, or governmental jurisdictions. In general, the resources to be harvested under this rule are already being harvested and consumed by the local harvester and do not result in an additional dollar benefit to the economy. However, we estimate that two million pounds of meat are harvested by subsistence users annually and, if given an estimated dollar value of $3.00 per pound, this amount would equate to about $6 million in food value statewide. Based upon the amounts and values cited above, the Departments certify that this rulemaking will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act Under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), this rule is not a major rule. It does not have an effect on the economy of $100 million or more, will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, and does not have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 1871 Executive Order 12630 Title VIII of ANILCA requires the Secretaries to administer a subsistence priority on public lands. The scope of this program is limited by definition to certain public lands. Likewise, these regulations have no potential takings of private property implications as defined by Executive Order 12630. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Secretaries have determined and certify pursuant to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, 2 U.S.C. 1502 et seq., that this rulemaking will not impose a cost of $100 million or more in any given year on local or State governments or private entities. The implementation of this rule is by Federal agencies, and no cost will be imposed on any State or local entities or tribal governments. Executive Order 12988 The Secretaries have determined that these regulations meet the applicable standards provided in §§ 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, regarding civil justice reform. Executive Order 13132 In accordance with Executive Order 13132, the proposed rule does not have sufficient Federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment. Title VIII of ANILCA precludes the State from exercising subsistence management authority over fish and wildlife resources on Federal lands unless it meets certain requirements. Executive Order 13175 The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Title VIII, does not provide specific rights to tribes for the subsistence taking of wildlife, fish, and shellfish. However, the Board will provide Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native corporations an opportunity to consult on this rule. Consultation with Alaska Native corporations are based on Public Law 108–199, div. H, Sec. 161, Jan. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 452, as amended by Public Law 108–447, div. H, title V, Sec. 518, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3267, which provides that: ‘‘The Director of the Office of Management and Budget and all Federal agencies shall hereafter consult with Alaska Native corporations on the same basis as Indian tribes under Executive Order No. 13175.’’ The Secretaries, through the Board, will provide a variety of opportunities for consultation: commenting on proposed changes to the existing rule; engaging in dialogue at the Regional Council meetings; engaging in dialogue E:\FR\FM\14JAP1.SGM 14JAP1 1872 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / Proposed Rules at the Board’s meetings; and providing input in person, by mail, email, or phone at any time during the rulemaking process. Executive Order 13211 This Executive Order requires agencies to prepare Statements of Energy Effects when undertaking certain actions. However, this proposed rule is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 13211, affecting energy supply, distribution, or use, and no Statement of Energy Effects is required. Dated: December 12, 2014. Eugene R. Peltola, Jr., Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Acting Chair, Federal Subsistence Board. Dated: December. 15, 2014. Steve Kessler, Subsistence Program Leader, USDA–Forest Service. [FR Doc. 2015–00425 Filed 1–13–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P; 4310–55–P POSTAL SERVICE Drafting Information 39 CFR Part 111 Theo Matuskowitz drafted these regulations under the guidance of Eugene R. Peltola, Jr. of the Office of Subsistence Management, Alaska Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. Additional assistance was provided by: • Daniel Sharp, Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management; • Mary McBurney, Alaska Regional Office, National Park Service; • Dr. Glenn Chen, Alaska Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs; • Trevor T. Fox, Alaska Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and • Steve Kessler and Thomas Whitford, Alaska Regional Office, U.S. Forest Service. Clarification of Content Eligibility for Standard Mail Marketing Parcels List of Subjects 36 CFR Part 242 Administrative practice and procedure, Alaska, Fish, National forests, Public lands, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wildlife. 50 CFR Part 100 Administrative practice and procedure, Alaska, Fish, National forests, Public lands, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wildlife. wreier-aviles on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Proposed Regulation Promulgation For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Federal Subsistence Board proposes to amend 36 CFR part 242 and 50 CFR part 100 for the 2016– 17 and 2017–18 regulatory years. The text of the proposed amendments to 36 CFR 242.24 and 242.26 and 50 CFR 100.24 and 100.26 is the final rule for the 2014–16 regulatory period (79 FR 35232; June 19, 2014). The text of the proposed amendments to 36 CFR 242.25 and 50 CFR 100.25 is the final rule for the 2012–2014 regulatory period (77 FR 35482; June 13, 2012). VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:23 Jan 13, 2015 Jkt 235001 Postal Service.TM Proposed rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Postal Service proposes to clarify Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to reaffirm basic eligibility standards for Standard Mail Marketing Parcels. DATES: Submit comments on or before February 13, 2015. ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260–5015. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at USPS Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., 11th Floor North, Washington, DC, by appointment only, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling 202–268–2906 in advance. Email comments, containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to: ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of ‘‘Marketing Parcels.’’ Faxed comments are not accepted. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lizbeth Dobbins at 202–268–3789, John F. Rosato at 202–268–8597, or Suzanne Newman at 202–695–0550. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To ensure consistency and clarity about the content eligibility of Standard Mail Marketing Parcels, the Postal Service recently published an article in Postal Bulletin 22406 (January 8, 2015) to remind customers about the basic eligibility and address format standards for this classification of mail. Background Standard Mail Marketing Parcels were specifically designed for mailers to send items or samples to potential customers. Our original intent was to build a low PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 cost prospecting vehicle and we built in a few factors to minimize handling costs. One of those factors, the alternative addressing format, was required so that the current resident became the recipient of the mailpiece if the named addressee had moved. This avoided extra delivery and forwarding handling costs. Another was that these pieces needed to be similar in shape and weight if mailed in a single mailing. Other types of size restrictions were also a requirement. Building upon our original intent, and to keep this product a viable promotional and cost-effective vehicle, we are adding stronger language about content eligibility and address format. All Standard Marketing parcels (regular and nonprofit) must bear an alternate addressing format and cannot be used for ‘‘fulfillment purposes’’ (i.e. the sending of items specifically purchased or requested by the customer of a mailer). The one exception will be if a customer selects samples as a result of an ordering mechanism and the samples are sent in a separate package and not inside the same package as the fulfillment item. Moreover, the alternate address format must be on the same line as the addressee’s name, or on the address line directly above or below the addressee’s name. We look forward to feedback from the mailing community to help maintain Standard Mail Marketing Parcels as a viable, cost-effective product. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. Although we are exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)) regarding proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), we invite public comments on the following proposed revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is proposed to be amended as follows: PART 111—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301– 307; 18 U.S.C. 1692–1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001–3011, 3201– 3219, 3403–3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001. 2. Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\14JAP1.SGM 14JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 9 (Wednesday, January 14, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 1868-1872]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-00425]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

36 CFR Part 242

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 100

[Docket No. FWS-R7-SM-2014-0062; FXFR13350700640-156-FF07J00000; 
FBMS#4500074738]
RIN 1018-BA39


Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska--
2016-17 and 2017-18 Subsistence Taking of Wildlife Regulations

AGENCY: Forest Service, Agriculture; Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This proposed rule would establish regulations for hunting and 
trapping seasons, harvest limits, and methods and means related to 
taking of wildlife for subsistence uses during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 
regulatory years. The Federal Subsistence Board is on a schedule of 
completing the process of revising subsistence taking of wildlife 
regulations in even-numbered years and subsistence taking of fish and 
shellfish regulations in odd-numbered years; public proposal and review 
processes take place during the preceding year. The Board also 
addresses customary and traditional use determinations during the 
applicable cycle. When final, the resulting rulemaking will replace the 
existing subsistence wildlife taking regulations. This rule would also 
amend the general regulations on subsistence taking of fish and 
wildlife.

DATES: Public meetings: The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory 
Councils will hold public meetings to receive comments and make 
proposals to change this proposed rule on several dates between 
February 10 and March 19, 2015, and then hold another round of public 
meetings to discuss and receive comments on the proposals, and make 
recommendations on the proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board, on 
several dates between August 17 and November 4, 2015. The Board will 
discuss and evaluate proposed regulatory changes during a public 
meeting in Anchorage, AK, in April 2016. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
for specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings.
    Public comments: Comments and proposals to change this proposed 
rule must be received or postmarked by March 25, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Public meetings: The Federal Subsistence Board and the 
Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils' public meetings will be 
held at various locations in Alaska. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 
specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings.
    Public comments: You may submit comments by one of the following 
methods:
     Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: 
http://www.regulations.gov and search for FWS-R7-SM-2014-0062, which is 
the docket number for this rulemaking.
     By hard copy: U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: USFWS, Office 
of Subsistence Management, 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 121, Attn: Theo 
Matuskowitz, Anchorage, AK 99503-6199, or hand delivery to the 
Designated

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Federal Official attending any of the Federal Subsistence Regional 
Advisory Council public meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 
additional information on locations of the public meetings.
We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally 
means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see 
the Public Review Process section below for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chair, Federal Subsistence Board, c/o 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attention: Eugene R. Peltola, Jr., 
Office of Subsistence Management; (907) 786-3888 or 
subsistence@fws.gov. For questions specific to National Forest System 
lands, contact Thomas Whitford, Regional Subsistence Program Leader, 
USDA, Forest Service, Alaska Region; (907) 743-9461 or 
twhitford@fs.fed.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation 
Act (ANILCA) (16 U.S.C. 3111-3126), the Secretary of the Interior and 
the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretaries) jointly implement the 
Federal Subsistence Management Program. This program provides a rural 
preference for take of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses 
on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska. The Secretaries published 
temporary regulations to carry out this program in the Federal Register 
on June 29, 1990 (55 FR 27114), and final regulations were published in 
the Federal Register on May 29, 1992 (57 FR 22940). The Program has 
subsequently amended these regulations a number of times. Because this 
program is a joint effort between Interior and Agriculture, these 
regulations are located in two titles of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR): Title 36, ``Parks, Forests, and Public Property,'' 
and Title 50, ``Wildlife and Fisheries,'' at 36 CFR 242.1-28 and 50 CFR 
100.1-28, respectively. The regulations contain subparts as follows: 
Subpart A, General Provisions; Subpart B, Program Structure; Subpart C, 
Board Determinations; and Subpart D, Subsistence Taking of Fish and 
Wildlife.
    Consistent with subpart B of these regulations, the Secretaries 
established a Federal Subsistence Board to administer the Federal 
Subsistence Management Program. The Board comprises:
     A Chair appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with 
concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture;
     The Alaska Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service;
     The Alaska Regional Director, U.S. National Park Service;
     The Alaska State Director, U.S. Bureau of Land Management;
     The Alaska Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Indian 
Affairs;
     The Alaska Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service; and
     Two public members appointed by the Secretary of the 
Interior with concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture.
    Through the Board, these agencies and public members participate in 
the development of regulations for subparts C and D, which, among other 
things, set forth program eligibility and specific harvest seasons and 
limits.
    In administering the program, the Secretaries divided Alaska into 
10 subsistence resource regions, each of which is represented by a 
Regional Advisory Council. The Regional Advisory Councils provide a 
forum for rural residents with personal knowledge of local conditions 
and resource requirements to have a meaningful role in the subsistence 
management of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands in Alaska. The 
Regional Advisory Council members represent varied geographical, 
cultural, and user interests within each region.

Public Review Process--Comments, Proposals, and Public Meetings

    The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils have a 
substantial role in reviewing this proposed rule and making 
recommendations for the final rule. The Federal Subsistence Board, 
through the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils, will hold 
public meetings on this proposed rule at the following locations in 
Alaska, on the following dates:

Region 1--Southeast Regional Council, Yakutat, March 17, 2015
Region 2--Southcentral Regional Council, Anchorage, February 18, 2015
Region 3--Kodiak/Aleutians Regional Council, Kodiak, February 10, 2015
Region 4--Bristol Bay Regional Council, Naknek, February 24, 2015
Region 5--Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Council, Bethel, February 25, 
2015
Region 6--Western Interior Regional Council, Fairbanks, March 3, 2015
Region 7--Seward Peninsula Regional Council, Nome, February 18, 2015
Region 8--Northwest Arctic Regional Council, Kotzebue, March 9, 2015
Region 9--Eastern Interior Regional Council, Fairbanks, March 4, 2015
Region 10--North Slope Regional Council, Barrow, March 17, 2015

    During April 2015, the written proposals to change the subpart D, 
take of wildlife regulations, and subpart C, customary and traditional 
use determinations, will be compiled and distributed for public review. 
During the 45-day public comment period, which is presently scheduled 
to end on May 15, 2015, written public comments will be accepted on the 
distributed proposals.
    The Board, through the Regional Advisory Councils, will hold a 
second series of public meetings in August through October 2015, to 
receive comments on specific proposals and to develop recommendations 
to the Board at the following locations in Alaska, on the following 
dates:

Region 1--Southeast Regional Council, Petersburg, October 13, 2015
Region 2--Southcentral Regional Council, Seldovia, October 20, 2015
Region 3--Kodiak/Aleutians Regional Council, Adak, September 25, 2015
Region 4--Bristol Bay Regional Council, Dillingham, October 27, 2015
Region 5--Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Council, TBD, October 7, 2015
Region 6--Western Interior Regional Council, Kaltag, November 3, 2015
Region 7--Seward Peninsula Regional Council, Nome, October 14, 2015
Region 8--Northwest Arctic Regional Council, Buckland, October 6, 2015
Region 9--Eastern Interior Regional Council, Fairbanks, October 29, 
2015
Region 10--North Slope Regional Council, Kaktovik, November 3, 2015

    A notice will be published of specific dates, times, and meeting 
locations in local and statewide newspapers prior to both series of 
meetings. Locations and dates may change based on weather or local 
circumstances. The amount of work on each Regional Advisory Council's 
agenda determines the length of each Regional Advisory Council meeting.
    The Board will discuss and evaluate proposed changes to the 
subsistence management regulations during a public meeting scheduled to 
be held in Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2016. The Federal Subsistence 
Regional Advisory Council Chairs, or their designated representatives, 
will present their respective Councils' recommendations at the Board 
meeting. Additional oral testimony may be provided on specific 
proposals before the Board at that time. At that public meeting, the 
Board will deliberate and take final action on proposals received that 
request changes to this proposed rule.
    Proposals to the Board to modify the general fish and wildlife 
regulations, wildlife harvest regulations, and

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customary and traditional use determinations must include the following 
information:
    a. Name, address, and telephone number of the requestor;
    b. Each section and/or paragraph designation in this proposed rule 
for which changes are suggested, if applicable;
    c. A description of the regulatory change(s) desired;
    d. A statement explaining why each change is necessary;
    e. Proposed wording changes; and
    f. Any additional information that you believe will help the Board 
in evaluating the proposed change.
    The Board immediately rejects proposals that fail to include the 
above information, or proposals that are beyond the scope of 
authorities in Sec.  __.24, subpart C (the regulations governing 
customary and traditional use determinations), and Sec. Sec.  __.25 and 
__0;.26, subpart D (the general and specific regulations governing the 
subsistence take of wildlife). If a proposal needs clarification, prior 
to being distributed for public review, the proponent may be contacted, 
and the proposal could be revised based on their input. Once 
distributed for public review, no additional changes may be made as 
part of the original submission. During the April 2016 meeting, the 
Board may defer review and action on some proposals to allow time for 
cooperative planning efforts, or to acquire additional needed 
information. The Board may elect to defer taking action on any given 
proposal if the workload of staff, Regional Advisory Councils, or the 
Board becomes excessive. These deferrals may be based on 
recommendations by the affected Regional Advisory Council(s) or staff 
members, or on the basis of the Board's intention to do least harm to 
the subsistence user and the resource involved. A proponent of a 
proposal may withdraw the proposal provided it has not been considered, 
and a recommendation has not been made, by a Regional Advisory Council. 
The Board may consider and act on alternatives that address the intent 
of a proposal while differing in approach.
    You may submit written comments and materials concerning this 
proposed rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. If you submit 
a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire comment, 
including any personal identifying information, will be posted on the 
Web site. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal 
identifying information, you may request at the top of your document 
that we withhold this information from public review. However, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will post all 
hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov.
    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting 
documentation we used in preparing this proposed rule, will be 
available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov, or by 
appointment, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays, at: USFWS, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 
East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Reasonable Accommodations

    The Federal Subsistence Board is committed to providing access to 
these meetings for all participants. Please direct all requests for 
sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other 
accommodation needs to Deborah Coble, 907-786-3880, 
subsistence@fws.gov, or 800-877-8339 (TTY), seven business days prior 
to the meeting you would like to attend.

Tribal Consultation and Comment

    As expressed in Executive Order 13175, ``Consultation and 
Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,'' the Federal officials 
that have been delegated authority by the Secretaries are committed to 
honoring the unique government-to-government political relationship 
that exists between the Federal Government and Federally Recognized 
Indian Tribes (Tribes) as listed in 79 FR 4748 (January 29, 2014). 
Consultation with Alaska Native corporations is based on Public Law 
108-199, div. H, Sec. 161, Jan. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 452, as amended by 
Public Law 108-447, div. H, title V, Sec. 518, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 
3267, which provides that: ``The Director of the Office of Management 
and Budget and all Federal agencies shall hereafter consult with Alaska 
Native corporations on the same basis as Indian tribes under Executive 
Order No. 13175.''
    ANILCA does not provide specific rights to Tribes for the 
subsistence taking of wildlife, fish, and shellfish. However, because 
tribal members are affected by subsistence fishing, hunting, and 
trapping regulations, the Secretaries, through the Board, will provide 
Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native corporations an 
opportunity to consult on this rule.
    The Board will engage in outreach efforts for this rule, including 
a notification letter, to ensure that Tribes and Alaska Native 
corporations are advised of the mechanisms by which they can 
participate. The Board provides a variety of opportunities for 
consultation: proposing changes to the existing rule; commenting on 
proposed changes to the existing rule; engaging in dialogue at the 
Regional Council meetings; engaging in dialogue at the Board's 
meetings; and providing input in person, by mail, email, or phone at 
any time during the rulemaking process. The Board commits to 
efficiently and adequately providing an opportunity to Tribes and 
Alaska Native corporations for consultation in regard to subsistence 
rulemaking.
    The Board will consider Tribes' and Alaska Native corporations' 
information, input, and recommendations, and address their concerns as 
much as practicable.

Developing the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Wildlife Seasons and Harvest Limit 
Regulations

    Subpart C and D regulations are subject to periodic review and 
revision. The Federal Subsistence Board currently completes the process 
of revising subsistence take of wildlife regulations in even-numbered 
years and fish and shellfish regulations in odd-numbered years; public 
proposal and review processes take place during the preceding year. The 
Board also addresses customary and traditional use determinations 
during the applicable cycle.
    Applicable portions of the regulations in the final rules that 
published June 13, 2012 (77 FR 35482), and June 19, 2014 (79 FR 35232), 
for the 2012-2014 and 2014-16 subparts C and D regulations constitute 
the text of the regulations in this proposed rule. The June 2012 rule 
sets forth the proposed text for Sec.  __.25, and the June 2014 rule 
sets for the proposed text for Sec. Sec.  __.24 and __.26. These 
regulations will remain in effect until subsequent Board action changes 
elements as a result of the public review process outlined above in 
this document.

Compliance With Statutory and Regulatory Authorities

National Environmental Policy Act

    A Draft Environmental Impact Statement that described four 
alternatives for developing a Federal Subsistence Management Program 
was distributed for public comment on October 7, 1991. The Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published on February 28, 
1992. The Record of Decision (ROD) on Subsistence Management for 
Federal Public Lands in Alaska was signed April 6, 1992. The selected 
alternative in the FEIS (Alternative IV) defined the administrative 
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regulatory cycle for subsistence regulations.
    A 1997 environmental assessment dealt with the expansion of Federal 
jurisdiction over fisheries and is available at the office listed under 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The Secretary of the Interior, with 
concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture, determined that expansion 
of Federal jurisdiction does not constitute a major Federal action 
significantly affecting the human environment and, therefore, signed a 
Finding of No Significant Impact.

Section 810 of ANILCA

    An ANILCA Sec.  810 analysis was completed as part of the FEIS 
process on the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The intent of 
all Federal subsistence regulations is to accord subsistence uses of 
fish and wildlife on public lands a priority over the taking of fish 
and wildlife on such lands for other purposes, unless restriction is 
necessary to conserve healthy fish and wildlife populations. The final 
Sec.  810 analysis determination appeared in the April 6, 1992, ROD and 
concluded that the Federal Subsistence Management Program, under 
Alternative IV with an annual process for setting subsistence 
regulations, may have some local impacts on subsistence uses, but will 
not likely restrict subsistence uses significantly.
    During the subsequent environmental assessment process for 
extending fisheries jurisdiction, an evaluation of the effects of this 
rule was conducted in accordance with Sec.  810. That evaluation also 
supported the Secretaries' determination that the rule will not reach 
the ``may significantly restrict'' threshold that would require notice 
and hearings under ANILCA Sec.  810(a).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to 
respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. This 
proposed rule does not contain any new collections of information that 
require OMB approval. OMB has reviewed and approved the collections of 
information associated with the subsistence regulations at 36 CFR 242 
and 50 CFR 100, and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0075, which 
expires February 29, 2016.

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563)

    Executive Order 12866 provides that the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget will 
review all significant rules. OIRA has reviewed this rule and has 
determined that this rule is not significant.
    Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while 
calling for improvements in the nation's regulatory system to promote 
predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most 
innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. 
The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches 
that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for 
the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and 
consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further 
that regulations must be based on the best available science and that 
the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open 
exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent 
with these requirements.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
requires preparation of flexibility analyses for rules that will have a 
significant effect on a substantial number of small entities, which 
include small businesses, organizations, or governmental jurisdictions. 
In general, the resources to be harvested under this rule are already 
being harvested and consumed by the local harvester and do not result 
in an additional dollar benefit to the economy. However, we estimate 
that two million pounds of meat are harvested by subsistence users 
annually and, if given an estimated dollar value of $3.00 per pound, 
this amount would equate to about $6 million in food value statewide. 
Based upon the amounts and values cited above, the Departments certify 
that this rulemaking will not have a significant economic effect on a 
substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    Under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (5 
U.S.C. 801 et seq.), this rule is not a major rule. It does not have an 
effect on the economy of $100 million or more, will not cause a major 
increase in costs or prices for consumers, and does not have 
significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, 
productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to 
compete with foreign-based enterprises.

Executive Order 12630

    Title VIII of ANILCA requires the Secretaries to administer a 
subsistence priority on public lands. The scope of this program is 
limited by definition to certain public lands. Likewise, these 
regulations have no potential takings of private property implications 
as defined by Executive Order 12630.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Secretaries have determined and certify pursuant to the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, 2 U.S.C. 1502 et seq., that this 
rulemaking will not impose a cost of $100 million or more in any given 
year on local or State governments or private entities. The 
implementation of this rule is by Federal agencies, and no cost will be 
imposed on any State or local entities or tribal governments.

Executive Order 12988

    The Secretaries have determined that these regulations meet the 
applicable standards provided in Sec. Sec.  3(a) and 3(b)(2) of 
Executive Order 12988, regarding civil justice reform.

Executive Order 13132

    In accordance with Executive Order 13132, the proposed rule does 
not have sufficient Federalism implications to warrant the preparation 
of a Federalism Assessment. Title VIII of ANILCA precludes the State 
from exercising subsistence management authority over fish and wildlife 
resources on Federal lands unless it meets certain requirements.

Executive Order 13175

    The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Title VIII, 
does not provide specific rights to tribes for the subsistence taking 
of wildlife, fish, and shellfish. However, the Board will provide 
Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native corporations an 
opportunity to consult on this rule. Consultation with Alaska Native 
corporations are based on Public Law 108-199, div. H, Sec. 161, Jan. 
23, 2004, 118 Stat. 452, as amended by Public Law 108-447, div. H, 
title V, Sec. 518, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3267, which provides that: 
``The Director of the Office of Management and Budget and all Federal 
agencies shall hereafter consult with Alaska Native corporations on the 
same basis as Indian tribes under Executive Order No. 13175.''
    The Secretaries, through the Board, will provide a variety of 
opportunities for consultation: commenting on proposed changes to the 
existing rule; engaging in dialogue at the Regional Council meetings; 
engaging in dialogue

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at the Board's meetings; and providing input in person, by mail, email, 
or phone at any time during the rulemaking process.

Executive Order 13211

    This Executive Order requires agencies to prepare Statements of 
Energy Effects when undertaking certain actions. However, this proposed 
rule is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 13211, affecting 
energy supply, distribution, or use, and no Statement of Energy Effects 
is required.

Drafting Information

    Theo Matuskowitz drafted these regulations under the guidance of 
Eugene R. Peltola, Jr. of the Office of Subsistence Management, Alaska 
Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 
Additional assistance was provided by:
     Daniel Sharp, Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land 
Management;
     Mary McBurney, Alaska Regional Office, National Park 
Service;
     Dr. Glenn Chen, Alaska Regional Office, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs;
     Trevor T. Fox, Alaska Regional Office, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service; and
     Steve Kessler and Thomas Whitford, Alaska Regional Office, 
U.S. Forest Service.

List of Subjects

36 CFR Part 242

    Administrative practice and procedure, Alaska, Fish, National 
forests, Public lands, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 100

    Administrative practice and procedure, Alaska, Fish, National 
forests, Public lands, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Wildlife.

Proposed Regulation Promulgation

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Federal Subsistence 
Board proposes to amend 36 CFR part 242 and 50 CFR part 100 for the 
2016-17 and 2017-18 regulatory years. The text of the proposed 
amendments to 36 CFR 242.24 and 242.26 and 50 CFR 100.24 and 100.26 is 
the final rule for the 2014-16 regulatory period (79 FR 35232; June 19, 
2014). The text of the proposed amendments to 36 CFR 242.25 and 50 CFR 
100.25 is the final rule for the 2012-2014 regulatory period (77 FR 
35482; June 13, 2012).

     Dated: December 12, 2014.
Eugene R. Peltola, Jr.,
Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Acting 
Chair, Federal Subsistence Board.
    Dated: December. 15, 2014.
Steve Kessler,
Subsistence Program Leader, USDA-Forest Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-00425 Filed 1-13-15; 8:45 am]
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