Notice of Intent To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for a Proposed Recreation Area Management Plan and General Plan Update for the Management of Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area in Imperial County, California, 7030-7031 [2015-02551]

Download as PDF 7030 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 26 / Monday, February 9, 2015 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD07000 L16100000.DS0000 15XL1109AF] Notice of Intent To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for a Proposed Recreation Area Management Plan and General Plan Update for the Management of Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area in Imperial County, California 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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) El Centro Field Office, California, and California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) intend to prepare a California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment with an associated joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) for the proposed Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) and General Plan update. By this notice, the BLM and OHMVR are announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. SUMMARY: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the CDCA Plan Amendment with associated joint EIS/ EIR. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until March 11, 2015. The BLM has scheduled two public scoping meetings: DATES: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 3:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Temecula Conference Center, 41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Ocotillo Wells SVRA Visitor Center, Discovery Center Building, 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. The date(s) and location(s) of any additional scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: www.blm.gov/ca/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Feb 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 st/en/fo/elcentro.html. In order to be included in the analysis, 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 as appropriate. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the Ocotillo Wells SVRA RAMP and General Plan Update by any of the following methods: • Web site: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ elcentro.html. • Email: BLM_CA_Ocotillo_Wells_ RAMP@blm.gov. • Fax: 760–337–4490 • Mail: Attn: Carrie Simmons, BLM El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the El Centro Field Office at the above address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Simmons; telephone 760–337– 4437; address 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; or email BLM_CA_ Ocotillo_Wells_RAMP@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: This document provides notice that the BLM intends to prepare a CDCA Plan Amendment with an associated EIS, announces the beginning of the scoping process, and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The Ocotillo Wells SVRA is located in San Diego and Imperial counties, generally north of State Route 78, west of State Route 86, and bounded by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on the north and west. The BLM portion of this project occurs solely within Imperial County and constitutes approximately 21,600 acres within the 85,000 acre Ocotillo Wells SVRA. The BLM lands within the Ocotillo Wells SVRA are managed by California State Parks OHMVR Division through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A joint RAMP/General Plan would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of resource and recreation management at Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Primary recreation activities at Ocotillo Wells SVRA include off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, camping, education and interpretation, and special events. The PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 California State Parks General Plan revision is needed to provide updated planning and management policies, goals, and guidelines for the entire SVRA including SVRA expansions since the 1982 General Plan was adopted. The BLM decisions include whether or not to amend the CDCA plan to change the land use designation of some BLM parcels in the SVRA. This may include making changes in OHV area designations in accordance with 43 CFR 8342. The CDCA Plan Amendment/EIS will consider a proposal to designate the Ocotillo Wells SVRA as a Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). SRMA designations recognize public lands where recreation is the predominant land use. In response to a California State Parks Recreation and Public Purposes Act (R&PP Act) application, the BLM will also identify lands within the planning area that would be available for leasing or patent to the State of California through the R&PP Act or other land transfer or disposal processes. 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 planning process. Preliminary issues for the CDCA Plan Amendment area have been identified by BLM and OHMVR as well as other Federal, State, and local agencies and stakeholders. Issues include wildlife and botany; cultural resources and paleontology; water resources; noise; land use; geology and soils; mineral resources including geothermal; socioeconomics; hazardous materials and solid waste; public health; visual resources; air quality; recreation; and traffic and transportation. In addition, the BLM anticipates the following planning issues: (1) How best to address conflicts between recreational users, and (2) how to balance opportunities for the different kinds of recreation uses. A preliminary list of the potential planning criteria that will be used to help guide and define the scope of the Plan Amendment includes: 1. Compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other relevant Federal laws, executive orders, and BLM policies; 2. To the extent consistent with Federal law, the lands will be managed consistently with the California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division’s Strategic Plan and the Off-Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Act, which include policies for managing both environmental resources and recreational activities in a sustainable manner; E:\FR\FM\09FEN1.SGM 09FEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 26 / Monday, February 9, 2015 / Notices 3. The Plan Amendment/RAMP/ General Plan will recognize valid existing rights; 4. Public involvement and participation will be an integral part of the planning process; and 5. Where existing planning decisions are still valid, those decisions may remain unchanged and be incorporated into the new Plan Amendment/RAMP/ General Plan. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-togovernment basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to 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 action that the BLM is evaluating, 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 EIS 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. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the CDCA Plan Amendment; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Feb 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this CDCA Plan Amendment. The BLM will provide an explanation in the Scoping Report or the EIS/EIR as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed by the project. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the CDCA Plan Amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Planning, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife, botany, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology and economics. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2 Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director. [FR Doc. 2015–02551 Filed 2–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCO923000 L14300000.ET0000; COC– 28675] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Modification of Public Land Order No. 184 and Opportunity for a Public Meeting, Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management proposes to modify, on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Public Land Order (PLO) No. 184 by opening the public land to all forms of appropriation and entry under the public land laws to provide for the disposal of small, fragmented, isolated parcels that are largely intermingled within residential areas. The public lands will remain closed to location and entry under the United States mining and mineral leasing laws. This notice gives the public an opportunity to comment on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7031 the application and to request a public meeting. Comments and public meeting requests must be received on or before May 11, 2015. DATES: Comments and meeting requests should be sent to the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215–7093. ADDRESSES: John D. Beck, Chief, Branch of Lands and Realty, 303–239–3882. Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The BLM filed an application requesting the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management to modify PLO No. 184, by opening the following described public lands to all forms of appropriation and entry under the public land laws, but not to the United States mining and mineral leasing laws, subject to valid existing rights, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sixth Principal Meridian T. 9 S., R. 79 W., secs. 18, 19, and 30, all public land. T. 9 S., R. 80 W., sec. 12, all public land; sec. 13, lots 30 and 31, and all remaining public land; sec. 24, lot 13, and all remaining public land. The areas described aggregate approximately 219 acres in Lake County. The Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management approved the BLM’s petition/application; therefore, the petition constitutes a withdrawal modification proposal of the Secretary of the Interior (43 CFR 2310.1–3(e)). The purpose of the withdrawal modification is to allow the BLM the ability to dispose of small, fragmented, isolated parcels that are largely intermingled within residential areas. The lands will remain closed to location and entry under the United States mining and mineral leasing laws. The use of a right-of-way, interagency or cooperative management agreement would not allow for title transfer in cases where it is determined to be in the public interest to dispose of highlyfragmented, isolated parcels. There are no suitable alternative sites available. E:\FR\FM\09FEN1.SGM 09FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Intent To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area 
Plan and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact 
Report for a Proposed Recreation Area Management Plan and General Plan 
Update for the Management of Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation 
Area in Imperial County, California

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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) El 
Centro Field Office, California, and California Department of Parks and 
Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) intend 
to prepare a California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment 
with an associated joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Ocotillo Wells State 
Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) for the proposed Recreation Area 
Management Plan (RAMP) and General Plan update. By this notice, the BLM 
and OHMVR are announcing the beginning of the scoping process to 
solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the CDCA 
Plan Amendment with associated joint EIS/EIR. Comments on issues may be 
submitted in writing until March 11, 2015.
    The BLM has scheduled two public scoping meetings:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Temecula Conference Center, 41000 Main Street, 
Temecula, CA 92590.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

    12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Ocotillo Wells SVRA Visitor Center, Discovery 
Center Building, 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

    The date(s) and location(s) of any additional scoping meetings will 
be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, 
newspapers and the BLM Web site at: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro.html. In order to be included in the analysis, 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 as 
appropriate.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the Ocotillo Wells SVRA RAMP and General Plan Update by any 
of the following methods:
     Web site: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro.html.
     Email: BLM_CA_Ocotillo_Wells_RAMP@blm.gov.
     Fax: 760-337-4490
     Mail: Attn: Carrie Simmons, BLM El Centro Field Office, 
1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243.
Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the El Centro 
Field Office at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Simmons; telephone 760-337-
4437; address 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; or email 
BLM_CA_Ocotillo_Wells_RAMP@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: This document provides notice that the BLM 
intends to prepare a CDCA Plan Amendment with an associated EIS, 
announces the beginning of the scoping process, and seeks public input 
on issues and planning criteria. The Ocotillo Wells SVRA is located in 
San Diego and Imperial counties, generally north of State Route 78, 
west of State Route 86, and bounded by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 
on the north and west. The BLM portion of this project occurs solely 
within Imperial County and constitutes approximately 21,600 acres 
within the 85,000 acre Ocotillo Wells SVRA.
    The BLM lands within the Ocotillo Wells SVRA are managed by 
California State Parks OHMVR Division through a Memorandum of 
Understanding (MOU). A joint RAMP/General Plan would improve the 
efficiency and effectiveness of resource and recreation management at 
Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Primary recreation activities at Ocotillo Wells 
SVRA include off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, camping, education and 
interpretation, and special events. The California State Parks General 
Plan revision is needed to provide updated planning and management 
policies, goals, and guidelines for the entire SVRA including SVRA 
expansions since the 1982 General Plan was adopted. The BLM decisions 
include whether or not to amend the CDCA plan to change the land use 
designation of some BLM parcels in the SVRA. This may include making 
changes in OHV area designations in accordance with 43 CFR 8342. The 
CDCA Plan Amendment/EIS will consider a proposal to designate the 
Ocotillo Wells SVRA as a Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). 
SRMA designations recognize public lands where recreation is the 
predominant land use. In response to a California State Parks 
Recreation and Public Purposes Act (R&PP Act) application, the BLM will 
also identify lands within the planning area that would be available 
for leasing or patent to the State of California through the R&PP Act 
or other land transfer or disposal processes. 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 planning process. Preliminary issues for the CDCA Plan Amendment 
area have been identified by BLM and OHMVR as well as other Federal, 
State, and local agencies and stakeholders. Issues include wildlife and 
botany; cultural resources and paleontology; water resources; noise; 
land use; geology and soils; mineral resources including geothermal; 
socioeconomics; hazardous materials and solid waste; public health; 
visual resources; air quality; recreation; and traffic and 
transportation.
    In addition, the BLM anticipates the following planning issues: (1) 
How best to address conflicts between recreational users, and (2) how 
to balance opportunities for the different kinds of recreation uses.
    A preliminary list of the potential planning criteria that will be 
used to help guide and define the scope of the Plan Amendment includes:
    1. Compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other relevant Federal 
laws, executive orders, and BLM policies;
    2. To the extent consistent with Federal law, the lands will be 
managed consistently with the California Department of Parks and 
Recreation OHMVR Division's Strategic Plan and the Off-Highway 
Motorized Vehicle Recreation Act, which include policies for managing 
both environmental resources and recreational activities in a 
sustainable manner;

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    3. The Plan Amendment/RAMP/General Plan will recognize valid 
existing rights;
    4. Public involvement and participation will be an integral part of 
the planning process; and
    5. Where existing planning decisions are still valid, those 
decisions may remain unchanged and be incorporated into the new Plan 
Amendment/RAMP/General Plan.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or using one of the methods 
listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should 
submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 15 
days after the last public meeting, whichever is later.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to 
help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic 
Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). 
The information about historic and cultural resources within the area 
potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in 
identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources. 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 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 
action that the BLM is evaluating, 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 EIS 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. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping 
meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the 
meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she 
expressed.
    The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed, and will 
place them into one of three categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the CDCA Plan Amendment;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this CDCA Plan Amendment.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Scoping Report or the 
EIS/EIR as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The 
public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and 
concerns that should be addressed by the project. The BLM will work 
collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management 
decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs 
and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop 
the CDCA Plan Amendment in order to consider the variety of resource 
issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the 
following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: 
Planning, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, 
paleontology, wildlife, botany, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, 
sociology and economics.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2

Thomas Pogacnik,
Deputy State Director.
[FR Doc. 2015-02551 Filed 2-6-15; 8:45 am]
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