Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado, 8105-8107 [2015-02946]

Download as PDF 8105 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices were made to this information collection. The BIA requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it has a valid OMB Control Number. It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable 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. III. Data OMB Control Number: 1076–0169. Title: Probate of Indian Estates, Except for Members of the Osage Nation and Five Civilized Tribes. Brief Description of Collection: This part contains the procedures that the Secretary of the Interior follows to initiate the probate of the trust estate for a deceased person who owns an interest in trust or restricted property. The Secretary must perform the information collection requests in this part to obtain the information necessary to compile an accurate and complete probate file. This file will be forwarded to the Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) for disposition. Responses to these information collection requests are required to create a probate file for the decedent’s estate so that OHA can determine the heirs of the decedent and order distribution of the trust assets in the decedent’s estate. A response is required to obtain or retain a benefit. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. Respondents: Indians, businesses, and tribal authorities. Number of Respondents: 65,751. Frequency of Response: One per respondent each year with the exception of tribes that may be required to provide enrollment information on an average of approximately 10 times/year. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 76,695. 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[FR Doc. 2015–03045 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [LLCOS06000 L10200000.EE0000] Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 ACTION: Notice. 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) Gunnison Field Office, Gunnison, Colorado, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP amendment with associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until March 16, 2015. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 gfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the Gunnison Field Office RMP amendment/EIS by any of the following methods: • Email: blm_co_gfo_nepa_ comments@blm.gov. • Fax: 970–642–4990. • Mail: 210 West Spencer Street, Suite A, Gunnison, CO 81230. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM Gunnison Field Office at the address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Murphy, Outdoor Recreation Planner; telephone, 970–642–4955; address, 210 West Spencer Street, Suite A, Gunnison, CO 81230; email, blm_ E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 8106 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices co_gfo_nepa_comments@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 Gunnison Field Office intends to prepare an RMP amendment with an associated EIS for 16 domestic sheep grazing allotments, announces the beginning of the scoping process and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The planning area is located in Gunnison, Hinsdale, and portions of Montrose, Ouray, and San Juan counties, Colorado. The planning area encompasses approximately 115,000 acres of public land. The BLM will analyze grazing that is currently authorized by five livestock grazing permits in the planning area. The five livestock grazing permits authorize sheep grazing on twelve grazing allotments. Eight of those allotments completely or partly overlap with mapped Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (RMBS) habitat. Livestock grazing authorized by these five permits has not yet been fully analyzed in compliance with NEPA; therefore, these permits are currently being authorized under the authority of Public Law 108–108 and Public Law 111–8. In addition, the BLM will analyze livestock grazing on four other livestock grazing allotments located in areas south and west of Lake City, Colorado, which are currently vacant (domestic livestock grazing is not currently permitted on those allotments). Although there is no demand for livestock grazing on these four vacant allotments, the risk of contact with RMBS is high if permitted. Because the BLM may change livestock grazing allocations through this process, the BLM may need to amend its Resource Management Plan. These changes could include making some areas and related allotments unavailable to livestock grazing; adjusting area-wide forage availability for livestock; and making some areas or allotments that are currently unavailable to livestock grazing available for that use. Over the past 30 years, the bighorn sheep population in the area has increased to a level indicating a healthy, stable population. New information about disease transmission between domestic sheep and RMBS indicates that contact between the species can VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 pose a risk to the health of the RMBS population. The potential for disease transmission is a particular concern in areas where the risk of contact between species is high and design criteria or mitigation measures to achieve separation may not be effective. To fully analyze the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of authorizing livestock grazing in bighorn sheep habitat areas, the EIS will consider the five livestock grazing permits, including the associated grazing allotments outside of RMBS habitat, as well as four allotments that are currently vacant and unpermitted. 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 plan amendment area have been identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and other stakeholders. The issues include: RMBS population health, domestic sheep grazing, socioeconomics, riparian area conditions, noxious weeds, Canada lynx habitat, Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat and upland soils. Preliminary planning criteria include: 1. The BLM will continue to manage the Gunnison Field Office in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1701 (et seq.), other applicable laws and regulations and all existing public land laws. 2. The RMP amendment will be developed using an interdisciplinary approach to identify alternatives and analyze resource impacts, including cumulative impacts to natural and cultural resources and the social and economic environment. 3. The amendment process will follow the FLPMA planning process and the BLM will develop an EIS analyzing the amendment, consistent with NEPA. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed earlier in the ADDRESSES section. 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 in the plan amendment, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan amendment; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan amendment. The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft RMP amendment/Draft EIS 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 in the plan amendment. 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 the NEPA public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to 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 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 environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the 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: rangeland management, minerals and geology, E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices forestry, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, and economics. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2 Ruth Welch, BLM Colorado State Director. [FR Doc. 2015–02946 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVL01000. L51100000.GN0000.LVEMF1402520. 241A.14X; MO#4500069499] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Gold Rock Mine Project, White Pine County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Egan Field Office, Ely, Nevada has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed Gold Rock Mine Project in White Pine County, NV, and by this notice is announcing the opening of the public comment period on the Draft EIS. DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft EIS within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce any public meetings or other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Gold Rock Mine Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://on.doi.gov/ 1zAxyW9. • fax: 775–289–1910. • mail: BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301–9408. Copies of the Draft EIS are available in the Egan Field Office at the above address and on the Ely District’s Web page at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ ely_field_office/blm_programs/ minerals/mining_projects/gold_rock_ project.html. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 For further information contact Dan Netcher, Project Manager, telephone 775–289–1872; address BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301–9408; email dnetcher@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: Midway Gold US Inc. (Midway) proposes to construct and operate an open-pit gold mining operation on the eastern side of the Pancake Mountain Range, approximately 50 miles west of Ely in White Pine County, Nevada. The proposed location is 15 miles south of U.S. Route 50 near Newark Valley and the northern Railroad Valley, in the same geographic area as the reclaimed and closed Easy Junior Mine. Midway submitted the Gold Rock Mine Project Plan of Operations on March 21, 2013. The BLM’s approval of the mine plan as proposed (the Proposed Action) would authorize approximately 3,946 acres of disturbance on land administered by the BLM. Under the Proposed Action, the proposed operations and associated disturbance would include a proposed power line extending south from the Pan Mine to the west side of the proposed Gold Rock Mine Project site. Also under the Proposed Action, a county road that currently passes through the Gold Rock Mine Project area would be re-located onto existing and new BLM and county roads. An updated inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics was completed and found no lands with wilderness characteristics in the project area. The projected life of the project is 48 years: 10 years of mining and additional time for associated construction, reclamation, closure, and post-closure monitoring periods. Midway is currently conducting exploration activities in the project area; which activities were analyzed in two separate environmental assessments (EAs): The Midway Gold Rock Project Final Environmental Assessment (June 2012), and the Environmental Assessment for the Midway Gold Rock Project, Exploration Amendment (October 2012). On September 5, 2013, a Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register inviting scoping comments on the Proposed Action. A FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8107 legal notice was prepared by the BLM and published in the Ely Times, the Eureka Sentinel, the High Desert Advocate, and the Reno Gazette-Journal informing the public of the BLM’s intention to prepare the Gold Rock Mine EIS. Public scoping meetings were held in September 2013 in Ely, Eureka, and Reno, Nevada. On November 7, 2013, the BLM learned that the email account set up to receive scoping comments on the Gold Rock Mine Project EIS, along with all of its contents, had disappeared during the first week of October 2013 and was not recoverable. On March 28, 2014, the BLM published a second Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register, extending the scoping period for another 30-day public input period, inviting the public to submit comments, and requesting that anyone who submitted scoping comments by email during the initial 30-day scoping period (September 5, 2013, through October 7, 2013) resubmit their comments by mail, by fax, or through the ePlanning system during this 30-day extension of the public input period. No changes were made to the Proposed Action. No scoping meetings were held during this 30-day extension of the public input period, as these meetings were not affected by the technical difficulties with the email account. In total, 60 comment documents were received during scoping. The comments were incorporated in a Scoping Summary Report and were considered in the preparation of this Draft EIS. Concerns raised during scoping include: Positive and negative socioeconomic impacts on the communities of Ely and Eureka, and to White Pine County; changes to the quantity and quality of surface water and groundwater; potential occurrence of acid drainage from waste rock disposal areas into surface or groundwater; impacts to soils through reduced infiltration or increased erosion; potential occurrence of a release of pollutants and hazardous materials to the environment during operations or following closure; impacts to wild horses and their habitat; impacts to vegetation communities, and vegetative food resources for wildlife; short- and long-term impacts on wildlife population dynamics and habitats; potential impacts to population and habitat of greater sage-grouse; potential impacts to Native American traditional and religious values regarding greater sage-grouse, antelope traps and geologic and mineral resources; impacts to air quality through point (equipment) and non-point (site roads and facilities) pollution sources; potential impacts to E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLCOS06000 L10200000.EE0000]


Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the 
Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office and Prepare an 
Associated Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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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) 
Gunnison Field Office, Gunnison, Colorado, intends to prepare a 
Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing 
the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and 
identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP 
amendment with associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in 
writing until March 16, 2015. The date(s) and location(s) of any 
scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through 
local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all 
comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping 
period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. 
The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation 
as appropriate.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the Gunnison Field Office RMP amendment/EIS by any of the 
following methods:
     Email: gfo_nepa_comments@blm.gov">blm_co_gfo_nepa_comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: 970-642-4990.
     Mail: 210 West Spencer Street, Suite A, Gunnison, CO 
81230.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM 
Gunnison Field Office at the address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Murphy, Outdoor Recreation 
Planner; telephone, 970-642-4955; address, 210 West Spencer Street, 
Suite A, Gunnison, CO 81230; email, blm_

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co_gfo_nepa_comments@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 
Gunnison Field Office intends to prepare an RMP amendment with an 
associated EIS for 16 domestic sheep grazing allotments, announces the 
beginning of the scoping process and seeks public input on issues and 
planning criteria. The planning area is located in Gunnison, Hinsdale, 
and portions of Montrose, Ouray, and San Juan counties, Colorado. The 
planning area encompasses approximately 115,000 acres of public land. 
The BLM will analyze grazing that is currently authorized by five 
livestock grazing permits in the planning area. The five livestock 
grazing permits authorize sheep grazing on twelve grazing allotments. 
Eight of those allotments completely or partly overlap with mapped 
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (RMBS) habitat. Livestock grazing 
authorized by these five permits has not yet been fully analyzed in 
compliance with NEPA; therefore, these permits are currently being 
authorized under the authority of Public Law 108-108 and Public Law 
111-8. In addition, the BLM will analyze livestock grazing on four 
other livestock grazing allotments located in areas south and west of 
Lake City, Colorado, which are currently vacant (domestic livestock 
grazing is not currently permitted on those allotments). Although there 
is no demand for livestock grazing on these four vacant allotments, the 
risk of contact with RMBS is high if permitted. Because the BLM may 
change livestock grazing allocations through this process, the BLM may 
need to amend its Resource Management Plan. These changes could include 
making some areas and related allotments unavailable to livestock 
grazing; adjusting area-wide forage availability for livestock; and 
making some areas or allotments that are currently unavailable to 
livestock grazing available for that use.
    Over the past 30 years, the bighorn sheep population in the area 
has increased to a level indicating a healthy, stable population. New 
information about disease transmission between domestic sheep and RMBS 
indicates that contact between the species can pose a risk to the 
health of the RMBS population. The potential for disease transmission 
is a particular concern in areas where the risk of contact between 
species is high and design criteria or mitigation measures to achieve 
separation may not be effective. To fully analyze the direct, indirect 
and cumulative impacts of authorizing livestock grazing in bighorn 
sheep habitat areas, the EIS will consider the five livestock grazing 
permits, including the associated grazing allotments outside of RMBS 
habitat, as well as four allotments that are currently vacant and 
unpermitted.
    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 plan amendment area have been identified by BLM 
personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and other stakeholders. 
The issues include: RMBS population health, domestic sheep grazing, 
socio-economics, riparian area conditions, noxious weeds, Canada lynx 
habitat, Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat and upland soils. Preliminary 
planning criteria include:
    1. The BLM will continue to manage the Gunnison Field Office in 
accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 
U.S.C. 1701 (et seq.), other applicable laws and regulations and all 
existing public land laws.
    2. The RMP amendment will be developed using an interdisciplinary 
approach to identify alternatives and analyze resource impacts, 
including cumulative impacts to natural and cultural resources and the 
social and economic environment.
    3. The amendment process will follow the FLPMA planning process and 
the BLM will develop an EIS analyzing the amendment, consistent with 
NEPA.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the 
BLM using one of the methods listed earlier in the ADDRESSES section. 
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.
    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 in the plan 
amendment, and will place them into one of three categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan amendment;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan amendment.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft RMP amendment/
Draft EIS 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 in the plan amendment. 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 the NEPA public participation requirements to 
assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements 
under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 
U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about 
historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by 
the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating 
impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 
of the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and 
potential impacts to 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 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 environmental analysis 
as a cooperating agency. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach 
to develop the 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: 
rangeland management, minerals and geology,

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forestry, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife and 
fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, and 
economics.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2

Ruth Welch,
BLM Colorado State Director.
[FR Doc. 2015-02946 Filed 2-12-15; 8:45 am]
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