Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest; Montana; Supplemental EIS for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan To Comply With District of Montana Court Order, 54762-54763 [2015-22890]

Download as PDF 54762 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 176 Friday, September 11, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES September 8, 2015. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. 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Summary of Collection: The National Hunger Clearinghouse FNS–543 form collects develops and distributes information and resources to help build the capacity of emergency food providers to address the immediate needs of struggling families and individuals while promoting selfreliance and access to healthy food. The Clearinghouse includes the National Hunger Hotline, which refers people in need anywhere in the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchen, government programs and model grassroots organizations. The FNS–543A is the instrument used to voluntarily collect information about summer meal sites from State agencies. It collects site name, location and operating details such as dates and times of the day that the sites are in operation that provide summer meals to children 18 years and younger in lowincome communities during the summer. Section 26 of the National School Lunch Act, which was added to the Act by Section 123 of Public Law 103–448 on November 2, 1994, mandated that the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) enter into a contract with a nongovernmental organization to develop and maintain a national information clearinghouse of grassroots organizations working on hunger, food, nutrition, and other agricultural issues, including food recovery, food assistance and self-help activities to aid individuals to become self-reliant and other activities that empower low-income individuals. Need and Use of the Information: FNS will collect information to provide a resource for groups that assist lowincome individuals or communities regarding nutrition assistance program or other assistance. The information aids FNS to fight hunger and improve nutrition by increasing participation in the FNS nutrition programs through the development, coordination, and evaluation of strategic initiatives, partnership, and outreach activities. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Description of Respondents: State Agencies (55), Business or other forprofit and Not-for-profit institutions (600). Number of Respondents: 655. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 110. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–22948 Filed 9–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest; Montana; Supplemental EIS for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan To Comply With District of Montana Court Order Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to the 2009 Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) environmental analysis in response to an August 27, 2015 Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. The Court directed the Forest Service to ‘‘properly disclose the information underlying its analysis of snowmobile impacts on big game wildlife’’ and ‘‘adequately appl[y] the minimization criteria in the [2005 Travel Management Rule].’’ DATES: Under 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), there is no formal scoping period for this proposed action. The Draft SEIS is expected to be published in November 2015, which will then begin, in accordance with 36 CFR 219.16(a)(2), a 90-day public comment period on the Draft SEIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jan Bowey, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 125 Mill Street, Sheridan, MT 59749 (406) 842–5432. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11SEN1.SGM 11SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 176 / Friday, September 11, 2015 / Notices 800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. The 2009 Forest Plan provides management direction for activities on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest for the next 10 to 15 years, including direction on eight topics (vegetation, wildlife, aquatic resources, recreation and travel management, fire management, livestock grazing, timber and recommended wilderness). In 2010, WildEarth Guardians, Friends of the Bitterroot, Inc., and Montanans for Quiet Recreation, Inc., filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana (Case 9:10– cv–00104–DWM) alleging inadequate analysis of the ‘‘site-specific impacts of snowmobile use on big game winter habitat and conflicting recreational uses’’ when developing the Forest Plan, failure ‘‘to apply certain criteria [referred to as the minimization criteria] when designating areas open to snowmobile use’’ and that Subpart C of the 2005 Travel Management Rule concerning over-snow vehicles was invalid. In its June 22, 2015 Opinion (WildEarth Guardians et al. v. Montana Snowmobile Ass’n, 790 F.3d 920 (9th Cir. 2015)), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found the Forest Service provided sufficient information to establish that it took a ‘‘hard look’’ at the impacts of snowmobile use on nonmotorized recreational uses and sufficiently analyzed these conflicts. Further, the U.S. Court of Appeals found that plaintiffs’ challenge to the Subpart C exemption in the Travel Management Rule was not ripe for review. However, in the same opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals held that the Forest Service did not provide the public adequate access to information about the impact of snowmobiles on big game wildlife and habitat and did not allow the public to play an appropriate role in the decision-making process. The U.S. Court of Appeals also found the Forest Service did not adequately apply the minimization criteria found in the Travel Management Rule. The matter was remanded to the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. In an August 27, 2015 Order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana ordered the Forest Service to ‘‘properly disclose the information underlying its analysis of snowmobile impacts on big game wildlife’’ and ‘‘adequately appl[y] the minimization criteria in the [2005 Travel Managment Rule].’’ The SEIS will disclose information underlying its analysis of snowmobile impacts on big rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:14 Sep 10, 2015 Jkt 235001 54763 game wildlife and apply the minimization criteria to areas on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest open to over-snow vehicle use during the winter recreation season (December 2 through May 15). A Draft SEIS is expected to be available for public review and comment in November 2015. The comment period for the Draft SEIS will be 90 days from the date the Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register 36 CFR 219.16(a)(2). Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Dated: September 4, 2015. Melany Glossa, Forest Supervisor. Rural Utilities Service Title: Advance of Loan Funds and Budgetary Control and Related Burdens. OMB Control Number: 0572–0015. Summary of Collection: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is authorized by the Rural Electrification Act (RE Act) of 1936, as amended, ‘‘to make loans in several States and territories of the United States for rural electrification and for the purpose of furnishing and improving electric and telephone service in rural areas and to assist electric borrowers to implement demand side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems.’’ Borrowers will provide the agency with information that supports the use of the funds as well as identify the type of projects for which they will use the funds. Need and Use of the Information: RUS electric borrowers will submit RUS form 595 and 219. Form 595, Financial Requirement & Expenditure Statement, to request an advance of loan funds remaining for an existing approved loan and to report on the expenditure of previously advanced loan funds. Form 219, Inventory of Work Orders, serves as a connecting line and provides an audit trail that verifies the evidence supporting the propriety of expenditures for construction of retirement projects that supports the advance of funds. The information collected will ensure that loan funds are expended and advanced for RUS approved budget process and amounts. Failure to collect proper information could result in improper determinations of eligibility or improper use of funds. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit institutions; Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 600. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 14,570. [FR Doc. 2015–22890 Filed 9–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utility Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request September 8, 2015. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary 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 burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, 725—17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rural Utility Service Title: 7 CFR 1773, Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers. OMB Control Number: 0572–0095. E:\FR\FM\11SEN1.SGM 11SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 176 (Friday, September 11, 2015)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-22890]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest; Montana; Supplemental EIS 
for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Land and Resource 
Management Plan To Comply With District of Montana Court Order

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

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

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SUMMARY: The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will prepare a 
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to the 2009 
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Revised Land and Resource 
Management Plan (Forest Plan) environmental analysis in response to an 
August 27, 2015 Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of 
Montana. The Court directed the Forest Service to ``properly disclose 
the information underlying its analysis of snowmobile impacts on big 
game wildlife'' and ``adequately appl[y] the minimization criteria in 
the [2005 Travel Management Rule].''

DATES: Under 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), there is no formal scoping period for 
this proposed action. The Draft SEIS is expected to be published in 
November 2015, which will then begin, in accordance with 36 CFR 
219.16(a)(2), a 90-day public comment period on the Draft SEIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jan Bowey, Beaverhead-Deerlodge 
National Forest, 125 Mill Street, Sheridan, MT 59749 (406) 842-5432. 
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at

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800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through 
Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 2009 Forest Plan provides management 
direction for activities on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest 
for the next 10 to 15 years, including direction on eight topics 
(vegetation, wildlife, aquatic resources, recreation and travel 
management, fire management, livestock grazing, timber and recommended 
wilderness).
    In 2010, WildEarth Guardians, Friends of the Bitterroot, Inc., and 
Montanans for Quiet Recreation, Inc., filed a complaint in U.S. 
District Court for the District of Montana (Case 9:10-cv-00104-DWM) 
alleging inadequate analysis of the ``site-specific impacts of 
snowmobile use on big game winter habitat and conflicting recreational 
uses'' when developing the Forest Plan, failure ``to apply certain 
criteria [referred to as the minimization criteria] when designating 
areas open to snowmobile use'' and that Subpart C of the 2005 Travel 
Management Rule concerning over-snow vehicles was invalid. In its June 
22, 2015 Opinion (WildEarth Guardians et al. v. Montana Snowmobile 
Ass'n, 790 F.3d 920 (9th Cir. 2015)), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 
Ninth Circuit found the Forest Service provided sufficient information 
to establish that it took a ``hard look'' at the impacts of snowmobile 
use on non-motorized recreational uses and sufficiently analyzed these 
conflicts. Further, the U.S. Court of Appeals found that plaintiffs' 
challenge to the Subpart C exemption in the Travel Management Rule was 
not ripe for review.
    However, in the same opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals held that 
the Forest Service did not provide the public adequate access to 
information about the impact of snowmobiles on big game wildlife and 
habitat and did not allow the public to play an appropriate role in the 
decision-making process. The U.S. Court of Appeals also found the 
Forest Service did not adequately apply the minimization criteria found 
in the Travel Management Rule. The matter was remanded to the U.S. 
District Court for the District of Montana.
    In an August 27, 2015 Order, the U.S. District Court for the 
District of Montana ordered the Forest Service to ``properly disclose 
the information underlying its analysis of snowmobile impacts on big 
game wildlife'' and ``adequately appl[y] the minimization criteria in 
the [2005 Travel Managment Rule].'' The SEIS will disclose information 
underlying its analysis of snowmobile impacts on big game wildlife and 
apply the minimization criteria to areas on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge 
National Forest open to over-snow vehicle use during the winter 
recreation season (December 2 through May 15).
    A Draft SEIS is expected to be available for public review and 
comment in November 2015. The comment period for the Draft SEIS will be 
90 days from the date the Notice of Availability is published in the 
Federal Register 36 CFR 219.16(a)(2).

    Dated: September 4, 2015.
Melany Glossa,
Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2015-22890 Filed 9-10-15; 8:45 am]
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