Notice of Application for Withdrawal and Notification of Public Meetings; South Dakota and Wyoming, 57632-57633 [2015-24312]

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[FR Doc. 2015–24226 Filed 9–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [SDM 104505/WYW 181986] Notice of Application for Withdrawal and Notification of Public Meetings; South Dakota and Wyoming AGENCY: South Dakota Black Hills National Forest Black Hills Meridian Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice. Bear and Beaver Gulches Botanical Area ACTION: The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw approximately 17,486.90 acres of National Forest System lands from the mining laws to protect four Research Natural Areas and seven Botanical Areas within the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming. This notice temporarily segregates the lands for up to 2 years from location and entry under the United States mining laws while the application is being processed. This notice also gives an opportunity to comment on the proposed withdrawal application, and announces dates, time and location of two public meetings. DATES: The USFS must receive comments on or before December 23, 2015. The USFS will hold public meetings in connection with the proposed withdrawal on October 27, 2015 and October 28, 2015. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 Sep 23, 2015 Comments should be sent to the Forest Supervisor, Black Hills National Forest, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, South Dakota 57730 or the BLM Montana State Director, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Hunt, USFS, Rocky Mountain Region, 303–275–5071, vbhunt@ fs.fed.us, Tamara Lorenz, BLM Montana State Office, 406–896–5053, tlorenz@ mt.blm.gov, or Marilyn Roth, BLM Wyoming State Office, 307–775–6189. 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 either of the above individuals. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with either of the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USFS has filed an application with the BLM, pursuant to Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 requesting that the Secretary of the Interior withdraw, for a 20-year period, subject to valid existing rights, the National Forest System lands within the Black Hills National Forest described below, from location and entry under the United States mining laws: ADDRESSES: Jkt 235001 T. 5 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 4, lots 4 and 5, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, N1⁄2SW1⁄4, SW1⁄4SW1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 5, lots 1 thru 4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 6, lots 1, 3 thru 9, and lots 12 thru 17; Sec. 8, NE1⁄4; Sec. 9, lots 1 thru 6, lot 8, and W1⁄2NE1⁄4; Sec. 16, lot 2. T. 6 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 17, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 18, lot 17; Sec. 19, lots 1, 5, 6, and 11, and E1⁄2; Sec. 20, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, NW1⁄4, and S1⁄2; Sec. 21, SW1⁄4SW1⁄4; Sec. 29, E1⁄2, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4, NW1⁄4SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4SW1⁄4; Sec. 30, lots 1 thru 6, lots 7 and 12, and E1⁄2; Sec. 31, lots 1 thru 7, lots 10, 11, 12, and 14, NE1⁄4 and NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 32, lots 1 thru 4, NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, N1⁄2SW1⁄4, and N1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 33, lots 1 and 2, and N1⁄2SW1⁄4. The areas described aggregate 5,342.08 acres in Lawrence County. PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Black Fox Botanical Area T. 2 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 11, SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4, E1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 12 lots 1 and 2, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 13, E1⁄2NE1⁄4, W1⁄2NW1⁄4, W1⁄2SW1⁄4, and NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 14, E1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 24, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4. T. 2 N., R. 3 E., Sec. 7, lots 4 thru 7; Sec. 17, lots 2, 6, and 7; Sec. 18, lots 1, 2, 5, and 6, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4. The areas described aggregate 1,618.38 acres in Pennington (909.42 acres) and Lawrence (708.96 acres) Counties. Canyon City Research Natural Area T. 1 N., R. 4 E., Sec. 1, lots 1, 3, and 4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, and NW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 2, lots 1 thru 4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4, and N1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 3, lots 5 and 6. T. 2 N., R. 4 E., Sec. 34, lot 9, and S1⁄2SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 36, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4. The areas described aggregate 914.26 acres in Pennington County. Englewood Springs Botanical Area T. 4 N., R. 3 E., Sec. 29, lots 2, 6, and 7, SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; Sec. 32, NE1⁄4NW1⁄4. The area described contains 409.05 acres in Lawrence County. Fanny Boles Gulch Research Natural Area T. 3 S., R. 1 E., Sec. 6, lots 5, 6, and 7, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 7, lots 1 thru 4, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, W1⁄2NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and S1⁄2SE1⁄4. The area described contains 853.41 acres in Custer County. Higgins Gulch Botanical Area T. 6 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 23, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 24, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 25, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, and W1⁄2; Sec. 26, E1⁄2, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and NW1⁄4SW1⁄4; Sec. 27, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4; Sec. 35, N1⁄2NE1⁄4, and NE1⁄4NW1⁄4; Sec 36, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, and E1⁄2NW1⁄4. The area described contains 1,640.00 acres in Lawrence County. McIntosh Fen Botanical Area T. 1 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 14, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4; E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 185 / Thursday, September 24, 2015 / Notices Sec. 15, SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 22, lots 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8; Sec. 26, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4 except for that portion within Homestead Entry Survey 235 subject to Patent 529631. The area described contains 239.60 acres in Pennington County. North Fork of Castle Creek Area T. 1 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 2, lots 3 and 4; T. 2 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 22, SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 26, W1⁄2; Sec. 27, E1⁄2 and E1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 34, NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, and E1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 35, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, W1⁄2, NE1⁄4SE1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4. The area described aggregates 1,681.72 acres in Pennington County. The areas described in South Dakota aggregate approximately 12,698.50 acres in Custer, Lawrence, and Pennington Counties. Wyoming Black Hills National Forest Sixth Principal Meridian Dugout Gulch Botanical Area T. 52 N., R 60 W., Sec. 19, lots 3 and 4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 30, lots 1 thru 4, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; Sec. 31, lot 1, NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4NW1⁄4, and N1⁄2SE1⁄4. T. 52 N., R. 61 W., Sec. 24, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 25, lots 1 thru 4, inclusive, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, and E1⁄2SE 1⁄4; Sec. 36, E1⁄2NE1⁄4. The area described aggregates 1,515.33 acres in Crook County. Hay Creek Research Natural Area T. 54 N., R. 62 W., Sec. 7, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; Sec. 8, NW1⁄4SW1⁄4, and S1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 17, NW1⁄4, and N1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 18, NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4NW1⁄4, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4, NE1⁄4SE1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE 1⁄4. The area described contains 1,080.00 acres in Crook County. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Upper Sand Creek Botanical Area T. 51 N., R. 60 W., Sec. 7, S1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 17, lots 1 and 2, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, SW1⁄4SW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 18, lots 5 thru 8, inclusive, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, W1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 19, E1⁄2; Sec. 20, lot 1, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, W1⁄2SE1⁄4, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 21, lots 8 thru 11, lots 14 and 15, and NW1⁄4SE1⁄4; VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 Sep 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 Sec. 29, lots 2 and 3, N1⁄2NE1⁄4 and SW1⁄4NW1⁄4; Sec. 30, NE1⁄4. The area described contains 2,233.07 acres in Crook County. The total areas described in Wyoming aggregate 4,828.40 acres in Crook County. The purpose of the withdrawal is to protect the Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas and allow the USFS to explore administrative alternatives in managing the lands. The use of a right-of-way, interagency agreement, or cooperative agreement would not provide adequate protection for these areas due to the broad scope and nondiscretionary nature of the general mining laws. No alternative sites are feasible due to the resource significance of the areas. No water will be needed to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal. Records relating to the application may be examined by contacting the USFS, Rocky Mountain Region at the above address and phone number. For a period until December 23, 2015, all persons who wish to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in connection with the withdrawal application may present their views in writing to the Forest Supervisor, Black Hills National Forest at the address indicated above. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, Black Hills National Forest, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, South Dakota 57730, during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Notice is hereby given that public meetings in connection with the proposed withdrawal will be held at the Mystic Ranger District, 8221 South Hwy 16, Rapid City, South Dakota 67702 on October 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. and at the Sundance Community Center, Basement of the Crook County Courthouse, 309 Cleveland St., Sundance, Wyoming 82729 on October 28, 2015 at 6 p.m. The USFS will publish a notice of the time and place in a least one newspaper of general circulation no less than 30 days PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57633 before the scheduled dates of the meetings. For a period until September 25, 2017, subject to valid existing rights, the lands will be segregated from location and entry under the United States mining laws, unless the application is denied or canceled or the withdrawal is approved prior to that date. The lands will remain open to other uses within the statutory authority pertinent to National Forest lands and subject to discretionary approval. The application will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2310. Peter A. McFadden, Chief, Branch of Realty and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2015–24312 Filed 9–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWO2100000 L11100000.DR0000.LXSISGST0000] Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Great Basin Region Greater SageGrouse Sub-Regions of Idaho and Southwestern Montana; Nevada and Northeastern California; Oregon; and Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments (ARMPAs) for the Great Basin Region Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) sub-regions of Idaho and Southwestern Montana, Nevada and Northeastern California, Oregon, and Utah. The Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior signed the ROD. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD and ARMPAs are available upon request and are also available for public inspection at the addresses listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Interested persons may also review the ROD and ARMPAs on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/ more/sagegrouse.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Idaho and Southwestern Montana GRSG ARMPA: Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office GRSG Planning Lead, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[SDM 104505/WYW 181986]


Notice of Application for Withdrawal and Notification of Public 
Meetings; South Dakota and Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service 
(USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM) requesting the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw 
approximately 17,486.90 acres of National Forest System lands from the 
mining laws to protect four Research Natural Areas and seven Botanical 
Areas within the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and 
Wyoming. This notice temporarily segregates the lands for up to 2 years 
from location and entry under the United States mining laws while the 
application is being processed. This notice also gives an opportunity 
to comment on the proposed withdrawal application, and announces dates, 
time and location of two public meetings.

DATES: The USFS must receive comments on or before December 23, 2015. 
The USFS will hold public meetings in connection with the proposed 
withdrawal on October 27, 2015 and October 28, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to the Forest Supervisor, Black 
Hills National Forest, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, South Dakota 
57730 or the BLM Montana State Director, 5001 Southgate Drive, 
Billings, Montana 59101.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Hunt, USFS, Rocky Mountain 
Region, 303-275-5071, vbhunt@fs.fed.us, Tamara Lorenz, BLM Montana 
State Office, 406-896-5053, tlorenz@mt.blm.gov, or Marilyn Roth, BLM 
Wyoming State Office, 307-775-6189.
    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 either of the above individuals. The FIRS is available 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with either of the 
above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business 
hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USFS has filed an application with the 
BLM, pursuant to Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 requesting that the Secretary of the 
Interior withdraw, for a 20-year period, subject to valid existing 
rights, the National Forest System lands within the Black Hills 
National Forest described below, from location and entry under the 
United States mining laws:

South Dakota

Black Hills National Forest

    Black Hills Meridian

Bear and Beaver Gulches Botanical Area

T. 5 N., R. 1 E.,
    Sec. 4, lots 4 and 5, SW\1/4\NW\1/4\, N\1/2\SW\1/4\, SW\1/
4\SW\1/4\, and SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 5, lots 1 thru 4, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SE\1/
4\, and SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 6, lots 1, 3 thru 9, and lots 12 thru 17;
    Sec. 8, NE\1/4\;
    Sec. 9, lots 1 thru 6, lot 8, and W\1/2\NE\1/4\;
    Sec. 16, lot 2.

T. 6 N., R. 1 E.,
    Sec. 17, SW\1/4\NE\1/4\, NE\1/4\SW\1/4\, and W\1/2\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 18, lot 17;
    Sec. 19, lots 1, 5, 6, and 11, and E\1/2\;
    Sec. 20, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, NW\1/4\, and S\1/2\;
    Sec. 21, SW\1/4\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 29, E\1/2\, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, NW\1/4\NW\1/4\, NW\1/4\SW\1/4\, 
and SE\1/4\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 30, lots 1 thru 6, lots 7 and 12, and E\1/2\;
    Sec. 31, lots 1 thru 7, lots 10, 11, 12, and 14, NE\1/4\ and 
NE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 32, lots 1 thru 4, NE\1/4\, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, N\1/2\SW\1/4\, 
and N\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 33, lots 1 and 2, and N\1/2\SW\1/4\.

    The areas described aggregate 5,342.08 acres in Lawrence County.

Black Fox Botanical Area

T. 2 N., R. 2 E.,
    Sec. 11, SE\1/4\NE\1/4\, SE\1/4\SW\1/4\, E\1/2\SE\1/4\, and 
SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 12 lots 1 and 2, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\, and 
W\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 13, E\1/2\NE\1/4\, W\1/2\NW\1/4\, W\1/2\SW\1/4\, and NE\1/
4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 14, E\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 24, NW\1/4\NW\1/4\.

T. 2 N., R. 3 E.,
    Sec. 7, lots 4 thru 7;
    Sec. 17, lots 2, 6, and 7;
    Sec. 18, lots 1, 2, 5, and 6, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, and 
SE\1/4\.

    The areas described aggregate 1,618.38 acres in Pennington (909.42 
acres) and Lawrence (708.96 acres) Counties.

Canyon City Research Natural Area

T. 1 N., R. 4 E.,
    Sec. 1, lots 1, 3, and 4, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, and 
NW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 2, lots 1 thru 4, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, SE\1/4\NW\1/4\, NE\1/
4\SW\1/4\, and N\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 3, lots 5 and 6.
T. 2 N., R. 4 E.,
    Sec. 34, lot 9, and S\1/2\SE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 36, SE\1/4\SW\1/4\.

    The areas described aggregate 914.26 acres in Pennington County.

Englewood Springs Botanical Area

T. 4 N., R. 3 E.,
    Sec. 29, lots 2, 6, and 7, SE\1/4\NE\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, and 
SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 32, NE\1/4\NW\1/4\.

    The area described contains 409.05 acres in Lawrence County.

Fanny Boles Gulch Research Natural Area

T. 3 S., R. 1 E.,
    Sec. 6, lots 5, 6, and 7, SE\1/4\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, and 
W\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 7, lots 1 thru 4, W\1/2\NE\1/4\, W\1/2\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/
4\, and S\1/2\SE\1/4\.

    The area described contains 853.41 acres in Custer County.

Higgins Gulch Botanical Area

T. 6 N., R. 1 E.,
    Sec. 23, SE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 24, SW\1/4\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\, and W\1/2\SE\1/
4\;
    Sec. 25, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\, and W\1/2\;
    Sec. 26, E\1/2\, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, 
and NW\1/4\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 27, NE\1/4\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 35, N\1/2\NE\1/4\, and NE\1/4\NW\1/4\;
    Sec 36, W\1/2\NE\1/4\, and E\1/2\NW\1/4\.

    The area described contains 1,640.00 acres in Lawrence County.

McIntosh Fen Botanical Area

T. 1 N., R. 2 E.,
    Sec. 14, SE\1/4\SW\1/4\;

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    Sec. 15, SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 22, lots 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8;
    Sec. 26, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\ except for that portion within Homestead 
Entry Survey 235 subject to Patent 529631.

    The area described contains 239.60 acres in Pennington County.

North Fork of Castle Creek Area

T. 1 N., R. 2 E.,
    Sec. 2, lots 3 and 4;

T. 2 N., R. 2 E.,
    Sec. 22, SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 26, W\1/2\;
    Sec. 27, E\1/2\ and E\1/2\NW\1/4\;
    Sec. 34, NE\1/4\, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, and E\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 35, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, W\1/2\, NE\1/4\SE\1/4\, and W\1/2\SE\1/
4\.

    The area described aggregates 1,681.72 acres in Pennington County.
    The areas described in South Dakota aggregate approximately 
12,698.50 acres in Custer, Lawrence, and Pennington Counties.

Wyoming

Black Hills National Forest

    Sixth Principal Meridian

Dugout Gulch Botanical Area

T. 52 N., R 60 W.,
    Sec. 19, lots 3 and 4, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, and W\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 30, lots 1 thru 4, W\1/2\NE\1/4\, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, E\1/
2\SW\1/4\, and SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 31, lot 1, NE\1/4\, NE\1/4\NW\1/4\, and N\1/2\SE\1/4\.

T. 52 N., R. 61 W.,
    Sec. 24, SE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 25, lots 1 thru 4, inclusive, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\, and E\1/2\SE 
\1/4\;
    Sec. 36, E\1/2\NE\1/4\.

    The area described aggregates 1,515.33 acres in Crook County.

Hay Creek Research Natural Area

T. 54 N., R. 62 W.,
    Sec. 7, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, SE\1/4\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, and SE\1/
4\;
    Sec. 8, NW\1/4\SW\1/4\, and S\1/2\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 17, NW\1/4\, and N\1/2\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 18, NE\1/4\, NE\1/4\NW\1/4\, NE\1/4\SW\1/4\, NE\1/4\SE\1/
4\, and W\1/2\SE \1/4\.

    The area described contains 1,080.00 acres in Crook County.

Upper Sand Creek Botanical Area

T. 51 N., R. 60 W.,
    Sec. 7, S\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 17, lots 1 and 2, NW\1/4\NW\1/4\, SE\1/4\NW\1/4\, E\1/
2\SW\1/4\, SW\1/4\SW\1/4\, and W\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 18, lots 5 thru 8, inclusive, W\1/2\NE\1/4\, SE\1/4\NW\1/
4\, W\1/2\SE\1/4\, and SE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 19, E\1/2\;
    Sec. 20, lot 1, W\1/2\NE\1/4\, SE\1/4\NW\1/4\, W\1/2\SE\1/4\, 
SE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 21, lots 8 thru 11, lots 14 and 15, and NW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 29, lots 2 and 3, N\1/2\NE\1/4\ and SW\1/4\NW\1/4\;
    Sec. 30, NE\1/4\.

    The area described contains 2,233.07 acres in Crook County.
    The total areas described in Wyoming aggregate 4,828.40 acres in 
Crook County.
    The purpose of the withdrawal is to protect the Research Natural 
Areas and Botanical Areas and allow the USFS to explore administrative 
alternatives in managing the lands.
    The use of a right-of-way, interagency agreement, or cooperative 
agreement would not provide adequate protection for these areas due to 
the broad scope and nondiscretionary nature of the general mining laws.
    No alternative sites are feasible due to the resource significance 
of the areas. No water will be needed to fulfill the purpose of the 
requested withdrawal.
    Records relating to the application may be examined by contacting 
the USFS, Rocky Mountain Region at the above address and phone number.
    For a period until December 23, 2015, all persons who wish to 
submit comments, suggestions, or objections in connection with the 
withdrawal application may present their views in writing to the Forest 
Supervisor, Black Hills National Forest at the address indicated above.
    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the Forest Supervisor's Office, Black 
Hills National Forest, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, South Dakota 
57730, during regular business hours. Individual respondents may 
request confidentiality. Before including your address, phone number, 
email address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, be advised 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 from public review 
your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will 
be able to do so.
    Notice is hereby given that public meetings in connection with the 
proposed withdrawal will be held at the Mystic Ranger District, 8221 
South Hwy 16, Rapid City, South Dakota 67702 on October 27, 2015 at 6 
p.m. and at the Sundance Community Center, Basement of the Crook County 
Courthouse, 309 Cleveland St., Sundance, Wyoming 82729 on October 28, 
2015 at 6 p.m. The USFS will publish a notice of the time and place in 
a least one newspaper of general circulation no less than 30 days 
before the scheduled dates of the meetings.
    For a period until September 25, 2017, subject to valid existing 
rights, the lands will be segregated from location and entry under the 
United States mining laws, unless the application is denied or canceled 
or the withdrawal is approved prior to that date. The lands will remain 
open to other uses within the statutory authority pertinent to National 
Forest lands and subject to discretionary approval.
    The application will be processed in accordance with the 
regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2310.

Peter A. McFadden,
Chief, Branch of Realty and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2015-24312 Filed 9-23-15; 8:45 am]
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