Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement, 3463-3464 [2016-01187]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 13 / Thursday, January 21, 2016 / Notices the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE). This closure applies to all public use. The public land affected by this closure is described as follows: BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P asabaliauskas on DSK9F6TC42PROD with NOTICES T. 15 S., R. 6 W., Sec. 33, S1⁄2NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, and NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 34, NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, NW1⁄4SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; Sec. 35. T. 16 S., R. 6 W., Sec. 3, lots 1, 2, 7, and 8. The area described contains 1,365.40 acres. The subject FUDS is known as the Deming Precision Bombing Range No. 24. Detonation of on-site military munitions may occur, which requires that no personnel other than COE personnel or contractors are in the area during the remedial investigation/ feasibility study (RI/FS) activities. Accordingly, public safety is the key issue during the RI/FS, necessitating closure of the affected public land. Without this closure, the public could inadvertently enter the subject area and endanger themselves.The closure notice and map of the closure area will be posted at the BLM Las Cruces District Office, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and on the District Web site at www.blm.gov/nm/lascruces. Signs will be posted along roads leading into the area to notify the public of the closure. Under the authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), Section 104 of CERCLA (42 U.S.C. 9604), 43 CFR 8364.1 and 43 CFR 8360.0–7, the BLM will enforce the following use in the area described above: All public use, whether motorized, non-motorized, or otherwise, is prohibited. Exceptions: Closure restrictions do not apply to BLM authorized rights-ofway holders, lessees, COE staff and contractors, fire personnel, medical and rescue personnel, law enforcement personnel, and agency personnel monitoring the remediation work. Authorized users will need to coordinate entry with the COE and the BLM. Enforcement: Any person who violates this closure may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0–7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1–7, State or local officials 18:26 Jan 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 Andrew Archuleta, Acting Deputy State Director, Lands and Resources. [FR Doc. 2016–01175 Filed 1–20–16; 8:45 am] New Mexico Principal Meridian, New Mexico VerDate Sep<11>2014 may also impose penalties for violation of New Mexico law. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AZ–P040–2016–1711–PH–1000–241A] Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lower Sonoran Field Office, Phoenix, Arizona, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM). This notice announces 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 an associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until March 21, 2016. The date(s) and location(s) of scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local news media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at http://on.doi.gov/1JayaFm. In order to be included in the analysis, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 60-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the SDNM Amendment and EIS addressing Recreational Target Shooting in the SDNM by any of the methods outlined below: • Email: BLM_AZ_ SDNMtargetshooting@blm.gov • Fax: 623–580–5623 • Mail: BLM, Sonoran Desert National Monument, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3463 Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Phoenix District Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Scarbrough, Monument Manager, telephone 623–580–5651; address 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027; email dscarbro@blm.gov. Contact Mr. Scarbrough to have your name added to our mailing list. 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 Lower Sonoran Field Office, Phoenix, Arizona, intends to prepare an RMP amendment addressing recreational target shooting in the SDNM with an associated EIS, announces the beginning of the scoping process, and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The planning area is located in Maricopa and Pinal counties, Arizona and encompasses approximately 486,400 acres of public land. 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 and include: (1) Direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts from target shooting on monument objects and other resources; (2) impacts to surrounding areas resulting from displacement of recreational target shooters if areas are closed; (3) impacts to natural and cultural resources related to noise and litter associated with recreational target shooting; and (4) identification of opportunities to apply hierarchical mitigation strategies for avoiding, minimizing, and, where compensatory mitigation is appropriate, considering on-site, nearby, and regional locations as it relates to recreational target shooting. Preliminary planning criteria requires the BLM to ensure that there are no unnecessary data collection and analyses; that the process is based on applicable law; that the actions will be available for public comment; and that the BLM will be flexible in making adjustments as situations and assessments warrant. You may submit comments on issues in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 asabaliauskas on DSK9F6TC42PROD with NOTICES 3464 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 13 / Thursday, January 21, 2016 / Notices them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 60day 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 of potential effect of 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 in the plan, 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/Draft EIS as to why an issue was placed in categories 2 or 3. The public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:26 Jan 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 identify management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. 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: National Conservation Lands designations, outdoor recreation, archaeology, wildlife and fisheries, rangeland management, minerals and geology, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, and economics. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2. Edward J. Kender, Field Manager. [FR Doc. 2016–01187 Filed 1–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The Bureau of Land Management will manage the land to protect the important paleontological resources and investments associated with development and maintenance of the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714, it is ordered as follows: 1. Subject to valid existing rights, the following described public land is hereby withdrawn from location and entry under the United States mining laws (30 U.S.C. Ch. 2), but not from leasing under the mineral or geothermal leasing laws, for the Bureau of Land Management to protect and preserve significant paleontological resources associated with the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite. Bureau of Land Management Sixth Principal Meridian [LLWY921000, L14300000.ET0000; WYW– 155144] T. 52 N., R. 91 W., Sec. 17, S1⁄2NE1⁄4 and SE1⁄4; Sec. 20, lots 1 to 12, inclusive, and SE1⁄4NE1⁄4; Sec. 21, NE1⁄4, W1⁄2, N1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4. The area described contains 1,359.25 acres in Big Horn County. Public Land Order No. 7849; Withdrawal of Public Land for the Protection of the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite; Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public Land Order. AGENCY: This order withdraws 1,359.25 acres of public land from location and entry under the United States mining laws for a period of 20 years to protect important paleontological resources within the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite located in Bighorn County, Wyoming. The land has been and will remain open to the public land laws and mineral and geothermal leasing. DATES: Effective Date: January 21, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janelle Wrigley, Realty Officer, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009, 307–775– 6257 or via email at jwrigley@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 at normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 2. The withdrawal made by this order does not alter the applicability of those public land laws governing the use of land under lease, license or permit, or governing the disposal of the mineral or vegetative resources other than under the mining laws. 3. This withdrawal will expire 20 years from the effective date of this order, unless, as a result of a review conducted before the expiration date pursuant to Section 204(f) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714(f), the Secretary determines that the withdrawal shall be extended. Dated: December 23, 2015. Janice M. Schneider, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 2016–01164 Filed 1–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 13 (Thursday, January 21, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AZ-P040-2016-1711-PH-1000-241A]


Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the 
Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, and Prepare an Associated 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Lower Sonoran Field Office, Phoenix, Arizona, intends to prepare a 
Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sonoran Desert National 
Monument (SDNM). This notice announces 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 an associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted 
in writing until March 21, 2016. The date(s) and location(s) of scoping 
meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local 
news media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at http://on.doi.gov/1JayaFm. In order to be included in the analysis, all comments must be 
received prior to the close of the 60-day scoping period or 15 days 
after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide 
additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the SDNM Amendment and EIS addressing Recreational Target 
Shooting in the SDNM by any of the methods outlined below:

     Email: BLM_AZ_SDNMtargetshooting@blm.gov
     Fax: 623-580-5623
     Mail: BLM, Sonoran Desert National Monument, 21605 North 
7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Phoenix 
District Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Scarbrough, Monument Manager, 
telephone 623-580-5651; address 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 
85027; email dscarbro@blm.gov. Contact Mr. Scarbrough to have your name 
added to our mailing list. 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 
Lower Sonoran Field Office, Phoenix, Arizona, intends to prepare an RMP 
amendment addressing recreational target shooting in the SDNM with an 
associated EIS, announces the beginning of the scoping process, and 
seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The planning area 
is located in Maricopa and Pinal counties, Arizona and encompasses 
approximately 486,400 acres of public land. 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 and include: (1) Direct, 
indirect, and cumulative impacts from target shooting on monument 
objects and other resources; (2) impacts to surrounding areas resulting 
from displacement of recreational target shooters if areas are closed; 
(3) impacts to natural and cultural resources related to noise and 
litter associated with recreational target shooting; and (4) 
identification of opportunities to apply hierarchical mitigation 
strategies for avoiding, minimizing, and, where compensatory mitigation 
is appropriate, considering on-site, nearby, and regional locations as 
it relates to recreational target shooting. Preliminary planning 
criteria requires the BLM to ensure that there are no unnecessary data 
collection and analyses; that the process is based on applicable law; 
that the actions will be available for public comment; and that the BLM 
will be flexible in making adjustments as situations and assessments 
warrant.
    You may submit comments on issues in writing to the BLM at any 
public scoping meeting, or you may submit

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them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES 
section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the 
close of the 60-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 
of potential effect of 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 in 
the plan, 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/Draft EIS as 
to why an issue was placed in categories 2 or 3. The public is also 
encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that 
should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with 
interested parties to identify management decisions that are best 
suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns.
    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: National 
Conservation Lands designations, outdoor recreation, archaeology, 
wildlife and fisheries, rangeland management, minerals and geology, 
lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, and economics.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2.

Edward J. Kender,
Field Manager.
[FR Doc. 2016-01187 Filed 1-20-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4310-32-P