Amended Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National Park, 36324-36325 [2016-13184]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 36324 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 108 / Monday, June 6, 2016 / Notices vary from 2.5 burden hours to 12.0 burden hours for one item. Frequency of Response: Varies. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours on Respondents: 26.5. Estimated Total Non-hour Cost Burden: $14,846,686. Title: Issuance of Certificates of SelfRegulation to Tribes for Class II Gaming. OMB Control Number: 3141–0008. Brief Description of Collection: The Act allows any Indian tribe that has conducted Class II gaming for at least three years to petition the Commission for a certificate of self-regulation for its Class II gaming operation(s). 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Frequency of Responses: Varies. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:36 Jun 03, 2016 Jkt 238001 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours on Respondents: 4,088. Estimated Total Non-hour Cost Burden: $172,450. Dated: May 24, 2016. Shannon O’Loughlin, Chief of Staff. [FR Doc. 2016–13276 Filed 6–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7565–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–MWR–ISRO–20587; PPMWMWROW3/ PPMPSPD1Y.YM0000] Amended Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National Park National Park Service, Interior. Amended Notice of Intent. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS) is amending its July 10, 2015, Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and Management Plan for Moose, Wolves, and Vegetation for Isle Royale National Park, Michigan (Isle Royale). The NPS is revising the scope of the EIS to focus on the question of whether to bring wolves to Isle Royale in the near term, and if so, how to do so. This amended NOI describes a range of alternatives for bringing wolves to the Island. SUMMARY: Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321–4347; 40 CFR parts 1500–1508; 43 CFR part 46. The public scoping comment period will conclude 30 days following the date this NOI is published in the Federal Register. All comments must be postmarked or transmitted by this date. ADDRESSES: Information, including a copy of the new public scoping brochure, is available for public review online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ ISROwolves. Limited copies of the brochure will also be available at Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan and by request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931–1896, or by telephone at (906) 482–0984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Although wolves have not always been part of the Isle Royale ecosystem, they have been present for more than 65 years, and have played a key role in the ecosystem, affecting the moose population and DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other species during that time. The average wolf population on the island over the past 65 years has been about 22, but there have been as many as 50 wolves on the Island and as few as three. Over the past five years the population has declined steeply, which has given rise to the need to determine whether the NPS should bring additional wolves to the island. There were three wolves documented on the Island as of March 2015 and only two wolves have been confirmed as of February 2016. At this time, natural recovery of the population is unlikely. The potential absence of wolves raises concerns about possible effects to Isle Royale’s current ecosystem, including effects to both the moose population and Isle Royale’s forest/vegetation communities. The NPS published a NOI to prepare an EIS and Management Plan for Moose, Wolves, and Vegetation for Isle Royale National Park on July 10, 2015, (80 FR 39796), and held scoping meetings July 27–30, 2015. However, based on the public comments we received and additional internal deliberations, the NPS has determined that it will revise and narrow the scope of this EIS to focus on the question of whether to bring wolves to Isle Royale in the near term, and if so, how to do so. The revised purpose of the plan is to determine whether and how to bring wolves to Isle Royale to function as the apex predator in the near term within a changing and dynamic island ecosystem. The NPS will evaluate alternative approaches for bringing wolves to Isle Royale, as well as the alternative of not bringing wolves to Isle Royale (the no-action alternative), which remains a viable option. Following this evaluation and additional input from you on the EIS, an alternative will be selected for implementation and documented in a record of decision. Based on the revised purpose statement, the NPS is now considering the following alternatives. Under Alternative A, the no-action alternative, the NPS would not intervene and would continue current management. Wolves may come and go through natural migration, although the current population of wolves may die out. Under Alternative B, the NPS would bring wolves to Isle Royale as a one-time event within a defined period of time (e.g., over a 36 month period) to increase the longevity of the wolf population on the island. This action would occur as soon as possible following a signed record of decision. Under Alternative C, the NPS would bring wolves to Isle Royale as often as needed in order to maintain a E:\FR\FM\06JNN1.SGM 06JNN1 sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 108 / Monday, June 6, 2016 / Notices population of wolves on the island for at least the next 20 years, which is the anticipated life of the plan. The wolf population range and number of breeding pairs to be maintained on the island would be determined based on best available science and professional judgement. This action would occur as soon as possible following a signed record of decision. Under Alternative D, the NPS would not take immediate action and would continue current management, allowing natural processes to continue. One or more resource indicators and thresholds would be developed to evaluate the condition of key resources, which could include moose or vegetation-based parameters. If a threshold is met, wolves would be brought to Isle Royale as a one-time event (per alternative B) or through multiple introductions (per alternative C). The NPS will not select an alternative for implementation until after a final EIS is completed. Given the revised scope of the EIS, actions to manage moose, such as culling or translocation of moose, as well as actions to manage vegetation, such as fire, direct restoration, or other tools, will not be considered in this EIS. After a decision is made regarding whether and how to bring wolves to Isle Royale, the NPS will monitor conditions on the island, and will initiate additional planning processes to address other aspects of the island ecosystem, such as the moose population and forest community, if such planning processes are deemed necessary. All comments received during the scoping period that was announced in the July 2015 NOI are available online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ ISROwolves and will be considered. If you would like to provide additional comments regarding the revised scope of the plan, you may do so through the following methods. The preferred method for submitting comments is on the NPS PEPC Web site at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ ISROwolves. You may also mail or hand-deliver your comments to Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931–1896. The NPS will consider all additional comments received or postmarked no later than 30days from the date this NOI is published in the Federal Register. Comments submitted after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:36 Jun 03, 2016 Jkt 238001 submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. 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. Cameron H. Sholly, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2016–13184 Filed 6–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MA–P 36325 2. Email comments to Mr. Luis Aguilar, Regulatory Specialist, at luis.aguilar@onrr.gov. 3. Hand-carry or mail comments, using an overnight courier service, to ONRR. Our courier address is Building 85, Room A–614, Denver Federal Center, West 6th Ave. and Kipling St., Denver, Colorado 80225. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For any questions, contact Mr. Luis Aguilar, telephone (303) 231–3418, or email at luis.aguilar@onrr.gov. You may also contact Mr. Aguilar to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR, (2) any associated forms, and (3) the regulations that require us to collect the information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I Abstract DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Natural Resources Revenue [Docket No. ONRR–2012–0006; DS63642000 DR2PS0000.CH7000 167D0102R2] Agency Information Collection Activities: Federal Oil and Gas Valuation; Comment Request Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), Interior. ACTION: Notice of an extension. AGENCY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), ONRR is inviting comments on a collection of information requests that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This Information Collection Request (ICR) covers the paperwork requirements in the regulations under title 30, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), parts 1202, 1204, and 1206. This ICR pertains to Federal oil and gas valuation regulations, which include transportation and processing regulatory allowance limits and accounting and auditing relief for marginal properties. Also, there is one form (ONRR–4393) associated with this information collection. DATES: Submit written comments on or before August 5, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this ICR to ONRR by using one of the following three methods (please reference ‘‘ICR 1012–0005’’ in your comments): 1. Electronically go to https:// www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ enter ‘‘ONRR– 2012–0005’’ and then click ‘‘Search.’’ Follow the instructions to submit public comments. ONRR will post all comments. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior is responsible for mineral resource development on Federal and Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-MWR-ISRO-20587; PPMWMWROW3/PPMPSPD1Y.YM0000]


Amended Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National 
Park

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Amended Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is amending its July 10, 2015, 
Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS) and Management Plan for Moose, Wolves, and Vegetation for Isle 
Royale National Park, Michigan (Isle Royale). The NPS is revising the 
scope of the EIS to focus on the question of whether to bring wolves to 
Isle Royale in the near term, and if so, how to do so. This amended NOI 
describes a range of alternatives for bringing wolves to the Island.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347; 40 CFR parts 1500-1508; 43 CFR 
part 46.


DATES: The public scoping comment period will conclude 30 days 
following the date this NOI is published in the Federal Register. All 
comments must be postmarked or transmitted by this date.

ADDRESSES: Information, including a copy of the new public scoping 
brochure, is available for public review online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ISROwolves. Limited copies of the brochure will 
also be available at Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lakeshore 
Drive, Houghton, Michigan and by request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle 
Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, 
Michigan 49931-1896, or by telephone at (906) 482-0984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Although wolves have not always been part of 
the Isle Royale ecosystem, they have been present for more than 65 
years, and have played a key role in the ecosystem, affecting the moose 
population and other species during that time. The average wolf 
population on the island over the past 65 years has been about 22, but 
there have been as many as 50 wolves on the Island and as few as three. 
Over the past five years the population has declined steeply, which has 
given rise to the need to determine whether the NPS should bring 
additional wolves to the island. There were three wolves documented on 
the Island as of March 2015 and only two wolves have been confirmed as 
of February 2016. At this time, natural recovery of the population is 
unlikely. The potential absence of wolves raises concerns about 
possible effects to Isle Royale's current ecosystem, including effects 
to both the moose population and Isle Royale's forest/vegetation 
communities.
    The NPS published a NOI to prepare an EIS and Management Plan for 
Moose, Wolves, and Vegetation for Isle Royale National Park on July 10, 
2015, (80 FR 39796), and held scoping meetings July 27-30, 2015. 
However, based on the public comments we received and additional 
internal deliberations, the NPS has determined that it will revise and 
narrow the scope of this EIS to focus on the question of whether to 
bring wolves to Isle Royale in the near term, and if so, how to do so.
    The revised purpose of the plan is to determine whether and how to 
bring wolves to Isle Royale to function as the apex predator in the 
near term within a changing and dynamic island ecosystem. The NPS will 
evaluate alternative approaches for bringing wolves to Isle Royale, as 
well as the alternative of not bringing wolves to Isle Royale (the no-
action alternative), which remains a viable option. Following this 
evaluation and additional input from you on the EIS, an alternative 
will be selected for implementation and documented in a record of 
decision. Based on the revised purpose statement, the NPS is now 
considering the following alternatives.
    Under Alternative A, the no-action alternative, the NPS would not 
intervene and would continue current management. Wolves may come and go 
through natural migration, although the current population of wolves 
may die out. Under Alternative B, the NPS would bring wolves to Isle 
Royale as a one-time event within a defined period of time (e.g., over 
a 36 month period) to increase the longevity of the wolf population on 
the island. This action would occur as soon as possible following a 
signed record of decision. Under Alternative C, the NPS would bring 
wolves to Isle Royale as often as needed in order to maintain a

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population of wolves on the island for at least the next 20 years, 
which is the anticipated life of the plan. The wolf population range 
and number of breeding pairs to be maintained on the island would be 
determined based on best available science and professional judgement. 
This action would occur as soon as possible following a signed record 
of decision. Under Alternative D, the NPS would not take immediate 
action and would continue current management, allowing natural 
processes to continue. One or more resource indicators and thresholds 
would be developed to evaluate the condition of key resources, which 
could include moose or vegetation-based parameters. If a threshold is 
met, wolves would be brought to Isle Royale as a one-time event (per 
alternative B) or through multiple introductions (per alternative C). 
The NPS will not select an alternative for implementation until after a 
final EIS is completed.
    Given the revised scope of the EIS, actions to manage moose, such 
as culling or translocation of moose, as well as actions to manage 
vegetation, such as fire, direct restoration, or other tools, will not 
be considered in this EIS. After a decision is made regarding whether 
and how to bring wolves to Isle Royale, the NPS will monitor conditions 
on the island, and will initiate additional planning processes to 
address other aspects of the island ecosystem, such as the moose 
population and forest community, if such planning processes are deemed 
necessary.
    All comments received during the scoping period that was announced 
in the July 2015 NOI are available online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ISROwolves and will be considered. If you would 
like to provide additional comments regarding the revised scope of the 
plan, you may do so through the following methods.
    The preferred method for submitting comments is on the NPS PEPC Web 
site at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ISROwolves. You may also mail or 
hand-deliver your comments to Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale 
National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, 
Michigan 49931-1896. The NPS will consider all additional comments 
received or postmarked no later than 30-days from the date this NOI is 
published in the Federal Register. Comments submitted after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.
    Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or any other way than 
those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or 
electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. 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.

Cameron H. Sholly,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2016-13184 Filed 6-3-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4310-MA-P