Beartooth Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest; Carbon County, Montana; Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project, 59977 [2016-20920]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Notices resources and to ensure the proposed alternative approach complies with the Act and its implementing regulations. III. Electronic Access Persons with access to Internet may obtain the draft guidance at either NOP’s Web site at http:// www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/ organic or http://www.regulations.gov. Requests for hard copies of the draft guidance documents can be obtained by submitting a written request to the mailing address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501–6522. Dated: August 25, 2016. Elanor Starmer, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20808 Filed 8–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Beartooth Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest; Carbon County, Montana; Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project Forest Service, USDA. Notice; intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The USDA Forest Service will prepare a Supplement to the Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the Forest Service’s recent analysis and to determine whether a change in the Records of Decision are required. DATES: The Forest Service will complete a final Supplemental EIS through preparing a draft Supplemental EIS by the fall of 2016. Once the Notice of Availability of the draft Supplemental EIS is published a required 45-day public comment period begins, 36 CFR 218.24(b)(5). At the conclusion of the 45-day period the Forest Service will (1) review and respond to comments and make necessary adjustments (based on comments) and prepare a final Supplemental EIS and (2) prepare a draft Record of Decision (‘‘ROD’’) which will include a determination of whether changes are needed in the May 19, 2015 Records of Decision. Publication of the notice of opportunity to object to the final Supplemental EIS and draft ROD initiates the required 45-day objection period, 36 CFR 218.7(b), 218.26(a). mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:59 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 Forest Service regulations then provide the Reviewing Officer 45 days to review the objections (with the discretion to extend the time up to 30 days), 36 CFR 218.26(b), after which the Agency must respond to any instructions by the Reviewing Officer prior to signing the ROD, 36 CFR 218.12. The Forest Service anticipates signing the final ROD in April 2017. ADDRESSES: The line officer responsible for the decision is the Forest Supervisor for the Custer Gallatin National Forest, 10 East Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59715. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Until October 1, 2016, Mark Slacks, Team Leader, at (406) 255–1450. After October 1, 2016, Amy Waring, (406) 255–1451. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 19, 2015, Forest Supervisor, Mary Erickson, approved two Records of Decision—one for the Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project (Project) and one for the Reconstruction of Nichols Creek Road. Both of these decisions were based on the Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project Final EIS. The Project encompasses approximately 21,871 acres in wildland urban interface (WUI) in Carbon County, Montana. The purposes of the project are to reduce high-intensity wildfire within the WUI, improve and maintain forest health, and improve water quality. Vegetation management proposed in the project area consists of both commercial and non-commercial vegetation fuels treatment on about 1,800 acres of land. In addition to vegetation management, the Project would decommission 3.9 miles of existing roadway. The RODs, final EIS, and supporting documents for the Project can be found at http:// www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project= 41368&exp=detail. On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Forest Service suspended the Greater Red Lodge Area (GLRA) Stewardship Integrated Resource Timber Contract, Contract #02–200866 implementing the two RODs. No activity under the contract can occur until the suspension is lifted. The Project was suspended because the Forest Service recently discovered that the analysis of lynx critical habitat underestimated the number of acres of matrix habitat affected by the Project. At a minimum, the Forest Service will reanalyze the impacts of the Project on lynx critical habitat, in light of the corrected acres of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59977 matrix habitat. The Forest Service will not take any on-the-ground action to implement the Project until re-initiation of Endangered Species Act consultation is complete, a Supplemental EIS is issued, and the agency makes new decisions either affirming the current project or modifying the project based on the new analysis. Nature of Decision To Be Made: The Forest Service will conduct a supplemental EIS analysis and issue a new ROD which will either affirm the existing agency decisions or will determine whether a new decision is necessary. Scoping Process: Scoping is not required for supplements to environmental impacts statements, pursuant to 40 CFR 1509.9(c)(4). Scoping was conducted for the original EIS on June 14, 2012, and February 22, 2013. The supplement will be subject to notice and comment, as well as a predecisional administrative objection process (36 CFR part 218, subparts A and B). Dated: August 24, 2016. Mary C. Erickson, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2016–20920 Filed 8–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II), the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1612), and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 108–447). Additional information concerning the Board, including the meeting summary/ minutes, can be found by visiting the Board’s Web site at: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/blackhills/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees. DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. All meetings are subject to cancellation. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 169 (Wednesday, August 31, 2016)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Beartooth Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest; 
Carbon County, Montana; Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat 
Management Project

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact 
statement.

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SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service will prepare a Supplement to the 
Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the Forest Service's 
recent analysis and to determine whether a change in the Records of 
Decision are required.

DATES: The Forest Service will complete a final Supplemental EIS 
through preparing a draft Supplemental EIS by the fall of 2016. Once 
the Notice of Availability of the draft Supplemental EIS is published a 
required 45-day public comment period begins, 36 CFR 218.24(b)(5). At 
the conclusion of the 45-day period the Forest Service will (1) review 
and respond to comments and make necessary adjustments (based on 
comments) and prepare a final Supplemental EIS and (2) prepare a draft 
Record of Decision (``ROD'') which will include a determination of 
whether changes are needed in the May 19, 2015 Records of Decision. 
Publication of the notice of opportunity to object to the final 
Supplemental EIS and draft ROD initiates the required 45-day objection 
period, 36 CFR 218.7(b), 218.26(a). Forest Service regulations then 
provide the Reviewing Officer 45 days to review the objections (with 
the discretion to extend the time up to 30 days), 36 CFR 218.26(b), 
after which the Agency must respond to any instructions by the 
Reviewing Officer prior to signing the ROD, 36 CFR 218.12. The Forest 
Service anticipates signing the final ROD in April 2017.

ADDRESSES: The line officer responsible for the decision is the Forest 
Supervisor for the Custer Gallatin National Forest, 10 East Babcock, 
Bozeman, MT 59715.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Until October 1, 2016, Mark Slacks, 
Team Leader, at (406) 255-1450. After October 1, 2016, Amy Waring, 
(406) 255-1451. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the 
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through 
Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 19, 2015, Forest Supervisor, Mary 
Erickson, approved two Records of Decision--one for the Greater Red 
Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project (Project) and one for 
the Reconstruction of Nichols Creek Road. Both of these decisions were 
based on the Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management 
Project Final EIS. The Project encompasses approximately 21,871 acres 
in wildland urban interface (WUI) in Carbon County, Montana. The 
purposes of the project are to reduce high-intensity wildfire within 
the WUI, improve and maintain forest health, and improve water quality. 
Vegetation management proposed in the project area consists of both 
commercial and non-commercial vegetation fuels treatment on about 1,800 
acres of land. In addition to vegetation management, the Project would 
decommission 3.9 miles of existing roadway. The RODs, final EIS, and 
supporting documents for the Project can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41368&exp=detail.
    On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Forest Service suspended the Greater 
Red Lodge Area (GLRA) Stewardship Integrated Resource Timber Contract, 
Contract #02-200866 implementing the two RODs. No activity under the 
contract can occur until the suspension is lifted. The Project was 
suspended because the Forest Service recently discovered that the 
analysis of lynx critical habitat underestimated the number of acres of 
matrix habitat affected by the Project. At a minimum, the Forest 
Service will reanalyze the impacts of the Project on lynx critical 
habitat, in light of the corrected acres of matrix habitat. The Forest 
Service will not take any on-the-ground action to implement the Project 
until re-initiation of Endangered Species Act consultation is complete, 
a Supplemental EIS is issued, and the agency makes new decisions either 
affirming the current project or modifying the project based on the new 
analysis.
    Nature of Decision To Be Made: The Forest Service will conduct a 
supplemental EIS analysis and issue a new ROD which will either affirm 
the existing agency decisions or will determine whether a new decision 
is necessary.
    Scoping Process: Scoping is not required for supplements to 
environmental impacts statements, pursuant to 40 CFR 1509.9(c)(4). 
Scoping was conducted for the original EIS on June 14, 2012, and 
February 22, 2013. The supplement will be subject to notice and 
comment, as well as a predecisional administrative objection process 
(36 CFR part 218, subparts A and B).

    Dated: August 24, 2016.
Mary C. Erickson,
Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2016-20920 Filed 8-30-16; 8:45 am]
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