Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment, 88657-88658 [2016-29188]

Download as PDF 88657 Notices Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 236 Thursday, December 8, 2016 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 Office of Advocacy and Outreach Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) is announcing a meeting of the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee (BFRAC). 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You may pre-register for the public meeting by submitting an email to acbfr@osec.usda.gov with your name, organization or affiliation, or any comments for the committee’s consideration. You may also fax this information to (202) 720–7704. The agenda is as follows: Committee discussions and public comments and continued, and continued committee deliberations. Please visit the BFRAC Web site for the full agenda. All agenda topics and documents will be made available to the public by December 16, 2016, at: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/ smallbeginning/index.htm. Meeting Accommodations: USDA is committed to ensuring that everyone is accommodated in our work environment, programs, and events. If you are a person with a disability and request reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting, please PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contact Mrs. Kenya Nicholas in advance of the meeting by or before noon on December 16, 2016, by phone at (202) 720–6350, fax (202) 720–7704, or email: kenya.nicholas@osec.usda.gov. Issued in Washington, DC, this 30 day of November 2016. Christian Obineme, Associate Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach. [FR Doc. 2016–29374 Filed 12–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment Forest Service, USDA. Notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval. AGENCY: ACTION: M. Earl Stewart, the Forest Supervisor for the Tongass National Forest, Alaska Region, signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment (Forest Plan Amendment). The Final ROD documents the rationale for approving the Forest Plan Amendment and is consistent with the Reviewing Officer’s response to objections and instructions. SUMMARY: The effective date of the Forest Plan Amendment is 30 days after publication of notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval in the newspaper of record, the Ketchikan Daily News. A supplemental notice will also be published in the Juneau Empire. To view the final ROD, final environmental impact statement (FEIS), FEIS errata, amended Forest Plan, and other related documents please visit the Tongass National Forest Plan Amendment Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/ Tongass/PlanAmend. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Further information about the Tongass National Forest Plan can be obtained from Earl Stewart during normal office hours (weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alaska Time) at the Tongass National Forest Supervisor’s Office (Address: Tongass National Forest, 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901–6591); Phone/voicemail: (907) 228–6200. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf DATES: E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 88658 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 236 / Thursday, December 8, 2016 / Notices (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. The Forest Plan Amendment lays the foundation to address and balance the need for more stable contributions to the economic and social sustainability of Southeast Alaska. It supports both transitioning to a more economically, socially and ecologically sustainable timber program on the Tongass and promoting more sustainable and diverse local economies by encouraging renewable energy production. The Forest Plan Amendment amends the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan (2008 Forest Plan) and describes resource management practices, levels of resource production and management, and the availability and suitability of lands for different kinds of resource management. The Forest Plan Amendment guides all natural resource management projects and activities and establishes management direction for the Tongass National Forest. The Forest Plan Amendment was developed using the current Planning Rule, issued in 2012 and embodies the provisions of the National Forest Management Act, the implementing regulations, and other guiding documents. The Forest Plan Amendment was shaped by best available science, current laws, and public participation including participation of a cooperating agency (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service); consultation with Alaska Native tribes and Alaska Native Corporations; advice and recommendations from the Tongass Advisory Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and significant public contributions from nine open house meetings, nine subsistence hearings, and the receipt of over 165,000 public comments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: November 30, 2016. M. Earl Stewart, Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest. [FR Doc. 2016–29188 Filed 12–7–16; 8:45 am] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Institute of Food and Agriculture Solicitation of Veterinary Shortage Situation Nominations for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. ACTION: Notice and solicitation for nominations. AGENCY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is soliciting nominations of veterinary service shortage situations for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2017, as authorized under the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA), 7 U.S.C. 3151a. This notice initiates the nomination period and prescribes the procedures and criteria to be used by States, Insular Areas, DC and Federal Lands to nominate veterinary shortage situations. Each year all eligible nominating entities may submit nominations, up to the maximum indicated for each entity in this notice. NIFA is conducting this solicitation of veterinary shortage situation nominations under a previously approved information collection (OMB Control Number 0524–0046). DATES: Shortage situation nominations must be submitted on or before February 8, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submissions must be made by clicking the submit button on the Veterinarian Shortage Situation nomination form provided in the VMLRP Shortage Situations section at www.nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp. This form is sent as a data file directly to the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Tack; Program Coordinator, Veterinary Science; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2220; 1400 Independence Avenue SW.,Washington, DC 20250–2220; Voice: 202–401–6802; Fax: 202–401–6156; Email: vmlrp@ nifa.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background and Purpose Food supply veterinary medicine embraces a broad array of veterinary professional activities, specialties and responsibilities, and is defined as the full range of veterinary medical practices contributing to the production VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Dec 07, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of a safe and wholesome food supply and to animal, human, and environmental health. A series of studies and reports 1–6 have drawn attention to maldistributions in the veterinary workforce leaving some communities, especially rural areas, with insufficient access to food supply veterinary services. Two programs, born out of this concern, aim to mitigate the maldistribution of the veterinary workforce: The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) and Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP), both administered by USDA— NIFA. VMLRP addresses increasing veterinary school debt by offering veterinary school debt payments in exchange for service in shortage situations, while VSGP addresses other factors contributing to the maldistribution of veterinarians serving the agricultural sector. Specifically, the VSGP promotes availability and access to (1) specialized education and training which will enable veterinarians and veterinary technicians to provide services in designated veterinarian shortage situations, and (2) practiceenhancing equipment and personnel resources to enable veterinary practices to expand or improve access to veterinary services. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the information collection and recordkeeping requirements imposed by the implementation of these guidelines have been approved by OMB Control Number 0524–0046. 1 Government Accountability Office, Veterinary Workforce: Actions Are Needed to Ensure Sufficient Capacity for Protecting Public and Animal Health, GAO–09–178: Feb 18, 2009). 2 National Academies of Science, Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine, 2013. 3 Andrus DM, Gwinner KP, Prince, JB. Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Coalition Report: Estimating FSM Demand and Maintaining the Availability of Veterinarians in Food Supply Related Disciplines in the United States and Canada, 2016. https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources /Reference/Pages/Food-Supply-VeterinaryMedicine-Coalition-Report.aspx. 4 Andrus DM, Gwinner KP, Prince, JB. Future demand, probable shortages and strategies for creating a better future in food supply veterinary medicine. 2006, JAVMA 229(1):57–69. 5 Andrus DM, Gwinner KP, Prince, JB. Attracting students to careers in food supply veterinary medicine. 2006, JAVMA 228(1):16931704. 6 Andrus DM, Gwinner KP, Prince, JB. Job satisfaction, changes in occupational area and commitment to a career in food supply veterinary medicine. 2006, JAVMA 228(12):1884–1893. E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 236 (Thursday, December 8, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 88657-88658]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-29188]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan 
Amendment

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval.

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SUMMARY: M. Earl Stewart, the Forest Supervisor for the Tongass 
National Forest, Alaska Region, signed the final Record of Decision 
(ROD) for the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan 
Amendment (Forest Plan Amendment). The Final ROD documents the 
rationale for approving the Forest Plan Amendment and is consistent 
with the Reviewing Officer's response to objections and instructions.

DATES: The effective date of the Forest Plan Amendment is 30 days after 
publication of notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval in the 
newspaper of record, the Ketchikan Daily News. A supplemental notice 
will also be published in the Juneau Empire. To view the final ROD, 
final environmental impact statement (FEIS), FEIS errata, amended 
Forest Plan, and other related documents please visit the Tongass 
National Forest Plan Amendment Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/PlanAmend.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Further information about the Tongass 
National Forest Plan can be obtained from Earl Stewart during normal 
office hours (weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alaska Time) at the 
Tongass National Forest Supervisor's Office (Address: Tongass National 
Forest, 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6591); Phone/voicemail: 
(907) 228-6200.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf

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(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-
877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday 
through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Forest Plan Amendment lays the 
foundation to address and balance the need for more stable 
contributions to the economic and social sustainability of Southeast 
Alaska. It supports both transitioning to a more economically, socially 
and ecologically sustainable timber program on the Tongass and 
promoting more sustainable and diverse local economies by encouraging 
renewable energy production.
    The Forest Plan Amendment amends the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource 
Management Plan (2008 Forest Plan) and describes resource management 
practices, levels of resource production and management, and the 
availability and suitability of lands for different kinds of resource 
management. The Forest Plan Amendment guides all natural resource 
management projects and activities and establishes management direction 
for the Tongass National Forest. The Forest Plan Amendment was 
developed using the current Planning Rule, issued in 2012 and embodies 
the provisions of the National Forest Management Act, the implementing 
regulations, and other guiding documents.
    The Forest Plan Amendment was shaped by best available science, 
current laws, and public participation including participation of a 
cooperating agency (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service); consultation with 
Alaska Native tribes and Alaska Native Corporations; advice and 
recommendations from the Tongass Advisory Committee, a Federal Advisory 
Committee established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and 
significant public contributions from nine open house meetings, nine 
subsistence hearings, and the receipt of over 165,000 public comments.

    Dated: November 30, 2016.
M. Earl Stewart,
Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest.
[FR Doc. 2016-29188 Filed 12-7-16; 8:45 am]
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