Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, 91192-91193 [2016-30247]

Download as PDF 91192 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Notices Wayne Historical Society, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, telephone 260–426–2882, email wfont@comcast.net, by January 17, 2017. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the unassociated funerary objects to the lineal descendants of Little Turtle represented by Daryl Baldwin and John Froman may proceed. The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society is responsible for notifying the lineal descendants, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians that this notice has been published. Dated: December 6, 2016. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2016–30338 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–22488; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: St. Joseph Museums, Inc., St. Joseph, MO National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. at the address in this notice by January 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: Trevor Tutt, St. Joseph Museums, Inc., P.O. Box 8096, St. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 Joseph, MO 64508, telephone (816) 232– 8471, email trevor@ stjosephmuseum.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains under the control of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., St. Joseph, MO. The human remains were donated on April 27, 1928 by Mary S. McNeil. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. History and Description of the Remains On April 27, 1928, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were donated to the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. by Mrs. Mary S. McNeil. These human remains were identified at the time of donation as a Flathead Indian skull over forty years old. The exact location of removal of the human remains and the means by which Mrs. McNeil acquired them were not documented. Based on the original documentation, the human remains most likely were removed in the late nineteenth century. Their identification as Flathead was made by Mrs. McNeil, and/or the director of the St. Joseph Museum, Mrs. Orel Andrews, at the time of accession. Mrs. McNeil’s collection spans Native American cultures from Alaska to New Mexico, across the plains and in the American Northeast. As she studied these cultures extensively, the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. believes her assignment of these human remains to the Flathead to be correct. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Determinations Made by the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. Officials of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), no objects described in this notice are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. Additional Requestors and Disposition Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Trevor Tutt, St. Joseph Museums, Inc., P.O. Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO 64508, telephone (816) 232–8471, email trevor@ stjosephmuseum.org, by January 17, 2017. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation may proceed. The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. is responsible for notifying the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation that this notice has been published. Dated: November 29, 2016. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2016–30336 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–ANRSS–22287; PPWONRADE2, PMP00EI05.YP0000] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National Park, Michigan National Park Service, Interior. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the presence of wolves at Isle Royale National Park. DATES: All comments must be postmarked or submitted not later than March 15, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Superintendent Phyllis SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Notices Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931–1896, or by telephone at (906) 482–0984. Information is available online for public review at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This process is being conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and the regulations of the Department of the Interior. The purpose of this Draft EIS 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. A decision is needed because 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. 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 documented on the island and as few as two. 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 in 2015 and only two wolves were confirmed in 2016. At this time, natural recovery of the population is unlikely. This Draft EIS evaluates the impacts of the no-action alternative (Alternative A) and three action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, and D). Alternative A would continue existing management practices and assume no new management actions would be implemented beyond those available at the outset of the wolf planning process. Wolves may arrive or depart independently via an ice bridge. Under Alternative A, wolves would not be introduced by management to Isle Royale National Park. The action alternatives include the capture and relocation of wolves from the Great Lakes Region to Isle Royale National Park. The NPS would target wolves for relocation that are known to feed on moose as one of their prey sources, are in good health with no apparent injuries, and have the appropriate genetic diversity to sustain a viable population on the island. Capture and relocation efforts would VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 take place between late fall and late winter when the island is closed to visitors. All of the action alternatives include monitoring which could include radio or GPS collar tracking from ground and air, scat sample collection, visual observations, and other methodology as funding is available. Under Alternative B, between 20 and 30 wolves with a wide genetic diversity would be introduced to the island. The social makeup of introduced wolves could include packs, established pairs with pups, or unrelated individuals. Wolves may be supplemented as needed up to the third year after initial introduction. After the third year, should an unforeseen event occur that impacts the wolf population, such as a mass die-off or introduction of disease, and the goals of the alternative are not being met due to this event, wolves may be supplemented for an additional two years. No additional wolves would be brought to the island after five years from date of initial introduction. Alternative C would involve the initial introduction of a smaller number of wolves than Alternative B. The social makeup of introduced wolves could include an established pair with pups, or a pack, as well as unrelated individuals. The NPS would bring wolves to the island as often as needed in order to maintain a population of wolves on the island for at least the next 20 years. Under this alternative, additional wolves may be brought based on one or more resource indicators that could include genetic health of the wolves, ecological health, and prey species population trends. Under Alternative D, the NPS would not take immediate action and would continue current management, allowing natural processes to continue. This alternative is meant to continue the study of island ecosystem changes without an apex predator and only take action should the weight of evidence suggest an apex predator is necessary to ecosystem function. Resource indicators, such as population size and growth rate of moose would be used to determine if and when wolf introduction actions should be taken. If the weight of evidence indicates wolf introduction actions should be taken, the NPS would follow procedures outlined within Alternative C. Public Participation: After the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability is published, the NPS will schedule public meetings to be held during the comment period in the Great Lakes Region near the park. Dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be announced in press releases and PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 91193 on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site for the Draft EIS at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ isrowolves. How to Comment: You are encouraged to comment on the Draft EIS online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves. You may also mail or hand-deliver your written comments to Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931–1896. Written comments will also be accepted during scheduled public meetings discussed above. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or by any method other 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. Dated: October 25, 2016. Cameron H. Sholly, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2016–30247 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–22537; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Seminole Tribe of Florida, Clewiston, FL National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Seminole Tribe of Florida has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-ANRSS-22287; PPWONRADE2, PMP00EI05.YP0000]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National 
Park, Michigan

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of 
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the presence 
of wolves at Isle Royale National Park.

DATES: All comments must be postmarked or submitted not later than 
March 15, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Please contact Superintendent Phyllis

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Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore 
Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896, or by telephone at (906) 482-
0984. Information is available online for public review at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  This process is being conducted pursuant to 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and the regulations of 
the Department of the Interior. The purpose of this Draft EIS 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. A decision is needed because 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. 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 documented on the island and 
as few as two. 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 in 2015 and only two wolves were confirmed in 
2016. At this time, natural recovery of the population is unlikely.
    This Draft EIS evaluates the impacts of the no-action alternative 
(Alternative A) and three action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, and 
D).
    Alternative A would continue existing management practices and 
assume no new management actions would be implemented beyond those 
available at the outset of the wolf planning process. Wolves may arrive 
or depart independently via an ice bridge. Under Alternative A, wolves 
would not be introduced by management to Isle Royale National Park.
    The action alternatives include the capture and relocation of 
wolves from the Great Lakes Region to Isle Royale National Park. The 
NPS would target wolves for relocation that are known to feed on moose 
as one of their prey sources, are in good health with no apparent 
injuries, and have the appropriate genetic diversity to sustain a 
viable population on the island. Capture and relocation efforts would 
take place between late fall and late winter when the island is closed 
to visitors. All of the action alternatives include monitoring which 
could include radio or GPS collar tracking from ground and air, scat 
sample collection, visual observations, and other methodology as 
funding is available.
    Under Alternative B, between 20 and 30 wolves with a wide genetic 
diversity would be introduced to the island. The social makeup of 
introduced wolves could include packs, established pairs with pups, or 
unrelated individuals. Wolves may be supplemented as needed up to the 
third year after initial introduction. After the third year, should an 
unforeseen event occur that impacts the wolf population, such as a mass 
die-off or introduction of disease, and the goals of the alternative 
are not being met due to this event, wolves may be supplemented for an 
additional two years. No additional wolves would be brought to the 
island after five years from date of initial introduction.
    Alternative C would involve the initial introduction of a smaller 
number of wolves than Alternative B. The social makeup of introduced 
wolves could include an established pair with pups, or a pack, as well 
as unrelated individuals. The NPS would bring wolves to the island as 
often as needed in order to maintain a population of wolves on the 
island for at least the next 20 years. Under this alternative, 
additional wolves may be brought based on one or more resource 
indicators that could include genetic health of the wolves, ecological 
health, and prey species population trends.
    Under Alternative D, the NPS would not take immediate action and 
would continue current management, allowing natural processes to 
continue. This alternative is meant to continue the study of island 
ecosystem changes without an apex predator and only take action should 
the weight of evidence suggest an apex predator is necessary to 
ecosystem function. Resource indicators, such as population size and 
growth rate of moose would be used to determine if and when wolf 
introduction actions should be taken. If the weight of evidence 
indicates wolf introduction actions should be taken, the NPS would 
follow procedures outlined within Alternative C.
    Public Participation: After the Environmental Protection Agency's 
Notice of Availability is published, the NPS will schedule public 
meetings to be held during the comment period in the Great Lakes Region 
near the park. Dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be 
announced in press releases and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and 
Public Comment Web site for the Draft EIS at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves.
    How to Comment: You are encouraged to comment on the Draft EIS 
online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves. You may also mail or 
hand-deliver your written comments to Superintendent Phyllis Green, 
Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, 
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896. Written comments will also be accepted 
during scheduled public meetings discussed above. Comments will not be 
accepted by fax, email, or by any method other 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.

    Dated: October 25, 2016.
Cameron H. Sholly,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2016-30247 Filed 12-15-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4312-52-P