Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project, 15021-15022 [2017-05825]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 56 / Friday, March 24, 2017 / Notices construction, 9.1 miles of trail codesignated on existing roads, 5.1 miles of trails being un-designated, and 18.7 miles of trail remaining on the system. Preliminary connectivity corridors have been identified between late and old structure stands to allow for movement of old-growth dependent species. The goal of creating ‘‘connectivity’’ is to manage stands in corridors at higher canopy densities when compared to more intensively managed stands located outside of corridors. The Ragged Ruby Project will also include a variety of project design criteria that serve to mitigate impacts of activities to forest resources, including wildlife, soils, watershed condition, aquatic species, riparian habitat conservation areas, heritage resources, visuals, rangeland, botanical resources, and invasive plants. The proposed action may also include amendments to the Malheur National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, as amended: dedicated old growth unit changes, reduce satisfactory and/or total cover, removal of trees greater than or equal to 21 inches diameter at breast height, and harvest within late and old structure stands. Possible Alternatives The Forest Service will consider a range of alternatives. One of these will be the ‘‘no action’’ alternative in which none of the proposed action would be implemented. Additional alternatives may be included in response to issues raised by the public during the scoping process or due to additional concerns for resource values identified by the interdisciplinary team. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Responsible Official The Forest Supervisor of the Malheur National Forest, 431 Patterson Bridge Road, John Day, OR 97845, is the Responsible Official. As the Responsible Official, I will decide if the proposed action will be implemented. I will document the decision and rationale for the decision in the Record of Decision. I have delegated the responsibility for preparing the draft EIS and final EIS to the District Ranger, Blue Mountain Ranger District. Nature of Decision To Be Made Based on the purpose and need, the Responsible Official reviews the proposed action, the other alternatives, the environmental consequences, and public comments on the analysis in order to make the following decision: (1) Whether to implement the proposed activities; and if so, how much and at what specific locations; (2) What, if any, VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:56 Mar 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 specific project monitoring requirements are needed to assure project design criteria and mitigation measures are implemented and effective, and to evaluate the success of the project objectives. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. The interdisciplinary team will continue to seek information and comments from Federal, State, and local agencies, Tribal governments, and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in, or affected by, the proposed action. There is a collaborative group in the area that the interdisciplinary team will interact with during the analysis process. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered, however. Dated: March 17, 2017. Jeanne M. Higgins, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–05826 Filed 3–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project Forest Service, USDA. Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Forest Service is giving notice of its intent to prepare a SEIS for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project on the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez PerceClearwater National Forests, Idaho. Cheryl Probert, Forest Supervisor, has withdrawn the February 2016 Record of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15021 Decision (ROD) for this project. Supervisor Probert plans to prepare a SEIS to further review the project alternatives and analysis, to correct and update information that was presented in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and to consider information that has become available since the FEIS was published in September 2015. Authority: This NOI is being published pursuant to regulations (40 CFR 1508.22) implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Scoping: A NOI published on January 6, 2012 initiated the scoping period for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project. A legal notice advertising the start of a 30-day scoping period was advertised in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune on December 30, 2011. In accordance with 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), there will be no scoping conducted for this SEIS. The scope of the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS established the scope for this SEIS. The SEIS will be advertised for public comment as required by 40 CFR 1503.1. The Draft SEIS will be announced for public review and comment in the Federal Register, on the Nez PerceClearwater National Forests’ project Web site, and in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune, as well as other local media. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Hill, Environmental Coordinator, (208) 935–4258. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The US Forest Service is announcing its intent to prepare a SEIS for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project. The SEIS will supplement the analysis from the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS (2015) by providing an updated analysis of the environmental effects. The Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS evaluated the potential effects of four alternatives, including No Action and three action alternatives. The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor will issue a new ROD after evaluating the SEIS and public comments. An objection period for the new ROD will be provided, consistent with 36 CFR part 218. Responsible Official and Lead Agency The USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this proposal. The Nez PerceClearwater Forest Supervisor is the responsible official. Nature of Decision To Be Made Whether to adopt the proposed action, in whole or in part, or another E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 15022 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 56 / Friday, March 24, 2017 / Notices alternative; and what mitigation measures and management requirements will be implemented. Dated: March 17, 2017. Jeanne M. Higgins, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–05825 Filed 3–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Colville Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Colville Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Colville, Washington. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http:// cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/ RAC_Page?id=001t0000002Jcv4AAC. DATES: The meeting will be held on April 7, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Colville National Forest (NF) Supervisor’s Office, 765 South Main Street, Colville, Washington. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at Colville NF Supervisor’s Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rodney Smoldon, Designated Federal Officer, by phone at 509–684–7000 or via email at rsmoldon@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (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. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:56 Mar 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 The purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Review project proposals, and 2. Make project recommendations for Title II Funds. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by March 31, 2017, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Franklin Pemberton, RAC Coordinator, Colville RAC, 765 South Main Street, Colville, Washington, 99114; by email to fpemberton@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 509–684–7280. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Jeanne M. Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–05761 Filed 3–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service San Juan Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The San Juan Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Durango, Colorado. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The meeting will be held on April 4, 2017, from 9:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sonoran meeting rooms of the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, Colorado. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the San Juan Public Lands Center. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Bond, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 970–385–1210 or via email at abond@ fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (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 purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Introduce the newly appointed San Juan RAC members, 2. Project proposal presentations, 3. Public input, 4. Review proposals, and 5. Make project recommendations for Title II funding. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by March 17, 2017, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Ann Bond, RAC Coordinator, San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, Colorado 81301; by email to abond@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to 970– 375–2331. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION DATES: E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 56 (Friday, March 24, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15021-15022]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05825]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Nez Perce-
Clearwater National Forests Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration 
Project.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Forest Service is giving notice of its intent to 
prepare a SEIS for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project on 
the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National 
Forests, Idaho. Cheryl Probert, Forest Supervisor, has withdrawn the 
February 2016 Record of Decision (ROD) for this project. Supervisor 
Probert plans to prepare a SEIS to further review the project 
alternatives and analysis, to correct and update information that was 
presented in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and to 
consider information that has become available since the FEIS was 
published in September 2015.

    Authority: This NOI is being published pursuant to regulations 
(40 CFR 1508.22) implementing the procedural provisions of the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

    Scoping: A NOI published on January 6, 2012 initiated the scoping 
period for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project. A legal 
notice advertising the start of a 30-day scoping period was advertised 
in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune on December 30, 2011. In 
accordance with 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), there will be no scoping conducted 
for this SEIS. The scope of the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS 
established the scope for this SEIS.
    The SEIS will be advertised for public comment as required by 40 
CFR 1503.1. The Draft SEIS will be announced for public review and 
comment in the Federal Register, on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National 
Forests' project Web site, and in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune, 
as well as other local media.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Hill, Environmental Coordinator, 
(208) 935-4258.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The US Forest Service is announcing its 
intent to prepare a SEIS for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration 
Project. The SEIS will supplement the analysis from the Clear Creek 
Integrated Restoration FEIS (2015) by providing an updated analysis of 
the environmental effects. The Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS 
evaluated the potential effects of four alternatives, including No 
Action and three action alternatives.
    The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor will issue a new ROD 
after evaluating the SEIS and public comments. An objection period for 
the new ROD will be provided, consistent with 36 CFR part 218.

Responsible Official and Lead Agency

    The USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this proposal. The 
Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor is the responsible official.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    Whether to adopt the proposed action, in whole or in part, or 
another

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alternative; and what mitigation measures and management requirements 
will be implemented.

    Dated: March 17, 2017.
Jeanne M. Higgins,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2017-05825 Filed 3-23-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3411-15-P