Sierra National Forest; California; Try Me Placer Mining Project, 28468-28469 [2017-13036]

Download as PDF 28468 Notices Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 119 Thursday, June 22, 2017 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 Forest Service Notice of Proposed New Recreation Fee; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108–447) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of proposed new recreation fee. AGENCY: The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, located in Hood River, Oregon, is proposing to charge a new standard amenity fee of $5 per vehicle per day for use of services and facilities at the Sandy River Delta site. 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[FR Doc. 2017–13047 Filed 6–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Sierra National Forest; California; Try Me Placer Mining Project Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Unites States Forest Service (USFS), Sierra National Forest, proposes to approve the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Plan of Operations (PoO) submitted by the Torosians to mine gold bearing alluvial gravels along an unnamed perennial stream channel, tributary to West Fork Chiquito Creek. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by July 24, 2017. The draft environmental impact statement is expected August 2018 and the final environmental impact statement is expected October 2018. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611. Comments may also be sent via email to comments-pacificsouthwest-sierra@ fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 559–294– 4809. A public meeting is planned for late summer or early fall 2017 at the Bass Lake Ranger District office. If you are interested in being notified when this meeting is scheduled, please SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contact Alan Gallegos whose contact information is listed below. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a way that they are useful to the Agency’s preparation of the EIS. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Gallegos, 559–297–0706 extension 4862 or ajgallegos@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 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The project is located in Madera County, CA in T. 6 S.; R. 23E, 24E, Sections 13, 18, 19. Dave and Steve Torosian have one lode claim (Try Me 1) and three placer claims (Try Me 2, 3, & 5) along an unnamed perennial stream channel tributary to West Fork Chiquito Creek, above Soda Springs. Dave and Steve Torosian have submitted a proposal to mine gold bearing alluvial gravels primarily in their Try Me 2 claim. The Try Me 2 Claim is located along approximately, 1,350 feet of perennial stream channel. The Sierra National Forest received a Notice of Intent (NOI) from Dave and Steve Torosian to mine gravels along an un-named perennial stream channel, tributary to West Fork Chiquito Creek. Upon review of the NOI, it was determined that the proposal would likely result in significant impacts to the stream channel and associated surface resources and a Plan of Operation (PoO with details of their proposal was requested. The role of the USFS regarding mining activities on National Forest system lands is to ensure that mining activities minimize adverse environmental effects to surface resources, and comply with all applicable environmental laws. Congress has not given the USFS authority to unreasonably circumscribe E:\FR\FM\22JNN1.SGM 22JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 119 / Thursday, June 22, 2017 / Notices or prohibit activities under the 1872 General Mining Law that are otherwise lawful. Therefore it is the intent of the Sierra National Forest to conduct an environmental analysis of the Torosian’s proposal, determine the impacts to the environment, identify appropriate mitigation measures, establish a reclamation plan, and issue an approved plan of operation to authorize the proposal. A USFS approved re-vegetation plan would be developed and implemented. The plan specifies site-specific locally native species sown from seed, or propagated from cuttings or other vegetative methods to be planted. Introduction prevention and spread of invasive non-native plants would be built into all stages of the project. Purpose and Need for Action Sierra National Forest Supervisor, Dean A. Gould. The purpose of the project from the USFS perspective is to comply with the agency responsibility to comply with the 1872 Mining Act and the 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 228 requiring the USFS to authorize a proposed PoO submitted by Dave and Steve Torosian, with the appropriate mitigation measures and to reclaim the mining disturbance to pre-existing conditions. The purpose of the project from the proponent’s perspective is to mine gold bearing gravels along 1350 feet of channel, as a pilot project to determine the most practical, economically efficient and viable future mining method. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Proposed Action The mining PoO proposes to excavate alluvial gold bearing gravels along the stream channel in three locations. Mining activity would consist of excavating the entire width of the stream channel and floodplain down to a depth of approximately 5 feet. Each excavation would be 200 to 300 feet long with the total volume of excavated stream channel estimated to be 4,000– 5,000 cubic yards. Design criteria set forth in the California Storm Water Best Management Practices handbook and be approved by a Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Designer would be implemented as part of the project. Other activities associated with the mining operation include setting up a camp, adjacent to the West Fork Chiquito Creek and moving in a small storage container to store equipment and supplies. Shallow samples of soil would be collected throughout the 120 acres of the Try Me Claims. Samples would be taken in a grid pattern for assay and geochemical assessment of the area. All lands disturbed by this proposal would be reclaimed and restored to a condition that is consistent with the Sierra National Forest Land Management Plan, as amended, USFS Region 5 and national USFS native plant policy as well as applicable State air and water quality requirements. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jun 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 Responsible Official Nature of Decision To Be Made The decision to be made is whether or not to approve and authorize the proposed mining PoO submitted by Dave and Steve Torosian. Preliminary Issues Preliminary issues include diversion of water from the small tributary where mining is proposed and stream bed alteration of a perennial stream channel where mining will occur; management of invasive weeds; impacts to riparian habitat; and soil and vegetation disruption resulting in habitat disturbance and erosion. Permits or Licenses Required Several permits will be required including (1) permit from California Fish and Game (401) and possible Migratory Bird Take Permit; (2) discharge permit from California Water Quality Control Board; (3) stream alteration permit (404) from the Army Corp of Engineers; and (4) reclamation permit from the California Department of Mines. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. 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. Cynthia D. West, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–13036 Filed 6–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28469 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service [Docket No. NRCS–2016–0012] Notice of Availability of Proposed Revisions to Section I of the Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota State Technical Guides for Public Review and Comment Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed revisions to Section I of the Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota State Technical Guides for public review and comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue revisions to the State Offsite Methods (SOSM) for use in Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The SOSM is used in completing wetland determinations for USDA program eligibility purposes. The existing SOSM’s have been in use since July 2015, NRCS is seeking comments only on the proposed revisions to these documents. The revisions are needed to clarify procedures and improve consistency in application. NRCS State Conservationists in each of these States will incorporate their revised SOSM into Section I of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). As identified in the National Food Security Act Manual these revised methods may be used for completion of wetland determinations. Section 343 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 requires NRCS to make available for public review and comment all proposed revisions to methods and procedures used to carry out the Highly Erodible Land and wetland compliance provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act (as amended). DATES: Effective Date: This is effective June 22, 2017. Comment Date: Submit comments on or before June 22, 2017. Final versions of these revised State Offsite Methods will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 119 (Thursday, June 22, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Sierra National Forest; California; Try Me Placer Mining Project

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Unites States Forest Service (USFS), Sierra National 
Forest, proposes to approve the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Plan of 
Operations (PoO) submitted by the Torosians to mine gold bearing 
alluvial gravels along an un-named perennial stream channel, tributary 
to West Fork Chiquito Creek.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 
by July 24, 2017. The draft environmental impact statement is expected 
August 2018 and the final environmental impact statement is expected 
October 2018.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 
93611. Comments may also be sent via email to comments-pacificsouthwest-sierra@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 559-294-4809. A 
public meeting is planned for late summer or early fall 2017 at the 
Bass Lake Ranger District office. If you are interested in being 
notified when this meeting is scheduled, please contact Alan Gallegos 
whose contact information is listed below.
    It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times 
and in such a way that they are useful to the Agency's preparation of 
the EIS. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Gallegos, 559-297-0706 extension 
4862 or ajgallegos@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 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The project is located in Madera County, CA 
in T. 6 S.; R. 23E, 24E, Sections 13, 18, 19. Dave and Steve Torosian 
have one lode claim (Try Me 1) and three placer claims (Try Me 2, 3, & 
5) along an un-named perennial stream channel tributary to West Fork 
Chiquito Creek, above Soda Springs. Dave and Steve Torosian have 
submitted a proposal to mine gold bearing alluvial gravels primarily in 
their Try Me 2 claim. The Try Me 2 Claim is located along 
approximately, 1,350 feet of perennial stream channel. The Sierra 
National Forest received a Notice of Intent (NOI) from Dave and Steve 
Torosian to mine gravels along an un-named perennial stream channel, 
tributary to West Fork Chiquito Creek. Upon review of the NOI, it was 
determined that the proposal would likely result in significant impacts 
to the stream channel and associated surface resources and a Plan of 
Operation (PoO with details of their proposal was requested. The role 
of the USFS regarding mining activities on National Forest system lands 
is to ensure that mining activities minimize adverse environmental 
effects to surface resources, and comply with all applicable 
environmental laws. Congress has not given the USFS authority to 
unreasonably circumscribe

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or prohibit activities under the 1872 General Mining Law that are 
otherwise lawful. Therefore it is the intent of the Sierra National 
Forest to conduct an environmental analysis of the Torosian's proposal, 
determine the impacts to the environment, identify appropriate 
mitigation measures, establish a reclamation plan, and issue an 
approved plan of operation to authorize the proposal.

Purpose and Need for Action

    The purpose of the project from the USFS perspective is to comply 
with the agency responsibility to comply with the 1872 Mining Act and 
the 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 228 requiring the USFS to 
authorize a proposed PoO submitted by Dave and Steve Torosian, with the 
appropriate mitigation measures and to reclaim the mining disturbance 
to pre-existing conditions. The purpose of the project from the 
proponent's perspective is to mine gold bearing gravels along 1350 feet 
of channel, as a pilot project to determine the most practical, 
economically efficient and viable future mining method.

Proposed Action

    The mining PoO proposes to excavate alluvial gold bearing gravels 
along the stream channel in three locations. Mining activity would 
consist of excavating the entire width of the stream channel and 
floodplain down to a depth of approximately 5 feet. Each excavation 
would be 200 to 300 feet long with the total volume of excavated stream 
channel estimated to be 4,000-5,000 cubic yards. Design criteria set 
forth in the California Storm Water Best Management Practices handbook 
and be approved by a Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan 
Designer would be implemented as part of the project.
    Other activities associated with the mining operation include 
setting up a camp, adjacent to the West Fork Chiquito Creek and moving 
in a small storage container to store equipment and supplies. Shallow 
samples of soil would be collected throughout the 120 acres of the Try 
Me Claims. Samples would be taken in a grid pattern for assay and 
geochemical assessment of the area.
    All lands disturbed by this proposal would be reclaimed and 
restored to a condition that is consistent with the Sierra National 
Forest Land Management Plan, as amended, USFS Region 5 and national 
USFS native plant policy as well as applicable State air and water 
quality requirements.
    A USFS approved re-vegetation plan would be developed and 
implemented. The plan specifies site-specific locally native species 
sown from seed, or propagated from cuttings or other vegetative methods 
to be planted. Introduction prevention and spread of invasive non-
native plants would be built into all stages of the project.

Responsible Official

    Sierra National Forest Supervisor, Dean A. Gould.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The decision to be made is whether or not to approve and authorize 
the proposed mining PoO submitted by Dave and Steve Torosian.

Preliminary Issues

    Preliminary issues include diversion of water from the small 
tributary where mining is proposed and stream bed alteration of a 
perennial stream channel where mining will occur; management of 
invasive weeds; impacts to riparian habitat; and soil and vegetation 
disruption resulting in habitat disturbance and erosion.

Permits or Licenses Required

    Several permits will be required including (1) permit from 
California Fish and Game (401) and possible Migratory Bird Take Permit; 
(2) discharge permit from California Water Quality Control Board; (3) 
stream alteration permit (404) from the Army Corp of Engineers; and (4) 
reclamation permit from the California Department of Mines.

Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement. 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.

Cynthia D. West,
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
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