Deschutes National Forest; Deschutes and Klamath Counties, Oregon; Ringo Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Forest Plan Amendment, 33041-33042 [2017-14821]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Notices In accordance with the Paperwork Burden Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations for a revision with an extension of a currently approved Information Collection Request that supports the Certified State Mediation Program. The information collection is necessary to ensure that the grant program is administered properly. The collection of information is used to determine whether participants meet the eligibility requirements to be a recipient of grant funds. Lack of adequate information to make the determination could result in the improper administration of Federal grant funds. DATES: We will consider comments we receive by September 18, 2017. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your comment, include volume, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail, hand delivery, or courier: Tracy Jones, Agricultural Loan and Grants Program Specialist, USDA, FSA, Stop 0521, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Copies of the information collection may be requested by contacting Tracy Jones at the above address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, Tracy Jones (202) 720–6771. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Certified State Mediation Program (7 CFR 785). OMB Control Number: 0560–0165. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2017. Type of Request: Revision and extension. Abstract: FSA administers the Certified State Mediation Program (Program) according to Subtitles A and B of Title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 (7 U.S.C. 5106). To effectively administer the Program, FSA requires an application for recertification, which includes submission of a letter from the State, a letter from the grantee, SF–424, SF– 424A, SF–424B, and SF–425. Approved grantees provide a mid-year report as well as an annual report that includes information on mediation services asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:49 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 provided during the preceding Federal fiscal year, assessment of the performance and effectiveness of the State’s Program, and any other matters related to the Program as the State elects to include. In addition, approved grantees complete SF–270 to request either advance funding or reimbursement of expenses already paid. The information requested is necessary for FSA to determine the grantee’s eligibility and administer the Program effectively. The number of state-certified mediation programs has increased over the past several years. The increase in burden hours reflects this change. For the following estimated total annual burden on respondents, the formula used to calculate the total burden hours is the estimated average time per response multiplied by the estimated total annual responses. Estimate of Average Time To Respond: Public reporting burden for collecting information under this notice is estimated to average 2.08 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collections of information. Type of Respondents: State. Estimated Number of Respondents: 164. Estimated Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.50. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 246. Estimated Average Time per Response: 2.083. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 512.5 hours. We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information collection to help FSA: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden of the collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Evaluate the quality, ability and clarity of the information technology; and (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on those who respond through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33041 All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be made a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission for Office of Management and Budget approval. Chris P. Beyerhelm, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. 2017–15066 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Deschutes National Forest; Deschutes and Klamath Counties, Oregon; Ringo Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Forest Plan Amendment Forest Service, USDA. Notice to extend the public comment period for the Ringo Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed Forest Plan amendment. AGENCY: ACTION: The Deschutes National Forest is issuing this notice to advise the public of a 45-day extension to the public comment period on the projectspecific Forest Plan amendment proposed in the Ringo Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This extended 45-day comment period is for the amendment, which includes the substantive provisions and relevant analysis. DATES: The comment period ends September 5, 2017. All relevant comments received during the extended public comment period related to the proposed amendment, including the substantive provisions, will be considered in the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any one of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Comments can be filed electronically at: commentspacificnorthwest-deschutes-crescent@ fs.fed.us. Electronic comments must be submitted as part of the email message or as an attachment in plain text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf). Emails submitted to addresses other than the one listed above, or in formats other than those listed or containing viruses, will be rejected. • Mail: Written, specific comments must be submitted to Daniel Rife, District Ranger, Crescent Ranger District, at P.O. Box 208, (136471 Hwy. 97 N.) Crescent, Oregon 97733, or FAX at (541) 433–3224. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 33042 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Notices Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period may not be considered by the forest. All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. This opportunity for comment applies only to the analysis associated with the proposed Forest Plan Amendment. Previously submitted comments will be considered and should not be resubmitted. Previous commenters will have eligibility to object under 26 CFR 218.5. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Bowles, Project Team Leader, Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, (541) 433–3200, or via email at jkbowles@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. Electronic copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement may be found on the Forest Service Web site at https://data.ecosystemmanagement.org/nepaweb/nepa_ project_exp.php?project=46900. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2017 (82 FR 14217). The 2012 Planning Rule, as amended, requires identification in the initial notice of the amendment of the substantive provisions that are likely to be directly related to the amendment. The Notice of Intent (NOI) did not identify the substantive provisions, and the analysis in the DEIS did not identify nor address the substantive provisions. As identified in the DEIS, the Ringo Project would be exempt from the following Standard and Guideline of the 1990 Deschutes Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP): Scenic Views, Foreground (M9–90; LRMP p. 4–131), ‘‘Low intensity prescribed fires will be used to meet and promote the Desired Visual Condition within each stand type. Prescribed fire and other fuel management techniques will be used to minimize the hazard of large high intensity fire. In foreground areas, prescribed fires will be small, normally less than 5 acres and shaped to appear as natural occurrences. . . .’’ In the Ringo DEIS planning area several of these areas are along major access VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:49 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 routes in fire-adapted ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. This site-specific Forest Plan Amendment will modify 242 acres of the Scenic Views, Foreground Standards and Guidelines (M9–90 in Scenic Views, LRMP 4–121) to allow an increase in the size of prescribed burn units while utilizing underburning to mimic natural process and creating a mosaic pattern of burning on the landscape. Substantive provisions of 36 CFR 219.8 through 219.11 that apply to the proposed amendment for Ringo DEIS Purpose and Need are: 219.8(a)(1)(v) Wildland fire and opportunities to restore fire adapted ecosystems. The following two provisions would be applicable to the effects from implementing this Forest Plan Amendment. 219.10(a)(1) Aesthetic values, air quality, cultural and heritage resources, ecosystem services, fish and wildlife species, forage, geologic features, grazing and rangelands, habitat and habitat connectivity, recreation settings and opportunities, riparian areas, scenery, soil, surface and subsurface water quality, timber, trails, vegetation, viewsheds, wilderness, and other relevant resources and uses. 219.10(a)(7) Reasonably foreseeable risks to ecological, social, and economic sustainability. Dated: June 23, 2017. Jeanne M. Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–14821 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request an Early Revision and Merger of Two Currently Approved Information Collections National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision to the currently approved information collection, the Bee and Honey survey docket (0535–0153). In addition NASS plans to merge this docket with the currently approved Colony Loss survey docket (0535–0255). Revision to burden hours will be needed due to a changes SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in the size of the target population, sample design, and the inclusion of the Colony Loss surveys. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 18, 2017 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0153, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Efax: (855) 838–6382. • Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD– ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 2024. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS—OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690–2388 or at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Honey and Honey Bee Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0153. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2018. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years and to merge another approved group of surveys (Colony Loss Surveys) into this request. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, livestock products, prices, and disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture, and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture. In this request for renewal of the Bee and Honey (0535–0153) docket, NASS will incorporate the two surveys (operations with fewer than 5 colonies and operations with 5 or more colonies) conducted under the Colony Loss (0535–0255) docket with the honey production surveys included in this docket. The operations with 5 or more colonies will continue to receive quarterly loss questionnaires and an annual honey production survey. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 137 (Wednesday, July 19, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33041-33042]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-14821]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Deschutes National Forest; Deschutes and Klamath Counties, 
Oregon; Ringo Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Forest 
Plan Amendment

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice to extend the public comment period for the Ringo Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed Forest Plan amendment.

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SUMMARY: The Deschutes National Forest is issuing this notice to advise 
the public of a 45-day extension to the public comment period on the 
project-specific Forest Plan amendment proposed in the Ringo Project 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This extended 45-day 
comment period is for the amendment, which includes the substantive 
provisions and relevant analysis.

DATES: The comment period ends September 5, 2017. All relevant comments 
received during the extended public comment period related to the 
proposed amendment, including the substantive provisions, will be 
considered in the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (FEIS).

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any one of the following 
methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Comments can be filed 
electronically at: comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes-crescent@fs.fed.us. Electronic comments must be submitted as part of 
the email message or as an attachment in plain text (.txt), Microsoft 
Word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format 
(.pdf). Emails submitted to addresses other than the one listed above, 
or in formats other than those listed or containing viruses, will be 
rejected.
     Mail: Written, specific comments must be submitted to 
Daniel Rife, District Ranger, Crescent Ranger District, at P.O. Box 
208, (136471 Hwy. 97 N.) Crescent, Oregon 97733, or FAX at (541) 433-
3224.

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    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period 
may not be considered by the forest. All comments received are part of 
the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing 
without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, 
address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise 
sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be 
publicly accessible.
    This opportunity for comment applies only to the analysis 
associated with the proposed Forest Plan Amendment. Previously 
submitted comments will be considered and should not be resubmitted. 
Previous commenters will have eligibility to object under 26 CFR 218.5.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Bowles, Project Team Leader, 
Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, (541) 433-3200, or 
via email at jkbowles@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. Electronic copies of the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement may be found on the Forest Service Web 
site at https://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46900.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original Notice of Availability 
published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2017 (82 FR 14217). The 
2012 Planning Rule, as amended, requires identification in the initial 
notice of the amendment of the substantive provisions that are likely 
to be directly related to the amendment. The Notice of Intent (NOI) did 
not identify the substantive provisions, and the analysis in the DEIS 
did not identify nor address the substantive provisions.
    As identified in the DEIS, the Ringo Project would be exempt from 
the following Standard and Guideline of the 1990 Deschutes Land and 
Resource Management Plan (LRMP):
    Scenic Views, Foreground (M9-90; LRMP p. 4-131), ``Low intensity 
prescribed fires will be used to meet and promote the Desired Visual 
Condition within each stand type. Prescribed fire and other fuel 
management techniques will be used to minimize the hazard of large high 
intensity fire. In foreground areas, prescribed fires will be small, 
normally less than 5 acres and shaped to appear as natural occurrences. 
. . .'' In the Ringo DEIS planning area several of these areas are 
along major access routes in fire-adapted ponderosa pine and mixed 
conifer. This site-specific Forest Plan Amendment will modify 242 acres 
of the Scenic Views, Foreground Standards and Guidelines (M9-90 in 
Scenic Views, LRMP 4-121) to allow an increase in the size of 
prescribed burn units while utilizing underburning to mimic natural 
process and creating a mosaic pattern of burning on the landscape.
    Substantive provisions of 36 CFR 219.8 through 219.11 that apply to 
the proposed amendment for Ringo DEIS Purpose and Need are:
    219.8(a)(1)(v) Wildland fire and opportunities to restore fire 
adapted ecosystems.
    The following two provisions would be applicable to the effects 
from implementing this Forest Plan Amendment.
    219.10(a)(1) Aesthetic values, air quality, cultural and heritage 
resources, ecosystem services, fish and wildlife species, forage, 
geologic features, grazing and rangelands, habitat and habitat 
connectivity, recreation settings and opportunities, riparian areas, 
scenery, soil, surface and subsurface water quality, timber, trails, 
vegetation, viewsheds, wilderness, and other relevant resources and 
uses.
    219.10(a)(7) Reasonably foreseeable risks to ecological, social, 
and economic sustainability.

    Dated: June 23, 2017.
Jeanne M. Higgins,
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2017-14821 Filed 7-18-17; 8:45 am]
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