Kemmerer Ranger District; Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming; Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Management Project, 45802-45804 [2017-21007]

Download as PDF 45802 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 189 / Monday, October 2, 2017 / Notices for those roads and trails that does not require redundant analysis. Collectively, these changes will be analyzed and incorporated into the revised DEIS, which will be circulated for public comment. The previous public comments and analysis will be used as the foundation for this revision. At the time that the revised DEIS is circulated, the public will have the opportunity to comment on the entire DEIS, including portions that have not been revised. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Preliminary Issues The Forest analyzed all scoping comments received in 2007 to identify issues, which are defined as cause-effect relationships directly or indirectly caused by implementing the proposed action. The issues defined as within the scope of the project, and directly or indirectly caused by implementing the proposal, were used to develop the range of action alternatives. Four issues were identified: (1) Restricting motorized access for dispersed camping; (2) restricting motorized big game retrieval; (3) impacts to resources from motorized use; and, (4) economics: loss of revenues and jobs. Proposed Action The revised proposed action would designate a system of roads, trails, and areas for motorized use as well as motorized access for dispersed camping and motorized access for big game retrieval. The road system would have 15 percent fewer roads and 68 percent more motorized trails than the current system. That would result in 2,890 miles of NFS roads open to public motorized travel, including 2,143 miles of roads that are open to both highway legal and off-highway vehicles. Also, this would result in 270 miles of motorized trails across the Forests, with 20 miles open to all vehicles and 182 miles open to vehicles less than 50 inches wide. The proposed action would designate 300 feet from either side of around 35 percent of the designated open roads (1,027 miles) for the sole purpose of accessing dispersed camping locations with motor vehicles. Motorized big game retrieval would be allowed within a 1-mile distance off the designated road and motorized trail system (1.2 million acres) for elk. No other species would be retrieved using motor vehicles. There would be one motorized use area designated (17 acres). All other cross country travel would be prohibited. Possible Alternatives The revised DEIS will analyze three alternatives in detail. These revised VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Sep 29, 2017 Jkt 244001 alternatives used the 2010 DEIS as a foundation and the public comments received from that DEIS. Alternative 1 (no action) represents the existing transportation system and proposes no changes. The existing system includes 3,418 miles of open roads and 127 miles of motorized trails. Cross-country travel off system roads on around 1.6 million acres would continue, except where currently prohibited. This alternative is not be compliant with the travel management rule because it does not designate a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized use. Alternative 2 is the Proposed Action, which would designate a system of roads, trails, and areas for motorized use as well as motorized access for dispersed camping and motorized access for big game retrieval. The road system would have 15 percent fewer roads and 68 percent more motorized trails than the current system. That would result in 2,890 miles of NFS roads open to public motorized travel, including 2,143 miles of roads that are open to both highway legal and offhighway vehicles. Alternative 3 is being designated to address the following issues: (1) Restricting motorized access for dispersed camping; (2) restricting motorized big game retrieval; and, (3) impacts to resources from motorized use. Scoping Process The proposed action outlined in this revised NOI is identical to the scope of the proposed action that was originally scoped, and therefore a new scoping period is not required. The original scoping process solicited over 20,000 public comments, which are being used to guide the development of the revised DEIS. 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 also be accepted and considered. Responsible Official The Responsible Official is the Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, P.O. Box 640, Springerville, AZ 85938. Nature of Decision To Be Made Based on the effects to social, natural, and cultural resources, the Forest Supervisor will decide what changes to make to the current motorized travel system to be compliant with the Travel Management Rule. The decision will also include whether to provide PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 motorized access for dispersed camping, whether to designate motorized use areas, and whether to provide access for motorized big game retrieval. The Record of Decision, which will be published after analyzing the public’s comments, will document the decision with the rationale. Dated: September 15, 2017. Jeanne M. Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–21009 Filed 9–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Kemmerer Ranger District; BridgerTeton National Forest; Wyoming; Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Management Project Forest Service, USDA. Revised Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Bridger-Teton National Forest will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of continued authorization of grazing on 17 sheep allotments on the Kemmerer Ranger District in southwest Wyoming. DATES: Although comments are accepted at any time, two designated comment periods concerning the scope of the analysis were established: June 26, 2017 through July 26, 2017 and November 17, 2008 through January 2, 2009. Comments will be accepted for an additional 30 days after October 2, 2017. The Draft EIS is expected in June 2018. Following its release, an opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS will be provided. The Final EIS is expected June 2019. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kemmerer Ranger District, 308 U.S. Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, WY 83101. Comments may also be sent via email to comments-intermtn-bridgerteton-kemmerer@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 307–828–5135. Please put ‘‘Comments on Kemmerer Grazing’’ in the subject line. 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 189 / Monday, October 2, 2017 / Notices R. Aaron Zobell, Rangeland Management Specialist, Kemmerer Ranger District, 307–828–5100, richardazobell@ 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. Ongoing information related to the proposed project can be found on the the project Web page at: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project= 26874. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Purpose and Need for Action A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS was published on November 17, 2008 (73 FR 67835) and April 9, 2010 (75 FR 10144). This NOI updates and supplements the previously published NOI to prepare an EIS and adds one additional allotment, Trespass Creek Allotment. The project area encompasses 181,227 acres of National Forest System lands within Lincoln County of western Wyoming. The 17 allotments included in the analysis are: Aspen Springs; Basin Creek; Buckskin Knoll; Devils Hole; Elk Creek; Green Knoll; Indian Creek; Lake Alice; Lake Mountain; Lower Salt Creek; Pole Creek; Porcupine Creek; Sams-Allen Creek; Smiths Fork; South Fontenelle; Spruce Creek; and Trespass Creek allotments. The analysis contained in the EIS will be used by the responsible official to decide whether or not, and if so, how to authorize livestock grazing and manage rangeland vegetation within the project area. The purpose of the Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Management project is to authorize livestock grazing in a manner that will maintain desired conditions or improve resource conditions towards desired conditions. There is a need for continued livestock grazing on the Bridger-Teton National Forest to meet the direction provided by the Bridger Teton Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) to contribute to the prosperity of communities (Goal 1.1) and provide forage for about 260,000 animal unit months of livestock grazing annually (Objective 1.1(h)). There is also a need to avoid unacceptable effects from livestock use as outlined in the Forest Plan (Goal 4.7) which directs that grazing use of the National Forest sustain or improve overall range, soils, water, wildlife, and recreation values or experiences. The difference between the existing condition and desired condition in terms of livestock grazing VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Sep 29, 2017 Jkt 244001 45803 and resource conditions describes the need for federal action. Desired conditions are defined by the Forest Plan, Forest Service Manual, and applicable laws. This effort is undertaken to comply with the 1995 Rescissions Act (Pub. L. 104–19). in authorized livestock numbers and season of use, as needed. Proposed Action The proposed action is to authorize livestock grazing on 17 allotments within the project area (Aspen Springs; Basin Creek; Buckskin Knoll; Devils Hole; Elk Creek; Green Knoll; Indian Creek; Lake Alice; Lake Mountain; Lower Salt Creek; Pole Creek; Porcupine Creek; Sams-Allen Creek; Smiths Fork; South Fontenelle; Spruce Creek; and Trespass Creek allotments) with updated domestic sheep grazing and rangeland vegetation management direction. Desired conditions are identified. Grazing practices addressing frequency of grazing and rest from grazing would be guided by the amount and diversity of vegetation given the capability of soils, as well as indicators of soil quality such as amount of ground cover, sign of active erosion and healing of headcuts. Other best management practices addressing the timing, duration, and in specific settings the intensity, of use are identified. Adaptive management is part of the proposed action. Identified are: Criteria to guide management, pre-determined optional courses of action used to make adaptive changes in management over time, and the focused monitoring which provides the basis for adjusting management to attain desired resource conditions. Allotment management plans would become part of a term grazing permit and contain the livestock grazing and rangeland vegetation management direction identified by the responsible official’s decision. Whether domestic sheep grazing should be allowed to continue on all, part, or none of the 17 allotments within the project area; and if so, under what management strategy. Possible Alternatives To date the Bridger-Teton National Forest has identified two alternatives to the proposed action: Alternative A—No Domestic Livestock Grazing, and Alternative B—Continuation of Current Livestock Management. Alternative A would discontinue sheep grazing on the 17 allotments over the next five years with the exception of sheep trailing to other allotments on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Caribou National Forest. This alternative will demonstrate the effects of eliminating livestock grazing on the environment and more clearly illustrate the potential effects of implementing any grazing and rangeland vegetation management alternative. Alternative B would continue current grazing management practices including annual adjustments PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Responsible Official Kemmerer District Ranger Adrienne Holcomb Nature of the Decision To Be Made Preliminary Issues Preliminary issues associated with the proposed action include: (1) The amount and diversity of vegetation in some locations is less than the current capability of soils; (2) Sediment delivery to drainages supporting fisheries, and retention of precipitation on uplands, as evidenced by headcutting/gullies and sign of active erosion; and (3) Wildlife values within some aspen stands are minimized by a lack of diverse aspen age classes; in some locations the diversity of herbaceous and shrub species in the understory is also diminished. Permits or Licenses Required If a decision is made to authorize regularly scheduled livestock grazing, such grazing must be authorized under a term grazing permit. Scoping Process Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.7(a)(2), this proposed project implements the land management plan and is subject to § 218 subparts A and B. Those who submit specific written comments regarding the proposed project during this scoping period or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a) are eligible to object. Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities. Specific written comments as defined by § 218.2 should be within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the responsible official to consider. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on these proposed actions and will be available for public inspection. E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 45804 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 189 / Monday, October 2, 2017 / Notices Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents nor provide the respondent with standing to object the subsequent draft decision. Only those who respond to the request for comments or request to be placed on the mailing list will be added to the mailing list for this project. An objection period will follow the regulation found in § 218.7. For objection eligibility (§ 218.5), only those who have submitted timely, specific written comments during any designated opportunity for public comment may file an objection. Issues to be raised in objections must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project and attributed to the objector, unless the issue is based on new information that arose after a designated opportunity to comment (§ 218.8(c)). Dated: September 12, 2017. Jeanne M. Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–21007 Filed 9–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P THE BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS Notice of Public Availability of the Broadcasting Board of Governors FY– 2015 Service Contract Analysis and FY–2016 Service Contract Inventory The Broadcasting Board of Governors. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of its FY–2015 Service Contract Analysis and FY 2016 Service Contract Inventory. They are available on the BBG Web site, through the following link: https://www.bbg.gov/ strategy-and-performance/researchreports/bbg-service-contract-inventory/. The service contract inventory provides information on service contract actions over $25,000 made in FY–2016. The information is organized by function to show how contracted resources are distributed throughout the Agency. The inventory has been developed in accordance with guidance on service contract inventories issued on November 5, 2010 and on December 19, sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Sep 29, 2017 Jkt 244001 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James McGuirk, Senior Procurement Analyst, IBB Office of Contracts via email at jmcguirk@bbg.gov or at telephone number (202) 382–7840. Dated: September 27, 2017. Chris Luer, Chief, IBB Office of Administration. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Kemmerer Ranger District; Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming; 
Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Management Project

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revised Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement.

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SUMMARY: The Bridger-Teton National Forest will prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of 
continued authorization of grazing on 17 sheep allotments on the 
Kemmerer Ranger District in southwest Wyoming.

DATES: Although comments are accepted at any time, two designated 
comment periods concerning the scope of the analysis were established: 
June 26, 2017 through July 26, 2017 and November 17, 2008 through 
January 2, 2009. Comments will be accepted for an additional 30 days 
after October 2, 2017. The Draft EIS is expected in June 2018. 
Following its release, an opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS will 
be provided. The Final EIS is expected June 2019.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kemmerer Ranger District, 308 U.S. 
Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, WY 83101. Comments may also be sent via 
email to comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-kemmerer@fs.fed.us, or via 
facsimile to 307-828-5135. Please put ``Comments on Kemmerer Grazing'' 
in the subject line.
    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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. Aaron Zobell, Rangeland Management 
Specialist, Kemmerer Ranger District, 307-828-5100, 
richardazobell@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.
    Ongoing information related to the proposed project can be found on 
the the project Web page at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=26874.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Purpose and Need for Action

    A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS was published on 
November 17, 2008 (73 FR 67835) and April 9, 2010 (75 FR 10144). This 
NOI updates and supplements the previously published NOI to prepare an 
EIS and adds one additional allotment, Trespass Creek Allotment. The 
project area encompasses 181,227 acres of National Forest System lands 
within Lincoln County of western Wyoming. The 17 allotments included in 
the analysis are: Aspen Springs; Basin Creek; Buckskin Knoll; Devils 
Hole; Elk Creek; Green Knoll; Indian Creek; Lake Alice; Lake Mountain; 
Lower Salt Creek; Pole Creek; Porcupine Creek; Sams-Allen Creek; Smiths 
Fork; South Fontenelle; Spruce Creek; and Trespass Creek allotments. 
The analysis contained in the EIS will be used by the responsible 
official to decide whether or not, and if so, how to authorize 
livestock grazing and manage rangeland vegetation within the project 
area.
    The purpose of the Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation 
Management project is to authorize livestock grazing in a manner that 
will maintain desired conditions or improve resource conditions towards 
desired conditions. There is a need for continued livestock grazing on 
the Bridger-Teton National Forest to meet the direction provided by the 
Bridger Teton Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) to 
contribute to the prosperity of communities (Goal 1.1) and provide 
forage for about 260,000 animal unit months of livestock grazing 
annually (Objective 1.1(h)). There is also a need to avoid unacceptable 
effects from livestock use as outlined in the Forest Plan (Goal 4.7) 
which directs that grazing use of the National Forest sustain or 
improve overall range, soils, water, wildlife, and recreation values or 
experiences. The difference between the existing condition and desired 
condition in terms of livestock grazing and resource conditions 
describes the need for federal action. Desired conditions are defined 
by the Forest Plan, Forest Service Manual, and applicable laws. This 
effort is undertaken to comply with the 1995 Rescissions Act (Pub. L. 
104-19).

Proposed Action

    The proposed action is to authorize livestock grazing on 17 
allotments within the project area (Aspen Springs; Basin Creek; 
Buckskin Knoll; Devils Hole; Elk Creek; Green Knoll; Indian Creek; Lake 
Alice; Lake Mountain; Lower Salt Creek; Pole Creek; Porcupine Creek; 
Sams-Allen Creek; Smiths Fork; South Fontenelle; Spruce Creek; and 
Trespass Creek allotments) with updated domestic sheep grazing and 
rangeland vegetation management direction. Desired conditions are 
identified. Grazing practices addressing frequency of grazing and rest 
from grazing would be guided by the amount and diversity of vegetation 
given the capability of soils, as well as indicators of soil quality 
such as amount of ground cover, sign of active erosion and healing of 
headcuts. Other best management practices addressing the timing, 
duration, and in specific settings the intensity, of use are 
identified. Adaptive management is part of the proposed action. 
Identified are: Criteria to guide management, pre-determined optional 
courses of action used to make adaptive changes in management over 
time, and the focused monitoring which provides the basis for adjusting 
management to attain desired resource conditions. Allotment management 
plans would become part of a term grazing permit and contain the 
livestock grazing and rangeland vegetation management direction 
identified by the responsible official's decision.

Possible Alternatives

    To date the Bridger-Teton National Forest has identified two 
alternatives to the proposed action: Alternative A--No Domestic 
Livestock Grazing, and Alternative B--Continuation of Current Livestock 
Management. Alternative A would discontinue sheep grazing on the 17 
allotments over the next five years with the exception of sheep 
trailing to other allotments on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and 
the Caribou National Forest. This alternative will demonstrate the 
effects of eliminating livestock grazing on the environment and more 
clearly illustrate the potential effects of implementing any grazing 
and rangeland vegetation management alternative. Alternative B would 
continue current grazing management practices including annual 
adjustments in authorized livestock numbers and season of use, as 
needed.

Responsible Official

    Kemmerer District Ranger Adrienne Holcomb

Nature of the Decision To Be Made

    Whether domestic sheep grazing should be allowed to continue on 
all, part, or none of the 17 allotments within the project area; and if 
so, under what management strategy.

Preliminary Issues

    Preliminary issues associated with the proposed action include:
    (1) The amount and diversity of vegetation in some locations is 
less than the current capability of soils;
    (2) Sediment delivery to drainages supporting fisheries, and 
retention of precipitation on uplands, as evidenced by headcutting/
gullies and sign of active erosion; and
    (3) Wildlife values within some aspen stands are minimized by a 
lack of diverse aspen age classes; in some locations the diversity of 
herbaceous and shrub species in the understory is also diminished.

Permits or Licenses Required

    If a decision is made to authorize regularly scheduled livestock 
grazing, such grazing must be authorized under a term grazing permit.

Scoping Process

    Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.7(a)(2), this proposed project implements 
the land management plan and is subject to Sec.  218 subparts A and B. 
Those who submit specific written comments regarding the proposed 
project during this scoping period or other designated opportunity for 
public comment in accordance with Sec.  218.5(a) are eligible to 
object. Issues raised in objections must be based on previously 
submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed 
project unless based on new information arising after the designated 
comment opportunities.
    Specific written comments as defined by Sec.  218.2 should be 
within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to 
the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the 
responsible official to consider. It is the responsibility of all 
individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are 
received in a timely manner.
    Comments received, including names and addresses of those who 
comment, will be considered part of the public record on these proposed 
actions and will be available for public inspection.

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Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; 
however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the 
ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental 
documents nor provide the respondent with standing to object the 
subsequent draft decision. Only those who respond to the request for 
comments or request to be placed on the mailing list will be added to 
the mailing list for this project.
    An objection period will follow the regulation found in Sec.  
218.7. For objection eligibility (Sec.  218.5), only those who have 
submitted timely, specific written comments during any designated 
opportunity for public comment may file an objection.
    Issues to be raised in objections must be based on previously 
submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project and 
attributed to the objector, unless the issue is based on new 
information that arose after a designated opportunity to comment (Sec.  
218.8(c)).

    Dated: September 12, 2017.
Jeanne M. Higgins,
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2017-21007 Filed 9-29-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3411-15-P