Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement To Address the Presence of Wolves at Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, 11787-11788 [2018-05408]

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AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the presence of wolves at Isle Royale National Park. DATES: The NPS will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 30 days from the date of publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the notice of filing of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: An electronic copy of the final EIS/plan will be available for public review at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves. A limited number of hard copies will be available at Park Headquarters, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931–1896. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931–1896, or by telephone at (906) 482–0984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, 43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the NPS announces the availability of the Final EIS. The final EIS/plan responds to, and incorporates where appropriate, agency and public comments received on the draft EIS/plan, which was available for public review from December 16, 2016 to March 15, 2017. Two public meetings and two webinars were held from February 14 through February 21, 2017 to gather input on the draft EIS/plan. During the public comment period, 4916 pieces of correspondence were received. NPS responses to agency and public comments are provided in Appendix B of the final EIS/plan available at http://parkplanning.nps. gov/isrowolves. This final EIS/plan evaluates the impacts of the no-action alternative (Alternative A) and three action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, and D). Alternative B is the preferred alternative and the environmentally preferable alternative. Alternative A would continue existing management practices and assume no SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 11788 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 52 / Friday, March 16, 2018 / Notices 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. 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. 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 the preferred alternative, between 20 and 30 wolves with a wide genetic diversity would be introduced to the island. 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 between 6 and 15 wolves. 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, health of the ecosystem, 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 allow the study of island ecosystem changes to continue without an apex predator and action would only be taken 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:54 Mar 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 introduction actions should be taken, NPS would follow procedures outlined within Alternative C. Authority The authority for publishing this notice is 40 CFR 1506.6. Dated: March 8, 2018. Cameron H. Sholly, Regional Director, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2018–05408 Filed 3–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–MWR–KNRI–23883; PPMWMWROW0, PMP00UP05.YP00000] Notice of Availability of the Final Archeological Resources Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota National Park Service. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Final Archeological Resources Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Final Plan/EIS), Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota. 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This process has been conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code 4321 et seq.) and the regulations of the US Department of the Interior (43 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] part 46). The purpose of the plan is to provide a management framework SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for proactive, sustainable archeological resource protection for the next 30 years. The NPS has identified four major threats to the park’s archeological resources: Riverbank erosion, burrowing mammals, vegetation encroachment and the location of park infrastructure. Over the past few decades, village remnants and archeological sites adjacent to the Knife River have experienced measurable erosion. In addition, northern pocket gophers and the encroachment of woody and overgrown vegetation have displaced soil and artifacts from chronologically stratified deposits. Under the preferred alternative, these threats would be addressed following an adaptive management framework designed to detect changes to important indicators and provide park managers tools to manage them. The preferred alternative also calls for the relocation of the park maintenance facility. The maintenance facility is located on the edge of the Big Hidatsa Village site, a designated National Historic Landmark and sacred site of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation). If off-site space is available and cost effective, the maintenance facility would be relocated outside the park. If suitable property outside the park is unavailable or cost prohibitive the NPS intends to relocate and construct the maintenance facility within the park. Similarly, the preferred alternative calls for the relocation of the museum collections storage facility if current efforts to stop water infiltration are unsuccessful. The museum collections storage facility, located in the basement of the visitor center, has experienced water leaks since construction was completed in 1992. A project is underway to waterproof the exterior of the building. If efforts fail, the museum collections storage facility would be moved to a suitable location in consultation with the MHA Nation. Notice of availability of the Draft Plan/EIS was published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2016 (81 FR 214), and the NPS provided the public with 60 days to review and comment on the draft document. The NPS also held public meetings in Stanton, North Dakota, and Bismarck, North Dakota, to facilitate public understanding of the document and provide opportunity for public comment. Public comments informed the NPS analysis of alternatives in the Final Plan/EIS. A summary of the public comments received, and NPS responses to those comments are addressed in chapter 5 of the Final Plan/EIS. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 52 (Friday, March 16, 2018)]
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[FR Doc No: 2018-05408]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-ANRSS-24116; PPMWMWROW2, PMP00UP05.YP0000]


Notice of Availability of the Final 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 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the presence 
of wolves at Isle Royale National Park.

DATES: The NPS will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 
30 days from the date of publication by the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency of the notice of filing of the Final EIS in the 
Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: An electronic copy of the final EIS/plan will be available 
for public review at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves. A limited 
number of hard copies will be available at Park Headquarters, 800 East 
Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle 
Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, 
Michigan 49931-1896, or by telephone at (906) 482-0984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act, 43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the NPS announces the availability 
of the Final EIS. The final EIS/plan responds to, and incorporates 
where appropriate, agency and public comments received on the draft 
EIS/plan, which was available for public review from December 16, 2016 
to March 15, 2017. Two public meetings and two webinars were held from 
February 14 through February 21, 2017 to gather input on the draft EIS/
plan. During the public comment period, 4916 pieces of correspondence 
were received. NPS responses to agency and public comments are provided 
in Appendix B of the final EIS/plan available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves.
    This final EIS/plan evaluates the impacts of the no-action 
alternative (Alternative A) and three action alternatives (Alternatives 
B, C, and D). Alternative B is the preferred alternative and the 
environmentally preferable alternative.
    Alternative A would continue existing management practices and 
assume no

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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. 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. 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 the preferred alternative, between 20 and 30 wolves with a 
wide genetic diversity would be introduced to the island. 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 between 6 
and 15 wolves. 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, health of the ecosystem, 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 allow the study of island 
ecosystem changes to continue without an apex predator and action would 
only be taken 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, NPS would 
follow procedures outlined within Alternative C.

Authority

    The authority for publishing this notice is 40 CFR 1506.6.

    Dated: March 8, 2018.
Cameron H. Sholly,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2018-05408 Filed 3-15-18; 8:45 am]
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