Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and Associated Environmental Impact Statement for the Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado, 21352-21353 [2019-09837]

Download as PDF 21352 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / Notices The Saturday meeting will take place at the Ramada Inn, 1511 East Main Street, Barstow, California 92311. The location and agenda for the Friday field trip will be posted on the BLM web page at: https://www.blm.gov/getInvolved/rac/california/californiadesert-district, when finalized. Written comments may be filed in advance of the public meeting, c/o Bureau of Land Management, Public Affairs, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Written comments will also be accepted at the time of the Saturday public meeting and will be incorporated into the meeting minutes and made available on the Council’s website. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah K. Webster, BLM California State Office, telephone: 916–978–4622, email: swebster@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Ms. Webster during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member Council provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior concerning the planning and management of the public land resources located within the BLM’s California Desert District and offers advice on the implementation of the comprehensive, long-range plan for management, use, development, and protection of the public lands within the California Desert Conservation Area. All Council meetings and field trips are open to the public, but the public must provide their own transportation, meals, and beverages. The field trip will include visits to the Cronese Lake, the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, and the Avawatz Mountains. The Saturday public meeting will include a discussion of implementation of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act), the West Mojave Route Network Project, and off-highway vehicle recreation as they relate to the previous day’s field trip. The Saturday meeting will also include discussions on implementation of the Dingell Act in the California Desert District, updates from Council members and the BLM California Desert District Manager, and time for public comment at the beginning and end of the meeting as well as during various presentations. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 May 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 While the Saturday meeting is tentatively scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the meeting could conclude prior to 4:00 p.m. should the Council conclude its presentations and discussions. Therefore, members of the public interested in a particular agenda item or discussion should schedule their arrival accordingly. The final agenda will be posted to the Council’s website at https://www.blm.gov/getinvolved/rac/california/californiadesert-district. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. (Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4–2) Benjamin E. Gruber, Acting California Desert District Manager. [FR Doc. 2019–09930 Filed 5–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCOF02400.L16100000. LXSSC0100000.DO0000.19X] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and Associated Environmental Impact Statement for the Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA); the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA); and the National Forest Management Act of 1976, as amended (NFMA); the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), Can˜on City, Colorado and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche-Cimarron National Grasslands (PSICC), Pueblo, Colorado, intend to prepare a joint Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Forest Plan (FP) amendment, supported by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for the Browns Canyon National Monument (BCNM). This notice announces the public scoping process to solicit comments and identify issues for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BLM and USFS consideration in the EIS. The management plan will revise a portion of the existing Royal Gorge RMP and amend the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche-Cimarron National Grasslands FP. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP–FP and EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until June 13, 2019. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM website at: https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC. In order to be considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM and USFS will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the BCNM RMP–FP and EIS by the following methods: • Electronically via the BLM ePlanning website: https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC • Hard copy via mail to: BCNM RMP/ EIS, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201 Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the RGFO, 3028 E. Main St., Can˜on City, Colorado 81212, at the PSICC Salida Ranger District, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201, or on the BLM ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Vieira, Project Manager, telephone 719–246–9966; address 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, Colorado 81201; email blm_co_brownscanyon@blm.gov. Contact Mr. Vieira at blm_co_ brownscanyon@blm.gov to add your name to our mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM RGFO and USFS PSICC intend to prepare a joint RMP/FP and EIS for the BCNM, announces and initiates the public scoping process, and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The USFS published a Notice of Intent to begin the Plan Assessment Phase of its planning process on April E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / Notices 17, 2017, consistent with 36 CFR 219 Subpart B. The planning area is located in Chaffee County, Colorado and encompasses approximately 21,600 acres (9,790 acres on BLM and 11,810 acres on USFS) of public land and national forest. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, develop alternatives and guide the planning process. Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified by the BLM and USFS personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and other stakeholders. The issues include: Managing for sustainable outdoor recreation, visitor growth and visitor enjoyment; conserving and protecting monument resources and objects or values including bighorn sheep, peregrine falcon, terrestrial and avian wildlife habitat, cultural and historical resources, geological features and riparian values; understanding and addressing tribal values; and addressing existing uses such as livestock grazing. Preliminary planning criteria include: Compliance with FLPMA, NFMA, NEPA, and other applicable laws and regulations; consultation and coordination with Native American Tribes with due consideration to Tribal concerns; incorporate the BLM Colorado Standards for Public Land Health and USFS planning criteria; management decision consistency across agency boundaries within the BCNM and with other contiguous public lands; continue managing Wilderness Study Areas under the Interim Management Policy for Lands under Wilderness Review until Congress acts on a designation or releases lands from consideration; recognize valid existing land-use and ownership rights; include adaptive management criteria to explore alternative ways to meet future management objectives; comply with existing plans and policies of adjacent local, State, Federal agencies and local Native American Tribes to the extent practicable; and use the best available scientific information and research where practicable for the planning effort. The BLM and USFS will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM and USFS will provide an explanation in the Draft RMP–FP and Draft EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 May 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM and USFS will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify management decisions best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM and USFS use and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM and USFS in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources. The BLM and USFS will consult with Native American Tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Native American trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with Tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed action that the BLM and USFS are evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or may be requested by the BLM and USFS to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The BLM and USFS will use a joint interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Outdoor recreation, wildlife and fisheries, threatened and endangered species; vegetation; invasive and noxious weeds; rangeland management; forestry; soils; hydrology; riparian systems; cultural resources and Native American interests; minerals and geology; fire ecology and management; paleontology; lands and realty; sociology and economics; visual resource management; law enforcement; and geographic information systems. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21353 comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7, 43 CFR 1610.2. Jamie E. Connell, BLM Colorado State Director. [FR Doc. 2019–09837 Filed 5–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [19X.LLAKA02000.L16100000.DS0000. LXSS0L3l0000.241A] Notice of Availability of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Haines Amendment to the Ring of Fire Resource Management Plan; Notice of Public Meeting Bureau of Land Management, Interior ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Glennallen Field Office is issuing for public comment the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Haines Amendment to the Ring of Fire Resource Management Plan. BLM Alaska will hold a public meeting in Haines to receive comments on the Haines Amendment Supplemental Draft EIS. The Supplemental Draft EIS will supplement the December 2012 Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Haines Planning Area that originally analyzed which, if any, designations and associated management practices best fulfill the resource needs and multiple use demands within the Haines Planning Area. DATES: To ensure that the BLM will consider your comments on the Haines Amendment Supplemental Draft EIS, BLM Alaska must receive your comments no later than August 1, 2019, which is 90 days after the Environmental Protection Agency published its notice of availability of the Haines Amendment Supplemental Draft EIS in the Federal Register. BLM Alaska will announce the date, time, and location of the public meeting in Haines on its website, through public notices, media news releases, and/or mailings. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2019)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-09837]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLCOF02400.L16100000. LXSSC0100000.DO0000.19X]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and 
Associated Environmental Impact Statement for the Browns Canyon 
National Monument, Colorado

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA); the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended (FLPMA); and the National Forest Management Act of 
1976, as amended (NFMA); the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal 
Gorge Field Office (RGFO), Ca[ntilde]on City, Colorado and U.S. Forest 
Service (USFS), Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche-Cimarron 
National Grasslands (PSICC), Pueblo, Colorado, intend to prepare a 
joint Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Forest Plan (FP) amendment, 
supported by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for the Browns 
Canyon National Monument (BCNM). This notice announces the public 
scoping process to solicit comments and identify issues for BLM and 
USFS consideration in the EIS. The management plan will revise a 
portion of the existing Royal Gorge RMP and amend the Pike-San Isabel 
National Forests and Comanche-Cimarron National Grasslands FP.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP-FP 
and EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until June 13, 
2019. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be 
announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers 
and the BLM website at: https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC. In order to be 
considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the 
close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public 
meeting, whichever is later. The BLM and USFS will provide additional 
opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft 
EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the BCNM RMP-FP and EIS by the following methods:

 Electronically via the BLM ePlanning website: https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC
 Hard copy via mail to: BCNM RMP/EIS, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, 
CO 81201

    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the RGFO, 
3028 E. Main St., Ca[ntilde]on City, Colorado 81212, at the PSICC 
Salida Ranger District, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201, or on the 
BLM ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Vieira, Project Manager, 
telephone 719-246-9966; address 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, Colorado 
81201; email [email protected]. Contact Mr. Vieira at 
[email protected] to add your name to our mailing list. 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours 
a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above 
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM 
RGFO and USFS PSICC intend to prepare a joint RMP/FP and EIS for the 
BCNM, announces and initiates the public scoping process, and seeks 
public input on issues and planning criteria. The USFS published a 
Notice of Intent to begin the Plan Assessment Phase of its planning 
process on April

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17, 2017, consistent with 36 CFR 219 Subpart B. The planning area is 
located in Chaffee County, Colorado and encompasses approximately 
21,600 acres (9,790 acres on BLM and 11,810 acres on USFS) of public 
land and national forest. The purpose of the public scoping process is 
to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the 
environmental analysis, develop alternatives and guide the planning 
process. Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified 
by the BLM and USFS personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and 
other stakeholders. The issues include: Managing for sustainable 
outdoor recreation, visitor growth and visitor enjoyment; conserving 
and protecting monument resources and objects or values including 
bighorn sheep, peregrine falcon, terrestrial and avian wildlife 
habitat, cultural and historical resources, geological features and 
riparian values; understanding and addressing tribal values; and 
addressing existing uses such as livestock grazing. Preliminary 
planning criteria include: Compliance with FLPMA, NFMA, NEPA, and other 
applicable laws and regulations; consultation and coordination with 
Native American Tribes with due consideration to Tribal concerns; 
incorporate the BLM Colorado Standards for Public Land Health and USFS 
planning criteria; management decision consistency across agency 
boundaries within the BCNM and with other contiguous public lands; 
continue managing Wilderness Study Areas under the Interim Management 
Policy for Lands under Wilderness Review until Congress acts on a 
designation or releases lands from consideration; recognize valid 
existing land-use and ownership rights; include adaptive management 
criteria to explore alternative ways to meet future management 
objectives; comply with existing plans and policies of adjacent local, 
State, Federal agencies and local Native American Tribes to the extent 
practicable; and use the best available scientific information and 
research where practicable for the planning effort.
    The BLM and USFS will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in 
the plan, and will place them into one of three categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM and USFS will provide an explanation in the Draft RMP-FP 
and Draft EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. 
The public is encouraged to help identify any management questions and 
concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM and USFS will 
work collaboratively with interested parties to identify management 
decisions best suited to local, regional, and national needs and 
concerns. The BLM and USFS use and coordinate the NEPA scoping process 
to help fulfill the public involvement process under the National 
Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 
800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources 
within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist 
the BLM and USFS in identifying and evaluating impacts to such 
resources.
    The BLM and USFS will consult with Native American Tribes on a 
government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 
and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Native 
American trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources, will 
be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along 
with Tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or 
affected by the proposed action that the BLM and USFS are evaluating, 
are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may 
request or may be requested by the BLM and USFS to participate in the 
development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The 
BLM and USFS will use a joint interdisciplinary approach to develop the 
plan in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines 
will be involved in the planning process: Outdoor recreation, wildlife 
and fisheries, threatened and endangered species; vegetation; invasive 
and noxious weeds; rangeland management; forestry; soils; hydrology; 
riparian systems; cultural resources and Native American interests; 
minerals and geology; fire ecology and management; paleontology; lands 
and realty; sociology and economics; visual resource management; law 
enforcement; and geographic information systems.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the 
BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To 
be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day 
scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, 
whichever is later.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7, 43 CFR 1610.2.

Jamie E. Connell,
BLM Colorado State Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-09837 Filed 5-13-19; 8:45 am]
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