Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Uncompahgre Field Office, Colorado, 31089-31090 [2019-13857]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCOS05000.L16100000. DQ0000.LXSS053C0000.19X] Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Uncompahgre Field Office, Colorado Bureau of Land Management. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Uncompahgre Planning Area and by this notice, is announcing its availability. DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed RMP. A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The Proposed RMP/Final EIS is available on the BLM ePlanning project website at https://go.usa.gov/ xnpgD. Click on the Documents and Reports link on the left side of the screen to find the electronic version of this material. Hard copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are also available for public inspection at the Uncompahgre Field Office, 2505 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401. All protests must be in writing and filed with the BLM Director, either as a hard copy or electronically via the BLMS’s ePlanning project website listed previously. To submit a protest electronically, go to the ePlanning project website and follow the protest instructions highlighted at the top of the home page. If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be mailed to one of the following addresses: Regular Mail: BLM Director (210) Attention: Protest Coordinator, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024–1383. Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210) Attention: Protest Coordinator, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Loscalzo, Planning and Environmental Coordinator; telephone khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jun 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 970–240–5300; address 2465 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401; email uformp@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 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: The BLM prepared the Uncompahgre Proposed RMP/Final EIS to evaluate and revise the management strategy for resources, resource uses, and special designations within the Uncompahgre Planning Area. The Uncompahgre Planning Area includes approximately 3.1 million acres of public land managed by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, U.S. Forest Service (portions of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest), National Park Service (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and portions of Curecanti National Recreation Area), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, State of Colorado (including Ridgway, Crawford, and Paonia State Parks), and local and private lands—all of which are located in southwestern Colorado, in Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Mesa counties. While the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA) and the Dominguez-Escalante NCA are geographically within the Uncompahgre Planning Area, they are not part of this planning effort as they are managed under separate RMPs. The Uncompahgre RMP will determine management for approximately 675,800 acres of BLM-administered surface lands and 971,220 acres of Federal mineral estate. When approved, the Uncompahgre RMP will replace the 1985 San Juan/San Miguel RMP, as amended; and the 1989 Uncompahgre Basin RMP, as amended. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS describes and analyzes five management alternatives (Alternatives A, B, C, D, E) and one sub-alternative (Alternative B.1). Each includes goals, objectives, allowable uses and management actions to address new management challenges, issues, and changes in BLM regulations, guidance and policy. Alternative A is the No Action Alternative and retains the current goals, objectives, and direction specified in the existing 1985 San Juan/San Miguel RMP and 1989 Uncompahgre Basin RMP. Alternative B emphasizes improving, rehabilitating and restoring resources; PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31089 sustaining the ecological integrity of habitats for all priority plant, wildlife and fish species; and allowing appropriate development scenarios for allowable uses (such as mineral leasing, locatable mineral development, recreation, communication sites and livestock grazing). Alternative B.1 is a subset of Alternative B, and specifically addresses oil and gas leasing and development in the North Fork and Smith Fork drainages of the Gunnison River. This sub-alternative would close certain areas to oil and gas leasing and would impose development setbacks with strict surface use restrictions in places where leasing may be allowed. Alternative C emphasizes a mix of uses that maximize utilization of resources, while mitigating impacts on land health. The appropriate development scenarios for allowable uses emphasize maximizing resource production in an environmentally responsible manner, while maintaining the basic protection needed to sustain resources. Alternative D is the Agency-Preferred Alternative from the Draft RMP/Draft EIS and emphasizes balancing resource protection and resource use among competing human interests, land uses, and the conservation of natural and cultural resource values, while sustaining and enhancing ecological integrity across the landscape, including plant, wildlife and fish habitat. Alternative E is the Agency’s Proposed RMP and is a reasonable combination of goals, objectives, allowable uses and management actions from the alternatives presented in the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. The Proposed RMP would provide comprehensive, longrange decisions for the use and management of resources in the Uncompahgre Planning Area administered by the BLM, focusing on the principles of multiple use and sustained yield. The Uncompahgre Draft RMP/Draft EIS public comment period began on June 3, 2016, and was extended for an additional 60 days, at the request of local governments and interest groups, to November 1, 2016. The total comment period encompassed 152 days. The BLM held six public open house meetings across the Uncompahgre Planning Area during the public comment period. The BLM considered and incorporated in the Proposed RMP/ Final EIS, as appropriate, comments received from the public, cooperating agencies, and internal BLM review. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 31090 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2019 / Notices significantly change proposed land use plan decisions. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP may be found online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/ planning-and-nepa/publicparticipation/filing-a-plan-protest and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above or submitted electronically through the BLM ePlanning project website as described above. Protests submitted electronically by any means other than the ePlanning project website protest section will be invalid unless a protest is also submitted in hard copy. Protests submitted by fax will also be invalid unless also submitted either through the ePlanning project website protest section or in hard copy. Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest letter to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 1610.5. Jamie E. Connell, BLM Colorado State Director. [FR Doc. 2019–13857 Filed 6–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–NPS0028125; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Carter County Museum, Ekalaka, MT National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Carter County Museum has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and any present-day Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jun 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the Carter County Museum. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the Carter County Museum at the address in this notice by July 29, 2019. ADDRESSES: Sabre Moore, Carter County Museum, 306 North Main Street, Ekalaka, MT 59324, telephone (406) 775–6886, email smoore@ cartercountymuseum.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects under the control of the Carter County Museum, Ekalaka, MT. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from the Arthur Walker, Beach, Jardee, Turbiville, WPA Crew, Medicine Rocks, and Chalk Buttes Sites in Carter County, MT, and the Frank Sparks Site in Fallon County, MT. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 43 CFR 10.11(d). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Carter County Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota; Fort Belknap Indian Community of the PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota; Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Oglala Sioux Tribe (previously listed as the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota); Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota; SissetonWahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota; Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota; Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota; and the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Tribes.’’ History and Description of the Remains In 1948, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from the Arthur Walker Site, nine miles northwest of Albion, in Carter County, MT. A skull and partial skeleton were exposed 2.3 meters below the surface in a bentonite bank on Blacktail Creek. The exposure was about 1.2 meters above the water level and immediately over the water due to undercutting. The bones were completely encased in bentonite clay that had washed down from a steep slope several yards to the north. The human remains entered the Carter County Museum collection in 1948, and consist of the skull, portions of all 24 ribs, left and right clavicles, left and right scapula, vertebra, sacrum, coccyx, left and right humerus, left ulna, left femur, left tibia, right and left pelvis, right and left calcaneus, hands, and feet. They show signs of severe, chronic periodontal disease and arthritis. Based on molar wear, the individual, a male, was 35–45 years old at the time of death. No known individuals were identified. The six associated funerary objects are three Dentalium shells and three broken or cut gastropod shells. In June 1985, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed by a rancher’s son from the Beach Site, located on the slope of a steep hillside below a sandstone cliff in Carter County, MT. The human remains consist of a skull. One month later, a burial site in a cleft of sandstone outcrop approximately 50 yards upslope from the skull was located and the human remains of a second individual were removed. The osteological material from this second E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 125 (Friday, June 28, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLCOS05000.L16100000.DQ0000.LXSS053C0000.19X]


Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan 
and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Uncompahgre Field 
Office, Colorado

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared a 
Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Uncompahgre Planning Area and by this notice, 
is announcing its availability.

DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's 
Proposed RMP. A person who meets the conditions and files a protest 
must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental 
Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal 
Register.

ADDRESSES: The Proposed RMP/Final EIS is available on the BLM ePlanning 
project website at https://go.usa.gov/xnpgD. Click on the Documents and 
Reports link on the left side of the screen to find the electronic 
version of this material. Hard copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are 
also available for public inspection at the Uncompahgre Field Office, 
2505 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401. All protests must be in 
writing and filed with the BLM Director, either as a hard copy or 
electronically via the BLMS's ePlanning project website listed 
previously. To submit a protest electronically, go to the ePlanning 
project website and follow the protest instructions highlighted at the 
top of the home page. If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be 
mailed to one of the following addresses:
    Regular Mail: BLM Director (210) Attention: Protest Coordinator, 
P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383.
    Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210) Attention: Protest 
Coordinator, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Loscalzo, Planning and 
Environmental Coordinator; telephone 970-240-5300; address 2465 South 
Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401; email [email protected]. 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: The BLM prepared the Uncompahgre Proposed 
RMP/Final EIS to evaluate and revise the management strategy for 
resources, resource uses, and special designations within the 
Uncompahgre Planning Area. The Uncompahgre Planning Area includes 
approximately 3.1 million acres of public land managed by the BLM 
Uncompahgre Field Office, U.S. Forest Service (portions of the Grand 
Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest), National Park Service 
(Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and portions of Curecanti 
National Recreation Area), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, State of 
Colorado (including Ridgway, Crawford, and Paonia State Parks), and 
local and private lands--all of which are located in southwestern 
Colorado, in Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Mesa 
counties. While the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA) and 
the Dominguez-Escalante NCA are geographically within the Uncompahgre 
Planning Area, they are not part of this planning effort as they are 
managed under separate RMPs. The Uncompahgre RMP will determine 
management for approximately 675,800 acres of BLM-administered surface 
lands and 971,220 acres of Federal mineral estate. When approved, the 
Uncompahgre RMP will replace the 1985 San Juan/San Miguel RMP, as 
amended; and the 1989 Uncompahgre Basin RMP, as amended.
    The Proposed RMP/Final EIS describes and analyzes five management 
alternatives (Alternatives A, B, C, D, E) and one sub-alternative 
(Alternative B.1). Each includes goals, objectives, allowable uses and 
management actions to address new management challenges, issues, and 
changes in BLM regulations, guidance and policy.
    Alternative A is the No Action Alternative and retains the current 
goals, objectives, and direction specified in the existing 1985 San 
Juan/San Miguel RMP and 1989 Uncompahgre Basin RMP.
    Alternative B emphasizes improving, rehabilitating and restoring 
resources; sustaining the ecological integrity of habitats for all 
priority plant, wildlife and fish species; and allowing appropriate 
development scenarios for allowable uses (such as mineral leasing, 
locatable mineral development, recreation, communication sites and 
livestock grazing).
    Alternative B.1 is a subset of Alternative B, and specifically 
addresses oil and gas leasing and development in the North Fork and 
Smith Fork drainages of the Gunnison River. This sub-alternative would 
close certain areas to oil and gas leasing and would impose development 
setbacks with strict surface use restrictions in places where leasing 
may be allowed.
    Alternative C emphasizes a mix of uses that maximize utilization of 
resources, while mitigating impacts on land health. The appropriate 
development scenarios for allowable uses emphasize maximizing resource 
production in an environmentally responsible manner, while maintaining 
the basic protection needed to sustain resources.
    Alternative D is the Agency-Preferred Alternative from the Draft 
RMP/Draft EIS and emphasizes balancing resource protection and resource 
use among competing human interests, land uses, and the conservation of 
natural and cultural resource values, while sustaining and enhancing 
ecological integrity across the landscape, including plant, wildlife 
and fish habitat.
    Alternative E is the Agency's Proposed RMP and is a reasonable 
combination of goals, objectives, allowable uses and management actions 
from the alternatives presented in the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. The 
Proposed RMP would provide comprehensive, long-range decisions for the 
use and management of resources in the Uncompahgre Planning Area 
administered by the BLM, focusing on the principles of multiple use and 
sustained yield.
    The Uncompahgre Draft RMP/Draft EIS public comment period began on 
June 3, 2016, and was extended for an additional 60 days, at the 
request of local governments and interest groups, to November 1, 2016. 
The total comment period encompassed 152 days. The BLM held six public 
open house meetings across the Uncompahgre Planning Area during the 
public comment period. The BLM considered and incorporated in the 
Proposed RMP/Final EIS, as appropriate, comments received from the 
public, cooperating agencies, and internal BLM review. Public comments 
resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not

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significantly change proposed land use plan decisions.
    Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM 
regarding the Proposed RMP may be found online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/public-participation/filing-a-plan-protest 
and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to 
the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above or 
submitted electronically through the BLM ePlanning project website as 
described above. Protests submitted electronically by any means other 
than the ePlanning project website protest section will be invalid 
unless a protest is also submitted in hard copy. Protests submitted by 
fax will also be invalid unless also submitted either through the 
ePlanning project website protest section or in hard copy.
    Before including your phone number, email address, or other 
personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware 
that your entire protest--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest letter to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 
1610.5.

Jamie E. Connell,
BLM Colorado State Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-13857 Filed 6-27-19; 8:45 am]
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