Notice of Availability of the Proposed Four Rivers Field Office Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Idaho, 8888-8889 [2020-03035]

Download as PDF 8888 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [20X.LLAZ921000.L14400000.BJ0000. LXSSA2250000.241A] Notice of Filing of Plat of Survey; Arizona Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of official filing. AGENCY: The plat of survey of the following described land was officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona State Office, Phoenix, Arizona, on the date indicated. The survey announced in this notice is necessary for the management of lands administered by the agency indicated. ADDRESSES: This plat will be available for inspection in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004–4427. Protests of the survey should be sent to the Arizona State Director at the above address. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geoffrey Graham, Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Arizona; (602) 417–9558; ggraham@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, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES The Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona The supplemental plat, in three sheets, showing the segregation of Public Land Order No. 5132 from Tract 48, Township 1 South, Range 13 East, accepted February 11, 2020, and officially filed February 13, 2020, for Group 9117, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Land Management. A person or party who wishes to protest against this survey must file a written notice of protest within 30 calendar days from the date of this publication with the Arizona State Director, Bureau of Land Management, stating that they wish to protest. A statement of reasons for a protest may be filed with the notice of protest to the State Director, or the statement of reasons must be filed with the State Director within 30 days after the protest is filed. Before including your address, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Feb 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 or other personal information in your protest, please 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 comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. (Authority: 43 U.S.C. Chap. 3.) Geoffrey A. Graham, Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Arizona. [FR Doc. 2020–03130 Filed 2–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [20X.LLIDB00000.L16100000.DP0000. LXSS053D0000.241A.4500141729] Notice of Availability of the Proposed Four Rivers Field Office Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: 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) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Four Rivers Field Office (FRFO) and by this notice is announcing its availability. DATES: Persons or groups with standing to protest the Proposed RMP and Final EIS must submit protests in writing within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The Proposed RMP and Final EIS are available on the BLM ePlanning project website at http:// go.usa.gov/xnsn6 (case sensitive). Click the ‘‘Documents and Report’’ link on the left side of the screen to find the electronic version of these materials. Hard copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are also available for public inspection at the Idaho State Office, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709 and the Boise District Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise ID 83705. All protests must be in writing and filed with the BLM Director, either as a hard copy or electronically via the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BLM’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, D.C. 20024– 1383 Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, Attention: Protest Coordinator, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brent Ralston, Field Manager; telephone 208–384–3300; address 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705; email Four_Rivers_RMP@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 Mr. Ralston 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 business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FRFO encompasses an area in southwestern Idaho extending north of the Snake River from approximately Glenns Ferry in the southeast, west to Weiser, and north to McCall. The planning area includes all public lands within the FRFO located outside of the the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA), which is governed by a separate RMP. The Four Rivers RMP will determine management for approximately 783,000 surface acres and 1,173,150 acres of mineral estate in Ada, Adams, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties administered by the BLM. Much of the planning area comprises interspersed sections of public, private, State or U.S. Forest Service lands. When approved, the Four Rivers RMP will replace the 1983 Kuna Management Framework Plan, the 1987 Jarbidge RMP, and the 1988 Cascade RMP. The BLM engaged in public scoping to help identify planning issues that directed the formulation of alternatives and framed the analysis. Issues include managing the scattered BLMadministered land base, balancing increasing public demand with conservation of resources, and balancing resource uses (including energy development). The planning effort also considers socio-economic concerns and special designations including lands E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / Notices with wilderness characteristics, wild and scenic rivers and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). The Draft RMP/Draft EIS evaluated four alternatives in detail. Alternative A, the No Action Alternative, continues current management in the existing Land Use Plans (LUP). It does not address issues that were nonexistent or unforeseen when the BLM prepared the original LUPs. Alternative B protects natural resource values from potential impacts of population growth and increased use and incorporates protective measures for plants and wildlife compared to other alternatives. While some areas emphasize recreation and community development uses, the primary emphases are for conservation and reduction of habitat fragmentation and resource degradation. Alternative C accommodates increased population growth and use of public lands by emphasizing land disposal for local community expansion, providing economic expansion through extractive and renewable energy resource development and continues to provide recreational opportunities. Alternative D, the Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP/Draft EIS, is the Proposed Plan in the Final EIS and emphasizes management of public lands to promote economic development while maintaining natural resource values. The Proposed RMP opens some areas to fluid mineral development, improves opportunities to manage or reduce invasive annual grasses, maintains three ACECs, and improves opportunities for access to public lands. The FRFO Draft RMP/ Draft EIS public comment period began on May 24, 2019, and was extended for 30 days at the request of the State of Idaho to September 23, 2019. The BLM conducted four public open house meetings during the public comment period. The BLM considered and incorporated, as appropriate, comments on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS received from the public, State of Idaho, other cooperating agencies and internal BLM review. Public comments resulted in the addition of management actions and clarifying text and the retention of the Boise Front ACEC. These changes do not significantly change the proposed LUP decisions. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP and Final EIS 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Feb 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section 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 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 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) John F. Ruhs, Idaho BLM State Director. [FR Doc. 2020–03035 Filed 2–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [19X.LLID930000.L11700000.DF0000. LXSGPL000000.241A.4500132602] Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin; Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin and by this notice is announcing its availability. DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 30 days after the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final Programmatic EIS for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin are available for public inspection during regular business hours at 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709. Interested persons may also SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8889 review the Final Programmatic EIS online at: https://go.usa.gov/xnQcG. Additional copies can be made available at the California, Nevada, Oregon/ Washington and Utah BLM State Offices upon request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ammon Wilhelm, telephone 208–373– 3824; address BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709; email awilhelm@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, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Strategically placed fuel breaks in the Great Basin region would improve firefighter safety and expand opportunities to catch rapidly moving fires, potentially reducing fire size. Fuel breaks should provide greater protection of human life and property, sagebrush communities, and habitat restoration investments. Reducing fire size helps to reduce the expansion of invasive species, such as cheatgrass and medusahead. Fuel breaks are needed due to the increased size and frequency of wildfires throughout the western United States in recent years. From 2009 through 2018 over 13.5 million acres of BLM-administered lands burned within the project area, impacting healthy rangelands, sagebrush communities, and the general productivity of the lands. Larger and more frequent wildfires result in increased risk for injuries and fatalities among wildland firefighters, destruction of private property, degradation and loss of rangelands, loss of recreational opportunities, and habitat loss for a variety of species, including conversion of native habitats to invasive annual grasses. Conversion of rangeland habitats to invasive annual grasslands further impedes rangeland health and productivity by slowing or preventing the recovery of sagebrush ecosystems. This programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluates the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposal to create and maintain a system of fuel breaks in the Great Basin region. The project area, covering nearly 224 million acres, includes portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The fuel breaks would be placed along a subset of available linear features, such as roads and rightsof-way on BLM-administered lands within sagebrush communities; these E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 32 (Tuesday, February 18, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[20X.LLIDB00000.L16100000.DP0000.LXSS053D0000.241A.4500141729]


Notice of Availability of the Proposed Four Rivers Field Office 
Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, 
Idaho

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

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) has prepared a 
Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Four Rivers Field Office (FRFO) and by this 
notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: Persons or groups with standing to protest the Proposed RMP and 
Final EIS must submit protests in writing within 30 days of the date 
that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The Proposed RMP and Final EIS are available on the BLM 
ePlanning project website at http://go.usa.gov/xnsn6 (case sensitive). 
Click the ``Documents and Report'' link on the left side of the screen 
to find the electronic version of these materials. Hard copies of the 
Proposed RMP/Final EIS are also available for public inspection at the 
Idaho State Office, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709 and the 
Boise District Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise ID 83705.
    All protests must be in writing and filed with the BLM Director, 
either as a hard copy or electronically via the BLM'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, D.C. 20024-1383
Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, 
Attention: Protest Coordinator, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, 
Washington, D.C. 20003

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brent Ralston, Field Manager; 
telephone 208-384-3300; address 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705; 
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 Mr. Ralston 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 business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FRFO encompasses an area in southwestern 
Idaho extending north of the Snake River from approximately Glenns 
Ferry in the southeast, west to Weiser, and north to McCall. The 
planning area includes all public lands within the FRFO located outside 
of the the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National 
Conservation Area (NCA), which is governed by a separate RMP. The Four 
Rivers RMP will determine management for approximately 783,000 surface 
acres and 1,173,150 acres of mineral estate in Ada, Adams, Boise, 
Camas, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington 
counties administered by the BLM. Much of the planning area comprises 
interspersed sections of public, private, State or U.S. Forest Service 
lands. When approved, the Four Rivers RMP will replace the 1983 Kuna 
Management Framework Plan, the 1987 Jarbidge RMP, and the 1988 Cascade 
RMP.
    The BLM engaged in public scoping to help identify planning issues 
that directed the formulation of alternatives and framed the analysis. 
Issues include managing the scattered BLM-administered land base, 
balancing increasing public demand with conservation of resources, and 
balancing resource uses (including energy development). The planning 
effort also considers socio-economic concerns and special designations 
including lands

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with wilderness characteristics, wild and scenic rivers and Areas of 
Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs).
    The Draft RMP/Draft EIS evaluated four alternatives in detail. 
Alternative A, the No Action Alternative, continues current management 
in the existing Land Use Plans (LUP). It does not address issues that 
were nonexistent or unforeseen when the BLM prepared the original LUPs.
    Alternative B protects natural resource values from potential 
impacts of population growth and increased use and incorporates 
protective measures for plants and wildlife compared to other 
alternatives. While some areas emphasize recreation and community 
development uses, the primary emphases are for conservation and 
reduction of habitat fragmentation and resource degradation.
    Alternative C accommodates increased population growth and use of 
public lands by emphasizing land disposal for local community 
expansion, providing economic expansion through extractive and 
renewable energy resource development and continues to provide 
recreational opportunities.
    Alternative D, the Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP/Draft 
EIS, is the Proposed Plan in the Final EIS and emphasizes management of 
public lands to promote economic development while maintaining natural 
resource values. The Proposed RMP opens some areas to fluid mineral 
development, improves opportunities to manage or reduce invasive annual 
grasses, maintains three ACECs, and improves opportunities for access 
to public lands. The FRFO Draft RMP/Draft EIS public comment period 
began on May 24, 2019, and was extended for 30 days at the request of 
the State of Idaho to September 23, 2019. The BLM conducted four public 
open house meetings during the public comment period. The BLM 
considered and incorporated, as appropriate, comments on the Draft RMP/
Draft EIS received from the public, State of Idaho, other cooperating 
agencies and internal BLM review. Public comments resulted in the 
addition of management actions and clarifying text and the retention of 
the Boise Front ACEC. These changes do not significantly change the 
proposed LUP decisions.
    Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM 
regarding the Proposed RMP and Final EIS 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 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 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 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)

John F. Ruhs,
Idaho BLM State Director.
[FR Doc. 2020-03035 Filed 2-14-20; 8:45 am]
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