Notice of Intent To Temporarily Close Selected Public Lands in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ, 16124-16125 [2020-05956]

Download as PDF 16124 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 55 / Friday, March 20, 2020 / Notices TSA Form 415. TSA welcomes new comments with the publication of this new notice to re-initiate the approval process. Dated: March 16, 2020. Christina A. Walsh, TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Information Technology. BILLING CODE 9110–05–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAZP00000.L122000000.DF0000. LXSSA3610000] Notice of Intent To Temporarily Close Selected Public Lands in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to temporarily close. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to temporarily close public lands to public entry for all uses for up to 180 days on certain public lands administered by the Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran Field Offices, during the construction of four recreational shooting sports sites. Additionally, temporary closures of these sites, as well as one additional recreational shooting sports site, are proposed for a few days on a periodic basis for public safety, maintenance, administration, or compliance with applicable laws. DATES: Interested parties may submit written comments regarding the impacts to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting no later than April 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments regarding the proposed temporary closure of public lands to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting, during the proposed temporary closures to public entry by any of the following methods: • BLM National NEPA Website: https://go.usa.gov/xmfVv. • Mail: BLM, Phoenix District Office, Attention: Tyler Lindsey, 21605 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John (Jake) Szympruch, District Chief Ranger at email: jszympru@blm.gov; or Lane Cowger, Hassayampa Field Office Manager at email: lcowger@blm.gov; or Ed Kender, Lower Sonoran Field Office Manager at email: ekender@blm.gov; or at 623–580–5500. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 19:01 Mar 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 The BLM Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran Field Offices propose to temporarily close public lands to public entry for all uses during the construction of the Box Canyon, Church Camp Road, Narramore Road, and Saddleback Mountain recreational shooting sports sites. After construction and during the operation of each site, temporary closures at these recreational shooting sports sites, as well as Baldy Mountain (which is located on public lands administered by the Hassayampa Field Office) are proposed on a recurring basis for public safety, maintenance, administration, or compliance with applicable laws within the smallest area for the least amount of time. The Baldy Mountain, Church Camp Road, Narramore Road, and Saddleback Mountain sites are located in Maricopa County. Box Canyon is located in Pinal County. In compliance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act; 16 U.S.C. 7913(a)(1)), and in compliance with 43 CFR 8364.1, notice of intent is hereby given that the proposed closures would temporarily close public lands to public entry, including entry for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. These proposed temporary closures are necessary to ensure public and worker safety during construction of the recreational shooting sports sites. To the extent feasible, only one or two sites would be closed at a time until construction is completed, and the recreational shooting sports site(s) can be opened for public use. The BLM has not determined specific construction dates for Box Canyon, Church Camp Road, Narramore Road, or Saddleback Mountain recreational shooting sports sites. The temporary closures for each site should not exceed 180 days. However, if construction exceeds 180 days, renewal of the temporary closure would require separate notice of intent to be published in the Federal Register to initiate an additional 30-day comment period prior to a renewal decision being issued. These temporary closures for construction and operation were analyzed under the Recreational Shooting Sports Project Final Environmental Assessment (January 2020) and in consultation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2020–06011 Filed 3–19–20; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individuals 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. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Under the Dingell Act, the BLM is required to consider public comments when temporary closures are proposed and would affect hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on public lands. This notice announces the beginning of the 30-day comment period for the proposed temporary closure of public lands to all entry, whereby comments on impacts to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting are being accepted by the BLM. Following the public comment period, the BLM will issue a final decision which will respond in a reasonable manner to the comments received, will explain how significant issues were resolved, and will be made available on the project website at: https://go.usa.gov/xmfVv. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comment, 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, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The legal description of the affected public lands are: Baldy Mountain (Approximately 399 Acres) Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 6 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 10, SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4SE1⁄4 (portions of); Sec. 11, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4, NW1⁄4SE1⁄4 (portions of). Box Canyon (Approximately 478 Acres) Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 5 S., R. 2 E., Sec. 9, N1⁄2, N1⁄2SW1⁄4, N1⁄2SE1⁄4 (portions of). Church Camp Road (Approximately 200 Acres) Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 6 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 23, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, NW1⁄4SE1⁄4, S1⁄2SE1⁄4. Narramore Road (Approximately 163 Acre) Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 1 S., R. 5 W., Sec. 17, S1⁄2SW1⁄4, S1⁄2SE1⁄4. Saddleback Mountain (Approximately 400 Acres) Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 6 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 26, S1⁄2; Sec. 35, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4NW1⁄4. A copy of this notice and map for the closure area will be posted at least 30 days in advance of the effective date of the temporary closure at the main entry points to each of these sites, available at E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 55 / Friday, March 20, 2020 / Notices the Phoenix District Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027, and available on the project website located at: https://go.usa.gov/xmfVv. This notice satisfies the requirements found at 43 CFR 8364.1. Therefore, the temporary closures authorized in the final decision would be enforced by the BLM under the authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), 43 CFR 8360.0–7, and 43 CFR 8364.1 within the closure area for each site. Temporary closures authorized in the final decision would cover the entire affected areas as described earlier and in the time period as described above would be temporarily closed to public entry. The following persons would be exempt from the proposed temporary closure orders: Federal, State, and local officers and employees in the performance of their official duties; members of organized rescue or firefighting forces in the performance of their official duties; and persons with written authorization from the BLM. Any person who violates temporary closures authorized in a final decision may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0–7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1–7, State or local officials may also impose penalties for violations of Arizona law. (Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1 and 16 U.S.C. 7913) Leon Thomas, District Manager. [FR Doc. 2020–05956 Filed 3–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVS01000. L51010000.ER0000. LVRWF1906420. 19X; N–90788; MO#4500143154] Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Yellow Pine Solar Project in Clark County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 for the Yellow Pine Solar Project and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: This notice initiates the public comment period for the Draft EIS. To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft EIS within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The dates and locations of any public meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM website at: https://go.usa.gov/ xQF3z. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Final EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Yellow Pine Solar Project Draft EIS by any of the following methods: • Website: https://go.usa.gov/xQF3z • Email: blm_nv_sndo_yellowpine@ blm.gov • Fax: 702–515–5023 • Mail: Yellow Pine Solar Project, Attn: Herman Pinales, BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Herman Pinales, Energy & Infrastructure Project Manager, telephone 702–515– 5284; address 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130–2301; email blm_nv_sndo_yellowpine@ 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: This Draft EIS addresses two separate but connected applications that have been submitted to the BLM Las Vegas Field Office. First, Yellow Pine Solar, LLC has applied for a right-of-way on public land to construct, operate, and maintain a proposed solar energy generation station and ancillary facilities including battery storage, known as the Yellow Pine Solar Facility. Second, GridLiance West, LLC has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) on public land to construct, operate, and maintain a GridLiance West 230-kilovolt (kV) Trout Canyon Substation and associated 230-kV transmission line. These two applications are collectively known as the Yellow Pine Solar Project. The proposed Yellow Pine Solar Project is located approximately 10 PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16125 miles southeast of Pahrump and approximately 32 miles west of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. The Yellow Pine Solar Project would be located on approximately 3,072 acres of BLM managed public land. The Draft EIS addresses the direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives. The Draft EIS evaluates the Proposed Action, the Modified Layout Alternative, the Mowing Alternative, and the No Action Alternative. All of the analysis involves development on approximately 3,072 acres of land; however, each action/alternative differs in how the facility is constructed. The Proposed Action would be divided into four unique sub-areas to avoid three large washes that cross the study area. The Proposed Action would involve solar development utilizing traditional methods, which include disk and roll which removes all vegetation from within the solar arrays. The Modified Layout would involve one combined project area on the west side of the project study area to increase space between the project and the Tecopa Road, State Route 160, and the Stump Springs Desert Tortoise Translocation Area. The Mowing Alternative is a construction methods alternative that may be applied to either site layout. Under the Mowing Alternative, vegetation would be maintained at a height of 18 to 24 inches to address concerns related to the loss of topsoil, vegetation, and seedbanks. The No Action Alternative would be a continuation of existing conditions. The BLM has identified the Proposed Action layout using the Mowing Alternative construction method as the preferred alternative. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for the proposed Yellow Pine Solar Project was published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2018 (83 FR 25484). The public scoping period closed on August 30, 2018. The BLM held two public scoping meetings. The BLM received 57 public scoping comment letters during the 45-day scoping period. The scoping comments focused on biological resources including the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, alternatives development, visual resources, cultural resources, and impacts to the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. The BLM analyzed a combination of proposed environmental measures and possible mitigation to eliminate or minimize impacts associated with the proposed action. These included the potential for identifying opportunities to apply on-site mitigation strategies appropriate to the site of the proposal, E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 55 (Friday, March 20, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16124-16125]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-05956]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLAZP00000.L122000000.DF0000.LXSSA3610000]


Notice of Intent To Temporarily Close Selected Public Lands in 
Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to temporarily close.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to temporarily 
close public lands to public entry for all uses for up to 180 days on 
certain public lands administered by the Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran 
Field Offices, during the construction of four recreational shooting 
sports sites. Additionally, temporary closures of these sites, as well 
as one additional recreational shooting sports site, are proposed for a 
few days on a periodic basis for public safety, maintenance, 
administration, or compliance with applicable laws.

DATES: Interested parties may submit written comments regarding the 
impacts to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting no later than 
April 20, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments regarding the 
proposed temporary closure of public lands to hunting, fishing, and 
recreational shooting, during the proposed temporary closures to public 
entry by any of the following methods:
     BLM National NEPA Website: https://go.usa.gov/xmfVv.
     Mail: BLM, Phoenix District Office, Attention: Tyler 
Lindsey, 21605 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John (Jake) Szympruch, District Chief 
Ranger at email: [email protected]; or Lane Cowger, Hassayampa Field 
Office Manager at email: [email protected]; or Ed Kender, Lower Sonoran 
Field Office Manager at email: [email protected]; or at 623-580-5500. 
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 
individuals 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 BLM Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran Field 
Offices propose to temporarily close public lands to public entry for 
all uses during the construction of the Box Canyon, Church Camp Road, 
Narramore Road, and Saddleback Mountain recreational shooting sports 
sites. After construction and during the operation of each site, 
temporary closures at these recreational shooting sports sites, as well 
as Baldy Mountain (which is located on public lands administered by the 
Hassayampa Field Office) are proposed on a recurring basis for public 
safety, maintenance, administration, or compliance with applicable laws 
within the smallest area for the least amount of time. The Baldy 
Mountain, Church Camp Road, Narramore Road, and Saddleback Mountain 
sites are located in Maricopa County. Box Canyon is located in Pinal 
County.
    In compliance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, 
Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act; 16 U.S.C. 7913(a)(1)), and 
in compliance with 43 CFR 8364.1, notice of intent is hereby given that 
the proposed closures would temporarily close public lands to public 
entry, including entry for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. 
These proposed temporary closures are necessary to ensure public and 
worker safety during construction of the recreational shooting sports 
sites. To the extent feasible, only one or two sites would be closed at 
a time until construction is completed, and the recreational shooting 
sports site(s) can be opened for public use. The BLM has not determined 
specific construction dates for Box Canyon, Church Camp Road, Narramore 
Road, or Saddleback Mountain recreational shooting sports sites. The 
temporary closures for each site should not exceed 180 days. However, 
if construction exceeds 180 days, renewal of the temporary closure 
would require separate notice of intent to be published in the Federal 
Register to initiate an additional 30-day comment period prior to a 
renewal decision being issued.
    These temporary closures for construction and operation were 
analyzed under the Recreational Shooting Sports Project Final 
Environmental Assessment (January 2020) and in consultation with the 
Arizona Game and Fish Department.
    Under the Dingell Act, the BLM is required to consider public 
comments when temporary closures are proposed and would affect hunting, 
fishing, and recreational shooting on public lands. This notice 
announces the beginning of the 30-day comment period for the proposed 
temporary closure of public lands to all entry, whereby comments on 
impacts to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting are being 
accepted by the BLM. Following the public comment period, the BLM will 
issue a final decision which will respond in a reasonable manner to the 
comments received, will explain how significant issues were resolved, 
and will be made available on the project website at: https://go.usa.gov/xmfVv. Before including your address, phone number, email 
address, or other personal identifying information in any comment, 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, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will 
be able to do so.
    The legal description of the affected public lands are:

Baldy Mountain (Approximately 399 Acres)

Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona

T. 6 N., R. 1 W.,
    Sec. 10, SE\1/4\NE\1/4\, NE\1/4\SE\1/4\ (portions of);
    Sec. 11, SW\1/4\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\, NW\1/4\SE\1/4\ 
(portions of).

Box Canyon (Approximately 478 Acres)

Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona

T. 5 S., R. 2 E.,
    Sec. 9, N\1/2\, N\1/2\SW\1/4\, N\1/2\SE\1/4\ (portions of).

Church Camp Road (Approximately 200 Acres)

Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona

T. 6 N., R. 1 W.,
    Sec. 23, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, NW\1/4\SE\1/4\, S\1/2\SE\1/4\.

Narramore Road (Approximately 163 Acre)

Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona

T. 1 S., R. 5 W.,
    Sec. 17, S\1/2\SW\1/4\, S\1/2\SE\1/4\.

Saddleback Mountain (Approximately 400 Acres)

Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona

T. 6 N., R. 1 W.,
    Sec. 26, S\1/2\;
    Sec. 35, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\, NE\1/4\NW\1/4\.

    A copy of this notice and map for the closure area will be posted 
at least 30 days in advance of the effective date of the temporary 
closure at the main entry points to each of these sites, available at

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the Phoenix District Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 
85027, and available on the project website located at: https://go.usa.gov/xmfVv. This notice satisfies the requirements found at 43 
CFR 8364.1. Therefore, the temporary closures authorized in the final 
decision would be enforced by the BLM under the authority of Section 
303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 
1733(a)), 43 CFR 8360.0-7, and 43 CFR 8364.1 within the closure area 
for each site.
    Temporary closures authorized in the final decision would cover the 
entire affected areas as described earlier and in the time period as 
described above would be temporarily closed to public entry.
    The following persons would be exempt from the proposed temporary 
closure orders: Federal, State, and local officers and employees in the 
performance of their official duties; members of organized rescue or 
fire-fighting forces in the performance of their official duties; and 
persons with written authorization from the BLM.
    Any person who violates temporary closures authorized in a final 
decision may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in 
accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 
43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0-7, or both. In accordance with 43 
CFR 8365.1-7, State or local officials may also impose penalties for 
violations of Arizona law.

(Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1 and 16 U.S.C. 7913)

Leon Thomas,
District Manager.
[FR Doc. 2020-05956 Filed 3-19-20; 8:45 am]
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