Notice of Availability for the Central Yukon Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Alaska, 80143-80144 [2020-27253]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 239 / Friday, December 11, 2020 / Notices SHOPE, THOMAS D. SUAZO, RAYMOND WEBER, WENDI Authority: Title 5, U.S. Code, 4314 Raymond Limon, Deputy Assistant Secretary—Human Capital and Diversity Chief Human Capital Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–27285 Filed 12–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4334–63–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [20X.LLAKF03000 L16100000.PN0000] Notice of Availability for the Central Yukon Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Alaska 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) releases the Central Yukon Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for public review and comment. The BLM will hold virtual public meetings and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 810 subsistencerelated hearings regarding the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS. Copies or notification of the electronic availability for the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS are being sent to affected federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies and to other stakeholders. DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft EIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce virtual public meetings, subsistence-related hearings, and any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance on the NEPA Register program page, https:// eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/ project/35315/510, as well as through public notices, press releases, social media posts, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You can review and download the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS online from the BLM’s NEPA Register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/ eplanning-ui/project/35315/510. Select the ‘‘Documents’’ tab to find the electronic version of this material. Hard jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:25 Dec 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are also available for public inspection at the offices listed in this section in compliance with current COVID–19 protocols. You may provide comments by mail, fax, email, or in person. Mail comments to: BLM Central Yukon Field Office, Attention: Central Yukon Draft RMP/ EIS, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Fax comments to (907) 474– 2282 or email comments to CentralYukon@blm.gov. Hand-deliver comments to any of the locations listed in this section in compliance with current COVID–19 protocols. Please contact each of the following facilities before visiting to determine their specific COVID–19 protocols, which might include needing an appointment and face mask to enter: BLM Fairbanks District Office, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709, (907) 474–2200. BLM Alaska Public Information Center, James M. Fitzgerald Federal Building, 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271–5960. Alaska Resources Library & Information Services, 3211 Providence Drive, Suite 111, Anchorage, AK 99508, (907) 272–7547. Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 101 Dunkel Street Suite 110, Fairbanks, AK 99701, (907) 459–3730. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Ethun, BLM Central Yukon Field Office, at (907) 474–2253 or methun@blm.gov. People 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: The Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS is a comprehensive framework for future public land management actions in the Central Yukon region of Alaska. The planning area consists of about 55.7 million acres of land, including approximately 13.3 million acres of public lands managed by the BLM Central Yukon Field Office. The Record of Decision for the Central Yukon RMP/EIS will guide management of these public lands for the next 15 to 20 years for the benefit of current and future generations as part of BLM’s multiple-use mission. This planning effort is updating management decisions for public land uses and resources, including subsistence resources, mineral exploration and development, PO 00000 Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80143 and recreation. When complete, the updated Central Yukon RMP will replace the Utility Corridor RMP (1991), the original Central Yukon RMP (1986), and portions of the Southwest Management Framework Plan (1981), as well as provide RMP-level decisions for unplanned lands west of Fairbanks. Although still draft, it provides: • Consolidated direction under one resource management plan to address land and resource use and development on BLM-managed public lands within the planning area. • An analysis of the environmental effects that could result from implementing the alternatives proposed in the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS. This Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS evaluates five alternatives for managing the planning area. Alternative A, the no action alternative, represents existing management described by current land use plans and provides the benchmark against which to compare the other alternatives. Alternative B emphasizes reducing the potential for competition between development uses and subsistence resources by identifying key areas for additional management actions. Alternative C1 emphasizes a blend of resource protection and development at the planning level to maintain the long-term sustainability of resources while providing for multiple resource uses. Alternative C2, which is the agency preferred alternative, emphasizes management to facilitate resource development while applying habitat management and administrative designations to accommodate multiple uses. Alternative D focuses on maximizing BLM-managed public lands for development potential with fewer management restrictions at the planning level. Alternatives B, C1, C2, and D were developed using input from the public, tribes, stakeholders, and cooperating agencies. Major planning issues addressed include subsistence resources, water resources, fisheries, and wildlife; forestry; minerals and mining; recreation; travel management and access; and areas of critical environmental concern. Section 810 of ANILCA requires the BLM to evaluate the effects of all alternatives presented in the Draft EIS on subsistence resources and activities, as well as hold public hearings if it finds that any alternative may significantly restrict subsistence uses. The preliminary evaluation of impacts analyzed in the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS found that associated impacts may significantly restrict subsistence uses. Therefore, the BLM will hold virtual public hearings on subsistence resources and activities in conjunction with the Central Yukon E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 80144 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 239 / Friday, December 11, 2020 / Notices Draft RMP/EIS virtual public meetings for potentially affected communities. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3120(a); 40 CFR 1506.6(b) Chad B. Padgett, State Director, Alaska. [FR Doc. 2020–27253 Filed 12–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVC02000 L71220000.EU0000 LVTFF2007240 20X MO# 4500144974] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and Resource Management Plan Amendment, for the Yerington Anaconda Mine Site Disposal, Lyon County, Nevada AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of intent. ACTION: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front Field Office, Carson City, Nevada, intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) to the current 2001 Carson City Resource Management Plan (CRMP) to analyze the potential impacts of approving the direct sale of surface and mineral estates of 2,062 acres of public lands to Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARC) in Lyon County, Nevada. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues to be considered in the EA. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EA. Comments on issues to be considered in the EA may be submitted in writing until January 11, 2021. Comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period for the BLM to include them in the EA. The BLM will provide jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:25 Dec 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the EA. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the ARC project by any of the following methods: • Email: gbuma@blm.gov; include ‘‘Anaconda Disposal Project EA Comments’’ in the subject line. • Mail: BLM, Sierra Front Field Office, attn. Gerrit Buma, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about the proposed ARC project, contact Mr. Gerrit Buma, Planning and Environmental Coordinator at: 775–885–6004, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701, or by email to: gbuma@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: The BLM intends to prepare an EA and LUPA to the CRMP to analyze the potential impacts of approving the direct sale of 2,062 acres of public lands to ARC in Lyon County, Nevada. The BLM anticipates publishing an EA for the Yerington Anaconda Mine Site Disposal in early 2021. This document would be available for a 30-day public comment period. The EA will evaluate a request from ARC for a direct sale of public lands associated with the Anaconda Mine site near the town of Yerington in Lyon County, Nevada, as provided for in Section 203(f) of FLPMA. ARC’s purpose for this request is to consolidate land ownership, both the surface and mineral estate, to facilitate better management of the Anaconda Mine site remediation. The BLM must amend the 2001 CRMP to ensure all lands within the designated 2,062 acres are suitable for disposal to the private sector. By this notice, the BLM is complying with the requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to the 2001 CRMP. The BLM will integrate the land use planning process with the NEPA analysis process for this project. A Notice of Realty Action will be prepared for publication upon the publication of this notice. The project website can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xdVfj. The lands to be identified as suitable for disposal under this Notice are legally described as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00155 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada T. 13 N., R. 25 E., Sec. 4, SW1/4SW1/4 and SE1/4SE1/4; Sec. 5, lots 1 thru 3, lots 5 thru 7, and SW1/4NE1/4; Sec. 7, E1/2NE1/4NE1/4, E1/2SE1/4NE1/4, and E1/2NE1/4SE1/4; Sec. 8, lots 1, 3, and 4, NE1/4SW1/4SW1/ 4, N1/2NW1/4SW1/4SW1/4, SE1/4NW1/ 4SW1/4SW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4SW1/4SW1/ 4, and SE1/4SW1/4SW1/4; Sec. 9, W1/2NE1/4NE1/4, W1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4, SE1/4NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, S1/2SW1/4, and SE1/4; Sec. 16, lots 3 thru 10, NW1/4NE1/4, and N1/2NW1/4; Sec. 17, lot 7, lots 13 thru 15, N1/2SW1/ 4NE1/4, NE1/4NW1/4, NE1/4NW1/ 4NW1/4, NE1/4SE1/4NW1/4NW1/4, N1/ 2SE1/4NW1/4, and W1/2SW1/4SE1/ 4NW1/4; Sec. 20, lots 2 thru 5, E1/2NE1/4NW1/ 4NE1/4, SE1/4NW1/4NE1/4, E1/2SW1/ 4NE1/4, N1/2NE1/4NW1/4SE1/4, SE1/ 4NE1/4NW1/4SE1/4, and NE1/4SE1/ 4NW1/4SE1/4; Sec. 21, lots 1 thru 6, SW1/4NW1/4, SW1/ 4, N1/2SW1/4SE1/4, SW1/4SW1/4SE1/4, and W1/2SE1/4SW1/4SE1/4; Sec. 28, W1/2NE1/4NW1/4NE1/4, W1/ 2NW1/4NE1/4, W1/2NE1/4SE1/4NW1/ 4NE1/4, W1/2SE1/4NW1/4NE1/4, W1/ 2SE1/4SE1/4NW1/4NE1/4, NE1/4NW1/ 4, NE1/4NW1/4NW1/4, N1/2NW1/ 4NW1/4NW1/4, N1/2SE1/4NW1/4NW1/ 4, N1/2NE1/4SE1/4NW1/4, and N1/ 2NW1/4SE1/4NW1/4. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information (PII) in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your PII, may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request in your comment that your PII be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. Kimberly D. Dow, Acting Field Manager, Sierra Front Field Office. [FR Doc. 2020–27349 Filed 12–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [20X LLUTC02000 L14400000.FR0000 241A; UTU–90172] Notice of Realty Action: Recreation and Public Purposes Act Classification and Conveyance of Public Land in Sevier County, Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Realty Action. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[20X.LLAKF03000 L16100000.PN0000]


Notice of Availability for the Central Yukon Draft Resource 
Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Alaska

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) releases the 
Central Yukon Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact 
Statement (RMP/EIS) for public review and comment. The BLM will hold 
virtual public meetings and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation 
Act (ANILCA) Section 810 subsistence-related hearings regarding the 
Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS. Copies or notification of the electronic 
availability for the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS are being sent to 
affected federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies and to 
other stakeholders.

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive 
written comments on the Draft EIS within 90 days following the date the 
Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in 
the Federal Register. The BLM will announce virtual public meetings, 
subsistence-related hearings, and any other public participation 
activities at least 15 days in advance on the NEPA Register program 
page, https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/35315/510, as well 
as through public notices, press releases, social media posts, and/or 
mailings.

ADDRESSES: You can review and download the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS 
online from the BLM's NEPA Register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/35315/510. Select the ``Documents'' tab to find 
the electronic version of this material. Hard copies of the Draft RMP/
EIS are also available for public inspection at the offices listed in 
this section in compliance with current COVID-19 protocols.
    You may provide comments by mail, fax, email, or in person. Mail 
comments to: BLM Central Yukon Field Office, Attention: Central Yukon 
Draft RMP/EIS, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Fax comments 
to (907) 474-2282 or email comments to [email protected]. Hand-
deliver comments to any of the locations listed in this section in 
compliance with current COVID-19 protocols.
    Please contact each of the following facilities before visiting to 
determine their specific COVID-19 protocols, which might include 
needing an appointment and face mask to enter:
BLM Fairbanks District Office, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 
99709, (907) 474-2200.
BLM Alaska Public Information Center, James M. Fitzgerald Federal 
Building, 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271-5960.
Alaska Resources Library & Information Services, 3211 Providence Drive, 
Suite 111, Anchorage, AK 99508, (907) 272-7547.
Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 101 Dunkel Street Suite 110, 
Fairbanks, AK 99701, (907) 459-3730.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Ethun, BLM Central Yukon 
Field Office, at (907) 474-2253 or [email protected]. People 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: The Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS is a 
comprehensive framework for future public land management actions in 
the Central Yukon region of Alaska. The planning area consists of about 
55.7 million acres of land, including approximately 13.3 million acres 
of public lands managed by the BLM Central Yukon Field Office.
    The Record of Decision for the Central Yukon RMP/EIS will guide 
management of these public lands for the next 15 to 20 years for the 
benefit of current and future generations as part of BLM's multiple-use 
mission. This planning effort is updating management decisions for 
public land uses and resources, including subsistence resources, 
mineral exploration and development, and recreation. When complete, the 
updated Central Yukon RMP will replace the Utility Corridor RMP (1991), 
the original Central Yukon RMP (1986), and portions of the Southwest 
Management Framework Plan (1981), as well as provide RMP-level 
decisions for unplanned lands west of Fairbanks. Although still draft, 
it provides:
     Consolidated direction under one resource management plan 
to address land and resource use and development on BLM-managed public 
lands within the planning area.
     An analysis of the environmental effects that could result 
from implementing the alternatives proposed in the Central Yukon Draft 
RMP/EIS. This Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS evaluates five alternatives 
for managing the planning area. Alternative A, the no action 
alternative, represents existing management described by current land 
use plans and provides the benchmark against which to compare the other 
alternatives. Alternative B emphasizes reducing the potential for 
competition between development uses and subsistence resources by 
identifying key areas for additional management actions. Alternative C1 
emphasizes a blend of resource protection and development at the 
planning level to maintain the long-term sustainability of resources 
while providing for multiple resource uses. Alternative C2, which is 
the agency preferred alternative, emphasizes management to facilitate 
resource development while applying habitat management and 
administrative designations to accommodate multiple uses. Alternative D 
focuses on maximizing BLM-managed public lands for development 
potential with fewer management restrictions at the planning level. 
Alternatives B, C1, C2, and D were developed using input from the 
public, tribes, stakeholders, and cooperating agencies. Major planning 
issues addressed include subsistence resources, water resources, 
fisheries, and wildlife; forestry; minerals and mining; recreation; 
travel management and access; and areas of critical environmental 
concern. Section 810 of ANILCA requires the BLM to evaluate the effects 
of all alternatives presented in the Draft EIS on subsistence resources 
and activities, as well as hold public hearings if it finds that any 
alternative may significantly restrict subsistence uses. The 
preliminary evaluation of impacts analyzed in the Central Yukon Draft 
RMP/EIS found that associated impacts may significantly restrict 
subsistence uses. Therefore, the BLM will hold virtual public hearings 
on subsistence resources and activities in conjunction with the Central 
Yukon

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Draft RMP/EIS virtual public meetings for potentially affected 
communities. Before including your address, phone number, email 
address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, 
be aware that your entire comment--including your personally 
identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3120(a); 40 CFR 1506.6(b)

Chad B. Padgett,
State Director, Alaska.
[FR Doc. 2020-27253 Filed 12-10-20; 8:45 am]
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