Initial Classification for State In Lieu Selection and Notice of Termination of Proposed Classification, Montana, 6360-6362 [2021-01117]

Download as PDF 6360 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 12 / Thursday, January 21, 2021 / Notices Application No. Applicant Species TE07730A ......... Redwing Ecological Services, Inc., Louisville, KY. PER0002332 ..... Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lake City, MN. TE06841A ......... U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Field Office, Columbus, OH. 30 freshwater mussel species, relict darter (Etheostoma chienense), tuxedo darter (Etheostoma lemniscatum), Cumberland darter (Etheostoma susanae), Kentucky arrow darter (Etheostoma spilotum), palezone shiner (Notropis albizonatus), Scioto madtom (Noturus trautmam), blackside dace (Phoxinus cumberlandensis),Big Sandy crayfish (Cambarus callainus). Spectaclecase (Cumberlandia monodonta), snuffbox (Epioblasma triquetra), Higgins eye (Lampsilis higginsii), sheepnose (Plethobasus cyphyus), winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa). American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus). Type of take IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, PA, TN, WI, WV. Conduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Capture, collect, handle, release. Renew. IA, MN, WI ................. Conduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts, headstart. Collect, handle, release, transport, hold, mark, tissue sample, buccal swab, translocate, headstart. New. OH ............................. Conduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Capture, handle, release. Renew. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Bureau of Land Management If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. Authority We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Lori Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services. [FR Doc. 2021–01137 Filed 1–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 Jan 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 [LLMT924000 L14400000.FR0000 20XL1109AF; MO# 4500150792; MTM– 108489] Initial Classification for State In Lieu Selection and Notice of Termination of Proposed Classification, Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of classification. AGENCY: The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (State) has filed a petition for classification and application to obtain public land and mineral estate in lieu of lands to which the State was entitled but did not receive under its Statehood Act. This classification, made under Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 8, 1934, satisfies in full the obligation to the State. This notice also terminates the classification of lands included in the State’s application that are not needed to fulfill the obligation. DATES: Written comments requesting administrative review regarding the initial classification of lands and minerals may be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior on or before February 22, 2021. In the absence of any requests for administrative review, this initial classification will become final on February 22, 2021. Lands not needed to fulfill the obligation will be opened to the operation of the public land laws on February 22, 2021. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00072 Permit action Activity Public Availability of Comments Next Steps jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Location Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Requests for administrative review may be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, c/o Bureau of Land Management HQ–300, Washington, DC 20240. Electronic mail, facsimile, or telephone requests will not be accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Ledger, Branch of Lands, Realty, and Renewable Energy, telephone: (406) 329–3733, email: jledger@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sections 2275 and 2276 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (43 U.S.C. 851 and 852), provide authority for the State of Montana to receive title to public land in lieu of lands to which it was entitled under the Enabling Act of 1889 (25 Stat. 676). Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 8, 1934, (43 U.S.C. 315 et seq.) requires that such public land and/or minerals identified for proposed transfer out of Federal ownership under this authority must first be classified. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is classifying these lands and minerals pursuant to 43 CFR 2400 and Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 8, 1934. The BLM has completed a review and environmental analysis (EA) on a portion of the lands included in the proposed classification dated October 17, 2016 (81 FR 71529), extended by the notice published November 15, 2017 (82 ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 12 / Thursday, January 21, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FR 52937), and is hereby classifying 5,816.63 acres as suitable for conveyance. The EA considered a number of issues, including public access, in accordance with Secretary’s Order 3373 and resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. For a period of 30 days from the date of publication of this notice, this Initial Classification is subject to the exercise of administrative review and modification by the Secretary of the Interior as provided for under 43 CFR 2461.3. All persons who wish to request the Secretary of the Interior conduct an administrative review of the finding that these lands are suitable for conveyance to the State may present their views to the address given in the ADDRESSES section earlier. Electronic mail, facsimile, or telephone requests will not be accepted. Requests for administrative review will be evaluated by the Secretary of the Interior, or his/her delegate, who will issue a notice of determination to proceed with, modify, or cancel this Initial Classification. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The selected lands/minerals affected by this classification are in Custer, Prairie, and Richland Counties, Montana, and described as follows: Principal Meridian, Montana T. 5 N., R. 46 E., sec. 24, E1/2. T. 4 N., R. 47 E., sec. 6; sec. 8, NW1/4NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, N1/ 2NW1/4, and NE1/4SE1/4. T. 12 N., R. 50 E., sec. 14; lots 1 thru 4, S1/2SW1/4, and S1/ 2SE1/4. T. 12 N., R. 52 E., sec. 3, lots 1, 2, and 3; sec. 5; sec. 6, lots 2 thru 7, S1/2NE1/4, SE1/ 4NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, and SE1/4; sec. 7, lots 1 thru 7, NW1/4NE1/4, and E1/ 2NW1/4; sec. 8, lots 1, 2, and 3. T. 13 N., R. 52 E., sec. 29, E1/2SE1/4SW1/4, E1/2NW1/4SE1/ 4SW1/4, E1/2SW1/4SE1/4SW1/4, and S1/2SE1/4; sec. 30, S1/2SW1/4 and S1/2SE1/4; sec. 33, lots 5, 6, and 7. T. 26 N., R. 55 E. sec. 1, lot 4; sec. 2, lots 1 and 2, and SW1/4NE1/4. T. 27 N., R. 56 E., VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 Jan 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 sec. 7, lots 7 thru 12, SE1/4SW1/4, and S1/ 2SE1/4; sec. 8, lot 12 and S1/2SW1/4; sec. 9, lots 3, 4, and 5, SE1/4SW1/4, and SW1/4SE1/4; sec. 17, E1/2, N1/2NW1/4, SW1/4NW1/4, and SW1/4; sec. 18, lots 1 thru 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, SE1/4SW1/4, and SE1/4; sec. 22, NE1/4NE1/4, SW1/4NW1/4, and W1/2SW1/4. The areas described aggregate 5,816.63 acres. The BLM has examined the lands described above for evidence of valid existing rights and any constraints that would prevent conveyance. No persons other than holders of leases, permits, and rights-of-way, asserted a claim to, or interest in, the lands proposed for classification. When the selection is certified to the State, the document transferring title will contain the following reservation to the United States: 1. A right-of-way thereon for ditches and canals constructed by the authority of the United States, pursuant to the Act of August 30, 1890 (43 U.S.C. 945). The title will also be taken subject to: 2. A right-of-way for County Road No. 152, administered by Richland County, pursuant to the provisions of Revised Statute 2477 (43 U.S.C. 932), lying over, across, and upon a strip of land located in lots 7, 8, and 12, Section 7, and lot 12, Section 8, T. 27 N., R. 56 E, Principal Meridian, Montana. 3. A railroad and telegraph and other appurtenant rights, granted under the Act of July 2, 1864 (13 Stat. 365) to the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, its successors or assigns, lying over, across, and upon a strip of land located in the S1/2SE1/4, Section 14, T. 12 N., R. 50 E., Principal Meridian, Montana. 4. Those rights for an underground telephone cable granted to Nemont Telephone Cooperative, Inc., its successors or assigns, by right-of-way MTM–54795, as to 1.35 acres in lots 7, 8, and 12 of Section 7 and lot 12 of Section 8, T. 27 N., R. 56 E, Principal Meridian, Montana, under the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761). 5. Those rights for a road granted to Prairie County, its successors or assigns, by MTM–99059, as to 12.63 acres in lots 1 thru 4 of Section 5 and lots 2 thru 4 of Section 6, T. 12 N., R. 52 E., Principal Meridian, Montana, under the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761). 6. Those rights for a fiber optic cable granted to Nemont Telephone Cooperative, Inc., its successors or assigns, by right-of-way MTM–105771, as to 1.45 acres in lots 7 and 12 of Section 7 and lot 12 of Section 8, T. 27 N., R. 56 E, Principal Meridian, PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6361 Montana, under the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761). The right-of-way holders of MTM– 54795, MTM–99059, and MTM–105771 have been afforded the opportunity to modify their existing authorization in accordance with 43 CFR 2807.15. Each of these rights-of-ways will be amended to a permanent easement prior to conveyance of the land to the State. 7. Those rights granted to the Laura Caldwell Irrevocable Trust by Grazing Allotment No. 01441 as to lots 1, 2, 5, and 7, S1/2NE1/4 and S1/2SE1/4 of Section 11 and SW1/4NE1/4, S1/2NW1/ 4, E1/2SW1/4, and SE1/4 of Section 12 and lots 1 and 2, NE1/4 and N1/2SE1/ 4 of Section 14, T. 27 N., R. 55 E., Principal Meridian Montana, until March 1, 2023. 8. Those rights granted to the Steppler Ranch by Grazing Allotment No. 01465 as to the W1/2 and S1/2SE1/4 of Section 14 and NE1/4NE1/4, W1/2NE1/4, W1/2, and SE1/4 of Section 23 and S1/2SE1/ 4 and SW1/4SW1/4 of Section 24 and N1/2 and N1/2SE1/4 of Section 25, T. 27 N., R. 55 E., Principal Meridian Montana, and lot 1 of Section 30, T. 27 N., R.56 E., Principal Meridian Montana, until March 1, 2023. The subject lands contain grazing leases authorized under Section 15 of the Taylor Grazing Act. The holders of the BLM grazing use authorizations received the required 2-year notices as outlined in 43 CFR 4110.4–2(b) and have agreed to relinquish their authorizations when the land is conveyed. State of Montana procedures provide that upon Land Board Approval, the State will offer 10-year grazing leases to the current holders of BLM permits/leases on any transferred lands. The subject lands hold permanent range improvements for which the permittees are due reasonable compensation as outlined in Section 402(g) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The holders of these range improvements have been notified and agreed to the reasonable compensation determination and will receive payment once the land is conveyed. The lands contain no oil and gas, geothermal, or other leases issued under the authority of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) or the Geothermal Steam Act (30 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.). No mining claims are recorded with the BLM on these lands. Unless a request for Secretarial review is received, this notice also terminates the proposed classification and segregation on the remaining 8,113.00 acres of the total 16,055.74 acres contained in the State’s application, but E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 6362 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 12 / Thursday, January 21, 2021 / Notices not needed to fulfill the in-lieu entitlement and described in the proposed classification dated October 17, 2016 (81 FR 71529), as extended by the notice dated November 15, 2017 (82 FR 52937). The lands will be opened to the operation of the public land laws, including location and entry under the United States mining laws, unless a request for review is received, in which case they shall remain classified and segregated. Appropriation of any of the lands prior to the date and time of restoration is unauthorized. Any such attempted appropriation, including attempted adverse possession under 30 U.S.C. 38, shall vest no rights against the United States. Acts required to establish a location and to initiate a right of possession are governed by State law where not in conflict with Federal law. The BLM will not intervene in disputes between rival locators over possessory rights since Congress has provided for such determinations in local courts. (Authority: 43 CFR parts 2400 and 2621) Scott Haight, District Manager, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District. [FR Doc. 2021–01117 Filed 1–19–21; 8:45 am] (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Ms. Serrano 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 lessee agrees to new lease terms for rentals and royalties of $10 per acre, or fraction thereof, per year, and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessee agrees to additional or amended stipulations. The lessee paid the $500 administration fee for the reinstatement of the lease and the cost for publishing this notice. The lessee met the requirements for reinstatement of the lease per Sec. 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. The BLM is proposing to reinstate the lease, effective the date of termination subject to the: • Original terms and conditions of the lease; • Additional and amended stipulations; • Increased rental of $10 per acre; • Increased royalty of 162⁄3 percent; and • $151 cost of publishing this notice. Authority: 43 CFR 3108.2–3. Julieann Serrano, Supervisory Land Law Examiner. BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P [FR Doc. 2021–01256 Filed 1–19–21; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P Bureau of Land Management DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [LLNM920000 L13100000.PP0000 212L1109AF] National Park Service Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease NMNM 119276, New Mexico Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed reinstatement. Written Determination: Bicycle Use on Visitor Center Connector Trail at Arches National Park In accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, EOG Y Resources Inc., et al., timely filed a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease NMNM 119276 in Lea County, New Mexico. The lessee paid the required rentals accruing from the date of termination. No lease was issued that affects these lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to reinstate the lease. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julieann Serrano, Supervisory Land Law Examiner, Branch of Adjudication, Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508, (505) 954–2149, jserrano@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf ACTION: AGENCY: SUMMARY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES [NPS–ARCH–DTS 31211; PPIMCANYA0 PPMPSAS1Z.Y00000 211] VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 Jan 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: The National Park Service determines that allowing bicycles on the newly constructed Visitor Center Connector Trail at Arches National Park is consistent with the protection of the Park’s natural, scenic and aesthetic values, safety considerations and management objectives and will not disturb wildlife or Park resources. DATES: Comments on this written determination must be received by 11:59 MST on February 22, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Visit https:// parkplanning.nps.gov/arch and click on the link entitled ‘‘Open for Comment’’. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) By hard copy: Mail to Park Superintendent, Arches National Park, 2282 S West Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532. Document Availability: The Visitor Center Connector Trail Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact provide information and context for this written determination and are available at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ documentsList.cfm?projectID=92060. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Trap, Superintendent, Arches National Park, (435) 719–2101, patricia_ trap@nps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The National Park Service (NPS) developed an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed the impacts of allowing bicycles on a newly constructed 0.26-mile-long paved path (Visitor Center Connector Trail) that connects a shared use path outside the Arches National Park (Park) boundary to the Arches Visitor Center. Published on January 13, 2020, the EA presented two alternatives for the Park and identified the alternative that would allow bicycle use on the path as the NPS preferred alternative. The Regional Director for Interior Regions 6, 7, and 8 signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on May 13, 2020 that identified the preferred alternative (Alternative 2) in the EA as the selected alternative. Prior to designating an existing trail in a developed area for bicycle use, NPS regulations at 36 CFR 4.30 require a written determination that such use is consistent with the protection of the Park’s natural, scenic, and aesthetic values, safety considerations and management objectives, and will not disturb wildlife or Park resources. After the 30-day public review period for this written determination and consideration of the comments submitted, the NPS Regional Director will evaluate whether to approve the written determination. If the written determination is approved by the Regional Director, the Superintendent may designate the trail for bicycle use and will provide notice of such designation under 36 CFR 1.7. Written Determination Park Significance, Purpose and Values In 1929, Arches National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation 1875 to protect extraordinary examples of wind erosion in the form of gigantic arches, natural bridges, windows, spires, balanced rocks, and other unique wind-worn sandstone formations. The Monument E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 12 (Thursday, January 21, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLMT924000 L14400000.FR0000 20XL1109AF; MO# 4500150792; MTM-108489]


Initial Classification for State In Lieu Selection and Notice of 
Termination of Proposed Classification, Montana

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of classification.

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SUMMARY: The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 
(State) has filed a petition for classification and application to 
obtain public land and mineral estate in lieu of lands to which the 
State was entitled but did not receive under its Statehood Act. This 
classification, made under Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 
8, 1934, satisfies in full the obligation to the State. This notice 
also terminates the classification of lands included in the State's 
application that are not needed to fulfill the obligation.

DATES: Written comments requesting administrative review regarding the 
initial classification of lands and minerals may be submitted to the 
Secretary of the Interior on or before February 22, 2021. In the 
absence of any requests for administrative review, this initial 
classification will become final on February 22, 2021. Lands not needed 
to fulfill the obligation will be opened to the operation of the public 
land laws on February 22, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Requests for administrative review may be submitted to the 
Secretary of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, c/o Bureau of Land 
Management HQ-300, Washington, DC 20240. Electronic mail, facsimile, or 
telephone requests will not be accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Ledger, Branch of Lands, Realty, 
and Renewable Energy, telephone: (406) 329-3733, email: 
[email protected]. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the 
deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 
days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sections 2275 and 2276 of the Revised 
Statutes, as amended (43 U.S.C. 851 and 852), provide authority for the 
State of Montana to receive title to public land in lieu of lands to 
which it was entitled under the Enabling Act of 1889 (25 Stat. 676).
    Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 8, 1934, (43 U.S.C. 315 
et seq.) requires that such public land and/or minerals identified for 
proposed transfer out of Federal ownership under this authority must 
first be classified. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is classifying 
these lands and minerals pursuant to 43 CFR 2400 and Section 7 of the 
Taylor Grazing Act of June 8, 1934. The BLM has completed a review and 
environmental analysis (EA) on a portion of the lands included in the 
proposed classification dated October 17, 2016 (81 FR 71529), extended 
by the notice published November 15, 2017 (82

[[Page 6361]]

FR 52937), and is hereby classifying 5,816.63 acres as suitable for 
conveyance. The EA considered a number of issues, including public 
access, in accordance with Secretary's Order 3373 and resulted in a 
Finding of No Significant Impact.
    For a period of 30 days from the date of publication of this 
notice, this Initial Classification is subject to the exercise of 
administrative review and modification by the Secretary of the Interior 
as provided for under 43 CFR 2461.3. All persons who wish to request 
the Secretary of the Interior conduct an administrative review of the 
finding that these lands are suitable for conveyance to the State may 
present their views to the address given in the ADDRESSES section 
earlier. Electronic mail, facsimile, or telephone requests will not be 
accepted. Requests for administrative review will be evaluated by the 
Secretary of the Interior, or his/her delegate, who will issue a notice 
of determination to proceed with, modify, or cancel this Initial 
Classification.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personally identifiable information in any comment, be aware that 
your entire comment--including your personally identifiable 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally identifiable 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    The selected lands/minerals affected by this classification are in 
Custer, Prairie, and Richland Counties, Montana, and described as 
follows:

Principal Meridian, Montana

T. 5 N., R. 46 E.,
    sec. 24, E1/2.
T. 4 N., R. 47 E.,
    sec. 6;
    sec. 8, NW1/4NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4, and NE1/4SE1/4.
T. 12 N., R. 50 E.,
    sec. 14; lots 1 thru 4, S1/2SW1/4, and S1/2SE1/4.
T. 12 N., R. 52 E.,
    sec. 3, lots 1, 2, and 3;
    sec. 5;
    sec. 6, lots 2 thru 7, S1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, and 
SE1/4;
    sec. 7, lots 1 thru 7, NW1/4NE1/4, and E1/2NW1/4;
    sec. 8, lots 1, 2, and 3.
T. 13 N., R. 52 E.,
    sec. 29, E1/2SE1/4SW1/4, E1/2NW1/4SE1/4SW1/4, E1/2SW1/4SE1/4SW1/
4, and S1/2SE1/4;
    sec. 30, S1/2SW1/4 and S1/2SE1/4;
    sec. 33, lots 5, 6, and 7.
T. 26 N., R. 55 E.
    sec. 1, lot 4;
    sec. 2, lots 1 and 2, and SW1/4NE1/4.
T. 27 N., R. 56 E.,
    sec. 7, lots 7 thru 12, SE1/4SW1/4, and S1/2SE1/4;
    sec. 8, lot 12 and S1/2SW1/4;
    sec. 9, lots 3, 4, and 5, SE1/4SW1/4, and SW1/4SE1/4;
    sec. 17, E1/2, N1/2NW1/4, SW1/4NW1/4, and SW1/4;
    sec. 18, lots 1 thru 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, SE1/4SW1/4, and SE1/4;
    sec. 22, NE1/4NE1/4, SW1/4NW1/4, and W1/2SW1/4.

    The areas described aggregate 5,816.63 acres.

    The BLM has examined the lands described above for evidence of 
valid existing rights and any constraints that would prevent 
conveyance. No persons other than holders of leases, permits, and 
rights-of-way, asserted a claim to, or interest in, the lands proposed 
for classification.
    When the selection is certified to the State, the document 
transferring title will contain the following reservation to the United 
States:
    1. A right-of-way thereon for ditches and canals constructed by the 
authority of the United States, pursuant to the Act of August 30, 1890 
(43 U.S.C. 945).
    The title will also be taken subject to:
    2. A right-of-way for County Road No. 152, administered by Richland 
County, pursuant to the provisions of Revised Statute 2477 (43 U.S.C. 
932), lying over, across, and upon a strip of land located in lots 7, 
8, and 12, Section 7, and lot 12, Section 8, T. 27 N., R. 56 E, 
Principal Meridian, Montana.
    3. A railroad and telegraph and other appurtenant rights, granted 
under the Act of July 2, 1864 (13 Stat. 365) to the Northern Pacific 
Railroad Company, its successors or assigns, lying over, across, and 
upon a strip of land located in the S1/2SE1/4, Section 14, T. 12 N., R. 
50 E., Principal Meridian, Montana.
    4. Those rights for an underground telephone cable granted to 
Nemont Telephone Cooperative, Inc., its successors or assigns, by 
right-of-way MTM-54795, as to 1.35 acres in lots 7, 8, and 12 of 
Section 7 and lot 12 of Section 8, T. 27 N., R. 56 E, Principal 
Meridian, Montana, under the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761).
    5. Those rights for a road granted to Prairie County, its 
successors or assigns, by MTM-99059, as to 12.63 acres in lots 1 thru 4 
of Section 5 and lots 2 thru 4 of Section 6, T. 12 N., R. 52 E., 
Principal Meridian, Montana, under the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 
U.S.C. 1761).
    6. Those rights for a fiber optic cable granted to Nemont Telephone 
Cooperative, Inc., its successors or assigns, by right-of-way MTM-
105771, as to 1.45 acres in lots 7 and 12 of Section 7 and lot 12 of 
Section 8, T. 27 N., R. 56 E, Principal Meridian, Montana, under the 
Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761).
    The right-of-way holders of MTM-54795, MTM-99059, and MTM-105771 
have been afforded the opportunity to modify their existing 
authorization in accordance with 43 CFR 2807.15. Each of these rights-
of-ways will be amended to a permanent easement prior to conveyance of 
the land to the State.
    7. Those rights granted to the Laura Caldwell Irrevocable Trust by 
Grazing Allotment No. 01441 as to lots 1, 2, 5, and 7, S1/2NE1/4 and 
S1/2SE1/4 of Section 11 and SW1/4NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, and SE1/4 
of Section 12 and lots 1 and 2, NE1/4 and N1/2SE1/4 of Section 14, T. 
27 N., R. 55 E., Principal Meridian Montana, until March 1, 2023.
    8. Those rights granted to the Steppler Ranch by Grazing Allotment 
No. 01465 as to the W1/2 and S1/2SE1/4 of Section 14 and NE1/4NE1/4, 
W1/2NE1/4, W1/2, and SE1/4 of Section 23 and S1/2SE1/4 and SW1/4SW1/4 
of Section 24 and N1/2 and N1/2SE1/4 of Section 25, T. 27 N., R. 55 E., 
Principal Meridian Montana, and lot 1 of Section 30, T. 27 N., R.56 E., 
Principal Meridian Montana, until March 1, 2023.
    The subject lands contain grazing leases authorized under Section 
15 of the Taylor Grazing Act. The holders of the BLM grazing use 
authorizations received the required 2-year notices as outlined in 43 
CFR 4110.4-2(b) and have agreed to relinquish their authorizations when 
the land is conveyed. State of Montana procedures provide that upon 
Land Board Approval, the State will offer 10-year grazing leases to the 
current holders of BLM permits/leases on any transferred lands.
    The subject lands hold permanent range improvements for which the 
permittees are due reasonable compensation as outlined in Section 
402(g) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The holders of 
these range improvements have been notified and agreed to the 
reasonable compensation determination and will receive payment once the 
land is conveyed.
    The lands contain no oil and gas, geothermal, or other leases 
issued under the authority of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 
U.S.C. 181 et seq.) or the Geothermal Steam Act (30 U.S.C. 1001 et 
seq.). No mining claims are recorded with the BLM on these lands.
    Unless a request for Secretarial review is received, this notice 
also terminates the proposed classification and segregation on the 
remaining 8,113.00 acres of the total 16,055.74 acres contained in the 
State's application, but

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not needed to fulfill the in-lieu entitlement and described in the 
proposed classification dated October 17, 2016 (81 FR 71529), as 
extended by the notice dated November 15, 2017 (82 FR 52937). The lands 
will be opened to the operation of the public land laws, including 
location and entry under the United States mining laws, unless a 
request for review is received, in which case they shall remain 
classified and segregated. Appropriation of any of the lands prior to 
the date and time of restoration is unauthorized. Any such attempted 
appropriation, including attempted adverse possession under 30 U.S.C. 
38, shall vest no rights against the United States. Acts required to 
establish a location and to initiate a right of possession are governed 
by State law where not in conflict with Federal law. The BLM will not 
intervene in disputes between rival locators over possessory rights 
since Congress has provided for such determinations in local courts.

(Authority: 43 CFR parts 2400 and 2621)

Scott Haight,
District Manager, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District.
[FR Doc. 2021-01117 Filed 1-19-21; 8:45 am]
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