Notice of Intent To Prepare the Bridge Creek Area Allotment Management Plans Environmental Impact Statement in the Andrews Field Office, Burns District, Oregon, 68682-68683 [2021-26305]

Download as PDF 68682 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 230 / Friday, December 3, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [222A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] Indian Gaming; Approval of TribalState Class III Gaming Compact in the State of South Dakota Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice publishes the approval of the Amendment to the Gaming Compact (Amendment) between the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation (Tribe) and the State of South Dakota (State). DATES: The Amendment takes effect on December 3, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, paula.hart@bia.gov, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), Public Law 100– 497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by 25 CFR 293.4, all compacts and amendments are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The Amendment authorizes the Tribe to engage in sports wagering at the Tribe’s class III gaming facilities. The Amendment is approved. SUMMARY: Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–26274 Filed 12–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORB06000.L10200000.EE0000.21X. LXSS043H0000.HAG 21–0079] jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Notice of Intent To Prepare the Bridge Creek Area Allotment Management Plans Environmental Impact Statement in the Andrews Field Office, Burns District, Oregon Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Dec 02, 2021 Jkt 256001 Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon/Washington Burns District’s Andrews Field Office intends to prepare the Bridge Creek Area (BCA) Allotment Management Plans (AMP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and, by this notice, is announcing the beginning of the public scoping period to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. Comments may be submitted in writing until January 3, 2022. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/ eplanning-ui/project/2013546/510. • Email: BLM_OR_BU_BCA_AMP@ blm.gov. • Fax: (541) 573–4411. • Mail: BCA, c/o Burns District BLM 28910 Hwy 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, Attention: Don Rotell. Documents associated with this proposal are available at the BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Hwy 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, or at https:// eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/ project/2013546/510. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrews Field Office Manager, Don Rotell; telephone (541) 573–4422, or email BLM_OR_BU_BCA_AMP@ blm.gov. Contact Mr. Rotell to have your name added to the project mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339 to contact Mr. Rotell 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 EIS will analyze several alternatives for livestock management and related actions in the 26,378-acre project area in southeastern Oregon near the town of Frenchglen. The project covers four allotments: The Hammond, Mud Creek, Hardie Summer, and Hammond Fenced Federal Range allotments. The alternatives will consider issuance of 10-year grazing permits to up to three applicants and approval of four AMPs that outline seasonal grazing systems, grazing utilization thresholds, monitoring, and range developments. The proposed range developments currently include about 8 miles of new fence construction and a similar amount of fence removal. These modifications PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 include short riparian management fences but are largely to realign fences along boundaries of BLM-administered public land and privately owned land. The 2015 Greater Sage-grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment and Record of Decision for Oregon identified the entire project area as habitat for Greater Sage-grouse. Since 1980, approximately 38,624 acres (cumulative) in the project area have been impacted by fire, with some acres burning multiple times. The burned acres have largely been within the Hammond and Mud Creek allotments. There is currently no grazing preference or grazing authorization associated with the four allotments in the project area. The allotments have been largely un-grazed since 2014 following the BLM’s decision to not renew the expiring livestock grazing authorization, which covered all four allotments. This decision was administratively appealed by the permittee, and the Secretary of the Interior resolved the administrative appeal in January 2019 by instructing the BLM to reissue the grazing permit. That decision was litigated in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The Court issued an order partially granting and partially denying a request for preliminary injunction that allowed only a limited amount of grazing to proceed in the 2019 season. The Court vacated the reissued permit and related Secretarial action and remanded the matter to the Department. On January 19, 2021, the Secretary of the Interior signed a decision concerning the apportionment of available forage within the allotments and the assignment of grazing preference, and directing the BLM to issue a 10-year livestock grazing permit with allotment management plans and authorize the construction and removal of range improvements. On February 26, 2021, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management rescinded the decision and directed the BLM to ‘‘initiate any additional processes and opportunities for public involvement that it may determine appropriate under applicable law following a careful and considered review of the protests.’’ Through the public-scoping process, the BLM is seeking input on issues, actions, and alternatives that should be addressed in the EIS. Potential issues include the effects of proposed management actions on livestock grazing management, sagebrush ecosystem health, sage-grouse habitat, vegetation, fuels (including invasive E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 230 / Friday, December 3, 2021 / Notices annual grasses), riparian/water quality/ fisheries, socioeconomics, visual resources, and Wilderness Study Areas. Potential management actions to consider include alternative grazing systems and schedules; issuance of 10year grazing permits in the four allotments; proposed AMPs; raising the allowable forage use in the Hammond allotment to address higher production of crested wheatgrass seedings; authorization of temporary, nonrenewable forage use to reduce standing fine fuel biomass; and installation, modification, or removal of range developments. The Burns District will consult with the Burns Paiute Tribe throughout the EIS process. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the proposal, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency. The BLM will coordinate with Federal, State, and local officials and the grazing permit applicants throughout the EIS process. Comments can be submitted to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice and on the BLM’s ePlanning page for this EIS. To be most helpful, please submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period. 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 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: 40 CFR 1501.9, 1506.6; 43 CFR 4120.2 and 4130.2) Kathryn J. Stangl, Associate State Director, Oregon/Washington. [FR Doc. 2021–26305 Filed 12–2–21; 8:45 am] jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 BILLING CODE 4310–33–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–660 and 731– TA–1543–1544 (Final)] Utility Scale Wind Towers From India and Malaysia Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of utility scale wind towers (‘‘wind towers’’) from India and Malaysia, provided for in subheadings 7308.20.00 and 8502.31.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that have been found by the U.S. Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and to be subsidized by the government of India.2 Background The Commission instituted antidumping and countervailing duty investigations effective September 30, 2020, following receipt of petitions filed with the Commission and Commerce by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (Arcosa Wind Towers Inc., Dallas, Texas; and Broadwind Towers, Inc., Manitowoc, Wisconsin). The Commission established a general schedule for the conduct of the final phase of its investigations on wind towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain following preliminary determinations by Commerce that imports of wind towers were subsidized by the governments of India and Malaysia. Notice of the scheduling of the final phase of the Commission’s investigations and of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of April 16, 2021 (86 FR 20197). Counsel for the Wind Tower Trade Coalition withdrew its previously filed request to appear at the hearing, after no other parties submitted a request to appear, and indicated a willingness to submit written responses to any Commission questions in lieu of a hearing. 1 The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). 2 86 FR 56890, October 13, 2021; 86 56894, October 13, 2021; and 86 FR 56896, October 13, 2021. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Dec 02, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 68683 Consequently, since no party to the proceeding requested a hearing, the Commission canceled its hearing in connection with this proceeding (86 FR 31730, June 9, 2021). Parties to this proceeding responded to written questions posed by the Commission in their posthearing briefs. The investigation schedules became staggered when Commerce did not align its countervailing duty investigation (86 FR 15887, March 25, 2021) with its antidumping duty investigation regarding imports from Malaysia, its antidumping duty investigation regarding imports from Spain, or its countervailing and antidumping duty investigations regarding imports from India. On July 26, 2021, the Commission issued a final affirmative determination in its countervailing duty investigation of wind towers from Malaysia (86 FR 41087, July 30, 2021). On August 9, 2021, the Commission issued a final affirmative determination in its antidumping duty investigation of wind towers from Spain (86 FR 44748, August 13, 2021). Following notification of final determinations by Commerce that imports of wind towers from India were being subsidized within the meaning of section 703(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(b)) and that imports of wind towers from India and Malaysia were being sold at LTFV within the meaning of section 735(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673d(a)), notice of the supplemental scheduling of the final phase of the Commission’s countervailing duty investigation regarding India and antidumping duty investigations regarding India and Malaysia was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of October 20, 2021 (86 FR 58098). The Commission made these determinations pursuant to section 735(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on November 29, 2021. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 5247 (November 2021), entitled Utility Scale Wind Towers from India and Malaysia: Investigation Nos. 701–TA–660 and 731–TA–1543–1544 (Final). By order of the Commission. Issued: November 29, 2021. William Bishop, Supervisory Hearings and Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–26235 Filed 12–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1

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Notice of Intent To Prepare the Bridge Creek Area Allotment 
Management Plans Environmental Impact Statement in the Andrews Field 
Office, Burns District, Oregon

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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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) Oregon/Washington 
Burns District's Andrews Field Office intends to prepare the Bridge 
Creek Area (BCA) Allotment Management Plans (AMP) Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and, by this notice, is announcing the beginning of the 
public scoping period to solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. 
Comments may be submitted in writing until January 3, 2022. The BLM 
will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon 
publication of the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2013546/510.
     Email: [email protected].
     Fax: (541) 573-4411.
     Mail: BCA, c/o Burns District BLM 28910 Hwy 20 West, 
Hines, OR 97738, Attention: Don Rotell.

Documents associated with this proposal are available at the BLM Burns 
District Office, 28910 Hwy 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, or at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2013546/510.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrews Field Office Manager, Don 
Rotell; telephone (541) 573-4422, or email [email protected]. 
Contact Mr. Rotell to have your name added to the project mailing list. 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877-8339 to contact Mr. Rotell 
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 EIS will analyze several alternatives 
for livestock management and related actions in the 26,378-acre project 
area in southeastern Oregon near the town of Frenchglen. The project 
covers four allotments: The Hammond, Mud Creek, Hardie Summer, and 
Hammond Fenced Federal Range allotments. The alternatives will consider 
issuance of 10-year grazing permits to up to three applicants and 
approval of four AMPs that outline seasonal grazing systems, grazing 
utilization thresholds, monitoring, and range developments. The 
proposed range developments currently include about 8 miles of new 
fence construction and a similar amount of fence removal. These 
modifications include short riparian management fences but are largely 
to realign fences along boundaries of BLM-administered public land and 
privately owned land. The 2015 Greater Sage-grouse Approved Resource 
Management Plan Amendment and Record of Decision for Oregon identified 
the entire project area as habitat for Greater Sage-grouse. Since 1980, 
approximately 38,624 acres (cumulative) in the project area have been 
impacted by fire, with some acres burning multiple times. The burned 
acres have largely been within the Hammond and Mud Creek allotments.
    There is currently no grazing preference or grazing authorization 
associated with the four allotments in the project area. The allotments 
have been largely un-grazed since 2014 following the BLM's decision to 
not renew the expiring livestock grazing authorization, which covered 
all four allotments. This decision was administratively appealed by the 
permittee, and the Secretary of the Interior resolved the 
administrative appeal in January 2019 by instructing the BLM to reissue 
the grazing permit. That decision was litigated in the U.S. District 
Court for the District of Oregon. The Court issued an order partially 
granting and partially denying a request for preliminary injunction 
that allowed only a limited amount of grazing to proceed in the 2019 
season. The Court vacated the reissued permit and related Secretarial 
action and remanded the matter to the Department.
    On January 19, 2021, the Secretary of the Interior signed a 
decision concerning the apportionment of available forage within the 
allotments and the assignment of grazing preference, and directing the 
BLM to issue a 10-year livestock grazing permit with allotment 
management plans and authorize the construction and removal of range 
improvements. On February 26, 2021, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary 
Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Land 
and Minerals Management rescinded the decision and directed the BLM to 
``initiate any additional processes and opportunities for public 
involvement that it may determine appropriate under applicable law 
following a careful and considered review of the protests.''
    Through the public-scoping process, the BLM is seeking input on 
issues, actions, and alternatives that should be addressed in the EIS. 
Potential issues include the effects of proposed management actions on 
livestock grazing management, sagebrush ecosystem health, sage-grouse 
habitat, vegetation, fuels (including invasive

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annual grasses), riparian/water quality/fisheries, socioeconomics, 
visual resources, and Wilderness Study Areas. Potential management 
actions to consider include alternative grazing systems and schedules; 
issuance of 10-year grazing permits in the four allotments; proposed 
AMPs; raising the allowable forage use in the Hammond allotment to 
address higher production of crested wheatgrass seedings; authorization 
of temporary, non-renewable forage use to reduce standing fine fuel 
biomass; and installation, modification, or removal of range 
developments.
    The Burns District will consult with the Burns Paiute Tribe 
throughout the EIS process. Federal, State, and local agencies, along 
with other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the 
proposal, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if 
eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a 
cooperating agency. The BLM will coordinate with Federal, State, and 
local officials and the grazing permit applicants throughout the EIS 
process.
    Comments can be submitted to the BLM using one of the methods 
listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice and on the BLM's 
ePlanning page for this EIS. To be most helpful, please submit comments 
by the close of the 30-day scoping period. 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 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: 40 CFR 1501.9, 1506.6; 43 CFR 4120.2 and 4130.2)

Kathryn J. Stangl,
Associate State Director, Oregon/Washington.
[FR Doc. 2021-26305 Filed 12-2-21; 8:45 am]
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