Big Piney Ranger District and Greys River Ranger District; Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming, Dell Creek and Forest Park Elk Feedgrounds: Long-Term Special Use Permits, 2404-2405 [2022-00700]

Download as PDF 2404 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 10 / Friday, January 14, 2022 / Notices Resources Program, including agricultural sciences, economics and policy, environmental sciences, natural resource sciences, health sciences, and nutritional sciences; 3 members from the general public and shall include leaders in fields of public policy, community development, trade, international development, law, or management; and 4 members with expertise in cultivar development and animal breed development. In addition, 4 of the members of the NGRAC shall be appointed from among individuals representing: 1862 land-grant colleges and universities; 1890 land-grant colleges and universities; Hispanicserving institutions; or 1994 Equity in Education land-grant institutions. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Nominations Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure the recommendation of the Advisory Board takes into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the needs of all racial and ethnic groups, women and men, and persons with disabilities. Please note, individuals may not serve on more than one USDA Federal Advisory Committee. 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Instructions The following information must be included in the package of materials submitted for each, individual being nominated for consideration: (1) AD– 755 https://www.ocio.usda.gov/ document/ad-755 stating your full birth name and completed application in its entirety; (2) A letter(s) of nomination stating the Board (Board Category)/ Subcommittee (SCC, CDS, NGRAC) must be identified (3) 1 page bio of nominee; and (4) a current copy of the nominee’s resume´. You may apply for as VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jan 13, 2022 Jkt 256001 many categories on the Advisory Board and Committees and/or subcommittee(s) and this must be stated in your application and nomination letter(s). Nomination packages may be submitted directly by the individual being nominated or by the person/ organization recommending the candidate. AGENCY: including providing hay to wintering elk at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds between mid-November and the end of April. The Dell Creek feedground is in the Big Piney Ranger District on Dell Creek Road (Forest Service Road 30600) about 4 miles east of Highway 191/189, in Bondurant, Wyoming, and has been maintained by the WGFC under a Forest Service special use permit since 1975. The Forest Park feedground is in the Greys River Ranger District along the Greys River Road (Forest Service Road 10138) about 33 miles from Alpine, Wyoming, and has been maintained by the WGFC under a Forest Service special use permit since 1979. The Forest Service action is to determine whether to authorize the requested long-term use and if so, under what conditions. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by February 14, 2022. The draft environmental impact statement is expected January 2023 and the final environmental impact statement is expected January 2024. ADDRESSES: Scoping comments can be submitted electronically through the project web page or directly to https:// cara.ecosystem-management.org/ Public//CommentInput?Project=60949. Comments may also be mailed to P.O. Box 1888, Jackson, WY 83001, or sent via facsimile to 307–739–5010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Visit the project web page at https://www.fs. usda.gov/project/?project=60949 for current information. A public meeting will be held virtually during the comment period to share information about the project. For additional information contact Mary Cernicek, Planning and Public Affairs Staff Officer by email at mary.cernicek@usda.gov or by phone at 307–739–5564 or cellphone 307–413–2481. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf/ hard-of-hearing (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dell Creek and Forest Park Feedgrounds: Long-Term Special Use Permit project. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission (WGFC) has applied for continued use of facilities on National Forest System lands to conduct their elk management activities, Purpose and Need for Action The Forest Service received a request from the WGFC to continue to use facilities at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds to conduct their elk winter feeding and related management activities. Under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 251.50, authorization is required for this type of special use of National Forest System lands. The purpose of the WGFC’s proposal is to prevent conflicts with nearby livestock operations including reduce the risk of Nominee Selection Nominated individuals will be picked by the Secretary of Agriculture based on how well they meet the required qualifications and the current needs of the Board/Subcommittees. It is anticipated that the members will start serving on the Advisory Board/ committees/subcommittee beginning October 1, 2022. ADDRESSES: All sections of the AD–755 form must be filled out completely and signed from the nominee. The completed AD–755 and any submission of letters of support can be sent via Email to nareee@usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Lewis, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6019, The South Building, Washington, DC 20250–2255; telephone: 202–720–3684 or email: nareee@ usda.gov. Committee website: https:// nareeeab.ree.usda.gov/. Done at Washington, DC, this day of January 10, 2022. Cikena Reid, USDA Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2022–00650 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Big Piney Ranger District and Greys River Ranger District; Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming, Dell Creek and Forest Park Elk Feedgrounds: Long-Term Special Use Permits Forest Service, Agriculture (USDA). ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 10 / Friday, January 14, 2022 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 brucellosis transmission, maintain elk population objectives pursuant to the interests of their constituents and without excessive winter elk mortality, and prevent vehicle collisions on Highway 191. The purpose of the federal action is to decide whether to approve the WGFC’s request and, if so, under what conditions to continue to permit the use. As part of the federal action, the Forest Service must ensure that the decision complies with the BTNF Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), Forest Service regulations and policies, and other applicable direction. Pertinent direction in the Forest Plan includes but is not limited to: An objective to ‘‘[p]rovide suitable and adequate habitat to support the game and fish populations established by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, as agreed to by the Forest Service’’ (Objective 2.1(a)); and to ‘‘[h]elp re-establish historic elk migration routes to provide increased viewing and hunting opportunities for outfitters and clients’’ (Objective 1.1(g)). The need for the federal action is to respond to the WGFC’s application as required under 36 CFR 251.50. In addition, the need for the federal action is to address any gaps between desired and existing conditions at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds associated with disease (including brucellosis and chronic wasting disease), elk habitat, recreation opportunities (hunting and wildlife viewing), and the condition of soil, vegetation, riparian areas, and associated fish and wildlife. Proposed Action The WGFC’s proposal is to continue long-term use (20 years) of the Dell Creek feedground (35 acres), Forest Park feedgound (100 acres), and existing facilities for their winter elk management program. Hay would be distributed from horse-drawn sleighs daily between November 15th and April 30th, depending on winter conditions. The WGFC would maintain and operate existing facilities necessary for their ongoing winter elk management activities including: Hay storage sheds, fenced stackyard, corrals, elk traps, fencing, 0.25 mile of road, bridge, cabin, spring development, water well and portable tack shed. No new construction would be permitted. Winter elk management activities would include, but are not limited to, feeding, capturing, collaring, vaccinating and testing elk, and removing seropositive elk from the population. Preliminary Alternatives Three preliminary alternatives, in addition to the proposed action, have VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jan 13, 2022 Jkt 256001 been identified. (1) No Special Use Authorization Alternative: Use of National Forest System lands for WGFC’s winter elk management activities would not be permitted at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds. WGFC would remove the existing facilities and re-habilitate impacts at both locations. (2) Phase-Out Alternative: Use of National Forest System lands for WGFC’s winter elk management activities would be permitted at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds for less than 20 years. The number of days elk would be fed would decrease over time. Upon expiration of the permit, use of National Forest System lands for WGFC’s winter elk management activities would be terminated and WGFC would remove the existing facilities and re-habilitate impacts at both locations. (3) Emergency Feeding Only Alternative: Use of National Forest System lands for WGFC’s winter elk management activities would be permitted at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds for emergency use only. Upon expiration of the permit, use of National Forest System lands for WGFC’s winter elk management activities would be terminated and WGFC would remove the existing facilities and re-habilitate impacts at both locations. Alternatives will be developed based on comments received and issues identified. Expected Impacts The effect of the Forest Service authorizing the WGFC’s occupancy of Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds and use of associated facilities would be that the WGFC utilizes these feedgrounds to implement their elk management program. Under the WGFC’s elk management program, supplemental winter feeding increases over-winter elk survival by maintaining body condition. Winter feeding of elk reduces transmission of diseases to livestock, such as brucellosis, by reducing commingling of wintering elk and livestock. The continuation of feedground operations may increase elk mortality by increasing the prevalence of chronic wasting disease in the elk herds that use the feedgrounds. Conversely, terminating elk winter feeding may reduce elk winter survival. A decrease in the health and population size of elk herds would negatively impact hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. Lead and Cooperating Agencies Forest Service is the lead agency and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 2405 and U.S. Geological Survey are cooperating agencies. Responsible Official The responsible official is the Forest Supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Patricia O’Connor. Scoping Comments and the Objection Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. In this process the Agency is requesting comments on potential alternatives and impacts, and identification of any relevant information, studies or analyses of any kind concerning impacts affecting the quality of the human environment. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Commenting during scoping and any other designated opportunity to comment provided by the Responsible Official will also establish standing to object once the notice of the final EIS and draft Record of Decision has been published in the newspaper of record. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered, however, they will not be used to establish standing for the objection process. Permits Required A Forest Service special use permit would be required to authorize WGFC’s use of facilities at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds to conduct their elk winter feeding and related management activities. Nature of Decision To Be Made The Forest Service is to decide whether to reauthorize the WGFC longterm use of Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds and associated facilities to conduct their elk management activities, and if so, under what conditions. Dated: January 7, 2022. Barnie Gyant, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2022–00700 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 10 (Friday, January 14, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2404-2405]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-00700]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Big Piney Ranger District and Greys River Ranger District; 
Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming, Dell Creek and Forest Park Elk 
Feedgrounds: Long-Term Special Use Permits

AGENCY: Forest Service, Agriculture (USDA).

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) is preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dell Creek and Forest Park 
Feedgrounds: Long-Term Special Use Permit project. The Wyoming Game and 
Fish Commission (WGFC) has applied for continued use of facilities on 
National Forest System lands to conduct their elk management 
activities, including providing hay to wintering elk at Dell Creek and 
Forest Park feedgrounds between mid-November and the end of April. The 
Dell Creek feedground is in the Big Piney Ranger District on Dell Creek 
Road (Forest Service Road 30600) about 4 miles east of Highway 191/189, 
in Bondurant, Wyoming, and has been maintained by the WGFC under a 
Forest Service special use permit since 1975. The Forest Park 
feedground is in the Greys River Ranger District along the Greys River 
Road (Forest Service Road 10138) about 33 miles from Alpine, Wyoming, 
and has been maintained by the WGFC under a Forest Service special use 
permit since 1979. The Forest Service action is to determine whether to 
authorize the requested long-term use and if so, under what conditions.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 
by February 14, 2022. The draft environmental impact statement is 
expected January 2023 and the final environmental impact statement is 
expected January 2024.

ADDRESSES: Scoping comments can be submitted electronically through the 
project web page or directly to https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=60949. Comments may also be mailed to P.O. 
Box 1888, Jackson, WY 83001, or sent via facsimile to 307-739-5010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Visit the project web page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60949 for current information. A 
public meeting will be held virtually during the comment period to 
share information about the project. For additional information contact 
Mary Cernicek, Planning and Public Affairs Staff Officer by email at 
[email protected] or by phone at 307-739-5564 or cellphone 307-
413-2481. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf/
hard-of-hearing (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-
800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including 
holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose and Need for Action

    The Forest Service received a request from the WGFC to continue to 
use facilities at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds to conduct 
their elk winter feeding and related management activities. Under 36 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 251.50, authorization is required for 
this type of special use of National Forest System lands. The purpose 
of the WGFC's proposal is to prevent conflicts with nearby livestock 
operations including reduce the risk of

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brucellosis transmission, maintain elk population objectives pursuant 
to the interests of their constituents and without excessive winter elk 
mortality, and prevent vehicle collisions on Highway 191. The purpose 
of the federal action is to decide whether to approve the WGFC's 
request and, if so, under what conditions to continue to permit the 
use. As part of the federal action, the Forest Service must ensure that 
the decision complies with the BTNF Land and Resource Management Plan 
(Forest Plan), Forest Service regulations and policies, and other 
applicable direction. Pertinent direction in the Forest Plan includes 
but is not limited to: An objective to ``[p]rovide suitable and 
adequate habitat to support the game and fish populations established 
by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, as agreed to by the Forest 
Service'' (Objective 2.1(a)); and to ``[h]elp re-establish historic elk 
migration routes to provide increased viewing and hunting opportunities 
for outfitters and clients'' (Objective 1.1(g)). The need for the 
federal action is to respond to the WGFC's application as required 
under 36 CFR 251.50. In addition, the need for the federal action is to 
address any gaps between desired and existing conditions at Dell Creek 
and Forest Park feedgrounds associated with disease (including 
brucellosis and chronic wasting disease), elk habitat, recreation 
opportunities (hunting and wildlife viewing), and the condition of 
soil, vegetation, riparian areas, and associated fish and wildlife.

Proposed Action

    The WGFC's proposal is to continue long-term use (20 years) of the 
Dell Creek feedground (35 acres), Forest Park feedgound (100 acres), 
and existing facilities for their winter elk management program. Hay 
would be distributed from horse-drawn sleighs daily between November 
15th and April 30th, depending on winter conditions. The WGFC would 
maintain and operate existing facilities necessary for their ongoing 
winter elk management activities including: Hay storage sheds, fenced 
stackyard, corrals, elk traps, fencing, 0.25 mile of road, bridge, 
cabin, spring development, water well and portable tack shed. No new 
construction would be permitted. Winter elk management activities would 
include, but are not limited to, feeding, capturing, collaring, 
vaccinating and testing elk, and removing seropositive elk from the 
population.

Preliminary Alternatives

    Three preliminary alternatives, in addition to the proposed action, 
have been identified. (1) No Special Use Authorization Alternative: Use 
of National Forest System lands for WGFC's winter elk management 
activities would not be permitted at Dell Creek and Forest Park 
feedgrounds. WGFC would remove the existing facilities and re-
habilitate impacts at both locations. (2) Phase-Out Alternative: Use of 
National Forest System lands for WGFC's winter elk management 
activities would be permitted at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds 
for less than 20 years. The number of days elk would be fed would 
decrease over time. Upon expiration of the permit, use of National 
Forest System lands for WGFC's winter elk management activities would 
be terminated and WGFC would remove the existing facilities and re-
habilitate impacts at both locations. (3) Emergency Feeding Only 
Alternative: Use of National Forest System lands for WGFC's winter elk 
management activities would be permitted at Dell Creek and Forest Park 
feedgrounds for emergency use only. Upon expiration of the permit, use 
of National Forest System lands for WGFC's winter elk management 
activities would be terminated and WGFC would remove the existing 
facilities and re-habilitate impacts at both locations. Alternatives 
will be developed based on comments received and issues identified.

Expected Impacts

    The effect of the Forest Service authorizing the WGFC's occupancy 
of Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds and use of associated 
facilities would be that the WGFC utilizes these feedgrounds to 
implement their elk management program. Under the WGFC's elk management 
program, supplemental winter feeding increases over-winter elk survival 
by maintaining body condition. Winter feeding of elk reduces 
transmission of diseases to livestock, such as brucellosis, by reducing 
commingling of wintering elk and livestock. The continuation of 
feedground operations may increase elk mortality by increasing the 
prevalence of chronic wasting disease in the elk herds that use the 
feedgrounds. Conversely, terminating elk winter feeding may reduce elk 
winter survival. A decrease in the health and population size of elk 
herds would negatively impact hunting and wildlife viewing 
opportunities.

Lead and Cooperating Agencies

    Forest Service is the lead agency and Wyoming Game and Fish 
Department, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Geological 
Survey are cooperating agencies.

Responsible Official

    The responsible official is the Forest Supervisor of the Bridger-
Teton National Forest, Patricia O'Connor.

Scoping Comments and the Objection Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement. In this process 
the Agency is requesting comments on potential alternatives and 
impacts, and identification of any relevant information, studies or 
analyses of any kind concerning impacts affecting the quality of the 
human environment.
    It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times 
and in such manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of 
the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be 
provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly 
articulate the reviewer's concerns and contentions. Commenting during 
scoping and any other designated opportunity to comment provided by the 
Responsible Official will also establish standing to object once the 
notice of the final EIS and draft Record of Decision has been published 
in the newspaper of record. Comments received in response to this 
solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will 
be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments 
submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered, however, they 
will not be used to establish standing for the objection process.

Permits Required

    A Forest Service special use permit would be required to authorize 
WGFC's use of facilities at Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds to 
conduct their elk winter feeding and related management activities.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The Forest Service is to decide whether to reauthorize the WGFC 
long-term use of Dell Creek and Forest Park feedgrounds and associated 
facilities to conduct their elk management activities, and if so, under 
what conditions.

    Dated: January 7, 2022.
Barnie Gyant,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2022-00700 Filed 1-13-22; 8:45 am]
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