Yakutat Resource Advisory Committee
The Yakutat Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Yakutat, Alaska. The purpose of the meeting is continue business of the Yakutat Resource Advisory Committee. The committee was formed to carry out the requirements of the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act of 2000. The agenda for this meeting is to review submitted project proposals and consider recommending projects for funding. Project proposals are due by January 13, 2006 to be considered at this meeting.
90-Day Comment Period on the Draft Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Land Management Plan (Draft Grasslands Plan)
The Pike and San Isabel National Forests and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands have commenced a 90-day comment period, effective December 28, 2005, on the Draft Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Land Management Plan and supporting documents, including the environmental assessment (EA) and the finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
The Kootenai National Forest proposes to begin charging a $25 day use fee for rental of the Bull River Pavilion (10 a.m.-10 p.m.). An additional $15 fee will be charged for use past 10 p.m. to be paid at the district. Rentals of other day use sites on the Kootenai National Forest show that the public appreciate and enjoy the availability of reserving and using group site facilities. Funds from the rental will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of the Bull River Pavilion.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho-Supplemental West Gold EIS Project
The USDA Forest Service will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the West Gold Project. The Notice of Availability of the DEIS for the West Gold project was published in the Federal Register (67 FR 31801) on May 10, 2002 and the notice of the Final EIS (67 FR 71165) was published on November 29, 2002. The Record of Decision (ROD) on this project was administratively appealed to the Regional Forester per 36 CFR part 215. The Regional Forester affirmed this decision on February 27, 2003. However, due to information that has been identified since the availability of the FEIS and ROD it has been determined that there is a need for a supplement. On May 18, 2005, the ROD for the West Gold project was withdrawn. The purpose for the withdrawal was to further address analysis issues raised through the recent opinion issued through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Lands Council v. Powell, 395 F.3d 1015-1046 (9th Cir. 2005).
Importation of Peppers From the Republic of Korea
We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the continental United States of peppers from the Republic of Korea under certain conditions. As a condition of entry, the peppers would have to be grown in approved insect-proof, pest-free greenhouses and packed in pest-exclusionary packinghouses. In addition, the peppers would have to be safeguarded against pest infestation during their movement from the production site to the packinghouse and from the packinghouse to the continental United States. This action would allow for the importation of peppers from the Republic of Korea into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
LA-05 Floating Marsh Creation Demonstration Project, Terrebonne Parish, LA
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Floating Marsh Creation Demonstration Project (LA-05), Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Smoky Canyon Mine, Panels F and G
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 102(2) (C)) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the USDOI Bureau of Land Management (Lead Agency) and the USDA Forest Service (Co-lead Agency) announce the availability of the DEIS for the Smoky Canyon Mine, Panels F and G mine expansion.
Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee and the Yakima Provincial Advisory Committee
The Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee and the Yakima Provincial Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests headquarters office, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, Washington. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. During this meeting we will share information on Roadless area considerations in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests Forest Plan process, approaches for future monitoring of Northwest Forest Plan projects, and the Forest Service Centennial anniversary. All Eastern Washington Cascades and Yakima Province Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.
Fremont and Winema Resource Advisory Committee
The Fremont and Winema Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Klamath Falls, Oregon, for the purpose of conducting business as it relates to the planning of RAC Project Proposal workshops in the winter of 2006. The RAC will also discuss budget and other outstanding business. The RAC is authorized under the provisions of Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Caribou County, ID, Smoky Canyon Mine Panels F and G Project
The USDA, Forest Service, DOI, Bureau of Land Management and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to document the analysis and disclose the environmental impacts of the proposed Smoky Canyon Mine, Panels F and G Project, a phosphate mine expansion. This revised Notice of Intent is to document some changes in the schedule. In the original NOI, the tentative date for filing the Draft EIS was March of 2005 and the Final EIS was scheduled for September, 2005. Due to scheduling changes, the Draft EIS is now expected to be available for review in December, 2005. The final EIS is scheduled to be completed in July, 2006. Plans have been developed and submitted for agency review for an extension of open pit mining operations at the J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) Smoky Canyon Phosphate Mine in Canyon County, Idaho, located approximately 20 miles west of Afton, Wyoming. Simplot has operated existing Smoky Canyon Mine since 1983 and within a few years will complete mining of currently permitted reserves. Agency Decisions: The BLM Idaho State Director or delegated official will make a decision regarding approval of the proposed mine and reclamation plan and appropriate land use authorizations (including a proposed 520 acre modification to I-27512 and up to a 100 acre modification to I-01441) on leased lands. Decisions will be based on the EIS and any recommendations the FS may have regarding surface management of leased National Forest System lands. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest Supervisor makes recommendations to the BLM concerning surface management and mitigation on leased lands within the Caribou- Targhee National Forest and makes decisions on mine-related activities which occur off-lease. The Army Corps of Engineers may also make decisions related to permits under section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule which decreased the assessment rate established for the Prune Marketing Committee (committee) under Marketing Order No. 993 for the 2005-06 and subsequent crop years from $6.00 to $0.65 per ton of salable dried prunes. The committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of dried prunes grown in California. Authorization to assess dried prune handlers enables the committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The crop year began August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Quality Samples Program
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the availability of $2.5 million in funding for the 2006 Quality Samples Program (QSP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications by March 2006 and award funds in June 2006. The QSP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). This notice supercedes any prior notices concerning the QSP.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2006/2007 Market Access Program (MAP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and award funds in June 2006. The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for Emerging Markets Program
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the availability of approximately $9 million in funding for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) for fiscal year (FY) 2006. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for FY 2006 and awards funds in early July 2006. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2007 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) Program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and award funds in June 2006. The Cooperator Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Extension With Revision of Currently Approved Information Collection for Special Use Administration
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of information collection 0596-0082 for the administration of special uses on National Forest System lands. The information helps the Forest Service ensure that the authorized use of Federal land is in the public interest and compatible with the mission of the agency. Respondents will include individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, corporations, and Federal, State, and local governments.
Milk in the Appalachian and Southeast Marketing Areas; Notice of Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Tentative Marketing Agreements and Orders
A public hearing is being held to consider proposals for the Appalachian and Southeast Federal milk orders to amend the current inter-market transportation credit provisions and to establish new intra-market transportation credit provisions. Evidence will be taken at the hearing to determine whether emergency marketing conditions exist that would warrant omission of a recommended decision under the rules of practice and procedure (7 CFR 900.12(d)).
Plumas National Forest; Plumas County, CA; Empire Vegetation Management Project
The Forest Service will prepare a supplement to the final Environmental Impact Statement to document and clarify additional analysis of cumulative environmental effects primarily in five resource areas: Vegetation, Fire/Fuels/Air Quality, Wildlife, Watershed, and Botanical Resources/Noxious Weeds. The supplement will also clarify the discussion of planning areas. Additional details will be added to Appendix D: Proposed Actions for Each Road in Each Watershed and Appendix G: Past, Present, and Reasonably Foreseeable Future Actions. Additional maps will be included to provide further information to the public.
Chloride Bush Project, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Bonner County, ID
On October 23, 2003, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chloride Bush Project on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests was published in the Federal Register (68 FR 60637-60638). The NOI is canceled because the Idaho Panhandle National Forests no longer intend to proceed with this project.
Revision of Fees for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Terminal Market Inspection Services
This rule revises the regulations governing the inspection and certification for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products by increasing by approximately 15 percent certain fees charged for the inspection of these products at destination markets. These revisions are necessary in order to recover, as nearly as practicable, the costs of performing inspection services at destination markets under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA of 1946). The fees charged to persons required to have inspection on imported commodities are in accordance with the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 and for imported peanuts under section 1308 of the Farm Security and Rural Investigation Act of 2002.
Notice of New Recreation Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests will begin charging a $5.00 daily special recreation permit trail fee per tow vehicle at the newly constructed Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead. This new trailhead will facilitate equestrian use of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is located on the Armuchee/Cohutta Ranger District. Fee revenue will support operations and maintenance of the trailhead, trail system, and future site improvements.
Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests' Oconee Ranger District will begin charging a $5.00 daily special recreation permit trail fee per tow vehicle at the Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Trailhead. Construction of the site was completed in 2005. This new equestrian trailhead will facilitate equestrian use on the existing trail system located on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests' Oconee Ranger District. Funds collected will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of the equestrian trailhead parking facility and trail system.
Information Collection: Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting Projects
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the new information collection, role of local communities in development of agreement or contract plans under stewardship contracting.
Project: Pigeon Roost Creek Watershed, Floodwater Retarding Structure #3, Jackson County, KY
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969: the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Pigeon Roost Watershed, Jackson County, Kentucky.
Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests' Oconee Ranger District will begin charging a $5.00 daily special recreation permit trail fee at the Town CreekRoberts Bike Camp Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail system. Construction of the site was completed in 2005. This new OHV trailhead replaces an existing trailhead that was moved a quarter mile to protect environmental and archaeological sites. The new trailhead will facilitate continued OHV use on the existing 16 mile loop designated trail system. Funds collected will be used for the continued safe operation and maintenance of the OHV trail system and trailhead.
Fresh Bartlett Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Termination of Marketing Order No. 931
This rule terminates the marketing order for fresh Bartlett pears grown in Oregon and Washington, Marketing Order No. 931 (order), and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. On May 21, 2005, Marketing Order No. 927 was amended to include regulatory authority over Bartlett pears grown in Oregon and Washington, historically regulated by the order. That action anticipated the termination of Order No. 931. Thus, there is no need to continue the operation of the order.
Curry and Hill Private Property Access, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Jackson County, CO
The Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is issuing this notice to advise the public that we are canceling the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess and disclose the environmental effects of issuing a road easement to allow motorized access to private property surrounding Matheson Reservoir.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart A
This rule revises and clarifies the jurisdiction of the Federal Subsistence Management Program for certain coastal areas in Alaska in order to further define, in part, certain waters that may never have been intended to fall under the Subsistence Management Program jurisdiction.
USDA Farmers Market Operating Procedures
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is publishing procedures to administer the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market at 12th Street & Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. These procedures allow AMS the means to demonstrate and experiment with direct marketing techniques (operate a farmers market), while at the same time educating consumers on the significance of small farms, the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the merits of food recovery. This final rule includes guidelines for the establishment of vendor criteria, selection procedures, and guidelines for governing the operation of the USDA Farmers Market. Also established is a one-time yearly submission information collection in a required application form.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the availability of funding for the 2006 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) Program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for participation in the FY 2006 TASC Program. The TASC Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Importation of Fragrant Pears From China
We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fragrant pears from China under certain conditions. As a condition of entry, fragrant pears from China must be grown in the Korla region of Xinjiang Province in a production site that is registered with the national plant protection organization of China. The fragrant pears will be subject to inspection. In addition, the pears must be packed in cartons that are labeled in accordance with the regulations, shipped in insect-proof containers, and safeguarded from pest infestation during transport to the United States. This action will allow fragrant pears to be imported from China while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
Southwest Washington Province Advisory Committee Meeting Notice
The Southwest Washington Province Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2006, at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to share information on the following programs: Stewardship Authority contracts for restoration of National Forest lands and associated projects; Forest and regional invasive species programs; status of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest road maintenance program, and to share information among members. All Southwest Washington Province Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend. The ``open forum'' provides an opportunity for the public to bring issues, concerns, and discussion topics to the Advisory Committee. The ``open forum'' is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Interested speakers will need to register prior to the open forum period. The committee welcomes the public's written comments on Committee business at any time.
Annual List of Newspapers To Be Used by the Alaska Region for Publication of Legal Notices of Proposed Actions and Legal Notices of Decisions Subject to Administrative Appeal Under 36 CFR 215
This notice lists the newspapers that Ranger Districts, Forests, and the Regional Office of the Alaska Region will use to publish legal notice of all decisions subject to appeal under 36 CFR 215 and to publish legal notices for public comment on actions subject to the notice and comment provisions of 36 CFR 215, as updated on June 4, 2003. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers will be used to publish legal notice of actions subject to public comment and decisions subject to appeal under 36 CFR 215, thereby allowing them to receive constructive notice of a decision or proposed action, to provide clear evidence of timely notice, and to achieve consistency in administering the appeals process.
Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee
The Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) has changed its January meeting from a teleconference to a regular meeting. This meeting will now be held January 20 and 21, 2006 in Wrangell, Alaska. The purpose of the meeting is to review project funding proposals pursuant to Title II, Public Law 106-393, H.R. 2389, the Secure Rural Schools ad Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, also called the ``Payments to States'' Act. The RAC may make funding recommendations at this meeting. Opportunities for public comment on the proposals will be provided at the meeting.
Importation of Fruits and Vegetables
We propose to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to list a number of fruits and vegetables from certain parts of the world as eligible, under specified conditions, for importation into the United States. Some of the fruits and vegetables are already eligible for importation under permit, but are not specifically listed in the regulations. All of the fruits and vegetables, as a condition of entry, would be inspected and subject to treatment at the port of first arrival as may be required by an inspector. In addition, some of the fruits and vegetables would be required to meet other special conditions. In one case, we propose to add a systems approach that would provide an alternative to methyl bromide fumigation. These actions would provide the United States with additional types and sources of fruits and vegetables while continuing to protect against the introduction of quarantine pests through imported fruits and vegetables.
Food Stamp Program: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Disaster Food Stamp Program
In accordance with Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on proposed information collections. This information collection is based on the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and Section 5(h) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, which provide the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to develop an emergency food stamp program to address the needs of families temporarily in need of food assistance after a disaster. The information collection under this notice is required for the establishment and operation of emergency food stamp assistance programs.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Relaxation of Handling Regulation for Area No. 2
This rule invites comments on a relaxation of the minimum grade requirement for certain potatoes handled under the Colorado potato marketing order, Area No. 2. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Area No. 2 (Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order, recommended this rule as a replacement for a previously issued proposed rule. This rule would change the minimum grade from U.S. No. 1 to U.S. Commercial for varieties of long, red-skinned, yellow fleshed potatoes produced in Area No. 2 measuring from 1\1/2\ inch minimum diameter to 2\1/4\-inch maximum diameter (size B), and from 1-inch minimum diameter to 1\3/4\- inch maximum diameter. The proposed change is intended to provide potato handlers with more marketing flexibility, growers with increased returns, and consumers with a greater supply of small specialty potatoes.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart C and Subpart D-2007-08 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Shellfish Regulations
This proposed rule would establish regulations for fishing seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of fish and shellfish for subsistence uses during the 2007-08 regulatory year. The rulemaking is necessary because Subpart D is subject to an annual public review cycle. When final, this rulemaking would replace the fish and shellfish taking regulations included in the ``Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart D-2006-07 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Wildlife Regulations,'' which expire on March 31, 2007. This rule would also amend the Customary and Traditional Use Determinations of the Federal Subsistence Board and the General Regulations related to the taking of fish and shellfish.
Melons Grown in South Texas; Proposed Termination of Marketing Order 979
This rule proposes to terminate the Federal marketing order for melons grown in South Texas (order) and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. The order contains authority to regulate the handling of melons grown in South Texas and is administered locally by the South Texas Melon Committee (Committee). The Committee recommended terminating the order at a meeting on September 7, 2005. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended regulations under the order while it considered the Committee's recommendation. This rule invites comments on proposed termination of the order.
Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee
The Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Red Bluff, California. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Introductions, (2) Approval of Minutes, (3) Public Comment, (4) Go Over Applications Received, (5) Sub-Committee Reports, (6) Chairman's Perspective, (7) General Discussion, (8) County Update, (9) Next Agenda.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests; Arizona; Notice of New Fee Site
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests proposes to begin charging a fee for the overnight rental of Caldwell Cabin. Rentals of other cabins in the Arizona National Forests have shown that publics appreciate and enjoy the availability of historic rental cabins. Funds from the rental will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of Caldwell Cabin. Caldwell Cabin is located in T4N, R28E Sec. 14.
Announcement of Grant Awards Under the RUS Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) hereby announces the recipients selected to receive grant awards during fiscal year (FY) 2005 under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program.
Announcement of Value-Added Producer Grant Application Deadlines
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) announces the availability of approximately $19.475 million in competitive grant funds for fiscal year (FY) 2006 to help independent agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. Of this amount, $1.5 million is set aside for applicants requesting $25,000 or less. Awards may be made for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000.
Notice of Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committees Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393) the Modoc National Forest's Modoc Resource Advisory Committee will meet Monday, January 9th, 2006 and February 6th, 2006 and March 6th in Alturas, California for business meetings. The meetings are open to the public.