Department of the Interior February 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Minor Boundary Revision at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Document Number: 2011-4352
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 460l- 9(c)(1), the boundary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Indiana is modified to include an additional nineteen tracts totaling 48.75 acres of land. These tracts are adjacent to the boundary of the national lakeshore and are depicted on a map entitled ``Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Proposed Boundary Adjustment,'' dated October 2009, and numbered 314/80,013. Eight of the tracts are non-Federal, to be acquired by donation. The remaining eleven tracts are Federally owned.
Notice of Public Meeting of the Concessions Management Advisory Board
Document Number: 2011-4351
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the 23rd meeting of the Concessions Management Advisory Board (the Board) will be held to discuss concessions issues.
Notice of Use Authorizations; Special Recreation Permits, Other Than on Developed Recreation Sites; Adjustment in Fees
Document Number: 2011-4340
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is adjusting certain special recreation permit fees for various recreation activities on BLM administered Public Lands and related waters. The BLM is adjusting the minimum fee for commercial, competitive and organized group activities or events.
Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2011-4333
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on March 17-18, 2011 at the American Institute of Architects Building, 1735 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20006. The meeting will be held in the Gallery Room. The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, was established to advise the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:
Notice of Public Meetings: Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council, Nevada
Document Number: 2011-4329
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mojave- Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meetings are open to the public. Dates and Times: March 16, 2011, at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) Visitor's Center, Las Vegas, Nevada; July 21, 2011, at the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada; and September 22, 2011, at the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada. Meeting times will be made public prior to each meeting. Each meeting will include a general public comment period that will be listed in the final meeting agenda that will be available two weeks prior to each meeting.
Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under E.O. 13563
Document Number: 2011-4241
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is preparing a preliminary plan to review its existing significant regulations in response to the President's Executive Order 13563 on improving regulation and regulatory review. The purpose of this regulatory review is to help DOI manage the Nation's public lands and national treasures, honor our tribal trust obligations, protect the environment and endangered species, distribute and monitor water resources, and help America become energy independent in ways that are more effective and less burdensome. DOI is asking for ideas and information from the public in preparing the plan and identifying opportunities to improve any of its significant regulations by modifying, streamlining, expanding, or repealing them.
Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2011-4238
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibit activities with listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activities. Both laws require that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.
Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Pacific Island Territory; Nonnative Rat Eradication Project, Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2011-4040
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) nonnative rat eradication project draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. In the DEIS we describe a range of alternatives for eliminating nonnative rats from the Refuge.
Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative-Science Technical Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2011-4163
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below:
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas lease MTM 96122
Document Number: 2011-4125
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Per 30 U.S.C. 188(d), Oasis Petroleum North America LLC timely filed a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease MTM 96122, Richland County, Montana. The lessee paid the required rental accruing from the date of termination. No leases were issued that affect these lands. The lessee agrees to new lease terms for rentals and royalties of $10 per acre and 16\2/3\ percent. The lessee paid the $500 administration fee for the reinstatement of the lease and $163 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 (30 U.S.C. 188). We are proposing to reinstate the lease, effective the date of termination subject to: The original terms and conditions of the lease; The increased rental of $10 per acre; The increased royalty of 16\2/3\ percent; and The $163 cost of publishing this Notice.
Reopening the Call for Nominations for the New Mexico Albuquerque and Farmington District Resource Advisory Councils
Document Number: 2011-4123
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to reopen the nomination period for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Farmington, New Mexico, Resource Advisory Councils (RAC). The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the public lands within the Albuquerque and Farmington Districts. The Farmington, New Mexico, RAC is only seeking applicants who meet the criteria for elected official in Category Three.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Wild Plains Bison or Each of Four Distinct Population Segments as Threatened
Document Number: 2011-4121
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the wild plains bison (Bison bison bison), or each of four distinct population segments (DPSs), as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Based on our review, we find that the petition does not present substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted. Therefore, we are not initiating a status review in response to this petition. However, we ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the wild plains bison or its habitat at any time.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Unsilvered Fritillary Butterfly as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: 2011-4037
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the unsilvered fritillary butterfly (Speyeria adiaste) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, and designate critical habitat. Based on our review, we find that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the unsilvered fritillary may be warranted. Therefore, we are not initiating a status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the unsilvered fritillary or its habitat at any time.
Notice of Public Meeting of the Central California Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 2011-4042
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Central California Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Thorne's Hairstreak Butterfly as Endangered
Document Number: 2011-4038
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list Thorne's hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys [Mitoura] gryneus thornei) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing Thorne's hairstreak butterfly is not warranted at this time. However, we ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the threats to Thorne's hairstreak butterfly or its habitat at any time.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permits
Document Number: 2011-3933
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We announce our receipt of applications to conduct certain activities pertaining to enhancement of survival of endangered species. The Endangered Species Act requires that we invite public comment on these permit applications.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Astragalus hamiltonii, Penstemon flowersii, Eriogonum soredium, Lepidium ostleri, and Trifolium friscanum as Endangered or Threatened
Document Number: 2011-3675
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list Astragalus hamiltonii (Hamilton milkvetch), Penstemon flowersii (Flowers penstemon), Eriogonum soredium (Frisco buckwheat), Lepidium ostleri (Ostler's peppergrass), and Trifolium friscanum (Frisco clover) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended. After review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing A. hamiltonii and P. flowersii is not warranted at this time. However, we ask the public to submit to us new information that becomes available concerning the threats to A. hamiltonii and P. flowersii or their habitat at any time. We find that listing E. soredium, L. ostleri, and T. friscanum as threatened or endangered is warranted. However, currently listing E. soredium, L. ostleri, and T. friscanum is precluded by higher priority actions to amend the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Upon publication of this 12-month petition finding, we will add E. soredium, L. ostleri, and T. friscanum to our candidate species list. We will develop proposed rules to list E. soredium, L. ostleri, and T. friscanum as our priorities allow. We will make determinations on critical habitat during development of the proposed listing rules. In the interim period, we will address the status of the candidate taxa through our annual Candidate Notice of Review.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan; Deltona Retail Holdings, LLC, Volusia County, FL
Document Number: 2011-3935
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from Deltona Retail Holdings, LLC (applicant), for a 10- year incidental take permit (ITP; TE35022A-0) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We request public comment on the permit application and accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), as well as on our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as low-effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review.
Alabama Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2011-3910
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to its Program regarding their license fees, annual license updates, and blaster certification fees. Alabama intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. The fees will be used to recover Alabama's anticipated costs of reviewing, administering, and enforcing Alabama's licensing and blaster certification requirements. This document gives the times and locations that the Alabama program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
Alabama Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2011-3907
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed revisions to its regulations regarding their Surface Mining Commission, who is eligible to apply for and obtain a mining license, Hearing Officers, license fees, and several minor editorial changes throughout the document such as changing ``him'' to ``him or her'' and ``chairman'' to ``chair.'' Alabama revised its program to improve operational efficiency.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request for the Ferrous Metals Surveys (17 Forms)
Document Number: 2011-3820
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. This collection consists of 17 forms. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2011.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Determination of Threatened Status for the New Zealand-Australia Distinct Population Segment of the Southern Rockhopper Penguin
Document Number: 2011-3732
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine threatened status for the New Zealand/Australia distinct population segment of the southern rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. This final rule implements the Federal protections provided by the Act for this species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Solanum conocarpum (marron bacora) as Endangered
Document Number: 2011-3730
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12- month finding on a petition to list the plant Solanum conocarpum (marron bacora) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing S. conocarpum is warranted. Currently, however, listing S. conocarpum is precluded by higher priority actions to amend the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Upon publication of this 12-month petition finding, we will add S. conocarpum to our candidate species list. We will develop a proposed rule to list S. conocarpum as our priorities allow. We will make any determination on critical habitat during development of the proposed listing rule. In any interim period, the status of the candidate taxon will be addressed through our annual Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Nine Bexar County, Texas, Invertebrates
Document Number: 2011-3038
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to revise critical habitat designation for the Rhadine exilis (ground beetle, no common name); Rhadine infernalis (ground beetle, no common name); Helotes mold beetle (Batrisodes venyivi); Cokendolpher Cave harvestman (Texella cokendolpheri); Robber Baron Cave meshweaver (Cicurina baronia); Madla Cave meshweaver (Cicurina madla); and Braken Bat Cave meshweaver (Cicurina venii) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also propose to designate critical habitat for the Government Canyon Bat Cave meshweaver (Cicurina vespera) and Government Canyon Bat Cave spider (Neoleptoneta microps). These species are collectively known as the nine Bexar County invertebrates. In total, we are proposing approximately 6,906 acres (ac) (2,795 hectares (ha)) as critical habitat for these invertebrates. The proposed critical habitat is located in Bexar County, Texas.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: 2011-3764
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains and any present-day Tribe. Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: 2011-3763
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains and any present-day Tribe. Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: 2011-3761
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains and any present-day Tribe. Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: 2011-3760
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains and any present-day Tribe. Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: 2011-3757
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains and any present-day Tribe. Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: 2011-3753
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains and any present-day Tribe. Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.
New Agency Information Collection for Solicitation of Nominations for the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2011-3742
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is seeking comments on a proposed collection of information that will allow the BIE to obtain information from individuals on their qualifications to serve on the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. The BIE is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect this information. This notice is not requesting nominations; it is requesting comment on the information the BIE may collect in the future for nominations by a separate Federal Register notice.
Proclaiming Certain Lands, Reykers Acquisition, as an Addition to the Bay Mills Indian Reservation for the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan
Document Number: 2011-3741
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 25 acres, more or less, to be added to the Bay Mills Indian Reservation for the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Environmental Impact Statement and Revisions to the Withdrawal Application, Arizona
Document Number: 2011-3714
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal and with this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
Notice of Stay of Filing of Plat; Colorado
Document Number: 2011-3705
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
On Monday, December 13, 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), published a Notice of Filing of Plats in the Federal Register (75 FR 77659-77660) declaring the intent to file certain plats on Friday, February 11, 2011. The BLM Colorado State Office is publishing this notice to inform the public that the proposed filing of the plat and field notes of the dependent resurvey and surveys in Township 9 South, Range 93 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado accepted on August 5, 2010 is hereby postponed in order to extend the period of time for interested parties to communicate with the BLM regarding this proposed filing and to extend the period of time for interested parties to protest this action.
Notice of Public Meetings: Sierra Front Northwestern Basin Resource Advisory Council, Nevada
Document Number: 2011-3704
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet in Carson City, Nevada and Gerlach, Nevada. The meetings are open to the public.
Migratory Birds; Draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance
Document Number: 2011-3700
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability for public comment of draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance. The Guidance provides recommendations for agency staff and developers to use an iterative process to avoid and minimize negative effects on eagles and their habitats resulting from the construction, operation and maintenance of land-based, wind energy facilities in the United States.
Fisheries and Habitat Conservation and Migratory Birds Programs; Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
Document Number: 2011-3699
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability for public comment of draft Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). These draft Guidelines are intended to supersede the Service's 2003 voluntary, interim guidelines for land-based wind development. Additionally, they are intended to respond to accelerated development of land-based, wind energy generation projects in the United States. These draft voluntary Guidelines provide developers and agency staff with an iterative process to make the best possible decisions in selecting sites to avoid and minimize negative effects to fish, wildlife and their habitats resulting from construction, operation and maintenance of land-based, wind energy facilities.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Technical Evaluation Surveys
Document Number: 2011-3595
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is announcing that the information collection request for its Technical Evaluation customer surveys has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information collection request describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden and cost. The OMB control number for this collection of information is 1029-0114 and is on the forms along with the expiration date.
General Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, VA
Document Number: 2011-3266
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the General Management Plan (Final GMP/EIS) for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia. When approved, the plan will provide guidance to park management for administration, development, and interpretation of park resources over the next 20 years. The Final GMP/EIS responds to, and incorporates, agency and public comments received on the Draft GMP/EIS, which was available for public and agency review from November 28, 2008 through February 26, 2009. Copies of the Draft EIS/GMP were available at the park office, by request, and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cebegmp). Public meetings were held on January 28 and 29 and February 4, 2009. Agency and public comments with NPS responses are provided as Appendix E and F, respectively of the Final GMP/EIS.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Roswell Springsnail, Koster's Springsnail, Noel's Amphipod, and Pecos Assiminea
Document Number: 2011-3673
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce reopening of the public comment period on the June 22, 2010, proposal to revise designated critical habitat for the Pecos assiminea (Assiminea pecos), and to newly designate critical habitat for the Roswell springsnail (Pyrgulopsis roswellensis), Koster's springsnail (Juturnia kosteri), and Noel's amphipod (Gammarus desperatus), under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also announce revisions to the proposed critical habitat, as it was described in the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2010 (75 FR 35375). In total, we are proposing to designate as critical habitat 520.8 acres (210.8 hectares) for the four species. In this proposal we include as critical habitat for Noel's amphipod an additional 5.8 acres (2.3 hectares) for Chaves County, New Mexico, as a population of amphipods was recently confirmed to be Noel's amphipod at this location. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the revised proposed rule, the associated economic analysis, environmental assessment, and the amended required determinations.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Montana
Document Number: 2011-3617
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6881 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 6881 withdrew approximately 95 acres of National Forest System lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws to protect recreational values and the investment of Federal funds at the Howard Lake, Ross Creek, and Yaak Falls Recreation Areas. The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6881 will expire on September 18, 2011, unless extended. This notice also gives the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and to request a public meeting.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Idaho
Document Number: 2011-3616
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management withdraw 183.47 acres of National Forest System land in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest from mining to protect the Settler's Grove of Ancient Cedars Recreation Area near Wallace, Idaho. This notice segregates the lands for up to 2 years from location and entry under the United States mining laws while the withdrawal application is being processed. The land will remain open to mineral leasing and to all activities currently consistent with applicable Forest plans and those related to the exercise of valid existing rights.
Notice of an Open Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI)
Document Number: 2011-3605
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the ACWI, to be held March 1, 2011, via teleconference and web-based presentations. This ACWI meeting will serve a dual purpose: (1) During the morning, the Federal water agencies will have an opportunity to brief ACWI about the proposed 2012 budget. Each organization will have no more than five minutes to report, so we can ensure adequate time for discussion and for feedback from the non- Federal ACWI member organizations. (2) During the afternoon, some or all of the seven USGS science strategic planning teams (SSPTs) will present information about their activities and solicit ACWI feedback. The USGS SSPTs are part of a new science planning effort that Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of the USGS, started within the bureau. The USGS 10-year strategic science plan (http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2007/1309/), which was released in 2007, identified six thematic areas upon which the USGS would concentrate. USGS has received much positive feedback on this plan and the efforts to move it forward. Director McNutt has commissioned seven SSPTs, one for each of the areas identified in the 2007 plan plus one additional team for Core Science Systems. These teams will work from the present through October 2011 to develop a more targeted 10-year science plan for each of their respective areas: Core Science Systems Ecosystems Energy and Minerals Environmental Health Global Change Natural Hazards Water These teams will work over the next 10 months to develop a strategic plan for each area and to carefully examine how efforts need to be integrated across all seven areas. It is also of the utmost importance to everyone at the USGS to have your input into this process, and that process will begin at the ACWI WebEx meeting on March 1. The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government on activities and plans that may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. Member organizations help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information. Membership, limited to 35 organizations, represents a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of government, academia, private industry, and professional and technical societies. For more information on the ACWI, its membership, subgroups, meetings and activities, please see the Web site at: http://ACWI.gov.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Sand Verbena Moth as Endangered or Threatened
Document Number: 2011-3546
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the sand verbena moth, Copablepharon fuscum, as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Based on our review, we find the petition presents substantial information indicating that listing the sand verbena moth may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a review of the status of the species to determine if listing the sand verbena moth as endangered or threatened is warranted. To ensure that this status review is comprehensive, we are requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding this species. Based on the status review, we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition, which will address whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission Meeting
Document Number: 2011-3391
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
This notice announces the date for the March 15, 2011, Meeting of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission.
Notice of Public Meeting, Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2011-3545
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Montana
Document Number: 2011-3544
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, on March 18, 2011.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, WA; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2011-3540
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment (EA) for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). In this final CCP, we describe how we will manage this Refuge for the next 15 years.