Department of the Interior September 23, 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Determination of Eligibility for Consideration as Wilderness Areas, Obed Wild and Scenic River
Document Number: 2019-20560
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to the Wilderness Act of 1964, and in accordance with National Park Service (NPS) Management Policies (2006), Section 6.2.1, the NPS has completed a Wilderness Eligibility Assessment to determine if lands within Obed Wild and Scenic River (Obed WSR) meet criteria indicating eligibility for preservation as wilderness. Based on the assessment, the NPS has concluded that the assessed lands: (1) Are not predominantly roadless and undeveloped; (2) are not greater than 5,000 acres in size or of sufficient size as to make practicable their preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and (3) do not meet the wilderness character criteria listed in the Wilderness Act and NPS Management Policies (2006). As a result of these findings, the NPS has determined that lands within the Obed WSR do not warrant further study for possible designation as wilderness.
Determination of Eligibility for Consideration as Wilderness Areas, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Document Number: 2019-20559
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to the Wilderness Act of 1964, and in accordance with National Park Service (NPS) Management Policies (2006), Section 6.2.1, the NPS has completed a Wilderness Eligibility Assessment to determine if lands within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Big South Fork NRRA) meet criteria indicating eligibility for preservation as wilderness. The lands subject to the assessment were those identified in the park's General Management Plan as being within the Natural Environment Recreation Zone and the Sensitive Resource Protection Zone. All other zones in the plan are development zones. Based on the assessment, the NPS has concluded that the assessed lands: (1) Are not predominantly roadless and undeveloped; (2) are not greater than 5,000 acres in size or of sufficient size as to make practicable their preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and (3) do not meet the wilderness character criteria listed in the Wilderness Act and NPS Management Policies (2006). As a result of these findings, the NPS has determined that lands within Big South Fork NRRA do not warrant further study for possible designation as wilderness at this time. An updated eligibility assessment may be warranted in the future as lands in the park recover from past human disturbance.
Habitat Conservation Plan for the Yelm Pocket Gopher; Incidental Take Permit Application in Thurston County, Washington; Categorical Exclusion
Document Number: 2019-20544
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from M-Gopher, LLC, for an incidental take permit (ITP) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The ITP would authorize ``take'' of the Yelm subspecies of the Mazama pocket gopher, incidental to otherwise lawful activities during construction of a single-family home in Thurston County, Washington. The application includes a habitat conservation plan (HCP) with measures to minimize and mitigate the impacts of the taking of the Yelm pocket gopher. We have also prepared a draft environmental action statement (EAS) that includes our preliminary determination that the ITP decision may be eligible for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. We provide this notice to open a public comment period and to invite comments from all interested parties regarding the above-referenced documents.
Notice of Filing of Plat of Survey; Arizona
Document Number: 2019-20542
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed 30 days after the date of this publication in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona State Office, Phoenix, Arizona. The surveys announced in this notice are necessary for the management of lands administered by the agency indicated.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Federal Oil and Gas Valuation
Document Number: 2019-20473
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. ONRR seeks renewed authority to collect information pertaining to (1) the Federal oil and gas valuation regulations, which include transportation and processing regulatory allowance limits; and (2) the accounting and auditing relief for marginal properties.