National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission; Notice of Public Meeting
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (the Commission) will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at 1:30 p.m., at the National Building Museum, Room 312, 401 F Street, NW., Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss currently authorized and proposed memorials in the District of Columbia and its environs. In addition to discussing general matters and conducting routine business, the Commission will review the status of legislative proposals introduced in the 108th Congress to establish memorials in the District of Columbia and its environs, as follows:
Revised Draft Backcountry Management Plan, General Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK
The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Revised Draft Backcountry Management Plan, General Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Denali National Park and Preserve. The document describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of a preferred alternative and three action alternatives for managing the park and preserve's backcountry. A no action alternative also is evaluated. This notice announces the 60-day public comment period and solicits comments on the revised draft plan and EIS.
Wekiva River System Advisory Management Commission Meeting
This notice announces a May 3, 2005 initial meeting of the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Commission.
Special Resource Study; San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, CA; Notice of Extension of Public Scoping Period
Pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190 as amended), and as authorized by Pub. L. 108-042, the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, has initiated public scoping for a study of the San Gabriel River surrounding watershed and San Gabriel Mountains so as to evaluate significance of the area's resources and assess the possible suitability and feasibility of the area to be considered for inclusion in the National Park System. Originally the public scoping period was set to conclude on April 19, 2005 (per Federal Register notice dated January 19, 2005). In deference to public interest expressed to date from local governmental agencies, organizations, and other interested parties, the scoping period has been extended.
Notice of Availability for a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Feasibility Study on the Preservation of Civil War Battlefields and Related Historic Sites Along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail (VCT) in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee
Pursuant to section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and National Park Service (NPS) policy in Director's Order Number 12 (Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making), the NPS announces the availability of a FEIS for the Feasibility Study on the Preservation of Civil War Battlefields and Related Historic Sites along the VCT in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Feasibility Study examines almost 500 sites with a view to how they might best be preserved and linked.
Notice of Availability of Guidance for Compliance With the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by National Park Service Offices and Units
The National Park System Advisory Board completed a servicewide review of the process used by NPS to determine the cultural affiliation of human remains and other cultural items as required under the Native American Graves and Protection Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.) in June 2002. The final report contains five recommendations that are being implemented by revising and updating Appendix R of the Cultural Resource Management Guideline under Director's Order 28. The revised draft ``Guidance for Compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by National Park Service Offices and UnitsNPS Cultural Resource Management Guideline, Appendix R'' is now available for public comment.
General Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement, General Management Plan for Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas. On February 8, 2005, the Associate Regional Director, Intermountain Region approved the Record of Decision for the project. As soon as practicable, the National Park Service will begin to implement the General Management Plan, described as the Preferred Alternative contained in the Final Environmental Impact Statement issued on January 7, 2005. The following course of action will occur under the preferred alternative. The protection of natural and cultural resources will be emphasized throughout the river corridor, as well as providing opportunities for traditional visitor uses. As mandated by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a permanent boundary for the wild and scenic river is established for protection and management of the outstandingly remarkable values. The National Park Service will negotiate and implement cooperative agreements with nonfederal landowners that specify the rights and responsibilities of the National Park Service and each landowner. A river use plan and resource management plan will be developed for the entire river. The NPS will cooperate with other U.S agencies and the appropriate agencies in Mexico to maintain or enhance water quality and minimum flows in the river. The preferred alternative also recommends to Congress that the upstream segment of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park be designated as part of the Wild and Scenic River. The selected action and one other alternative were analyzed in the draft and final environmental impact statements. A full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed. The full Record of Decision includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a finding of non- impairment of park resources and values, a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, and an overview of public involvement in the planning process.
Notice of Boundary Revision, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, IN
This notice announces a revision of the boundaries of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana, to include four (4) parcels of land within the boundaries of the National Lakeshore. This action is taken under the authority of 16 U.S.C. 460u-19 (Pub. L. 94-549, enacted October 18, 1976).
Flight 93 National Memorial Advisory Commission
This notice sets forth the date of the April 16, 2005, meeting of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; Designation of Snowmobile and Off-Road Motor Vehicle Areas, and Use of Portable Ice Augers or Power Engines
The National Park Service (NPS) is adopting this final rule to designate areas on Lake Superior and the mainland unit for use by snowmobiles, off-road motor vehicles, and ice augers or power engines within Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Unless otherwise provided for by special regulation, the operation of snowmobiles and off-road motor vehicles within areas of the National Park System is prohibited under existing regulations. The intended effect of the special regulations is to designate the routes, areas and frozen water surfaces identified herein and remove the requirement for a permit to operate an ice auger or power engine. All other portions of the existing regulations, governing use, safety, and operating requirements would remain in effect.