Minor Boundary Revision at Cape Cod National Seashore
Notice is given that the boundary of the Cape Cod National Seashore has been revised pursuant to the Act specified below, to encompass lands depicted on the map prepared by the National Park Service entitled ``Cape Cod National Seashore Boundary Revision Map'', dated May 1997, and numbered 609/80,801. The revision to the boundary includes tract 04-1081 as depicted on the map.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission; Notice of Public Meeting
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission (the Commission) will be held on Friday, May 19, 2006, at 10 a.m., at the Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Avenue, Glen Echo, Maryland. The Commission will meet to consider the National Park Service Environmental Assessment evaluating the impacts of a proposal by Georgetown University to construct a boathouse for competitive rowing on the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, DC (Environmental Assessment). The meeting will be open to the public. Any person may file with the Commission a written statement concerning the matters to be discussed. Persons who wish to file a written statement or testify at the meeting or who want further information concerning the meeting may contact Superintendent Kevin Brandt at (301) 714-2201.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for an Oil and Gas Management Plan (O&GMP) Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BISO), and Obed Wild and Science River (OBRI)
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4332 and Council on Environmental Quality regulation 40 CFR 1506.6, that the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), is preparing an EIS for an O&GMP for BISO and OBRI. The BISO/OBRI O&GMP/EIS will: Identify resources impacted by oil and gas operations, and provide a comprehensive framework to remedy the resulting environmental problems. Allow for exploration and development of the private mineral estate. Facilitate operator planning by setting park-specific operating standards. Provide educational outreach to operators, including guidance on the regulatory process for bringing operations into compliance with applicable legal requirements. Enhance coordination with State natural resource agencies to better manage and enforce oil and gas operations according to State standards. Evaluate the potential for NEPA streamlining for plugging and reclaiming orphaned or exhausted oil and gas operations. Evaluate public use of oil and gas access roads. Address visitor safety issues related to oil and gas operations. Provide for a range of reasonable alternatives for managing oil and gas operations, and assess potential impacts on park resoures such as threatened and endangered species, soils, wetlands, wildlife, cultural resources, and public safety, while allowing for the exercise of oil and gas rights. Provide the framework to achieve sound decision-making and resource protection at BISO and OBRI for the next 15 to 20 years. A scoping brochure will be available summarizing the purpose, need and objectives of the O&GMP/EIS. Copies of that information may be obtained by visiting the NPS public comment and planning Web site at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/biso, or from the Office of the Superintendent, Big South Fork NRRA, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841, telephone number 423-569-9778.
Pursuant to 36 CFR 51.23, public notice is hereby given that the National Park Service proposes to extend the following expiring concession contract for a period of up to 1 year, or until such time as a new contract is executed, whichever occurs sooner.
Public Notice; Notice of Request for Continuation of Visitor Services
Pursuant to the terms of existing concession contracts, public notice is hereby given that the National Park Service has requested a continuation of visitor services for the following expiring concession contract for a period of 1 year until December 31, 2008.
Notice of Availability of the Revised National Park Service Director's Order #21, Donations and Fundraising
The National Park Service (NPS) has revised existing policies and procedures that guide its acceptance of donations and its relationships to those who desire to raise private sector support to benefit parks and programs. The policies and procedures apply to all units of the national park system, and supersede and replace the policies and procedures originally issued in 1998 that were subsequently extended pending the completion of the revision.
Notice of Proposed National Natural Landmark Designation for the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, California
The National Park Service published a document in the Federal Register of March 31, 2006, concerning the proposed National Natural Landmark Designation for the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, CA which will be considered for recommendation at the June National Park System Advisory Board Meeting. The document contained an incorrect date and location.
Notice of Boundary Revision, Big Thicket National Preserve
This notice announces the revision to the boundary of Big Thicket National Preserve to include the parcel of land known as Tract 223-09. The United States will acquire this tract from The Conservation Fund upon the revision of the boundary. The National Park Service has determined that this boundary revision is necessary and that the acquisition of this tract would make a significant contribution to the purposes for which the preserve was created.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission; Notice of Public Meeting
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 19, 2006, at Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Avenue, Glen Echo, Maryland. The Commission will meet to consider the National Park Service Environmental Assessment evaluating the impacts of a proposal by Georgetown University to construct a boathouse for competitive rowing on the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, D.C.
Notice of Availability of Location Fee Schedule for Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits for Units of the National Park Service
In accordance with Public Law 106-206, beginning on May 15, 2006, the National Park Service (NPS) will collect a location fee for commercial filming and certain still photography activities permitted in units of the National Park Service. In addition, the NPS will continue to recover from the applicant a sum equal to the amount expended by the NPS in processing the permit request.
Final Decision: Ten Percent Increase in Glacier Bay Cruise Ship Quota Beginning in Year 2007
The Superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve announces the decision to increase the number of cruise ships allowed to enter Glacier Bay during the summer visitor season by ten percent beginning in 2007. The current cruise ship limit is a seasonal use-day quota of 139 visits during June, July and August. This decision increases the cruise ship seasonal use-day quota to 153. The decision memorandum and related documents may be viewed online at https:// www.nps.gov/glba/pphtml/documents.html.
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 Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 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 109th Congress to establish memorials in the District of Columbia and its environs, as follows:
Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts; Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Hunting Program
The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Hunting Program at Cape Cod National Seashore (DEIS). The draft document describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of a preferred alternative, another action alternative, and a no action alternative.
Gulf Islands National Seashore, Personal Watercraft Use
This final rule designates areas where personal watercraft (PWC) may be used in Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi. This final rule implements the provisions of the National Park Service (NPS) general regulations authorizing parks to allow the use of PWC by promulgating a special regulation. Individual parks must determine whether PWC use is appropriate for a specific park area based on an evaluation of that area's enabling legislation, resources and values, other visitor uses, and overall management objectives.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement on the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project and Land Exchange, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska
The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project and Land Exchange, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. This ROD documents the decision by the NPS on behalf of the Secretary of Interior (Secretary) to implement applicable portions of the Glacier Bay National Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-317) (Act). The Act mandated the Secretary implement specific actions once certain provisions were met. In this ROD the NPS addresses its decision to: Exchange land presently in Glacier Bay National Park (Glacier Bay) to the State of Alaska (state); Add state land to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Klondike Gold Rush); Designate an island in Blue Mouse Cove and Cenotaph Island in Glacier Bay as wilderness; and Adjust national park and wilderness boundaries as necessary to compensate for the land exchange. By addressing these actions the NPS will fulfill the Department of Interior's responsibility under the Act. This ROD follows the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) October 29, 2004 decision to issue a license to Gustavus Electric Company allowing the construction and operation of the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 11659). It also follows the FERC Order Denying Rehearing on March 24, 2005 and FERC's June 17, 2005 denial of a request to reconsider the March 24, 2005 Order. This record of decision does not address any of FERC's responsibility under the Act nor does it address any aspect of the licensing process and decision as discussed in the final environmental impact statement (final EIS) and the FERC Order Issuing License and the subsequent rehearing denials. The NPS has decided to adopt the Preferred Alternative as presented in the final EIS. This will result in conveying approximately 1,034 acres in Glacier Bay to the State of Alaska and in exchange receiving approximately 1,040 acres in Klondike Gold Rush. Included is the designation of 1,069 acres in Glacier Bay as wilderness and deletion of 1040 acres of wilderness in Glacier Bay. The National Park and National Wilderness boundaries will be adjusted. The ROD briefly discusses the Act and background of the hydroelectric project and land exchange, summarizes public involvement during the planning process, states the decision and discusses the basis for it, describes other alternatives considered, specifies the environmentally preferable alternative, identifies measures adopted to minimize potential environmental harm, and provides a non-impairment determination.