National Park Service August 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E7-17382
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah
Document Number: 07-4273
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-31
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 is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah. This effort will result in an ORV Management Plan/EIS to guide the management of ORV use at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA). The ORV Management Plan/EIS may also form the basis for a special regulation pursuant to 36 CFR 4.10 to regulate ORV use at Glen Canyon NRA. The ORV Management Plan/EIS would address three spheres of ORV use at Glen Canyon: (1) At the Lone Rock Beach area; (2) at 14 designated accessible shoreline areas; and (3) on 388 miles of park roads. The ORV Management Plan/EIS will assess potential environmental impacts associated with a range of reasonable alternatives for managing ORV impacts on park resources such as threatened and endangered species, soils, vegetation, wildlife, cultural resources, and other appropriate topics. Socioeconomic impacts and effects on visitor experience and public safety will also be analyzed.
30-Day Notice of Submission of Study Package to the Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment (OMB# 1024-xxxx, “Visibility Valuation in National Parks and Wilderness Areas: Pre-Test and Pilot Test”)
Document Number: 07-4272
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB 1024-xxxx). The 30-Day Federal Register Notice for this collection of information was published on August 10, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 154, Pages 45066-45067), was published in error and should be recognized as an incorrect version. The correct publication of the 30-Day Federal Register Notice for this collection of information will be published on August 28, 2007, and should be recognized as the correct version. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Mr. Leonard E. Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer, 1849 C St., NW. (2605), Washington, DC 20240; or via fax at 202/371-1427; or via e-mail at leonardstowe@nps.gov.
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Augusta Museum of History, Augusta, GA
Document Number: E7-17204
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History, Safety Harbor, FL
Document Number: 07-4263
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Document Number: E7-16994
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
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 announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado. On July 19, 2007, the 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 Preferred Alternative contained in the FEIS issued on June 15, 2007. The NPS preferred alternative was developed with substantial public, interagency, and staff participation between 2002 and 2006. The NPS preferred option includes options for new trails to allow for dispersed hiking and horseback riding and educational opportunities on the expansion lands. Cooperative or joint facilities, such as future access routes and trailheads with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private partners are emphasized. A large portion of the park expansion lands was studied and will be recommended for future wilderness designation. Additional wilderness in the Great Sand Dunes National Park was very popular with the public. This course of action and three alternatives were analyzed in the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements. The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigating measures were identified. The Record of Decision includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, a finding of no impairment of park resources and values, a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process, and a Statement of Findings.
General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
Document Number: E7-16993
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
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 an Final Environmental Impact Statement for the General Management Plan (GMP/EIS) for Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania. The Final GMP/EIS is comprised of the NPS' responses to public comments, errata detailing editorial changes to the Draft GMP/EIS, and copies of agency and substantive comment letters. The Draft GMP/EIS evaluated alternatives to guide the development and future management of the park over the next 20 years. Alternative A (No Action) provides a baseline evaluation of existing resource conditions, visitor use, facilities, and management at the park. The Action Alternatives (B and C) would enhance the preservation of the park's cultural and natural resources, while providing new opportunities for visitors. Alternative B would provide a range of new options for visitors to tailor visits and experiences to best meet their own needs and interest. Experiences would focus on exploration and self-discovery of the full cultural and natural history of Valley Forge. Alternative C, the agency's preferred alternative, would provide visitors the opportunity to decide what kind of experience they want, depending on learning style, interest, and time. The park would provide a core message and experience for all visitors that are primarily immersive and focus on the encampment and the American Revolution. A self-discovery approach would illustrate additional areas of the park, as well as historical and natural resources themes and topics. The Draft GMP/EIS was available for public and agency review from November 3, 2006 through April 10, 2007. Copies of the document were sent to individuals, agencies, organizations, and local libraries. The document was also made available for review at the park and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov). Public meetings were held on February 21 and 22, 2007. Eight presentations of the plan were made to civic and interest groups and local governments.
Notice of Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection; 30-Day Notice of Intent To Request an Extension for the Collection of Information; Interagency Access Pass Application Process
Document Number: 07-4206
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) has requested and received emergency approval on the collection of information; Interagency Access Pass Application Process (OMB 1024-0252). The NPS invites public comments on the extension of this currently approved collection.
30-Day Notice of Submission to the Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 07-4205
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB 1024-XXXX).
30-Day Notice of Submission to the Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 07-4204
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB 1024-XXXX).
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E7-16865
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: E7-16786
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
Document Number: E7-16785
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK
Document Number: E7-16784
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK
Document Number: E7-16782
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Document Number: E7-16779
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK
Document Number: E7-16777
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK
Document Number: E7-16776
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
Document Number: E7-16775
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
Document Number: E7-16774
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 07-4079
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park Advisory Commission will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, October 19, 2007, at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission; Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 07-4078
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act that meetings of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission will be held to discuss the development of the Park's general management plan. Dates and Locations: September 20, 2007, at the Warren County Government Center, 220 N. Commerce Ave., Front Royal, VA; December 13, 2007, at the Strasburg Town Hall Council Chambers, 174 East King St., Strasburg, VA; March 20, 2008, at the Middletown Town Hall Council Chambers, 7875 Church St., Middletown, VA; and June 19, 2008, at the Warren County Government Center. All meetings will convene at 9 a.m. and are open to the public.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E7-16240
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Making Motion Pictures, Television Productions, Soundtracks or Taking Still Photographs on Certain Areas Under the Jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior
Document Number: E7-15845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-08-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Office of the Secretary
The Department of the Interior (DOI) proposes to revise its filming regulations to implement legislation that directs establishment of reasonable fees for commercial filming activities or similar projects, such as still photography, and to respond to applicants for commercial filming or still photography permits in a timely manner.
General Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Document Number: 07-3877
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a General Management Plan (GMP) amendment for Petrified Forest National Park. The park is currently managed under a GMP that was completed in 1993. This plan describes a proposed boundary expansion for the park of approximately 93,000 acres. However, the 1993 GMP does not prescribe management for the proposed expansion lands. The GMP was revised in 2004 to address specific aspects of the park's management; this GMP Revision also does not address management activities for proposed expansion lands. Public Law 108-430 was passed by congress and signed by the President in December 2004. This Act expanded Petrified Forest National Park boundaries by approximately 125,000 acres, and directed the NPS to prepare a management plan for the new park lands within three years. Planning for the new lands is the focus of this GMP amendment and its associated EIS. The GMP amendment will establish the overall direction for park expansion lands, setting broad management goals for the area for the next 15 to 20 years. Among the topics that will be addressed are protection of natural and cultural resources, protection of riparian resources, appropriate range of visitor uses, impacts of visitor uses, adequacy of park infrastructure, visitor access to the park expansion area, education and interpretive efforts, and external pressures on the park. Management zones that were established in the current GMP will be applied to expansion lands. These zones outline the kinds of resource management activities, visitor activities, and developments that would be appropriate in the expansion lands. A range of reasonable alternatives for managing the park, including a no-action alternative and a preferred alternative, will be developed through the planning process and included in the EIS. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives. As the first phase of the planning and EIS process, the National Park Service is beginning to scope the issues to be addressed in the GMP amendment. All interested persons, organizations, and agencies are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions regarding the issues or concerns the GMP amendment should address, including a suitable range of alternatives and appropriate mitigating measures, and the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts.
Consultation and Dialogue On Regulations Regarding The Disposition Of Unclaimed Native American Human Remains, Funerary Objects, Sacred Objects, Or Objects Of Cultural Patrimony Excavated Or Discovered On Federal Or Tribal Lands After November 16, 1990, Pursuant To Provisions Of The Native American Graves Protection And Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
Document Number: E7-15823
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-08-13
Agency: National Park Service, Department of the Interior
This notice of consultation announces three consultation meetings and a facilitated dialogue session (recommended by the Review Committee) that will be held to obtain additional oral and written recommendations on regulations to be drafted regarding the disposition of unclaimed Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony that are excavated or discovered on Federal or tribal lands after November 16, 1990. Previous consultation meetings were held November, 2005, and April, 2007.
Notice of Inventory Completion: Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
Document Number: E7-15822
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E7-15748
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
30-Day Notice of Submission to the Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 07-3916
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB 1024-XXXX).
Ecological Restoration Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Document Number: E7-15562
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-09
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 announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ecological Restoration Plan for Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. Alternative B was selected as the park's preferred alternative; it maximizes work efficiency and minimizes resource impacts by implementing restoration treatments in the most systematic and timely fashion possible given available funding. The purpose of the Ecological Restoration Plan is to re-establish healthy, sustainable vegetative conditions within the pinon-juniper woodland and to mitigate soil erosion that threatens the cultural resources for which Bandelier National Monument was established and specifically set aside to preserve.
Jackson Hole Airport Use Agreement Extension, Environmental Impact Statement, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Document Number: E7-15561
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-09
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 is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Jackson Hole Airport Use Agreement Extension, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. This effort addresses a request from the Jackson Hole Airport Board to amend the use agreement between the Department of the Interior and the Airport Board in order to ensure that the airport remains eligible for funding through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Alternatives to be considered include Alternative 1: No ActionThe airport would continue operations under the existing use agreement which currently has an expiration date of April 27, 2033; Alternative 2: Extend Agreement Jackson Hole Airport Board proposal to extend the use agreement for an additional two 10-year terms, bringing the expiration date to April 27, 2053; and Alternative 3: Update and Extend AgreementExtend the use agreement for an additional two 10-year terms with minor modifications as mutually agreed to by the NPS and the Airport Board. The Jackson Hole Airport is located on 533 acres of land within Grand Teton National Park. The airport operates under the terms and conditions of a 1983 use agreement between the Department of the Interior and the Jackson Hole Airport Board. The 1983 agreement was for a primary term of 30 years, with options for two 10-year extensions, both of which have been exercised. The agreement also includes a provision that further extensions, amendments, or modifications could be negotiated by the parties on mutually satisfactory terms, and that the parties agree that upon expiration of the agreement, a mutually satisfactory extension could be negotiated. The FAA requires that airports have use agreements of 20 years or more in order to remain eligible for Airport Improvement Program funds. An extension of the existing use agreement is needed to provide assurance that the airport will remain eligible for funding beyond the year 2013. In November 2006, a public scoping notice soliciting public comments was circulated describing the purpose and need for the project. Based on comments received and subsequent data gathered, the NPS has determined the preparation of an EIS is warranted. Preliminary EIS impact topics include: Natural soundscape, air quality, water quality, wildlife/T&E species, visual quality/dark skies, public health and safety, visitor use & experience, transportation planning, socioeconomics, park & airport operations.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meeting
Document Number: E7-15347
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Boundary Amendment-Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Document Number: E7-15308
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given that the National Park Service (NPS) is amending the boundary of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to include one additional tract of land containing 0.749 of an acre.
National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission; Meeting
Document Number: E7-15302
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The NPS announces the SRC meeting schedule for the following areas: Denali National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Aniakchak National Monument and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The purpose of each meeting is to develop and continue work on NPS subsistence hunting program recommendations and other related subsistence management issues. Each meeting is open to the public and will have time allocated for public testimony. The public is welcomed to present written or oral comments to the SRC. Each meeting will be recorded and a summary will be available upon request from each Superintendent for public inspection approximately six weeks after each meeting. The NPS SRC program is authorized under Title VIII, Section 808 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Public Law 96-487, to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Dates: The Denali National Park SRC meeting will be held on Monday, August 27, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alaska Standard Time. Location: Cantwell Community Center, Cantwell, AK. For Further Information Contact: Amy Craver, Subsistence Manager, telephone: (907) 683-9544, or Paul Anderson, Superintendent, telephone: (907) 683-2294, at Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755. Dates: The Lake Clark National Park SRC meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Alaska Standard Time. Location: Nondalton Community Hall, Nondalton, AK. For Further Information Contact: Mary McBurney, Subsistence Manager, telephone: (907) 235-7891, or Joel Hard, Superintendent, and Michelle Ravenmoon, Subsistence Coordinator, telephone: (907) 781-2218, at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, 1 Park Place, Port Alsworth, AK 99653. Dates: The Aniakchak National Monument SRC meeting will be held on Monday, September 24, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Alaska Standard Time. Location: Port Heiden Community Hall, Port Heiden, AK. For Further Information Contact: Mary McBurney, Subsistence Manager, telephone: (907) 235-7891, or Ralph Moore, Superintendent, telephone: (907) 246-3305, at Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, P.O. Box 7, King Salmon, AK 99613. Dates: The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC meeting will be held on Wednesday, October, 10, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alaska Standard Time. Location: Chitina Community Hall, Chitina, AK. For Further Information Contact: Barbara Cellarius, Subsistence Manager, telephone: (907) 822-7236, or Meg Jensen, Superintendent, telephone: (907) 822-5234, at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 439, Copper Center, AK 99573.
Cape Cod National Seashore Hunting Program, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
Document Number: E7-15295
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
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 Services (NPS) announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Cape Cod National Seashore Hunting Program, Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), Massachusetts. The purpose of the FEIS is to finalize the documentation of the environmental consequences of alternative strategies for managing hunting at CCNS. The FEIS evaluates three (3) alternatives for managing hunting: Alternative ANo Action describes the effects of continuing the hunting program as it was prior to a court decision to enjoin the pheasant stocking and hunting program. Hunting would continue in accordance with the seasons and regulations established by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW), and in accordance with the existing rules established by Cape Cod National Seashore pertaining to the time of year hunting is allowed, the species that can be hunted, and no-hunting zones. Under this alternative, the pheasant hunting and stocking program would be re-established. Alternative BDevelop a Modified Hunting Program (the preferred alternative) describes the effects of modifying the hunting program in a manner that would retain hunting as part of CCNS's cultural heritage while addressing concerns raised by non-hunting visitors. The modifications were derived from input received during public scoping, and subsequently refined based on comments on the Draft EIS. Element 1: This element would increase traditional hunting opportunities for native upland game bird species. Specifically, the park's rules would be revised to allow the State's spring eastern turkey hunt to occur within the park. Additionally, this element would include developing and implementing cultural landscape restoration activities that are expected to improve habitat quality for upland game birds, particularly northern bobwhite quail. Element 2: An adaptive management approach would be used to phase out the pheasant stocking and hunting program as opportunities to hunt native upland game birds increase. The success of heathland and grassland management, called for by the cultural restoration plan, will be used as an indicator of native species hunting opportunity. This element would result in the end of pheasant stocking and hunting at CCNS within 14 to 17 years. In no case will pheasant stocking continue beyond 17 years. Element 3: This element would simplify the scope of hunting areas, and would designate hunting-permitted areas versus the current policy which allows hunting in all areas except where specifically prohibited. The hunting-permitted areas would be delineated based on the existing 500-foot no-hunting buffers around paved roads and buildings, expanding the no-hunting buffers around bicycle paths from 150 feet to 500 feet, and eliminating the small patches and thin slivers of area that cannot practicably be hunted. This element would provide an added safety precaution protective of visitors using the bike paths; should result in more predictable areas where hunting is likely to be encountered and where it will not; would provide consistent buffers for hunting set- backs from roads, buildings, and bike paths; would facilitate more efficient monitoring by law enforcement staff; and would result in little reduction in hunting opportunities. Element 4: Hunting-related outreach to hunting and non-hunting users would be expanded. Outreach to non-hunting visitors would focus on where and when hunting occurs in the park, where visitors can go to avoid hunting, safety precautions when in or adjacent to hunting areas, how to report any unlawful behavior or safety concerns, and the importance of courteous and respectful behavior to all users. Outreach to hunters would also focus on where and when hunting is permitted in the park, hunting regulations, how to report any unlawful behavior or safety concerns, and the importance of courteous and respectful behavior to all users. Element 5: This element provides for cooperative and expanded game species monitoring by Cape Cod National Seashore and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The Seashore and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife would integrate monitoring efforts, and seek additional resources as needed, to expand monitoring of the abundance and harvest of deer, eastern cottontail rabbits, eastern wild turkeys, and northern bobwhite quail. These agencies would also coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review emerging information on the status and distribution of New England cottontail rabbits on outer Cape Cod, and determine if action is necessary to protect this sensitive species within the Seashore. Alternative CEliminate Hunting describes the effects of eliminating hunting at Cape Cod National Seashore. A sub-element of Alternative C would eliminate only the pheasant program while retaining the other aspects of the hunting program. In April of 2006, the NPS issued a Draft EIS for agency and public review and comment. The comment period opened on April 21, 2006 with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, and closed on June 19, 2006, 60 days later. During that review period the NPS held two public meetings to provide agencies and the public the opportunity to provide oral comment on the draft document. Comments were received in the form of letters and e-mails, and at the two public meetings. All substantive comments have been addressed in the ``Consultation and Coordination'' chapter of the FEIS.
Final Environmental Impact Statement, Systems Conveyance and Operations Program, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County, NV; Notice of Approval of Record of Decision
Document Number: E7-15294
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended) and the implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has prepared, and the Regional Director, Pacific West Region has approved, the Record of Decision for the Clean Water Coalition's proposed System Conveyance and Operations Program. The formal no-action period was officially initiated February 23, 2007, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Register notification of the filing of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Decision: The Final EIS analyzed a no-action alternative, a process improvement alternative, and three pipeline alternatives that would variously redirect a portion of highly treated effluent from the Las Vegas Wash into the Boulder Basin. The selected alternativeBoulder Islands North pipeline alternative combines use of current conventional treatment processes, plant optimization, and increased treatment. In addition, a pipeline will be constructed to convey highly treated effluent from three treatment facilities to a discharge location near the Boulder Islands in Lake Mead. There will be flexibility in discharge conveyed depending upon lake conditions and the objectives identified in the Boulder Basin Adaptive Management Plan which was developed and agreed to by all involved parties. As documented in the Final EIS, this course of action was deemed to be ``environmentally preferred''. The Final EIS, and previously in the Draft EIS (the latter was released in September 2005), assessed the full spectrum of foreseeable environmental consequences, and appropriate mitigation measures identified, for each alternative considered. Beginning with early scoping, through the preparation of the Draft and Final EIS, numerous public meetings were hosted. Approximately 500 oral and written comments were received during the scoping phase or in response to the Draft EIS. Key coordination, consultations, or other contacts which aided in preparing the Draft and Final EIS involved (but were not limited to) the Bureau of Reclamation, cities of Las Vegas and Henderson, Clark County Water Reclamation District, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Local communities, county and city officials, and interested organizations were contacted extensively during initial scoping and throughout the conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process. Copies: Interested parties desiring to review the Record of Decision may obtain a complete copy by contacting the Superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005; or via telephone request at (702) 293-8920.
General Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado
Document Number: E7-15293
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a general management plan (GMP) for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. This effort will analyze the impacts of a broad range of design alternatives for the national historic site. This effort will result in a comprehensive general management plan that provides a framework for making management decisions regarding the preservation of natural and cultural resources, visitor use and interpretation and development of appropriate park facilities. This plan will be developed in cooperation with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, and the State of Colorado. Alternatives to be considered include no-action, the proposed action and other reasonable alternatives. The park superintendent will initiate consultation with congressional delegations, tribal representatives, and state and local agencies on the development of the plan. Consultation with these agencies will continue throughout the planning process. Public involvement in the planning process will include newsletters and open houses that inform the public of the project and provide opportunities for input; press releases in the local media; newsletters and open houses to present and solicit input on the alternatives; a public review draft of the general management plan and environmental impact statement and public meetings to provide additional opportunities to comment on the draft plan. Public involvement is essential for the development of creative and sustainable management alternatives for the national historic site. A briefing statement has been prepared that summarizes the specific elements of the general management planning process and the EIS. Copies of that information may be obtained from: Superintendent, Alexa Roberts, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, P.O. Box 249, Eads, CO 81036.
Final Environmental Impact Statement; Reconstruction of the Furnace Creek Water Collection System; Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA; Notice of Approval of Record of Decision
Document Number: 07-3838
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended) and the implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR part 1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has prepared, and the Regional Director, Pacific West Region has approved the Record of Decision (and Statement of Findings for Wetlands and Floodplains) for the reconstruction of the Furnace Creek water collection system at Death Valley Natioal Park. Reconstructing the water collection system affords the park with the opportunity to provide a reliable quality and quantity of potable water to the users in the Furnace Creek area, to promote conservation of biological and cultural resources in the Texas-Travertine Springs area, and to enhance water resource protection and management in the Furnace Creek area. The no-action ``30-day wait period'' was officially initiated July 14, 2006, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Register notification of the filing of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Decision: As soon as practicable the park will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative (with minor modifications from Alternative C as described in the Draft and Final EIS); as documented in the EIS, this alternative was deemed to be the ``environmentally preferred'' course of action and it was further determined that implementation of the selected actions will not constitute an impairment of park resources and values. In doing so, the park can rebuild the outdated water collection system in the Furnace Creek area to supply safe and reliable potable and nonpotable water to the park's main visitor use area, separate the potable and nonpotable water systems in the project area, and provide nonpotable water from the Inn Tunnel and a relocated Furnace Creek Wash collection gallery. The selected actions will provide potable water from two to three new groundwater wells in the Texas Springs Syncline, and will treat water collected for potable purposes using a reverse osmosis water treatment plant. The concentrate water generated from the water treatment process will be conveyed to the park's sewage treatment plant for evaporation. Non-potable water will be collected from Furnace Creek Wash and the Inn Tunnel. Water for riparian restoration purposes will be released from Texas Springs and Travertine Springs Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4. To meet maximum daily flow requirements, Alternative 3 will collect 600 gallons per minute (GPM) of potable water and 900 gpm of nonpotable water, and release approximately 770 gpm of riparian water.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for an Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (ORV Management Plan) for Cape Lookout National Seashore (Seashore), NC
Document Number: 07-3837
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
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 regulations (40 CFR 1506.6), the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS) will prepare an ORV Management Plan/DEIS. The ORV Management Plan/DEIS will be used to guide the management and control of ORVs at the Seashore for approximately the next 15 to 20 years. It will also form the basis for a special regulation that will regulate ORV use at the Seashore. The ORV Management Plan/DEIS will assess potential environmental impacts associated with a range of reasonable alternatives for managing ORV impacts on park resources such as threatened and endangered species, soils, wetlands, wildlife, and cultural resources. Socioeconomic impacts and effects on visitor experience and public safety will also be analyzed. In addition, the plan will focus on issues that have a direct bearing on ORV management, including management of threatened and endangered species and species of special concern, as well as predator management.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E7-15175
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Emergency Approval of a 6 Month Study Package; 60-Day Notice of Intent To Inform the Public of This Collection of Information; National Park Service's Evaluation of Pilot Interventions To Increase Healthful Physical Activity in Parks
Document Number: 07-3809
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) has requested and received emergency approval on the collection of information: NPS' Evaluation of Pilot Interventions to Increase Healthful Physical Activity in Parks (OMB 1024-0253). The NPS invites public comments on the emergency approval of this currently approved collection.
Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee; Notice of Establishment
Document Number: E7-14890
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Secretary of the Interior is giving notice of the establishment of the Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee to offer recommendations, alternatives and possible solutions to management of off-road vehicles at Big Cypress National Preserve.
General Management Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Saguaro National Park, AZ
Document Number: 07-3742
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-01
Agency: National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan for Saguaro National Park, Arizona.
60-day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 07-3741
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under the paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB 1024-0037).