General Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Massachusetts
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 General Management Plan (GMP) for the John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS, Massachusetts. In cooperation with the Town of Brookline, MA, attention will be given to resources outside the boundaries that affect the integrity of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS. The plan will identify management alternatives for the site. Major issues include the need to provide fundamental management guidance and to enable the park to strategically plan its long term resource management, visitor use, and partnership goals and objectives. This would be the first GMP for the John F. Kennedy NHS since its establishment in 1969. GMP issues include: (1) Creating strategies for resolving critical facility and visitor experience issues related to the small size of the site; (2) addressing the needs and expectations of a rapidly changing demographic audience; (3) developing a comprehensive resource management strategy for the site; (4) addressing alternative outreach and partnership program options, including interpreting the historic neighborhood where the Kennedy home is located; (5) improving the park's relationships with other presidential sites and other John F. Kennedy sites. The Draft EIS/General Management Plan is expected to be available for public review in early 2010. After public and interagency review of the draft document, comments will be considered and a final GMP/EIS will be prepared that contains a preferred alternative for management of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS (the GMP), followed by a Record of Decision.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and Scoping
In accordance with Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et. seq.), the National Park Service (NPS) will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for transferring jurisdiction of a portion of NPS property within Fort Dupont Park, part of the Fort Circle Parks, to the District of Columbia (the District) for development of recreational facilities which may result in amending the NPS' 2004 Final Management Plan for Fort Circle Parks. This also serves as an announcement of a public scoping comment period to run until July 24, 2008. Comments submitted to the Park or through Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) during the public scoping period and at public meetings for this EA will be considered as part of the planning process for the current proposed action. Comments submitted at the public meeting held May 12, 2008, will be considered as part of the planning process for the current proposed action and do not need to be resubmitted. There is the possibility that the NPS might proceed to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in which case written comments submitted now on the scope of the alternatives and impacts will continue to be considered.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Missouri
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Memorial). The GMP/EIS will prescribe the resource conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and maintained at the Memorial over the next 15 to 20 years. To facilitate sound planning and environmental assessment, the NPS intends to gather information necessary for the preparation of the GMP/ EIS and obtain suggestions and information from other Agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the GMP/EIS. Comments and participation in this scoping process are invited. Participation in the planning process will be encouraged and facilitated by various means, including newsletters and public meetings. The NPS will conduct public scoping meetings to explain the planning process and to solicit opinion about issues to address in the GMP/EIS. Notification of all such meetings will be announced in the local press and in the NPS newsletters.
Notice of Availability for the Draft Elk Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of a draft Elk Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota (Park).
Coastal Wetlands Restoration at Prisoners Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, Santa Barbara County, CA; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service, in accordance with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. ), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider suitable means for restoration of a wetland and stream corridor at Prisoners Harbor and lower Canada del Puerto drainage on Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara County, California. The Prisoners Harbor area is part of Channel Islands National Park managed by the National Park Service (NPS). The EIS will analyze alternatives for ecological restoration of the wetland and lower stream corridor, ensuring public access, and protecting cultural and historical resources. Background: Channel Islands National Park is headquartered in Ventura, California. Congress established the park ``[i]n order to protect the nationally significant natural, scenic, wildlife, marine, ecological, archeological, cultural, and scientific values of the Channel Islands'' (Pub. L. 96-199). The park proposes to restore a functional, self-sustaining ecosystem at a former 9-acre backbarrier coastal wetland site known as Prisoners Harbor and an associated 40- acre stream corridor in the lower Canada del Puerto watershed on Santa Cruz Island. The proposed wetland restoration site includes what was once the largest backbarrier coastal wetland on the Channel Islands. The wetland and stream corridor have been extensively modified over the past 150 years by filling of wetlands, intentional planting and accidental introduction of non-native vegetation such as stone pines, eucalyptus, and kikuyu grass in the area, and construction of a levee, buildings, corral, and unsurfaced roads. These modifications to the creek and floodplain have altered channel hydraulics, resulting in reduced ecosystem function, and contributed to the estimated 95% decline of California's wetlands statewide. The loss of natural wetland and riparian ecosystems in the Prisoners Harbor area has resulted in locally diminished habitat for federally listed Santa Cruz Island barberry, Santa Cruz Island silver lotus, Santa Cruz Island gooseberry, endemic Santa Cruz Island scrub jay, Santa Cruz Island deer mouse, the rare Channel Islands slender salamander, western harvest mouse, loggerhead shrike, other passerine birds, and migratory waterfowl. Proliferation of non-native eucalyptus trees in the riparian corridor has severely reduced plant and wildlife- diversity and negatively affected habitat for species of special concern and passerine birds. Preliminary Alternatives and Environmental Issues: The park proposes to restore wetland and riparian ecosystem function by removing fill from the historic wetland, reconnecting the Canada del Puerto stream with its floodplain, removing non-native eucalyptus and other vegetation in the lower drainage, and recreating habitat for special status species (both flora and fauna), passerine birds, and migratory waterfowl. Additionally the project proposes to protect significant cultural resources, and provide for an enhanced visitor experience. A successful project would meet the following goals: Restore functional wetland and riparian ecosystems and reduce the impact of non-native species on local biological diversity. Consistent with restoring functional ecosystems, recreate and maintain habitat adequate to support populations of special status species, passerine birds, and migratory waterfowl. Develop a restoration design that identifies and, to the extent possible, mitigates factors that reduce the site's full restoration potential. Protect archaeological resources from erosion during both normal and flood conditions. Provide access to the Central Valley inland from the affected area, NPS property east of Prisoners Harbor, and Nature Conservancy inholdings on NPS property upstream from the area of potential effect. Reduce risk of exposure to flooding that could damage the roadway and historic buildings. Provide visitor access and resource interpretation that are compatible with protection of resources. Enhance visitor knowledge and understanding of the prehistory, recent human history, and natural history of the Prisoners Harbor area. Channel Islands National Park seeks public input to assist with identifying issues and developing a suitable range of alternatives for restoration of the lower Canada del Puerto watershed and Prisoners Harbor wetlands area. Restoration methods could include topographic alterations aimed at recovering natural hydrologic and ecological processes. These potential alterations could change the current hydrologic regime within the proposed project area, leading to either resumption of seasonal flooding of a fully restored wetland/floodplain or limited flooding of a partially restored wetland/floodplain. A ``no- action'' alternative, entailing no changes in current hydrologic regime, will also be assessed. An archeological site and some historic structures are located within the area of potential effect. Any restoration actions undertaken would be designed to ensure flood risks to the archeological site and historic resources will not be aggravated beyond current conditions and that influence of non-native species, including eucalyptus, on a restored ecosystem dominated by native species is reduced. As part of the effort to develop preliminary alternatives, the NPS will explore options for improved public access and enhacing educational opportunities consistent with ecosystem restoration. Preliminary public outreach was initiated by the park in 2007. Concern was expressed about the possibility of removing cattle corrals constructed on filled coastal wetland. The corrals were built in the 1950's as part of rancher Carrie Stanton's conversion to a cattle operation. The corrals are considered a ``small scale feature'' in the 2004 Cultural Landscape Inventory and deemed to be a contributing element to the eligibility of the Santa Cruz Island Ranching District to the National Register of Historic Places. The park has acknowledged this concern and will work with the State Historic Preservation Office in developing mitigation measures common to all alternatives or safeguards specific to a particular alternative if necessary. Other issues or concerns known at this time include potential effects upon: Threatened and endangered species protected under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, floodplain and stream corridor, native flora and fauna; historic and archeological resources, land use, and opportunities for and constraints on public use. Public Scoping and Comment Process: Notice is hereby given that the final public scoping phase is underway, with the express purpose of eliciting additional public comment regarding a suitable range of alternatives, the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts and benefits, and appropriate mitigation strategies that should be addressed in the forthcoming conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process. For those who have commented previously, it is not necessary to re-submit comments. Federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes, and interested organizations are also encouraged to participate in the scoping process. Whether California state or local involvement in the environmental impact analysis process is necessary is yet to be determined. If an environmental clearance document is required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the NPS will coordinate the NEPA/CEQA process with the designated state agency (or agencies). A timely opportunity to learn more about the proposed restoration and provide information is a public meeting to be held during summer 2008. Information expected to be provided at the public meeting includes the history of the Prisoners Harbor/Canada del Puerto area, purpose and need for the proposed restoration, opportunities and constraints in developing the restoration design, potential alternative courses of action with regards to restoration, potential effects of these courses of action, and appropriate strategies for mitigation and monitoring. All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are encouraged to provide comments or suggestions. For those persons unable to attend the meeting, information about the project will be available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov or by contacting the park as noted below. All written scoping comments must be postmarked or transmitted not later than 45 days following publication of this notice in the Federal Register (immediately upon publication of this notice, the confirmed deadline for comments to be submitted will be posted on the park Web site). Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire commentincluding your personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. To provide comments or information pertinent to the proposal, inquire about the public meeting, or to request a printed copy of the scoping document, please contact Paula Power, Channel Islands National Park, Attn: Prisoners Harbor Coastal Wetland Restoration Project, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001, telephone (805) 658-5784; FAX (805) 658-5799; e-mail email@example.com). Duplicate informational updates will be regularly posted on the park Web site https://www.nps.gov/chis/home_mngmntdocs.htm and also at https://parkplanning.nps.gov. Decision Process: At this time, the draft EIS is expected to be available for public review in early 2009; following due consideration of all public and agency comments, it is expected that the final environmental document will be completed in late 2009. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the final decision is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Subsequently the Superintendent, Channel Islands National Park, would be responsible for implementing the approved restoration and management actions.
Plan of Operations for Reclamation of the Rafferty Fee Lease-Well No. 1 Site, Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas
Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Section 9.52(b) of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 9, Subpart B, of a Plan of Operations submitted by Buford Curtis, Inc., for reclamation of the Rafferty Fee LeaseWell No. 1 site, Hardin County, Texas.
Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (ORV Management Plan), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas
Pursuant to the National Environmental Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for an Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (ORV Management Plan) for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas. This effort will result in an ORV Management Plan/EIS that will be used to guide the management and control of ORVs at the Recreation Area 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 Recreation Area. 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 soils, wetlands, wildlife, cultural resources, visitor experience, and public safety. Lake Meredith Recreation Area was established in 1964 for the administration of public recreational facilities at the Sanford Reservoir area, Canadian River project, Texas. In 1990 Congress designated Lake Meredith a National Recreation Area to ``provide for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment of the lands and waters associated with Lake Meredith in the State of Texas, and to protect the scenic, scientific, cultural, and other values contributing to the public enjoyment of such lands and waters,'' (Pub. L. 101-628, 16 U.S.C. 46Oeee, November 28, 1990). Lake Meredith offers many recreational uses including boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and ORV use. Lake Meredith currently has two areas designated as ORV areas, Rosita (~1,740 acres) and Blue Creek (~275 acres). These areas were designated by special regulation, 36 CFR 7.57. Both areas were utilized by the local community for recreational use prior to the establishment of the Sanford Reservoir Project in 1965. Executive Order 11644, issued in 1972 and amended by Executive Order 11989 in 1977, states that Federal agencies allowing ORV use must designate the specific areas and trails on public lands on which the use of ORVs may be permitted, and areas in which the use of ORVs may not be permitted. Agency regulations to authorize ORV use provide that designation of such areas and trails will be based upon the protection of the resources of the public lands, promotion of the safety of all users of those lands, and minimization of conflicts among the various uses of those lands. Executive Order 11644 was issued in response to the widespread and rapidly increasing use of ORVs on the public lands ``often for legitimate purposes but also in frequent conflict with wise land and resource management practices, environmental values, and other types of recreational activity.'' Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 36 Sec. 4.10 requires that ``Routes and areas designated for off-road motor vehicle use shall be promulgated as special regulations.'' ``In addition, such routes and areas may only be designated in national recreation areas, national seashores, national lakeshores and national preserves.'' Therefore, in accordance with the Executive Order, the purpose of this plan/EIS is to manage ORV use in compliance with the Recreation Area's enabling legislation, NPS management policies, and other laws and regulations to ensure protection of the natural, cultural, and recreational values of the Recreation Area's environment for present and future generations. An ORV Management Plan is needed to address the inconsistent management of ORV use over time, address the impacts to both cultural and natural resources, and address ORV use outside of the authorized areas. Specifically, an ORV Management Plan is needed to: (1) Comply with Executive Orders 11644 and 11989 respecting ORV use, and with NPS laws, regulations (36 CFR 4.10), and policies to minimize impacts to Recreation Area resources and values; (2) Provide for sustainable recreational ORV use areas; (3) Address the lack of an approved plan, which has led to ORV use outside of authorized areas; (4) Address resource impacts resulting from ORV use; and (5) Address the change in numbers, power, range and capabilities of ORVs. The ORV Management Plan/DEIS will cover all lands administered by the NPS at the Recreation Area. Through internal scoping efforts, several draft objectives were outlined for the EIS: Visitor Use and Safety: Manage ORV use to minimize conflicts among different ORV users; promote safe operation of ORVs and safety of all visitors. Management: Build stewardship through public awareness and understanding of NPS resource management and visitor use policy and responsibilities as they pertain to the recreation area and ORV management; develop a monitoring plan that allows the park to establish the number of ORVs the park is able to support. Park Operations: Identify needs and costs necessary to implement an ORV plan; minimize impacts to park operations and costs necessary to implement an ORV plan. Natural Resources: Minimize adverse impacts to threatened, endangered, and other protected species and their habitats; define effective strategies for soil erosion control and restoration of plant resources to support wildlife populations. Cultural Resources: Preserve and protect significant cultural resources within the recreation area; work with interested parties to identify cultural resources that could be adversely affected by ORV use. The draft and final ORV Management Plan/EIS will be made available to all known interested parties and appropriate agencies. Full public participation by Federal, State, and local agencies as well as other concerned organizations and private citizens is invited throughout the preparation process of this document.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; Poplar Point Redevelopment Project and Proposed National Park Service and U.S. Park Police Facilities Relocation
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the National Park Service (NPS) with the District of Columbia government (District), acting as joint lead agencies, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to aid their decision-making under Title III of the Federal and District of Columbia Government Real Property Act of 2006, Pub. L. 109-396, 120 Stat. 2711 (2006) (D.C. Lands Act). During this NEPA process, the NPS and the District will be complying with applicable laws and regulations, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and those pertaining to activities within floodplains. Other Federal and District agencies may serve as cooperating agencies and they are invited to contact the NPS and the District. Scoping commences with this notice. Written comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS are requested, and a public meeting has been scheduled.
General Management Plan, Record of Decision, Saguaro National Park, Arizona
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 (ROD) for the General Management Plan, Saguaro National Park, Arizona. On April 2, 2008, the Regional Director, Intermountain Region approved the Record of Decision. As soon as practicable after March 31, 2008, on which the 30-day waiting period ends, the National Park Service will start implementing the selected action as in the FEIS issued on February 29, 2008, the date the FETS was published in the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Register notice (Volume 73, Number 41, Page 11112). The ROD explains that alternative 2 is the selected action over no-action and the other action alternative. To reduce habitat fragmentation, the selected action emphasizes ecological processes and biological diversity by creating and preserving wildlife movement corridors among isolated habitats, while still providing a range of visitor opportunities. The selected action includes a parkwide management zone for the preservation of cultural resources. The no-action alternative would mean no change from existing conditions. The other action alternative would mean some but less emphasis on wildlife movement corridors among isolated habitats to address habitat fragmentation, and more visitor opportunities. The selected action calls for road, trail, and visitor center improvements as well as monitoring for certain natural and cultural resources and vehicular traffic patterns for preservation and safety, respectively. The Record of Decision includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of the other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, and findings of no unacceptable impacts and no impairment to park resources and values. There is a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, and an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process.
Supplemental Oil and Gas Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Padre Island National Seashore, TX
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing a Supplemental Oil and Gas Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, for Padre Island National Seashore, Texas. This will supplement the Oil and Gas Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement completed on October 12, 2000. The major change in the Supplemental Oil and Gas Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, will be a revised reasonably foreseeable development scenario. Minor revisions will include new information on some resources in Padre Island National Seashore. A scoping brochure has been prepared that detail the proposed revisions identified to date. Copies of the scoping brochure may be obtained from Linda Dansby, SEIS Manager, Office of Minerals/Oil and Gas Support, Intermountain Region-Santa Fe, National Park Service, P.O. Box 728, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0728, telephone 505-988-6095.
Minor Boundary Revision at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 460l- (9)(c)(1), the boundary of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Clatsop County, Oregon, is modified to include an additional three tracts totaling 7.94 acres of land. These lands are adjacent to the northwestern boundary of the Fort Clatsop unit of the park and are depicted on a map entitled ``Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Proposed Boundary,'' dated November 2007, and numbered 405/80,028.
Notice To Terminate the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Process for the Special Resource Study (SRS) for Virginia Key Beach Park (VKBP), Biscayne Bay, FL
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and National Park Service (NPS) policy in Director's Order 2 (Park Planning) and Director's Order 12 (Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision- making), the NPS is terminating the EIS process for the SRS for VKBP, Biscayne Bay, Florida. The SRS does not find VKBP to be nationally significant or suitable for inclusion in the National Park System and does not require direct NPS management as defined in the NPS Management Policies, 2006. Therefore, inclusion of VKBP in the National Park System is not recommended. Since the SRS is not proposing Federal management of the site, the EIS process is being terminated. The NPS will conduct local public meetings to inform and receive input from interested parties on the outcome of the SRS. Prior to the meetings a summary newsletter will be distributed. Following the meetings a draft report will be made available for public review.