Special Resource Study, Environmental Impact Statement, Blackstone River Valley, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
In accordance with section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Special Resource Study (SRS) of landscape features and sites that contribute to the understanding of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. This study was mandated by Public Law 109-338, the ``John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Reauthorization Act of 2006.'' The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor encompasses 24 communities located along the Blackstone River and its tributaries spanning from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Within the boundaries of the heritage corridor lie approximately 400,000 acres of land and over 500,000 people. The waters of the Blackstone River powered the Slater Mill, a National Historic Landmark, in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful textile mill. This creative spark contributed to the nation's historic evolution as a global industrial and technological power. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor was established by Public Law 99-647 in November 1986 for the purpose of preserving and interpreting for educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations the unique and significant contributions to our national heritage of certain historic and cultural lands, waterways and structures within the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The heritage corridor was to provide a management framework to assist the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and their units of local government in the development and implementation of integrated cultural, historical and land resource management programs in order to retain, enhance and interpret the significant values of the lands, waters and structures of the corridor. The purpose of this Special Resource Study/EIS is to provide Congress with information about the national significance, suitability, and feasibility of sites and landscape features within the corridor that are associated with American industrial history for possible inclusion in the National Park System. The study will develop alternative options for management and interpretation of the sites and landscape features under consideration. The draft report of the study, with the draft EIS, is expected to be completed and available for public review by late 2009.
Minor Boundary Revision at Joshua Tree National Park
This notice announces the revision to the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park, pursuant to the authority specified below, to include a 639-acre tract of adjacent land identified as Tract 101-78 located in San Bernardino County, California, and depicted on Drawing No. 156/92,003, Sheet 1 of 1, Segment Map 101, revised February 11, 2008. This map is on file and available for inspection at the following locations: National Park Service, Land Resources Program Center, Pacific West Region, 1111 Jackson St., Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94607 and National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240.
Flight 93 National Memorial Advisory Commission
This notice sets forth the date of the November 1, 2008 meeting of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission.