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Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period for Scoping; and Dates and Locations for Public Scoping Meetings

[Federal Register: January 2, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 1)]
[Page 101-102]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr02ja02-92]

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
(WO-220-01-1020-JA-VEIS)

Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period and Schedule of Public Scoping Meetings for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation and Restoration of Vegetation, Watershed, and Wildlife Habitat Treatments on Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the Western United States, Including Alaska

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period for scoping; and dates and locations for public scoping meetings.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102 (2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the BLM will prepare a national, programmatic EIS and conduct public scoping meetings on (1) management opportunities and treatment methods for noxious weeds and other invasive species, and (2) the conservation and restoration of native vegetation, watersheds, and wildlife habitat. The EIS will cover the public lands administered by BLM in 16 western states, including Alaska. The period for initial scoping comments from the public has been extended to March 29, 2002.

DATES: Written or e-mailed comments for the initial scoping phase may be submitted through March 29, 2002. BLM will hold public scoping meetings to focus on relevant issues and environmental concerns, identify possible alternatives, and help determine the scope of the EIS.

Dates and locations for the scoping meetings are as follows:

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Locations

BLM contact

Date and time

Utah Dept. of Natural Resources Bldg.
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

Verlin Smith
(801) 539-4055

January 8, 5-8 p.m

Western Wyoming Community College
Room 1003
2500 College Drive
Rock Springs, WY

Lance Porter
(307) 352-0252

January 10, 3-6 p.m

Holiday Inn Express--NeptuneRoom
1100 North California
Socorro, NM

Margie Onstad
(505) 838-1256

January 14, 6-9 p.m

Holiday Inn Crown Plaza
2532 W. Peoria Avenue
Phoenix, AZ

Deborah Stevens
(602) 417-9215

January 16
3-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m

BLM Office Conference Room
345 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT

Kim Leany
(435) 688-3208

January 22, 6-9 p.m

Grand Vista Hotel
2790 Crossroads Blvd
Grand Junction, CO

Harley Metz
(970) 244-3076

January 24
2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m

Miles Community College--Room 106
2715 Dickinson,
Miles City, MT

Jody Weil
(406) 896-5258

January 29, 4-7 p.m

Elks Lodge
604 Coburn Avenue
Worland, WY

Janine Terry
(307) 347-5194

January 31, 4-7 p.m

Sacred Heart Parish Hall
507 East 4th Street
Alturas, CA

Jennifer Purvine
(530) 233-7932

February 5, 5-8 p.m

U.S. Forest Service
Helena National Forest Headquarters
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT (across from airport)

Jody Weil
(406) 896-5258

February 11, 5-8 p.m

Vista Inn
2645 Airport Way
Boise, ID

Barry Rose
(208) 373-4014

February 13, 6-9 p.m

College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Ave
Shields Bldg, Room 117
Twin Falls, ID

Eddie Guerrero
(208) 736-2355

February 14, 6-9 p.m

BLM-Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV

JoLynn Worley
(775) 861-6515

February 19, 4-7 p.m

Hilton Garden Inn
3650 East Idaho Street
Elko, NV

Mike Brown
(775) 753-0200

February 21
2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m

Holiday Inn Select
801 Truxton Ave
Bakersfield, CA.

Stephen Larson
(661) 391-6099

February 26, 5-8 p.m

Valley Library,
12004 East Main
Spokane, WA.

Kathy Helm
(509) 536-1252

February 28, 6-9 p.m

Days Inn City Center
1414SW 6th
Portland, OR

Chris Strebig
(503) 952-6003

March 4, 6-9 p.m

Anchorage Field Office--BLM
6881 Abbott Loop Road
Anchorage, AK

Gene Terland
(907) 271-3344

March 6, 3-6 p.m

Washington Plaza Hotel
Franklin Room
10 Thomas Circle
(Massachusetts and 14th Street)
Washington, D.C.

Sharon Wilson
(202) 452-5130

March 12
9 a.m.-12 noon

ADDRESSES: For further information, to provide written comments, or to be placed on the mailing list, contact:

Brian Amme, Acting Project Manager
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 12000
Reno, Nevada 89520-0006
E-mail brian__amme@nv.blm.gov
telephone (775) 861-6645

Comments will be available for public inspection at the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd.; Reno, Nevada 89502.

Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish your name and/or address withheld from public review or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written or e-mailed comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This national, programmatic EIS will provide a comprehensive cumulative analysis of BLM conservation and restoration treatments involving vegetation communities, watersheds and wildlife habitats.

It will also consider state-specific, reasonably foreseeable activities, including hazardous fuels reduction treatments.

It will address human health risk assessments for proposed use of new chemicals on public lands.

Restoration activities may include but are not limited to prescribed fire, riparian restoration, native plant community restoration, invasive plants and noxious weeds treatments, understory thinning, forest health treatments, or other activities related to restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

The EIS is not a land-use plan or a land-use plan amendment. It will provide a comprehensive programmatic NEPA document to allow effective tiering and serve as a baseline cumulative impact assessment for other new, revised or existing land use and activity level plans that involve vegetation, wildlife habitat and watershed treatment, modification or maintenance.

This EIS will consolidate four existing BLM vegetation treatment EISs developed in compliance with the NEPA between 1986 and 1992 into one programmatic document for the western United States, including Alaska. The EIS will update information and change to reflect new information and changed conditions on public lands since that time.

An updated EIS is necessary for BLM to analyze proposed treatments of 4 to 5 million acres of prescribed and managed natural fire, Integrated Weed Management, hazardous fuels reduction, Emergency Stabilization and Restoration, and landscape-level restoration initiatives such as Great Basin Restoration Initiative. Current average annual acres of treatment selected in the existing BLM records of decision (RODS) equate to about 350,000 acres.

The analysis area includes only surface estate public lands administered by 11 BLM state offices: Alaska, Arizona, California, Eastern States, Idaho, Montana (Dakotas), New Mexico (Oklahoma/Texas/Nebraska), Nevada, Oregon (Washington), Utah and Wyoming.

The BLM has initially identified the following issues for analysis in this programmatic EIS: hazardous fuels reduction and treatment including mechanical treatments, wildlife habitat improvement, restoration of ecosystem processes; protection of cultural resources, watershed and vegetative community health, new listings of threatened and endangered species and consideration of other sensitive and special status species, new chemical formulations for herbicides deemed to be more environmentally favorable, smoke management and air quality, emergency stabilization and restoration, and watershed and water quality improvement.

Dated: December 10, 2001.
Henri Bisson,
Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning.
[FR Doc. 01-32232 Filed 12-31-01; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-84-P

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  • [Federal Register: January 2, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 1)]
    [Page 101-102]
    From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
    [DOCID:fr02ja02-92]