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Cape Hatteras ORV Meetings Scheduled

[[Federal Register: November 19, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 224)]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - National Park Service

Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management for Cape Hatteras National Seashore


AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of tenth, eleventh, and twelfth meetings.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, 5 U.S.C. App 1, section 10), of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth meetings of the Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. (See DATES section.)

DATES: The Committee will hold its tenth meeting on January 6-7, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 6, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 7. The Committee will hold its eleventh meeting on January 21-22, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 22. The Committee will hold its twelfth meeting on February 3, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  All meetings will be held at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Pavilion, 1000 Croatan Highway (Milepost 7.6), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 25948.

These, and any subsequent meetings, will be held for the following reason: To work with the National Park Service to assist in potentially developing special regulations for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore).

The proposed agenda for the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth meetings of the Committee may contain the following items: Approval of Meeting Summary from Last Meeting, Subcommittee and Members' Updates since Last Meeting, Alternatives Discussions, NEPA Update, and Public Comment. However, the Committee may modify its agenda during the course of its work. The meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may provide brief oral/written comments to the Committee during the public comment period of the meetings each day before the lunch break, and also from 5-5:30 p.m. on January 6 and January 21, or may file written comments with the Park Superintendent.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael B. Murray, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954, (252) 473-2111, ext. 148.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee's function is to assist directly in the development of special regulations for management ORVs at the Seashore. Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, requires certain Federal agencies to publish regulations that provide for administrative designation of the specific areas and trails on which ORV use may be permitted. In response, the NPS published a general regulation at 36 CFR 4.10, which provides that each park that designates routes and areas for ORV use must do so by promulgating a special regulation specific to that park. It also provides that the designation of routes and areas shall comply with Executive Order 11644, and 36 CFR 1.5 regarding closures. Members of the Committee will negotiate to reach consensus on concepts and language to be used as the basis for a proposed special regulation, to be published by the NPS in the Federal Register, governing ORV use at the Seashore. The duties of the Committee are solely advisory.
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