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[Federal Register: December 7, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 235)]
[Notices]               
[Page 69226-69227]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr07de07-70]                         

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CA-670-07-1610-DQ]

 
Notice of Availability of Eastern San Diego County Proposed
Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement,
California

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan
(RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Eastern
San Diego County planning area managed by the El Centro Field Office.

DATES: BLM Planning Regulations set forth the provisions applicable to
protests (43 CFR 1610.5-2). A person who meets the conditions as
described in the regulations cited above, and who wishes to file a
protest, must file said protest within 30 days of the date this notice
is published in the Federal Register. Additional information on
protests is set forth in the Dear Reader letter of the Eastern San
Diego County Proposed RMP and Final EIS and in the Supplementary
Information section of this notice. To ensure compliance with the
protest regulations, please consult BLM's Planning Regulations at 43
CFR 1610.5-2.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS has been sent to
affected Federal, State and local government agencies and interested
parties. The document will be available electronically at the following
Eastern San Diego County RMP Web site: http://www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro.

Copies of the PRMP/FEIS will be available for public inspection at the
following locations:
     Bureau of Land Management, California State Office, 2800
Cottage Way, Suite W-1834, Sacramento, CA 95825.
     Bureau of Land Management, El Centro Field Office, 1661 S.
4\th\ Street, El Centro, CA 92243.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Dreyfuss, Eastern San Diego
County RMP Team Leader, at (760) 337-4400, Bureau of Land Management,
1661 S. 4\th\ Street, El Centro, CA 92243; caesdrmp@ca.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The planning area for the Eastern San Diego
County RMP is the El Centro Field Office's area of management
responsibility. A total of approximately 103,000 acres of public lands
are administered by the BLM in the planning area. The decisions in the
RMP will only apply to BLM-administered lands and mineral estate in the
planning area. The Eastern San Diego County Proposed RMP and Final EIS
have been developed through collaborative planning and consider four
alternatives. Primary issues include: renewable energy, sensitive
natural and cultural resources, livestock grazing, energy and mineral
development, visual resources,

[[Page 69227]]

and motorized vehicle route designations. The Proposed RMP/FEIS
includes consideration of the designation of Areas of Critical
Environmental Concern (ACECs). The proposed plan includes retaining all
or portions of the following existing ACECs: In-Ko-Pah ACEC--(currently
22,186 acres); Table Mountain ACEC--(currently 4,293 acres). In the
Proposed RMP/FEIS, the In-Ko-Pah ACEC would be reduced in the north and
east to avoid overlap with designated wilderness and wilderness study
areas, and expanded in the south and west to include critical habitat
for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep. Use of public lands within these ACECs
would vary, depending on the resources and/or values identified but
would likely include limitations on OHV use and livestock grazing.
    Comments on the Eastern San Diego County Draft RMP/EIS received
from the public and internal BLM review comments were incorporated into
the Proposed RMP. Public comments resulted in corrections, clarifying
text, and the addition of new data used in the analysis of impacts. The
Proposed Eastern San Diego County RMP would provide comprehensive,
long-range decisions for the use and management of resources in the
planning area administered by the BLM and focus on the principles of
multiple use and sustained yield.
    As noted above, instructions for filing a protest with the Director
of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP and Final EIS are described in 43
CFR 1610.5-2. E-mailed and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid
protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter
by regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest
period. Under these conditions, BLM will consider the e-mailed or faxed
protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If
you wish to provide BLM with such advance notification, please direct
faxed protests to the attention of the BLM protest coordinator at (202)
452-5112, and e-mails to Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.
    All protests, including the follow-up letter (if e-mailing or
faxing) must be in writing and mailed to one of the following
addresses:

Regular Mail:
    Director (210)
    Attention: Brenda Williams
    P.O. Box 66538
    Washington, DC 20035
Overnight Mail:
    Director (210)
    Attention: Brenda Williams
    1620 L Street, NW., Suite 1075
    Washington, DC 20036

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or
other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be
aware that your entire protest--including your personal identifying
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be
able to do so.

    Dated: November 19, 2007.
Vicki L. Wood,
Field Manager.
 [FR Doc. E7-23771 Filed 12-6-07; 8:45 am]

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