Revision of the Land and Resource Management Plan for El Yunque
National Forest, Puerto Rico
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of Intent to Revise the Land and Resource Management
Plan and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for El Yunque
National Forest (El Yunque).
SUMMARY: As directed by the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), the
U.S. Forest Service is preparing the El Yunque National Forest's
revised land management plan (forest plan) and will also prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this revised forest plan. This
notice briefly describes the nature of the decision to be made, a
proposed action based on the preliminary identified need to change the
existing plan, and information concerning public participation. It also
provides estimated dates for filing the EIS and the name and address of
the responsible agency official and the individuals who can provide
additional information. Finally, this notice identifies the applicable
planning rule that will be used for completing this plan revision. The
revised forest plan will supersede the existing forest plan that was
approved by the Regional Forester in April 1997. The existing forest
plan will remain in effect until the revised forest plan takes effect.
DATES: Comments concerning the proposed action provided in this notice
will be most useful in the development of the draft revised forest plan
and EIS if received by November 3, 2014
. The agency expects to release
a draft revised forest plan and draft EIS for formal comment by May
2015 and a final revised forest plan and final EIS by February 2016.
ADDRESSES: Send written comments to El Yunque National Forest, Attn: El
Yunque Plan Revision, HC 01 Box 13490, Rio Grande, PR 00745. Comments
may also be sent via email to email@example.com
, or via
facsimile to 787-888-5685. Electronic comments should include ``El
Yunque Plan Revision'' in the subject line. Written comments may also
be delivered to: El Yunque National Forest, Headquarter's Office, PR-
191 Km. 4.4, Rio Grande, PR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Planning Team Leader Pedro Rios or
Public Affairs Specialist Carolyn Krupp, El Yunque National Forest at
(787) 888-1880. Information on this revision is also available on the
El Yunque National Forest's Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/elyunque/planning
. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at
(800) 877-8339. Please call 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern
Time Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays.
A. Lead and Cooperating Agencies
The U.S. Forest Service is the lead agency on revision of the
B. Name and Address of the Responsible Official
The responsible official who will approve the Record of Decision is
Forest Supervisor Pablo Cruz, El Yunque National Forest, HC01 Box
13490, Rio Grande, PR 00745.
C. Nature of the Decision To Be Made
The El Yunque National Forest (NF) is preparing an EIS to revise
the existing forest plan. The EIS process informs the Forest Supervisor
so that he can decide which alternative best meets the public's diverse
needs while conserving the forests' resources as required by the NFMA
and the Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act.
The revised forest plan will:
Describe the strategic intent of managing El Yunque NF
into the next 10 to 15 years and address the identified needs to change
the existing land management plan. Section D of this notice provides a
description of the preliminary need to change and a description of the
Provide management direction in the form of desired
conditions, objectives, suitability determinations, standards,
guidelines and a monitoring program.
Make changes to the structure and delineation of the
Management Areas described in the existing plan along with possible
changes to administratively designated areas and recommendations for
changes to other designations.
Provide a description of the plan area's distinctive roles
and contributions within the broader landscape.
Some decisions will not be made within the revised forest plan. The
following is an example:
The authorization of project-level activities within El
Yunque NF is not a decision made in the forest plan but occurs through
subsequent project specific decision-making.
To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22274.htm