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« on: July 15, 2014, 05:10:26 am »

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: As directed by the National Forest Management Act, the USDA
Forest Service is preparing the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests'
revised land management plan (forest plan), which requires preparation
of an environmental impact statement (EIS). This notice briefly
describes the nature of the decision to be made, the proposed action,
and information concerning public participation. It also provides
estimated dates for filing the EIS, 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 plans that were
approved by the Regional Forester in 1987. The existing forest plans
will remain in effect until the revised forest plan takes effect.
    As a result of this notice we are asking for comments on the
proposed action and the list of potential species of conservation
concern. The full text of the proposed action, large-scale color maps,
information on public meetings, and the list of potential species of
conservation concern can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5447338.
Information gathered during this scoping period, as well as other
information, will be used to prepare the draft plan and the draft EIS.

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 September 15, 2014. The agency expects to
release a draft revised forest plan and draft EIS for formal comment by
June, 2015 and a final EIS and draft record of decision by June, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent via email to fpr_npclw@fs.fed.us, or
via facsimile to 208-935-4275. Send or deliver written comments to Nez
Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor's Office, Attn: Forest Plan
Revision, 903 3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timory Peel, Forest Planner, Nez
Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 903 3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536,
208-983-2513 or at fpr_npclw@fs.fed.us. Information regarding this
revision is also available on the Forest's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5447338.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Responsible Official

    The responsible official who will approve the Record of Decision is
Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National
Forests, 903 3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (Forest) are preparing an
EIS to revise the existing forest plans. The EIS process is meant to
inform the Forest Supervisor so he can decide which alternative best
maintains and restores National Forest System terrestrial and aquatic
resources while providing ecosystem services and multiple uses, as
required by the National Forest Management Act and the Multiple Use
Sustained Yield Act. The revised forest plan will describe the
strategic intent of managing the Forest for the next 10 to 15 years and
will address the identified need to change the existing land management
plans. The revised forest plan will provide management direction in the
form of desired conditions, objectives, standards, guidelines, and
suitability of lands. It will identify delineation of new management
areas across the Forest, identify the timber sale program quantity,
make recommendations to Congress for Wilderness designation, and list
rivers and streams eligible for inclusion in the

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National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The revised forest plan will
also provide a description of the plan area's distinctive roles and
contributions within the broader landscape, identify watersheds that
are a priority for maintenance or restoration, include a monitoring
program, and contain information reflecting expected possible actions
over the life of the plan.
    It is also important to identify the types of decisions that will
not be made within the revised forest plan. The revised forest plan
will represent decisions that are strategic in nature, but will not
make site-specific project decisions and will not dictate day-to-day
administrative activities needed to carry on the Forest Service's
internal operations. The revised forest plan will provide broad,
strategic guidance designed to supplement, not replace, overarching
laws and regulations. Though strategic guidance will be provided, no
decisions will be made regarding the management of individual roads or
trails, such as those might be associated with a Travel Management plan
under 36 CFR Part 212. Some issues (e.g., hunting regulations),
although important, are beyond the authority or control of the National
Forest System and will not be considered. No decision regarding oil and
gas leasing availability will be made, though standards will be brought
forward or developed that would serve as mitigations should an
availability decision be necessary in the future.

To read the full notice.... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16534.htm
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 04:36:45 am »

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service published a notice of intent to prepare an
environmental impact statement in the Federal Register on July 15,
2014, initiating a 60-day comment period on the Forest Plan Revision
for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The closing date for
that 60-day comment period is September 15, 2014; the Agency is
extending the comment period for an additional 60 days.

DATES: Comments must be received by Nov. 14, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent via email to
fprnpclw@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 208-935-4275. Send or
deliver written comments to Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
Supervisor's Office, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 903 3rd Street,
Kamiah, ID 83536.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: : Joyce Thompson, Forest Planning and
Public Affairs Staff Officer, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests,
903 3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536, 208-983-4273 or at
fprnpclw@fs.fed.us. Information regarding this revision is
also available on the Forest's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5447338.
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As directed by the National Forest
Management Act, the USDA Forest Service is preparing the Nez Perce-
Clearwater National Forests' revised land management plan (forest
plan), which requires preparation of an environmental impact statement
(EIS). The revised forest plan will supersede the existing forest plans
that were approved by the Regional Forester in 1987. The existing
forest plan will remain in effect until the revised forest plan takes
effect. The Forest Service is asking for comments on the proposed
action and the list of potential species of conservation concern.
    The Forest Service has extended the comment period for an
additional 60 days
, and is now asking the public to send their comments
in by Nov. 14, 2014 for them to be the most useful in development of
alternatives. The full text of the proposed action, large-scale color
maps, information on public meetings, and the list of potential species
of conservation concern can be found on the Forest's Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater; follow the links for Forest Plan
Revision. Hard copies of the proposed action are available by
contacting 208-935-2513 or via email at fprnpclw@fs.fed.us.
Information gathered during this scoping period, as well as other
information, will be used to prepare the draft plan and the draft EIS.

    Dated: September 3, 2014.
Rick Brazell,
Forest Supervisor Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
[FR Doc. 2014-21620 Filed 9-10-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3411-15-P

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