AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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.
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
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