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« on: November 30, 2013, 02:28:25 am »

Chimney Rock National Monument Management Plan; San Juan National
Forest; Colorado

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

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

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact
statement (EIS) to establish management direction for the land and
resources within Chimney Rock National Monument, designated by
Presidential Proclamation on September 21, 2012. The Forest Service, as
the responsible agency, proposes to amend the 2013 San Juan National
Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to provide for the protection
of the objects of interest identified in the Proclamation. These
objects include significant archaeology, archaeoastronomy, visual and
landscape characteristics, and geological and biological features.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by January 16, 2014.


ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kevin Khung, Pagosa District
Ranger, PO Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147]. Comments may also be
sent via email to [comments-rocky-mountain-san-juan-pagosa@fs.fed.us],
or via facsimile to [970-264-1538].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Brinton, Interdisciplinary Team
Leader at 970-264-1532, or sbrinton@fs.fed.us.
    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:

Estimated Dates

    The draft environmental impact statement is expected in April, 2014
and the final environmental impact statement is expected in September,
2014.

Purpose and Need for Action

    The Presidential Proclamation establishing Chimney Rock National
Monument (the Monument) requires preparation of a management plan. The
purpose and need of developing the management plan is to ensure that
the lands and resources within the Monument are managed in accordance
with the intent of the Presidential Proclamation that established the
Monument. As stated in the proclamation, the plan will provide for
protection and interpretation of the scientific and historic objects
identified, including nationally significant archaeology,
archaeoastronomy, visual and landscape characteristics, and geological
and biological features, as well as objects of deep cultural and
educational value. The plan will also provide for continued public
access to those objects consistent with their protection
, and protect
and preserve access by tribal members for traditional cultural,
spiritual, and food- and medicine-gathering purposes, consistent with
the purposes of the monument, to the maximum extent permitted by law in
order to protect the objects of interest. The management plan will
amend the 2013 San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management
Plan.
    The management plan will be prepared pursuant to the requirements
of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA) and the 1982 U.S.
Forest Service (USFS) planning regulations (36 CFR part 219) as allowed
by the transition provision of the 2012 forest planning regulations.
The 1982 planning regulations are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/emc/nfma/includes/nfmareg.html.

Proposed Action

    The San Juan National Forest proposes to develop a management plan
that will: (1) Identify the goals (desired conditions) for the
Monument; (2) identify suitable uses for areas within the Monument; (3)
establish the Strategies, Objectives, and Standards and Guidelines for
management of the Monument; (4) Evaluate and recommend Special Area
designations; (5) Identify the Monitoring and Evaluation requirements
for the Monument; and (6) Establish a transportation plan for the
Monument.

Responsible Official

    San Juan Forest Supervisor.

Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides
the development of the environmental impact statement. Information
regarding this project is available at the Pagosa Ranger District
office in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and on the San Juan National Forest
Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan. Public open houses may be
scheduled at a later date to provide further information as needed. The
dates of any public open houses will be announced by press releases in
local papers, direct mailings, emails, and will be posted on the San
Juan National Forest Web site.
    It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times
and in such manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of
the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be
provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly
articulate the reviewer's concerns.
    Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names
and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record
for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be
accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide
the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent
environmental documents.

    Dated: November 20, 2013.
Mark W. Stiles,
Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2013-28774 Filed 11-29-13; 8:45 am]
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