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[Federal Register: July 9, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 130)]
[Notices]               
[Page 37259]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr09jy07-89]                         


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AZ-330-07-1610-DR-082A]

 
Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Lake Havasu
Field Office Resource Management Plan

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management policies, the BLM announces
the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Resource
Management Plan (RMP) for the Lake Havasu Field Office located in
Arizona and California. The Arizona State Director will sign the ROD
making the decisions in the Lake Havasu RMP effective immediately.

ADDRESSES: Printed copies and electronic copies (on CD-ROM) of the ROD/
Approved RMP are available upon request from the Bureau of Land
Management, Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater Avenue, Lake
Havasu City, Arizona 86406. The document is also available via the
internet http://www.blm.gov/az. To receive a copy of the document, contact the BLM via e-mail at Lake--Havasu@blm.gov. or call (928) 505-

1200.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Trafton, Bureau of Land
Management, Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater Avenue, Lake
Havasu City, Arizona 86406. Contact via e-mail at Lake_Havasu@blm.gov
or call (928) 505-1200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: One of the BLM's objectives during the
planning process was to understand the views of various publics by
providing opportunities for meaningful participation. Through
communication media such as meetings, newsletters and news releases,
the public was provided opportunities to identify issues that needed to
be addressed. The public also provided comments during the 90-day
public comment period on the Draft EIS; these comments were addressed
in the Final EIS. The BLM coordinated with the four agencies that
requested Cooperating Agency status (i.e. Arizona Department of
Transportation, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Reclamation
and the Federal Highway Administration) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Arizona State Land Department, California Department of Fish
and Game, adjacent BLM field offices, and other land managing agencies
within the boundaries of the planning areas. The BLM also initiated
consultation with tribes, who have oral traditions or cultural concerns
relating to the planning area, or who are documented as having occupied
or used portions of the planning area during prehistoric or historic
times.
    The Approved RMP includes strategies for protecting and preserving
the biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational,
scientific, and scenic values that balance multiple uses of the BLM-
administered lands throughout the Lake Havasu Field Office (LHFO)
planning area. The planning area encompasses more than 1.3 million
acres of BLM administered lands.
    The Approved RMP designated five Areas of Critical Environmental
Concern (ACECs): Beale Slough Riparian and Cultural ACEC (2,395 acres);
Bullhead Bajada Natural and Cultural ACEC (7,090 acres); Crossman Peak
Scenic ACEC (48,855 acres); Swansea Historic District ACEC (5,973
acres); and Three Rivers Riparian ACEC (2,246 acres). The following
types of resource use limitations apply to these ACECs: (1) Grazing
prescriptions are designed to achieve the desired plant community
objectives; (2) Recreation facilities are limited to projects that
protect ACEC values; (3) Camping is limited to developed or signed
sites; and (4) Motorized travel is permitted only on designated open
and signed routes.

    The Preferred Alternative in the Draft Resource Management Plan/
Draft EIS (published September 20, 2005) was revised to include
comments received during the 90-day public comment period. The
resultant alternative became the Proposed Plan in the Proposed Resource
Management Plan/Final EIS (PRMP/FEIS), published September 22, 2006.
The BLM has determined that Proposed Plan will provide an optimal
balance between authorized resource use and the protection and long-
term sustainability of sensitive resources within the planning area.
    Neither the Arizona nor the California Governors' Offices
identified any inconsistencies between the PRMP/FEIS and state or local
plans, policies, and programs following the 60-day Governors'
Consistency Reviews (initiated August 23, 2006, in accordance with
planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.3-2(e)).
    One protest was received during the FEIS 30-day protest period. The
Proposed Plan was clarified based on the one protest received. As a
result, only minor editorial modifications were made in preparing the
Approved RMP. These modifications provided further clarification of
some of the decisions. Additional text was added to clarify the
protection of wilderness characteristics as well as the impacts from
Off-Highway Vehicles. The changes between the PRMP and the Approved RMP
are clearly stated in sections entitled Modifications and
Clarifications in the ROD. The resultant revised Proposed Plan is now
called the ``Approved RMP'' and is attached to the ROD.
    The Approved RMP does not contain Implementation Decisions. Future
activity-level plans will address the implementation of the Approved
RMP. These implementation plans will be accompanied by any required
additional site-specific planning and NEPA analysis. Approval of an
activity plan is an appealable decision). The appeal process will be
set forth in the future individual implementation (activity or project
level) plans.

    Dated: May 1, 2007.
Michael A. Taylor,
Acting, Arizona State Director.
 [FR Doc. E7-13241 Filed 7-6-07; 8:45 am]

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