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ORV meeting for Cape Hatteras Scheduled

Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior. [Federal Register: January 30, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 19)]

ACTION: Notice of Thirteenth Meeting.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, 5 U.S.C. App 1, section 10), of the thirteenth meeting of the Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

DATES: The Committee will hold its thirteenth meeting on February 26-27, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days, if needed. The meeting will be held at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Pavilion, 1000 Croatan Highway (Milepost 7.6), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 25948.

    These, and any subsequent meetings, will be held for the following reason: To work with the National Park Service to assist in potentially developing special regulations for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore).


    The proposed agenda for the thirteenth meeting of the Committee may contain the following items: Approval of Meeting Summary from Last Meeting, Subcommittee and Members' Updates since Last Meeting, Alternatives Discussions, NEPA Update, and Public Comment. However, the Committee may modify its agenda during the course of its work. The meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may provide brief oral/written comments to the Committee during the public comment period of the meetings each day before the lunch break or may file written comments with the Park Superintendent.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael B. Murray, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954, (252) 473-2111, ext. 148.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee's function is to assist directly in the development of special regulations for management of ORVs at the Seashore. Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, requires certain Federal agencies to publish regulations that provide for administrative designation of the specific areas and trails on which ORV use may be permitted. In response, the NPS published a general regulation at 36 CFR 4.10, which provides that each park that designates routes and areas for ORV use must do so by promulgating a special regulation specific to that park. It also provides that the designation of routes and areas shall comply with Executive Order 11644, and 36 CFR 1.5 regarding closures. Members of the Committee will negotiate to reach consensus on concepts and language to be used as the basis for a proposed special regulation, to be published by the NPS in the Federal Register, governing ORV use at the Seashore. The duties of the Committee are solely advisory.

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Sequoia to Release Draft Travel Management Plan

Porterville, CA., January 16, 2009.  The Sequoia National Forest is one step closer to having a system of designated travel routes for wheeled motorized vehicles. On January 30, 2009, the U.S. Forest Service will release a Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a 60-day public review period which will end on March 31, 2009.

The Travel Management Draft EIS examines five alternative ways to manage a designated system of existing routes, most which occur through the southern portion of the Sequoia National Forest. The Draft EIS describes these five alternatives, and the public input used to develop them, the analysis of the alternatives and the effects of implementing each one. "I would like to hear from our public throughout this 60-day public involvement process," stated Tina Terrell, Sequoia National Forest Supervisor, who will make the final decision. "My objective is to balance public access to your national forest by providing a diversity of road and trail riding opportunities, along with the need to protect unique forest resources."

The focus of the next 60-days will be to communicate what is in the Draft EIS, to help the public understand the proposal, to review the analysis, and to attend public meetings to discuss issues and concerns.  Following the analysis of public comments, Forest Supervisor Terrell will make a final decision and create a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). This decision is scheduled to be made late spring, 2009.

Five public workshops will be held throughout forest communities to display maps and information, and explain key features of the document. The workshop schedule is:

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Travel Management Study Slated for Six Rivers NF

[Federal Register: December 19, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 245)]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service

Six Rivers National Forest, California, Lower Trinity and Mad River Travel Management EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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CA - Six Rivers NF Travel Management Workshops Scheduled

Seeking Comments on Travel Management – Six Rivers National Forest Schedules Public Workshops

Eureka, December 18, 2008 - The Six Rivers National Forest is seeking public comments on the Lower Trinity and Mad River Travel Management proposed action. The proposed action is described in the Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (NOI) and is expected to be published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2008. Publication of the NOI begins a 45 - day comment period on the proposed action.

The proposed action includes:

  • Prohibiting cross country motorized vehicle travel (excluding snowmobile use) off designated National Forest Transportation System roads and trails except as allowed by permit or other authorization.
  • Adding approximately 58 miles of existing unauthorized routes to the National Forest Transportation System as motorized trails by type of vehicle and season of use.
  • Making limited changes to the existing National Forest Transportation System roads and trails.

Before commenting, Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley urges the public to review the NOI, scoping letter and associated maps and tables that will be posted on the following website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/projects/ohv/. Copies will also be available for viewing at the U. S. Forest Service offices in Eureka, Mad River and Willow Creek and provided upon request.

The comments received from the public will be used to identify issues and develop alternatives to the proposed action that will be considered in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS, expected to be released in spring 2009, will be followed by another 45-day comment period.

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California Central RAC OHV Meeting Set

[Federal Register: December 15, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 241)]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - Bureau of Land Management
 
Meeting of the Central California Resource Advisory Council Off-Highway Vehicle Subcommittee

ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Central California Resource Advisory Council Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Subcommittee will meet as indicated below.

DATES: The Bureau of Land Management Central California Resource Advisory Council Off-Highway Vehicle Subcommittee will meet Jan. 24, 2009, at the Tulare County Office of Education Board Room, 2637 W. Burrel Ave., Visalia, CA.

The meeting will run from about from 10 a.m. to noon. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting. The subcommittee will conduct organizational business and discuss OHV issues for the subcommittee to address. Depending on weather, a tour of the Tulare Off-Road Vehicle Park, 2300 W. Palge Ave. Tulare, may follow the
meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BLM Central California Public Affairs Officer David Christy, both at (916) 985-4474.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The twelve-member Central California RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of public land issues associated with public land management in Central California. The RAC approved formation of an OHV Subcommittee in April 2007. The meeting is open to the public. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations should contact the BLM as indicated
above.

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