– you can see it at this link: http://www.ofr.gov/(S(bgpk2swzfbnodhntk01pft05))/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-30598_PI.pdf or as pasted below.

There will be a 60-day comment period starting on Friday (1/2/2015). Nice to see the BLM doing this explicitly in response to public comment on the Draft RMP.

4310-JA

DEPARMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[14XLLAKF02000.L16100000. DQ0000.LXSS094L0000]

Notice of Availability of Additional Information on Proposed Areas of Critical

Environmental Concern and Associated Resource Use Limitations Identified in the

Draft Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact

Statement, Alaska

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

SUMMARY: On February 24, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published

a Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Eastern Interior Draft Resource Management Plan

(RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review and comment in

the Federal Register. BLM planning regulations require the BLM to notify the public of

proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and specify the resource use

limitations which would occur if the ACECs were formally designated through approval

of the Eastern Interior RMP. Based on public comment on the Draft RMP, the BLM

proposes the reconfiguration of the Fortymile ACEC and proposes a new ACEC on the

Mosquito Flats. These specific proposed ACEC boundaries were not noticed in the Draft

RMP/EIS. Thus, the BLM is providing this notice and public comment period for these

two proposed ACECs.

DATES: You may submit comments related to the new ACEC information in this notice

until [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS FROM DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE

IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the new ACEC information by any

of the following methods:

• Email: easterninterior@blm.gov

• Fax: 907-474-2282

• Mail: Eastern Interior Field Office, Attention—Eastern Interior RMP, Bureau of Land

Management, 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeanie Cole, telephone 907-474-2340 or email j05cole@blm.gov. Persons who use a

telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay

Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business

hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or

question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business

hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments on the Draft RMP/EIS received from the public and internal BLM analyses on

ACECs were reviewed and considered for incorporation into the proposed plan. As a

result, the BLM now proposes the addition of the 30,000 acre Mosquito Flats ACEC and

reconfiguration of the Fortymile ACEC to 685,000 acres. It is unnecessary to issue a

supplement to the Draft EIS pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.9 because the proposed land

management direction for these ACECs was within the spectrum of alternatives analyzed

in the Draft EIS. The following description details the information for these two

proposed ACECs. Maps of both ACECs are available on the BLM’s Eastern Interior

RMP website at www.blm.gov/ak/eirmp.

Mosquito Flats ACEC (30,000 acres)

During the public comment period for the Eastern Interior RMP, the BLM received two

nominations for an ACEC on the Mosquito Flats. The proposed Mosquito Flats ACEC is

a large wetland complex unique to BLM lands in the planning area; it consists of a

wetland basin situated in the upper portion of the drainage, at relatively high elevation

(~2250 ft), and surrounded by mountains. Mosquito Flats provides unique wetland and

aquatic habitats and supports a variety of wildlife species.

The proposed ACEC is comprised of a complex of floating bog wetland vegetation

partially surrounded by mountains. The Mosquito Fork River flows over continuous sand

beds that are uncharacteristically clean, light colored, well-sorted, and low in organics.

These sand beds provide unique aquatic habitat essential for maintaining diverse species

within the planning area.

Mosquito Flats is an important moose calving area and summer habitat for the regional

moose population. The area also supports short-eared owls and nesting trumpeter swans,

both BLM-Alaska sensitive species. It may also support other BLM-sensitive species,

including olive-sided flycatcher, rusty blackbird, and blackpoll warbler.

Proposed Use Limitations: Closed to locatable mineral entry and mineral leasing, subject

to valid existing rights. Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use is limited by season with no

summer use, except by permit.

 

Fortymile ACEC (685,000 acres)

The BLM proposes modifying the boundary of the Fortymile ACEC that was presented

in Alternative B in the Draft RMP/EIS to improve manageability by including additional

small parcels between the calving/post-calving distribution and the Fortymile National

Wild and Scenic River Corridor. The Fortymile ACEC is proposed to maintain effective

caribou and Dall sheep habitat and mineral licks. The Fortymile caribou herd is an

important subsistence resource in interior Alaska and calving and postcalving habitats are

considered the most sensitive seasonal habitats.

Proposed Use Limitations: Closed to locatable mineral entry and mineral leasing, subject

to valid existing rights. Limited OHV designation: Seasonal limitation on uses within 1

mile of mineral licks.

Consistent with 43 CFR 1610.7-2, the BLM is providing this notice and public comment

period for these two proposed ACECs. (Supplemental information can be found in the

original Notice of Availability (NOA) published in the Federal Register and on the

Eastern Interior RMP website at www.blm.gov/ak/eirmp).

You may submit comments related to the new ACEC information on this notice until

[INSERT DATE 60 DAYS FROM DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE IN

THE FEDERAL REGISTER] using any of the methods listed in the “DATES” section

above.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal

identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment

– including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at

any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying

information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

______________________________________

Bud C. Cribley,

State Director.

AUTHORITY: 43 CFR 1610.7-2

[FR Doc. 2014-30598 Filed 12/31/2014 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 01/02/2015]

 

 

 

Nada Culver

Senior Counsel and Director, BLM Action Center

The Wilderness Society

1660 Wynkoop, #850

Denver, CO 80202

Main: 303-650-5818

Direct: 303-225-4635

Nada_Culver@tws.org