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Vol. 75, No. 219
Monday, November 15, 2010
This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER
contains documents other than rules or
proposed rules that are applicable to the
public. Notices of hearings and investigations,
committee meetings, agency decisions and
rulings, delegations of authority, filing of
petitions and applications and agency
statements of organization and functions are
examples of documents appearing in this
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
East Reservoir Project; Kootenai
National Forest, Lincoln County, MT
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service will
prepare an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) to disclose the
environmental effects of vegetation
management through commercial timber
harvest, commercial thinning,
precommercial thinning and prescribed
fire, trail access management changes,
and treatment of fuel adjacent to private
property. The project is located in the
Cripple Planning Subunit on the Libby
Ranger District, Kootenai National
Forest, Lincoln County, Montana, and
south of Libby, Montana.
DATES: The scoping period will close
and comments will be due 45 days
following publication of this notice.
ADDRESSES: Written comments and
suggestions concerning the scope of the
analysis should be sent to Malcolm R.
Edwards, District Ranger, Libby Ranger
District, 12557 Hwy 37, Libby, MT
59923. They can be mailed, hand-
delivered between the hours of 7:30 a.m.
and 4 p.m., or faxed to (406) 283-7531.
Electronic comments may also be sent to
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Denise Beck, Team Leader, Libby
Ranger District, 12557 Hwy 37, Libby,
MT 59923. Phone: (406) 293-7773.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
project area is approximately 30 air
miles northeast of Libby, Montana,
within all or portions of T30N, R28W,
Sections 2 to 11, 13 to 30 and 32 to 36;
T30N, R29W, Sections 1 to 4, 9 to 16
and 24; T31N, R327W, Sections 3 to 10,
15 to 18, 20 to 22, 28 and 29; T31N,
R28W, Sections 1 thru 36; T31N, R29W,
Sections 1, 2, 10 to 15, 22, 23, 26 to 36;
T32N, R27W, Sections 7 to 9, 14 to 23
and 26 to 33; T32N, R28W, Sections 2
to 5 and 8 to 36; and T32N, R29W,
Sections 24 to 26, 35 and 36 PMM,
Lincoln County, Montana. The East
Reservoir project area consists of five
major drainages: Fivemile Creek,
Warland Creek, Cripple Horse Creek,
Canyon Creek and Dunn Creek.
Purpose and Need for Action
The purpose and need for this project
is to: (1) Re-establish, restore and retain
landscapes that are more resistant and
resilient to disturbance (insect and
disease infestations, fire) and uncertain
environmental conditions (climate
change) by enhancing species diversity
and managing density; (2) reduce
hazardous fuels adjacent to private
property and across the landscape while
re-introducing fire to the ecosystem; (3)
restore, maintain or improve wildlife
habitat; (4) improve recreation settings,
opportunities and experiences; (5)
provide amenities, jobs and products to
the communities and maintain an
adequate, balanced transportation
To meet this purpose and need this
(1) Vegetation treatments, including
commercial timber harvest and
associated fuel treatments, commercial
thinning, precommercial thinning and
prescribed burning without associated
timber harvest. Vegetation treatments
total approximately 13,000 acres of
(2) Road management includes new
road construction, road storage and
adding existing, undetermined roads to
the National Forest Service road system.
Approximately 2.04 miles of new road
construction is proposed.
Approximately 40 miles of road storage
is proposed. There are 2.81 miles of
roads in the project boundary that exist,
but their status is undetermined. Those
roads will be added to the NFS road
(3) Access change on approximately
35 miles of trail, from motorized to non-
motorized, to benefit wildlife security.
(4) Fuels reduction and wildlife
habitat enhancement is proposed for
approximately 10,000 acres.
(5) Design features and mitigations to
maintain and protect resource values.
The Forest Service will consider a
range of alternatives. One of these will
be the "no action" alternative in which
none of the proposed activities will be
implemented. Additional alternatives
will examine varying levels and
locations for the proposed activities to
achieve the proposal's purposes, as well
as to respond to the issues and other
Forest Supervisor of the Kootenai
National Forest, 31374 U.S. Highway 2
West, Libby, MT 59923. As the
Responsible Official, I will decide if the
proposed project will be implemented.
I will document the decision and
reasons for the decision in the Record of
Decision. I have delegated the
responsibility for preparing the DEIS
and FEIS to Malcolm R. Edwards,
District Ranger, Libby Ranger District.
This notice of intent initiates the
scoping process, which guides the
development of the environmental
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 and
contentions. The submission of timely
and specific comments can affect a
reviewer's ability to participate in
subsequent administrative appeal or
Dated: November 5, 2010.
Forest Supervisor, Kootenai National Forest.
[FR Doc. 2010-28614 Filed 11-12-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-11-P
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Chippewa National Forest Resource
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: The Chippewa National
Forest Resource Advisory Committee
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