[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 50 (Monday, March 16, 1998)]
[Pages 12819-12820]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-6686]



Bureau of Land Management

Pelican Lake/Ouray National Wildlife Refuge Plan Amendment; 
Environmental Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed plan amendment


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Vernal Field Office has 
completed an Environmental Assessment (EA)/Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI) of the Proposed Pelican Lake/Ouray National Wildlife 
Refuge Plan Amendment to the Diamond Mountain Resource Area Resource 
Management Plan (DMRA-RMP). The Proposed Plan Amendment would modify 
existing DMRA-RMP management prescriptions within the plan amendment 
area through reclassification of about 2,197.64 acres of public land 
from their current classification as Level 4, open management land and 
unclassified land to Level 3, active management land; about 754.75 
acres of public land within the plan amendment area are currently 
classified as Level 3, open management land. The 160 acres of public 
land currently classified as Level 1, restricted management land and 
1,794.66 acres of public land currently classified as Level 2, careful 
management land would not be reclassified. Multiple use of the public 
land within the proposed plan amendment area would continue in a manner 
that is compatible, to the extent possible, with the objectives of the 
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). Future management would focus 
on curbing or restricting activities or land uses which, if not 
mitigated, may contribute to or exacerbate the selenium problem 
currently affecting the Refuge.
    The proposed plan amendment would enhance the BLM's ability to 
provide for economic growth through multiple use as well as provide 
additional protection for sensitive resources.

DATES: The protest period for this Proposed Plan Amendment will 
commence with the date of publication of this notice and last for 30 
days. Protests must be received on or before March 16, 1998.

ADDRESS: Protests must be addressed to the Director (WO-210), Bureau of 
Land Management, Attn: Brenda Williams, 1849 C Street, N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20240 within 30 days after the date of publication of 
this Notice of Availability.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Kempenich, Natural Resource 
Specialist, Vernal Field Office, at 170 South 500 East, Vernal, Utah 
84078, (435) 781-4432. Copies of the proposed Plan Amendment EA are 
available for review at the Vernal Field Office.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is announced pursuant to Section 
202(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976) and 43 CFR 
Part 1610. This Proposed Amendment is subject to protests by any party 
who has participated in the planning process. Protest must be specific 
and contain the following information:

--The name, mailing address, phone number, and interest of the person 
filing the protest
--A statement of the issue(s) being protested
--A statement of the part(s) of the proposed amendment being protested 
and citing pages, paragraphs, maps et cetera, of the Proposed Plan 
--A copy of all documents addressing the issue(s) submitted by the 
protestor during the planning process or a reference to the date when 

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protester discussed the issue(s) for the record
--A concise statement as to why the protester believes the BLM State 
Director is incorrect

    Dated: March 10, 1998.
Douglas M. Koza,
Acting State Director, Utah
[FR Doc. 98-6686 Filed 3-13-98; 8:45 am]