[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 146 (Thursday, July 30, 1998)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 40682]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-20362]



Forest Service

36 CFR Part 242



Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 100

Northwest Arctic Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council 
Meeting; Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA; Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice informs the public of the Regional Council meeting 
identified above. The public is invited to attend and observe meeting 
proceedings. In addition, the public is invited to provide oral 
testimony before the Northwest Arctic Advisory Council on a Special 
Action request to change Subsistence Management Regulations for Public 
Lands in Alaska for the 1998-99 regulatory year as set forth in a final 
rule on June 29, 1998 (63 FR 35332-35381). The Regional Council will 
receive testimony and will consider a request opening sheep hunting in 
Unit 23 in northwest Alaska and closing Federal lands in the same area 
to non-qualified subsistence users.

DATES: The Federal Subsistence Board announces the forthcoming public 
meeting of the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council. The 
Northwest Arctic Regional Council will meet in Kotzebue, AK on July 29, 
1998, at 1 p.m. in the Alaska Technical Center.

Chair, Federal Subsistence Board, c/o Thomas H. Boyd, Office of 
Subsistence Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (907) 786-3888. 
For questions related to subsistence management issues on National 
Forest Service lands, inquiries may also be directed to Ken Thompson, 
Regional Subsistence Program Manager, USDA, Forest Service, Alaska 
Region, (907) 271-2540.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Councils have been established 
in accordance with Section 805 of the Alaska National Interest Lands 
Conservation Act, Pub. L. 96-487, and Subsistence Management 
Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, 36 CFR part 242 and 50 CFR part 
100, subparts A, B, and C (57 FR 22940-22964). The Regional Councils 
advise the Federal Government on all matters related to the subsistence 
taking of fish and wildlife on public lands in Alaska and operate in 
accordance with provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
    The Northwest Arctic Regional Council meeting will be open to the 
public. The public is invited to attend this meeting, observe the 
proceedings, and provide comments to the Regional Council.
    This document provides less than the required 15 days notice. 
However, under the proposal just received, the opening date for the 
hunt and the proposed closure of public lands to non-Federally 
qualified users would take effect August 1. Thus, in order to provide 
the Regional Council and the public an opportunity to comment on this 
proposal before Board action and for the Board to act in a timely 
manner on this proposal, the Board finds good cause under 41 CFR 101-
6.1015(b)(2) to conduct the meeting with less than 15 days notice. 
Additional notice of the meeting will be placed in local papers and 
broadcast on local radio and television stations.

    Dated: July 24, 1998.
Ken Thompson,
Acting Regional Forester, USDA-Forest Service.

Thomas H. Boyd,
Acting Chair, Federal Subsistence Board.
[FR Doc. 98-20362 Filed 7-29-98; 8:45 am]