[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 194 (Tuesday, October 7, 2003)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 57840-57845]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-25372]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

27 CFR Part 9

[Notice No. 18]
RIN: 1513-AA57


Proposed Chehalem Mountains Viticultural Area (2002R-214P)

AGENCY: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to 
establish the Chehalem Mountains viticultural area located in Yamhill, 
Washington, and Clackamas Counties, Oregon. This proposed viticultural 
area is entirely within the approved Willamette Valley viticultural 
area. We designate viticultural areas to allow bottlers to better 
describe the origin of wines and allow consumers to better identify the 
wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition 
to our regulations, particularly from bottlers who use brand names 
similar to Chehalem Mountains.

DATES: We must receive written comments on or before December 8, 2003.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments to any of the following addresses:
    [sbull] Chief, Regulations and Procedures Division, Alcohol and 
Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 50221, Washington, DC 20091-0221 
(Attn: Notice No. 18).
    [sbull] 202-927-8525 (facsimile).
    [sbull] nprm@ttb.gov (e-mail).
    [sbull] http://www.ttb.gov/alcohol/rules/index.htm. An online 
comment form is posted with this notice on our Web site.
    You may view copies of this notice, the petition, the appropriate 
maps, and any comments received about this notice by appointment in our 
library, 1310 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005; phone 202-927-8210 
for an appointment. You may also access copies of the notice and 
comments online at http://www.ttb.gov/alcohol/rules/index.htm.
    See the Public Participation section of this notice for specific 
instructions and requirements for submitting comments and for 
information on how to request a public hearing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: N.A. Sutton, Specialist, Regulations 
and Procedures Division (Oregon), Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade 
Bureau, 946 Northwest Circle Blvd., 286, Corvallis, OR 97330; 
telephone 415-271-1254.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

TTB Background

Background on Viticultural Areas

TTB Authority

    The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act) at 27 U.S.C. 
205(e) requires that alcohol beverage labels provide the consumer with 
adequate information regarding a product's identity, while prohibiting 
the use of misleading information on such labels. The FAA Act also 
authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to issue regulations to carry 
out its provisions, and the Secretary has delegated this authority to 
the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
    Regulations in 27 CFR Part 4, Labeling and Advertising of Wine, 
allow the establishment of definitive viticultural areas and the use of 
their names as appellations of origin on wine labels and in wine 
advertisements. Title 27 CFR Part 9, American Viticultural

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Areas, contains the list of approved viticultural areas.

Definition

    Title 27 CFR 4.25(e)(1) defines an American viticultural area as a 
delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features 
whose boundaries have been delineated in subpart C of part 9. These 
designations allow consumers and vintners to attribute a given quality, 
reputation, or other characteristic of wine made from grapes grown in 
an area to its geographic origin.

Requirements

    Section 4.25(e)(2) outlines the procedure for proposing an American 
viticultural area. Any interested person may petition TTB to establish 
a grape-growing region as a viticultural area. The petition must 
include:
    [sbull] Evidence that the proposed viticultural area is locally 
and/or nationally known by the name specified in the petition;
    [sbull] Historical or current evidence that the boundaries of the 
proposed viticultural area are as specified in the petition;
    [sbull] Evidence of growing conditions, such as climate, soils, 
elevation, physical features, etc., that distinguish the proposed area 
from surrounding areas;
    [sbull] A description of the specific boundaries of the proposed 
viticultural area, based on features shown on United States Geological 
Survey (USGS) or USGS-approved maps; and
    [sbull] Copies of the appropriate map(s) with the boundaries 
prominently marked.

Impact on Current Wine Labels

    As appellations of origin, viticultural area names have geographic 
significance. Our 27 CFR part 4 label regulations prohibit the use of a 
brand name with geographic significance on a wine unless the wine meets 
the appellation of origin requirements for the named area. Our 
regulations also prohibit any other label references that suggest an 
origin other than the true place of origin of the wine.
    If we establish this proposed viticultural area, bottlers who use 
brand names, including trademarks, like Chehalem Mountains must ensure 
that their existing products are eligible to use the viticultural 
area's name as an appellation of origin. For a wine to be eligible, at 
least 85 percent of the grapes in the wine must have been grown within 
the viticultural area, and the wine must meet the other requirements of 
27 CFR 4.25(e)(3).
    If a wine is not eligible for the appellation, the bottler must 
change the brand name or other label reference and obtain approval of a 
new label. Different rules apply if a wine in this category bearing a 
brand name traceable to a label approved prior to July 7, 1986. See 27 
CFR 4.39(i) for details.

Chehalem Mountains Petition

    We have received a petition from Alex Sokol-Blosser, secretary of 
the North Willamette Valley AVA Group proposing establishment of a new 
viticultural area to be called ``Chehalem Mountains.'' David Adelsheim, 
Paul Hart, and Richard Ponzi authored the petition. The proposed 
viticultural area is wholly within Oregon's Willamette Valley approved 
viticultural area. It is located toward the northern end of the valley 
and begins approximately 19 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon and 45 
miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. It includes 106 square miles 
(67,840 acres) and straddles the boundary between Yamhill and 
Washington Counties and extends well into Clackamas County. As of 2002 
at least 80 vineyards, totaling over 1,100 acres, plus 12 commercial 
wineries exist within the proposed boundaries of the Chehalem Mountains 
viticultural area, with more added each year.
    The proposed Chehalem Mountains viticultural area constitutes a 
single, continuous landmass (measuring over 20 miles in length and 5 
miles in width) uplifted above the floor of the Willamette Valley. The 
200-foot elevation line generally defines the perimeter of the area, 
which consists of a series of ridges and highpoints, including two 
highly delineated spurs, Ribbon Ridge and Parrett Mountain. The 
petitioners decided to use physical features and elevation as the 
primary factors in defining the boundaries of the proposed area.

Name Evidence

    The petitioners indicate the area is locally known as the Chehalem 
Mountains. They cite references that state the modern word ``Chehalem'' 
comes from the Indian name ``Chahelim,'' which is listed under the 
heading Atfalati (Tualatin) in the ``Handbook of American Indians.'' 
This name was given to the more than 20 bands of Indians living in the 
general vicinity of the Chehalem Mountains in the early 1800s.
    Further, the petitioners state the word ``Chehalem'' appears to 
have entered the vocabulary of the early European settlers in the north 
Willamette Valley prior to 1840. A lumber mill was installed on 
Chehalem Creek in 1834, and in 1848 Joseph B. Rogers had the town of 
``Chehalem'' platted on property he owned where Newberg, Oregon, stands 
today. The town had one of the earliest post offices in Yamhill County 
(established March 14, 1851), but the office closed within a year.
    The petition supplies evidence that Chehalem has been used since 
that time to name a Parks and Recreation District, businesses (27 
examples), housing developments, and public roads. The two public 
middle schools in the Newberg school district are named Chehalem Valley 
and Mountain View. Additionally, Chehalem has long been used in 
geographic names, such as Chehalem Creek, which runs through Chehalem 
Valley, which, in turn, forms the south side of the Chehalem Mountains. 
The entry for Chehalem Mountains in ``Oregon Geographic Names'' by 
Lewis L. McArthur reads, ``These are the highest mountains in the 
Willamette Valley * * *. The Chehalem Mountains and some independent 
spurs extend from the Willamette River east of Newberg to the foothills 
of the Coast range south of Forest Grove, Oregon.''
    The term ``Chehalem Mountains'' figures prominently on four of the 
six USGS quadrangle maps (Newberg, Oregon; Dundee, Oregon; Laurelwood, 
Oregon; and Scholls, Oregon) submitted with this petition. The 
petitioners state that the Chehalem Mountains (including the Parrett 
Mountain spur, the Ribbon Ridge spur, and multiple other named hills, 
peaks, and ridges, such as Laurel Ridge, Bald Peak, Iowa Hill, Spring 
Hill, and Fern Hill) constitute a single uplifted landmass easily 
distinguished from the surrounding valley floor areas. Further, they 
contend that the historical name ``Chehalem Mountains'' (plural) is 
meant to include hilltops, ridges, and spurs, even one as large as 
Parrett Mountain.

Boundary Evidence

    The petitioners state they know of no previous attempts to define 
the exact boundaries of the Chehalem Mountains. However, the evidence 
submitted uses physical features and elevation as the primary factors 
in defining the boundaries of the proposed area, as well as historical 
information relating to viticultural activity.
    The petition includes maps that show the Chehalem Mountains 
constitute a single, continuous landmass, uplifted above the floor of 
the Willamette Valley, which is delineated for much of the west side 
and all of the north side by the valley formed by the Tualatin River 
and its tributaries. On the east side, it is separated from the high 
ground around Tonquin by wetlands of Rock Creek and

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Seely Ditch. The southern boundaries are formed by the flood plain of 
the Willamette River in the east and by the Chehalem Valley in the 
west. The lowlands are all below the 200-foot level.
    The petitioners used elevation, slope, and soil criteria in 
delineating the line between what constitutes ``mountains'' and what is 
``valley floor.'' They state the foot of the Chehalem Mountains 
generally lies between 200 and 250 feet above sea level. Therefore, the 
petition includes all land in the area above the 200-foot level, with 
the exception of two highly urbanized areas located east and north of 
Newberg, Oregon, and west and south of Sherwood, Oregon. The proposed 
area excludes flat or barely sloping lands and includes hillsides. All 
hillside soils, whether marine, sediment, basaltic, loess, or, in some 
cases, alluvial (where it is found in hillside locations) are included 
in the proposed boundaries of the petitioned Chehalem Mountains 
viticultural area.
    The petitioners also assert the Chehalem Mountains are made up of a 
series of ridges and highpoints that include two highly delineated 
spurs, Ribbon Ridge and Parrett Mountain, which are both heavily 
planted to vineyards. When drawn around the landmass of what is 
historically called the Chehalem Mountains, the 200-foot contour line 
encloses both the Ribbon Ridge and Parrett Mountain spurs.
    Regarding historical evidence, the first modern vineyard on the 
Chehalem Mountains dates to 1968, when Dick Erath purchased 49 acres on 
Dopp Road in Yamhill County. He called the property Chehalem Mountain 
Vineyards and planted it the following spring.

Growing Conditions

    The petitioners state that the proposed Chehalem Mountains 
viticultural area's boundaries are based primarily on a combination of 
terrain, elevation, and climate factors that contrast with the 
surrounding Willamette Valley, Coast Range, and Columbia Gorge.
Physical Features
    The physical appearance of the Chehalem Mountains is the most 
significant geographical feature to distinguish them from surrounding 
areas. Due to their height and length (over 20 miles), the Chehalem 
Mountains are a significant landform in northern Willamette Valley. 
They can be seen from Portland's West Hills and from much of the 
northern Willamette Valley floor. They are the major separation between 
the basin of the Tualatin River and the Chehalem Valley.
    The sometimes steep, sometimes gentle slopes of the Chehalem 
Mountains are highly differentiated from the almost flat Willamette 
Valley floor. In some areas (the west side of Ribbon Ridge and the 
southeast side of Parrett Mountain), the slope of the Mountains 
descends steeply, then suddenly becomes almost level, making the 
transition from Mountains to valley floor instantaneous and 
incontrovertible. However, for the majority of its perimeter, the 
slopes of the Chehalem Mountains shift more gradually to gentle slopes, 
then finally to the valley floor. The petitioners used the elevation/
slope/soil criteria to determine the boundary lines in areas where the 
distinction is not as obvious.
Elevation
    The Chehalem Mountains are the highest mountains within the 
Willamette Valley. Their tallest point is Bald Peak, which lies 7 miles 
northwest of Newberg and rises to 1,633 feet above sea level. The 
valley floors, surrounding the Mountains on all sides, drop below 200 
feet. The 200-foot contour line completely encircles the Chehalem 
Mountains and clearly differentiates the Mountains from the valley. The 
petitioners state that these elevation differences are significant in 
distinguishing the Chehalem Mountains from the surrounding areas. Most 
of the existing vineyards in the proposed viticultural area are located 
between the 200- to 1,000-foot elevation lines. The petitioners assert 
that the areas below the 200-foot level have alluvial soils with 
greater depth, fertility, and water-holding capacity, which extend the 
growing period of the vine and delay the ripening of vineyards reds, as 
well as result in greater exposure to frost. Therefore, the alluvial 
soils on the valley floor are not included in the proposed boundaries.
Climate
    The petitioners state that the element of climate that best 
distinguishes the Chehalem Mountains is annual precipitation. Since 
they are the highest mountains in the Willamette Valley, they provide 
the largest obstacle to eastward moving storms. As the moist air is 
forced over the Chehalem Mountains, the water vapor in the cooling air 
condenses and falls to earth as terrain-induced rain. According to data 
obtained from the ``Atlas of Oregon,'' second edition (University of 
Oregon Press, 2001), annual rainfall within the boundaries of the 
proposed viticultural area ranges from 37 inches at the lowest point to 
almost 60 inches at the highest elevations on Bald Peak. This is in 
contrast to Hillsboro and Beaverton just north of the Chehalem 
Mountains and French Prairie just south of the Mountains with the 
lowest annual precipitation in the Willamette Valley--under 36 inches. 
The annual average rainfall for the Portland International Airport, 
located east of the proposed area, is 36 inches while the Coast Range, 
located west of the Chehalem Mountains, has an average of over 100 
inches of rain per year.
    The other uplifted hills in the Willamette Valley have somewhat 
higher rainfall levels than the surrounding valley floor (for example, 
Eola Hills has 40 to 48 inches and Red Hills has 40 to 44 inches), but 
none so dramatic as the Chehalem Mountains.
    The petitioners also state that the Chehalem Mountains have the 
greatest variation in temperature within the Willamette Valley due to 
the range in elevation (200 to 1,633 feet). According to data obtained 
from the Oregon Climate Service, heat summation during the growing 
season varies from over 2,200 degree-days at the base of the south side 
of the Mountains to less than 1,800 degree-days on the north side of 
the top of the Mountains. These variations can result in three-week 
differences in the ripening of Pinot Noir grapes. Evapotranspiration 
(the loss of water from soil and plants by a combination of evaporation 
and transpiration) is about 3 inches less on the higher parts of the 
Chehalem Mountains compared to the surrounding valleys, mostly due to 
temperature differences.
Soil
    The petitioners state that, in general, the proposed area contains 
a combination of loess, sedimentary, basaltic, and alluvial soils. 
These were deposited over a 17-million-year period through a series of 
events that included uplifting of the mountains from the shallow waters 
of the Pacific Ocean, huge eruptions of basaltic lava from the Columbia 
River Basalt Group, wind blowing silt from Eastern Oregon and 
Washington, and alluvial deposition from the Missoula Flood.
    The diverse soils contained in the proposed Chehalem Mountains 
viticulture area have yielded successful vineyards since 1968. Much of 
the Ribbon Ridge spur is covered by sedimentary soil (Willakenzie 
Series) and is heavily planted to red wine grapes. The central and 
southern Chehalem Mountains also contain large deposits of basaltic 
soils (mainly Jory Series) that contain many vineyards of

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white grapes, as well as extensive plantings of Pinot Noir. The 
Laurelwood Series of the loess soils also covers much of the central 
Chehalem Mountains.
    However, the petitioners assert that soil does not distinguish the 
Chehalem Mountains from the surrounding hill formations. The 
sedimentary western flank of the Mountains has soils that are much like 
those further to the west in the hills surrounding the Yamhill River 
Basin. The basaltic-origin soils along much of the southern slope and 
the Parrett Mountains spur are similar to the soils further south on 
the Red Hills and the east side of the Eola Hills. The eolian soils on 
most of the north side of the Mountains are much like those on the 
hills further north and east in the Tualatin basin (e.g., Cooper and 
Bull Mountains). All the alluvial soils at the base of the Chehalem 
Mountains are much like those of the surrounding valley flood plains. 
The petitioners contend that the soils contained in the proposed 
viticultural area are not what make it unique. Rather, geographic 
features other than soil are what strongly differentiate the Chehalem 
Mountains from the surrounding valley floors and from the surrounding 
hill formations.

Boundary Description

    See the narrative boundary description of the petitioned 
viticultural area in the proposed regulation published at the end of 
this notice.

Maps

    The petitioner provided the required maps, and we list them in the 
proposed regulations.

Public Participation

Comments Sought

    We request comments from anyone interested. Please support your 
comments with specific information about the proposed area's name, 
growing conditions, or boundaries. All comments must include this 
notice number and your name and mailing address. They must be legible 
and written in language acceptable for public disclosure.
    Because of the potential impact of a Chehalem Mountains 
viticultural area on current brand names that include ``Chehalem,'' we 
are particularly interested in comments regarding the proposed area's 
name. Are there other names for this area that would not conflict with 
current brand names? We are also interested in suggestions for 
preventing conflicts between viticultural area names and brand names of 
geographic significance, as discussed above under ``Impact on Current 
Wine Labels.''
    Although we do not acknowledge receipt, we will consider your 
comments if we receive them on or before the closing date. We will 
consider comments received after the closing date if we can. We regard 
all comments as originals.

Confidentiality

    We do not recognize any submitted material as confidential. All 
comments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do 
not enclose in your comments any material you consider confidential or 
inappropriate for public disclosure.

Submitting Comments

    You may submit comments in any of four ways:
    [sbull] By mail: You may send written comments to TTB at the 
address listed in the ADDRESSES section.
    [sbull] By facsimile: You may submit comments by facsimile 
transmission to 202-927-8525. Faxed comments must--
    (1) Be on 8.5- by 11-inch paper;
    (2) Contain a legible, written signature; and
    (3) Be five or less pages long. This limitation assures electronic 
access to our equipment. We will not accept faxed comments that exceed 
five pages.
    [sbull] By e-mail: You may e-mail comments to nprm@ttb.gov. 
Comments transmitted by electronic mail must--
    (1) Contain your e-mail address;
    (2) Reference this notice number on the subject line; and
    (3) Be legible when printed on 8.5- by 11-inch paper.
    [sbull] By online form: We provide a comment form with the online 
copy of this notice on our Web site at http://www.ttb.gov/alcohol/rules/index.htm. Select the ``Send comments via e-mail'' link under 
this notice number.
    You may also write to the Administrator before the comment closing 
date to ask for a public hearing. The Administrator reserves the right 
to determine, in light of all circumstances, whether a public hearing 
will be held.

Public Disclosure

    You may view copies of this notice, the petition, the appropriate 
maps, and any comments received by appointment in our library at 1310 G 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. You may also obtain copies at 20 
cents per 8.5- x 11-inch page. Contact us at the above address or 
telephone 202-927-8210 to schedule an appointment or to request copies 
of comments.
    For your convenience, we will post this notice and the comments 
received on the TTB Web site. We may omit voluminous attachments or 
material that we consider unsuitable for posting. In all cases, the 
full comment will be available in our library. To access the online 
copy of this notice, visit at http://www.ttb.gov/alcohol/rules/index.htm. Select the ``View Comments'' link under this notice number 
to view the posted comments.

Regulatory Analyses and Notices

Paperwork Reduction Act

    We propose no requirement to collect information. Therefore, the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, and 
its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, do not apply.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    We certify that this regulation, if adopted, will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, 
including small businesses. The proposal imposes no new reporting, 
recordkeeping, or other administrative requirements.
    The establishment of viticultural areas represents neither our 
endorsement nor approval of the quality of wine made from grapes grown 
in the designated areas. Rather, this system allows us to identify 
areas distinct from one another. In turn, identifying viticultural 
areas lets wineries describe more accurately the origin of their wines 
to consumers and helps consumers identify the wines they purchase. 
Thus, any benefit derived from using a viticultural area name results 
from a proprietor's efforts and consumer acceptance of wines from that 
area. Therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis is required.

Executive Order 12866

    This proposed rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' as 
defined by Executive Order 12866. Therefore, no regulatory assessment 
is required.

Drafting Information

    B. J. Kipp of the Regulations and Procedures Division (Portland, 
Oregon) drafted this notice.

List of Subjects in 27 CFR Part 9

    Wine.

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, we propose to amend 
title 27, chapter 1, part 9, Code of Federal Regulations, as follows:

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PART 9--AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS

    1. The authority citation for part 9 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 27 U.S.C. 205.

    2. Subpart C is amended by adding Section 9.-- to read as follows:

Subpart C--Approved American Viticultural Areas

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Sec.  9.----  Chehalem Mountains

    (a) Name. The name of the viticultural area described in this 
section is ``Chehalem Mountains''.
    (b) Approved Maps. The six, 1:24,000 scale, USGS, topographic maps 
used to determine the boundaries of the Chehalem Mountains viticultural 
area are titled:
    (1) Newberg Quadrangle, Oregon, 7.5 Minute Series, 1961 
(photorevised 1985);
    (2) Dundee Quadrangle, Oregon, 7.5 Minute Series, 1956 (revised 
1993);
    (3) Laurelwood Quadrangle, Oregon, 7.5 Minutes Series 1956 (revised 
1992);
    (4) Scholls Quadrangle, Oregon, 7.5 Minute Series, 1961 
(photorevised 1985);
    (5) Beaverton Quadrangle, Oregon, 7.5 Minute Series, 1961 
(photorevised 1984); and
    (6) Sherwood Quadrangle, Oregon, 7.5 Minute Series, 1961 
(photorevised 1985).
    (c) Boundary. The Chehalem Mountains viticultural area is located 
in Yamhill, Washington, and Clackamas Counties, Oregon. The area's 
boundaries are defined as follows:
    (1) The point of beginning (Newberg Quadrangle) is in Yamhill 
County, section 15, R2W, T3S, and 3 miles east of the city of Newberg 
where the 250-foot contour line crosses Oregon highway 99W, as that 
highway ascends the Chehalem Mountains;
    (2) Proceed northwest 0.7 miles along the 250-foot contour line 
until that line crosses Benjamin Road (shown but unnamed on Newberg 
Quadrangle);
    (3) Proceed west 0.5 miles along Benjamin Road across the railroad 
tracks until it intersects with Spring Brook Road (also unnamed);
    (4) Proceed southwest 0.3 miles along Spring Brook Road (parallel 
to railroad tracks) to its intersection with Mountainview Drive 
(unnamed);
    (5) Proceed west 0.35 miles on Mountainview Drive to its 
intersection with the unnamed Aspen Way;
    (6) Proceed north and west on Aspen Way 1.2 miles to its 
intersection with Bell Road;
    (7) Proceed west 0.3 miles to the end of Bell Road at intersection 
with Oregon highway 219;
    (8) Proceed west across highway 219 on North Valley Road (which was 
Bell Road) 0.45 miles to the intersection with the 250-foot contour 
line;
    (9) Proceed northwest 1.2 miles along the 250-foot contour line to 
the western edge of the Newberg Quadrangle;
    (10) Proceed south 0.05 miles along the western edge of the Newberg 
Quadrangle, section 42, R3W, T3S, to the intersection with the 240-foot 
contour line;
    (11) Continue onto the Dundee Quadrangle map, section 42, R3W, T3S 
and proceed west 2.15 miles along the 240-foot contour line to where 
the line crosses the unnamed Sullivan Lane (that lane is east of and 
parallel to Calkins Lane);
    (12) Proceed south along Sullivan Lane 0.25 miles to the 
intersection with North Valley Road;
    (13) Proceed west along North Valley Road 0.1 miles to the 
intersection with the 200-foot contour line;
    (14) Proceed northwest along the 200-foot contour 0.9 miles to a 
point where the contour line crosses an unnamed creek that parallels 
Dopp Road;
    (15) Proceed north along the creek 0.03 miles to the intersection 
with Dopp Road;
    (16) Proceed north along Dopp Road to the intersection with the 
240-foot contour line;
    (17) Proceed along the 240-foot contour line, first north, then 
south, then west, then north to a point 2.9 miles northwest, where the 
contour line hits the north edge of the map. (This section coincides 
with the southeast, southwest, and north boundaries of the concurrently 
proposed Ribbon Ridge American viticultural area.);
    (18) Continue onto the Laurelwood Quadrangle, section 58, R3W, T2S 
and proceed generally north along the 240-foot contour line 7.5 miles 
to where the contour line crosses Sandstrom Road;
    (19) Proceed west 0.15 miles on Sandstrom Road to its third 
intersection with the 200-foot contour line, just prior to Spring Hill 
Road;
    (20) Proceed northwest, then northeast, and southeast 2.7 miles 
along the 200-foot contour line around Fern Hill and Blooming Hill 
Roads to where it crosses La Follette Road;
    (21) Proceed south 0.2 miles on La Follette Road to its 
intersection with the 240-foot contour line;
    (22) Proceed generally south, then east 4 miles along the 240-foot 
contour line to the eastern edge of the Laurelwood Quadrangle;
    (23) Continue on the western edge of the Scholls Quadrangle, 
section 25, R3W, T1S, (0.45 miles south of Simpson Road) and proceed 
south 0.5 miles along the 240-foot contour line, through a crescent 
shape to the western edge of the Scholls Quadrant;
    (24) Continue on the Laurelwood Quadrangle in the southeast corner 
of section 25, R3W, T1S and proceed along the 240-foot contour line 
west and then south 2.3 miles to where it crosses Laurel Road West;
    (25) Proceed east along Laurel Road West 0.1 miles to its 
intersection with the 200-foot contour line;
    (26) Proceed southwest and then east along the 200-foot contour 
line around the Burris Creek Valley to the eastern edge of the 
Laurelwood Quadrangle in the northeast corner of section 12, R3W, T2S;
    (27) Continue on the western edge of Scholls Quadrangle, section 
12, R3W, T2S, 0.13 miles south of Laurel Road West and proceed along 
the 200-foot contour line generally southeast, skirting the valley of 
McFee Creek for 4.2 miles to the valley of Heaton Creek, to the 
southern edge of the Scholls map;
    (28) Continue on the northern edge of the Newberg Quadrangle, 
section 28, R2W, T2S and proceed along the 200-foot contour line south 
in a brief U-shaped formation for 0.1 miles, then north back to the 
northern edge of the Newberg Quadrangle;
    (29) Continue on Scholls Quadrangle, section 21, R2W, T2S and 
proceed along the 200-foot contour line generally northeast for 3.25 
miles around Laurel Ridge to the southeastern edge of the Scholls 
Quadrangle;
    (30) Continue on the Beaverton Quadrangle, section 24 R2W, T2S, 0.8 
miles north of Lebeau Road and proceed along the 200-foot contour line 
southeast for 1 mile to the southern edge of the map, section 19, R1W, 
T2S.
    (31) Continue onto the Sherwood Quadrangle, section 30, R1W, T2S, 
0.1 miles east of Elwert Road, proceed west 0.55 miles to the 
northwestern edge of the Sherwood Quadrangle, and then proceed 0.05 
miles across the most southwestern edge of the Beaverton Quadrangle;
    (32) Continue onto Scholls Quadrangle in the southeast corner of 
section 24, R2W, TS2 and proceed west then southeast along the 200-foot 
contour line around the north fork of Chicken Creek to the southeast 
corner of the map;
    (33) Continue onto the Newberg Quadrangle, section 25, R2W, TS2 
(0.2 miles from the northeast corner of the map) and proceed along the 
200-foot contour line until it exits the eastern edge of the map, 0.25 
miles south of the northeast corner;

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    (34) Continue onto the Sherwood Quadrangle, section 25, R2W, T2S 
and proceed along the 200-foot contour line (0.25 miles south of the 
map's northwest corner) around the south fork of Chicken Creek to the 
western edge of the map, 0.3 miles south;
    (35) Continue on the Newberg Quadrangle, section 25, R2W, T2S (0.55 
miles south of the map's northeast corner and proceed along the 200-
foot contour line around the Chicken Creek lowlands to the eastern edge 
of the map, 0.25 miles south of where it entered;
    (36) Continue on the Sherwood Quadrangle, section 25, R2W, T2S (0.8 
miles south of the map's northwest corner and proceed generally east 
0.4 miles to Elwert Road;
    (37) Proceed south on Elwert Road 0.85 miles to its intersection 
with Oregon highway 99W;
    (38) Proceed south by southwest along highway 99W 0.45 miles across 
the north fork of Cedar Creek to the intersection of highway 99W and 
the 250-foot contour line;
    (39) Proceed generally south along the 250-foot contour line 0.6 
miles to its intersection with Middleton Road;
    (40) Proceed southwest on Middleton Road 0.3 miles to the point 
where it becomes Rein Road;
    (41) Proceed south on Rein Road 0.15 miles across Cedar Creek to 
the intersection of Rein Road and the 200-foot contour line;
    (42) Proceed generally east along the 200-foot contour line 1.2 
miles to its intersection with Brookman Road (shown but unnamed on 
map);
    (43) Proceed on Brookman Road 0.35 miles east, then north 0.25 
miles, then east 0.15 miles (paralleling the Clackamas/Washington 
County lines);
    (44) Proceed east 0.85 miles across Ladd Hill Road and continue 
along the Clackamas/Washington County lines to the intersection with 
Baker Road (shown as Brown Road on the map);
    (45) Now in Clackamas County, proceed along Baker Road south by 
southeast 1 mile to the second intersection with the 250-foot contour 
line;
    (46) Proceed along the 250-foot contour line in a semicircle, first 
east, then southeast, then southwest and return to Baker Road;
    (47) Proceed south along Baker Road 0.15 miles to its intersection 
with the 200-foot contour line;
    (48) Proceed along the 200-foot contour line in a generally 
southwest direction 4.45 miles along the southwestern flank of the 
Parrett Mountain spur of the Chehalem Mountains to the western edge of 
the map;
    (49) Continue on the Newberg Quadrangle, section 76, R2W, T4S, 0.3 
miles north of the north bank of the Willamette River and proceed along 
the 200-foot contour line west by northwest 1.1 miles to the 
intersection with Wilsonville Road;
    (50) Proceed northwest, then north 1.9 miles across an unnamed 
tributary creek of Spring Brook;
    (51) Proceed along the unnamed tributary 0.25 miles in a south by 
southwest direction to the intersection with the 200-foot contour line;
    (52) Proceed along the base of Grouse Butte, following the 200-foot 
contour line to a point 0.45 miles northwest to the intersection of the 
contour line and Wilsonville Road;
    (53) Proceed east along Wilsonville Road 0.45 miles back to the 
intersection of the road with an unnamed tributary creek of Spring 
Brook;
    (54) Proceed northeast along the unnamed tributary creek of Spring 
Brook 0.05 miles to the intersection with the 250-foot contour line;
    (55) Proceed generally north along the 250-foot contour line 1.4 
miles to its intersection with Corral Creek Road (misnamed Ladd Hill 
Road on the Newberg Quadrangle); and
    (56) Proceed north along Corral Creek Road 0.6 miles to the 
intersection with Oregon highway 99W, which is the point of beginning.

    Signed: September 17, 2003.
Arthur J. Libertucci,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 03-25372 Filed 10-6-03; 8:45 am]
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