[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 19 (Friday, January 28, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5199-5200]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-1902]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Intent To Prepare a Recreation Area Management Plan, a 
Comprehensive Transportation and Travel Management Plan for the Las 
Vegas Field Office, Nevada and Associated Environmental Impact 
Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field 
Office, Las Vegas, Nevada, intends to prepare a Recreation Area 
Management Plan (RAMP), Comprehensive Transportation and Travel 
Management (CTTM) Plan with an associated Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Las Vegas Field Office and by this notice is 
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RAMP/
CTTM with associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in 
writing until March 29, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of any 
scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through 
local media and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must 
be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 30 days 
after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide 
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of 
the Draft RAMP/CTTM/EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the Las Vegas RAMP/CTTM/EIS using any of the following 
methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo.html;
     Fax: 702-515-5023;
     Mail: BLM Las Vegas Field Office, RAMP/CTTA/EIS, 4701 
North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130-2301; and
     E-mail: LVFO_RAMPS@blm.gov.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the 
Southern Nevada District, Las Vegas Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to the mailing list, contact Marilyn Peterson, Project 
Manager, telephone 702-515-5054, or e-mail LVFO_RAMPS@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Las Vegas Resource Management Plan 
recommended the completion of the RAMP to provide more specific 
management direction. The CTTM will address transportation and travel 
issues in the Las Vegas Field Office. The RAMP will direct 
implementation of recreation and CTTM decisions. The planning area is 
located in Clark County, Nevada, and encompasses approximately 
3,374,519 acres of public land. The purpose of the public scoping 
process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope 
of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the 
planning process. Preliminary issues for the planning area have been 
identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and 
other stakeholders. These issues include:
     How will cultural and natural resources be preserved for 
current and future generations?
     How to manage recreation in a manner that is compatible 
with the plans and needs of Native American tribes and other local, 
State, and Federal agencies?
     How will the RAMP/CTTM be responsive to continually 
changing conditions, stemming primarily from an increasing urban 
interface?
     How will visitors' activities be managed in a manner that 
protects the cultural and natural resources while providing reasonable 
access?
     What facilities and infrastructure will be needed to 
provide visitor services, information/interpretation, and 
administration of recreation opportunities?
     How will the RAMPS/CTTM integrate with other Federal, 
regional and local plans?
     How will CTTM designations be incorporated into long-term 
goals for recreation and other resource needs?
     What effect will rights-of-way authorizations and land 
sales have on recreation opportunities?

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     Where can urban trails connect to Federal lands; and
     How should the Las Vegas Perimeter Open Space and Trail 
concept, located primarily on BLM lands, be considered?
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at public scoping meetings or you may submit them to the BLM 
using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. To be most helpful, you should submit comments within the 60-
day public comment period. Before including your address, phone number, 
e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that the entire comment--including 
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. The minutes and list of attendees for each 
scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days 
after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he 
or she expressed. The BLM will evaluate the identified issues, to be 
addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three 
categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft RAMP/CTTM/EIS as 
to why an issue is placed in category 2 or 3. The public is also 
encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that 
should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with 
interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best 
suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns.
    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan 
in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines 
will be involved in the planning process: Renewable energy, lands and 
realty, minerals management, outdoor recreation, air resources, visual 
resources, vegetation, cultural resources, paleontology, botany, 
special status species, wildlife and fisheries, hydrology, sociology 
and economics.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7; 43 CFR 1610.2 and 8342.1-2.

Robert B. Ross, Jr.,
Manager, Las Vegas Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-1902 Filed 1-27-11; 8:45 am]
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