[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 172 (Thursday, September 5, 2019)]
[Page 46706]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-19089]

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Forest Service

Nez Perce--Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Forest Plan 
Revision for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revised notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact 


SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service published a notice of intent (NOI) to 
prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in the Federal Register 
on July 15, 2014. The NOI served as the scoping document for the Forest 
Plan Revision for the Nez Perce--Clearwater National Forests, and 
solicited comments have been used in the preparation of a proposed Nez 
Perce--Clearwater National Forests Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) 
and draft EIS. Due to ongoing work on this planning effort since 2014, 
the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (Forest) is updating the 
information in the original NOI. These updates identify new addresses 
and contact information, update where information on the project can be 
found, update the responsible official, and update the nature of the 
decision to be made.

DATES: Comments concerning the updated information in this notice will 
be most useful in the continued development of the proposed Forest Plan 
and draft EIS if received by October 7, 2019. The draft EIS is expected 
by late fall 2019 and a final EIS is expected by winter 2020/2021.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning the updated information in this notice 
may be sent via email to: [email protected]. Written comments may 
also be sent via mail or hand-delivered to: Nez Perce-Clearwater 
National Forest Supervisor's Office, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 903 
3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zach Peterson, Forest Planner, Nez 
Perce--Clearwater National Forests, 903 3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536, 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Since the publication of the original NOI in 
2014 (79 FR 41252), there have been updates to the Responsible 
Official, Nature of the Decision to be Made, and the website for where 
updated information can be accessed. These updates are described below.

Responsible Official

    The responsible official who will approve the Record of Decision is 
the Forest Supervisor for the Nez Perce--)Clearwater National Forests.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The EIS process is meant to inform the Forest Supervisor in order 
to decide which alternative best maintains and restores National Forest 
System terrestrial and aquatic resources while providing ecosystem 
services and multiple uses, as required by the National Forest 
Management Act and the Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act. The revised 
Forest Plan will identify delineation of new management areas across 
the Forest, identify the potential timber sale quantity, make 
recommendations to Congress for Wilderness designation, and list the 
rivers and streams eligible and suitable for inclusion in the National 
Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Proposed Action

    For updates to the Proposed Action, refer to ``Alternative 
Development'' on the Forest's website at: http://bit.ly/NezClearFPR.

Public Involvement

    The Forest is using information received during the comment period 
associated with the 2014 NOI; public information workshops and meetings 
with community groups throughout 2015; alternative development 
workshops, webinars, and open houses in 2018; and ongoing engagement 
with state, county, and tribal governments to inform the development of 
the draft EIS and draft revised Forest Plan. Comments submitted in 
response to the original 2014 NOI and throughout the continuing 
engagement do not need to be resubmitted. Comments submitted in 
response to the updated information in this notice will also be 
considered. Comments received in response to this solicitation, 
including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the 
public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously 
will be accepted and considered, however, anonymous comments will not 
provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with 
subsequent environmental documents.
    The decision to approve the revised Forest Plan for the Nez Perce--
Clearwater National Forests will be subject to the objection process 
identified in 36 CFR part 219 subpart B (219.50 to 219.62). According 
to 36 CFR 219.53(a), those who may file an objection are individuals 
and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to 
plan revision during the opportunities provided for public comment 
during the planning process; this includes comments submitted in 
response to the 2014 NOI and comments submitted in response to the 
updated information in this notice.
    The website location for information on this project has been 
updated. For updates, refer to the Quick Link: ``Get Involved in Forest 
Planning! Collaboration and Participation Information'' on the Forest's 
website at: http://bit.ly/NezClearFPR.

    Dated: August 6, 2019.
Frank R. Beum,
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2019-19089 Filed 9-4-19; 8:45 am]