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Considerations in Land Use Planning • Fax: 505–761–8911. available to the public and open for 30
Decisions. • Mail: RP RMP, Rio Puerco Field days after the meeting to any participant
16. Wilderness will not be considered Office, 435 Montaño RD, NE., who wishes to clarify the views he or
in this plan unless Alaska’s Governor or Albuquerque, NM 87107. she expressed.
a member of the Congressional Documents pertinent to this proposal Preliminary issues and management
Delegation for Alaska recommends a may be examined at the Rio Puerco concerns have been identified by BLM
particular area for study. Field Office, 435 Montaño RD, NE., personnel, other agencies, and in
The BLM will use an interdisciplinary Albuquerque, New Mexico. meetings with individuals and user
approach to develop the plan to FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To groups. They represent the BLM’s
consider the variety of resource issues have your name added to our mailing knowledge to date regarding the existing
and concerns identified. Specialists list and/or for general information, issues and concerns with current land
with expertise in the following contact Joe Blackmon, Telephone management. The major issues that will
disciplines will be involved in the 505–761–8918; e-mail be addressed in this planning effort
planning process: outdoor recreation, Joe_Blackmon@blm.gov or Sabrina include: Land Tenure Adjustment;
minerals and geology, forestry, Flores, Telephone 505–761–8794; e-mail Mineral and Energy Development;
archeology, wildlife and fisheries, lands Sabrina_Flores@blm.gov. Recreation and Visitor Services; Visual
and realty, hydrology, soils, subsistence, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Resources Management; Special Area
sociology and economics, visual document provides notice that the BLM Designations; Travel and Trails
resource management, and vegetation. Rio Puerco Field Office, Albuquerque, Management; and Public Land-Urban
Dated: February 22, 2008. New Mexico, intends to prepare a Interface.
Thomas P. Lonnie, Resource Management Plan Revision After the public comments as to what
with an associated Environmental issues the plan should address are
State Director.
Impact Statement (RMPR/EIS) and gathered, they will be placed in one of
[FR Doc. E8–3924 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] three categories:
announces public scoping meetings.
BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P
The planning area is located in 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
2. Issues to be resolved through policy
Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval,
or administrative action; or
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Torrance, and Valencia Counties, New
3. Issues beyond the scope of this
Mexico. This planning activity
plan.
Bureau of Land Management encompasses approximately 997,000 The BLM will provide an explanation
acres of public land. The plan will in the plan as to why issues were placed
[NM–010–1610–DN]
fulfill the needs and obligations set forth in category two or three. In addition to
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource by the National Environmental Policy these major issues, a number of
Management Plan Revision for the Rio Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy management questions and concerns
Puerco Field Office, New Mexico and and Management Act (FLPMA), and will be addressed in the plan. The
Associated Environmental Impact BLM management policies. The BLM public is encouraged to help identify
Statement will seek to work collaboratively with these questions and concerns during the
interested parties to identify the scoping phase.
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, management decisions that are best Preliminary planning criteria are:
Interior. suited to local, regional, and national • The RMPR will be in compliance
ACTION: Notice of intent. needs and concerns. with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other
The purpose of the public scoping applicable laws, regulations, and
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land process is to determine relevant issues
Management (BLM) Rio Puerco Field policies.
that will influence the scope of the • Land use decisions in the RMPR
Office, Albuquerque, New Mexico, environmental analysis and EIS
intends to prepare a Resource will only apply to surface and
alternatives. These issues also guide the subsurface estate managed by the BLM.
Management Plan Revision for the Rio planning process. You may submit • For program-specific guidance for
Puerco Field Office with an associated comments on issues and planning decisions at the land use planning level,
Environmental Impact Statement, and criteria in writing to the BLM at any the process will follow the BLM’s Land
by this notice is announcing public public scoping meeting, or you may Use Planning Handbook, H–1601–1.
scoping meetings. The Resource submit them to the BLM using one of • Broad-based public participation
Management Plan Revision will replace the methods listed in the ADDRESSES and collaboration will be an integral
the existing Rio Puerco Resource section above. To be most helpful, you part of the planning process.
Management Plan as currently should submit formal scoping • The BLM will strive to make
maintained and amended. comments within 30 days after the last decisions in the plan compatible with
DATES: The BLM will announce public public meeting. Before including your the existing plans and policies of
scoping meetings to identify relevant address, phone number, email address, adjacent local, state, and federal
issues through local news media, or other personal identifying agencies and local American Indian
newsletters, and the BLM Web site, information in your comment, you tribes, as long as the decisions are
www.blm.gov/nm, at least 15 days prior should be aware that your entire consistent with the purposes, policies,
to the first meeting. We will provide comment—including your personal and programs of federal law and
formal opportunities for public identifying information—may be made regulations applicable to public lands.
participation upon publication of the publicly available at any time. While • The BLM recognizes the state’s
Draft Resource Management Plan/ you can ask us in your comment to responsibility and authority to manage
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Environmental Impact Statement. withhold your personal identifying wildlife while the BLM manages habitat.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments information from public review, we • The BLM will consult with the New
by any of the following methods: cannot guarantee that we will be able to Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
• Web Site: http://www.blm.gov/nm. do so. The minutes and list of attendees • The RMPR will recognize valid
• E-mail: Joe_Blackmon@blm.gov. for each scoping meeting will be existing rights.

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• The RMPR will incorporate, where resources and not the combination of Lewis, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals
applicable, management decisions uses that will give the greatest economic Adjudication, at (307) 775–6176.
brought forward from existing planning return or economic output. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lessee
documents. • Where practicable and timely for has agreed to the amended lease terms
• The BLM will work cooperatively the planning effort, the best available for rentals and royalties at rates of
and collaboratively with cooperating scientific information, research, and $10.00 per acre, or fraction thereof, per
agencies and all other interested groups, new technologies will be used. year and 161⁄3 percent, respectively. The
agencies, and individuals. • The Economic Profile System (EPS) lessee has paid the required $500
• The BLM and cooperating agencies will be used as one source of administrative fee and $163 to
will jointly develop alternatives for demographic and economic data for the reimburse the Department for the cost of
resolution of resource management planning process. EPS data will provide this Federal Register notice. The lessee
issues and management concerns. baseline data and contribute to has met all the requirements for
• The planning process will estimates of existing and projected reinstatement of the lease as set out in
incorporate the New Mexico Standards social and economic conditions. Sections 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral
for Public Land Health and Guidelines The BLM will use an interdisciplinary Lands Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C.
for Livestock Grazing Management. approach to develop the plan in order 188), and the Bureau of Land
Changes in grazing management will to consider the variety of resource issues Management is proposing to reinstate
only be considered in Unit 5. and concerns identified. Specialists lease WYW155778 effective September
• Areas with special or unique with expertise in the following 1, 2007, under the original terms and
resource values will be evaluated for disciplines will be involved in the conditions of the lease and the
potential administrative designations, planning process: air quality, increased rental and royalty rates cited
including Areas of Critical archaeology and cultural resources, cave above. BLM has not issued a valid lease
Environmental Concern, or other and karst resources, energy resources, affecting the lands.
appropriate designations. facilities development, forestry,
• Any free flowing river and its hydrology, lands and realty, minerals Pamela J. Lewis,
associated land corridor found to be and geology, outdoor recreation, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication.
eligible for inclusion in the National paleontology, rangeland management, [FR Doc. E8–3862 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am]
Wild and Scenic River System (NWSRS) sociology and economics, soils, special BILLING CODE 4310–22–P
will be addressed in the RMPR by status species, visual resources
developing alternatives for its suitability management, wildland fire ecology,
for inclusion in the NWSRS and interim wilderness resources, wildlife and DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
protective management of its fisheries.
outstandingly remarkable values. Bureau of Land Management
• Wilderness Study Areas will Linda S.C. Rundell,
[WY–923–1310-FI; WYW155779]
continue to be managed under the New Mexico State Director.
BLM’s Interim Management Policy for [FR Doc. E8–3943 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] Wyoming: Notice of Proposed
Lands under Wilderness Review (IMP) BILLING CODE 4310–AG–P Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and
until Congress either designates all or Gas Lease
portions of the WSA as wilderness or
releases the lands from further DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management,
wilderness consideration. The BLM no Interior.
longer designates additional WSAs Bureau of Land Management ACTION: Notice of Proposed
through the RMP process, or manages Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and
[WY–923–1310–FI; WYW155778]
any lands other than existing WSAs in Gas Lease.
accordance with the Wilderness IMP. Wyoming: Notice of Proposed SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 30
Areas with wilderness characteristics, Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR
however, will be considered in the RMP Gas Lease 3108.2–3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of
as described in Appendix C of the Land Land Management (BLM) received a
Use Planning Handbook. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management,
Interior. petition for reinstatement from EOG
• Forest management strategies will
ACTION: Notice of Proposed Resources, Inc. and Southwestern
be consistent with the Healthy Forests
Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Energy Production Company for
Restoration Act.
• Fire management strategies will be Gas Lease. Competitive oil and gas lease
consistent with the Albuquerque WYW155779 for land in Sweetwater
District Fire Management Plan (2004 or SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 30 County, Wyoming. The petition was
as it may subsequently be amended). U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR filed on time and was accompanied by
• GIS and metadata information will 3108.2–3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of all the rentals due since the date the
meet Federal Geographic Data Land Management (BLM) received a lease terminated under the law.
Committee (FGDC) standards, as petition for reinstatement from EOG FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
required by Executive Order 12906. All Resources, Inc. and Southwestern Bureau of Land Management, Pamela J.
other applicable BLM data standards Energy Production Company for Lewis, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals
will also be followed. Competitive oil and gas lease Adjudication, at (307) 775–6176.
• The planning process will provide WYW155778 for land in Sweetwater SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lessee
for ongoing consultation with American County, Wyoming. The petition was has agreed to the amended lease terms
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Indian tribal governments and strategies filed on time and was accompanied by for rentals and royalties at rates of $10
for protecting recognized traditional all the rentals due since the date the per acre, or fraction thereof, per year
uses. lease terminated under the law. and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The
• Planning and management direction FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: lessee has paid the required $500
will focus on the relative values of Bureau of Land Management, Pamela J. administrative fee and $163 to

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