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applicable provisions of 18 U.S.C. 3571, law. All submissions from organizations protection of watersheds, regulation of
or both. and businesses, and from individuals streamflow, and a contribution to the
identifying themselves as stability of local communities and
Rodger T. Bryan,
representatives or officials of timber industries and recreation
Acting Field Manager. organizations or businesses, will be facilities. The O&C Act also required
[FR Doc. 05–17643 Filed 9–6–05; 8:45 am] available to the public in their entirety. that 50 percent of the revenue generated
BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: for management of the lands be returned
Individuals, organizations, and to the 18 counties that contained
government agencies wishing more revested lands.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR information or to have their name The Northwest Forest Plan was
Bureau of Land Management placed on an electronic or postal completed in 1994 and provided
mailing list are urged to register on the direction to achieve the following five
[OR–130–1020–PH; HAG–145] Web site (when it is available; see goals: (1) Never forget human and
above), or by sending a request to the economic dimensions of the issues; (2)
Notice of Intent To Prepare Resource Portland address above, or by contacting Protect the long-term health of forests,
Management Plan Revisions and an Alan Hoffmeister, Western Oregon wildlife, and waterways; (3) Focus on
Associated Environmental Impact Planning Revision Public Outreach scientifically sound, ecologically
Statement for Six Western Oregon Coordinator, at (503) 808–6629 or at credible, and legally responsible
Districts of the Bureau of Land alan_hoffmeister@or.blm.gov. strategies and implementation; (4)
Management Produce a predictable and sustainable
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, planning area for the RMPs includes level of timber sales and nontimber
Interior. approximately 2,550,000 acres of public resources; and (5) Ensure that Federal
ACTION: Notice of intent. land and 69,000 acres of split-estate, agencies work together.
where the lands only involve the All of the BLM districts have current
SUMMARY: This document provides Federal mineral estate. RMPs that were completed in 1995.
notice that the BLM intends to revise six The Federal Land Policy and These 1995 RMPs incorporated the land
Resource Management Plans (RMP) with Management Act of 1976 requires the use allocations and Standards and
a single associated Environmental development, maintenance, and Guidelines from the Northwest Forest
Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coos Bay revision of land use plans. The vast Plan. They also included decisions on
District, Eugene District, Medford majority of the public lands in the other issues or programs such as land
District, Roseburg District, Salem planning area are Revested Oregon and tenure, off-highway vehicles, etc. The
District, and the Klamath Falls Resource California Railroad (O&C) lands, or Coos RMPs provide guidance for all activities
Area of the Lakeview District (planning Bay Wagon Road (CBWR) lands, and are that occur on BLM-administered lands.
area). managed under the statutory authority The BLM will continue to manage these
DATES: This notice initiates the public of the Oregon and California Revested lands in accordance with the existing
scoping process. Comments on the Railroad Lands Act of 1937 (O&C Act, RMPs until the revised RMPs are
scope of the plan revisions, including Pub. L. 75–405). Preparation of the completed and a Record of Decision is
issues or concerns that should be RMPs and EIS will conform to the above signed.
considered, must be submitted in land management laws and will also After the 1995 RMPs were completed,
writing to the address listed below by comply with other Federal laws such as the American Forest Resource Council
October 21, 2005. Dates and locations the Endangered Species Act, Clean (AFRC) and others filed a lawsuit
for public meetings or other events will Water Act, and the National against the Secretaries of Agriculture
be announced through mailings, the Environmental Policy Act. Additionally, and the Interior alleging that the Record
local news media, newsletters, and the plan revisions will follow Federal of Decision for the Northwest Forest
BLM internet site at least 15 days prior regulations and BLM management Plan violated the O&C Act and
to any event. These plan revisions are policies. numerous other laws. The Secretary of
scheduled to be complete in 2008. Congress, in 1866, established a land the Interior, the Secretary of
ADDRESSES: Written comments should grant to promote the completion of the Agriculture, the AFRC, and the
be addressed to: BLM, Attn: Western Oregon and California Railroad from Association of O&C Counties agreed to
Oregon Planning Revision (OR–930.1), Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco, settle this lawsuit in August of 2003.
P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208. In California. In 1916, Congress revested, The settlement agreement requires the
addition, the BLM intends to provide a or brought back into Federal ownership, BLM, contingent on funding, to revise
Web site for the public to use to submit the title to approximately 2.2 million the current RMPs and consider at least
electronic comments. When the Web acres of land deeded to the Oregon and one alternative that will not create any
site is available, more information will California Railroad after the company reserves on O&C lands except as
be posted at http://www.or.blm.gov. violated the terms of the land grant. required to avoid jeopardy to species
All public comments, including Congress also revested about 93,000 listed as threatened or endangered
names and mailing addresses of acres of CBWR lands due to similar under the Endangered Species Act or
respondents, may be published as part circumstances in 1919. The O&C Act of adverse modification to critical habitat
of the EIS. Individual respondents may 1937 placed management jurisdiction of for such species.
request confidentiality. If you wish to these lands under the United States The revisions to the existing RMPs
withhold your name or street address Department of the Interior and directed will answer the question regarding how
from public review or from disclosure that timber thereon be managed for the BLM should manage the O&C lands
under the Freedom of Information Act, permanent forest production using the to achieve the O&C Act requirement of
please state this prominently at the principle of sustained yield. The permanent forest production [as
beginning of your written benefits of sustained yield forest interpreted by the United States Court of
correspondence. The BLM will honor management, as described in the O&C Appeals for the Ninth Circuit] while
such requests to the extent allowed by Act, are a permanent source of timber, complying with applicable laws such as

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the Endangered Species Act and the applicable laws such as the Endangered sections for Township 17 North, Range
Clean Water Act. Species Act and the Clean Water Act. 18 West, accepted July 19, 2005, for
Through a public participation Alternatives to be considered: Group 909 New Mexico.
process, the BLM will work A reasonable range of alternatives will The plat representing the dependent
collaboratively with interested parties to be considered. All alternatives will be resurvey and survey of subdivision of
identify which management direction is designed to comply with existing laws. sections for Township 20 North, Range
best suited to manage the O&C lands as Two alternatives known at this time are: 9 East, accepted July 20, 2005, for Group
described in the O&C Act and other • No Action—continue management 109 New Mexico.
provisions of laws considering local, under the current RMPs. The plat, in 2 sheets, representing the
regional, and national interests. The first • An alternative which will not create dependent resurvey in Township 13
step in this process is formal public any reserves on O&C lands except as North, Range 19 West, accepted July 20,
scoping to help identify planning issues required to avoid jeopardy to species 2005, for Group 1028 New Mexico.
and provide for public comment on the listed as threatened or endangered The Supplemental Plat showing
proposed planning criteria. under the Endangered Species Act. aliquot parts and new lots 39 and 40
In choosing a preferred alternative for created from former lot 37 of section 18
Issues for Township 20 North, Range 9 East,
the involved lands, the BLM will
The BLM has identified the following consider factors such as: accepted May 2, 2005, for New Mexico.
preliminary planning issues. A planning • The quality of habitats created. The plat representing the dependent
issue is identified as a ‘‘matter of • The impacts on water quality resurvey and survey of subdivision of
controversy or dispute over resource limited streams. sections for Township 23 North, Range
management activities or land use that • The amount of timber produced. 10 East, accepted June 30, 2005, for
is well-defined or topically discrete and • The contributions to community Group 1028 New Mexico.
entails alternatives between which to stability. The plat representing the dependent
choose’’ (H–1601–1 III.A.3). These • Costs of implementation. resurvey and survey of subdivision of
preliminary issues are not final and may As part of this RMP process, the BLM sections for Township 23 North, Range
be refined or augmented based on will analyze areas for potential 8 West, accepted March 30, 2005, for
public participation and comments designation as Areas of Critical Group 1033 New Mexico.
received during scoping. Environmental Concern (ACEC) in
• Vegetation—How should BLM- Indian Meridian, Oklahoma
accordance with 43 CFR 1610.7–2.
administered forest lands be managed, The plats representing the dependent
Public nominations for potential ACECs
both temporally and spatially, to resurvey and survey of Township 8
to be considered in these revisions must
provide a sustainable supply of wood North, Range 12 East, accepted May 11,
be made by October 28, 2005.
and other forest products mandated by 2005, for Group 97 Oklahoma.
the O&C Act while meeting applicable James G. Kenna, The plat representing the dependent
laws and regulations? Associate State Director, Oregon/Washington, resurvey and survey of Township 9
• Habitat—How should the O&C Bureau of Land Management. North, Range 12 East, accepted May 11,
lands be managed to contribute to the [FR Doc. 05–17641 Filed 9–6–05; 8:45 am] 2005, for Group 97 Oklahoma.
conservation of species consistent with BILLING CODE 4310–33–P The plat representing the dependent
the Endangered Species Act? resurvey and survey of Township 9
• Watershed management and water North, Range 7 East, accepted May 11,
quality—How should BLM lands be DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 2005, for Group 109 Oklahoma.
managed to contribute to meeting the The plat representing the dependent
Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Bureau of Land Management resurvey and survey of Township 1
Water Act? [NM–952–05–1420–BJ] North, Range 2 West, accepted June 13,
• Wildland fire and fuels—How 2005, for Group 111 Oklahoma.
should BLM-administered land be Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; New The plat representing the dependent
managed to reduce the risk of wildfires Mexico resurvey and survey of Township 9
and integrate fire back into the North, Range 11 East, accepted May 11,
ecosystem? AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, 2005, for Group 97 Oklahoma.
Interior. The plat representing the dependent
Planning Criteria ACTION: Notice. resurvey and survey of Township 4
The BLM has also identified some South, Range 2 West, accepted June 30,
preliminary criteria to guide the SUMMARY: The plats of survey described 2005, for Group 115 Oklahoma.
development of the RMPs, to avoid below are scheduled to be officially The plat representing the dependent
unnecessary data collection and filed in the New Mexico State Office, resurvey and survey of Township 5
analysis, and to ensure the RMPs are Bureau of Land Management, Santa Fe, North, Range 4 West, accepted April 12,
tailored to the issues. These criteria may New Mexico, (30) thirty calendar days 2005, for Group 125 Oklahoma.
be modified or other criteria identified from the date of this publication. The plat representing the dependent
after the public scoping process. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: resurvey and survey of Township 1
public is invited to comment on the North, Range 5 West, accepted June 13,
New Mexico Principal Meridian, New
following preliminary planning criteria: 2005, for Group 103 Oklahoma.
Purpose and need for the plan Mexico The plat representing the dependent
revisions: The plat representing the dependent resurvey and survey of Township 23
• The BLM will manage the O&C resurvey and survey in Township 9 North, Range 8 East, accepted August 8,
lands to achieve the O&C Act South, Range 12 East, and subdivision 2005, for Group 127 Oklahoma.
requirement of permanent forest of sections, accepted March 7, 2005, for The plat representing the dependent
production [as interpreted by the United Group 943 New Mexico. resurvey and survey of Township 14
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth The Plat representing the dependent North, Range 25 East, accepted May 11,
Circuit] while complying with resurvey and survey of subdivision of 2005, for Group 114 Oklahoma.

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