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Notices Federal Register


Vol. 67, No. 214

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER You may read any comments that we You may view the pest risk
contains documents other than rules or receive on the pest risk assessment in assessment on the Internet at http://
proposed rules that are applicable to the our reading room. The reading room is www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/pra/, or in our
public. Notices of hearings and investigations, located in room 1141 of the USDA reading room (information on the
committee meetings, agency decisions and South Building, 14th Street and location and hours of the reading room
rulings, delegations of authority, filing of
petitions and applications and agency
Independence Avenue SW., is provided under the heading
statements of organization and functions are Washington, DC. Normal reading room ADDRESSES at the beginning of this
examples of documents appearing in this hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday notice). You may also request a copy
section. through Friday, except holidays. To be from the person listed under FOR
sure someone is there to help you, FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
please call (202) 690–2817 before Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7711–7714, 7718,
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE coming. 7731, 7732, and 7751–7754; 21 U.S.C. 136
APHIS documents published in the and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Federal Register, and related Done in Washington, DC, this 30th day of
Service information, including the names of October 2002.
organizations and individuals who have Bobby R. Acord,
[Docket No. 00–090–1] commented on APHIS dockets, are Administrator, Animal and Plant Health
available on the Internet at http:// Inspection Service.
Availability of Pest Risk Assessment www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/ [FR Doc. 02–28074 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am]
for the Importation of Unshu Oranges webrepor.html. BILLING CODE 3410–34–P
From the Republic of Korea Into Citrus
Producing States of the Continental FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr.
United States Gary Cave, Center for Plant Health
Science and Technology, PPQ, APHIS, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health 1017 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2500,
Inspection Service, USDA. Forest Service
Raleigh, NC 27606–5202; (919) 513–
ACTION: Notice of availability and 2127. Tahoe National Forest; Sierra County,
request for comments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CA; Cottonwood Fire Vegetation
Management Project
SUMMARY: We are advising the public Background
that the Animal and Plant Health AGENCY:Forest Service, USDA.
Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart—
Inspection Service has prepared a pest ACTION:Notice of intent to prepare an
Citrus Fruit’’ (7 CFR 319.28, referred to
risk assessment relative to a proposed Environmental Impact Statement.
below as the regulations), Unshu
rule currently under consideration that
oranges from the Republic of Korea may SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service,
would allow the importation of Unshu
be imported, under certain conditions, Tahoe National Forest, gives notice of
oranges from the Republic of Korea into
into any area in the United States except the Agency’s intent to prepare an
citrus producing States of the
American Samoa, Arizona, California, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
continental United States. We are
Florida, Louisiana, the Northern to disclose the environmental effects of
making the pest risk assessment
Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Texas, applying registered herbicides to
available to the public for review and
and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are approximately 13,500 acres of National
comment.
citrus-producing States. Forest System land. The application
DATES: We will consider all comments At the request of the Government of will reduce competition from overgrown
that we receive on or before January 6, the Republic of Korea, the Animal and vegetation that is adversely affecting the
2003. Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) survival and growth of conifer seedlings
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments is considering amending the regulations on the Sierraville Ranger District. The
by postal mail/commercial delivery or to allow the importation of Unshu project proposes to apply glyhosate
by e-mail. If you use postal mail/ oranges from the Republic of Korea into (trade name Accord or equivalent) and
commercial delivery, please send four citrus-producing States in the triclopyr (trade name Garlon 4 or
copies of your comment (an original and continental United States. To evaluate equivalent), using backpack sprayers, in
three copies) to: Docket No. 00–090–1, the risks associated with the the spring and summer months when
Regulatory Analysis and Development, importation of Unshu oranges from the herbicide treatments are most effective.
PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River Republic of Korea as specified in the The acres identified for application
Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737– Korean Government’s request, APHIS would be treated over a five- to seven-
1238. Please state that your comment has drafted a pest risk assessment year time period.
refers to Docket No. 00–090–1. If you entitled ‘‘Expansion of the Importation The purpose of the project is to help
use e-mail, address your comment to of Fresh Unshu Orange Fruit (Citrus ensure survival, and stimulate vigor and
regulations@aphis.usda.gov. Your reticulata Blanco var. unshu Swingle) growth of sufficient numbers of conifer
comment must be contained in the body from the Republic of Korea into Citrus seedlings in order to accelerate the
of your message; do not send attached Producing States of the Continental development of a biologically and
files. Please include your name and United States’ (October 4, 2002). This structurally diverse forest. Following a
address in your message and ‘‘Docket notice solicits public comments on the wildfire in 1994 that destroyed much of
No. 00–090–1’’ on the subject line. pest risk assessment. the forest stand structure, shrub and

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grass have re-occupied the area, than do the trees, especially under dry to Forest Service appeal regulations (36
competing with conifer seedlings for conditions. This ability to extract soil CFR part 215).
limited resources. This competition is water under extremely dry conditions
Nature of Decision To Be Made
prolonging the time it will take for the gives shrubs a competitive advantage
native conifer forest to re-establish. over young seedlings, so there is a need The decision to be made is whether to
Restoring the area to a conifer forest to control shrubs before tree mortality implement the Cottonwood Fire
sooner will develop a more fire resistant becomes too severe. Vegetation Management Project as
and healthy forest in less time. described above, modify the proposal in
Alternative, non-herbicide methods to Proposed Action response to an unresolved issue based
control competing vegetation have been The proposed action is to: on comments received during public
attempted over the past eight years, but 1. Apply the herbicides glyphosate scoping, or not take any action at this
success has been limited due to cost and and triclopyr to selected units in the time.
inability to treat enough area. Because of Cottonwood burn area on a total of Scoping Process
this, the Forest Service believes the least 13,500 acres. Treated areas would
impacting and most cost effective encompass less than 30% of the total Public participation is viewed as an
method to reduce competing vegetation burn area. integral part of the environmental
is through prudent and careful analysis. The Forest Service will be
2. Include a surfactant to improve the
application of registered herbicides. seeking points of dispute, debate, or
herbicide effectiveness and a colorant to
DATES: Comments concerning the
disagreement from Federal, State, and
aid in identifying treated areas.
proposed action should be received by local governmental agencies as well as
3. Use backpack sprayers to apply the
November 19, 2002. The Draft from individuals or organizations that
registered herbicides during the spring
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) may be potentially interested or affected
and summer months.
is expected to be completed in January by the proposed action. A scoping letter
4. Treat between 1,500 acres and will be mailed to persons who have
2003, and the Final Environmental 3,600 acres a year over a five- to seven-
Impact Statement (FEIS) is expected to expressed interest in the proposed
year period. Re-treatment may be action based on notification in the
be completed in April 2003. necessary on up to one-third of the Tahoe National Forest Quarterly
ADDRESSES: Send written comments to project area, depending on herbicide Schedule of Proposed Actions and by
Deborah Walker, Sierraville Ranger effectiveness. notification through a published legal
District, PO Box 95, Sierraville, CA 5. Treat individual target plants notice in the Mountain Messenger,
96126, or by sending electronic mail (e- uniformly over the entire area, except Downieville, California, and the Sierra
mail) to deborahwalker@fs.fed.us. For near stream channels, where a spot Booster, Loyalton, California. In
further information, mail application would be used. addition, persons who provided
correspondence to Jeff Leach, NEPA 6. Establish a no-treatment zone along comment on the Cottonwood Fire
Coordinator, Sierraville Ranger District, all stream channels of 25 feet on either Vegetation Management Environmental
PO Box 95, Sierraville, CA 96126. side and around wet areas (seeps, Assessment (2000) will be mailed a
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: springs, and fens) of 50 feet. scoping letter.
Questions and comments about the 7. Avoid treating areas not productive
proposed action should be directed to for growing trees, areas that were Comment Requested
Deborah Walker or Jeff Leach at the unburned or lightly burned, sites that This notice of intent initiates the
above address, or by phone at 530–994– have a predominance of cheatgrass, scoping process, which guides the
3401. known sensitive plant occurrences, or development of the EIS. Comments
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: areas that have been selected as cover submitted during the scoping process
habitat for wildlife species. should be in writing or email, and
Purpose and Need for Action
Possible Alternatives should be specific to the proposed
In 1994, the Cottonwood Fire burned action. The comments should describe
more than 46,000 acres of forest land on Alternatives being considered at this as clearly and completely as possible
the Tahoe and Humboldt-Toiyabe time include: (1) Proposed action; (2) no any points of dispute, debate, or
National Forests. In 1995, the Tahoe action alternative that would not disagreement the commenter has with
National Forest prepared an implement the proposed action or allow the proposal. Once scoping letters are
environmental document authorizing for manual and mechanical release; and received, the District shall identify all
the use of manual and mechanical (3) continue with manual and potential issues, eliminate non-
release methods to accelerate conifer mechanical release treatments significant issues or those covered by
growth and development by controlling exclusively. Additional alternatives to another environmental analysis, identify
shrubs, grasses, and forbs. Since that this proposal would be based on issues to analyze in depth, develop
time conifer seedlings have either been significant issues identified during the additional alternatives to address those
planted or naturally regenerated in the scoping process. significant issues, and identify potential
area. Even though this area historically environmental effects of the proposed
Responsible Official
supported large conifer trees, the site is action as well as fully analyzed
now predominately occupied by shrubs, The District Ranger, Sierraville Ranger alternatives.
such as snowbrush and manzanita. The District, Tahoe National Forest, is the
project area is considered a Sierra responsible official making the decision Early Notice of Importance of Public
Nevada east-side pine type, where and can be reached at PO Box 95, Participation in Subsequent
moisture is the most limiting factor in Sierraville CA 96126. As the responsible Environmental Review
determining plant survival. Shrubs and official, the District Ranger will The draft EIS is expected to be filed
trees currently occupy the same depth document the decision and reasons for with the Environmental Protection
of rooting zone in the soil profile. These the decision in the Record of Decision, Agency (EPA) and available for public
particular shrub species have the ability which will be published along with the review in January 2003. EPA will
to extract soil moisture more effectively final EIS. That decision will be subject publish a notice of availability of the

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draft EIS in the Federal Register at that implementing the procedural provisions opportunity will be provided and
time. The comment period on the draft of the National Environmental Policy individuals will have the opportunity to
EIS will extend for 45 days from the Act of 40 CFR 1503.3 in addressing address the Committee at that time.
date the EPA notice appears in the these points. Dated: October 31, 2002.
Federal Register. At that time, copies of Comments received, including the David W. Martin,
the draft EIS will be mailed to names and addresses of those who
District Ranger.
potentially interested and affected comment, will be considered part of the
agencies, organizations, and individuals public record on this proposal and will [FR Doc. 02–28053 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am]
for their review and comment and to be available for public inspection. BILLING CODE 3410–11–M

those who provided comment during Dated: October 30, 2002.


the scoping period. It is very important
Steven T. Eubanks, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
that those interested in the Cottonwood
Forest Supervisor, Tahoe National Forest.
Fire Vegetation Management Project Forest Service
participate by providing comment at [FR Doc. 02–28051 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am]
that tie. BILLING CODE 3410–11–M
Notice of Resource Advisory
The final EIS would be completed in Committee Meeting
April 2003. In the final EIS, the Forest
Service is required to respond to DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCY: Crook County Resource
substantive comments received during Advisory Committee, Sundance,
Forest Service Wyoming, USDA, Forest Service
the comment period that pertain to the
environmental consequences discussed Madera County Resource Advisory ACTION: Notice of meeting.
in the draft EIS, as well as applicable Committee
laws, regulations, and policies SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in
considered in making the decision AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA. the Federal Advisory Committee Act
regarding this proposal. ACTION: Notice of Resource Advisory (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure
The Forest Service believes, at this Committee meeting. Rural Schools and Community Self-
early stage, it is important to give Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–
reviewers notice of several court ruling SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in 393) the Black Hills National Forests’
related to public participation in the the Federal Advisory Committee Act of Crook County Resource Advisory
environmental review process. First, 1972 (Public law 92–463) and under the Committee will meet Monday,
reviewers of Draft Environmental secure Rural Schools and Community November 18, 2002 in Sundance,
Impact Statement must structure their Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Public Wyoming for a business meeting. The
participation in the environmental Law 106–393) the Sierra National meeting is open to the public.
review of the proposal so that it is Forest’s Resource Advisor Committee SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
meaningful and alerts an agency to the for Madera County will meet on business meeting on November 18,
reviewer’s position and contentions. Monday, November 18, 2002. The begins at 6:30 PM, at U.S. Forest
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Madera Resource Advisory Committee Service, Bearlodge Ranger District
NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553 (1978). Also, will meet at the Yosemite Sierra Visitor office, 121 South 21st Street, Sundance,
environmental objections that could be Bureau, 40637 Highway 41, Oakhurst, Wyoming. Agenda topics will include
raised at the Draft Environmental CA. The purpose of the meeting is an reviewing the response of the
Impact Statement stage, but that are not update about the RAC presentation at community to a call for project
raised until after completion of the the Madera County Board of proposals, discussion of selection
FEIS, may be waived or dismissed by Supervisor’s meeting September 17, criteria and procedures and scheduling
the courts. City of Angoon v. Hodel, 803 2002, update RAC committee outreach, future meetings. A public forum will
F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir. 1986) and discuss a subject for a news article and begin at 8:30 p.m. (MT).
Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v. Harris, 490 develop a planning schedule for projects FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
F. Supp. 1334, 1338 (E.D. Wis. 1980). and project reviews. Steve Kozel, Bearlodge District Ranger
Because of these court rulings, it is very DATES: The Madera Resource Advisory and Designated Federal Officer, at (307)
important that those interested in this Committee meeting will be held 283–1361.
proposed action participate by the close Monday, November 18, 2002. The
of the two-week comment period so that Dated: October 29, 2002.
meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9
substantive comments and objections Steve Kozel,
p.m.
are made available to the Forest Service Bearlodge District Ranger.
ADDRESSES: The Madera County RAC
at a time when it can meaningfully [FR Doc. 02–28136 Filed 11–4–02; 8:45 am]
meeting will be held at the Yosemite
consider them and respond to them in BILLING CODE 3410–11–M
Sierra Visitor Bureau, 40637 Highway
the FEIS.
To assist the Forest Service in 41, Oakhurst, CA.
identifying and considering issues and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
concerns on the proposed action, Dave Martin, U.S.D.A., Sierra National
comments on the DEIS should be as Forest, 57003 Road 225, North Fork, CA, Natural Resources Conservation
specific as possible. It is also helpful if 93643 (559) 877–2217 ext. 3100; e-mail: Service
comments refer to specific pages or dmartin05@fs.fed.us.
chapters of the draft statement. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda East Prong Little Pigeon River
Comments may also address the items to be covered include: (1) Review Watershed, Sevier County, TN
adequacy of the DEIS or the merits of Clover Meadow road project, (2) update AGENCY: Natural Resources
the alternatives formulated and on RAC committee outreach, and, (3) Conservation Service.
discussed in the statement. Reviewers follow up on newspaper article, (4) have
ACTION: Notice of a finding of no
may wish to refer to the Council on evaluation of past projects. The meeting
significant impact.
Environmental Quality Regulations for is open to the public. Public input

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