Federal Register / Vol. 62, No. 10 / Wednesday, January 15, 1997 / page 2176

Forest Service

Bureau of Land Management

Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project

AGENCIES: Forest Service, USDA; Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Revised notice of intent to prepare environmental impact statements.

SUMMARY: Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project (ICBEMP). The purpose for this revised notice of intent is to provide public notice of the changed completion schedule for the ICBEMP's environmental impact statements (EIS). This Federal Register notice revises the schedule published in the September 11, 1996 Federal Register (61 FR 47859) for the completion of the EISs. The Executive Steering Committee (ESC), at its meeting from December 2-4, 1996, took the important step of approving the alternatives for inclusion in the draft EISs. The ESC also directed changes to the draft EISs to improve them and address specific concerns raised in its earlier internal review of the draft documents. The directed changes focus on clarification of the objectives and standards for the alternatives. Based on the amount of time to implement these changes and then to prepare and print the document, the draft EISs are now planned to go to the printer in April, with a scheduled release for public comment in June 1997. Release of the final EISs and Records of Decision is anticipated approximately one year later.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda S. Colville, Project Management Team, Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project, 304 North 8th Street, Room 246, Boise, Idaho 83702, phone 208-334-1770.

DATED: January 6, 1997

Regional Forester

DATED: January 6, 1997

State Director