Federal Register: March 20, 1998

Volume 63, Number 54


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project, Northern, Intermountain, and Pacific Northwest Regions

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[ID918-1610-00-UCRB]

Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project, States of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.

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

ACTION: Notice of extension of comment period for draft environmental impact statements (EISs).


SUMMARY: On June 12, 1997, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management published a notice of availability of two draft EISs in the Federal Register (62 FR 320786). That notice stated that a 120-day comment period was provided for the Eastside Draft EIS and for the Upper Columbia River Basin Draft EIS. On September 5, 1997, a second notice (62 FR 46941) extended the comment period to February 6, 1998. On January 23, 1998, a third notice (6 FR 3533) extended the comment period to April 6, 1998. This notice is to inform interested parties that the comment period has been extended again to provide additional time for public review of, and comment on, an economic and social report prepared in response to a requirement of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998.

DATES: Comments on the two draft EISs and on the economic and social report must now be submitted or postmarked no later than May 6, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the economic and social report were mailed the second week of March to everyone on the mailing list for the Eastside and Upper Columbia River Basin Draft EISs. Interested parties not on the mailing list can obtain a copy from ICBEMP, 112 E. Poplar Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362 or by calling (509) 522-4030 or from ICBEMP, 304 N. 8th Street, Room 250, Boise ID 83702 or by calling (208) 334-1770, ext. 120. The economic and social report will also be available via the Internet (https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/icbemp/).

Comments on the Eastside draft EIS, including the economic and social report, should be submitted in writing to ICBEMP, 112 East Poplar Street, P.O. Box 2076, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Comments on the Upper Columbia River Basin draft EIS, including the economic and social report, should be submitted in writing to ICBEMP, 304 N. 8th Street, Room 250, Boise, ID 83702. If your comments are in regard to both draft EISs, they may be sent to either office. Comments may also be made electronically by accessing the Project home page (https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/icbemp/), where a comment form is available. If you have already submitted your comments, you may now submit more comments on the draft EIS, including your comments regarding the economic and social report.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EIS Team Leader Jeff Walter, 304 N. 8th Street, Room 250, Boise, ID 83702, telephone (208) 334-1770 or EIS Deputy Team Leader Cathy Humphrey, 112 East Poplar Street, P.O. Box 2076, Walla Walla, WA 99362, telephone (509) 522-4030.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Section 323 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998 Pub. L. 105- 83), the United States Congress directed the following: ``Using all research information available from the area encompassed by the Project, the Secretaries [of Agriculture and the Interior], to the extent practicable, shall analyze the economic and social conditions, and culture and customs, of the communities at the sub-basin level within the Project area and the impacts the alternatives in the draft EISs will have on those communities. This analysis shall be published on a schedule that will allow a reasonable period of time for public comment thereon prior to the close of the comment periods on the draft EIS. The analysis, together with the response to the public comment, shall be incorporated in the final EISs and subsequent decisions related thereto.'' The required analysis has been prepared. It is a report on the existing economic and social conditions at the community level within the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project area and, to the extent practicable, an analysis of the effects of the alternatives described in the draft EISs upon communities. This report has been distributed to the public, providing approximately eights weeks for review and comment before the comment period closes May 6, 1998.

Dated: March 12, 1998.

J. David Brunner,
Acting State Director Bureau of Land Management.

Dated: March 12, 1998.

Robert W. Williams,
Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service.

[FR Doc. 98-7270 Filed 3-19-98; 8:45 am]
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