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near the College Park Metro Station, or over 6 million acres expire in 2008, and DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
parking is available nearby for $2.25. 6 million acres in 2009 and 2010.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE Determining the future direction of the Forest Service
CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM CRP is thus critical.
CONTACT: John Carter, Farm Service CCC published a notice in the Federal DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Agency, USDA, 1400 Independence Register on August 10, 2004 [69 FR
Avenue, SW., STOP 0513, Washington, Bureau of Land Management
48447] seeking public comment on a
DC 20250–0513; telephone: (202) 720– number of issues involving the large [CO–140–1610–DS]
8774; FAX (202) 720–4619; e-mail: number of expiring CRP contracts, such
john.carter@wdc.uda.gov. as how to best stagger contract Notice of Availability of a Draft
FOR FURTHER MEETING INFORMATION expirations using re-enrollments and Environmental Impact Statement for
CONTACT: Matthew Ponish, Farm Service extensions over several years and under the Rock Creek Integrated
Agency, USDA, 1400 Independence what criteria. Management Project
Ave., SW., STOP 0513, Washington, DC
In response to the FR notice, CCC AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA, and
20250–0513; telephone: (202) 720–6853;
received over 5,000 comments from a Bureau of Land Management, USDI.
FAX: (202) 720–4619; e-mail:
matthew.ponish@wdc.usda.gov total of 570 individuals, agencies, and ACTION: Notice of availability.
regarding conference questions. Persons organizations. A majority of the
comments received pertained to SUMMARY: In accordance with the
with disabilities who require special National Environmental Policy Act
accommodation to attend or participate extending a contract for a certain length
of time (question 1) and renewing a (NEPA) of 1969, National Forest
in the conference should contact Toni Management Act of 1976, and Federal
Paris, telephone: (301) 734–8010 by contract without competition (question
5). However, before proceeding with Land Policy and Management Act
June 16, 2005. (FLPMA) of 1976, a Draft Environmental
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Meeting changes in the CRP implementation,
CCC has determined that a public Impact Statement (EIS) has been
attendees must register in advance prepared for the Rock Creek Integrated
online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/ meeting should be held in order to
solicit additional comments as well as Management Project and is available for
cepd/public_meeting/register.htm. a 60-day public review and comment
There is no charge to attend the provide a forum for open discussion of
period. The planning area lies in Routt
meeting. Because space is limited and the following two topics:
County, Colorado. This project is an
for security purposes, advance Topic 1. How should CCC address the ‘‘authorized project’’ under Title I of the
registration is required and all attendees large number of expiring CRP contracts Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA).
will need to present a valid picture ID and their associated acres in a manner DATES: Written comments on the Draft
to enter the building. Conference that achieves the most environmental EIS will be accepted for 60 days
details, including registration, meeting benefits but is also administratively following the date EPA publishes their
agenda, hotel accommodations and feasible and cost-effective? What NOA in the FR. Future public meetings
directions are available on FSA’s Web methods should be pursued that would and any other public involvement
site at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/ address the large acreage expiring activities will be announced at least 15
cepd/public_meeting/information.htm beginning in 2007 (for example, how days in advance through public notices,
or from Matthew Ponish at (202) 720– could CCC stagger the contract local media releases in Steamboat
6853; e-mail: expirations over several-year intervals
matthew.ponish@wdc.usda.gov. Springs, Glenwood Springs, and the
and what criteria could CCC use to project Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: First select and extend contracts)? r2/mbr/project under Environmental
established in 1985, the CRP is a Topic 2. If CCC offered CRP re- Analysis and Forest Health.
voluntary program, funded by the enrollment without competition, how When submitting comments please
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), could it ensure that program goals are include your full name and address.
encouraging farmers to implement achieved in a manner that results in the Submit comments in Microsoft Word
conservation practices on most environmental benefits but is also 2000 file format or as an ASCII file,
environmentally-sensitive agricultural administratively feasible and cost avoiding the use of special characters
land to reduce soil erosion, protect effective? How could CCC determine and any form of encryption.
water quality and enhance wildlife which contracts and acres would be ADDRESSES: You may submit comments
habitat. The CRP has provided most environmentally valuable to re- by any of the following methods:
significant environmental benefits enroll in the CRP without competition Web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/
across the nation, primarily by through a standard Environmental mbr/projects under Environmental
providing wildlife habitat, improving Benefits Index ranking process? Analysis and Forest Health. Follow the
stream quality, and reducing soil instructions for submitting comments
erosion. The U.S. Department of AGENDA: The meeting will be structured on the Web site.
Agriculture is committed to full around the two primary issues regarding E-mail: comments-rocky-mountain-
enrollment up to the authorized level of expiring contracts and re-enrollment. medicine-bow-routt-yampa@fs.fed.us.
39.2 million acres. To ensure that the Information and presentations will help Include ‘‘Rock Creek’’ in the subject line
environmental benefits of CRP continue, establish the scope of the meeting and of the e-mail message.
and because of the significant number of focus the facilitated discussion on the Fax: (970) 870–2284.
contract expirations beginning in 2007, primary topics outlined in this notice. Mail or Hand Delivery: Joanne
the FSA will offer early re-enrollments Signed in Washington, DC May 26, 2005. Sanfilippo, Environmental Coordinator,
and extensions of existing contracts to Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests,
James R. Little,
current CRP participants. 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs,
About 35 million acres are currently Administrator, Farm Service Agency. Colorado 80487.
enrolled in the CRP. Over 16 million [FR Doc. 05–11128 Filed 5–31–05; 3:18 pm] Written comments, including names
acres of CRP contracts expire in 2007, BILLING CODE 3410–05–P and addresses of recipients, will be

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available for public review at the Comments may also address the Michigan, U.S. Department of
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest adequacy of the draft EIS or the merits Agriculture.
Office, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat of the alternatives formulated and ACTION: Notice of availability of
Springs, Colorado 80487, during normal discussed in the statement. Reviewers proposed changes in NRCS-Michigan
working hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., may wish to refer to the Council on FOTG, Section IV for review and
except holidays). Environmental Quality Regulations for comment.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: implementing the procedural provisions
Joanne Sanfilippo (970–870–2210) or of the National Environmental Policy SUMMARY: It is the intention of NRCS in
Andy Cadenhead (970–870–2220), Act at 40 CFR 1503.3 in addressing Michigan to issue revised conservation
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, these points. Comments received, practice standards in Section IV of the
925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, including the names and addresses of FOTG. The revised standards include:
Colorado 80487 or Karl Mendonca (970– those who comment, will be considered Access Road (560)
947–2811), Bureau of Land part of the public record on this Closure of Waste Impoundments (360)
Management, Glenwood Springs Field proposal and will be available for public Forage Harvest Management (511)
Office, 50629 Highway 6 & 24, inspection. Heavy Use Protection Area (561)
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81602. Healthy Forests Restoration Act Irrigation System, Sprinkler (442)
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Between Predecisional Review (Objection) Manure Transfer (634)
2002 and 2003, Mountain Pine Beetle Process HFRA [Section 105(a)] replaces Nutrient Management (590)
(MPB) activity in the drought-stressed the USDA Forest Service’s and Bureau Pasture and Hay Planting (512)
Gore Pass Geographic Area increased of Land Management’s administrative Prescribed Grazing (528)
20-fold. A multidisciplinary, focused appeals process with an objection Sediment Basin (350)
assessment was completed that process that occurs before the decision Stream Crossing (578)
identified the probability of a large- approving authorized fuel-reduction Stripcropping (585)
scale, high intensity beetle epidemic projects under the act. Participation in Structure for Water Control (587)
and fires that will threaten hydrologic the predecisional review process is Subsurface Drain (606)
flows, timber, wildlife habitats, limited to individuals and organizations Waste Facility Cover (347)
developed recreation sites, who have submitted specific written Well Decommissioning (351)
administrative sites, the transportation comments related to the proposed
authorized hazardous fuel reduction DATES: Comments will be received for a
system, heritage sites, off-site urban 30-day period commencing with this
development, and other values. The project during the opportunity for
public comment provided when an date of publication.
interdisciplinary team identified
potential management actions using environmental (EA) or EIS is being FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
prevention, suppression, and salvage prepared for the project [Section Inquire in writing to Kevin Wickey,
strategies to reduce the beetle 105(a)(3), 36 CFR 218.6]. Assistant State Conservationist-
infestations and minimize adverse Written objections, including any Technology, Natural Resources
effects to resources. attachments, must be filed with the Conservation Service, 3001 Coolidge
Insect epidemics are one of the reviewing officer within 30 days after Road, Suite 250, East Lansing, MI
natural processes in forested the publication date of the legal notice 48823. Copies of these standards will be
landscapes. Some uses of the forest are of the EA or final EIS in the newspaper made available upon written request.
compromised by tree mortality resulting of record [Section 218.4(b)]. It is the You may submit electronic requests and
from insect attacks. Recreation, wood responsibility of the objectors to ensure comments to
product production, scenery, wildlife that their objection is received in a Kevin.Wickey@mi.usda.gov.
habitats and water resources are all timely manner. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
adversely affected by large scale insect Dated: April 8, 2005. Kevin Wickey (517) 324–5279.
epidemics and the subsequent increased Oscar P. Martinez, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section
risk of these areas to large high intensity District Ranger, Yampa Ranger District, 393 of the Federal Agriculture
wildfires. Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, USDA Improvement and Reform Act of 1996
The purpose of the Proposed Action Forest Service. states that revisions made after
is to reduce the size and intensity of an enactment of the law, to NRCS state
Dated: April 8, 2005.
existing and imminent mountain pine technical guides used to carry out
beetle epidemic, and to reduce the Jamie Connell,
Area Manager, Glenwood Springs Field highly erodible land and wetland
future risk of large-scale high intensity provisions of the law, shall be made
wildfires within the Rock Creek Office, USDI Bureau of Land Management.
[FR Doc. 05–11088 Filed 6–2–05; 8:45 am] available for public review and
Analysis Area. comment. For the next 30 days, the
The Medicine Bow-Routt National BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P
NRCS in Michigan will receive
Forests is the lead agency. The comments relative to the proposed
Glenwood Springs Field Office of the changes. Following that period, a
Bureau of Land Management is the joint DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
determination will be made by the
lead agency for the Rock Creek NRCS in Michigan regarding disposition
Natural Resources Conservation
Integrated Management Project. of those comments and a final
Service
To assist the Forest Service and the determination of change will be made.
Bureau of Land Management in Notice of Proposed Changes to
identifying and considering issues and Dated: May 13, 2005.
Section IV of the Field Office Technical
concerns on the proposed action, John A. Bricker,
Guide (FOTG) of the Natural Resources
comments on the draft EIS should be as State Conservationist, East Lansing,
Conservation Service in Michigan
specific as possible. It is also helpful if Michigan.
comments refer to specific pages or AGENCY: Natural Resources [FR Doc. 05–11025 Filed 6–2–05; 8:45 am]
chapters of the draft statement. Conservation Service (NRCS) in BILLING CODE 3410–16–P

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