[Federal Register: August 8, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 154)]
[Page 46331-46332]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Bureau of Land Management


Notice of Availability of the Proposed Cottonwood Resource 
Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement; Idaho

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and 
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan/
Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) for the Cottonwood 
Field Office, Idaho.

DATES: The BLM Planning Regulations (43 CFR 1610.5-2) state that any 
person who participated in the planning process, and has an interest 
which is or may be adversely affected, may protest BLM's approval of a 
Resource Management Plan. You must file a protest within 30 days of the 
date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register. Instructions for filing of 
protests are described in the Dear Reader letter of the Cottonwood 
PRMP/FEIS and in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. 
To ensure compliance with the protest regulations, please consult BLM's 
Planning Regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2.

Cottonwood Field Office, 1 Butte Drive, Cottonwood, ID 83522; (208) 
962-3784; or Dean_Huibregtse@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The planning area covers approximately 
143,830 acres of public lands within the following Idaho Counties: 
Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, Idaho and Adams. The Cottonwood 
RMP, when completed, will provide management guidance for use and 
protection of the resources managed by the Cottonwood Field Office. The 
Draft Cottonwood RMP/EIS was published for public comment on August 25, 
2006. During the 90-day public comment period BLM received 30 comment 
letters, e-mails, and faxes containing 376 individual comments. 
Comments on the Draft RMP/EIS from the public and internal BLM review 
comments were incorporated into the proposed plan. Public comments 
resulted in the addition of clarifying text and minor changes to the 
Preferred Alternative, but did not significantly change proposed land 
use decisions. The planning issues addressed in the PRMP/FEIS include: 
invasive plant species, forest vegetation, special status species, 
watershed management, transportation and travel management, commercial 
land uses, fuels reduction treatments, public land management and 
recreational demands.
    Copies of the Cottonwood PRMP/FEIS have been sent to affected 
Federal, State and Local Government agencies and to interested parties. 
Copies of the PRMP/FEIS are available for public inspection at the BLM 
Cottonwood Field Office at the address shown above. Interested persons 
may review the PRMP/FEIS on the Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.blm.gov/rmp/id/cottonwood/. You may also obtain a copy on CD-ROM, or paper copy at the 
BLM Cottonwood Office at the address listed above, or by contacting 
Dean Huibregtse at (208) 962-3784.
    As noted above, instructions for filing a protest with the Director 
of the BLM regarding the PRMP/FEIS may be found at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. A 
protest may only raise those issues which were submitted for the record 
during the planning process. E-mail and faxed protests will not be 
accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides 
the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by 
the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, BLM will 
consider the e-mail or faxed protest as an advance copy

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and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM 
with such advance notification, please direct faxed protests to the 
attention of the BLM protest coordinator at 202-452-5112, and e-mails 
to Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.
    All protests including the follow-up letter (if e-mailing or 
faxing) must be in writing and mailed to one of the following 

               Regular mail:                       Overnight mail:
Director (210), Attention: Brenda Hudgens-  Director (210), Attention:
 Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, DC    Brenda Hudgens-Williams,
 20035.                                      1620 L Street, NW., Suite
                                             107, Washington, DC 20036.

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be 
aware that your entire protest--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Thomas H. Dyer,
Idaho State Director.
[FR Doc. E8-18193 Filed 8-7-08; 8:45 am]