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                                       Wednesday, December 14, 1994

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

 

North Slope; Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests, Summit 
and Daggett Counties, Utah, and Uinta County, Wyoming

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA, and Bureau of Land Management, USDI.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a supplement to an environment 
impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service will prepare a Draft and Final Supplement 
to the North Slope Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement 
previously prepared for North Slope of the Uinta Mountains (April 
1994). The supplement will focus on the specific issue of roadless 
areas along the North Slope.
    The agency will accept written comments and suggestions concerning 
the supplemental analysis. The agency urges that any comments be 
concise and specific to the focus of the supplement as described below.

DATES: Comments on the analysis must be received by January 12, 1995.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments and suggestions concerning the 
analysis to Liz Schuppert, Evanston District Ranger, Wasatch-Cache 
National Forest, P.O. Box 1880, Evanston, Wyoming 82931.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Questions about the proposed action should be directed to Liz 
Schuppert, Resource Assistant, Evanston Wyoming (307) 789-3194.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forest 
Supervisors released the Final Environmental Impact Statement and 
Record of Decision for the proposal for oil and gas leasing on 
approximately 240,000 acres on the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains. 
Four appeals were filed on the decision. Negotiations with appellants 
led to a withdrawing of approximately 80,000 acres of roadless area 
from leasing consideration until further analysis can be completed. Two 
appellants withdrew their appeal, one became moot, and the Regional 
Forester affirmed the Forest Supervisors on all other appeal points in 
the 4th appeal.
    The supplement will focus on a more detailed analysis of roadless 
characteristics in the major drainages across the North Slope of the 
Uinta Mountains. The Bureau of Land Management has been identified as a 
cooperating agency.
    The Draft Supplement is expected to be filed with the Environmental 
Protection Agency and be available for public review in February, 1995. 
At that time the Environmental Protection Agency will publish a notice 
availability of the Draft Supplement in the Federal Register.
    The comment period on the Draft Supplement will be 45 days from the 
date the Environmental Protection Agency's notice of availability 
appears in the Federal Register. It is very important that those 
interested participate at that time. To be most helpful, comments on 
the Draft Supplement should be as specific as possible and address the 
adequacy of the supplement.
    Comments on the Draft Supplement will be analyzed and considered by 
the Forest Service in preparing the Final Supplement, which is 
scheduled to be completed in April 1995. The Forest Service is required 
to respond to the comments received (40 CFR 1503.4).
    Peter W. Karp, Forest Supervisor of the Wasatch-Cache National 
Forest, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Brent McBeth, Acting Forest 
Supervisor of the Ashley National Forest, Vernal, Utah, are the 
responsible officials for this action.

    Dated: December 6, 1994.
William Levere,
Deputy Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 94-30516 Filed 12-13-94; 8:45 am]
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