[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 145 (Friday, July 27, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 44144-44146]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18322]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

36 CFR Part 219

RIN 0596-AD02


National Forest System Land Management Planning; Correction

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Correcting amendments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a National 
Forest System land management planning rule in the Federal Register, on 
April 9, 2012, (77 FR 21162).
    Errors have been found in the rule with respect to punctuation, 
hyphenation, and wording. The errors have been corrected in the rule 
published today.

DATES: These corrections are effective July 27, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written inquiries about this correction document may be sent 
to the Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, USDA Forest 
Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mailstop Code 1104, Washington, DC 
20250-1104.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ecosystem Management Coordination 
staff's Planning Specialist Regis Terney at 202-205-1552.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This document makes technical corrections to Title 36, Code of 
Federal Regulations, Part 219--Planning, Subpart A--National Forest 
System Land Management Planning (36 CFR part 219, subpart A). One 
technical correction at 36 CFR 219.11(d)(4) concerns the wording 
describing the maximum size for openings that may be cut in one harvest 
operation. The wording should have said ``maximum size for openings'' 
instead of ``maximize size for openings.''
    At 36 CFR 219.17(b)(2) and (b)(3), the reference to ``36 CFR part 
209'' should be ``36 CFR part 219'' and reference to ``parts 200 to 
209'' should be ``parts 200 to 299'' and, therefore, technical 
corrections have been made to Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 
Part 219--Planning, Subpart A--National Forest System Land Management 
Planning (36 CFR part 219, subpart A), Sec.  219.17(b)(2) and (b)(3). 
The correct reference in section 219.17(b)(2) and (3) is '' (36 CFR 
Part 219, published at 36 CFR Parts 200 to 299, revised as of July 1, 
2010).''
    In addition, corrections have been made to punctuation, 
hyphenation, and wording errors. The punctuation, hyphenation, and word 
corrections do not change the content of the rule. These specific 
changes are as follows:
    In Sec.  219.4, paragraph (a), the acronym ``NEPA'' is spelled out; 
in paragraph (a)(2), the term ``Government'' is capitalized; and in 
paragraph (a)(3)(b)(2)(iii), the word ``to'' has been added.
    In Sec.  219.6 paragraph (a)(1), the word ``contained'' has been 
removed from the first sentence.
    In Sec.  219.7 paragraph (c)(2)(viii), the word ``which'' has been 
changed to ``that.''
    In Sec.  219.11 paragraph (d)(4) ``maximize'' has been changed to 
``maximum'' and in paragraph (d)(4)(ii) ``60-days'' has been 
hyphenated.
    In Sec.  219.19 Definitions, changes have been made in definitions 
as follows: at ``Collaboration or collaborative process'' the comma has 
been removed from ``October, 2007;'' at ``Connectivity'' the term 
``long distance'' has been hyphenated; at ``Cultural Services'' a comma 
was added after the term ``experiences;'' and at ``Source water 
protection areas'' ``the'' was added to ``Environmental Protection 
Agency.''

Need for Correction

    As published, the final regulations contain errors which may be 
misleading and, therefore, need to be changed. Other changes are to 
make the document grammatically correct.

List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 219

    Administrative practice and procedure, Environmental impact 
statements, Indians, Intergovernmental relations, National forests, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Science and technology.

    Accordingly, 36 CFR part 219 is corrected by making the following 
correcting amendments:

PART 219--PLANNING

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1. The authority citation for part 219 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 16 U.S.C. 1604, 1613.


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2. In Sec.  219.4 revise paragraph (a) introductory text, and 
paragraphs (a)(2), and (b)(2)(iii) to read as follows:


Sec.  219.4  Requirements for public participation.

    (a) Providing opportunities for participation. The responsible 
official shall provide opportunities to the public for participating in 
the assessment process; developing a plan proposal, including the 
monitoring program; commenting on the proposal and the disclosure of 
its environmental impacts in accompanying National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) documents; and reviewing the results of monitoring 
information. When developing opportunities for public participation, 
the responsible official shall take into account the discrete and 
diverse roles, jurisdictions, responsibilities, and skills of 
interested and affected parties; the accessibility of the process, 
opportunities, and information; and the cost, time, and available 
staffing. The responsible official should be proactive and use 
contemporary tools, such as the Internet, to engage the public, and 
should share information in an open way with interested parties. 
Subject to the notification requirements in Sec.  219.16, the 
responsible official has the discretion to determine the scope,

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methods, forum, and timing of those opportunities. The Forest Service 
retains decisionmaking authority and responsibility for all decisions 
throughout the process.
* * * * *
    (2) Consultation with federally recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska 
Native Corporations. The Department recognizes the Federal Government 
has certain trust responsibilities and a unique legal relationship with 
federally recognized Indian Tribes. The responsible official shall 
honor the government-to-government relationship between federally 
recognized Indian Tribes and the Federal Government. The responsible 
official shall provide to federally recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska 
Native Corporations the opportunity to undertake consultation 
consistent with Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, and 25 
U.S.C. 450 note.
* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (iii) Opportunities for the plan to address the impacts identified 
or to contribute to joint objectives; and
* * * * *

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3. In Sec.  219.6 revise paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  219.6  Assessment.

* * * * *
    (a) * * *
    (1) Identify and consider relevant existing information in 
governmental or non-governmental assessments, plans, monitoring 
reports, studies, and other sources of relevant information. Such 
sources of information may include State forest assessments and 
strategies, the Resources Planning Act assessment, ecoregional 
assessments, non-governmental reports, State comprehensive outdoor 
recreation plans, community wildfire protection plans, public 
transportation plans, State wildlife data and action plans, and 
relevant Agency or interagency reports, resource plans or assessments. 
Relevant private information, including relevant land management plans 
and local knowledge, will be considered if publicly available or 
voluntarily provided.
* * * * *

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4. In Sec.  219.7 revise paragraph (c)(2)(viii) to read as follows:


Sec.  219.7  New plan development or plan revision.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (viii) Identify the suitability of areas for the appropriate 
integration of resource management and uses, with respect to the 
requirements for plan components of Sec. Sec.  219.8 through 219.11, 
including identifying lands that are not suitable for timber production 
(Sec.  219.11).
* * * * *

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5. In Sec.  219.11 revise paragraph (d)(4) introductory text, and 
paragraph (d)(4)(ii) to read as follows:


Sec.  219.11  Timber requirements based on the NFMA.

* * * * *
    (d) * * *
    (4) Where plan components will allow clearcutting, seed tree 
cutting, shelterwood cutting, or other cuts designed to regenerate an 
even-aged stand of timber, the plan must include standards limiting the 
maximum size for openings that may be cut in one harvest operation, 
according to geographic areas, forest types, or other suitable 
classifications.
* * * * *
    (ii) Plan components may allow for size limits exceeding those 
established in paragraphs (d)(4) introductory text and (d)(4)(i) of 
this section on an individual timber sale basis after ``60-days'' 
public notice and review by the regional forester.
* * * * *

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6. In Sec.  219.17 revise paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  219.17  Effective dates and transition.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (2) Initiating plan amendments. All plan amendments initiated after 
May 9, 2012, are subject to the objection process in subpart B of this 
part. With respect to plans approved or revised under a prior planning 
regulation, including the transition provisions of the reinstated 2000 
rule (36 CFR part 219, published at 36 CFR parts 200 to 299, revised as 
of July 1, 2010), plan amendments may be initiated under the provisions 
of the prior planning regulation for 3 years after May 9, 2012, and may 
be completed and approved under those provisions (except for the 
optional appeal procedures of the prior planning regulation); or may be 
initiated, completed, and approved under the requirements of this part. 
After the 3-year transition period, all plan amendments must be 
initiated, completed, and approved under the requirements of this part.
    (3) Plan development, plan amendments, or plan revisions initiated 
before this part. For plan development, plan amendments, or plan 
revisions that were initiated before May 9, 2012, the responsible 
official may complete and approve the plan, plan amendment, or plan 
revision in conformance with the provisions of the prior planning 
regulation, including its transition provisions (36 CFR part 219, 
published at 36 CFR parts 200 to 299, revised as of July 1, 2010), or 
may conform the plan, plan amendment, or plan revision to the 
requirements of this part. If the responsible official chooses to 
complete an ongoing planning process under the provisions of the prior 
planning regulation, but chooses to allow for an objection rather than 
an administrative appeal, the objection process in subpart B of this 
part shall apply. When the responsible official chooses to conform an 
ongoing planning process to this part, public notice must be made 
(Sec.  219.16(a)(5)). An objection process may be chosen only if the 
public is provided the opportunity to comment on a proposed plan, plan 
amendment, or plan revision, and associated environmental analysis.
* * * * *

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7. In Sec.  219.19 revise the definitions of Collaboration or 
collaborative process and Connectivity, revise paragraph (4) of the 
definition of Ecosystem services, and revise the definition of Source 
water protection areas to read as follows:


Sec.  219.19  Definitions.

* * * * *
    Collaboration or collaborative process. A structured manner in 
which a collection of people with diverse interests share knowledge, 
ideas, and resources while working together in an inclusive and 
cooperative manner toward a common purpose. Collaboration, in the 
context of this part, falls within the full spectrum of public 
engagement described in the Council on Environmental Quality's 
publication of October 2007: Collaboration in NEPA--A Handbook for NEPA 
Practitioners.
    Connectivity. Ecological conditions that exist at several spatial 
and temporal scales that provide landscape linkages that permit the 
exchange of flow, sediments, and nutrients; the daily and seasonal 
movements of animals within home ranges; the dispersal and genetic 
interchange between populations; and the long-distance range shifts of 
species, such as in response to climate change.
* * * * *
    Ecosystem services. * * *
    (4) Cultural services, such as educational, aesthetic, spiritual 
and cultural heritage values, recreational experiences, and tourism 
opportunities.
* * * * *
    Source water protection areas. The area delineated by a State or 
Tribe for

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a public water system (PWS) or including numerous PWSs, whether the 
source is ground water or surface water or both, as part of a State or 
tribal source water assessment and protection program (SWAP) approved 
by the Environmental Protection Agency under section 1453 of the Safe 
Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300h-3(e)).
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    Dated: July 19, 2012.
Thomas L. Tidwell,
Chief, Forest Service.
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