[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 76 (Friday, April 19, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 23522-23523]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08838]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

36 CFR Part 294


Idaho Roadless Rule

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to 36 CFR 294.27 the Forest Service, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture (USDA), is proposing to modify Idaho Roadless Area 
boundaries for the Big Creek, Grandmother Mountain, Pinchot Butte, 
Roland Point, Wonderful Peak Idaho Roadless Areas on the Idaho 
Panhandle National Forests to reflect lands acquired within and/or 
adjacent to these roadless areas. In addition, modifications to correct 
mapping errors involving Forest Plan Special Areas in the Salmo-Priest, 
and Upper Priest Idaho Roadless Areas are addressed. An administrative 
correction is proposed to Sec.  294.29 to add the Buckhorn Ridge Idaho 
Roadless Areas to the list under the Kootenai National Forest.
    Notice is given pursuant to 36 CFR 294.27(b), that the Chief 
proposes to issue the modifications after a 45-day public notice and 
opportunity to comment.

DATES: Comments must be received, in writing, on or before June 3, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this document should be 
addressed to Idaho Roadless Area Idaho Panhandle Correction, Northern 
Regional Office, 200 East Broadway, P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, MT 59807-
7669. Comments may also be sent via email to comments-northern-regional-office@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to (406) 329-3314.
    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are 
placed in the record and are available for public inspection and 
copying. The public may inspect comments received at http://roadless.fs.fed.us.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Idaho Roadless Coordinator Anne Davy 
at (406) 329-3314. Additional information concerning this 
administrative correction, including the proposed corrected maps, may 
be obtained on the Internet at http://

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roadless.fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for 
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, 
Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following modifications and corrections 
are proposed to update five roadless areas due to land exchanges that 
occurred since the Idaho Roadless Rule was finalized; correct two 
roadless area mapping errors associated with Forest Plan Special Areas; 
and correct the list at 36 CFR 294.29 becaused an area had been 
inappropriately shown as only located on the Idaho Panhandle National 
Forest instead of split between the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai 
National Forests. For purposes of this request for comment all of these 
changes will be referred to as ``modifications''. These modifications 
were discussed with the State of Idaho Implementation Committee on 
April 5, 2012, and the Govenor of Idaho has since recommended the 
Forest Service proceed with these modifications. The modifications are 
necesasary to update and correct the Idaho Roadless Rule acreages and 
boundaries and make minor theme adjustments.

Modifications Due to Lands Aquired Through Land Exchanges

    The following Idaho Roadless Areas will be modified due to lands 
acquired through land exchanges that occurred since the Idaho Roadless 
Rule was finalized in the fall of 2008. These modifications will update 
the maps with correct ownership and management classifications.
    Big Creek Idaho Roadless Area #143. Two parcels of land, 158 acres, 
will be added to the Big Creek roadless area and will be classified as 
Backcountry Restoration. These proposed modifications occur in T46N, 
R2E, section 11; and T47N, R2E, section 35, Boise Meridian and were 
part of the Spooky Butte Land Exchange.
    Grandmother Mountain Idaho Roadless Area #148. Five parcels of 
land, 1,107 acres, will be added to Grandmother Mountain roadless area 
and will be classified as Backcountry Restoration. These proposed 
modifications occur in T43N, R3E, section 26; and T43N, R4E, sections 
5, 7, 17, and 31, Boise Meridian and were part of the Grandmother 
Mountain Land Exchange and an unnamed land exchange with a single 
party.
    Pinchot Butte Idaho Roadless Area #149. One parcel of land, 80 
acres will be added to Pinchot Butte roadless area and will be 
classified as Backcountry Restoration. Bureau of Land Management lands 
surround this parcel on three sides and are also roadless. These 
proposed modifications occur in T43N, R4E, section 33, Boise Meridian 
and were part of the Grandmother Mountain Land Exchange.
    Roland Point Idaho Roadless Area #146. One parcel of land, 60 
acres, will be added to Roland Point roadless area and will be 
classified as Backcountry Restoration. These proposed modifications 
occur in T47N, R6E, sections 29, 31, and 32, Boise Meridian and were 
part of the Lucky Swede Land Exchange.
    Wonderful Peak Idaho Roadless Area #152. One parcel of land, 59 
acres, will be added to Wonderful Peak roadless area and will be 
classified as Backcountry Restoration. These proposed modifications 
occur in T47N, R6E, sections 19 and 20, Boise Meridian and were part of 
the Olson Wondeful Land Exchange.

Technical Corrections to Theme Classifications

    Salmo-Priest Idaho Roadless Area #981. The Idaho Roadless Rule will 
be modified to correct a mapping error. A small portion (65 acres) of 
the Salmo-Priest Idaho Roadless Rule will be changed from a Forest Plan 
Special Area to Wild Land Recreation. This change reflects the width of 
the eligible Wild and Scenic River (Hughes Fork) located in this 
section. These proposed modifications occur in T63N, R5W, sections 5 
and 6; T64N, R5W, sections 20, 28 and 29, Boise Meridian.
    Upper Priest Idaho Roadless Area #123. The Idaho Roadless Rule will 
be modified to correct a mapping error. A small portion (112 acres) of 
the Upper Priest Roadless Area will be changed from Backcountry/
Restoration to a Forest Plan Special Area. This change reflects the 
width of the eligible Wild and Scenic River (Hughes Fork) located in 
this section. These proposed modifications occur in T62N, R4W, sections 
6, 7 and 8; T62N, R5W, section 1; T63N, R5W, sections 12, 13, 16, 21, 
28, 33, and 34, Boise Meridian.

List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 294

    National Forests, Navigation (air), Recreation areas, State 
petitions for inventoried roadless area management.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Forest Service 
proposes to amend part 294 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations by making the following technical corrections:

PART 294--SPECIAL AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 294 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 472, 551, and 1131.

Subpart C--Idaho Roadless Area Management

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2. Amend the table in Sec.  294.29 by adding a new entry for Kootenai 
National Forest to read as follows:


Sec.  294.29  List of designated Idaho Roadless Areas.

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                     Forest                              Idaho roadless area           Number      WLR    Primitive     BCR      GFRG    SAHTS     FPSA
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Kootenai.......................................  Buckhorn Ridge....................        661   .......  .........        X   .......  .......  .......
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     Dated: March 13, 2013.
Thomas L. Tidwell,
Chief.
[FR Doc. 2013-08838 Filed 4-18-13; 8:45 am]
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