[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 192 (Thursday, October 3, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 61329]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24218]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah 
National Forests

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Initiating the development of a land management plan 
revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

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SUMMARY: The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, located in North 
Carolina, are initiating the development of a land management plan 
revision (forest plan) for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests 
(NFs). A Draft Assessment has been posted to our Web site. We are 
inviting the public to help us develop a preliminary ``need for 
change'' and a proposed action for the land management plan revision.

DATES: A draft of the Assessment report for the revision of the 
Nantahala and Pisgah NFs land management plan was posted on the 
following Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision on 
September 20, 2013.
    Public meetings associated with the development of the preliminary 
``need for change'' and a proposed action will be announced on the Web 
site cited above.
    It is anticipated that the Notice of Intent to prepare an 
environmental impact statement (which will accompany the land 
management plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah NFs), will be 
published in the Federal Register around December 2013 to January 2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments or questions concerning this notice should 
be addressed to National Forests in North Carolina, Nantahala and 
Pisgah Plan Revision, 160 Zillicoa St., Suite A, Asheville, North 
Carolina 28801. Comments or questions may also be sent via email to 
NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us. All correspondence, including names and 
addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for 
public inspection and copying.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ruth Berner, Forest Planner, 828-257-
4200. 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 time), Monday through Friday.
    More information on the planning process can also be found on the 
Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the 2012 Forest Planning Rule 
(36 CFR Part 219), the planning process encompases three-stages: 
Assessment, plan revision, and monitoring. The first stage of the 
planning process involves assessing social, economic, and ecological 
conditions of the planning area, which is documented in an assessment 
report. A draft of the assessment report for the Nantahala and Pisgah 
NFs was posted on the Forest Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision on September 20, 2013.
    This notice announces the start of the second stage of the planning 
process, which is the development of the land management plan revision. 
The first task of plan revision is to develop a preliminary ``need for 
change'', which identifies the need to change management direction in 
current plans due to changing conditions or other monitoring 
information. The next task is to develop a proposed action, which is a 
proposal on how to respond to needs for changes. We are inviting the 
public to help us develop our preliminary ``need for change'' and a 
proposed action.
    A proposed action will initiate our compliance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act. A Notice of Intent to prepare an 
environmental impact statement for the land mangement plan revision, 
which will include a description of the preliminary need for change and 
a description of the proposed action, will be published around December 
2013 to January 2014 in the Federal Register.
    Forest plans developed under the National Forest Management Act 
(NFMA) of 1976 describe the strategic direction for management of 
forest resources for ten to fifteen years, and are adaptive and 
amendable as conditions changes over time. The Forest Plan for the 
Nantahala and Pisgah NFs was approved in 1987, with a Significant 
Amendment to the Forest Plan approved in 1994. On November 20, 2012, a 
public announcement was made that the Nantahala and Pisgah NFs were 
beginning to work on the Assessment for revising their Forest Plan. 
This notice announces the start of the second stage of the planning 
process, the development of the land management plan revision. Once the 
plan revision is completed, it will be subject to the objection 
procedures of 36 CFR Part 219, Subpart B, before it can be approved. 
The third stage of the planning process is the monitoring and 
evaluation of the revised plan, which is ongoing over the life of the 
revised plan.
    As public meetings, other opportunities for public engagement, and 
public review and comment opportunties are identified to assist with 
the development of the forest plan revision, public announcements will 
be made, notifications will be posted on the Forest's Web site at 
www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision and information will be sent out 
to the Forest's mailing list. If anyone is interested in being on the 
Forest's mailing list to receive these notifications, please contact 
Ruth Berner, the Forest Planner, at the address identified below, or by 
sending an email to NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

Responsible Official

    The responsible official for the revision of the land management 
plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests is Kristin Bail, 
Forest Supervisor, National Forests in North Carolina, 160 Zillicoa 
St., Suite A, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.

    Dated: September 25, 2013.
Kristin Bail,
Forest Supervisor.
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