[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 158 (Wednesday, August 15, 2012)]
[Pages 49016-49017]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20018]



Bureau of Land Management


Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Pocatello 
Field Office Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) 
for the Pocatello Field Office located in southeastern Idaho. The Idaho 
State Director signed the ROD on July 10, 2012, which constitutes the 
final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective 

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available upon request 
from the Field Manager, Pocatello Field Office, Bureau of Land 
Management, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, Idaho 83204 or at the 
following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/pocatello/planning/pocatello_resource.html. Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available 
for public inspection at the Pocatello Field Office at the above 
address and the Idaho State Office at 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Pacioretty, Field Manager, 
Bureau of Land Management, Pocatello Field Office; telephone 208-478-
6340; address 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, Idaho 83204; email: [email protected]. Persons who use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business 
hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a 
message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply 
during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The approved RMP was developed with public 
participation through a collaborative planning process in accordance 
with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, 
and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. The 
Approved RMP addresses management of resources and resource uses on 
approximately 618,300 acres of public land in the Pocatello Field 

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located in southeastern Idaho. The Approved RMP is designed to achieve 
or maintain desired resource conditions developed through the planning 
process including management actions for forest, upland, and riparian 
vegetation; wildlife habitat; lands with wilderness charatceristics; 
cultural and visual resources; and recreation.
    The preferred alternative as described in the Draft RMP/
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was carried forward with some 
modifications into the Proposed RMP/Final EIS published in the Federal 
Register on May 7, 2010 [75 FR 25288].
    The BLM received two protest letters on the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. 
The BLM Director denied all protest issues as reported in the 
Director's Protest Resolution Report which can be reviewed at the 
following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/protest_resolution/protestreports.html.
    No inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies, or programs 
were identified during the Governor's consistency review of the 
Proposed RMP/Final EIS. The Approved RMP is essentially the same as 
Alternative B described in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS with only minor 
editorial modifications made in preparing the ROD/Approved RMP. The 
Approved RMP can be accessed at the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/pocatello/planning/pocatello_resource.html.
    The ROD/Approved RMP includes an implementation level decision 
designating travel routes for motorized public use in the following 
areas: The Soda Hills Management Area, Formation Cave Research Natural 
Area (RNA), Robbers Roost RNA, and Oneida Narrows. This decision is 
described in the Comprehensive Trails and Travel Management section of 
the Approved RMP (Action TM-1.2.11). Any party adversely affected by 
this implementation level decision may file an appeal within 30 days of 
publication of this Notice of Availability pursuant to 43 CFR, part 4, 
subpart E. The appeal should state the specific route(s), as identified 
in Figures 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the Approved RMP that are being 
    The appeal must be filed with the Pocatello Field Manager by mail 
at the above-listed address. Please consult the appropriate regulations 
and the ROD/Approved RMP for further appeal information and 
requirements regarding motorized vehicle route designations.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1505.2 and 43 CFR 1610.5-1.

Steven A. Ellis,
Idaho State Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-20018 Filed 8-14-12; 8:45 am]