[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 32 (Tuesday, February 18, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03386]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
[LLNVW01000 L12200000.EA0000 241A; MO4500051676; 13-08807;
Final Supplementary Rules for Public Land in Water Canyon,
Humboldt County, NV
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Final supplementary rules.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District,
Humboldt River Field Office is establishing supplementary rules
relating to camping, the discharge of firearms, and the use of motor
vehicles on public land within Zone 1 of the Water Canyon Recreation
Area. The supplementary rules are necessary to protect natural
resources and the health and safety of public land users within the
Zone 1 area. These supplementary rules allow BLM law enforcement
personnel to limit the number of successive days of camping and to
regulate vehicle use in the Zone 1 area. These supplementary rules
allow BLM law enforcement personnel to support state and local law
enforcement agencies with enforcement of law in prohibiting the
discharge of firearms and in restricting motor vehicles to the posted
DATES: These rules are effective April 21, 2014.
ADDRESSES: You may direct inquiries to Joey Carmosino, Outdoor
Recreation Planner, BLM, Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 E.
Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joey Carmosino, Winnemucca District
Humboldt River Field Office, (775) 623-1771, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
II. Discussion of the Final Supplementary Rules
III. Procedural Matters
These supplementary rules affect public lands identified as Zone 1
of the Water Canyon Recreational Area. Water Canyon is 4 miles
southeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. Zone 1 is the portion of the Canyon
that receives the most recreational use. Traffic and trail counters
confirm annual visitation to the area is in the range of 50,000 people
and 25,000 vehicles. Zone 1 is a fenced corridor of public land within
Township 35 North, Range 38 East, Mount Diablo Meridian, through
portions of sections 2, 11, and 12, in Humboldt County, Nevada. The
Zone 1 fenced corridor is of variable width perpendicular to the
centerline of Water Canyon Road with an overall width average of
approximately 600 feet and running approximately 1.8 miles in length
along Water Canyon Road.
The width of the Zone 1 fenced corridor (600 feet wide) is an
average of the hereinafter described centerline of Water Canyon Road,
its legal land description is as follows:
Beginning at approximately Latitude 40[deg]55'53.7811'' North and
Longitude 117[deg]40'39.6508'' West at intersection of Water Canyon
Road and the Zone 1 fence; thence, systematically traversing
southeasterly along said centerline of Water Canyon Road to
approximately Latitude 40[deg]55'13.6513'' North and Longitude
117[deg]38'58.9198'' West at intersection of Water Canyon Road and the
Zone 1 fence and being the Point of Termination.
The area described contains 131 acres, more or less, calculated
based on Zone 1 being 600 feet wide and 1.8 miles long in Humboldt
The referenced latitudes and longitudes in this description are
1983 National Geodetic Reference System values as digitized from United
States Geologic Survey 1:24,000 7.5 minute quadrangle map Winnemucca
East, Nev., Provisional Edition 1983.
The final supplementary rules are necessary to help the BLM achieve
management objectives and to implement the decisions of the Water
Canyon Recreation Area Management Plan and Environmental Assessment,
Decision Record, and Cooperative Management Agreement approved August
15, 1997, and the Water Canyon Implementation Plan Amendment
Environmental Assessment of August
2005. These supplementary rules include limitations or restrictions
included within these planning and analysis documents.
The Water Canyon Cooperative Management Plan is a collaborative
effort and was undertaken among the BLM, the Nevada Department of
Wildlife, Humboldt County, the City of Winnemucca, and the public to
elicit concerns, define issues, and develop a set of desired future
conditions for the planning area. The outcome of this process was the
development of a set of objectives intended to guide subsequent
management actions within Water Canyon. These objectives include:
Protecting surface and subsurface water quality within the watershed;
providing recreational opportunities; preserving broad-leafed trees,
high quality riparian areas, and grassy meadows; and providing for a
diversity of wildlife habitats.
To achieve these objectives, a series of alternative proposals were
evaluated which prescribed different allowable uses of the planning
area and defined other management actions to reach these desired
outcomes. The evaluation process led to a series of management
decisions that emphasized a combination of moderate and low development
actions organized around the division of the planning area into lowland
(Zone 1) and upland (Zone 2) areas.
The BLM published proposed supplementary rules in the Federal
Register on November 9, 2012 (77 FR 67391). The public comment period
ended on January 8, 2013. No comments were received.
II. Discussion of the Final Supplementary Rules
In the preparation of the two EAs, the BLM sought public review of
three alternatives in the Management Plan and two alternatives in the
Implementation Plan. These EAs discuss specific management actions that
restrict certain activities and define allowable uses. The final
supplementary rules implement these management actions within Zone 1 of
the Water Canyon Recreation Area.
20 Miles-per-hour (mph) Speed Limit: Zone 1 is a high traffic area
that includes walkers, hikers and vehicles. A speed restriction is
needed to protect users from accidents. The road passes by each
campsite, and while maintained, it is a gravel road which makes
emergency or panic stops difficult. A 20 mph speed limit allows for
timely driving through Zone 1 while supporting public safety for all
Motor vehicle restriction: All motor vehicles are restricted to
travel only on the main access/canyon road in Zone 1. This restriction
is proposed to further protect the wetland and riparian areas that are
in close proximity to the main access/canyon road in Zone 1.
The final rules clarify that ``motor vehicles'' include
motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and off-highway vehicles. This is a
logical extension of the proposed rules to provide the public notice
which vehicles are affected by these rules.
No Discharging of Firearms: Zone 1 is 1.8 miles long and narrow.
The number of visitors that are in close proximity make the safe
discharge of firearms impractical. The discharge of firearms is only
prohibited in Zone 1 and continues to be allowed in the surrounding
area. The final rules include a common definition of ``firearms.'' This
is a logical extension of the proposed rules to clarify for visitors
what is prohibited.
Three Day Camping Limitation: Limiting camping to no more than
three consecutive nights in a 30-day period is needed because there are
a small number of campsites available in Zone 1. By limiting the number
of days a camper may use a campsite, there will be more opportunities
for visitors to obtain a campsite. By limiting camping to three
consecutive nights, the BLM will be able to dissuade long-term
habitation or squatting in the Zone 1 campsites. There have been
several instances of long-term camping in this area in the past. This
rule will allow law enforcement officers to address this issue.
III. Procedural Matters
Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review
These supplementary rules do not constitute a significant
regulatory action and are not subject to review by the Office of
Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. These supplementary
rules will not have an annual effect of $100 million or more on the
economy. They will not adversely affect in a material way the economy,
productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health, or
safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or communities. These
supplementary rules will not create a serious inconsistency or
otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency.
These supplementary rules do not materially alter the budgetary effects
of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or
obligations of their recipients; nor do they raise novel legal or
policy issues. These supplementary rules are merely rules of conduct
for public use of a limited area of public lands.
National Environmental Policy Act
During the National Environmental Policy Act process, many
alternatives were analyzed, including these final supplementary rules.
The pertinent analysis and rationale can be found in Management Plan,
inclusive of the EA, Decision Record and Cooperative Management
Agreement approved August 15, 1997, and the Implementation Plan EA
signed August 2005. These final supplementary rules provide for
enforcement of decisions made in the Management Plan and Implementation
Plan. The EAs mentioned above are available for review in the BLM
administrative record at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section
and online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html/.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Congress enacted the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) of 1980, as
amended (5 U.S.C. 601-612) to ensure that government regulations do not
unnecessarily or disproportionately burden small entities. The RFA
requires a regulatory flexibility analysis if a rule will have a
significant economic impact, either detrimental or beneficial, on a
substantial number of small entities. These supplementary rules merely
establish rules of conduct for public use of a limited area of public
lands. Therefore, the BLM has determined under the RFA that these
supplementary rules would not have a significant economic impact on a
substantial number of small entities.
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act
These supplementary rules are not considered a major rule as
defined under 5 U.S.C. 804(2). These supplementary rules merely
establish rules of conduct for public use of a limited area of public
lands and do not affect commercial or business activities of any kind.
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
These supplementary rules do not impose an unfunded mandate on
state, local, or tribal governments in the aggregate, or on the private
sector of more than $100 million per year; nor do they have a
significant or unique effect on small governments. The supplementary
rules have no effect on governmental or tribal entities and would
impose no requirements on any of these entities. These supplementary
rules merely establish rules of conduct for public use of a limited
selection of public lands and do not affect tribal, commercial, or
business activities of any kind. Therefore, the BLM is not required to
prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded
Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With
Constitutionally Protected Property Rights (Takings)
These supplementary rules do not have significant takings
implications, nor are they capable of interfering with
Constitutionally-protected property rights. These supplementary rules
merely establish rules of conduct for public use of a limited area of
public lands and do not affect anyone's property rights. Therefore, the
BLM has determined that these supplementary rules will not cause a
taking of private property or require preparation of a takings
assessment under this Executive Order.
Executive Order 13132, Federalism
These supplementary rules will not have a substantial direct effect
on the states, the relationship between the Federal government and the
states, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the
various levels of government. These supplementary rules do not come
into conflict with any state law or regulation. Therefore, under
Executive Order 13132, the BLM has determined that these supplementary
rules do not have sufficient Federalism implications to warrant
preparation of a Federalism Assessment.
Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform
Under Executive Order 12988, these supplementary rules will not
unduly burden the judicial system and that they meet the requirements
of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Order.
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal
In accordance with Executive Order 13175, these supplementary rules
do not include policies that have tribal implications. These
supplementary rules do not affect land held for the benefit, nor impede
the rights of, Indians or Alaska Natives. These supplementary rules
have no associated ground disturbance and are directly associated with
general public health and safety.
Information Quality Act
The Information Quality Act (Section 515 of Pub. L. 106-554)
requires Federal agencies to maintain adequate quality, objectivity,
utility, and integrity of the information they disseminate. In
developing these supplementary rules, the BLM did not conduct or use a
study, experiment, or survey or disseminate any information to the
Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That
Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution or Use
These supplementary rules do not constitute a significant energy
action. These supplementary rules will not have an adverse effect on
energy supplies, production, or consumption, and have no connection
with energy policy.
Paperwork Reduction Act
These supplementary rules do not provide for any information
collection that the Office of Management and Budget must approve under
the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Any information
collection that may result from Federal criminal investigations or
prosecution conducted under these supplementary rules is exempt from
the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C.
The principal author of these supplementary rules is Joey
Carmosino, Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM Winnemucca District.
For the reasons stated in the preamble and under the authorities
for supplementary rules found at 43 U.S.C. 1740 and 43 CFR 8365.1-6,
the BLM Nevada State Director issues supplementary rules for public
lands managed by the BLM in Nevada, to read as follows:
Supplementary Rules for Zone 1 of the Water Canyon Recreation Area
1. These supplementary rules apply, except as specifically
exempted, to activities within the Zone 1 of the Water Canyon
Recreation Area, which is comprised of public lands administered by the
BLM near Winnemucca, Nevada.
2. These supplementary rules are in effect on a year-round basis.
3. Camping in Zone I is limited to no more than 3 consecutive
nights in a 30-day period.
4. The discharge of any firearm in Zone I is prohibited.
(a) A firearm means any weapon; for example, a compressed gas or
spring powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun,
spear gun, spear, sling shot, irritant gas device or any implement
designed to or may be converted to expel a projectile by the action of
5. All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles,
and off-highway vehicles, must not exceed the posted speed limit of 20
miles per hour on the main access/canyon road in Zone I.
6. All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles,
and off-highway vehicles, are restricted to travel only on the main
access/canyon road in Zone I.
Exemptions: The following persons are exempt from these
supplementary rules: Any Federal, state, local or military persons
acting within the scope of their duties; and members of an organized
rescue or firefighting force in performance of an official duty.
Penalties: Any person who violates any of these supplementary rules
may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than
$1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such
violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18
U.S.C. 3571. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1-7, state or local
officials may also impose penalties for violations of Nevada law.
State Director, Nevada.
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