[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 203 (Wednesday, October 21, 2015)]
[Page 63832]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-26246]



National Park Service


Notice of Designation of Potential Wilderness as Wilderness, Fire 
Island National Seashore

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of designation.


SUMMARY: The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness Act, Public 
Law 96-585, December 23, 1980, designated approximately 1,360 acres as 
wilderness in the Fire Island National Seashore. Due to existing 
boardwalks and a pit toilet, this Act also designated approximately 18 
acres of potential wilderness within Fire Island National Seashore that 
could be re-designated as wilderness upon elimination of these non-
conforming uses. The National Park Service (NPS) described the 
wilderness and potential wilderness areas on maps entitled ``Wilderness 
Plan--Fire Island National Seashore,'' dated December 1980. In November 
1983, the NPS adopted the ``Wilderness Management Plan, Fire Island 
National Seashore'' which also contained the legal description of the 
wilderness boundaries and a map showing the wilderness and the 
potential wilderness areas. On October 12, 1999, 17 acres of potential 
wilderness were re-designated as wilderness (see Federal Register Vol. 
64, No. 196).
    On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy moved through Fire Island 
National Seashore, destroying the boardwalk nature trail west of the 
Wilderness Visitor Center, the boardwalk dune crossing, and pit toilet 
at Old Inlet. The footprint of the two boardwalks and pit toilet is 
infrastructure that existed within the boundaries of the remaining one 
acre (more or less) of potential wilderness, entirely in Federal 
ownership. Upon destruction, the non-conforming uses of this potential 
wilderness addition were eliminated. Section (C) of the Otis Pike Fire 
Island High Dunes Wilderness Act authorized the Secretary of the 
Interior to designate administratively as wilderness any lands 
previously designated as potential wilderness upon publication in the 
Federal Register of a notice that all uses thereon that are 
inconsistent with the Wilderness Act of 1964 (Pub. L. 88-577) have 
    Accordingly, this notice hereby converts the one acre of potential 
wilderness in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, within 
Fire Island National Seashore, to designated wilderness. The one acre 
(more or less) shall be added to the 1,379 acres of designated 
wilderness within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, and 
managed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964.
    The maps and legal description are on file at the headquarters of 
the Fire Island National Seashore, 120 Laurel Street, Patchogue, NY 
11772, and at the Office of the Director, 1849 C Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20240.

    Dated: September 15, 2015.
Jonathan B. Jarvis,
Director, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-26246 Filed 10-20-15; 8:45 am]