[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 56 (Friday, March 24, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15021-15022]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05825]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Nez Perce-
Clearwater National Forests Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration 
Project.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Forest Service is giving notice of its intent to 
prepare a SEIS for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project on 
the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National 
Forests, Idaho. Cheryl Probert, Forest Supervisor, has withdrawn the 
February 2016 Record of Decision (ROD) for this project. Supervisor 
Probert plans to prepare a SEIS to further review the project 
alternatives and analysis, to correct and update information that was 
presented in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and to 
consider information that has become available since the FEIS was 
published in September 2015.

    Authority: This NOI is being published pursuant to regulations 
(40 CFR 1508.22) implementing the procedural provisions of the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

    Scoping: A NOI published on January 6, 2012 initiated the scoping 
period for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project. A legal 
notice advertising the start of a 30-day scoping period was advertised 
in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune on December 30, 2011. In 
accordance with 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), there will be no scoping conducted 
for this SEIS. The scope of the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS 
established the scope for this SEIS.
    The SEIS will be advertised for public comment as required by 40 
CFR 1503.1. The Draft SEIS will be announced for public review and 
comment in the Federal Register, on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National 
Forests' project Web site, and in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune, 
as well as other local media.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Hill, Environmental Coordinator, 
(208) 935-4258.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The US Forest Service is announcing its 
intent to prepare a SEIS for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration 
Project. The SEIS will supplement the analysis from the Clear Creek 
Integrated Restoration FEIS (2015) by providing an updated analysis of 
the environmental effects. The Clear Creek Integrated Restoration FEIS 
evaluated the potential effects of four alternatives, including No 
Action and three action alternatives.
    The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor will issue a new ROD 
after evaluating the SEIS and public comments. An objection period for 
the new ROD will be provided, consistent with 36 CFR part 218.

Responsible Official and Lead Agency

    The USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this proposal. The 
Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor is the responsible official.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    Whether to adopt the proposed action, in whole or in part, or 
another

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alternative; and what mitigation measures and management requirements 
will be implemented.

    Dated: March 17, 2017.
Jeanne M. Higgins,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2017-05825 Filed 3-23-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3411-15-P