AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comment.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a new planning rule to guide land and resource management planning for all units of the National Forest System (NFS) under the National Forest Management Act of 1976. The proposed rule sets forth process and content requirements to guide the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to maintain, protect, and restore NFS lands while providing for sustainable multiple uses, including ecosystem services, so that NFS lands continuously provide ecosystem functions and contribute to social and economic sustainability. Planning under the proposed rule would be collaborative and science-based with the responsible official required to take the best available scientific information into account and provide opportunities for public participation throughout the planning process.
The proposed framework consists of a three-part learning and planning cycle: Assessment, development/revision/amendment, and monitoring. The phases of the framework are complementary and are intended to create a feedback loop that allows the Forest Service to adapt management to changing conditions and to improve plans based on new information and monitoring. This framework is intended to move the Agency toward a more responsive planning process that allows the Agency to understand the landscape-scale context for management, adapt management to changing conditions, improve management based on new information and monitoring, and support an integrated and holistic approach to management that recognizes the interdependence of social, ecological, and economic systems.
The Agency is requesting public comment on the proposed rule and on the alternatives that are described and evaluated in the accompanying draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). Readers are invited to comment on each section of the proposed rule and on how provisions in the DEIS alternatives compare with the proposed rule. The Agency will carefully consider all public comments in preparing the final rule.
DATES: Comments must be received in writing by May 16, 2011. The Agency will consider and place comments received after this date in the record only if practicable. Public meetings to discuss the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement will be held throughout the country during the public comment period. A schedule of meeting dates and further information is available on the planning rule Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.
ADDRESSES: Submit comments through the public participation portal at http://www.govcomments.com/. Alternatively, submit comments by addressing them to Forest Service Planning DEIS, c/o Bear West Company, 132 E 500 S, Bountiful, UT 84010; or via facsimile to 801-397-1605. Please identify your written comments by including "planning rule'' on the cover sheet or the first page. Alternatively, submit comments through the World Wide Web/Internet Web site http://www.regulations.gov. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments at http://contentanalysisgroup.com/fsrd/.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ecosystem Management Coordination staff's Assistant Director for Planning Ric Rine at 202-205-1022 or Planning Specialist Regis Terney at 202-205-1552.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.
SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces its spring meeting with its Species Working Group Technical Advisors on March 7-9, 2011. The Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to ICCAT, including the 2010 Commission meeting results; research and management activities; global and domestic initiatives related to ICCAT; the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act-required consultation on the identification of countries that are diminishing the effectiveness of ICCAT; the results of the meetings of the Committee's Species Working Groups; and other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species.
DATES: The open sessions of the Committee meeting will be held on March 7, 2011, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; March 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and March 9, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Closed sessions will be held on March 8, 2011, 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on March 9, 2011, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The phone number is (301) 589-0800.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel O'Malley at (301) 713-9505.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability of draft aquaculture policy; request for comments.
SUMMARY: NOAA is seeking public comment on a draft national aquaculture policy that supports sustainable marine aquaculture in the United States. The intent of the policy is to guide NOAA's actions and decisions on aquaculture and to provide a national approach for supporting sustainable aquaculture. The NOAA Aquaculture Program will host national call-in briefings on the policy for the public.
DATES: Public comments must be received by midnight, EST, April 11, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The NOAA draft national aquaculture policy is available online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/aquaculture/policy2/index.htm. Paper copies of this document are also available on request from NOAA Aquaculture Program, Attn: Susan Bunsick, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3-13th Floor, Rm. 13152, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
You may submit comments, identified by "NOAA Aquaculture Policy,'' by any one of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments online by accessing http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/aquaculture/policy2/index.htm and following the instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: (301) 713-9108, Attn: Susan Bunsick, NOAA Aquaculture Program.
Mail: NOAA Aquaculture Program, Attn: Susan Bunsick, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3-13th Floor, Rm. 13152, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on NOAA Aquaculture Policy.''
Instructions: All comments received will be posted online. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. All comments and attachments will be reviewed based on the commenting guidelines listed below. If you have a question about the status of your comment, send an email to NOAA.Aquaculture@noaa.gov. Do not submit comments to this e-mail address. Use the comment form provided on line.
While this is a public process, NOAA will not post content that meets the following criteria:
You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Bunsick, NOAA Aquaculture Program, (301) 713-9079; fax: (301) 713-9108.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of intent to begin restoration scoping and prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).
SUMMARY: The purpose of the Gulf Spill Restoration Planning PEIS is to identify restoration types and establish a programmatic framework and procedures that will enable the Trustees to expedite the selection and implementation of restoration projects to compensate the public and the environment for loss of natural resources and services from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that began on April 20, 2010, Mississippi Canyon Block 252 ("the Oil Spill''). The Trustees will prepare a PEIS that will evaluate a range of restoration types that could be used to compensate the public for the environmental and human use damages caused by the Oil Spill. The Trustees seek public involvement in the scoping process and development of the PEIS. This notice explains the scoping process the Trustees will use to gather input from the public. Comments on what the Trustees should consider in the PEIS may be submitted in written form or verbally at any of the public scoping meetings; or may be submitted in written or electronic form at any other time during the scoping process.
DATES: Public comments must be received by May 18, 2011. Preliminary public scoping meeting locations are being scheduled for:
The specific dates and times for each are to be determined and will be announced in the Federal Register, on the Web site, and in local newspapers no later than two weeks prior to each meeting.
ADDRESSES: Written scoping comments on suggested restoration types should be sent to NOAA Restoration Center, Attn: DWH PEIS Comments, 263 13th Avenue South, Suite 166, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Electronic comments are strongly encouraged, and can also be submitted to http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. All written scoping comments must be received by the close of the scoping process to be considered during the scoping process. The exact dates and venues of scoping meetings, as well as the closing date for scoping comments, will be announced in a public notice to be released two weeks prior to the first public scoping meetings to be held pursuant to this notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NOAA--Brian Hostetter at 888.547.0174 or by e-mail at email@example.com;
DOI--Robin Renn by e-mail at Robin_Renn@fws.gov;
AL-- Will Gunter by e-mail at William.Gunter@dcnr.alabama.gov;
LA--Karolien Debusschere by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org;
MS--Richard Harrell by e-mail at Richard_Harrell@deq.state.ms.us;
TX--Don Pitts by e-mail at Don.Pitts@tpwd.state.tx.us.
To be added to the Oil Spill PEIS mailing list, please visit: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.
AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.
SUMMARY: In a November 16, 2010, Federal Register Notice (75 FR 69983), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District announced in a notice of intent that it will prepare a feasibility report and an environmental impact statement (EIS) for GLMRIS, and it will host a public scoping meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on December 15, 2010. In a December 8, 2010, Federal Register Notice (75 FR 76447), USACE announced the metropolitan locations where USACE would be hosting nine (9) additional public scoping meetings for GLMRIS but did not include specific meeting details. In a January 4, 2010, Federal Register Notice (76 FR 336), USACE announced the meeting details for the nine (9) additional public scoping meetings. The January 4, 2010 notice also announced USACE's intent to host two (2) additional public scoping meetings in Milwaukee, WI and New Orleans, LA, but it did not include meeting details. This notice announces the meeting details for these locations. This notice also announces the rescheduled meeting date and location for the Ann Arbor, MI public scoping meeting.
USACE, in consultation with other federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations, is conducting a feasibility study of the options and technologies that could be applied to prevent aquatic nuisance species (ANS) transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic pathways.
DATES: USACE will be accepting public comments on the scope of GLMRIS until March 31, 2011. Please refer to the "Scoping and Public Involvement'' section below for instructions on how to submit public comments, the dates of the Milwaukee, WI, New Orleans, LA and rescheduled Ann Arbor, MI public scoping meetings and other meeting information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
For media inquiries, please contact the USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606, by phone: (312)846-5330 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: Department of Energy; Office of Science.
ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
DATES: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 10, 2011, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW., Washington, DC 20008.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290; phone: (301) 903-9817; fax (301) 903-5051 or e-mail: email@example.com. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://www.science.doe.gov/ober/berac/announce.html.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of experts to serve on the SAB Environmental Justice Technical (EJT) Panel.
DATES: Nominations should be submitted by March 7, 2011 per instructions below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2057; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability for public comment of draft Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). These draft Guidelines are intended to supersede the Service's 2003 voluntary, interim guidelines for land-based wind development. Additionally, they are intended to respond to accelerated development of land-based, wind energy generation projects in the United States. These draft voluntary Guidelines provide developers and agency staff with an iterative process to make the best possible decisions in selecting sites to avoid and minimize negative effects to fish, wildlife and their habitats resulting from construction, operation and maintenance of land-based, wind energy facilities.
DATES: These voluntary draft Guidelines are effective February 18, 2011. We must receive any comments by the end of the day on May 19, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The draft Guidelines may be downloaded from http://www.fws.gov/windenergy. To request a copy of the draft Guidelines by U.S. Mail, write: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive; Room 840, Arlington, VA 22203. You may also send an e-mail request to: email@example.com. Please specify whether you want to receive a hard copy by U.S. mail or and electronic copy by e-mail. To submit your comments, see "Request for Public Comments'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
You may submit e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Wind Energy Guidelines Comments'' in the subject line of the message, and your full name and return address in the body of your message. Please note that the e-mail address will be closed when the public comment period closes. Alternatively, you may submit comments or recommendations by mail to: Attention: Wind Energy Guidelines; Division of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 4107; Arlington, VA 22203-1610.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christy Johnson-Hughes, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (703) 358-1922. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability for public comment of draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance. The Guidance provides recommendations for agency staff and developers to use an iterative process to avoid and minimize negative effects on eagles and their habitats resulting from the construction, operation and maintenance of land-based, wind energy facilities in the United States.
DATES: We must receive any comments or suggestions by the end of the day on May 19, 2011.
ADDRESSES: We have posted our draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance at http://www.fws.gov/windenergy. You may submit e-mail comments to email@example.com. Please include "Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance Comments'' in the subject line of the message, and your full name and return address in the body of your message. Please note that the e-mail address will be closed when the public comment period closes. Alternatively, you may submit comments or recommendations by mail to: Attention: Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance; Division of Migratory Bird Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 4107; Arlington, VA 22203-1610.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerome Ford, 703-358-2583.
AGENCY: United States Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.
ACTION: Notice of an open meeting.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the ACWI, to be held March 1, 2011, via teleconference and web-based presentations. This ACWI meeting will serve a dual purpose:
(1) During the morning, the Federal water agencies will have an opportunity to brief ACWI about the proposed 2012 budget. Each organization will have no more than five minutes to report, so we can ensure adequate time for discussion and for feedback from the non- Federal ACWI member organizations.
(2) During the afternoon, some or all of the seven USGS science strategic planning teams (SSPTs) will present information about their activities and solicit ACWI feedback. The USGS SSPTs are part of a new science planning effort that Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of the USGS, started within the bureau. The USGS 10-year strategic science plan (http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2007/1309/), which was released in 2007, identified six thematic areas upon which the USGS would concentrate. USGS has received much positive feedback on this plan and the efforts to move it forward. Director McNutt has commissioned seven SSPTs, one for each of the areas identified in the 2007 plan plus one additional team for Core Science Systems. These teams will work from the present through October 2011 to develop a more targeted 10-year science plan for each of their respective areas:
These teams will work over the next 10 months to develop a strategic plan for each area and to carefully examine how efforts need to be integrated across all seven areas. It is also of the utmost importance to everyone at the USGS to have your input into this process, and that process will begin at the ACWI WebEx meeting on March 1.
The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government on activities and plans that may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. Member organizations help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information.
Membership, limited to 35 organizations, represents a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of government, academia, private industry, and professional and technical societies. For more information on the ACWI, its membership, subgroups, meetings and activities, please see the Web site at: http://ACWI.gov.
DATES: The formal meeting will convene at 10 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. on March 1, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a WebEx, accessible by telephone and by logging on to the meeting Web site to view the presentations online. Telephone and log-in information will be available the week prior to the meeting on the ACWI Web site (http://ACWI.gov) and can also be obtained by calling Wendy Norton at 703-648-6910. Those who wish to attend the meeting in person can do so at U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters, located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA, Room 5A217.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Wendy E. Norton, ACWI Executive Secretary and Chief, Water Information Coordination Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 417, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone: 703-648-6810; Fax: 703-648-5644; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, STPO.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a workshop on March 10-11, 2011, to provide an open forum and engage in an active scientific discussion about environmental health and safety questions for nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled products, to encourage joint US-EU programs of work that would leverage resources, and to establish communities of research practice, including identification of key points of contact/ interest groups/themes between key US and EU researchers for near-term and future collaborations. This request will be active from February 10, 2011, to March 10, 2011.
DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The first day of the public meeting will be held at The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20052 (Metro Stops: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom). For directions, please see http://www.gwu.edu. The second day will be held at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Avenue, Washington, DC 20005 (Metro Stops: Metro Center or McPherson Square). For directions, please see http://www.aaas.org.
Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. People interested in attending the workshop should register online at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/us-eu/register.html. Written notices of participation by e-mail should be sent to email@example.com. Written notices may be mailed to the US-EU Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until the location space limits are reached. Otherwise registration will close on March 9, 2010 at 4 p.m. EDT.
Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/us-eu/register.html. Written or electronic comments should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org until April 11, 2011. Information about the meeting, including the agenda, is posted at http://www.nano.gov.
Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access this public meeting should contact Diana Petreski, telephone (703) 292-8626 at least ten business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Diana Petreski, telephone (703) 292-8626, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. E-mail: email@example.com.