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Federal Register Summary for week of 13 April

    Agriculture

  • National Forest System Land Management Planning

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule and record of decision.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adopting a new National Forest System land management planning rule (planning rule). The new planning rule guides the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans for all units of the National Forest System (NFS), consisting of 155 national forests, 20 grasslands, and 1 prairie.

    This planning rule sets forth process and content requirements to guide the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to maintain and restore NFS land and water ecosystems while providing for ecosystem services and multiple uses. The planning rule is designed to ensure that plans provide for the sustainability of ecosystems and resources; meet the need for forest restoration and conservation, watershed protection, and species diversity and conservation; and assist the Agency in providing a sustainable flow of benefits, services, and uses of NFS lands that provide jobs and contribute to the economic and social sustainability of communities.

    DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective May 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: For more information, including a copy of the final PEIS, refer to the World Wide Web/Internet at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule. More information may be obtained on written request from the Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, Forest Service, USDA Mail Stop 1104, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104.

    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) 205-0895.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-09/html/2012-7502.htm

  • Commerce

  • NCAnet: Building a Network of Networks in Support of the National Climate Assessment (NCA)

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of and invites participation in NCAnet, a network of partners who extend the National Climate Assessment (NCA) process and products to a broad audience of assessment users through the development of assessment-related capacities and products, such as collection and synthesis of data or other technical and scientific information relevant to current and future NCA reports, dissemination of NCA report findings to various users of assessment information, engagement of assessment information producers and users, supporting NCA events, and producing communications materials related to the NCA and NCA report findings.

    DATES: Comments and expressions of interest may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    ADDRESSES: General inquiries and expressions of interest should be submitted via email to Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, at ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. Prospective partners may also use the online submission tool at http://ncanet.usgcrp.gov/home/sign-up to submit their expression of interest.

    Responses to this notice cannot be accepted by the government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this request may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. Do not submit any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

    More information about the NCA process, including the strategic plan, engagement strategy, and information about the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee can be found at http://assessment.globalchange.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this request should be sent to Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, US Global Change Research Program National Coordination Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone (202) 223-6262, Fax (202) 223- 3065, email ecloyd@usgcrp.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-13/html/2012-8931.htm

  • Education

  • Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Application for Grants Under the Upward Bound Math and Science Program

    AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

    SUMMARY: The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program provides grants to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, and community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and secondary schools and provides grants for projects designed to provide the skills and motivation necessary for success in a program of postsecondary education that lead to careers in math and science.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the "Browse Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 04838. When you access the information collection, click on "Download Attachments'' to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202- 401-0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number when making your request.

    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877- 8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-09/html/2012-8422.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) to discuss the Committee's draft advisory report on the EPA Risk Assessment Forum (RAF) document, "Integrating Ecological Assessment and Decision-Making at EPA, 2011 RAF Ecological Assessment Action Plan (August, 11, 2011).''

    DATES: The SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee will conduct a public teleconference on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The teleconference will begin at 12:00 noon and end at 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public teleconference may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2155 or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-13/html/2012-8987.htm

  • Interior

  • Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Sixteenth Regular Meeting: Taxa Being Considered for Amendments to the CITES Appendices

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may propose amendments to the CITES Appendices for consideration at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. The sixteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16) is tentatively scheduled to be held in Thailand, March 3-15, 2013. With this notice, we describe proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals) that the United States might submit for consideration at CoP16 and invite your comments and information on these proposals.

    DATES: We will consider written information and comments we receive by June 11, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments pertaining to species proposals for consideration at CoP16 by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R9-IA-2011-0087.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS- R9-IA-2011-0087; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will not consider comments sent by email or fax or to an address not listed in the ADDRESSES section. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us. If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire comment--including any personal identifying information--will be posted on the Web site. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov.

    Comments and materials we receive in response to this notice will be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Scientific Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203, phone 703-358-1708.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosemarie Gnam Ph.D., Chief, Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203; phone 703-358-1708, fax 703-358-2276, email: scientificauthority@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-11/html/2012-8665.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative--Science Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)-- Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held May 8-9, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. in the Subsistence Board Room (second floor), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska. Public comment will be received between 3 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative, AK-910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271-3431 or email jpayne.blm.gov. 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, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-11/html/2012-8680.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meeting

    The National Science Board's Committee on Strategy and Budget Task Force on Data Policies, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of a continuation of the National Science Board's focus on data policies.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening room will be available for this teleconference meeting. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public room number and to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Blane Dahl, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-11/html/2012-8862.htm

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