• Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council will meet in Washington, DC February 7-8, 2013. The Council is required by Section 1441 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held February 7-8, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14th & K Streets NW., Washington, DC 20005. Written comments concering this meeting should be addressed to Daina Apple, Designated Federal Officer, Forestry Research Advisory Council, USDA Forest Service Research and Development, Mail Stop 1120, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington DC 20250-1120, by January 31, 2013. Comments may also be sent via fascimile to 703-605-5133. 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 received at 1620 North Kent Street, RPC-4th floor, Rosslyn, VA. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 202-205-1665 to facilitate entry into the USDA Forest Service Building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Apple, Forest Service Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, 202-205-1665. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

  • Commerce

  • Draft 2012 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notification of availability; reopening of public comment period.

    SUMMARY: NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and solicited public comment on draft 2012 SARs. Subsequently, SARs for ten stocks of marine mammals in the Atlantic region have been updated with revised abundance estimates and some corrections to bycatch estimates. NMFS solicits public comments on revised draft 2012 SARs for these ten stocks.

    DATES: Comments must be received by April 16, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The ten revised 2012 draft SARs and supporting documentation are available in electronic form via the Internet at Copies of the ten revised draft Atlantic SARs may be requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.

    You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0119, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0119, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8402,; or Gordon Waring, 508-495-2311,

  • Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Scoping Process; Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Mid-Atlantic Council) announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to assess potential effects on the human environment of alternative measures to protect deep-sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    This notice announces a public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed, and for identifying the significant issues related to deep-sea coral protections in the Mid-Atlantic. This notice is to alert the interested public of the scoping process, the development of the Draft EIS, and to provide for public participation in that process. If, during development of the Draft EIS, it can be determined that the alternatives are not expected to have significant impacts on the human environment, an Environmental Assessment (EA) may be prepared in place of an EIS. This determination will depend on the scope of issues raised and the alternatives developed. Information obtained during the scoping process will be used to develop either an EIS or an EA as appropriate. This action is necessary to provide analytical support for an amendment (Amendment 16) to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB), which addresses protections of deep-sea corals from the impacts of fishing gear.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before 11:59 p.m., EST, on February 15, 2013. Two public scoping meetings will be held during this comment period. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

    Email to the following address:;

    Mail or hand deliver to Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901. Mark the outside of the envelope "Deep Sea Corals Amendment Scoping Comments''; or

    Fax to (302) 674-5399.

    The scoping document may also be obtained from the Mid-Atlantic Council office at the previously provided address, or by request to the Mid-Atlantic Council by telephone (302) 674-2331, or via the Internet at

    Comments may also be provided verbally at either of the two public scoping meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901, (telephone 302-674-2331).

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability for public comment.

    SUMMARY: NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) to announce the availability of a Draft Climate Assessment Report for public comment. This report, following revision and further review, will be submitted to the Federal Government for consideration in the Third National Climate Assessment.

    DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on April 12, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The NCADAC Climate Assessment Report is available at

    Comments from the public will be accepted electronically at Comments may be submitted only online and at this address; instructions for doing this are on the Web site.

    All comments received will be considered by the relevant chapter authors and will become part of the public record once the final report is issued. However, until the report is finalized and released to the public, commenters' identities will not be shared with the authors. When the report is released in final form to the public, the comments, in association with the commenter's name, will be released alongside the author's Responses and will be available on No additional information a commenter submits as part of the registration process (such as an email address) will be disclosed publicly.

    The final Climate Assessment Report will be available at the Web site mentioned above. The Department of Commerce will publish a notice informing the public of the final report when it is issued.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Officer, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway--R/NCADAC, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the NOAA NCADAC Web site at

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U. S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Denver, CO.

    Dates and Times: The meeting will be held on Wednesday February 6, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Western Management Development Center, Cherry Creek Place, 3151 S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Alternate Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2453; Fax 301-427-2073; Email or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at

  • Defense

  • Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting.

    Name of Committee: Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB).

    Date: February 15, 2013.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

    Location: The "Cafe Conference Room'' on the second floor of the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse (SDOCH), 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-21178.

    Agenda: The Board will advise the Chief of Engineers on environmental policy, identification and resolution of environmental issues and missions, and addressing challenges, problems and opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner. Discussions and presentations during this meeting will focus on energy and water security and sustainability, and flow management for sustainable river ecosystems. Following the discussions and presentations there will be a public comment period.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John C. Furry, Designated Federal Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000;, Ph: (202) 761- 5875.

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