Agriculture

  • National Forest System Land Management Planning

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is amending regulations pertaining to the National Forest System Land Management Planning. This final rule amends the 2012 rule and is intended to clarify the Department's direction for plan amendments, including direction for amending land management plans developed under the 1982 rule.

    DATES: This rule is effective January 17, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: For more information, 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 Andrea Bedell Loucks at 202- 295-7968 or Planning Specialist Regis Terney at 202-205-1552.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-15/html/2016-30191.htm

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Food Safety Outreach Program

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of Stakeholder Listening Session and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully expand the Food Safety Outreach Program, NIFA will host a virtual listening session. The focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input to develop the priorities for the Request for Applications (RFA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. NIFA is particularly interested in reaching the intended audience, achieving the most impact, and identifying suggested priorities in the third year of the Food Safety Outreach Program.

    DATES: The listening session will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on January 31, 2017 to be considered in the initial drafting of the FY 2018 Food Safety Outreach Program request for applications.

    ADDRESSES: The listening session will be hosted using Adobe Connect. On January 31, 2017, please access the following Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/r271ozhv661/. In addition, audio conference call capabilities are accessible at 1-888-844-9904, participant code 4715738#.

    Please submit comments, identified as NIFA-2017-0002, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: FSOP@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2017-0002 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-4888.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to FSOP; Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2225, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2225.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: FSOP, IFSN, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2458, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2017-0002. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Dawanna James-Holly, (202) 401- 1950 (phone), (202) 401-4888 (fax), or dholly@nifa.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-12/html/2016-29655.htm

  • Commerce

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Scientific Assessment for Public Comment

    AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

    ACTION: Notice of availability of draft scientific assessment for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is publishing this notice on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to announce the availability of a draft assessment, the Climate Science Special Report, for a 45-day public review, collected comments will be carefully reviewed by the relevant chapter author teams. Following revision and further review, a revised draft will undergo final Federal interagency clearance.

    Context: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is mandated under the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to conduct a quadrennial National Climate Assessment (NCA). Under its current decadal strategic plan, USGCRP is building sustained assessment capacity. The sustained assessment supports the Nation's ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to risks and potential impacts brought about by global environmental change. As part of the ongoing NCA process, a Climate Science Special Report is being developed to inform the assessment. The last NCA from 2014 and the process to develop it provided a foundation for subsequent activities and reports. This special report provides an update to the physical climate science presented in the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA). Specifically, the special report updates Chapter 2 and Appendices 3 and 4 of the 2014 NCA http://www.globalchange.gov/nca3-downloads-materials. The report provides updated climate science findings and projections, and is an important input to the authors of the next quadrennial NCA, expected in 2018.

    DATES: Comments on this draft scientific assessment must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on 28 January 2017.

    ADDRESSES: The draft USGCRP Climate Science Special Report can be accessed via the USGCRP Open Notices page, http://www.globalchange.gov/notices, or directly at the USGCRP Review and Comment System, https://review.globalchange.gov/. Registration details can be found on the review site home page, and review instructions on a dedicated special report page where comments from the public will be accepted electronically. Comments may be submitted only via this online mechanism.

    All comments received through this process will be considered by the relevant chapter authors without knowledge of the commenters' identities. When the final assessment is issued, the comments and the commenters' names, along with the authors' responses, will become part of the public record and made available on http://www.globalchange.gov. Information submitted by a commenter as part of the registration process (such as an email address) will not be disclosed publicly.

    Instructions: Response to this notice is voluntary. Responses to this notice may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. NOAA therefore requests that no business proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in response to this notice. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    USGCRP Contact: David Dokken; telephone 202-419-3473; or email: ddokken@usgcrp.gov.

    NOAA Contact: David Fahey; telephone 303-497-5277; or email: david.w.fahey@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-15/html/2016-30102.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

    By the authority vested in me as the President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose. As recognized in Executive Order 13689 of January 21, 2015, (Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic), Arctic environmental stewardship is in the national interest. In furtherance of this principle, and as articulated in the March 10, 2016, U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership, the United States has resolved to confront the challenges of a changing Arctic by working to conserve Arctic biodiversity; support and engage Alaska Native tribes; incorporate traditional knowledge into decisionmaking; and build a sustainable Arctic economy that relies on the highest safety and environmental standards, including adherence to national climate goals. The United States is committed to achieving these goals in partnership with indigenous communities and through science-based decisionmaking. This order carries forth that vision in the northern Bering Sea region.

    The Bering Sea and Bering Strait are home to numerous subsistence communities, rich indigenous cultures, and unique marine ecosystems, each of which plays an important role in maintaining regional resilience. The changing climate and rising average temperatures are reducing the occurrence of sea ice; changing the conditions for fishing, hunting, and subsistence whaling; and opening new navigable routes to increased ship traffic. The preservation of a healthy and resilient Bering ecosystem, including its migratory pathways, habitat, and breeding grounds, is essential for the survival of marine mammals, fish, seabirds, other wildlife, and the subsistence communities that depend on them. These communities possess a unique understanding of the Arctic ecosystem, and their traditional knowledge should serve as an important resource to inform Federal decisionmaking.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-14/html/2016-30277.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: January 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Ms. Jennifer Michael at jmichael@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-12/html/2016-29657.htm

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