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Interim Final Supplementary Rules for the Sand Mountain and the Walker Lake Recreation Areas; Churchill and Mineral County, NV

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:

Interim final supplementary rules.

SUMMARY:

The Carson City Field Office Manager establishes these Supplementary Rules to provide for the protection of persons, property, and public lands and resources. They consolidate and clarify rules published in previous Federal Register notices, establish that Sand Mountain will be subject to a user fee collection and establish additional supplementary rules of conduct for visitors to the Sand Mountain and the Walker Lake Recreation Areas.

DATES:

The following supplementary rules are being published on an interim final basis, effective August 22, 2002. You may send your comments about these supplementary rules to the address below. Comments must be received or postmarked by September 23, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Mail: Manager, Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701.

Personal or messenger delivery: 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701. Internet e-mail: Christina_Miller@nv.blm.gov

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Chris Miller, Outdoor Recreation Planner, or Terry Knight, Acting Deputy Assistant Manager, Non-Renewable Resources, Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701. Telephone (775) 885-6000. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Comment Procedures

Please submit your comments on issues related to the supplementary rules, in writing, according to the ADDRESSES section above. Comments on the supplementary rules should be specific, should be confined to issues pertinent to the supplementary rules, and should explain the reasons for any recommended change. Where possible, your comments should reference the specific section or paragraph of the interim final rule that you are addressing. BLM may not necessarily consider, or include in the Administrative Record, comments that we receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

Under certain conditions, BLM can keep your personal identification confidential. You must prominently state your request for confidentiality at the beginning of your comment. BLM will consider withholding your name, street address, and other identifying information on a case-by-case basis to the extent allowed by law. BLM will make available to the public all submissions from organizations and businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.

Discussion of Rules

Certain other prohibited activities were recommended in the Recreation Area Management Plan for the Sand Mountain Recreation Area. These recommendations subsequently were published as specific prohibited acts in the Federal Register on July 1, 1992. These rules required minor modification and clarification.

Certain other supplementary rules are necessary in order to provide for the safety of visitors to the Recreation Areas. Speed limits are needed on access roads and in designated camping areas. Ignition of fireworks is a violation of State law and a danger to both persons and property.

Clarification of existing rules is needed to protect plant life, wildlife habitat and historic resources, and due to increases in public use we are proposing additional rules. Indiscriminate vehicle use in that portion of the Sand Mountain Recreation Area, where the off-road vehicle designation is “limited”, has destroyed vegetation, caused harassment of wildlife, and threatens the integrity of the Sand Springs Pony Express Station and Desert Study Area. Start Printed Page 54460These supplementary rules specifically identify those routes that are open to vehicle use within this “limited” designation area. Rules regarding the closure of certain lands within the Recreation Area to camping were published in the Federal Register on July 1, 1992. This notice contains a legal description of those lands and designates the area of Developed Recreation Site for the Walker Lake Recreation Area.

Procedural Matters

These supplementary rules are not a significant regulatory action and are not subject to review by Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. These supplementary rules will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. They will not adversely affect in a material way the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities. These supplementary rules will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. These supplementary rules do not alter the budgetary effects of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the right or obligations of their recipients; nor do they raise novel legal or policy issues.

BLM has determined that the supplementary rules are categorically excluded from environmental review under section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act, pursuant to 516 Departmental Manual (DM), Chapter 2, Appendix 1. In addition, the supplementary rules do not meet any of the 10 criteria for exceptions to categorical exclusions listed in 516 DM, Chapter 2, Appendix 2. Pursuant to Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1508.4) and the environmental policies and procedures of the Department of the Interior, the term “categorical exclusions” means a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and that have found to have no such effect in procedures adopted by a Federal agency and for which neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.

Congress enacted the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, to ensure that Government regulations do not unnecessarily or disproportionately burden small entities. The RFA requires a regulatory flexibility analysis if a rule would have a significant economic impact, either detrimental or beneficial, on a substantial number of small entities. These supplementary rules are not a “major rule” as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). These rules are limited in scope to a small section of public land and are intended to establish rules of conduct and acceptable behavior at the site for the protection of resources and the visiting public.

These supplementary rules do not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per year; nor do these supplementary rules have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. These supplementary rules do not require funding or resources from State, Local, or tribal governments. These supplementary rules do not affect private property or property rights nor are they intended to deny or constrain any valid existing right. Therefore, BLM is not required to prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

These supplementary rules do not represent a government action capable of interfering with constitutionally protected property rights. The supplementary rules are applicable only on public land managed by the BLM and do not extend to adjacent private property. No taking of private property is contemplated in these supplementary rules. Therefore, the Department of the Interior has determined that the supplementary rules would not cause a taking of private property or require further discussion of takings implications under this Executive Order.

The supplementary rules will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. These supplementary rules are intended to protect property, resources, and the visiting public on a designated area of public land. The scope and effect of these supplementary rules are limited to those public purposes and do not redefine or impact established governmental structures, responsibilities, policies, or procedures. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, BLM has determined that these supplementary rules do not have sufficient Federalism implications to warrant preparation of a Federalism Assessment.

Under Executive Order 12988, we have determined that these supplementary rules will not unduly burden the judicial system and that these supplementary rules meet the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Order. These supplementary rules have been written in plain text and are clearly understandable.

In accordance with Executive Order 13175, we have found that this final rule does not include policies that have tribal implications. These supplementary rules do not impact tribal lands nor are they intended to limit or interfere with any right or privilege granted to Native Americans.

These supplementary rules do not contain information collection requirements that the Office of Management and Budget must approve under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

Lands Covered by the Supplementary Rules

The public lands affected by these restrictions are described as follows:

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

Mt. Diablo Meridian

T. 16 N., R 32 E.,

Sec. 4: Lots 1—4 inclusive, SW1/4NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, N1/2SW1/4, SW1/4SW1/4;

Sec. 5: Lots 1-4 inclusive, S1/2N1/2, All public land north of U.S. Route 50;

T. 17 N., R 32 E.,

Sec. 15: S1/2S1/2;

Sec. 16: SE1/4SE1/4;

Sec. 20: SE1/4;

Sec. 21: All

Sec. 22: W1/2, NE1/4;

Sec. 28: All

Sec. 29: All

Sec. 32: All

Sec. 33: All

Walker Lake Recreation Area

Includes all public land east of U.S. Route 95 to Walker Lake within:

Mt. Diablo Meridian

T. 10 N., R 29 E.,

Sec. 5:

Sec. 8:

Sec. 17:

Sec. 20:

Sec. 29:

Sec. 32:

The principal author of these supplementary rules is Stanley Zuber of the Carson City Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

For the reasons stated in the preamble, and under the authority of 43 CFR part 8360, sections 8364.1, 8365, 8365.1-2, 8365.1-6 and 8365.2, the BLM State Director, Nevada, issues the following supplementary rules.

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Dated: April 23, 2002.

Jean Rivers-Council,

Acting State Director, Nevada.

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Supplementary Rules for the Sand Mountain Recreation Area

Sec. 1 Motor Vehicle Rules

a. All motorized vehicles, other than those traveling on maintained roads, must be equipped with an 8 foot whip mast and a six (6) inch by twelve (12) inch solid red or orange colored safety flag. Flags may be pennant, triangle, square, or rectangular shape. The mast must be securely mounted on the vehicle and extend eight (8) feet from the ground to the mast tip when the vehicle is stopped. Safety flags must be attached within 10 inches of the tip of the whip mast with club or other flags mounted below safety flag or on another whip.

b. You must not operate any motorized vehicle in excess of 25 mph on any maintained road within the Recreation Area, or in excess of 15 mph within any designated camping area.

c. Within that portion of the Recreation Area where vehicle use is designated as “limited”, there are only two roads open to motorized vehicles. These roads are:

(1) The main access road leading from U.S. Route 50 to the northernmost restroom facility and,

(2) The secondary access road leading from the main access road to the parking area near the Sand Springs Pony Express Station and Desert Study Area.

d. No person shall drink an alcoholic beverage, or have in their possession or on their person any open container that contains an alcoholic beverage, while operating in or on a motorized vehicle.

Sec. 2 Other Restrictions on Recreation Use

a. You must not camp on the following lands, other than in an area designated for that purpose:

Mt. Diablo Meridian

T. 17 N., R. 32 E.,

Sec. 28 SW1/4:

Sec. 29 E1/2SE1/4, W1/2SE1/4;

b. You must not camp on any other public lands within the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Sec. 5, T.16N, R.32E, or within one mile of the boundary of the Recreation Area.

c. You must not operate or use any audio equipment, such as a radio, television, musical instrument, or other noise producing device, or motorized equipment, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. in a manner that makes unreasonable noise that disturbs other visitors; or operate or use a public address system without written authorization from the Field Office Manager.

d. Persons using the area will be subject to a user fee.

Sec. 3 Prohibited Acts

You must not:

a. Operate a motorized vehicle in the Recreation Area without the attached safety flag as described under Sec. 1 a. of these supplementary rules;

b. Operate a motorized vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit;

c. Drink an alcoholic beverage, or have in your possession or on your person any open container that contains an alcoholic beverage, while operating in or on a motorized vehicle;

d. Camp outside the designated camping area described in Sec. 2a. of these supplementary rules;

e. Discharge any firearms, fireworks, or projectiles;

f. Make any unreasonable noise that disturbs other visitors between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. as described in Sec. 2c. of these supplementary rules;

g. Possess or use any glass cup or bottle, empty or not, used for carrying any liquid for drinking purposes;

h. Bring in, dispose of or possess any firewood containing nails, screws, or other metal hardware;

i. Dump gray or wastewater at the Recreation Area; or

j. Use Sand Mountain Recreation Area without paying the user fee.

Sec. 4 Penalties

Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), any person failing to comply with these supplementary rules may be subject to imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or a fine in accordance with the applicable provisions of 18 U.S.C. 3571, other penalties in accordance with 43 U.S.C. 1733, or both.

Sec. 5 Administrative and Emergency Use

These supplementary rules do not apply to emergency or law enforcement personnel, or BLM employees engaged in the performance of their official duties.

Supplementary Rules for the Walker Lake Recreation Area

Sec. 1 Motor Vehicle Rules

a. No person shall operate any motorized vehicle in excess of 25 mph on any maintained road within the Recreation Area, or in excess of 15 mph within any designated camping area.

b. No person shall drink an alcoholic beverage, or have in their possession or on their person any open container that contains an alcoholic beverage, while operating in or on a motorized vehicle.

Sec. 2 Developed Recreation Site

The following lands are designated as the developed recreation site as defined in 43 CFR 8360.0-5(c). Includes all public land east of U.S. Route 95 to Walker Lake within:

Mt. Diablo Meridian

T. 10 N., R 29 E.,

Sec. 29;

Sec. 32:

Rules stated in 43 CFR 8365.2 apply to this area.

Sec. 3 Other Restrictions on Recreation Use

No person shall operate or use any audio equipment, such as a radio, television, musical instrument, or other noise producing device, or motorized equipment, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. in a manner that makes unreasonable noise that disturbs other visitors; or operate or use a public address system without written authorization from the Field Office Manager.

Sec. 4 Prohibited Acts

You must not:

a. Operate a motorized vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit;

b. Drink an alcoholic beverage, or have in your possession or on your person any open container that contains an alcoholic beverage, while operating in or on a motorized vehicle;

c. Discharge any firearms, fireworks, or projectiles.

f. Make any unreasonable noise that disturbs other visitors between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. as described in Sec. 6a. of these supplementary rules.

g. Possess or use any glass cup or bottle, empty or not, used for carrying any liquid for drinking purposes;

h. Bring in, dispose of or possess any firewood containing nails, screws, and other metal hardware.

i. No dumping of gray or wastewater at Sand Mountain Recreation Area.

Sec. 5 Penalties

Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), any person failing to comply with these supplementary rules may be subject to imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or a fine in accordance with the applicable provisions of 18 U.S.C. 3571, other penalties in accordance with 43 U.S.C. 1733, or both.Start Printed Page 54462

Sec. 6 Administrative and Emergency Use

These supplementary rules do not apply to emergency or law enforcement personnel, or BLM employees engaged in the performance of their official duties.

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[FR Doc. 02-21395 Filed 8-21-02; 8:45 am]

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