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Realty Action; Recreation and Public Purpose Act Classification; Leelanau County, MI

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of realty action.

SUMMARY:

The following public lands near the community of Northport in Leelanau County, Michigan have been examined and found suitable for classification for lease or conveyance to the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act of 1926, as amended (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.). Therefore, in accordance with section 7 of the Act of June 28, 1934, as amended (43 U.S.C. 315f) and EO 6964, the following described lands are hereby classified as suitable for disposal under the provisions of the R&PP Act of 1926, as amended (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.) and, accordingly, opened for only that purpose.

Michigan Meridian

T. 32 N., R. 10 W.,

Grand Traverse Light Station Reservation, located in Lot 3, Section 6 being more particularly described as:

Beginning at the intersection of sections 5, 6, 7 and 8, T. 32 N., R. 10 W.,

Thence,

N. 53° 27′ W., 34.456 chains, to Angle Point #1, the place of beginning,

N. 0° 18′ E., 12.600 chains, to Angle Point #2 on the present shoreline of Lake Michigan,

Thence, with the meanders of Lake Michigan,

S. 89° 41′ W., 2.199 chains,

S. 70° 45′ W., 3.741 chains,

N. 82° 22′ W., 4.781 chains,

S. 80° 33′ W., 2.563 chains,

S. 19° 35′ W., 5.144 chains,

S. 9° 47′ E., 6.241 chains to Special Meander Corner,

S. 89° 42′ E., 13.636 chains to Angle Point #1, the place of beginning, as shown on the plat of survey for the Grand Traverse Light Station in Lot 3, Section 6, accepted for the Director on January 22, 2002.

The area described contains 16.37 acres in Leelanau County.

The State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources proposes to integrate the lands into the existing Leelanau State Park. This action classifies the lands identified above for disposal through the Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926 (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.) to protect the historic lighthouse, lighthouse related structures and the surrounding lands. The subject land was identified in the Michigan Resource Management Plan Amendment, approved June 30, 1997, as not needed for Federal purposes and having potential for disposal to protect the historic structures and surrounding lands. Lease or conveyance of the land for recreational and public purpose use would be in the public interest. Detailed information concerning this action is available for review at the office of the Bureau of Land Management, Milwaukee Field Office, Wisconsin.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paul J. Salvatore, Realty Specialist, Bureau of Land Management, Milwaukee Field Office, 310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 450, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203, (414) 297-4413.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to an Executive Order dated June 30, 1851, a parcel of public land totaling 58.75 acres was reserved for lighthouse purposes on the Leelanau Peninsula. In accordance with Public Law 827 dated March 3, 1931, a deed was issued on February 15, 1932, to the State of Michigan for that portion of the lighthouse reservation no longer needed for lighthouse purposes. The portion conveyed was to be used for public park purposes and comprised approximately 42.38 acres.

The Department of Transportation, United States Coast Guard, submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) to relinquish custody, accountability, and control of the remaining 16.37 acres, more or less. The Bureau of Land Management has recommended that the remaining lands be determined suitable for return to their former status as public lands, such determination to be made by the Secretary of the Interior and accomplished by the issuance of a public land order revoking the Executive Order as to the remaining lands. A proposed public land order for this purpose currently is pending and awaiting action within the Department.

The State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources has applied for patent to the land under the R&PP Act of 1926, as an addition to Leelanau State Park.

The lease/patent when issued, will be subject to the following terms, conditions and reservations:

1. Provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926, as amended and to all applicable regulations of the Secretary of the Interior.

2. Valid existing rights.

3. All minerals are reserved to the United States, together with the right to prospect for, mine and remove the minerals.

4. Terms and conditions identified through the site specific environmental analysis.

5. Any other rights or reservations that the authorized officer deems appropriate to ensure public access and proper management of Federal lands and interest therein.

Upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register, the above described lands will be segregated from all forms of disposal or appropriation under the public land laws, except for lease or conveyance under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act and leasing under the mineral leasing laws. Interested parties may submit comments regarding Start Printed Page 27585the proposed conveyance or classification of the lands to the Field Manager, Milwaukee Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 450, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203 until July 7, 2003.

Classification Comments: Interested parties may submit comments involving the suitability of the land for R&PP Act classification, and particularly, whether the land is physically suited for inclusion in the state park, whether the use will maximize future use or uses of the land, whether the use is consistent with local planning and zoning, or if the use is consistent with State and Federal programs.

Application Comments: Interested parties may submit comments regarding the specific use proposed in the application, the development plan, the management plan, whether the BLM followed proper administrative procedures in reaching the decision, or any other factor not directly related to the suitability of the land for inclusion in the state park.

Any adverse comments will be evaluated by the State Director who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action. In the absence of any adverse comments, the classification will become effective on July 21, 2003.

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Dated: April 11, 2003.

James W. Dryden,

Milwaukee Field Manager.

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[FR Doc. 03-12523 Filed 5-19-03; 8:45 am]

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