National Park Service (NPS).
Notice of intent to terminate an Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Land Exchange Between the National Park Service and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John Yancy, Associate Regional Director, Natural Resources, 100 Alabama Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.End Further Info
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the President's Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), as implemented by Director's Order 12, and Public Law 108-108, Section 138, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the termination of a EIS. The EIS examined a proposed land exchange between the NPS and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in North Carolina.
On November 10, 2003, the President signed into law Public Law 108-108, Section 138 of which constituted the “Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Land Exchange Act of 2003”. The Act ratified a proposed land exchange between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (218-acre Waterrock Knob) and the National Park Service (143-acre Ravensford) that has been studied extensively by the parties pursuant to the terms of General Agreement number GA-GRSM-01-FY00 since June 14, 2000. Congress declared that the Ravensford tract would be held in trust for the EBCI upon review of title and acceptance of a conveyance to the United States of the Waterrock Knob tract.
The enactment of the “Act” eliminates the need to publish a Final Environmental Impact Statement along with an associated Record of Decision.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Draft EIS was issued for public review under a Notice of Availability on June 20, 2003 for a period of 60 days. Subsequent to its release. Pub. L. 108-108 was signed to direct the exchange on November 10, 2003.Start Signature
Dated: February 23, 2004.
Patricia A. Hooks,
Regional Director, Southeast Region.
[FR Doc. 04-11168 Filed 5-17-04; 8:45 am]
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