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Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Alaska

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.




On behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6676 for an additional 20-year period. This order withdrew approximately 600 acres of National Forest System land from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the general land laws, including the United States mining laws, to protect the Cape Fanshaw Natural Area. This notice gives an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and to request a public meeting.


Comments and requests for a public meeting must be received by May 9, 2007.


Comments and meeting requests should be sent to the Alaska State Director, BLM Alaska State Office, 222 West 7th Avenue, No. 13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513-7599.

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Terrie D. Evarts, BLM Alaska State Office, 907-271-5630.

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The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6676 (53 FR 18282, May 23, 1988), will expire on May 22, 2008, unless extended. The USDA Forest Service has filed an application to extend the withdrawal for an additional 20-year period to protect the natural ecological complex of the USDA Forest Service Natural Area.

This withdrawal comprises approximately 600 acres of National Forest System land located in secs. 3, 4, 9 and 10, T. 54 S., R. 75 E., Copper River Meridian, and is described in PLO No. 6676. A complete description can be provided by the BLM Alaska State Office at the address shown above.

As extended, the withdrawal would not alter the applicability of those public land laws governing the use of National Forest System land under lease, license, or permit or governing the disposal of the mineral or vegetative resources other than under the mining laws.

The use of a right-of-way or interagency or cooperative agreement would not adequately protect the Federal investment in the Cape Fanshaw Natural Area.

There are no suitable alternative sites available since the Cape Fanshaw Natural Area is unique and may not be substituted for the above-described public land.

No water rights would be needed to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal extension.

For a period of 90 days from the date of publication of this notice, all persons who wish to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in connection with the proposed withdrawal extension may present their views in writing to the BLM State Director at the address indicated above. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

Notice is hereby given that an opportunity for a public meeting is afforded in connection with the proposed withdrawal extension. All interested parties who desire a public meeting for the purpose of being heard on the proposed withdrawal must submit a written request to the State Director at the address indicated above within 90 days from the publication of this notice. Upon determination by the authorized officer that a public meeting will be held, a notice of the time and place will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the meeting.

The withdrawal extension proposal will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2310.4 and subject to Section 810 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 3120 (2000).

(Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3-1)

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Dated: December 11, 2006.

Carolyn J. Spoon,

Chief, Branch of Lands and Realty.

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[FR Doc. E7-2060 Filed 2-7-07; 8:45 am]