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Notice of Proposed Changes for Section IV of the Field Office Technical Guide

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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA.


Notice and request for comments.


It is the intention of NRCS in Maryland to issue new or revised conservation practice standards for Section IV of the Field Office Technical Guide. These standards include, but are not limited to, the following:

Animal Mortality Facility (Code 316); Brush Management (Code 314); Composting Facility (Code 317); Field Border (Code 386); Filter Strip (Code 393); Fish Passage (Code 396); Fishpond Management (Code 399); Forage Harvest Management (Code 511); Forest Stand Improvement (Code 666); Heavy Use Area Protection (Code 561); Hedgerow Planting (Code 422); Irrigation Water Management (Code 449); Manure Transfer (Code 634); Nutrient Management (Code 590); Pasture and Hay Planting (Code 512); Pest Management (Code 595); Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Clay Treatment (Code 521D); Prescribed Forestry (Code 409); Streambank and Shoreline Protection (Code 580); Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (Code 395); Structure for Water Control (Code 587); Surface Drain, Field Ditch (Code 607); Tree/Shrub Establishment (Code 612); Use Exclusion (Code 472); Waste Storage Facility (Code 313); Waste Utilization (Code 633); Water and Sediment Control Basin (Code 638); Watering Facility (Code 614); Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (Code 380). Some of these practice standards may be used in conservation systems to comply with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Farm Bill.


Revised standards and new standards will be issued periodically during calendar year 2007. There will be a 30-day public comment period for each draft standard. Conservation practice standards will be issued as final after the close of the comment period.

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Electronic copies will be posted on the Internet at the following address:​technical/​efotg. Select Maryland, any county, Section IV, Draft Conservation Practice Standards. Paper copies will be mailed to persons who do not have Internet access. Please submit requests for paper copies to Anne M. Lynn, State Resource Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 339 Busch's Frontage Road, Suite 301, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Section 343 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 states that revisions made to NRCS state technical guides used to carry out highly erodible land and wetland provisions of the law shall be made available for public review and comment. NRCS will provide a 30-day public review and comment period concerning the proposed changes. At the close of the comment period, NRCS will make a determination regarding any changes to the draft conservation practice standards, and will publish the final standards for use in NRCS field offices. The final standards will also be posted on the Internet at the following address:​technical/​efotg.

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Dated: January 31, 2007.

Virginia (Ginger) L. Murphy,

State Conservationist, NRCS, Annapolis, Maryland.

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[FR Doc. E7-3358 Filed 2-28-07; 8:45 am]