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

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6888 for an additional 20-year period. This order withdrew approximately 320 acres of National Forest System land from surface entry and mining, but not from mineral leasing laws, to protect the recreational values of the Juneau Falls Recreation Area. This notice gives an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and to request a public meeting.

DATES:

Comments meeting requests for a public meeting must be received by May 24, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

Comments and meeting requests should be sent to the Alaska State Director, BLM Alaska State Office, 222 West 7th Avenue, No. 13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513-7504.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robert Lloyd, BLM Alaska State Office, 907-271-4682 or at the address listed above.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6888 (56 FR 50661 (1991)) will expire on October 7, 2011, unless extended. The USDA Forest Service has filed an application to extend the withdrawal for an additional 20-year period to protect the recreational values of the Juneau Falls Recreation Area.

This withdrawal comprises approximately 320 acres of National Forest System land located in the Chugach National Forest, within T. 5 N., R. 4 W., Seward Meridian, as described in PLO No. 6888.

A complete description, along with all other records pertaining to the extension application, can be examined in the BLM Alaska State Office at the address listed above.

As extended, the withdrawal would not alter the applicability of those public land laws governing the use of 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 recreational values of the Juneau Falls Recreation Area.

There are no suitable alternative sites available that could be substituted for the above described National Forest system land, since the Juneau Falls Recreation Area is unique.

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 Alaska State Director at the address listed above. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 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 BLM Alaska State Director to the address listed above within 90 days from the date of 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 and at least one local newspaper no less than 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.

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Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3-1(b).

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Robert L. Lloyd,

Acting Deputy State Director, Division of Alaska Lands.

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[FR Doc. 2010-3419 Filed 2-22-10; 8:45 am]

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