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

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.




The United States 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. 6875 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 6875 withdrew approximately 1,050 acres of National Forest System lands from mining in order to protect the rare botanical specimens and the unique natural environment located within the Babyfoot and Big Craggies Botanical Areas. The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6875 will expire on August 27, 2011, unless extended. This notice also 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 July 21, 2010.


Comments and meeting requests should be sent to the Oregon/Washington State Director, BLM, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, Oregon 97208-2965.

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David Krantz, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, (541) 618-2037, or Charles R. Roy, BLM Oregon/Washington State Office, (503) 808-6189.

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The United States Forest Service has filed an application requesting that the Secretary of the Interior extend PLO No. 6875 (56 FR 42539 (1991)), which withdrew certain lands in Curry and Josephine Counties, Oregon, from location and entry under the United States mining laws (30 U.S.C. ch. 2), for an additional 20-year term, subject to valid existing rights. The area described contains approximately 1,050 acres in Curry and Josephine Counties. PLO No. 6875 is incorporated herein by reference.

The purpose of the proposed withdrawal extension is to continue the protection of rare botanical specimens and the unique natural environment located within the Babyfoot and Big Craggies Botanical Areas.

The use of a right-of-way, interagency agreement, or cooperative agreement would not provide adequate protection.

The Forest Service would not need to acquire water rights to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal extension.

Records related to the application may be examined by contacting Charles R. Roy at the above address or phone number.

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 Start Printed Page 21036the BLM State Director at the address indicated above.

Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the address indicated above during regular business hours.

Individual respondents may request confidentiality. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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 extension must submit a written request to the BLM State Director at the address indicated above by July 21, 2010. 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 in at least one local newspaper not less than 30 days before the scheduled date of the meeting.

The application will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2310.4.

(Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3-1)

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Fred O'Ferrall,

Chief, Branch of Land, Mineral, and Energy Resources.

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[FR Doc. 2010-9221 Filed 4-21-10; 8:45 am]