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Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting for the Peony, Pole Pick, and Frank Burge Seed Orchards; Washington

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.




The United States Forest Service (USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6952 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 6952 withdrew approximately 110 acres of National Forest System land from location and entry under the United States mining laws in order to protect the integrity and functionality of the seed orchards, along with the investment of Federal funds at the Peony, Pole Pick, and Frank Burge Seed Orchards. The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6952 will expire on November 11, 2012, 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 January 24, 2011.


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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Charles R. Roy, BLM Oregon/Washington State Office, (503) 808-6189, or Susan Daugherty, USFS Pacific Northwest Region, (503) 808-2416.

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The USFS has filed an application requesting that the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management extend PLO No. 6952 (57 FR 53587 (1992)), which withdrew certain lands in Okanogan County, Washington from location and entry under the United States mining laws for an additional 20-year term, subject to valid existing rights. The area described contains Start Printed Page 65649approximately 110 acres in Okanogan County. PLO No. 6952 is incorporated herein by reference.

The purpose of the proposed withdrawal extension is to continue the protection of the integrity and functionality of the seed orchards, along with the investment of Federal funds at the Peony, Pole Pick, and Frank Burge Seed Orchards. The orchards produce tree seeds used for replanting harvested areas. The orchards cannot be moved to another location.

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

The USFS 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 the 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. 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 organization 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 State Director at the address indicated above by January 24, 2011. 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 at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the meeting.

The application will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2300.4.

(Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3-1)

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Cathie Jensen,

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

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[FR Doc. 2010-27052 Filed 10-25-10; 8:45 am]