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[Federal Register: February 24, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 36)]
[Page 9252-9253]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Park Service

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, 
and notice of public open house.


SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) will prepare a General 
Management Plan (GMP) Amendment, Historic Properties Management Plan, 
and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Sleeping Bear Dunes 
National Lakeshore, Michigan (hereafter, ``the Lakeshore''), in 
accordance with section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969 (NEPA). This notice is being furnished as required by NEPA 
Regulations 40 CFR 1501.7.
    To facilitate sound planning and environmental analysis, the NPS 
intends to gather information necessary for the preparation of the EIS, 
and to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the 
public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. Comments and 
suggestions in this scoping process are invited.
    Public meetings and open houses will be held during the development 
of the GMP Amendment and Historic Properties Management Plan (HPMP), 
and the preparation of the EIS. Notices of the dates, times, and 
locations of these public sessions will be advertised in local media 
outlets prior to the events. Information about public sessions and 
about the management plans and EIS will also be provided through 
periodic newsletters.

DATES: Public open houses will be held on Friday, March 20 and 
Saturday, March 21, 1998. Both open houses will be held between 9:30 am 
and 12 pm at the offices of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 
9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan.
    Written comments and suggestions concerning preparation of the GMP 
Amendment, HPMP, and EIS should be received by April 17, 1998.

ADDRESS: Written comments and suggestions should be directed to: 
Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front 
Street, Empire, Michigan 49630.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes 
National Lakeshore, at the above address or at telephone number 616-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lakeshore's existing general management 
plan was approved in

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1979. In accordance with National Park Service Management Policies, the 
GMP sets forth a management concept for the Lakeshore, and identifies 
broad strategies for resolving issues and achieving management 
objectives. The GMP amendment described in this notice will only 
address changes to the GMP necessary to provide an updated foundation 
for decision-making related to the management of historic properties 
within the Lakeshore.
    The Historic Properties Management Plan is an implementation plan 
that describes how goals identified in the Lakeshore's GMP and 
Strategic Plan will be achieved. The Historic Properties Management 
Plan is identified as a work element in the Lakeshore's Annual 
Performance Plan. The Annual Performance Plan and the Strategic Plan 
are required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
    Elements of the Historic Properties Management Plan will include:
    (1) Identification of landscapes and properties that should or may 
be preserved, and a determination of preservation strategies;
    (2) Identification of landscapes and properties that will not be 
preserved, and a determination of action strategies, and;
    (3) Identification of how visitors, surrounding communities, other 
interested groups and the Lakeshore can protect and preserve and 
adaptively use these landscapes and properties.
    The environmental review of the HPMP for Sleeping Bear Dunes 
National Lakeshore will be conducted in accordance with requirements of 
NEPA (42 U.S.C. Section 4371 et seq.), NEPA regulations (40 CFR Parts 
1500-1508), other appropriate Federal regulations, and NPS procedures 
and policies for compliance with those regulations.

    Dated: February 13, 1998.
William W. Schenk,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 98-4564 Filed 2-23-98; 8:45 am]

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