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[Federal Register: December 13, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 238)]
[Page 69546-69547]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare a Wilderness Suitability Study and
Environmental Impact Statement for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore,


SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) will prepare a wilderness
suitability study to evaluate portions of Pictured Rocks National
Lakeshore for possible designation as wilderness. The study will be
included as part of a General Management Plan (GMP), currently in
preparation. A notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact
Statement with that GMP was published in the Federal Register of August
5, 1999 (64 FR 42713). That environmental impact statement now will be
expanded to include an evaluation of the impacts associated with
possible designation of wilderness within the lakeshore. This notice is
being furnished as required by National Environmental Policy Act
regulations 40 CFR 1501.7.
     To facilitate sound planning and analysis of environmental impact,
the NPS is gathering information necessary for the preparation of the
GMP, the wilderness suitability study, and the Associated Environmental
Impact Statement and is obtaining suggestions and information from
other agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed.
Comments and participation in this scoping process are invited.

Addresses: Written comments and information concerning the scope of the
EIS and other matters, or requests to be added to the project mailing
list should be directed to: Mr. Grant Petersen, Superintendent,
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, P.O. Box 40, Munising, Michigan
49862. Telephone: 906-387-2607. E-mail: piro__superintendent@nps.gov

For Further Information Contact: Superintendent, Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore, at the address and telephone number above.

Supplementary Information: Persons who previously submitted comments on
the scope of the EIS as it relates to the GMP need not resubmit those
comments. The NPS already is considering that input as planning
continues. However, persons who have not previously submitted comments
on the scope of the EIS, or who wish to submit additional comments
related to the scope of the EIS in consideration of the wilderness
suitability study are encouraged to do so.
     The NPS is publishing newsletters about the GMP process, with
``General Management Plan, Issue 1'' having been released during the
summer of 1999. Subsequent newsletters will include discussions of
planning to-date, on the wilderness suitability study being prepared
with the GMP, and will provide a response form whereby the public can
provide additional input to the planning process. Copies of the

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newsletters can be requested from the address or telephone number
listed above. Current information regarding this planning, as well as
an electronically transmittable comment form, can be found on the
park's web site, http://www.nps.gov/piro
     The environmental review of the GMP, Wilderness Study and EIS for
the lakeshore will be conducted in accordance with requirements of the
NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508),
other appropriate Federal regulations, and NPS procedures and policies
for compliance with those regulations.

     Dated: December 13, 1999.
William W. Schenk,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 99-32157 Filed 12-10-99; 8:45 am]

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