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[Federal Register: October 22, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 204)] [Notices] [Page 62076] >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr22oc04-97]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service

Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, Final
Environmental Impact Statement, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service.
ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Final General Management Plan/
Wilderness Study/Final Environmental Impact Statement, Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42
U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the National Park service (NPS) announces the
availability of a final general management plan/wilderness study/
environmental impact statement (FEIS) for Pictured Rocks National
Lakeshore, Michigan.

DATES: The draft general management plan/wilderness study/environmental
impact statement was on public review from August 29, 2003 through
November 23, 2003. Public hearings were held on the draft wilderness
study on August 26 at Munising, Michigan, and on August 27 at Grand
Marais, Michigan. Responses to substantive public comments are
addressed in the final general management plan/wilderness study/
environmental impact statement. The NPS will execute a record of
decision (ROD) no sooner than 30 days following publication of the
Environmental Protection Agency's notice of availability of the final
environmental impact statement in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copiers of the final general management plan/wilderness
study/environmental impact statement are available upon request by
writing Karen Gustin, Superintendent, Pictured Rocks National
Lakeshore, P.O. Box 40, Munising, Michigan 49862-0040, by phone 906-
387-2607, or by e-mail message at <A HREF="mailto:piro_gmp@nps.gov";>piro_gmp@nps.gov</A>. The document can
be picked up in person at the park's headquarters at N8391 Sand Point
Road, Munising, Michigan.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gustin, Superintendent, Pictured
Rocks National Lakeshore, or by calling 906-387-2607.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The final general management plan/wilderness
study/environmental impact statement combines two planning elements and
an environmental analysis that covers both the plan and the wilderness
study. The general management plan (GMP) provides a framework for
making decisions about and managing the national lakeshore's resources
and visitor use for the next 15 years. The wilderness study explores
options for wilderness designation in the national lakeshore from no
wilderness to 26 percent of the park. The environmental impact
statement (EIS) includes information and analysis on the potential
effect of the alternatives explored in the final general management
plan/wilderness study both within the national lakeshore boundaries as
well as regionally. Five alternatives are examined that address
wilderness as well as other visitor use and resource issues. The NPS
preferred alternative would expand visitor services on the west and
east ends of the park, recommend upgrading of county Road H-58, and
propose the Beaver Basin (16% of the lakeshore) be designated as
wilderness.
    Based on the findings of the wilderness study, a formal wilderness
proposal will be submitted to the Director of the NPS for approval and
subsequent consideration by the Department of the Interior, President,
and Congress.

    Dated: July 9, 2004.
Ernest Quintana,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 04-23745 Filed 10-21-04; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4312-52-M


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