•National Guard:Military activities need to be conducted in a way that reduces impacts to soils and vegetation, especially shrub communities.
Four alternative strategies are described and analyzed, as follows:
Alternative A:(No-Action) Serves as a baseline for comparison with the other three alternatives, and proposes no major changes in resource management.
Alternative B:Emphasizes a moderate level of raptor and raptor prey habitat restoration and rehabilitation, while accommodating recreation, military, and commodity uses that are compatible with the purposes of the NCA.
Alternative C:Places a heavy emphasis on restoration and rehabilitation of all non-shrub areas outside the National Guard's Orchard Training Area (OTA) to improve raptor and raptor prey habitat. Livestock grazing preference would be eliminated, and recreation and military training would be substantially restricted to support habitat restoration projects.
Alternative D:(Preferred Alternative) Places a heavy emphasis on restoration of all non-shrub areas outside the OTA to improve raptor and raptor prey habitat, with moderate restrictions on recreation, military, and commodity uses.
Decision Process:Depending on the number and types of comments on the Draft RMP/EIS, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS is expected to be published in late 2006. A Notice of Availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS will be published in theFederal Registerand through local news media. A notice of an approved Record of Decision will be published in theFederal Registerfollowing resolution of any protests or appeals on the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. The official responsible for the decision is the BLM Idaho State Director.
Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will beavailable for public inspection in their entirety. Copies of the Draft Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan/EIS are available in the Boise District Office at the above address.
Dated: February 14, 2006.
National Conservation Area Manager.