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Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Name Steering Committees

The Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are continuing their work to implement a collaborative, science-based response to climate change by naming their Steering Committees. The purpose of these Steering Committees will be to guide the objectives and priorities for each of these Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partners and co-leads in the effort to develop the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. They seek to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify gaps, and avoid duplication. This coordination helps ensure efficient use of limited funding and resources.

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NPS Releases Cape Hatteras ORV Plan

Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS) has prepared and approved a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan.

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NPS Proposing New Cost Recovery Procedures

Notice of Availability of Draft Director's Order Concerning National Park Service (NPS) Policies and Procedures for Recovering Costs Associated With Providing Utility Services to Non-NPS Users

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
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SUMMARY: The National Park Service is proposing to adopt a Director's Order setting forth the policies and procedures under which the NPS will recover expenses for providing utilities to non-NPS entities. These expenses include, but are not limited to, annual operating costs, cyclical repair and rehabilitation costs, and capital investment cost. 16 U.S.C. lb(4) provides authority for the NPS to furnish ``on a reimbursement of appropriation basis, all types of utility services to concessioners, contractors, permittees, or other users of such services, within the National Park System''. The Director's Order provides policies and procedures for consistent application of this guidance throughout the National Park Service.

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NPS to Prepare EIS for Winter Use in Yellowstone NP

Winter Use Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Yellowstone National Park

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Winter Use Plan, Yellowstone National Park.
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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone National Park, located in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

The purpose of the EIS is to establish a management framework that allows the public to experience Yellowstone's unique winter resources and values. This plan will determine whether motorized winter use of the park (including wheeled motor vehicles, snowmobiles, and snowcoaches) is appropriate, and if so, the types, extent, and location of this use.

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