Second Notice of Intent To Issue Forest Order Closing Areas Near Beattie Gulch Trailhead and McConnell Fishing Access North and West of Gardiner, Montana to the Discharge of Firearms

Cited as:86 FR 2380
Court:Forest Service
Publication Date:12 Jan 2021
Record Number:2021-00394
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2380
Vol. 86, No. 7
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest Service
Second Notice of Intent To Issue
Forest Order Closing Areas Near
Beattie Gulch Trailhead and McConnell
Fishing Access North and West of
Gardiner, Montana to the Discharge of
Firearms
AGENCY
: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Forest Service provides this
Second Notice of Intent to issue an
order closing the Beattie Gulch
Trailhead and McConnell Fishing
Access areas north and west of
Gardiner, Montana to the discharge of
firearms. The purpose of the Second
Notice is to provide a correct mailing
address for comments submitted by mail
and reopen the public comment period
for this proposed forest order for an
additional 60 days. All comments
submitted electronically during the
previous comment 60-day period
beginning on June 24, 2020, remain
valid and need not be resubmitted. All
comments submitted by mail during the
previous comment period should be
resubmitted to ensure consideration.
DATES
: The 60-day public comment
period will begin January 13, 2021. The
notice of the opportunity for public
comment, including directions on how
to submit comments, is posted at
www.fs.usda.gov/main/custergallatin
and www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/
regulations-policies.
ADDRESSES
: The proposed forest order
and the justification for the forest order
are available on the Forest Service’s
website at www.fs.usda.gov/main/
custergallatin and www.fs.usda.gov/
about-agency/regulations-policies.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Mike Thom, District Ranger, 406–848–
7375, extension 22, michael.thom@
usda.gov.
Individuals who use TDD may call the
Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–
877–8339, 24 hours a day, every day of
the year, including holidays.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
I. Advance Notice and Public Comment
Procedures
Section 4103 of the John D. Dingell,
Jr., Conservation, Management, and
Recreation Act (Pub. L. 116–9) requires
that the Secretary of Agriculture, acting
through the Chief of the Forest Service,
provide public notice and comment
before permanently or temporarily
closing any National Forest System
lands to hunting, fishing, or recreational
shooting. Section 4103 applies to the
proposed forest order closing areas near
Beattie Gulch and McConnell Fishing
Access north and west of Gardiner,
Montana to the discharge of firearms.
On June 17, 2020, the Forest Service
published advanced notice in the
Federal Register of the 60-day public
comment period beginning on June 24,
2020, for this proposed forest order. The
Forest Service now provides this second
advance notice that it is reopening the
public comment period for this
proposed forest order for 60 additional
days. The purpose of reopening this
public comment period is to provide the
correct mailing address for comments
submitted by mail. The public notice
and comment process in section
4103(b)(2) requires the Secretary to
publish a notice of intent, in the Federal
Register, of the proposed closure in
advance of the public comment period
for the closure. This notice meets the
requirement to publish a notice of intent
in the Federal Register in advance of
the public comment period.
Following the notice of intent, section
4103(b)(2) requires an opportunity for
public comment. Because the proposed
forest order would permanently close
areas near Beattie Gulch and McConnell
Fishing Access, north and west of
Gardiner, Montana to the discharge of
firearms, the public comment period
must be not less than 60 days. The
solicitation for public comment will be
posted on www.fs.usda.gov/main/
custergallatin and www.fs.usda.gov/
about-agency/regulations-policies.
Section 4103(b)(2) requires the
Secretary to respond to public
comments received on the proposed
forest order, explain how the Secretary
resolved any significant issues raised by
the comments, and show how the
resolution led to the closure. The
response to comments on the proposed
order, justification for the final order,
and the issuance of the final forest order
will all be posted on the following
website: www.fs.usda.gov/main/
custergallatin and www.fs.usda.gov/
about-agency/regulations-policies.
II. Background and Need for Forest
Order
This permanent shooting closure is
needed to address potentially imminent
harm to human health and safety
resulting from the discharge of firearms
in these small areas. Bow hunting/
shooting would still be allowed. These
areas total 23 acres in size collectively,
Beattie Gulch is 18 acres and McConnell
Fishing access totals 5 acres. The size of
both areas has been limited to the
minimum necessary to protect public
health and safety. The Beattie Gulch
area and McConnell Fishing Access
permanent closures are needed to
address concerns resulting from the
discharge of firearms toward developed
facilities including the Old Yellowstone
Trail South, private property and
residences, the Yellowstone River, a
powerline, and Montana State Highway
89.
The proposed forest order and the
justification for the forest order are
available on the Forest Service’s
websites at www.fs.usda.gov/main/
custergallatin and www.fs.usda.gov/
about-agency/regulations-policies.
Tina Johna Terrell,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest
System.
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