[Federal Register: April 30, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 83)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 23035]
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Forest Service

36 CFR Part 242


Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 100

RIN 1018-AI88

Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska

AGENCIES: Forest Service, Agriculture; Fish and Wildlife Service, 

ACTION: Affirmation of direct final rule.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, are adopting, without change, a direct final rule that made 
two minor changes to the regulations governing subsistence use of 
wildlife in Alaska. Because we received no adverse comments on the 
direct final rule, it is now effective.

DATES: The direct final rule became effective April 21, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Forest Service questions, contact 
Ken Thompson, Regional Subsistence Program Manager, USDA-FS Alaska 
Region, at (907) 786-3592. For Fish and Wildlife Service questions, 
contact Thomas H. Boyd at (907) 786-3888.



    The regulations at 36 CFR part 242 and 50 CFR part 100 (referred to 
below as ``the regulations''), authorized by Title VIII of the Alaska 
National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3101-3126), 
implement the Federal Subsistence Management Program on public lands in 
Alaska. The Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service and the 
Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (referred 
to below as ``the Departments'') jointly administer the regulations, 
which are identical in 36 CFR part 242 and 50 CFR part 100.
    On May 7, 2002, the Departments published in the Federal Register a 
final rule that made changes to the regulations (67 FR 30559). On 
February 18, 2003, the Departments published a direct final rule (68 FR 
7703) that addressed two issues that arose after publication of the May 
7, 2002, final rule: We clarified how old a person must be to receive a 
Federal Subsistence Registration Permit or Federal Designated Harvester 
Permit and removed a requirement that Regional Councils must have an 
odd number of members. These changes clarified language that had been 
unclear and brought the regulations into accord with current policies. 
We published these changes as a direct final rule because we believed 
these changes to be noncontroversial and anticipated receiving no 
adverse public comment on them.
    We did not receive any comments on the direct final rule during the 
public comment period provided. Therefore, the direct final rule became 
effective April 21, 2003, as specified in that rule.

List of Subjects

36 CFR Part 242

    Administrative practice and procedure, Alaska, Fish, National 
forests, Public lands, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 

50 CFR Part 100

    Administrative practice and procedure, Alaska, Fish, National 
forests, Public lands, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 


Accordingly, we are affirming as a final rule, without change, the 
direct final rule amending 50 CFR 100 and 36 CFR 242 that was published 
at 68 FR 7703 on February 18, 2003.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3, 472, 551, 668dd, 3101-3126; 18 U.S.C. 
3551-3586; 43 U.S.C. 1733.

    Dated: April 15, 2003.
Thomas H. Boyd,
Acting Chair, Federal Subsistence Board.
    Dated: April 15, 2003.
Kenneth E. Thompson,
Subsistence Program Manager, USDA--Forest Service.
[FR Doc. 03-10633 Filed 4-29-03; 8:45 am]