[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 194 (Wednesday, October 7, 2015)]
[Page 60701]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-24193]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-R-2015-N140; 1265-0000-10137-S3]

Hanford Reach National Monument, Adams, Benton, Franklin and 
Grant Counties, WA

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments and public meetings.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will hold a 
30-day comment period, including two public meetings, to obtain 
comments on providing public access to the Rattlesnake Mountain Unit, 
including the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, within the Hanford Reach 
National Monument (Monument). In Section 3081 of the Howard P. ``Buck'' 
McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, the 
Service is directed to ensure public access to the summit of 
Rattlesnake Mountain (a.k.a., Laliik) for educational, recreational, 
historical, scientific, cultural, and other purposes, including motor 
vehicle access, and pedestrian and other nonmotorized access.

DATES: The public may submit comments from October 15 through November 
13, 2015. Two public meetings will be held on October 14, 2015, at 2 
p.m. and 7 p.m., see the location under ADDRESSES.

ADDRESSES: More information on public access can be found on our Web 
site: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hanford_Reach/. The two public meetings 
will be held at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia 
Park Trail, Richland, WA 99352. Submit comments on public access to the 
Rattlesnake Mountain Unit, by any of the following methods:
    Email: mcriver@fws.gov. Include ``Public Access to Rattlesnake 
Mountain'' in the subject line of the message.
    Fax: (509) 546-8303.
    U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rattlesnake Mountain 
Access, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA 99323.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Haas, at (509) 546-8333 (phone), 
or mcriver@fws.gov (email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the public comment period is 
to obtain comments and ideas from the public and other interested 
parties on providing public access to the Monument's Rattlesnake 
Mountain Unit in a manner that protects unique and sensitive natural, 
scenic, and cultural resources.
    We are furnishing this notice in compliance with the Service's 
National Wildlife Refuge System planning policy, and the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.), and its implementing regulations. This notice serves to advise 
other agencies, Tribal governments, and the public of our meetings; 
initiate the public scoping comment period; and request public comments 
and information on issues, opportunities, and access alternatives we 
should consider.
    We will consider the comments we receive and issue a scoping report 
that discusses the issues and opportunities identified during the 
public comment period, the issues we may or may not further analyze, 
and the next steps in our process to examine what public access 
opportunities may be compatible with the purposes of the Monument.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Reasonable Accommodations

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access 
to this meeting for all participants. Please direct all requests for 
sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other 
accommodation needs to Dan Haas, (509) 546-8333 (phone); or 
mcriver@fws.gov (email); or 800-877-8339 (TTY); by close of business on 
September 30, 2015.

    Dated: September 2, 2015.
Richard R. Hannan,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Region, Portland, OR.
[FR Doc. 2015-24193 Filed 10-6-15; 8:45 am]