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Notice of Availability: Environmental Assessment: Proposed Stewarts Point Rancheria Conveyance of 480.0 Acres of Fee Property to Federal Trust

Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Pacific Regional Office has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA), dated February 25, 2015 for the proposed fee-to-trust acquisition of 480.0± acres of land on behalf of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria (Tribe).  The proposed land uses likely to result from the Proposed Action are resource preservation and restoration as well as open space. No change in land use is proposed.


The proposed action includes the trust conveyance of property that is composed of approximately 480.0 acres of land involving parcel APN 123-160-005 located 4.4 miles from State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), approximately 45 miles east of the City of Healdsburg, approximately 40 miles east of the City of Cloverdale, and approximately 59 miles from the City of Santa Rosa.


The parcel is currently owned by the Tribe in fee.  The subject property is located adjacent and contiguous to the 42-acre Stewart's Point Rancheria that has been held in Federal Trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians since 1916. 


There are currently no plans for development of the subject parcel.  The Tribe's intended use of the property is limited to identification of natural and cultural resources.  However, once the property is conveyed to trust, the Tribe will request that the BIA, Division of Natural Resources, assist the Tribe in development of a Forest Management Plan (FMP).  FMPs are required for all Indian forest lands in federal trust status.  The National Indian Forest Resources Management Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-630) mandates that all management activities on Indian trust forest lands be consistent with an approved FMP.


Copies of the EA are available for public review at the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians Tribal Office located at 1420 Guernville Road Suite I, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. An electronic version of the EA is available at  Copies are also available at the Central Santa Rosa Library, located at 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA.


Written comments regarding the EA must be received within 30 days of the EA's date of publication, or by Friday, March 27, 2015 .  Written comments may be mailed or hand delivered to United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. For further information, please contact Chad Broussard, Environmental Specialist, at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office at (916) 978-6165.