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  • UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

    FOREST SERVICE I

    ESTABLISHMENT RECORD FOR ALPINE GARDENS

    RESEARCH NATURAL AREA WITHIN THE

    WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST

    COOS COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

    11 S GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 1973 0 - 5 2 2 - 1 M

  • Ihofted States Degart&ent of" Bgriculture

    Forest Service

    Reply to: 4060-3 (TMR 1

    Date: February 28, 1989

    Subject: S p i d e r L a k e and t h e Alp ine Gardens Ruts

    To: Regional F o r e s t e r , R-9

    C o m r a t u l a t i o n s . On F e b r u a q - 21, t h e Chief approved t h e S p i d e r L a k e and t h e A l g a e Gardens p r o p o s a l s as Research Eatural Areas. These are t h e second and t h i r d propos(zls approved i n 1989. Keep u p t h e g o d work.

    Herewith r e t u r n e d are c o p i e s o f t h e two e s t a b l i s h m e n t r e c o r d s e a c h c o n t a i n i n g a copy o f t h e approved d e s i g n a t i o n o r d e r .

    STANLEY L. K R U a A N , D i r e c t o r Tintber Manwenera t Research

    Enc l o s w e s

  • DESIGNATION ORBm

    By v i r t u e of the au thor i ty vested i n m e by the Secretary of Agriculture under regulat ions 7 CFR 2.42 and 36 CFR 251.23, I hereby e s t a b l i s h the Alpine Garden Research Natural Area. The Alpine Garden Research Natural Area s h a l l be comprised of the following lands: P a r t i a l l y i n United S t a t e s Tract Number 14, Town of Sargents Purchase, Coos County, New Hampshire.

    Regional Fores ter Larry Henson recommended the establishment of the Alpine Garden Research Natural Area i n the White Mountain National Fores t Land and Resource Management Plan. That recommendation was the r e s u l t of an analys is of the f a c t o r s l i s t e d i n 36 CFR 219.25 and Forest Service Manual 4063.41. The r e s u l t s of the Regional Fores te r ' s ana lys i s a r e documented i n the F ina l Environmental Impact Statement f o r the National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Establishment Record which a r e ava i l ab le t o the public.

    The Alpine Garden Research Natural Area w i l l be managed i n compliance with a l l relevant laws, regula t ions , and manual d i r e c t i o n regarding Research Natural Areas. The Alpine Garden Research Natural Area w i l l be administered i n accordance with the management d i r e c t i o n i d e n t i f i e d i n the Establishment Record. The White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan is hereby amended t o be consis tent with the management d i r e c t i o n i d e n t i f i e d i n the Establishment Record and t h i s designation order. Direct ions on pages 111 96, 111 97, and I11 98 of the White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan a r e replaced by the d i rec t ion on Pages 12 and 13 of the Establishment Record. This d i r e c t i o n w i l l remain i n e f f e c t unless amended pursuant t o 36 CFR 219.10. This is a non-signif icant amendment of the White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

    The Forest Supervisor of the White Mountain National Forest s h a l l n o t i f y the publ ic of t h i s amendment and w i l l mail a copy of t h e Designation Order and amended d i r e c t i o n t o a l l persons on t h e White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan mailing list.

    Based on the environmental ana lys i s documented i n the National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and t h e Establishment Record, I f i n d t h a t the designation of the Alpine Garden Research Natural Area is not a major f edera l ac t ion s i g n i f i c a n t l y a f f e c t i n g t h e q u a l i t y of the human environment.

  • This decision is subject to appeal pursuant to 36 CFR 211.18. A Notice of Appeal must be in writing and submitted ta:

    Chief USDA, Forest Service

    P.0. Box 96090 Washington, D.C. 20013-6090

    The Notice of Appeal must be submitted within 45 days from the da te of t h i s decision. Within f i v e days of' r e ce ip t , the Chief w i l l transmit the Notice of Appeal and a copy of the Des ipa t i on Order t o the Secretary of Agriculture f o r review at the Secretary 's d iscre t ion. The appeal w i l l be deemed denied i f the

    ys of receiving the appeal.

  • ALPINE GARDEN

    PHOTOGRAPHS

    ALL PHOTOS BY FRAPKIE ERACKLEY

  • USDA*CGRE$T SLRVICL f PHOTOGRAPHER I DATE S U B M I T T E O

    PHOTOGRAPH lC RECORD Frankie Brackley 1 3 April 1987

    H E A D Q U A R T E R S U N 1 T 1 LoCATION (See F;SM 1643,521 1 I Alpine Garden

    1 N i T i A L DISTIII@UTION O f P R l Y T l A M P F O R M f S 0 0 - f I

  • PHOTO # l - LOOKING WESTERLY A C R O S S T H E A L P I I I E GARDEN TOkIARDS B A L L CRAG

    PHOTO #I2 - L O O K I N G SOUTHERLY ACROSS THE ALPIliE GARDEN TOlJARDS TUCKERMAN RAVINE

  • PHOTO 83 - GENERAL VIEW OF VEGETATION GIITHIN THE ALPINE GARDEN, EARLY

    PHOTO 84 - PRENANTHES BOOTXI, A CAldBIDATE FOR LISTING UNDER THE FEDERAL ENaANGERED SPECIES ACT

  • PHOTO 85 - GEUM P E C K I I , A STATE ENDANGERED SPECIES

    PHOTO 86 - DIAPENSIA AND LAPLAND ROSEBAY, BOTH STATE R A R E SPECIES

  • SIGNAmE PAGE f o r

    R B M C H NATURAL ARE23 ESTABLISmm RECORD Alpine Garden Research Natural Area

    White Mountain National Forest Coos County, New Hampshire

    Prepared by Date Hgp

    White Moun a t iona l ~ & e + - r

    Recommended by G a r , D i s t r i c t Ranger

    Recommended by Date

    Recommended Date

    Recommended by Date Denver P. Burns, Sta t ion Director Northeastern Sta t ion

  • EST 'ABLISmm RECORD FOR ALPINE GARDEN

    RESEARCH NATURAL AREA WITHIN THE WHITE MOUWAIN

    NATIONAL FOREST, COOS COUNTY, NEN HAMPSHIRE

  • DEIGNATION ORDER

    By v i r t ue of the author i ty vested i n me by the Secretary of Agriculture under regulations 7 CFR 2.42 and 36 CER 251.23, I hereby e s t ab l i sh the Alpine Garden Research Natural Area, The Alpine Garden Research Natural Area s h a l l be comprised of the following lands: P a r t i a l l y i n United S ta tes Tract Nmber 14 , Town of Sargents Purchase, Coos County, New Hampshire. - -

    Regional Forester Larry Henson recommended the establishment of the Alpine Garden Research Natural Area i n the White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. That recomendation was the r e s u l t of an analysis of the fac tors l i s t e d i n 36 CFR 219.25 and Forest Service Manual 4063.41. The r e s u l t s of the Regional Fores te r ' s analys is a r e documented i n the Final Environmental Impact Statement f o r the National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Establishment Record which a r e avai lable t o the public.

    The Alpine Garden Research Natural Area w i l l be managed i n compliance with a l l relevant laws, regulations, and manual d i rec t ion regarding Research Natural Areas. The Alpine Garden Research Natural Area w i l l be administered i n accordance with the management d i rec t ion iden t i f i ed i n the Establishment Record. The White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan is hereby amended t o be consistent with the management d i rec t ion i den t i f i ed i n the Establishment Record and t h i s designation order. Directions on pages 111 96, 111 97, and I11 98 of the White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan a r e replaced by the d i rec t ion on Pages 12 and 13 of the Establishment Record. This d i rec t ion w i l l remain i n e f f e c t unless amended pursuant t o 36 CFR 219.10. This is a non-significant amendment of the White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

    The Forest Supervisor of the White Mountain National Forest s h a l l no t i fy the public of t h i s amendment and w i l l mail a copy of the Designation Order and amended d i rec t ion t o a l l persons on the White Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan mailing l is t . Based on the environmental analysis documented i n the National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Establishment Record, I f ind t ha t the designation of the Alpine Garden Research Natural Area is not a major federal action s ign i f ican t ly a f fec t ing the qua l i ty of the human environment.

  • 'I'his decision is subject t o appeal pursuant t o 36 C m i 211.18. A Notice of Appeal must be i n writ ing and submitted to :

    Chief USDA, Forest Service

    P.O. Box 96090 Washington, D.C. 20013-6090

    The Notice of Appeal must be submitted within 45 days from the date of t h i s decision. Within f i v e days of rece ip t , the Chief w i l l transmit the Notice of Appeal and a copy of the Designation Order t o the Secretary of Agriculture f o r review a t the Secretary 's d iscre t ion. The appeal w i l l be deemed denied i f the Secretary takes no act ion within ten days of receiving the appeal.

    Chief Date

  • TABLE O F COK-

    . . * . . . . . . . . . . . . . * 1 ( 1 ) L a n d M a n a g e m e n t Planning

    b. J U S T I F I C A T I O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 c . P R I N C I P A L D I S T I N G U I S H I N G FEATUFtES. . . . . . . . 2

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . d. L O C A T I O N . . . . 2 ( 1 ) D e s c r i p t i o n s ( 2 ) A c c e s s

    . . . . . . . . f . PHYSICAL AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS 4 ( 1 ) Physical ( 2 ) C l i m a t i c

    g. DESCRIPTIONS O F VALUES . . . . . . . . .

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