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Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits
Document Number: 2016-20554
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have issued the following permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. We issue these permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
2016 Second Call for Nominations for Utah Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 2016-20551
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to request a second call for nominations for five open positions on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) because we did not receive a sufficient number of applications from the first call for nominations. The RAC provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. The BLM will accept public nominations for 30 days after the publication of this notice.
Second Call for Nominations to the Alaska Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 2016-20509
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to reopen the request for public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The RAC provides advice and recommendations to the BLM regarding land management issues. BLM Alaska will accept public nominations for 45 days after the publication of this notice.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan, Orange County, FL
Document Number: 2016-20484
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Orange County Utilities Department, is requesting a 5-year ITP. We request public comment on the permit application and accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), as well as on our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as low effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review.
Notice of Intent To Establish a Campground Fee on Public Land in Gunnison County, Colorado
Document Number: 2016-20450
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Gunnison Field Office, Gunnison, Colorado, intends to establish an overnight camping fee at the Oh Be Joyful Campground.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Sheep Mountain Uranium Project, Fremont County, Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-20449
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sheep Mountain Uranium Project and by this notice is announcing its availability.
Cancellation of September 7, 2016, Meeting of the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee
Document Number: 2016-20448
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 1-16), that the September 7, 2016, meeting of the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee previously announced in the Federal Register, Vol. 81, February 2, 2016, pp. 5481, is cancelled.
Indian Gaming; Extension of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact (Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota)
Document Number: 2016-20436
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice announces the extension of the Class III gaming compact between the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog, the Northern DPS of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog, and the Yosemite Toad
Document Number: 2016-20352
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae), the northern distinct population segment (DPS) of the mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), and the Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). There is significant overlap in the critical habitat designations for these three species. The designated area, taking into account overlap in the critical habitat designations for these three species, is in total approximately 733,357 hectares (ha) (1,812,164 acres (ac)) in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties, California. All critical habitat units and subunits are occupied by the respective species. The effect of this rule is to designate critical habitat under the Act for the conservation of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern DPS of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad.
Privacy Act Procedures
Document Number: 2016-19749
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The purpose of this document is to propose amendments to the procedures followed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) when processing a request under the Privacy Act of 1974. The proposed amendments make the following changes to the current regulations. These changes will serve to update certain Commission information, streamline how the Commission processes its Privacy Act requests, and aligns those processes with its procedures for processing Freedom of Information Act requests.
Filing of Plats of Survey: California
Document Number: 2016-20388
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The plats of survey of lands described below are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management, California State Office, Sacramento, California.
Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/Washington
Document Number: 2016-20380
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, Portland, Oregon, 30 days from the date of this publication.
Notice of Public Meeting, Idaho Falls District Resource Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2016-20228
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will meet as indicated below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Assessing Public Views of Waterfowl-Related Topics To Inform the North American Waterfowl Management Plan
Document Number: 2016-19879
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-24
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this ICR.
Notice of Intent To Amend the Coeur d'Alene Resource Management Plan and To Prepare an Associated Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2016-20095
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coeur d'Alene Field Office, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated environmental assessment (EA) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.
Request for Nominations for the Na Hoa Pili O Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Advisory Commission
Document Number: 2016-20083
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, proposes to appoint new members to the Na Hoa Pili O Kaloko-Honokohau (The Friends of Kaloko-Honokohau) (Commission), an advisory commission for Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (Park). The Superintendent of the Park, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Commission.
Notice of Realty Action: Rosebud Parcel-Recreation and Public Purposes Act Classification for Conveyance of Public Lands in Box Elder County, UT
Document Number: 2016-19972
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification under Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act, and conveyance under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, as amended, 0.36 acres of public land in Box Elder County, Utah. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources proposes to assume ownership of a 70 ft. wide by 221.56 ft.-long parcel of land with an existing building that has been used as field quarters for personnel and cooperators working in northwestern Box Elder County, Utah.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Status Reviews of 14 Caribbean Species
Document Number: 2016-19940
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are initiating 5-year status reviews of 14 Caribbean species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We are requesting submission of information that has become available since the last review of each of these species.
Request for Nominees for the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking
Document Number: 2016-19934
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), after consultation with the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking (Task Force), is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council).
Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Captive Wildlife Safety Act
Document Number: 2016-19920
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2016. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.
Indian Gaming; Approval of Amendment to Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact in the State of Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-19877
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation and State of Wyoming entered into a compact replacing and superseding an existing Tribal-State compact governing Class III gaming. This notice announces approval of the new compact.
Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Off-Road Vehicle Management
Document Number: 2016-19844
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to amend its special regulation for off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, to revise the times that certain beaches open to ORV use in the morning, extend the dates that certain seasonal ORV routes are open in the fall and spring, and modify the size and location of vehicle-free areas. Consideration of changes to this special regulation was required by section 3057 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The NPS also proposes to amend this special regulation to allow the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to issue ORV permits that would be valid for different lengths of time than currently exist, and to replace an ORV route designation on Ocracoke Island with a park road to allow vehicle access and pedestrian use of a soundside area without the requirement for an ORV permit.
Management of Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights
Document Number: 2016-19519
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), make available the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on regulations governing the exercise of non-Federal oil and gas rights outside of Alaska in order to improve our ability to protect refuge resources, visitors, and the general public's health and safety from potential impacts associated with non-Federal oil and gas operations located within refuges.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Oil and Gas Lease Sales for 2018
Document Number: 2016-19861
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), BOEM is announcing its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed GOM Lease Sales 250 and 251 (2018 GOM Lease Sales 250 and 251 Supplemental EIS) as scheduled in the 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program (2017-2022 Proposed Program). This Notice of Intent (NOI) serves to announce the EIS scoping process for the 2018 GOM Lease Sales 250 and 251 Supplemental EIS. The 2018 GOM Lease Sales 250 and 251 Supplemental EIS will tier from the 2017-2022 GOM Multisale EIS. Section 18 of the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) requires the development of an OCS oil and gas leasing program every five years. The Program sets forth a schedule of lease sales designed to best meet the Nation's energy needs. The lease sales proposed in the GOM in the 2017- 2022 Proposed Program are areawide sales encompassing both the Western and Central Planning Areas, and a portion of the Eastern Planning Area not subject to Congressional moratorium. These planning areas are located off the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By proposing lease sales that offer all available GOM acreage, BOEM seeks to provide more opportunity for industry to bid on rejected, relinquished, or expired OCS lease blocks and facilitate better planning to explore resources that straddle the U.S./Mexico boundary. During the pre-lease sale process, the size of any individual lease sale could be reduced, and a smaller area offered for leasing, should circumstances warrant. For example, an individual lease sale could be focused on a single GOM Planning Area as in the 2012-2017 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
State of Arizona Resource Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2016-19818
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet in Phoenix, Arizona, as indicated below.
Announcement of National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council
Document Number: 2016-19804
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-19
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
Pursuant to Public Law 106-503, the National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (NEPEC) will hold its next meeting by phone. The Committee is comprised of members from academia and the Federal government. The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Director of the USGS on earthquake predictions and related scientific research. In this brief meeting by phone, the Council will receive updates on the status of pertinent activities of the Earthquake Hazards Program, and will deliver its recommendations on the testing of earthquake prediction hypotheses.
Hunting and Fishing
Document Number: 2016-19797
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Notice of Federal Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Greens Hollow Tract, Utah (Coal Lease Application UTU-84102)
Document Number: 2016-19727
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah State Office, will offer the Federal coal resources described below as the Greens Hollow Tract (UTU-84102) for competitive sale by sealed bid, in accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, and the applicable implementing regulations. The sale tract is located in Sanpete and Sevier Counties, Utah.
Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2016-19715
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
Filing of Plats of Survey, Nebraska and Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-19708
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to file plats of survey thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this publication in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The surveys were executed at the request of the U. S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management and are necessary for the management of these lands. The lands surveyed are: The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the west and north boundaries and portions of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of certain sections, Township 30 North, Range 52 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Nebraska, Group No. 183, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 24, Township 30 North, Range 53 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Nebraska, Group No. 183, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the corrective dependent resurvey of portions of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of section 32, the dependent resurvey of portions of the east, south and west boundaries, the subdivisional lines and subdivision of section lines, and the survey of the subdivision of certain sections, Township 26 North, Range 6 East, Sixth Principal Meridian, Nebraska, Group No. 184, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of Lot No. 43, a portion of the Fourteenth Guide Meridian West, through Township 24 North, between Ranges 112 and 113 West, portions of the subdivisional lines, and the 1899 meanders of the banks of the Green River, the survey of the subdivision of section 5, the survey of the 2013 meanders of the westerly shore of Fontenelle Reservoir in section 5, and the metes and bounds survey of the west right-of-way of Wyoming State Highway No. 189 through section 5, Township 24 North, Range 112 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 894, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Sixth Standard Parallel North, through Range 112 West, portions of the subdivisional lines, and the 1901 meanders of the banks of the Green River, the survey of the subdivision of certain sections, the survey of the 2013-2014 meanders of the westerly shore of Fontenelle Reservoir in certain sections, and the metes-and-bounds survey of the west right-of-way of Wyoming State Highway No. 189 through certain sections, Township 25 North, Range 112 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 895, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary and subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 24, Township 13 North, Range 82 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 929, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the survey of the subdivision of section 27, Township 54 North, Range 85 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 930, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the north boundary and subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of sec. 2, Township 13 North, Range 77 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 931, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the subdivisional lines, subdivision of section 24 and lots 10, 11 and 12, section 24, Township 14 North, Range 84 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 932, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary and the survey of the subdivision of section 12, Township 29 North, Range 100 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 933, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines, and a portion of the subdivision of section 15, Township 18 North, Range 80 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 935, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the survey of the subdivision of section 19, Township 50 North, Range 63 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 936, was accepted August 11, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Thirteenth Auxiliary Guide Meridian West, through Township 31 North, between Ranges 108 and 109 West, the subdivisional lines and the 1892 meanders of the banks of New Fork River in section 12, and the survey of the subdivision of section 12, Township 31 North, Range 109 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 939, was accepted August 11, 2016.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2016-19701
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service is soliciting comments on the significance of properties nominated before July 30, 2016, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-19674
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's (EVOSTC) Public Advisory Committee.
Potential Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore California-Request for Interest
Document Number: 2016-19349
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The purpose of this public notice is to: (1) Describe the unsolicited proposal submitted to BOEM by Trident Winds, LLC (Trident Winds) to acquire an OCS commercial wind lease; (2) solicit submissions of indications of interest in acquiring a commercial lease for wind energy development on the OCS offshore California in the area described in this notice; and (3) solicit public input regarding the area described in this notice, the potential environmental consequences associated with wind energy development in the area, and existing and planned multiple uses of the area. On January 14, 2016, BOEM received an unsolicited request from Trident Winds for a commercial wind lease on the OCS. Trident Winds' proposed project would consist of a utility-scale floating wind energy facility offshore Morro Bay, California that would interconnect with the California electrical grid at the existing Morro Bay Power Plant. The project would be located, at its closest point, approximately 15 nautical miles (nmi) offshore Point Piedras Blancas in water depths of approximately 2,900 feet. Additional information on Trident Winds' unsolicited lease request can be viewed at http://www.boem.gov/ California/. This RFI is published pursuant to subsection 8(p)(3) of the OCS Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1337(p)(3), and BOEM's implementing regulations at 30 CFR part 585. Subsection 8(p)(3) of the OCS Lands Act requires that OCS renewable energy leases, easements, and rights-of-way be issued ``on a competitive basis unless the Secretary [of the Interior] determines after public notice of a proposed lease, easement, or right- of-way that there is no competitive interest.'' This RFI provides public notice for the area requested by Trident Winds (the Proposed Lease Area) that is described below in the section ``Description of the Proposed Lease Area,'' and invites the submission of indications of interest in acquiring a commercial wind lease within the Proposed Lease Area. Parties wishing to indicate competitive interest in the Proposed Lease Area should submit detailed and specific information as described in the section entitled ``Required Indication of Interest Information.'' BOEM will consider the responses to this public notice to determine whether competitive interest exists in the Proposed Lease Area. This announcement also requests that interested and affected parties comment and provide information about site conditions and any existing or planned multiple uses within the Proposed Lease Area that may be relevant to the proposed project or its potential impacts.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Acuña Cactus and the Fickeisen Plains Cactus
Document Number: 2016-19159
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate critical habitat for the Echinomastus erectocentrus var. acunensis (acu[ntilde]a cactus) and the Pediocactus peeblesianus var. fickeiseniae (Fickeisen plains cactus) under the Endangered Species Act. Critical habitat for the acu[ntilde]a cactus is located in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties, Arizona, and critical habitat for the Fickeisen plains cactus is located in Coconino and Mohave Counties, Arizona. The effect of this regulation is to designate critical habitat for the acu[ntilde]a cactus and the Fickeisen plains cactus under the Endangered Species Act.
Notice of Intent To Establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
Document Number: 2016-19599
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
On November 9, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) published a notice of intent requesting comments and nominations for Tribal representatives for the Accountability Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The comment period for that notice of intent closed December 24, 2015. On April 14, 2016, the BIE reopened the comment and nomination period with a new deadline of May 31, 2016. The BIE is further extending the comment period for Tribes to nominate individuals for membership on the Committee. The BIE also solicits comments on the proposal to establish the Committee, including comments on additional interests not identified in this notice of intent and comments on the expansion of the scope of the Committee. The BIE is also correcting a drafting error in the April 14, 2016 Notice that omitted from Section III the central purpose of the Committee under the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires the Secretary of the Interior, using a negotiated rulemaking process, to develop regulations for implementation no later than the 2017-2018 academic year. It also requires the Secretary to define the standards, assessments, and accountability system consistent with Section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the schools funded by BIE on a national, regional, or tribal basis.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Status for Lepidium papilliferum
Document Number: 2016-19528
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine threatened status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, for Lepidium papilliferum (slickspot peppergrass), a plant species from the State of Idaho. Lepidium papilliferum was added to the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants as a threatened species through the publication of a final rule on October 8, 2009. The Idaho District Court subsequently vacated the listing of L. papilliferum and remanded the final rule to the Service for the purpose of reconsidering the definition of the ``foreseeable future'' in regard to this particular species. The Court did not question the science underlying the Service's determination of threatened status for the species. We have reconsidered the definition of ``foreseeable future'' for L. papilliferum in this final rule; therefore, it addresses the Court's remand. The effect of this regulation is to reinstate threatened species status of L. papilliferum on the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 7 (ATLW-7) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore North Carolina (Kitty Hawk)-Proposed Sale Notice and Request for Interest; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-19552
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This is the Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for the sale of one commercial wind energy lease on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, pursuant to 30 CFR 585.216. BOEM proposes to offer Lease OCS-A 0508 for sale using an ascending-bid auction. In this PSN, you will find information pertaining to the area available for leasing, proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details, the lease form, criteria for evaluating competing bids, award procedures, appeal procedures, and lease execution. BOEM invites public comment during a 60-day comment period following publication of this notice. The issuance of the proposed lease resulting from this sale would not constitute an approval of project- specific plans to develop offshore wind energy. Such plans, expected to be submitted by the auction winner, would be subject to subsequent environmental and technical reviews prior to a decision to proceed with development. This document is also a Request for Interest (RFI), pursuant to 30 CFR 585.212, to assess if there has been a change in competitive interest in the area encompassing proposed lease OCS-A 0508 since the publication of the North Carolina Call for Information and Nominations (Call) (77 FR 74204) on December 13, 2012. If BOEM determines that competitive interest in the proposed lease area (OCS-A 0508) still exists, BOEM will proceed with the competitive process set forth in 30 CFR 585.211 through 585.225. If BOEM determines competitive interest in the proposed lease area (OCS-A 0508) no longer exists because only one potential lessee is interested in the area, BOEM may proceed with the non-competitive process set forth in 30 CFR 585.231(d)-(i) following the receipt of the acquisition fee specified in 30 CFR 585.502(a).
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Actions
Document Number: 2016-19483
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice. This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action.
Filing of Plats of Survey, Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-19482
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has filed the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the dates indicated.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds
Document Number: 2016-19447
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016, that prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits for migratory game birds during the 2016-17 season. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. In that final rule, we identified several errors concerning season dates, and bag and possession limits, for certain States, as well as a number of formatting and other errors in tables and table notes. With this document, we correct those errors.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease WYW178492, Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-19429
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Per the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, Hilcorp Energy I, L.P. filed a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease WYW178492, in Crook County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time, and the lessee paid the required rentals accruing from the date of termination. No leases that affect these lands were issued before the petition was filed.
Call for Nominations for Central and Northern California Resource Advisory Councils and Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-19428
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations for the Central California and Northern California District Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) and the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The Central California RAC advises BLM officials for the Central Coast, Mother Lode, Bakersfield, Ukiah and Bishop Field Offices. The Northern California RAC advises BLM officials for the Redding, Arcata, Eagle Lake and Applegate Field Offices. The Carrizo MAC advises BLM officials for the Monument. The BLM will receive public nominations for 30 days from the date this notice is published.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 2016-19351
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the survival of endangered species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 6-Month Extension of Final Determination for the Proposed Listing of the Headwater Chub and Distinct Population Segment of the Roundtail Chub as Threatened Species
Document Number: 2016-19340
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 6-month extension of the determination of whether the headwater chub (Gila nigra) and a distinct population segment of the roundtail chub (Gila robusta) are threatened species, and we announce the reopening of the comment period on the proposed rules to add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We are taking this action based on our finding that there is substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy of the available data relevant to our proposed regulations to add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, making it necessary to solicit additional information by reopening the comment period for 30 days.
Information Collection: Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Offshore Facilities; Proposed Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-19310
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements for 30 CFR 553, Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Offshore Facilities, as well as the associated forms. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned control number 1010-0106 to this information collection.
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2016-19298
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
The Secretary of the Interior is giving notice of the renewal of the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) to advise the Department on the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which requires governments to publicly disclose their revenues from oil, gas, and mining assets and for companies to make parallel disclosures regarding payments.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 2016-19290
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing recovery permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-19202
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
We, the U.S. Department of the Interior, announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and a request for written comments. This meeting, the 36th biannual meeting of the task force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Supplemental Proposals for Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations for the 2017-18 Hunting Season; Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 2016-19221
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), proposed in an earlier document this year to establish annual hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds for the 2017-18 hunting season. This supplement to that proposed rule provides the regulatory alternatives for the 2017-18 duck hunting seasons, announces the Service Migratory Bird Regulations Committee (SRC) and Flyway Council meetings, and provides Flyway Council recommendations resulting from their March meetings.
Notice of Availability of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado and Utah
Document Number: 2016-19100
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Gunnison Sage-Grouse (GUSG) Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the BLM field offices in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah, and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.