Notice of Availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Silene spaldingii (Spalding's Catchfly), 13625-13626 [E6-3802]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 51 / Thursday, March 16, 2006 / Notices Tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and any other interested parties. The Administrative, Technical, and Socioeconomic components of the 5Year Review have undergone extensive public review under the oversight of the AMOC. The Service is specifically interested in comments from the public pertaining to the Recommendations and whether they follow logically from the background information and analyses provided in the Administrative, Technical, and Socio-economic components. However, comments on all components of the 5-Year Review received by the date specified above will be considered prior to the Service’s decision to continue, continue with modifications, or terminate the Reintroduction Project. This 5-Year Review should not be confused with status reviews (also called 5-year reviews) conducted under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act. This is a 5-year program evaluation of the Reintroduction Project as required by the section 10(j) final rule (63 FR 1752). Authority The authority for this action is Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1539(j). Dated: February 22, 2006. Benjamin N. Tuggle, Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E6–3800 Filed 3–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Notice of Availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Silene spaldingii (Spalding’s Catchfly) Background Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Silene spaldingii (Spalding’s Catchfly) for public review and comment. Silene spaldingii, a plant native to portions of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada, was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act on October 10, 2001 (66 FR 51598). DATES: Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before May 15, 2006. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:48 Mar 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 Copies of the draft recovery plan are available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the following locations: Snake River Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 368, Boise, Idaho 83709 (telephone: 208–378–5243; fax: 208– 378–5262); Helena Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 100 N. Park, Suite 320, Helena, Montana 59601 (telephone: 406–449–5322; fax: 406–449–5339); La Grande Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3502 Highway 30, La Grande, Oregon 97850 (telephone: 541–962– 8584; fax: 541–962–8581); and Upper Columbia Fish and Wildlife Office, 11103 East Montgomery Drive, Suite 2, Spokane, Washington 99206 (telephone: 509–665–3508; fax: 509–665–3509). Requests for copies of the document should be addressed to the Field Supervisor at the above offices. An electronic copy of the draft recovery plan is also available online at http:// endangered.fws.gov/recovery/ index.html#plans and at http:// idahoes.fws.gov. For all comments submitted, a subject line must state ‘‘Spalding’s catchfly comments’’ and include the name and address of the person submitting the comments. Comments may be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address: fw1srbocomment@fws.gov. Written comments may be sent directly to the Field Supervisor at the above Boise address or by facsimile to 208– 378–5262. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Duke, Division Chief, at the above Boise address (telephone: 208–387– 5345; e-mail: Steve_Duke@fws.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Restoring endangered or threatened animals and plants to the point where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their ecosystems is a primary goal of our endangered species program. The Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA) requires the development of recovery plans for listed species unless such a plan would not promote the conservation of a particular species. Recovery plans help guide the recovery effort by describing actions considered necessary for the conservation of the species, establishing criteria for downlisting or delisting listed species, and estimating time and cost for implementing the measures needed for recovery. Section 4(f) of the ESA requires that public notice, and an opportunity for public review and comment, be provided during recovery plan PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13625 development. We will consider all information presented during the public comment period prior to approval of each new or revised recovery plan. Substantive technical comments may result in changes to the recovery plan. Substantive comments regarding recovery plan implementation may not necessarily result in changes to the recovery plan, but will be forwarded to appropriate Federal or other entities so that they can take these comments into account during the course of implementing recovery actions. Individual responses to comments will not be provided. Silene spaldingii (Spalding’s catchfly) is a long-lived perennial forb in the pink or carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) with four to seven pairs of lance-shaped leaves and small greenish-white flowers. The green portions of the plant are covered in sticky hairs that often catch debris and small insects, hence the common name of the plant, ‘‘Spalding’s catchfly.’’ Silene spaldingii is currently known from 85 primarily small populations; only 7 of these have more than 500 individuals, and an additional 20 populations have at least 100 individuals. Occupied habitat includes five physiographic regions in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and British Colombia. These regions are as follows: the Palouse Grasslands in westcentral Idaho and southeastern Washington, the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington, the Blue Mountain Basins in northeastern Oregon, the Canyon Grasslands of the Snake River and its tributaries in Washington and Idaho, and the Intermontane Valleys of northwestern Montana and southern British Columbia. Silene spaldingii is impacted by habitat loss due to human development, habitat degradation associated with domestic livestock and wildlife grazing, and invasions of aggressive nonnative plants. In addition, a loss of genetic fitness is a problem for many small, fragmented populations where genetic exchange is limited. Other impacts include changes in fire frequency and seasonality, off-road vehicle use, and herbicide spraying and drift. The objective of this recovery plan is to recover Silene spaldingii by protecting and maintaining reproducing, self-sustaining populations in identified key conservation areas in each of its five distinct physiographic regions. Under the draft recovery plan this would be accomplished by developing habitat management plans at those key conservation areas that provide a strategy for managing Silene spaldingii and effectively address the threats to the E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 13626 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 51 / Thursday, March 16, 2006 / Notices species. Key conservation areas would need to support at least 500 reproducing individuals of Silene spaldingii, be composed of at least 80 percent native vegetation, have adjacent habitat to support pollinating insects, and are not small or fragmented (intact habitat, preferably at least 40 acres [16 hectares] in size). Delisting of Silene spaldingii would be considered when 26 populations occur rangewide at key conservation areas. Populations at these key conservation areas would have to demonstrate stable or increasing population trends for at least 20 years, nonnative plants would have to be successfully controlled, and prescribed burning must be conducted to mimic historical fire regimes and with care not to impact Silene spaldingii or to exacerbate invasive nonnative plant populations. Seed banking would have to also occur across the species’ range, and a post-delisting monitoring program would be developed and ready for implementation at the time of delisting. Public Comments Solicited We solicit written comments on the draft recovery plan described. All comments received by the date specified above will be considered prior to approval of this plan. Authority: The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). Dated: October 20, 2005. David J. Wesley, Acting Regional Director, Region 1, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E6–3802 Filed 3–15–06; 8:45 am] Management Council and other Fishery Management agencies. DATES: The meeting will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2006. At the April 2, 2006, meeting the Klamath Fishery Management Council may schedule short follow-up meetings to be held between April 3–7, 2006. ADDRESSES: The April 2–7, 2006, meeting will be held at Doubletree Hotel Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, California. The April 2006, meeting in Sacramento, California, is held concurrently with the meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Phil Detrich, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1829 South Oregon Street, Yreka, California 96097, telephone (530) 842–5763. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I), we announce meetings of the Klamath Fishery Management Council. This Council was established under the Klamath River Basin Fishery Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 460ss et seq.). For background information on the Council, please refer to the Federal Register notice of the initial meeting (52 FR 25639). Dated: March 10, 2006. John Engbring, Acting Deputy Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E6–3795 Filed 3–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P the decision will also be published four times in The Anchorage Daily News. DATES: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until April 17, 2006 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7599. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ron Royer by phone at (907) 271–5677, or by e-mail at Ron_Royer@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact Mr. Royer. Ronald E. Royer, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Land Transfer Services. [FR Doc. E6–3828 Filed 3–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK964–1410–HY–P; F–19573–A, F–19573– B, F–19573–C, F–19573–A2; BSA–3] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Alaska Native Claims Selection DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service [AK961–1410–HY–P; AA–6684–A, AA–6684– B, AA–6684–A2; ALA–1] DOI. Klamath Fishery Management Council AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, AGENCY: Interior. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES ACTION: Bureau of Land Management, DOI. Notice of meeting. 15:48 Mar 15, 2006 Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. ACTION: SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a meeting of the Klamath Fishery Management Council. The meeting is open to the public. The Klamath Fishery Management Council makes recommendations to agencies that regulate harvest of anadromous fish in the Klamath River Basin. The objectives of this meeting is to hear technical reports, to discuss and develop Klamath fall Chinook salmon harvest management options for the 2006 season, and to make recommendations to the Pacific Fishery VerDate Aug<31>2005 Alaska Native Claims Selection Jkt 208001 SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Chaluka Corporation. The lands are located in T. 81 S., R. 133 W.; T. 82 S., Rgs. 133, 134, 135, and 136 W.; T. 83 S., Rgs. 134, 135, and 136 W.; T. 84 S., Rgs. 136 and 137 W.; and T. 85 S., R. 139 W., Seward Meridian, in the vicinity of Nikolski, Alaska, and contain approximately 14,141 acres. Notice of PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management, Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Notice of Availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Silene 
spaldingii (Spalding's Catchfly)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the 
availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Silene spaldingii 
(Spalding's Catchfly) for public review and comment. Silene spaldingii, 
a plant native to portions of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and 
British Columbia, Canada, was listed as a threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act on October 10, 2001 (66 FR 51598).

DATES: Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or 
before May 15, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft recovery plan are available for 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the 
following locations: Snake River Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 368, Boise, Idaho 
83709 (telephone: 208-378-5243; fax: 208-378-5262); Helena Office, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 100 N. Park, Suite 320, Helena, Montana 
59601 (telephone: 406-449-5322; fax: 406-449-5339); La Grande Office, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3502 Highway 30, La Grande, Oregon 
97850 (telephone: 541-962-8584; fax: 541-962-8581); and Upper Columbia 
Fish and Wildlife Office, 11103 East Montgomery Drive, Suite 2, 
Spokane, Washington 99206 (telephone: 509-665-3508; fax: 509-665-3509). 
Requests for copies of the document should be addressed to the Field 
Supervisor at the above offices. An electronic copy of the draft 
recovery plan is also available online at http://endangered.fws.gov/
recovery/index.html#plans and at http://idahoes.fws.gov.
    For all comments submitted, a subject line must state ``Spalding's 
catchfly comments'' and include the name and address of the person 
submitting the comments. Comments may be submitted electronically at 
the following e-mail address: fw1srbocomment@fws.gov. Written comments 
may be sent directly to the Field Supervisor at the above Boise address 
or by facsimile to 208-378-5262.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Duke, Division Chief, at the 
above Boise address (telephone: 208-387-5345; e-mail: Steve--
Duke@fws.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Restoring endangered or threatened animals and plants to the point 
where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their 
ecosystems is a primary goal of our endangered species program. The 
Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA) requires the 
development of recovery plans for listed species unless such a plan 
would not promote the conservation of a particular species. Recovery 
plans help guide the recovery effort by describing actions considered 
necessary for the conservation of the species, establishing criteria 
for downlisting or delisting listed species, and estimating time and 
cost for implementing the measures needed for recovery.
    Section 4(f) of the ESA requires that public notice, and an 
opportunity for public review and comment, be provided during recovery 
plan development. We will consider all information presented during the 
public comment period prior to approval of each new or revised recovery 
plan. Substantive technical comments may result in changes to the 
recovery plan. Substantive comments regarding recovery plan 
implementation may not necessarily result in changes to the recovery 
plan, but will be forwarded to appropriate Federal or other entities so 
that they can take these comments into account during the course of 
implementing recovery actions. Individual responses to comments will 
not be provided.
    Silene spaldingii (Spalding's catchfly) is a long-lived perennial 
forb in the pink or carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) with four to 
seven pairs of lance-shaped leaves and small greenish-white flowers. 
The green portions of the plant are covered in sticky hairs that often 
catch debris and small insects, hence the common name of the plant, 
``Spalding's catchfly.'' Silene spaldingii is currently known from 85 
primarily small populations; only 7 of these have more than 500 
individuals, and an additional 20 populations have at least 100 
individuals. Occupied habitat includes five physiographic regions in 
Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and British Colombia. These regions 
are as follows: the Palouse Grasslands in west-central Idaho and 
southeastern Washington, the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington, 
the Blue Mountain Basins in northeastern Oregon, the Canyon Grasslands 
of the Snake River and its tributaries in Washington and Idaho, and the 
Intermontane Valleys of northwestern Montana and southern British 
Columbia.
    Silene spaldingii is impacted by habitat loss due to human 
development, habitat degradation associated with domestic livestock and 
wildlife grazing, and invasions of aggressive nonnative plants. In 
addition, a loss of genetic fitness is a problem for many small, 
fragmented populations where genetic exchange is limited. Other impacts 
include changes in fire frequency and seasonality, off-road vehicle 
use, and herbicide spraying and drift.
    The objective of this recovery plan is to recover Silene spaldingii 
by protecting and maintaining reproducing, self-sustaining populations 
in identified key conservation areas in each of its five distinct 
physiographic regions. Under the draft recovery plan this would be 
accomplished by developing habitat management plans at those key 
conservation areas that provide a strategy for managing Silene 
spaldingii and effectively address the threats to the

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species. Key conservation areas would need to support at least 500 
reproducing individuals of Silene spaldingii, be composed of at least 
80 percent native vegetation, have adjacent habitat to support 
pollinating insects, and are not small or fragmented (intact habitat, 
preferably at least 40 acres [16 hectares] in size). Delisting of 
Silene spaldingii would be considered when 26 populations occur 
rangewide at key conservation areas. Populations at these key 
conservation areas would have to demonstrate stable or increasing 
population trends for at least 20 years, nonnative plants would have to 
be successfully controlled, and prescribed burning must be conducted to 
mimic historical fire regimes and with care not to impact Silene 
spaldingii or to exacerbate invasive nonnative plant populations. Seed 
banking would have to also occur across the species' range, and a post-
delisting monitoring program would be developed and ready for 
implementation at the time of delisting.

Public Comments Solicited

    We solicit written comments on the draft recovery plan described. 
All comments received by the date specified above will be considered 
prior to approval of this plan.

    Authority: The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the 
Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f).

    Dated: October 20, 2005.
David J. Wesley,
Acting Regional Director, Region 1, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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