Availability of a Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle for Landowners Restoring Riparian Habitat in the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed in San Joaquin County, California, 15213-15215 [E6-4384]

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E6–4347 Filed 3–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P The Agreement and permit application are available for public comment. This notice advises the public that the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (Act). The permit application includes a proposed Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the Applicant and the Service for the threatened valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB) (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). DATES: SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Fish and Wildlife Service Availability of a Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle for Landowners Restoring Riparian Habitat in the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed in San Joaquin County, California AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:19 Mar 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 Amount PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Written comments should be received on or before April 26, 2006. Comments should be addressed to Shannon Holbrook, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W–2605, Sacramento, California 95825. Written comments may be sent by facsimile to (916) 414–6711. ADDRESSES: Ms. Shannon Holbrook, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: (916) 414–6600. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: \\ALPHA3\E\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 15214 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 58 / Monday, March 27, 2006 / Notices Availability of Documents You may obtain copies of the documents for review by contacting the individual named above. You may also make an appointment to view the documents at the above address during normal business hours. wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Background Under a Safe Harbor Agreement, participating landowners voluntarily undertake management activities on their property to enhance, restore, or maintain habitat benefiting species listed under the Act. Safe Harbor Agreements, and the subsequent enhancement of survival permits that are issued pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act, encourage private and other non-Federal property owners to implement conservation efforts for listed species by assuring property owners that they will not be subjected to increased property use restrictions as a result of their efforts to attract listed species to their property, or to increase the numbers or distribution of listed species already on their property. Application requirements and issuance criteria for enhancement of survival permits through Safe Harbor Agreements are found in 50 CFR 17.22(c). We have worked with the Applicant to develop this proposed Agreement for the conservation of the VELB on private properties in the lower Mokelumne River watershed in San Joaquin County, California. For purposes of the Agreement, the lower Mokelumne River watershed extends from the confluence with the Cosumnes River, upstream to the Camanche Dam, exclusive of lands within the watershed of Dry Creek upstream of its crossing with Highway 99. This Agreement provides for the creation of a Program in which private landowners (Program Participants), who enter into written cooperative agreements with the Applicant pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, will restore, enhance, and maintain riparian habitat suitable for the VELB. Such cooperative agreements will be for a term of at least 10 years. The proposed duration of the Agreement is 50 years, and the proposed term of the enhancement of survival permit is 52 years. The permit would run the additional two years following a determination by the Service that the actions identified in the Agreement were implemented prior to the Agreement’s expiration. The Agreement fully describes the proposed Program, management activities to be undertaken by Program Participants, and the VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:19 Mar 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 conservation benefits expected to be gained for the VELB. Upon approval of this Agreement, and consistent with the Service’s Safe Harbor Policy published in the Federal Register on June 17, 1999 (64 FR 32717), the Service would issue a permit to the Applicants authorizing take of VELB incidental to the implementation of the management activities specified in the cooperative agreements, incidental to other lawful uses of the properties including normal, routine land management activities, or to return to pre-Agreement conditions. To benefit the VELB, Program Participants will agree to undertake management activities specified in their written cooperative agreements with the Applicant. Such management activities include the planting of elderberry (Sambucus sp.) bushes; the planting of other native species typical of the canopy, subcanopy, shrub, and herbaceous layers found in Valley Foothill Riparian habitats, as defined in the California Department of Fish and Game’s ‘‘California Wildlife Habitat Relationships System,’’ and certain limitations on the use of pesticides or herbicides in or near restored areas. In addition, cooperative agreements may include certain additional management activities, such as removing non-native invasive species, implementing prescribed burns, and special monitoring activities. Take of VELB incidental to the aforementioned activities is unlikely, however, it is possible that in the course of such activities, a Program Participant could incidentally take a VELB, thereby necessitating take authority under the permit. Elderberry bushes are the exclusive host plants for the larval VELB, which develops inside the stems of the bush. Pre-Agreement conditions (baseline), consisting of the number of elderberry bushes having one or more stems that are one-inch or greater in diameter at the base, shall be determined for each enrolled property as provided in the Agreement. In order to receive the above assurances regarding incidental take of VELB, a Program Participant must maintain baseline conditions on the enrolled property. The Agreement and requested enhancement of survival permit will allow each Program Participant to return to baseline conditions after the end of the term of the 10-year cooperative agreement and prior to the expiration of the 52-year permit, if so desired by the Applicants. Consistent with the Service’s Safe Harbor Policy (64 FR 32717 et seq.), the proposed Agreement and requested permit also extend certain assurances to PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 those lands that are immediately adjacent to lands on which restoration activities occur. To receive such assurances, a neighboring landowner must enter into a written agreement with the Service that specifies the baseline conditions on the property. This written agreement remains in effect until the expiration of the 50-year Agreement between the Applicant and the Service and requires the neighboring landowner to maintain the baseline conditions established at the start of the agreement. Public Review and Comments The Service has made a preliminary determination that the proposed Agreement and permit application are eligible for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). We explain the basis for this determination in an Environmental Action Statement, which is also available for public review. Individuals wishing copies of the permit application, copies of our preliminary Environmental Action Statement, and/or copies of the full text of the Agreement, including a map of the proposed permit area, references, and legal descriptions of the proposed permit area, should contact the office and personnel listed in the ADDRESSES section above. If you wish to comment on the permit application or the Agreement, you may submit your comments to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. Comments and materials received, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address in the ADDRESSES section above and will become part of the public record, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Anonymous comments will not be considered. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety. We will evaluate this permit application, associated documents, and comments submitted thereon to \\ALPHA3\E\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 58 / Monday, March 27, 2006 / Notices determine whether the permit application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the Act and NEPA regulations. If we determine that the requirements are met, we will sign the proposed Agreement and issue an enhancement of survival permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act to the Applicants for take of the VELB incidental to otherwise lawful activities in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. We will not make our final decision until after the end of the 30day comment period and will fully consider all comments received during the comment period. The Service provides this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act and pursuant to implementing regulations for NEPA (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: March 21, 2006. Susan Moore, Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office,Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. E6–4384 Filed 3–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. DATES: We must receive written data or comments on these applications at the address given below, by April 26, 2006. ADDRESSES: Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to the following office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 (Attn: Victoria Davis, Permit Biologist). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Davis, telephone 404/679–4176; facsimile 404/679–7081. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The public is invited to comment on the following applications for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered and threatened species. This notice is provided under section wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:19 Mar 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by any one of the following methods. You may mail comments to the Service’s Regional Office (see ADDRESSES section) or via electronic mail (e-mail) to victoria_davis@fws.gov. Please include your name and return address in your e-mail message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the Service that we have received your e-mail message, contact us directly at the telephone number listed above (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section). Finally, you may hand deliver comments to the Service office listed above (see ADDRESSES section). Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the administrative record. We will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law. There may also be other circumstances in which we would withhold from the administrative record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Applicant: Round Mountain Biological & Environmental Studies, Inc., Peggy A. Measel, TE121059–0 The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, exam, release) the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and gray bat (Myotis grisescens) while conducting presence/absence surveys for coalrelated and other industries. The proposed activities would occur in the State of Tennessee. Applicant: Christopher E. Skelton, Athens, Georgia, TE121073–0 The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, identify, release) the following species: Shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum), blue shiner (Cyprinella caerulea), Etowah darter (Etheostoma etowahae), Cherokee darter (Etheostoma scotti), amber darter (Percina antesella), goldline darter (Percina aurolineata), Conasauga logperch (Percina jenkinisi), snail darter (Percina tanasi), fat threeridge (Amblema neislerii), purple PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15215 bankclimber (Elliptoideus sloatianus), upland combshell (Epioblasma metastriata), southern acornshell (Epioblasma othcaloogensis), southern combshell (Epioblasma penita), finelined pocketbook (Lampsilis altilis), orange-nacre mucket (Lampsilis perovalis), shinyrayed pocketbook (Lampsilis subangulata), Alabama moccasinshell (Medionidus acutissimus), Coosa moccasinshell (Medionidus parvulus), gulf moccasinshell (Medionidus penicillatus), Ochlockonee moccasinshell (Medionidus simpsonianus), southern clubshell (Pleurobema decisum), southern pigtoe (Pleurobema georgianum), ovate clubshell (Pleurobema perovatum), oval pigtoe (Pleurobema pyriforme), and triangular kidneyshell (Ptychobranchus greenii). The species would be taken while conducting presence/absence surveys throughout the state of Georgia. Applicant: Benjamin Robert Laseter, Fish and Wildlife Associates, Inc., TE121142–0 The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, identify, release) the Carolina northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus) while conducting presence/absence surveys. The proposed activities would occur on tribal lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Swain and Jackson Counties, North Carolina. Applicant: University of Southern Mississippi, Carl P. Qualls, TE120013– 0 The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, measure, mark, tag, collect egg masses, translocate, hold temporarily) the Mississippi gopher frog (Rana capito sevosa (R. sevosa)) while conducting presence/absence surveys and research studies. The proposed activities would occur at Glen’s Pond (Harrison County, Mississippi, DeSoto Ranger Distist, DeSoto Ranger District, DeSoto National Forest), Mike’s Pond (Jackson County, Mississippi), McCoy’s Pond (Jackson County, Mississippi, section 16 public land south of Hurley), TNC Pond (Jackson County, Mississippi, Old Fort Bayou Mitigation Bank, north of Ocean Springs). Applicant: Timothy W. Savidge, The Catena Group, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, TE121698–0 The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, identify, release, collect relict shells) the James spinymussel (Pleurobema collina), dwarf wedge mussel (Alasmidonta heterodon), Tar River spinymussel (Elliptio steinstansana), Chipola slabshell \\ALPHA3\E\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Availability of a Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for the Valley 
Elderberry Longhorn Beetle for Landowners Restoring Riparian Habitat in 
the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed in San Joaquin County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; receipt of application

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the California Association 
of Resource Conservation Districts (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival 
permit pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (Act). The permit application 
includes a proposed Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the 
Applicant and the Service for the threatened valley elderberry longhorn 
beetle (VELB) (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). The Agreement and 
permit application are available for public comment.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before April 26, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Shannon Holbrook, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage 
Way, W-2605, Sacramento, California 95825. Written comments may be sent 
by facsimile to (916) 414-6711.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Shannon Holbrook, Sacramento Fish 
and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: (916) 414-6600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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Availability of Documents

    You may obtain copies of the documents for review by contacting the 
individual named above. You may also make an appointment to view the 
documents at the above address during normal business hours.

Background

    Under a Safe Harbor Agreement, participating landowners voluntarily 
undertake management activities on their property to enhance, restore, 
or maintain habitat benefiting species listed under the Act. Safe 
Harbor Agreements, and the subsequent enhancement of survival permits 
that are issued pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act, encourage 
private and other non-Federal property owners to implement conservation 
efforts for listed species by assuring property owners that they will 
not be subjected to increased property use restrictions as a result of 
their efforts to attract listed species to their property, or to 
increase the numbers or distribution of listed species already on their 
property. Application requirements and issuance criteria for 
enhancement of survival permits through Safe Harbor Agreements are 
found in 50 CFR 17.22(c).
    We have worked with the Applicant to develop this proposed 
Agreement for the conservation of the VELB on private properties in the 
lower Mokelumne River watershed in San Joaquin County, California. For 
purposes of the Agreement, the lower Mokelumne River watershed extends 
from the confluence with the Cosumnes River, upstream to the Camanche 
Dam, exclusive of lands within the watershed of Dry Creek upstream of 
its crossing with Highway 99.
    This Agreement provides for the creation of a Program in which 
private landowners (Program Participants), who enter into written 
cooperative agreements with the Applicant pursuant to the terms of the 
Agreement, will restore, enhance, and maintain riparian habitat 
suitable for the VELB. Such cooperative agreements will be for a term 
of at least 10 years. The proposed duration of the Agreement is 50 
years, and the proposed term of the enhancement of survival permit is 
52 years. The permit would run the additional two years following a 
determination by the Service that the actions identified in the 
Agreement were implemented prior to the Agreement's expiration. The 
Agreement fully describes the proposed Program, management activities 
to be undertaken by Program Participants, and the conservation benefits 
expected to be gained for the VELB.
    Upon approval of this Agreement, and consistent with the Service's 
Safe Harbor Policy published in the Federal Register on June 17, 1999 
(64 FR 32717), the Service would issue a permit to the Applicants 
authorizing take of VELB incidental to the implementation of the 
management activities specified in the cooperative agreements, 
incidental to other lawful uses of the properties including normal, 
routine land management activities, or to return to pre-Agreement 
conditions.
    To benefit the VELB, Program Participants will agree to undertake 
management activities specified in their written cooperative agreements 
with the Applicant. Such management activities include the planting of 
elderberry (Sambucus sp.) bushes; the planting of other native species 
typical of the canopy, subcanopy, shrub, and herbaceous layers found in 
Valley Foothill Riparian habitats, as defined in the California 
Department of Fish and Game's ``California Wildlife Habitat 
Relationships System,'' and certain limitations on the use of 
pesticides or herbicides in or near restored areas. In addition, 
cooperative agreements may include certain additional management 
activities, such as removing non-native invasive species, implementing 
prescribed burns, and special monitoring activities. Take of VELB 
incidental to the aforementioned activities is unlikely, however, it is 
possible that in the course of such activities, a Program Participant 
could incidentally take a VELB, thereby necessitating take authority 
under the permit.
    Elderberry bushes are the exclusive host plants for the larval 
VELB, which develops inside the stems of the bush. Pre-Agreement 
conditions (baseline), consisting of the number of elderberry bushes 
having one or more stems that are one-inch or greater in diameter at 
the base, shall be determined for each enrolled property as provided in 
the Agreement. In order to receive the above assurances regarding 
incidental take of VELB, a Program Participant must maintain baseline 
conditions on the enrolled property. The Agreement and requested 
enhancement of survival permit will allow each Program Participant to 
return to baseline conditions after the end of the term of the 10-year 
cooperative agreement and prior to the expiration of the 52-year 
permit, if so desired by the Applicants.
    Consistent with the Service's Safe Harbor Policy (64 FR 32717 et 
seq.), the proposed Agreement and requested permit also extend certain 
assurances to those lands that are immediately adjacent to lands on 
which restoration activities occur. To receive such assurances, a 
neighboring landowner must enter into a written agreement with the 
Service that specifies the baseline conditions on the property. This 
written agreement remains in effect until the expiration of the 50-year 
Agreement between the Applicant and the Service and requires the 
neighboring landowner to maintain the baseline conditions established 
at the start of the agreement.

Public Review and Comments

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that the proposed 
Agreement and permit application are eligible for categorical exclusion 
under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). We explain 
the basis for this determination in an Environmental Action Statement, 
which is also available for public review.
    Individuals wishing copies of the permit application, copies of our 
preliminary Environmental Action Statement, and/or copies of the full 
text of the Agreement, including a map of the proposed permit area, 
references, and legal descriptions of the proposed permit area, should 
contact the office and personnel listed in the ADDRESSES section above.
    If you wish to comment on the permit application or the Agreement, 
you may submit your comments to the address listed in the ADDRESSES 
section of this document. Comments and materials received, including 
names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public 
review, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address in 
the ADDRESSES section above and will become part of the public record, 
pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act. Individual respondents may 
request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we 
will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be 
circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent's 
identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name 
and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of 
your comment. Anonymous comments will not be considered. All 
submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety.
    We will evaluate this permit application, associated documents, and 
comments submitted thereon to

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determine whether the permit application meets the requirements of 
section 10(a) of the Act and NEPA regulations. If we determine that the 
requirements are met, we will sign the proposed Agreement and issue an 
enhancement of survival permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act to 
the Applicants for take of the VELB incidental to otherwise lawful 
activities in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. We will not 
make our final decision until after the end of the 30-day comment 
period and will fully consider all comments received during the comment 
period.
    The Service provides this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the 
Act and pursuant to implementing regulations for NEPA (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: March 21, 2006.
Susan Moore,
Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife 
Office,Sacramento, California.
[FR Doc. E6-4384 Filed 3-24-06; 8:45 am]
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