Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of Availability of Genetics Data and Extension of Comment Period for the Proposed Delisting of the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), 16090-16091 [E6-4572]

Download as PDF 16090 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 61 / Thursday, March 30, 2006 / Proposed Rules Indian Tribal Governments’’ (65 FR 67249, November 6, 2000), requires EPA to develop an accountable process to ensure ‘‘meaningful and timely input by tribal officials in the development of regulatory policies that have tribal implications.’’ This proposed rule does not have tribal implications, as specified in Executive Order 13175. Today’s rule does not uniquely affect the communities of American Indian tribal governments since the motor vehicle requirements for private businesses in today’s rule would have national applicability. Furthermore, today’s rule does not impose any direct compliance costs on these communities and no circumstances specific to such communities exist that would cause an impact on these communities beyond those discussed in the other sections of today’s document. Thus, Executive Order 13175 does not apply to this rule. G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental Health and Safety Risks Executive Order 13045, ‘‘Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks’’ (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997) applies to any rule that: (1) Is determined to be ‘‘economically significant’’ as defined under Executive Order 12866; and (2) concerns an environmental health or safety risk that we have reason to believe may have a disproportionate effect on children. If the regulatory action meets both criteria, section 5–501 of the Executive Order directs us to evaluate the environmental health or safety effects of the planned rule on children, and explain why the planned regulation is preferable to other potentially effective and reasonably feasible alternatives considered by us. This rule is not subject to the Executive Order because it is not an economically significant regulatory action as defined by Executive Order 12866. Furthermore, this rule does not concern an environmental health or safety risk that we have reason to believe may have a disproportionate effect on children. wwhite on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSAL H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use This rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, ‘‘Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use’’ (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:49 Mar 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 Notice of availability; extension of comment period. I. National Technology Transfer Advancement Act ACTION: Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA), section 12(d) of Public Law 104–113, directs us to use voluntary consensus standards in our regulatory activities unless it would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., materials specifications, test methods, sampling procedures, and business practices) developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies. The NTTAA directs us to provide Congress, through OMB, explanations when we decide not to use available and applicable voluntary consensus standards. This rule references technical standards adopted by us through previous rulemakings. No new technical standards are established in today’s rule. The standards referenced in today’s rule involve the measurement of gasoline fuel parameters and motor vehicle emissions. SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of two recently published reports and the underlying data which present additional analysis data regarding the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei). In order to ensure the public has full access to and an opportunity to comment on all available information on the proposed rule to delist the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, we are extending the public comment period until May 18, 2006. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they have already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the final decision and rule. DATES: The public comment period that was reopened until April 18, 2006 (71 FR 8556) is extended until May 18, 2006. Any comments that are received after the closing date may not be considered in the final decision on the proposal. ADDRESSES: Documents and data relative to this proposed rule are available at http://mountainprairie.fws.gov/preble/ or http:// mountain-prairie.fws.gov/preble/PEER/ PEERindex.htm. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments and materials concerning the proposal by one of several methods: 1. You may submit written comments to Field Supervisor, Colorado Field Office, Ecological Services, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225. 2. You may hand deliver comments to our Colorado Field Office at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 670, Lake Plaza North, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, or send via facsimile (fax 303–236–4005). 3. You may send comments via electronic mail (e-mail) to FW6_PMJM@fws.gov. See the Public Comments Solicited section below for file format and other information about electronic filing. The complete file for the finding and proposed rule is available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the above address. III. Statutory Provisions and Legal Authority Statutory authority for today’s proposed rule is found in the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq., in particular, section 202 of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 7521. This rule is being promulgated under the administrative and procedural provisions of Clean Air Act section 307(d), 42 U.S.C. 7607(d). List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 86 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Motor vehicle pollution. Dated: March 21, 2006. Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator. [FR Doc. 06–2980 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of Availability of Genetics Data and Extension of Comment Period for the Proposed Delisting of the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Linner, Field Supervisor, at the Colorado Field Office (see ADDRESSES section) or telephone (303) 236–4774. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. E:\FR\FM\30MRP1.SGM 30MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 61 / Thursday, March 30, 2006 / Proposed Rules wwhite on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSAL SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Comments Solicited We intend that any final action resulting from the proposed rule will be as accurate and as effective as possible. Therefore, we solicit comments or suggestions from the public, concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested party concerning the proposed rule in light of the additional information. Generally, we seek information, data, and comments concerning: (1) The taxonomic status of Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies with a particular focus on Ramey et al. (2003, 2004a, 2004b, 2005), King et al. (2006), and the recently released genetics data; (2) The taxonomy, biology, ecology, distribution, status, and factors affecting Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies; (3) Data from any systematic surveys for Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies, as well as any studies that may show population size or trends; (4) Quantitative information regarding the life history, ecology, and habitat use of Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies, as well as information regarding the applicability of information relevant to other subspecies; (5) Information on the threats faced by the Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies in relation to the five listing factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)); (6) Information regarding the effects of current land management on population distribution and abundance of Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies; and (7) Information regarding the possibility of contact and interaction within or between Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, and adjacent subspecies of meadow jumping mouse (i.e., Z.h. intermedius and Z.h. pallidus) or other information relevant to a determination of the taxonomic classification of the species. You may submit comments as indicated under ADDRESSES. If you wish to submit comments by e-mail, please avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also include your name and return address in your e-mail message. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:49 Mar 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 16091 Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Due to the high level of interest in this rulemaking process, we also may post comments on our Web site. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the rulemaking record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the rulemaking record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. 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. Comments and other information received, as well as supporting information used to write the proposed rule, will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Colorado Field Office (see ADDRESSES section). In making a final decision on the proposal, we will take into consideration the comments and any additional information we receive. Such communications may lead to a final regulation that differs from the proposal. hudsonius) reveals evolutionarily distinct subspecies’’ (King et al. 2006) and ‘‘Genetic relatedness of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) to nearby subspecies of Z. hudsonius as inferred from variation in cranial morphology, mitochondrial DNA, and microsatellite DNA: Implications for taxonomy and conservation’’ (Ramey et al. 2005). The Service intends to fully consider all of the available information in any delisting decision based on taxonomy. In order to ensure all relevant information is considered, we have recently made available on our Web site (http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/preble/ PEER/PEERindex.htm) all of the morphological, mtDNA and microsatellite nuclear DNA data from Ramey et al. (2005) and King et al. (2006). We are extending the public comment period on the delisting proposal to allow the public to consider and comment on the above data. Background The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) was listed as a threatened species on May 13, 1998 (63 FR 26517). At the time of listing, we recognized Krutzsch (1954) as the ‘‘most recent revision of Z. hudsonius’’ and ‘‘the authority for (the ‘subspecies’) taxonomy’’ (63 FR 26517, May 13, 1998). In our February 2, 2005, Federal Register document (70 FR 5404), we determined that Ramey et al. (2004a) represented the best scientific and commercial information available regarding the taxonomy of Z.h. preblei and Z.h. campestris. Based on the lack of distinct genetic and morphologic differences between the two subspecies presented in Ramey et al. (2004a), we concluded that Z.h. preblei was likely not a valid subspecies and proposed removing the subspecies from the list of threatened and endangered species. Since then, substantial additional information has become available including two recently available reports: ‘‘Comprehensive analysis of molecular phylogeographic structure among meadow jumping mice (Zapus National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: March 20, 2006. H. Dale Hall, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E6–4572 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No.060314069–6069–01; I.D. 030306B] RIN 0648–AT25 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Framework Adjustment 18 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 61 (Thursday, March 30, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 16090-16091]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-4572]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of 
Availability of Genetics Data and Extension of Comment Period for the 
Proposed Delisting of the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus 
hudsonius preblei)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of two recently published reports and the underlying data 
which present additional analysis data regarding the Preble's meadow 
jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei). In order to ensure the public 
has full access to and an opportunity to comment on all available 
information on the proposed rule to delist the Preble's meadow jumping 
mouse, we are extending the public comment period until May 18, 2006. 
Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they have 
already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully 
considered in the final decision and rule.

DATES: The public comment period that was reopened until April 18, 2006 
(71 FR 8556) is extended until May 18, 2006. Any comments that are 
received after the closing date may not be considered in the final 
decision on the proposal.

ADDRESSES: Documents and data relative to this proposed rule are 
available at http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/preble/ or http://
mountain-prairie.fws.gov/preble/PEER/PEERindex.htm. If you wish to 
comment, you may submit your comments and materials concerning the 
proposal by one of several methods:
    1. You may submit written comments to Field Supervisor, Colorado 
Field Office, Ecological Services, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal 
Center, Denver, Colorado 80225.
    2. You may hand deliver comments to our Colorado Field Office at 
134 Union Blvd., Suite 670, Lake Plaza North, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, 
or send via facsimile (fax 303-236-4005).
    3. You may send comments via electronic mail (e-mail) to FW6--
PMJM@fws.gov. See the Public Comments Solicited section below for file 
format and other information about electronic filing.
    The complete file for the finding and proposed rule is available 
for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the 
above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Linner, Field Supervisor, at the 
Colorado Field Office (see ADDRESSES section) or telephone (303) 236-
4774. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Comments Solicited

    We intend that any final action resulting from the proposed rule 
will be as accurate and as effective as possible. Therefore, we solicit 
comments or suggestions from the public, concerned governmental 
agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested 
party concerning the proposed rule in light of the additional 
information. Generally, we seek information, data, and comments 
concerning:
    (1) The taxonomic status of Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. 
intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies with a particular focus 
on Ramey et al. (2003, 2004a, 2004b, 2005), King et al. (2006), and the 
recently released genetics data;
    (2) The taxonomy, biology, ecology, distribution, status, and 
factors affecting Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and 
other Z. hudsonius subspecies;
    (3) Data from any systematic surveys for Z.h. preblei, Z.h. 
campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies, as 
well as any studies that may show population size or trends;
    (4) Quantitative information regarding the life history, ecology, 
and habitat use of Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and 
other Z. hudsonius subspecies, as well as information regarding the 
applicability of information relevant to other subspecies;
    (5) Information on the threats faced by the Z.h. preblei, Z.h. 
campestris, Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies in 
relation to the five listing factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of 
the Endangered Species Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.));
    (6) Information regarding the effects of current land management on 
population distribution and abundance of Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, 
Z.h. intermedius, and other Z. hudsonius subspecies; and
    (7) Information regarding the possibility of contact and 
interaction within or between Z.h. preblei, Z.h. campestris, and 
adjacent subspecies of meadow jumping mouse (i.e., Z.h. intermedius and 
Z.h. pallidus) or other information relevant to a determination of the 
taxonomic classification of the species.
    You may submit comments as indicated under ADDRESSES. If you wish 
to submit comments by e-mail, please avoid the use of special 
characters and any form of encryption. Please also include your name 
and return address in your e-mail message.
    Our practice is to make comments, including names and home 
addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular 
business hours. Due to the high level of interest in this rulemaking 
process, we also may post comments on our Web site. Individual 
respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the 
rulemaking record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. 
There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the 
rulemaking record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you 
wish us to withhold your name or address, you must state this 
prominently at the beginning of your comment. 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. Comments 
and other information received, as well as supporting information used 
to write the proposed rule, will be available for public inspection, by 
appointment, during normal business hours at the Colorado Field Office 
(see ADDRESSES section). In making a final decision on the proposal, we 
will take into consideration the comments and any additional 
information we receive. Such communications may lead to a final 
regulation that differs from the proposal.

Background

    The Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) was 
listed as a threatened species on May 13, 1998 (63 FR 26517). At the 
time of listing, we recognized Krutzsch (1954) as the ``most recent 
revision of Z. hudsonius'' and ``the authority for (the `subspecies') 
taxonomy'' (63 FR 26517, May 13, 1998). In our February 2, 2005, 
Federal Register document (70 FR 5404), we determined that Ramey et al. 
(2004a) represented the best scientific and commercial information 
available regarding the taxonomy of Z.h. preblei and Z.h. campestris. 
Based on the lack of distinct genetic and morphologic differences 
between the two subspecies presented in Ramey et al. (2004a), we 
concluded that Z.h. preblei was likely not a valid subspecies and 
proposed removing the subspecies from the list of threatened and 
endangered species.
    Since then, substantial additional information has become available 
including two recently available reports: ``Comprehensive analysis of 
molecular phylogeographic structure among meadow jumping mice (Zapus 
hudsonius) reveals evolutionarily distinct subspecies'' (King et al. 
2006) and ``Genetic relatedness of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse 
(Zapus hudsonius preblei) to nearby subspecies of Z. hudsonius as 
inferred from variation in cranial morphology, mitochondrial DNA, and 
microsatellite DNA: Implications for taxonomy and conservation'' (Ramey 
et al. 2005). The Service intends to fully consider all of the 
available information in any delisting decision based on taxonomy.
    In order to ensure all relevant information is considered, we have 
recently made available on our Web site (http://mountain-
prairie.fws.gov/preble/PEER/PEERindex.htm) all of the morphological, 
mtDNA and microsatellite nuclear DNA data from Ramey et al. (2005) and 
King et al. (2006). We are extending the public comment period on the 
delisting proposal to allow the public to consider and comment on the 
above data.

Authority

    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973 
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: March 20, 2006.
H. Dale Hall,
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-4572 Filed 3-29-06; 8:45 am]
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