Endangered and Threatened Species: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Listing Determination for Puget Sound Steelhead, 28294-28295 [E6-7430]

Download as PDF 28294 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Proposed Rules Management, (see ADDRESSES section); or via e-mail at: Eliza_Savage@fws.gov; telephone: (703) 358–2329; or facsimile: (703) 358–2217. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 22 RIN 1018–AT94 Protection of Bald Eagles; Definition; Extension of Public Comment Period Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service), are extending the comment for the proposed rule to establish a regulatory definition of ‘‘disturb’’ under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. We are also extending the comment period on the proposed rule re-opening the public comment period on the proposal to remove the bald eagle from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act, and on the draft National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines, via two additional notices published separately in today’s issue of the Federal Register. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they have been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the final decision and rule. DATES: The public comment period is extended to June 19, 2006. Any comments received after the closing date may not be considered in the final decision on the proposal. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and other information, identified by RIN 1018-AT94, by any of the following methods: • Mail: Brian Millsap, Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MBSP–4107, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Attn: RIN 1018–AT94. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same address as above. • E-mail: BaldEagle_ProposedRule@fws.gov. Include ‘‘RIN 1018-AT94’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. The complete file for this proposed rule is available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Division of Migratory Bird Management, 4501 North Fairfax Drive, Room 4107, Arlington, Virginia 22203– 1610. Please call 703–358–1714 to make an appointment to view the files. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eliza Savage, Division of Migratory Bird VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 May 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 Background On February 16, 2006, in anticipation of possible removal (delisting) of the bald eagle in the 48 contiguous States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) proposed a regulatory definition of ‘‘disturb’’ under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) to guide postdelisting bald eagle management (71 FR 8265). The Service concurrently proposed two other related actions: (1) a notice of availability of draft National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines (71 FR 8309, February 16, 2006); and (2) a re-opening of the comment period on our proposal to remove the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species under the ESA (71 FR 8238, February 16, 2006). Due to the complexity of these related actions, we are extending the comment period for each action for an additional 30 days. Authority The authority for this action is the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668–668d). Dated: May 10, 2006. Matt Hogan, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. [FR Doc. 06–4607 Filed 5–12–06; 1:17 pm] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 223 [I.D. 031006D] Endangered and Threatened Species: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Listing Determination for Puget Sound Steelhead National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public hearing. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On March 29, 2006, we (NMFS) proposed to list steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) populations in Puget Sound (Washington) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (ESA). In this notice we are announcing a public hearing to be held in Seattle (Washington) on June 22, 2006, regarding the subject proposal. DATES: Written comments on the proposed listing determination must be received by June 27, 2006. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the public meeting time and location. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the proposed listing determination for Puget Sound steelhead by any of the following methods. Please identify submittals as pertaining to the ‘‘Puget Sound Steelhead Proposed Listing.’’ • E-mail: PS.Steelhead.nwr@noaa.gov. Include ‘‘Puget Sound Steelhead Proposed Listing’’ in the subject line of the message. • Internet: Comments may also be submitted electronically through the Federal e-Rulemaking portal at: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Submit written comments and information to Chief, NMFS, Protected Resources Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. You may hand-deliver written comments to our office during normal business hours at the street address given above. • Hand Delivery/Courier: NMFS, Protected Resources 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. • Fax: 503–230–5441 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding the public meeting is available on the Internet at: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov. Alternatively, you may contact Dr. Scott Rumsey, NMFS, Northwest Region, (503) 8722791, or Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 713–1401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On March 29, 2006, we published a proposed threatened determination for Puget Sound steelhead (71 FR 15666). Joint Commerce-Interior ESA implementing regulations state that the Secretary shall promptly hold at least one public hearing if any person requests one within 45 days of publication of a proposed regulation to list a species or to designate critical habitat (see 50 CFR 424.16(c)(3)). In this notice we are announcing a public meeting regarding the Puget Sound steelhead proposed threatened listing to be held in Seattle (Washington) on June 22, 2006. This public meeting is not the only opportunity for the public to provide input on this proposal. As part of the proposed threatened listing for Puget E:\FR\FM\16MYP1.SGM 16MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Proposed Rules Sound steelhead, we announced a public comment period extending through June 27, 2006. The public and stakeholders are encouraged to continue to comment and provide additional information on the proposals (see ADDRESSES, above) up until the close of the comment period. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS Meeting Format In our recent updated ESA listing determinations for West Coast salmon and steelhead (70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005; and 71 FR 834, January 5, 2006), we employed a new ‘‘open house’’ approach to conducting public hearings. This new approach proved successful in allowing all interested members of the public to more effectively engage in the rulemaking process. We will be employing the open house format, described further below, for the Puget Sound steelhead public meeting in Seattle on June 22, 2006. The open house format provides the general public with an opportunity to meet with NMFS staff in small groups on specific topics in order to learn more about the proposal and its possible VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 May 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 impacts on their communities. This evening meeting will also provide any interested individuals with the opportunity to make formal recorded comments on the proposal. In addition, blank ‘‘comment sheets’’ will be provided at the evening meeting for those without prepared written comments. The preferred means of providing public comment for the official record, however, is via written testimony. The meeting will be held in the evening from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. For those who are interested, there will be a brief introductory presentation at 6:30 p.m. regarding the Puget Sound steelhead proposal and the ESA rulemaking process. After the introductory remarks, attendees can move freely from ‘‘station’’ to ‘‘station’’ to discuss items of particular interest with knowledgeable NMFS staff. We believe that this format is respectful of the public’s valuable time, allowing busy community members to participate without necessarily attending the entire evening. There is no need to register; PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 28295 just drop in anytime during the course of the evening event. Meeting Time & Location The public meeting regarding the Puget Sound steelhead proposed threatened listing will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., June 22, 2006, at the Radisson Hotel (SeaTac Airport), 18118 International Blvd., Seattle WA 98188. Directions to the meeting location can be obtained on the Internet at http:// www.nwr.noaa.gov. References Copies of the Federal Register notices and related materials cited in this document are available on the Internet at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov or upon request (see ADDRESSES section above). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: May 10, 2006. Angela Somma, Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–7430 Filed 5–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\16MYP1.SGM 16MYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 94 (Tuesday, May 16, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 28294-28295]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-7430]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 223

[I.D. 031006D]


Endangered and Threatened Species: Notice of Public Hearing on 
Proposed Listing Determination for Puget Sound Steelhead

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public hearing.

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SUMMARY: On March 29, 2006, we (NMFS) proposed to list steelhead 
(Oncorhynchus mykiss) populations in Puget Sound (Washington) as 
threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In this notice we 
are announcing a public hearing to be held in Seattle (Washington) on 
June 22, 2006, regarding the subject proposal.

DATES: Written comments on the proposed listing determination must be 
received by June 27, 2006. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the public 
meeting time and location.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the proposed listing 
determination for Puget Sound steelhead by any of the following 
methods. Please identify submittals as pertaining to the ``Puget Sound 
Steelhead Proposed Listing.''
     E-mail: PS.Steelhead.nwr@noaa.gov. Include ``Puget Sound 
Steelhead Proposed Listing'' in the subject line of the message.
     Internet: Comments may also be submitted electronically 
through the Federal e-Rulemaking portal at: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Submit written comments and information to Chief, 
NMFS, Protected Resources Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 
1100, Portland, OR 97232. You may hand-deliver written comments to our 
office during normal business hours at the street address given above.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: NMFS, Protected Resources 1201 NE 
Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232.
     Fax: 503-230-5441

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding the 
public meeting is available on the Internet at: http://
www.nwr.noaa.gov. Alternatively, you may contact Dr. Scott Rumsey, 
NMFS, Northwest Region, (503) 872-2791, or Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office 
of Protected Resources, (301) 713-1401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On March 29, 2006, we published a proposed threatened determination 
for Puget Sound steelhead (71 FR 15666). Joint Commerce-Interior ESA 
implementing regulations state that the Secretary shall promptly hold 
at least one public hearing if any person requests one within 45 days 
of publication of a proposed regulation to list a species or to 
designate critical habitat (see 50 CFR 424.16(c)(3)). In this notice we 
are announcing a public meeting regarding the Puget Sound steelhead 
proposed threatened listing to be held in Seattle (Washington) on June 
22, 2006.
    This public meeting is not the only opportunity for the public to 
provide input on this proposal. As part of the proposed threatened 
listing for Puget

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Sound steelhead, we announced a public comment period extending through 
June 27, 2006. The public and stakeholders are encouraged to continue 
to comment and provide additional information on the proposals (see 
ADDRESSES, above) up until the close of the comment period.

Meeting Format

    In our recent updated ESA listing determinations for West Coast 
salmon and steelhead (70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005; and 71 FR 834, 
January 5, 2006), we employed a new ``open house'' approach to 
conducting public hearings. This new approach proved successful in 
allowing all interested members of the public to more effectively 
engage in the rulemaking process. We will be employing the open house 
format, described further below, for the Puget Sound steelhead public 
meeting in Seattle on June 22, 2006.
    The open house format provides the general public with an 
opportunity to meet with NMFS staff in small groups on specific topics 
in order to learn more about the proposal and its possible impacts on 
their communities. This evening meeting will also provide any 
interested individuals with the opportunity to make formal recorded 
comments on the proposal. In addition, blank ``comment sheets'' will be 
provided at the evening meeting for those without prepared written 
comments. The preferred means of providing public comment for the 
official record, however, is via written testimony.
    The meeting will be held in the evening from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. 
For those who are interested, there will be a brief introductory 
presentation at 6:30 p.m. regarding the Puget Sound steelhead proposal 
and the ESA rulemaking process. After the introductory remarks, 
attendees can move freely from ``station'' to ``station'' to discuss 
items of particular interest with knowledgeable NMFS staff. We believe 
that this format is respectful of the public's valuable time, allowing 
busy community members to participate without necessarily attending the 
entire evening. There is no need to register; just drop in anytime 
during the course of the evening event.

Meeting Time & Location

    The public meeting regarding the Puget Sound steelhead proposed 
threatened listing will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., June 22, 
2006, at the Radisson Hotel (SeaTac Airport), 18118 International 
Blvd., Seattle WA 98188. Directions to the meeting location can be 
obtained on the Internet at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov.

References

    Copies of the Federal Register notices and related materials cited 
in this document are available on the Internet at http://
www.nwr.noaa.gov or upon request (see ADDRESSES section above).

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: May 10, 2006.
Angela Somma,
Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-7430 Filed 5-15-06; 8:45 am]
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