Draft Safe Harbor Agreement With Assurances and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Houston Toad on the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)/Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop County, TX, 56166 [E6-15708]

Download as PDF 56166 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Safe Harbor Agreement With Assurances and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Houston Toad on the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)/Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop County, TX U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; receipt of application. pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Boy Scouts of America/ Capital Area Council (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 (Act) of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permit, which is for a period of 15 years, includes a draft Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the endangered Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis) in Bastrop County, Texas. We invite public comment. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received on or before October 26, 2006. ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the application may obtain a copy by writing to the Regional Director, P.O. Box 1306, Room 4102, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103. Persons wishing to review the draft SHA or other related documents may obtain a copy by written or telephone request to Paige Najvar, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512–490–0057; Fax 512– 490–0974). The documents will also be available for public inspection, by appointment only, during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Service’s Austin office. Comments concerning the draft SHA or other related documents should be submitted in writing to the Field Supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758. Please refer to permit number TE–133115–0 when submitting comments. All comments received will become a part of the official administrative record and may be made available to the public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paige Najvar at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512– 490–0057; Fax 512–490–0974), or Paige_Najvar@fws.gov. The Applicant has applied to the Service for SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 a section 10(a)(1)(A) enhancement of survival permit for the endangered Houston toad in Bastrop County, Texas for a period of 15 years. The Service has worked with the Applicant to design and implement conservation activities that are expected to have a net conservation benefit to the Houston toad in Bastrop County, Texas. Conservation activities the Applicant will undertake according to the SHA include: (1) Prescribed burning in every management area on the LCRA/Lost Pines Scout Reservation in order to control invasive woody understory species and decrease existing fuel load; (2) brush thinning activities in forested areas in the eastern, south, and southeastern areas of the property to control invasive woody understory species and to evaluate trends in forest floor plant diversity under different brush control management approaches; (3) restoring and replanting native vegetation in the eastern, south, and southeastern areas of the property to help facilitate Houston toad movement; (4) creating shallow, ephemeral ponds to facilitate and enhance Houston toad breeding success; and (5) treating red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) mounds at newly constructed ponds. These conservation activities are expected to (1) facilitate the establishment of native, herbaceous vegetation as well as expand and enhance potential breeding, foraging, and hibernating habitats for the Houston toad currently on adjacent and nearby properties; (2) protect and preserve habitat to enhance the movement of Houston toads among existing foraging and breeding areas to the south and southeast of the LCRA/Lost Pines Scout Reservation; (3) create Houston toad breeding habitat through pond creation; and (4) collect research data related to the effects of the conservation activities and planned enhancements to help design future management strategies for the Houston toad. The incidental take of Houston toads may occur from (1) habitat management actions conducted in accordance with the conservation activities in the Agreement, (2) on-going Boy Scout camp activities that may have an increased chance of taking the species if toad numbers increase, as expected, and (3) cessation of the conservation activities, at some point in the future, if the Applicant exercises their authorization to do so under the permit. We provide this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4371 et seq.), and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Christopher Todd Jones, Acting Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [FR Doc. E6–15708 Filed 9–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–920–1320–EL, WYW173097] Notice of Invitation for Coal Exploration License Application, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Draft Safe Harbor Agreement With Assurances and Application for 
an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Houston Toad on the Lower 
Colorado River Authority (LCRA)/Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop 
County, TX

AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; receipt of application.

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SUMMARY: Boy Scouts of America/Capital Area Council (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 (Act) of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.). The requested permit, which is for a period of 15 years, 
includes a draft Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the endangered Houston 
toad (Bufo houstonensis) in Bastrop County, Texas. We invite public 
comment.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received on or 
before October 26, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the application may obtain a copy 
by writing to the Regional Director, P.O. Box 1306, Room 4102, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103. Persons wishing to review the draft SHA 
or other related documents may obtain a copy by written or telephone 
request to Paige Najvar, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet 
Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512-490-0057; Fax 512-490-0974). 
The documents will also be available for public inspection, by 
appointment only, during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 
the Service's Austin office. Comments concerning the draft SHA or other 
related documents should be submitted in writing to the Field 
Supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, 
Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758. Please refer to permit number TE-
133115-0 when submitting comments. All comments received will become a 
part of the official administrative record and may be made available to 
the public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paige Najvar at the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 
(512-490-0057; Fax 512-490-0974), or Paige--Najvar@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Applicant has applied to the Service for 
a section 10(a)(1)(A) enhancement of survival permit for the endangered 
Houston toad in Bastrop County, Texas for a period of 15 years.
    The Service has worked with the Applicant to design and implement 
conservation activities that are expected to have a net conservation 
benefit to the Houston toad in Bastrop County, Texas. Conservation 
activities the Applicant will undertake according to the SHA include: 
(1) Prescribed burning in every management area on the LCRA/Lost Pines 
Scout Reservation in order to control invasive woody understory species 
and decrease existing fuel load; (2) brush thinning activities in 
forested areas in the eastern, south, and southeastern areas of the 
property to control invasive woody understory species and to evaluate 
trends in forest floor plant diversity under different brush control 
management approaches; (3) restoring and replanting native vegetation 
in the eastern, south, and southeastern areas of the property to help 
facilitate Houston toad movement; (4) creating shallow, ephemeral ponds 
to facilitate and enhance Houston toad breeding success; and (5) 
treating red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) mounds at newly 
constructed ponds. These conservation activities are expected to (1) 
facilitate the establishment of native, herbaceous vegetation as well 
as expand and enhance potential breeding, foraging, and hibernating 
habitats for the Houston toad currently on adjacent and nearby 
properties; (2) protect and preserve habitat to enhance the movement of 
Houston toads among existing foraging and breeding areas to the south 
and southeast of the LCRA/Lost Pines Scout Reservation; (3) create 
Houston toad breeding habitat through pond creation; and (4) collect 
research data related to the effects of the conservation activities and 
planned enhancements to help design future management strategies for 
the Houston toad.
    The incidental take of Houston toads may occur from (1) habitat 
management actions conducted in accordance with the conservation 
activities in the Agreement, (2) on-going Boy Scout camp activities 
that may have an increased chance of taking the species if toad numbers 
increase, as expected, and (3) cessation of the conservation 
activities, at some point in the future, if the Applicant exercises 
their authorization to do so under the permit.
    We provide this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act, the 
National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C 4371 et seq.), and its 
implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Christopher Todd Jones,
Acting Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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