Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Advisory Panel, 74324 [E7-25393]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 74324 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2007 / Notices acquisition) was designed to include most of the on-site area known to be occupied by the golden-cheeked warbler. With respect to the five federally-listed karst invertebrates, the preserve was designed and configured to incorporate the remaining suite of biotic and abiotic factors needed to promote the integrity of fullyfunctioning karst ecosystems on which the endangered invertebrates depend. The Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) as part of the Proposed Alternative would substantially avoid impacts to the golden-cheeked warbler and five federally-listed karst invertebrates listed above. Impacts that cannot be avoided would be minimized and mitigated to the maximum extent practicable. The draft EA/HCP describes the impacts that would likely result to the affected species (the take); what steps the Applicants would take to avoid, minimize, and mitigate such impacts; the funding that would be made available to implement those steps; the alternative actions; and the options available within them. Two other alternatives included in the EA/HCP are the ‘‘no action’’ alternative and the ‘‘past development alternatives considered.’’ The ‘‘no action’’ alternative assumes that the proposed development does not occur, and that no application for an incidental take permit is processed. The ‘‘past development alternatives considered’’ pertain to larger and smaller development areas that were discussed. In accordance with the Act, and 50 CFR 17.22, in December 1997 the Applicants applied for seven section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permits (PRT–838754, PRT–841088, PRT– 841090, PRT–841093, PRT–841117, PRT–841120, and PRT–841125), covering approximately 216 acres known as the Hart Triangle (former entire tract), Travis County, Texas. These permits would have allowed for take of the affected species associated with construction, operation, and occupation of residential and commercial development along with streets, utilities, and other improvements and facilities. However, the Service concluded that the seven HCPs would not have avoided, minimized, and mitigated for the potential impacts to the affected species to the maximum extent practicable. Therefore, because of this and other inadequacies in the applications, the Service denied all seven applications. Subsequently, the Applicants filed suit against the Service claiming it had ‘‘taken’’ their property under the 5th Amendment. The plaintiffs and the Service agreed to enter mediation VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:08 Dec 28, 2007 Jkt 214001 beginning in October 1999. After further HCP negotiations, the Service prepared a draft EA/HCP for development of portions of the 216-acre Hart Triangle. The draft EA/HCP was noticed in the Federal Register on June 02, 2000, but was never accepted by the Applicants, and therefore never finalized. The permit (TE–027690) was never issued. Since the June 2000 Federal Register Notice, approximately 146 acres of the former 216-acre Hart Triangle have been sold and/or transferred to Travis County and are managed as part of the BCP. The incidental take permit application under consideration is for the remaining 70 acres. Christopher T. Jones, Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [FR Doc. E7–25381 Filed 12–28–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–910–08–1739–NSSI] Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Advisory Panel Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below: DATES: The meeting will be held February 6 and 7, 2008, in Fairbanks, Alaska. On February 6, 2008, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center, Room 401. Public comments will begin at 3 p.m. On February 7, 2008, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the same location. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Ph.D., Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative (910), c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271–3431 or e-mail john_f_payne@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NSSI, STAP provides advice and recommendations to the NSSI Oversight Group (OG) regarding priority needs for management decisions across the North SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Slope of Alaska. These priority needs may include recommendations on inventory, monitoring, and research activities that lead to informed land management decisions. The topics to be discussed at the meeting include: • Task orders to the STAP. • NSSI business processes. • Project coordination with senior NSSI agency staff. • NSSI priority issues and projects. • Other topics the OG or STAP may raise. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the STAP through the NSSI Executive Director. When making public comment, participants should know that their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in their comment, along with their entire comment, may be made publicly available at any time. Commenters can ask that personal identifying information be withheld from their comments, but this cannot be guaranteed. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, transportation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the NSSI Executive Director. Dated: December 20, 2007. Thomas P. Lonnie, Alaska State Director. [FR Doc. E7–25393 Filed 12–28–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [ES–930–5104–FI] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Public Law 97–451, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of the oil and gas leases, ARES 52198 and ARES 52200 located in Scott and Montgomery County, Ouachita N.F., Arkansas, and ARES 53624 located in Yell County, Ouachita N.F., Arkansas. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 249 (Monday, December 31, 2007)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AK-910-08-1739-NSSI]


Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative, Science 
Technical Advisory Panel

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope 
Science Initiative, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
(FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. 
Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) 
Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below:

DATES: The meeting will be held February 6 and 7, 2008, in Fairbanks, 
Alaska. On February 6, 2008, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the 
University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center, 
Room 401. Public comments will begin at 3 p.m. On February 7, 2008, the 
meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the same location.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Ph.D., Executive 
Director, North Slope Science Initiative (910), c/o Bureau of Land 
Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, AK 99513, 
(907) 271-3431 or e-mail john_f_payne@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NSSI, STAP provides advice and 
recommendations to the NSSI Oversight Group (OG) regarding priority 
needs for management decisions across the North Slope of Alaska. These 
priority needs may include recommendations on inventory, monitoring, 
and research activities that lead to informed land management 
decisions. The topics to be discussed at the meeting include:
     Task orders to the STAP.
     NSSI business processes.
     Project coordination with senior NSSI agency staff.
     NSSI priority issues and projects.
     Other topics the OG or STAP may raise.
    All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written 
comments to the STAP through the NSSI Executive Director. When making 
public comment, participants should know that their address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
their comment, along with their entire comment, may be made publicly 
available at any time. Commenters can ask that personal identifying 
information be withheld from their comments, but this cannot be 
guaranteed. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and 
time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. 
Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as 
sign language interpretation, transportation, or other reasonable 
accommodations, should contact the NSSI Executive Director.

    Dated: December 20, 2007.
Thomas P. Lonnie,
Alaska State Director.
 [FR Doc. E7-25393 Filed 12-28-07; 8:45 am]
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