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Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 48 / Tuesday, March 11, 2008 / Proposed Rules redundancy that is important to the conservation of the species. In North America, wolverines occur within a wide variety of arctic, sub-arctic and alpine habitats, primarily boreal forests, tundra, and western mountains throughout Alaska and Canada, with two small peninsulas of habitat extending into the North Cascades and the Northern Rocky Mountains in the contiguous United States. The portion of the range that extends into the contiguous United States is small in relation to the entire range of the subspecies. Additionally, the actual area amount of habitat in the contiguous United States is more fragmented in nature than habitat found elsewhere throughout the range, which results in a smaller proportion of actual habitat in the contiguous U.S. portion than what is generally indicated on ‘‘range’’ maps (see ‘‘Habitat Availability and Connectivity’’ section above). Finally, a small proportion of the total wolverine population occurs in the contiguous United States. Assuming 8,333 wolverine occur in Alaska (as described in the control of exploitation section above), 15,089 wolverine occur in Canada, and 500 wolverine occur in the contiguous United States, the contiguous United States portion accounts for only 2 percent of the entire G. g. luscus population. Thus, we determined that the contiguous U.S. wolverine population does not significantly contribute to the redundancy of G. g. luscus. In determining whether the contiguous U.S. wolverine population contributed to representation, we evaluated whether it contributes to the genetic diversity of the species. Adequate representation ensures that the species’ adaptive capabilities are conserved. Wolverines in the contiguous United States contain a subset of the genetic haplotypes found in the Canadian populations, and therefore do not represent a unique population. Thus, the species does not meaningfully contribute to representation of Gulo gulo luscus. The populations in Canada and Alaska are relatively large and contiguous, and are not dependent on connectivity to the contiguous U.S. population. Based on the discussion above, we determined that the contiguous United States portion of the current range of the North American wolverine is not significant to the Gulo gulo luscus subspecies, and therefore does not warrant further consideration to determine if it is a significant portion of the range that is threatened or endangered. In addition, we find that historical habitat in the contiguous VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:20 Mar 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 United States that is no longer occupied would not raise the status of this portion of the range as being significant to the subspecies. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Finding 50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 We have carefully assessed the best scientific and commercial information available regarding threats to the contiguous United States population of the wolverine. We reviewed the petition, and available published and unpublished scientific and commercial information. This 12-month finding reflects and incorporates information that we received during the public comment period or that we obtained through consultation, literature research, and field visits. On the basis of this review, we have determined that the contiguous United States population of the North American wolverine does not constitute a distinct population segment (DPS) under the Act and therefore a listable entity unto itself. We also find that the contiguous United States population of the North American wolverine is not a significant portion of the range of the North American subspecies and does not warrant further consideration under the Act. Therefore, we find that the petition to list the North American wolverine that occurs in the contiguous United States is not warranted for listing. 12941 RIN 0648–XF03 References Cited A complete list of all references cited is available upon request from the Supervisor, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Field Office (see ADDRESSES). Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Designating Critical Habitat; 90-day Finding for a Petition to Reclassify the Loggerhead Turtle in the Western North Atlantic Ocean National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: 90-day petition finding; request for information and comments; correction. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document corrects the fax number in the ADDRESSES section of a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of March 5, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marta Nammack at 301–713–1401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Correction In proposed rule FR Doc. E8–4231, beginning on page 11849 in the issue of March 5, 2008, make the following correction, in the Preamble. On page 11849, column two, line 8 of the ADDRESSES section, replace ‘‘978–281– 9394’’ with ‘‘301–713–0376’’. Dated: March 6, 2008. John Oliver, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 08–1000 Filed 3–6–08; 2:54 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Author The primary author of this document is staff of the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Ste. 145, Lakewood, Colorado 80228 (also see ADDRESSES). DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 Authority The authority for this action is section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: February 28, 2008. H. Dale Hall, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E8–4197 Filed 3–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 071017601–7812–02] RIN 0648–AW17 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2008 Georges Bank Cod Fixed Gear Sector Operations Plan and Agreement, and Allocation of Georges Bank Cod Total Allowable Catch National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Frm 00041 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\11MRP1.SGM 11MRP1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Parts 223 and 224

RIN 0648-XF03


Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Designating 
Critical Habitat; 90-day Finding for a Petition to Reclassify the 
Loggerhead Turtle in the Western North Atlantic Ocean

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

ACTION: 90-day petition finding; request for information and comments; 
correction.

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SUMMARY: This document corrects the fax number in the ADDRESSES section 
of a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of March 5, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marta Nammack at 301-713-1401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Correction

    In proposed rule FR Doc. E8-4231, beginning on page 11849 in the 
issue of March 5, 2008, make the following correction, in the Preamble. 
On page 11849, column two, line 8 of the ADDRESSES section, replace 
``978-281-9394'' with ``301-713-0376''.

    Dated: March 6, 2008.
John Oliver,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 08-1000 Filed 3-6-08; 2:54 pm]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-S