Incidental Take Permits and Joint Environmental Assessment for Four Single Family Residences in Escambia County, FL, 41287-41288 [2011-17578]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 134 / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Notices will describe the refuge purposes and desired conditions for the refuge and the long-term conservation goals, objectives and strategies for fulfilling the purposes and achieving those conditions. At this time we encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of Conboy Lake and Toppenish NWRs. We will conduct the environmental review of this project and develop an EA in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. Refuge Overviews mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conboy Lake NWR Conboy Lake NWR covers approximately 9,100 acres in the transition zone between arid eastern Washington and wet western Washington, near the southern base of Mt. Adams. The refuge is comprised of a wide variety of habitat types, from the lake itself to wet meadows to Ponderosa pine and oak forests. Because of its varied habitats and its location in the transition zone, the refuge supports an abundance of wildlife species. Conboy Lake NWR was established ‘‘for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds’’ (Migratory Bird Conservation Act; 16 U.S.C. 715d) that is ‘‘suitable for— (1) Incidental fish and wildlife-oriented recreational development, (2) the protection of natural resources, [and/or] (3) the conservation of endangered species or threatened species’’ (Refuge Recreation Act; 16 U.S.C. 460k–1), in order ‘‘to conserve (A) fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species * * * or (B) plants’’ (16 U.S.C. 1534, Endangered Species Act of 1973). The refuge also fills an important role in the management of mallards, northern pintails, and tundra swans during migration periods, and is both a migratory stopover area and breeding site for the Pacific Coast population of the greater Sandhill crane. It is located along the Pacific Flyway and has become a particularly important stopover and wintering ground for migratory birds and waterfowl. Toppenish NWR Toppenish NWR was also established ‘‘for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds’’ (Migratory Bird VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Jul 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Conservation Act; 16 U.S.C. 715d) that is ‘‘suitable for— (1) Incidental fish and wildlife-oriented recreational development, (2) the protection of natural resources, [and/or] (3) the conservation of endangered species or threatened species’’ (Refuge Recreation Act; 16 U.S.C. 460k–1), ‘‘for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources’’ (Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956; 16 U.S.C. 742f(a)(4)), in order ‘‘to conserve (A) fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species * * * or (B) plants’’ (16 U.S.C. 1534; Endangered Species Act of 1973). Located in arid eastern Washington, approximately 40 miles north of the Oregon border, most of the refuge’s 2,000 acres are nonetheless focused around water. An extensive system of managed and unmanaged wetlands fills an important role in the management of mallards, northern pintails, and lesser Canada geese populations during migration and winter periods. It, too, is located along the Pacific Flyway and has become a particularly important stopover and wintering ground for migratory birds and waterfowl. 41287 in press releases, planning updates, and on our websites at http://www.fws.gov/ mcriver, http://www.fws.gov/ conboylake/management.html, and http://www.fws.gov/toppenish/ management.html. There will be additional opportunities to provide public input throughout the CCP process. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: June 9, 2011. Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, Region 1, Portland, Oregon. [FR Doc. 2011–17424 Filed 7–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Scoping: Preliminary Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities We have identified preliminary issues, concerns, and opportunities that we may address in the CCP. We have briefly summarized these issues below. During public scoping, we may identify additional issues. Fish and Wildlife Service Conboy Lake NWR Land acquisition/exchanges/ conservation agreements; water rights; water management; wet meadow, riparian, and stream habitat management; short-grass management; upland meadow management; forest management; plant species management (e.g., invasive and nonnative plants, rare plants); animal species management (e.g., Oregon spotted frog, sandhill crane, elk); wildlife-dependent use; effective law enforcement; impacts of climate change; staffing. AGENCY: Toppenish NWR Wildlife and habitat management; water rights; wetland management; invasive and nonnative species; rare and listed species recovery; impacts of climate change; contaminants and water quality; wildlife-dependent issues; effective law enforcement; staffing. Public Comments Opportunities for the public to provide further input will be announced PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FWS–R4–ES–2011–N124; 40120–1112– 0000–F2] Incidental Take Permits and Joint Environmental Assessment for Four Single Family Residences in Escambia County, FL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. Under the Endangered Species Act (Act), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the receipt and availability of four proposed habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and accompanying documents for four independently proposed developments. The take would involve the Federally endangered Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis) on Perdido Key in Escambia County, Florida. Each HCP analyzes the take incidental to construction and occupation of four single-family residences (Projects). We invite public comments on these documents. DATES: We must receive any written comments at our Regional Office (see ADDRESSES) on or before September 12, 2011. ADDRESSES: Documents are available for public inspection by appointment during normal business hours at the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 41288 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 134 / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Notices Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Office, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30345; or Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Service, 1601 Balboa Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Dell, Regional HCP Coordinator, (see ADDRESSES), telephone: 404/679– 7313; or Mr. Ben Frater, Field Office Project Manager, at the Panama City Field Office (see ADDRESSES), telephone: 850/769–0552, ext. 248. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We announce the availability of four proposed HCPs, accompanying incidental take permit (ITP) applications, and a joint environmental assessment (EA), which analyze the take of the Perdido Key beach mouse incidental to each of the four planned Projects. Patrick and Cheryl Whalen, Larry K. and Dianna Evans, Christopher Carbone, and Scott Stern (Applicants) each request a 30-year ITP under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), as amended. The Applicants’ HCPs describe the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects on the species. We specifically request information, views, and opinions from the public via this notice on our proposed Federal action, including identification of any other aspects of the human environment not already identified in the EA pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1506.6. Further, we specifically solicit information regarding the adequacy of the HCPs per 50 CFR Parts 13 and 17. An assessment of the likely environmental impacts associated with the implementation of the Applicants’ HCPs, the EA considers the environmental consequences of the noaction alternative and the proposed action. The proposed action alternative is issuance of the ITPs and implementation of the HCPs as submitted by the Applicants. Each of the four HCPs covers activities associated with the construction and occupancy of a single-family residence. Avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures include a reduced design footprint, on-site land management to maintain use of the site by Perdido Key beach mice, and funding off-site habitat acquisition and management. Public Comments Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Jul 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by any one of several methods. Please reference TE17700A–0, TE17698A–0, TE43105A–0, or TE17697A–0 in such comments. You may mail comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Office (see ADDRESSES). You may also comment via the internet to david_dell@fws.gov. Please include your name and return address in your internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation from us that we have received your internet message, contact us directly at either telephone number listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to either of our offices listed under ADDRESSES. Covered Area Perdido Key, a barrier island 16.9 miles long, constitutes the entire historic range of the Perdido Key beach mouse. The areas encompassed by the HCPs and ITP applications are 1.26-acre (Whalen) and 1.29-acre (Evans) parcels located on the Gulf of Mexico on the central portion of Perdido Key, a 0.13acre landlocked parcel (Stern) on the eastern portion of Perdido Key, and a 0.16-acre landlocked parcel (Carbone) on the central portion of Perdido Key. Next Steps We will evaluate each of these ITP applications, including the HCPs and any comments we receive, to determine whether these applications meet the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will also evaluate whether issuance of each section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation on each action. We will consider the results of each consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether or not to issue each ITP. If we determine that the requirements are met, we will issue the ITPs for the incidental take of the Perdido Key beach mouse. Authority: We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: June 15, 2011. Mark J. Musaus, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2011–17578 Filed 7–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–ES–2011–N109; 30120–1122– 0000–F2] Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; NiSource, Inc. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from NiSource, Inc. (Applicant), for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). If approved, the permit would be for a 50-year period and would authorize incidental take of 10 species, 9 of which are federally listed and 1 of which is proposed. The applicant has prepared a multispecies habitat conservation plan (MSHCP) to cover a suite of activities associated with operation of a natural gas pipeline system; the MSHCP also analyzes 33 additional species and provides for measures to avoid take of those species. The Applicant has requested concurrence with their determination that activities will not take these 33 species if implemented in accordance with their MSHCP. We request public comment on the application and associated documents. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments on or before October 11, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send written comments via U.S. mail to the Regional Director, Midwest Region, Attn: Lisa Mandell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437–1458, or by electronic mail to permitsR3ES@fws.gov. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Mandell, (612) 713–5343. We have received an application from NiSource, Inc., for an incidental take permit (ITP) (TE02636A) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA). If approved, the permit would be for a 50-year period and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 134 (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41287-41288]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17578]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-ES-2011-N124; 40120-1112-0000-F2]


Incidental Take Permits and Joint Environmental Assessment for 
Four Single Family Residences in Escambia County, FL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Under the Endangered Species Act (Act), we, the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, announce the receipt and availability of four 
proposed habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and accompanying documents 
for four independently proposed developments. The take would involve 
the Federally endangered Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus 
trissyllepsis) on Perdido Key in Escambia County, Florida. Each HCP 
analyzes the take incidental to construction and occupation of four 
single-family residences (Projects). We invite public comments on these 
documents.

DATES: We must receive any written comments at our Regional Office (see 
ADDRESSES) on or before September 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Documents are available for public inspection by appointment 
during normal business hours at the

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Fish and Wildlife Service's Regional Office, 1875 Century Boulevard, 
Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30345; or Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 1601 Balboa Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Dell, Regional HCP 
Coordinator, (see ADDRESSES), telephone: 404/679-7313; or Mr. Ben 
Frater, Field Office Project Manager, at the Panama City Field Office 
(see ADDRESSES), telephone: 850/769-0552, ext. 248.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We announce the availability of four 
proposed HCPs, accompanying incidental take permit (ITP) applications, 
and a joint environmental assessment (EA), which analyze the take of 
the Perdido Key beach mouse incidental to each of the four planned 
Projects. Patrick and Cheryl Whalen, Larry K. and Dianna Evans, 
Christopher Carbone, and Scott Stern (Applicants) each request a 30-
year ITP under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), 
as amended. The Applicants' HCPs describe the mitigation and 
minimization measures proposed to address the effects on the species.
    We specifically request information, views, and opinions from the 
public via this notice on our proposed Federal action, including 
identification of any other aspects of the human environment not 
already identified in the EA pursuant to National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 
CFR 1506.6. Further, we specifically solicit information regarding the 
adequacy of the HCPs per 50 CFR Parts 13 and 17.
    An assessment of the likely environmental impacts associated with 
the implementation of the Applicants' HCPs, the EA considers the 
environmental consequences of the no-action alternative and the 
proposed action. The proposed action alternative is issuance of the 
ITPs and implementation of the HCPs as submitted by the Applicants. 
Each of the four HCPs covers activities associated with the 
construction and occupancy of a single-family residence. Avoidance, 
minimization and mitigation measures include a reduced design 
footprint, on-site land management to maintain use of the site by 
Perdido Key beach mice, and funding off-site habitat acquisition and 
management.

Public Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by any one of 
several methods. Please reference TE17700A-0, TE17698A-0, TE43105A-0, 
or TE17697A-0 in such comments. You may mail comments to the Fish and 
Wildlife Service's Regional Office (see ADDRESSES). You may also 
comment via the internet to david_dell@fws.gov. Please include your 
name and return address in your internet message. If you do not receive 
a confirmation from us that we have received your internet message, 
contact us directly at either telephone number listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to either of our offices 
listed under ADDRESSES.

Covered Area

    Perdido Key, a barrier island 16.9 miles long, constitutes the 
entire historic range of the Perdido Key beach mouse. The areas 
encompassed by the HCPs and ITP applications are 1.26-acre (Whalen) and 
1.29-acre (Evans) parcels located on the Gulf of Mexico on the central 
portion of Perdido Key, a 0.13-acre landlocked parcel (Stern) on the 
eastern portion of Perdido Key, and a 0.16-acre landlocked parcel 
(Carbone) on the central portion of Perdido Key.

Next Steps

    We will evaluate each of these ITP applications, including the HCPs 
and any comments we receive, to determine whether these applications 
meet the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will also 
evaluate whether issuance of each section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with 
section 7 of the Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 
consultation on each action. We will consider the results of each 
consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final 
analysis to determine whether or not to issue each ITP. If we determine 
that the requirements are met, we will issue the ITPs for the 
incidental take of the Perdido Key beach mouse.

    Authority:  We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act 
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: June 15, 2011.
Mark J. Musaus,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-17578 Filed 7-12-11; 8:45 am]
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