Federal Register Notification of Redesignation of Potential Wilderness as Wilderness, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Washington, 56859-56860 [2012-22722]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices The Draft Recovery Plan for Four Subspecies of Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) was developed by the Island Fox Recovery Team, Recovery Coordination Group. We coordinated with the California Department of Fish and Game, and a team of stakeholders, which included scientific experts, landowners and managers, agency representatives, and non-government organizations. The two primary threats that resulted in the listing of the four subspecies of island fox as federally endangered were (1) predation by golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) (San Miguel Island fox, Santa Rosa Island fox, and Santa Cruz Island fox) and (2) disease (Santa Catalina Island fox). Additionally, because the size of each island fox population is small, they are highly vulnerable to stochastic events and the effects of low genetic diversity. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Recovery Plan Goals The objective of an agency recovery plan is to provide a framework for the recovery of a species so that protection under the Act is no longer necessary. A recovery plan includes scientific information about the species and provides criteria and actions necessary for us to be able to downlist or delist the species. Recovery plans help guide our recovery efforts by describing actions we consider necessary for the species’ conservation and by estimating time and costs for implementing needed recovery measures. To achieve its goals, this draft recovery plan identifies the following objectives: 1. Wild island fox populations exhibit demographic characteristics consistent with long-term viability; and 2. Land managers are able to respond in a timely fashion to potential and ongoing predation by golden eagles, to potential or incipient disease outbreaks, and to other identified threats. As the species meets reclassification and recovery criteria, we review the species’ status and consider the species for reclassification on or removal from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Request for Public Comments Section 4(f) of the Act requires us to provide public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment during recovery plan development. It is also our policy to request peer review of recovery plans (July 1, 1994; 59 FR 34270). We will consider all information presented during the public comment period prior to approval of the recovery plan. In an appendix to the approved recovery plan, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Sep 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 we will summarize and respond to the issues raised by the public, agencies, and peer reviewers. Responses to individual commenters will not be provided, but we will provide a summary of how we addressed substantive comments in an appendix to the approved recovery plan. Substantive comments may or may not result in changes to the recovery plan. Comments regarding recovery plan implementation will be forwarded as appropriate to Federal or other entities so that they can be taken into account during the course of implementing recovery actions. We invite written comments on the draft recovery plan. Before we approve the plan, we will consider all comments we receive by the date specified in DATES. Methods of submitting comments are in ADDRESSES. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email 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. Comments and materials we receive will be available, by appointment, for public inspection during normal business hours at our office (see ADDRESSES). Authority We developed our draft recovery plan under the authority of section 4(f) of the Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). We publish this notice under section 4(f) Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Tom McCabe, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2012–22657 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–PWR–10709; 9475–5000–NZY] Federal Register Notification of Redesignation of Potential Wilderness as Wilderness, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Washington AGENCY: PO 00000 National Park Service, Interior. Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56859 Notice of Redesignation of Potential Wilderness as Wilderness. ACTION: The 1988 Washington Parks Wilderness Act (Pub. L. 100–668, November 16, 1988) designated 634,614 acres of North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area as the Stephen Mather Wilderness. Due to the potential for hydroelectric development, the Act also designated an additional 5,226 acres of potential wilderness within Ross Lake National Recreation Area, including approximately 1,667 acres of land within the Lower Big Beaver Valley and 3,559-acres of the Lower Thunder Creek Valley. Seattle City Light (SCL), a hydroelectric utility with the City of Seattle, retained rights, through Section 505 of the Act of October 2, 1968 (82 Stat. 930; 16 U.S.C. 90d–4) as amended under Title II, Section 202 of Public Law 100–668, for hydroelectric development SUMMARY: ‘‘* * *in the lands and waters within the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission Project 53, including the proposed Copper Creek, High Ross, and Thunder Creek elements of the project’’. In April 2008, SCL formally abandoned hydroelectric development plans for the potential wilderness area within the Lower Thunder Creek Valley after determining the proposal was not economically or environmentally feasible. Consequently there are no current, or proposed, uses of the 3,559 acres of Thunder Creek Potential Wilderness which are incompatible with wilderness designation. Title IV, Section 2 of the Washington Parks Wilderness Act authorized the Secretary of the Interior to designate administratively as wilderness any lands designated as potential wilderness upon publication in the Federal Register of a notice that all uses thereon that are inconsistent with the Wilderness Act of 1964 (Pub. L. 88–577) have ceased or that non-Federal interests in land have been acquired. Accordingly, this notice hereby converts the 3,559 acres of potential wilderness in Lower Thunder Creek Valley, within North Cascades National Park Service Complex, to designated wilderness. The 3,559 acres shall be added to the 634,614 acres of designated wilderness within the Stephen Mather Wilderness, and managed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964. The 1,667 acres of land within the Lower Big Beaver Valley are not affected by this Notice. E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 56860 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices Dated: July 25, 2012. Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2012–22722 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–GX–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [OMB Number 1105–0080] Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection: Annuity Broker Declaration Form 60-Day notice of information collection under review. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: The Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Division, will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ‘‘sixty days’’ until November 13, 2012. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. 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(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Annuity Broker Qualification Declaration Form. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals. Abstract: This declaration is to be submitted annually to determine whether a broker meets the qualifications to be listed as an annuity broker pursuant to Section 111015(b) of Public Law 107–273. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: It is estimated that 300 respondents will complete the form annually within approximately 1 hour. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual burden hours to complete the certification form is 300 hours. If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, Washington, DC 20530. Lynn Bryant, Department Clearance Officer, PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2012–22635 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–12–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE response actions at the Barefoot Disposal Site (‘‘Site’’) in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Under the proposed consent decree, the Settling Defendants, Richard and Vera Barefoot, will reimburse the United States $15,000 for past response costs, based on an analysis of Settling Defendants’ ability to pay, and limited future response costs. The Department of Justice will receive, for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication comments relating to the proposed consent decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and either emailed to pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 20044–7611, and should refer to United States v. Richard Barefoot and Vera Barefoot, DOJ No. 90–11–3–09307/2. During the public comment period, the proposed consent decree may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site, http:// www.usdoj.gov/endr/ Consent_Decrees.html. A copy of the proposed consent decree may be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044–7611 or by faxing or emailing a request to ‘‘Consent Decree Copy’’ (EESCDCopy.ENRD@usdoj.gov), fax No. (202) 514–0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514–5271. 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The proposed consent decree resolves claims that the United States filed under Section 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607, for reimbursement of costs incurred and to be incurred in connection with Notice of Proposed Settlement Agreement Under the Park System Resource Protection Act PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, has reached a settlement with Larry Floyd, Jr., on behalf of himself and the S/V COCKTAIL AND DREAMS regarding claims for response costs and damages E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 179 (Friday, September 14, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56859-56860]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22722]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-PWR-10709; 9475-5000-NZY]


Federal Register Notification of Redesignation of Potential 
Wilderness as Wilderness, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North 
Cascades National Park Service Complex, Washington

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Redesignation of Potential Wilderness as Wilderness.

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SUMMARY: The 1988 Washington Parks Wilderness Act (Pub. L. 100-668, 
November 16, 1988) designated 634,614 acres of North Cascades National 
Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National 
Recreation Area as the Stephen Mather Wilderness. Due to the potential 
for hydroelectric development, the Act also designated an additional 
5,226 acres of potential wilderness within Ross Lake National 
Recreation Area, including approximately 1,667 acres of land within the 
Lower Big Beaver Valley and 3,559-acres of the Lower Thunder Creek 
Valley.
    Seattle City Light (SCL), a hydroelectric utility with the City of 
Seattle, retained rights, through Section 505 of the Act of October 2, 
1968 (82 Stat. 930; 16 U.S.C. 90d-4) as amended under Title II, Section 
202 of Public Law 100-668, for hydroelectric development

``* * *in the lands and waters within the Skagit River Hydroelectric 
Project, Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission Project 53, 
including the proposed Copper Creek, High Ross, and Thunder Creek 
elements of the project''.

    In April 2008, SCL formally abandoned hydroelectric development 
plans for the potential wilderness area within the Lower Thunder Creek 
Valley after determining the proposal was not economically or 
environmentally feasible. Consequently there are no current, or 
proposed, uses of the 3,559 acres of Thunder Creek Potential Wilderness 
which are incompatible with wilderness designation.
    Title IV, Section 2 of the Washington Parks Wilderness Act 
authorized the Secretary of the Interior to designate administratively 
as wilderness any lands designated as potential wilderness upon 
publication in the Federal Register of a notice that all uses thereon 
that are inconsistent with the Wilderness Act of 1964 (Pub. L. 88-577) 
have ceased or that non-Federal interests in land have been acquired.
    Accordingly, this notice hereby converts the 3,559 acres of 
potential wilderness in Lower Thunder Creek Valley, within North 
Cascades National Park Service Complex, to designated wilderness. The 
3,559 acres shall be added to the 634,614 acres of designated 
wilderness within the Stephen Mather Wilderness, and managed in 
accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964. The 1,667 acres of land 
within the Lower Big Beaver Valley are not affected by this Notice.


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    Dated: July 25, 2012.
Jonathan B. Jarvis,
Director, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-22722 Filed 9-13-12; 8:45 am]
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