Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Kendall Warm Springs Dace, 76065-76066 [2012-31011]

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[FR Doc. 2012–31054 Filed 12–21–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76065 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R6–ES–2012–N257; 60120–1113– 0000; C2] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Kendall Warm Springs Dace Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Kendall Warm Springs dace (Rhinichthys osculus thermalis). This species is federally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The Service solicits review and comment from the public on this draft revised plan. DATES: Comments on the draft revised recovery plan must be received on or before February 25, 2013. ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft revised recovery plan are available by request from the Wyoming Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Suite 308A, Cheyenne, WY 82009; telephone 307– 772–2374. Submit comments on the draft recovery plan to the Field Supervisor at this same address. An electronic copy of the draft recovery plan is available at http://www.fws.gov/ endangered/species/recoveryplans.html. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Field Supervisor, at the above address, or telephone 307–772–2374. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Restoring an endangered or threatened animal or plant to the point where it is again a secure, selfsustaining member of its ecosystem is a primary goal of the Service’s endangered species program. To help guide the recovery effort, the Service prepares recovery plans for the federally listed species native to the United States where a plan will promote the conservation of the species. Recovery plans describe site-specific actions necessary for the conservation of the species; establish objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result in a determination that the species no longer needs the protection of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and provide estimates of the time and cost for implementing the needed recovery measures. E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with 76066 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 26, 2012 / Notices The ESA requires recovery plans for listed species unless such a plan would not promote the conservation of a particular species. Section 4(f) of the ESA, as amended in 1988, requires that public notice and opportunity for public review and comment be provided during recovery plan development. The Service will consider all information received during a public comment period when preparing each new or revised recovery plan for approval. The Service and other Federal agencies also will take these comments into consideration in the course of implementing approved recovery plans. It is our policy to request peer review of recovery plans. We will summarize and respond to the issues raised by the public and peer reviewers in an appendix to the approved recovery plan. The Kendall Warm Springs dace (Rhinichthys osculus thermalis), found only in one location in western Wyoming, was first listed as endangered in 1970 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 (80 Stat. 926; 16 U.S.C. 668aa(c)). It was later grandfathered into the ESA of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). At the time of listing, the species was threatened by habitat destruction and modification, overexploitation, and limited distribution. Since the time of its listing, many recovery actions have been implemented, including taxonomic research, protection of habitat, cessation of the species’ use as baitfish, and prohibitions against certain forms of mineral development. However, Kendall Warm Springs dace population estimates appear to be trending downward over the last decade. In addition, this fish remains vulnerable to some high-level threats. These include vulnerability to habitat changes from oil and gas development and potential competition and/or disease from the introduction of exotic species. The recovery of the Kendall Warm Springs dace will depend on effective conservation responses to the varied and complex issues facing the species. These issues include limited distribution, exotic species, grazing, hydrologic changes, invasive plants, pollution, and energy resource exploration and development. Strategically, these issues can be reduced to two overriding concerns: potentially devastating effects from natural resource extraction and exotic species introductions. The recovery strategy for the Kendall Warm Springs dace focuses on the need to address vulnerability due to limited distribution; refugia populations; regulatory mechanisms; protecting habitat quality through a program that VerDate Mar<15>2010 06:31 Dec 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 encompasses threats abatement; and population management, research, and monitoring. We emphasize the (1) incorporation of protective measures into land use plans; (2) protection of the spring’s recharge zone; (3) establishment of two captive refugia populations; and (4) monitoring and managing population levels, genetics, and habitat conditions. Request for Public Comments The Service solicits public comments on the draft recovery plan. All comments received by the date specified in DATES will be considered prior to approval of the plan. Written comments and materials regarding the plan should be addressed to the Field Supervisor (see ADDRESSES section). Comments and materials received will be available, by appointment, for public inspection during normal business hours at the above address. Authority The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). Dated: December 4, 2012. Noreen E. Walsh, Regional Director, Denver, Colorado. [FR Doc. 2012–31011 Filed 12–21–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R2–ES–2012–N291; 20124–1113– 0000–C2] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for the Gulf Coast Jaguarundi Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of our draft recovery plan for the Gulf Coast jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi cacomitli) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This species historically occurred in southern Texas in the United States and is currently known to occur in eastern Mexico as far south as Veracruz. We request review and comment on our plan from local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public. We will also accept any new information on the status of the Gulf Coast jaguarundi throughout its range to assist in finalizing the recovery plan. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive written comments on or SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 before February 22, 2013. However, we will accept information about any species at any time. ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the draft recovery plan, you may obtain a copy by visiting our Web site at http:// www.fws.gov/endangered/species/ recovery-plans.html. Alternatively, you may contact the South Texas Refuges Complex Headquarters at 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, Texas, or by phone at (956) 784–7500. If you wish to comment on the plan, you may submit your comments in writing by any one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Mitch Sternberg, at the above address; • Hand-delivery: South Texas Refuges Complex Headquarters at the above address; • Fax: (956) 787–8338; or • Email: Mitch_Sternberg@fws.gov. For additional information about submitting comments, see the ‘‘Request for Public Comments’’ section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mitch Sternberg at the above address, phone number, or email. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Recovery of endangered or threatened animals and plants to the point where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their ecosystems is a primary goal of our endangered species program and the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Recovery means improvement of the status of listed species to the point at which listing is no longer appropriate under the criteria set out in section 4(a)(1) of the Act. The Act requires the development of recovery plans for listed species, unless such a plan would not promote the conservation of a particular species. Species’ History We listed the Gulf Coast jaguarundi as an endangered species under the Act on June 14, 1976 (41 FR 24062). The Listed Cats of Texas and Arizona Recovery Plan (With Emphasis on the Ocelot), was completed in 1990 and it briefly addressed the jaguar, jaguarundi, and margay, but focused on the ocelot, primarily in Texas. The Draft Gulf Coast Jaguarundi Recovery Plan only applies to the Gulf Coast subspecies of jaguarundi. The jaguarundi was originally included in the genus Felis, and the Gulf Coast jaguarundi was originally listed under the Act as Felis yagouaroundi cacomitli in 1976. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-ES-2012-N257; 60120-1113-0000; C2]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised 
Recovery Plan for Kendall Warm Springs Dace

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the 
availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Kendall Warm 
Springs dace (Rhinichthys osculus thermalis). This species is federally 
listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (ESA). The Service solicits review and comment from the public 
on this draft revised plan.

DATES: Comments on the draft revised recovery plan must be received on 
or before February 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft revised recovery plan are available by 
request from the Wyoming Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
5353 Yellowstone Road, Suite 308A, Cheyenne, WY 82009; telephone 307-
772-2374. Submit comments on the draft recovery plan to the Field 
Supervisor at this same address. An electronic copy of the draft 
recovery plan is available at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/species/recovery-plans.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Field Supervisor, at the above 
address, or telephone 307-772-2374.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Restoring an endangered or threatened animal or plant to the point 
where it is again a secure, self-sustaining member of its ecosystem is 
a primary goal of the Service's endangered species program. To help 
guide the recovery effort, the Service prepares recovery plans for the 
federally listed species native to the United States where a plan will 
promote the conservation of the species. Recovery plans describe site-
specific actions necessary for the conservation of the species; 
establish objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result 
in a determination that the species no longer needs the protection of 
the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and provide estimates of the time and 
cost for implementing the needed recovery measures.

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    The ESA requires recovery plans for listed species unless such a 
plan would not promote the conservation of a particular species. 
Section 4(f) of the ESA, as amended in 1988, requires that public 
notice and opportunity for public review and comment be provided during 
recovery plan development. The Service will consider all information 
received during a public comment period when preparing each new or 
revised recovery plan for approval. The Service and other Federal 
agencies also will take these comments into consideration in the course 
of implementing approved recovery plans. It is our policy to request 
peer review of recovery plans. We will summarize and respond to the 
issues raised by the public and peer reviewers in an appendix to the 
approved recovery plan.
    The Kendall Warm Springs dace (Rhinichthys osculus thermalis), 
found only in one location in western Wyoming, was first listed as 
endangered in 1970 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 
1966 (80 Stat. 926; 16 U.S.C. 668aa(c)). It was later grandfathered 
into the ESA of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). At the time 
of listing, the species was threatened by habitat destruction and 
modification, overexploitation, and limited distribution. Since the 
time of its listing, many recovery actions have been implemented, 
including taxonomic research, protection of habitat, cessation of the 
species' use as baitfish, and prohibitions against certain forms of 
mineral development. However, Kendall Warm Springs dace population 
estimates appear to be trending downward over the last decade. In 
addition, this fish remains vulnerable to some high-level threats. 
These include vulnerability to habitat changes from oil and gas 
development and potential competition and/or disease from the 
introduction of exotic species.
    The recovery of the Kendall Warm Springs dace will depend on 
effective conservation responses to the varied and complex issues 
facing the species. These issues include limited distribution, exotic 
species, grazing, hydrologic changes, invasive plants, pollution, and 
energy resource exploration and development. Strategically, these 
issues can be reduced to two overriding concerns: potentially 
devastating effects from natural resource extraction and exotic species 
introductions. The recovery strategy for the Kendall Warm Springs dace 
focuses on the need to address vulnerability due to limited 
distribution; refugia populations; regulatory mechanisms; protecting 
habitat quality through a program that encompasses threats abatement; 
and population management, research, and monitoring. We emphasize the 
(1) incorporation of protective measures into land use plans; (2) 
protection of the spring's recharge zone; (3) establishment of two 
captive refugia populations; and (4) monitoring and managing population 
levels, genetics, and habitat conditions.

Request for Public Comments

    The Service solicits public comments on the draft recovery plan. 
All comments received by the date specified in DATES will be considered 
prior to approval of the plan. Written comments and materials regarding 
the plan should be addressed to the Field Supervisor (see ADDRESSES 
section). Comments and materials received will be available, by 
appointment, for public inspection during normal business hours at the 
above address.

Authority

    The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered 
Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f).

    Dated: December 4, 2012.
Noreen E. Walsh,
Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 2012-31011 Filed 12-21-12; 4:15 pm]
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