Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Collier County, Florida, 22697-22698 [2014-09241]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 78 / Wednesday, April 23, 2014 / Notices Number of respondents Activity Number of responses Completion time per response 22697 Total annual burden hours 3,000 400 2,600 2,600 4,500 400 2,600 3,900 5 1 1 5 minutes .............................................................. minute ................................................................ minute ................................................................ minutes .............................................................. 375 7 43 325 8,300 8,300 3.5 minutes ........................................................... 484 Total ............................................................... wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Form 3—165B ...................................................... Form 3—165C ...................................................... Form 3—165D ...................................................... Form 3—165E ...................................................... Sandhill Crane Harvest Survey Form 3—2056N .................................................... 113,649 227,586 ............................................................................... 144,021 Abstract: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703–711) and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department of the Interior as the key agency responsible for (1) the wise management of migratory bird populations frequenting the United States, and (2) setting hunting regulations that allow appropriate harvests that are within the guidelines that will allow for those populations’ well-being. These responsibilities dictate that we gather accurate data on various characteristics of migratory bird harvest. Based on information from harvest surveys, we can adjust hunting regulations as needed to optimize harvests at levels that provide a maximum of hunting recreation while keeping populations at desired levels. Under 50 CFR 20.20, migratory bird hunters must register for the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) in each State in which they hunt each year. State natural resource agencies must send names and addresses of all migratory bird hunters to us annually. The Migratory Bird Hunter Survey is based on the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program. We randomly select migratory bird hunters and ask them to report their harvest. The resulting estimates of harvest per hunter are combined with the complete list of migratory bird hunters to provide estimates of the total harvest for the species surveyed. The Parts Collection Survey estimates the species, sex, and age composition of the harvest, and the geographic and temporal distribution of the harvest. Randomly selected successful hunters who responded to the Migratory Bird Hunter Survey the previous year are asked to complete and return a form if they are willing to participate in the Parts Collection Survey. We provide postage-paid envelopes to respondents before the hunting season and ask them to send in a wing or the tail feathers from each duck or goose that they harvest, or a wing from each mourning dove, woodcock, band-tailed pigeon, snipe, rail, or gallinule that they harvest. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:37 Apr 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 We use the wings and tail feathers to identify the species, sex, and age of the harvested sample. We also ask respondents to report on the envelope the date and location of harvest for each bird. We combine the results of this survey with the harvest estimates obtained from the Migratory Bird Hunter Survey to provide speciesspecific national harvest estimates. The combined results of these surveys enable us to evaluate the effects of season length, season dates, and bag limits on the harvest of each species, and thus help us determine appropriate hunting regulations. The Sandhill Crane Harvest Survey is an annual questionnaire survey of people who obtained a sandhill crane hunting permit. At the end of the hunting season, we randomly select a sample of permit holders and ask them to report the date, location, and number of birds harvested for each of their sandhill crane hunts. Their responses provide estimates of the temporal and geographic distribution of the harvest as well as the average harvest per hunter, which, combined with the total number of permits issued, enables us to estimate the total harvest of sandhill cranes. Based on information from this survey, we adjust hunting regulations as needed. Comment Received and Our Response Comments: On November 8, 2013, we published in the Federal Register (78 FR 67183) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on January 7, 2014. We received one comment. The commenter objected to the surveys, but did not address the information collection requirements. We did not make any changes to our requirements. Request for Public Comments We again invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. Dated: April 18, 2014. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2014–09259 Filed 4–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–R–2013–N175; FXRS12650400000S3–123–FF04R02000] Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Collier County, Florida Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan revision and environmental assessment; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) revision and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located in Collier County in southwest Florida. We provide this notice in compliance with SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 22698 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 78 / Wednesday, April 23, 2014 / Notices our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Native American Tribes, and the public of our intentions and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process. DATES: To ensure consideration of your comments in the development of the refuge’s CCP revision, we must receive your written comments by May 23, 2014. One or more public scoping meetings will be scheduled to help engage the public in this planning process; please contact Florida Panther NWR for the date(s): FloridaPantherCCP@fws.gov or 239– 353–8442. Information will also be posted on the refuge’s Web site: http://www.fws.gov/floridapanther/. ADDRESSES: An online public engagement platform will be used for the engagement of the public and the submission of public comments; to access this forum, please visit: http:// www.fws.gov/floridapanther/ccp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You may also send comments, questions, and requests for information to Cheri Ehrhardt, AICP, Natural Resource Planner, P.O. Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781–2683; FloridaPantherCCP@ fws.gov; 321.861.1276 (fax); or 321–861– 2368. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP revision for Florida Panther NWR in Collier County, Florida. This notice complies with our CCP policy to: (1) Advise other Federal and State agencies, NativeAmerican tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct detailed planning on this refuge and (2) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the environmental document and during development of the CCP. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The original CCP for Florida Panther NWR was completed in 2000. Since much has changed in the intervening time, the Service has determined that the CCP for Florida Panther NWR needs to be revised. The purpose for revising the CCP is to provide refuge managers with an updated 15-year plan for achieving refuge purposes and contributing VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:37 Apr 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives for the best possible conservation approach to this important wildlife habitat, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with the refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Our CCP process provides participation opportunities for Tribal, State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. We encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of Florida Panther NWR. We will conduct the environmental review of this project 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 1500– 1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. Purposes of Florida Panther NWR Established in 1989 and encompassing 26,605 acres, Florida Panther NWR’s purposes are to conserve fish, wildlife, and plants that are listed as threatened or endangered species (Endangered Species Act of 1973) and for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources (Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956). Two key Service documents played a strong role in defining the purposes of Florida Panther NWR; they prioritize the PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 protection and recovery of the Florida panther: (1) The 1985 Fakahatchee Strand Environmental Assessment, which clearly states that the refuge area should be acquired for the benefit and recovery of the endangered Florida panther; and (2) the 1995 and subsequent 2008 revisions of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan, which states that the refuge is essential to the survival of the Florida panther and that the refuge should enhance habitat conditions for the panther and its prey species. Public Availability and 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. Authority This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.). Dated: March 11, 2014. Jacquelyn B. Parrish, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2014–09241 Filed 4–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–FHC–2014–N064; FXFR1334088TWG0W4–123–FF08EACT00] Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group; Public Meeting and Teleconference Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a joint meeting between the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG) and Trinity Management Council (TMC). The TAMWG is a Federal advisory committee that affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River (California) restoration efforts to the Trinity Management Council (TMC). The TMC interprets and recommends policy, coordinates and reviews SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 78 (Wednesday, April 23, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22697-22698]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09241]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2013-N175; FXRS12650400000S3-123-FF04R02000]


Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Collier County, Florida

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan 
revision and environmental assessment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare 
a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) revision and associated 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for Florida Panther 
National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located in Collier County in southwest 
Florida. We provide this notice in compliance with

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our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Native 
American Tribes, and the public of our intentions and to obtain 
suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in 
the planning process.

DATES: To ensure consideration of your comments in the development of 
the refuge's CCP revision, we must receive your written comments by May 
23, 2014. One or more public scoping meetings will be scheduled to help 
engage the public in this planning process; please contact Florida 
Panther NWR for the date(s): FloridaPantherCCP@fws.gov or 239-353-8442. 
Information will also be posted on the refuge's Web site: http://www.fws.gov/floridapanther/.

ADDRESSES: An online public engagement platform will be used for the 
engagement of the public and the submission of public comments; to 
access this forum, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/floridapanther/ccp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You may also send comments, questions, 
and requests for information to Cheri Ehrhardt, AICP, Natural Resource 
Planner, P.O. Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781-2683; 
FloridaPantherCCP@fws.gov; 321.861.1276 (fax); or 321-861-2368.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP 
revision for Florida Panther NWR in Collier County, Florida. This 
notice complies with our CCP policy to: (1) Advise other Federal and 
State agencies, Native-American tribes, and the public of our intention 
to conduct detailed planning on this refuge and (2) obtain suggestions 
and information on the scope of issues to consider in the environmental 
document and during development of the CCP.

Background

The CCP Process

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop 
a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The original CCP for Florida 
Panther NWR was completed in 2000. Since much has changed in the 
intervening time, the Service has determined that the CCP for Florida 
Panther NWR needs to be revised. The purpose for revising the CCP is to 
provide refuge managers with an updated 15-year plan for achieving 
refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National 
Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and 
wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In 
addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife 
and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlife-dependent recreational 
opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for 
hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and 
environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update 
the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration 
Act.
    Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System was established 
for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for 
developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for 
each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to 
determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a 
way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives 
for the best possible conservation approach to this important wildlife 
habitat, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation 
opportunities that are compatible with the refuge's establishing 
purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
    Our CCP process provides participation opportunities for Tribal, 
State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. 
We encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and 
suggestions for the future management of Florida Panther NWR.
    We will conduct the environmental review of this project 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 1500-1508); other appropriate Federal laws and 
regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those 
laws and regulations.

Purposes of Florida Panther NWR

    Established in 1989 and encompassing 26,605 acres, Florida Panther 
NWR's purposes are to conserve fish, wildlife, and plants that are 
listed as threatened or endangered species (Endangered Species Act of 
1973) and for the development, advancement, management, conservation, 
and protection of fish and wildlife resources (Fish and Wildlife Act of 
1956). Two key Service documents played a strong role in defining the 
purposes of Florida Panther NWR; they prioritize the protection and 
recovery of the Florida panther: (1) The 1985 Fakahatchee Strand 
Environmental Assessment, which clearly states that the refuge area 
should be acquired for the benefit and recovery of the endangered 
Florida panther; and (2) the 1995 and subsequent 2008 revisions of the 
Florida Panther Recovery Plan, which states that the refuge is 
essential to the survival of the Florida panther and that the refuge 
should enhance habitat conditions for the panther and its prey species.

Public Availability and 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.

Authority

    This notice is published under the authority of the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et 
seq.).

    Dated: March 11, 2014.
Jacquelyn B. Parrish,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 2014-09241 Filed 4-22-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-55-P