Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit, 48244-48246 [2014-19341]

Download as PDF 48244 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 158 / Friday, August 15, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register with the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (64 FR 32726; June 17, 1999), as well as our revisions to that policy (69 FR 24084; May 3, 2004). On March 23, 2010, the Service published a 12-month finding in the Federal Register (75 FR 13910) that the greater sage-grouse (rangewide) warrants listing under the ESA as threatened or endangered throughout its range, but this action was precluded by other higher priority listing actions. In anticipation of a future listing decision by the Service, the applicants requested assistance from the Service in developing a CCAA addressing the needs of sage-grouse on lands they own in Malheur County and lands they lease through a long-term lease in Baker County, Oregon. Under the proposed CCAA, the applicants will address threats to the sage-grouse through the implementation of conservation measures that are consistent with their land use activities and the CCAA. Through the EOS permit issued pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA, the applicants would be authorized to incidentally take the sagegrouse in the course of implementing the CCAA if the species becomes listed under the ESA in the future, as long as the terms and conditions of the permit and the CCAA are followed. Proposed Action Consistent with our CCAA Policy, the conservation goal of the proposed CCAA is to encourage enhancement and protection of suitable sage-grouse habitat on the enrolled lands by either maintaining or modifying existing land uses so that they are consistent with the conservation needs of the sage-grouse. We can facilitate this conservation goal by giving non-Federal landowners incentives to implement conservation measures, primarily through regulatory certainty concerning land-use restrictions that might otherwise apply should the sage-grouse become listed under the ESA. The Service proposes to approve the CCAA and to issue an EOS permit to the applicants for incidental take of the greater sage-grouse caused by covered activities, if permit issuance criteria are met. Both the CCAA and the permit would have a term of 30 years. The area to be addressed under this proposed CCAA (i.e., covered lands) is approximately 7,290 acres that are located in Baker and Malheur Counties, Oregon. Sage-grouse currently use suitable habitat on the covered lands for lekking (breeding displays), late broodrearing, and wintering. The proposed VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 CCAA describes all of the threats to the sage-grouse that have been identified on the enrolled lands, and the conservation measures the applicants will be implementing to address those threats. Implementation of the conservation measures identified in the CCAA is expected to benefit the sage-grouse by means of (1) maintenance of large tracts of unfragmented and undeveloped land; (2) management of fuels to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires; (3) management of weeds and invasive plant species; and (4) maintenance of healthy, intact sage-grouse lekking, brood-rearing, and wintering habitats. We have made a preliminary determination that the proposed CCAA and permit issuance are eligible for categorical exclusion under the NEPA. The basis for our preliminary determination is contained in an EAS, which is available for public review (see ADDRESSES). Public Comments We request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this notice. We particularly seek comments on the following: (1) Biological information concerning the greater sage-grouse; (2) relevant data concerning this species; (3) additional information concerning the range, distribution, population size, and population trends of the greater sagegrouse; (4) current or planned activities in the covered area and their possible impacts on the species; (5) identification of any other environmental issues that should be considered with regard to the proposed permit action; and (6) information regarding the adequacy of the CCAA pursuant to the requirements for permits at 50 CFR parts 13 and 17. Public Availability of Comments All comments and materials we receive become part of the public record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information (PII) in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your PII—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your PII from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing the draft EAS, will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 hours, at our La Grande Field Office (see ADDRESSES). Next Steps We will evaluate the permit application, associated documents, and comments we receive to determine whether the permit application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and NEPA and their respective implementing regulations. We will also evaluate whether issuance of an EOS permit would comply with section 7 of the ESA by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation on the proposed permit action. If we determine that all requirements are met, we will sign the proposed CCAA and issue an EOS permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA to the applicants for take of sagegrouse caused by covered activities under the CCAA. We will not make our final decision until after the end of the 30-day public comment period, and we will fully consider all comments and information we receive during the public comment period. Authority We provide this notice in accordance with the requirements of section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and their implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 40 CFR 1506.6, respectively). Dated: July 30, 2014. Paul Henson, State Supervisor, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon. [FR Doc. 2014–19371 Filed 8–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–IA–2014–N176; FXIA16710900000–145–FF09A30000] Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibit activities with listed SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 158 / Friday, August 15, 2014 / Notices species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities. DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before September 15, 2014. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section by September 15, 2014. ADDRESSES: Brenda Tapia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358– 2280; or email DMAFR@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358–2104 (telephone); (703) 358–2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Public Comment Procedures A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted applications? Send your request for copies of applications or comments and materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication date, the PRTnumber, and the name of the applicant in your request or submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond to your request electronically. Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES). B. May I review comments submitted by others? Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the street address listed under ADDRESSES. The VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 public may review documents and other information applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. 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. II. Background To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, ‘‘Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government,’’ and the President’s Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 2009—Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public comment on these permit applications before final action is taken. Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Service Director. III. Permit Applications A. Endangered Species Applicant: Turtle Conservancy Behler Chelonian Center, Ojai, CA; PRT– 34804B The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) and angulated tortoise (A. yniphora) from the wild in Madagascar for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Avian Behavior International, LLC, Escondido, CA; PRT–28369B The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, golden conure (Aratinga guarouba), PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48245 Cuban amazon (Amazona leucocephala), and red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). The purpose of the permit is to enhance the species’ propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. Applicant: White Oak Conservancy Foundation, Yulee, FL; PRT–36263B The applicant requests a permit to import one Southern black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor) that is captivebred for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. Applicant: Boulder Ridge Ranch LLC, Alto, MI; PRT–80856A The applicant requests an amendment of his captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) to add the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), Red-ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), and Przewalski’s horse (Equus przewalskii) to enhance the species’ propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Adam Rosenblatt, New Haven, CT; PRT–33280B The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) from the wild in Guyana for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Jan Lundberg, Indianapolis, IN; PRT–40124B The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals Applicant: Spiegel TV, Hamburg, Germany; PRT–40066B The applicant requests a permit to photograph polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the vicinity of Kaktovik, Barter Island, Barrow, Alaska, from land based vehicles and boats for commercial and educational purposes. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant for less than a 1-year period. E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 48246 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 158 / Friday, August 15, 2014 / Notices Applicant: University of Florida, Aquatic Animal Health Program, Gainesville, FL; PRT–067116 The applicant requests renewal and amendment of a permit to take wild and captive-held Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus) for the purpose of scientific research to better understand manatee physiology and health and to investigate diagnostic applications. The applicant would also import and export biological species from all sirenians. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review. Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority. [FR Doc. 2014–19341 Filed 8–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P Permit No. 28675B 28677B 28678B 28679B 28680B 28682B 28684B 28687B 28691B 29431B 34806B 32349B DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fish and Wildlife Service Brenda Tapia, (703) 358–2104 (telephone); (703) 358–2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email). [FWS–HQ–IA–2014–N175; FXIA16710900000–145–FF09A30000] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of issuance of permits. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have issued the following permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. We issue these permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). ADDRESSES: Brenda Tapia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358– 2280; or email DMAFR@fws.gov. SUMMARY: Endangered Species Permit issuance date Receipt of application FEDERAL REGISTER notice Applicant ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. On the dates below, as authorized by the provisions of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), as amended, and/or the MMPA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), we issued requested permits subject to certain conditions set forth therein. For each permit for an endangered species, we found that (1) The application was filed in good faith, (2) The granted permit would not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species, and (3) The granted permit would be consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Steven Hornady .............................. Jerry Brenner .................................. Alan Sackman ................................ Barbara Sackman ........................... Trevor Ahlberg ................................ Daniel Smith ................................... Renee Snider ................................. Craig Boddington ............................ Joseph Smith .................................. Richard Bisbee ............................... Antonia Hall .................................... Indianhead Ranch .......................... 79 79 79 79 79 79 79 79 79 79 79 79 FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR 14528; 14528; 14528; 14528; 14528; 14528; 14528; 14528; 14528; 18575; 28941; 28941; March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ March 14, 2014 ................................................................ 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July 7, 2014. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Availability of Documents Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358– 2280. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-IA-2014-N176; FXIA16710900000-145-FF09A30000]


Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for 
Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to 
comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities 
with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act 
(MMPA) prohibit activities with listed

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species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such 
activities.

DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before 
September 15, 2014. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit 
public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section by September 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Brenda Tapia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of 
Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, 
Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358-2280; or email DMAFR@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 
(telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Public Comment Procedures

A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted 
applications?

    Send your request for copies of applications or comments and 
materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed 
under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication 
date, the PRT-number, and the name of the applicant in your request or 
submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email 
or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address 
in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond 
to your request electronically.
    Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. 
Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in 
this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include 
sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate 
any scientific or commercial data you include.
    The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and 
likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by 
quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include 
citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We 
will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we 
receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments 
delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

B. May I review comments submitted by others?

    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the street address listed under 
ADDRESSES. The public may review documents and other information 
applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing 
viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. 
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.

II. Background

    To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected 
species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et 
seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, ``Delivering an Efficient, 
Effective, and Accountable Government,'' and the President's Memorandum 
for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 
2009--Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), 
which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency 
in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public 
comment on these permit applications before final action is taken. 
Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application 
received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing 
would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the 
discretion of the Service Director.

III. Permit Applications

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: Turtle Conservancy Behler Chelonian Center, Ojai, CA; PRT-
34804B
    The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from 
radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) and angulated tortoise (A. 
yniphora) from the wild in Madagascar for the purpose of scientific 
research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the 
applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Avian Behavior International, LLC, Escondido, CA; PRT-28369B
    The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 
50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, golden conure (Aratinga 
guarouba), Cuban amazon (Amazona leucocephala), and red-crowned crane 
(Grus japonensis). The purpose of the permit is to enhance the species' 
propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be 
conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: White Oak Conservancy Foundation, Yulee, FL; PRT-36263B
    The applicant requests a permit to import one Southern black 
rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor) that is captive-bred for the 
purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. This 
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 
5-year period.
Applicant: Boulder Ridge Ranch LLC, Alto, MI; PRT-80856A
    The applicant requests an amendment of his captive-bred wildlife 
registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) to add the Saltwater crocodile 
(Crocodylus porosus), red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), Red-ruffed 
lemur (Varecia rubra), Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi), and Przewalski's 
horse (Equus przewalskii) to enhance the species' propagation or 
survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the 
applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Adam Rosenblatt, New Haven, CT; PRT-33280B
    The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from 
black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) from the wild in Guyana for the 
purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to 
be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Jan Lundberg, Indianapolis, IN; PRT-40124B
    The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of 
one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive 
herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South 
Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: Spiegel TV, Hamburg, Germany; PRT-40066B
    The applicant requests a permit to photograph polar bears (Ursus 
maritimus) in the vicinity of Kaktovik, Barter Island, Barrow, Alaska, 
from land based vehicles and boats for commercial and educational 
purposes. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the 
applicant for less than a 1-year period.

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Applicant: University of Florida, Aquatic Animal Health Program, 
Gainesville, FL; PRT-067116
    The applicant requests renewal and amendment of a permit to take 
wild and captive-held Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus) for the 
purpose of scientific research to better understand manatee physiology 
and health and to investigate diagnostic applications. The applicant 
would also import and export biological species from all sirenians. 
This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant 
over a 5-year period.
    Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we 
are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal 
Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review.

Brenda Tapia,
Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of 
Management Authority.
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