Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings on 25 Petitions, 56423-56432 [2015-23315]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules deadlines in this proceeding until further notice. 2. In its document, FCC 15–78, released August 11, 2015 (Auctions Procedures PN), the Commission adopted its proposal to allow the optimization tool to assign television stations within the 600 MHz Band where necessary to accommodate market variation in a manner that best fulfills the clearing target objectives, and not to restrict it to assignments in specific portions of the 600 MHz Band, including the duplex gap. To mitigate the potential impact on white space devices and wireless microphones in areas where the duplex gap is subject to impairment, the Commission tentatively concluded that it will designate a second available television channel in the remaining television band in such areas for shared use by white space devices and wireless microphones, in addition to the one such channel it has tentatively concluded will be made available in each area of the United States for shared use by these devices and microphones. The Commission invited comment on this tentative conclusion and stated that it intends to address in the same order all proposals in the Vacant Channel NPRM as well as the proposals raised in the Auctions Procedures PN. To that end, the Commission directed the Media Bureau to establish new comment and reply deadlines of September 30 and October 30, 2015, respectively, for the proposals in the Vacant Channel NPRM as well as the proposal in paragraph 32 of the Auctions Procedures PN. 3. By this Order, as directed by the Commission in the Auctions Procedures PN, the Media Bureau announces that comments are now due on September 30, 2015 and reply comments on October 30, 2015. Kevin Harding, Associate Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau. [FR Doc. 2015–23380 Filed 9–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Not-substantial petition findings: The not-substantial petition findings announced in this document are available on http:// www.regulations.gov under the appropriate docket number (see Table 2, below). Supporting information in preparing these findings is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by contacting the appropriate person, as specified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Status reviews: You may submit information on species for which a status review is being initiated by one of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the appropriate docket number (see Table 1, below). You may submit information by clicking on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ If your information will fit in the provided comment box, please use this feature of http://www.regulations.gov, as it is most compatible with our information review procedures. If you attach your information as a separate document, our preferred file format is Microsoft Word. If you attach multiple comments (such as form letters), our preferred format is a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [Insert appropriate docket number; see Table 1, below]; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. We request that you send information only by the methods described above. We will post all information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, below, for more details). ADDRESSES: 50 CFR Part 17 [4500030115] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings on 25 Petitions Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of petition findings and initiation of status reviews. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 90day findings on various petitions to list, reclassify, or delist fish, wildlife, or plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Based on our review, we find that two petitions do not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted, and we are not initiating status reviews in response to these petitions. We refer to these as ‘‘notsubstantial petition findings.’’ We also find that 23 petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a review of the status of these species to determine if the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that these status reviews are comprehensive, we are requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding these species. Based on the status reviews, we will issue 12-month findings on the petitions, which will address whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct the status reviews, we request that we receive information no later than November 17, 2015. Information submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be received by SUMMARY: 56423 TABLE 1—LIST OF SUBSTANTIAL FINDINGS FOR WHICH A STATUS REVIEW IS BEING INITIATED tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Common name Docket No. Blue Calamintha bee .......................... California spotted owl ......................... Cascade torrent salamander .............. Columbia torrent salamander ............. Florida pine snake .............................. Inyo Mountains salamander ............... Kern Plateau salamander ................... Lesser slender salamander ................ Limestone salamander ....................... Northern bog lemming ........................ Panamint alligator lizard ..................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 URL to docket in regs.gov FWS–R4–ES–2015–0077 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0139 FWS–R1–ES–2015–0080 FWS–R1–ES–2015–0083 FWS–R4–ES–2015–0086 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0092 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0093 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0097 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0099 FWS–R5–ES–2015–0103 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0105 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105. Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 56424 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules TABLE 1—LIST OF SUBSTANTIAL FINDINGS FOR WHICH A STATUS REVIEW IS BEING INITIATED—Continued Common name Docket No. Peaks of Otter salamander ................ Regal fritillary ...................................... Rusty patched bumble bee ................ Shasta salamander ............................ Short-tailed snake .............................. Southern rubber boa .......................... Tinian monarch ................................... Tricolored blackbird ............................ Tufted puffin ....................................... Virgin River spinedace ....................... Wood turtle ......................................... Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard ......... URL to docket in regs.gov FWS–R5–ES–2015–0106 FWS–R6–ES–2015–0078 FWS–R3–ES–2015–0112 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0115 FWS–R4–ES–2015–0116 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0119 FWS–R1–ES–2015–0118 FWS–R8–ES–2015–0138 FWS–R1–ES–2015–0108 FWS–R6–ES–2015–0121 FWS–R5–ES–2015–0122 FWS–R2–ES–2015–0124 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124. TABLE 2—LIST OF NOT SUBSTANTIAL FINDINGS Common name Docket No. URL to docket in regs.gov Cahaba pebblesnail ........................... Stephens’ kangaroo rat ...................... FWS–R4–ES–2015–0079 .. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0140 .. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Common name Contact person Blue Calamintha bee ................................................................................................................................ Cahaba pebblesnail ................................................................................................................................. California spotted owl ............................................................................................................................... Cascade torrent salamander .................................................................................................................... Columbia torrent salamander ................................................................................................................... Florida pine snake .................................................................................................................................... Inyo Mountains salamander ..................................................................................................................... Kern Plateau salamander ........................................................................................................................ Lesser slender salamander ...................................................................................................................... Limestone salamander ............................................................................................................................. Northern bog lemming ............................................................................................................................. Panamint alligator lizard ........................................................................................................................... Peaks of Otter salamander ...................................................................................................................... Regal fritillary ........................................................................................................................................... Andreas Moshogianis, 404–679–7119. Robert Tawes, 404–679–7142. Scott Flaherty, 916–978–6156. Paul Henson, 503–231–6179. Eric Rickerson, 360 753–9440. Andreas Moshogianis, 404–679–7119. Ted Koch, 775–861–6300. Jennifer Norris, 916–414–6600. Steven Henry, 805–644–1766. Jennifer Norris, 916–414–6600. Krishna Gifford, 413–253–8619. Mendel Stewart, 760–431–9440. Roberta Hylton, 276–623–1233, ext. 22. Justin Shoemaker, 309–757–5800, ext. 214. Laura Ragan, 612–713–5157. Jennifer Norris, 916–414–6600. Andreas Moshogianis, 404–679–7119. Mendel Stewart, 760–431–9440. Bradd Bridges, 760–431–9440, ext. 221. Kristi Young, 808–792–9400. Jennifer Norris, 916–414–6600. Eric Rickerson, 360 753–9440. Justin Shoemaker, 309–757–5800, ext. 214. Wende Mahaney, 207–866–3344. Michelle Shaughnessy, 505–248–6920. Rusty patched bumble bee ...................................................................................................................... Shasta salamander .................................................................................................................................. Short-tailed snake .................................................................................................................................... Southern rubber boa ................................................................................................................................ Stephens’ kangaroo rat ............................................................................................................................ Tinian monarch ........................................................................................................................................ Tricolored blackbird .................................................................................................................................. Tufted puffin ............................................................................................................................................. Virgin River spinedace ............................................................................................................................. Wood turtle ............................................................................................................................................... Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard ............................................................................................................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Information for Status Reviews When we make a finding that a petition presents substantial information indicating that listing, reclassification, or delisting a species may be warranted, we are required to promptly review the status of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 species (status review). For the status review to be complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we request information on these species from governmental agencies, Native American Tribes, the scientific community, industry, and any other interested parties. We seek information on: (1) The species’ biology, range, and population trends, including: (a) Habitat requirements; (b) Genetics and taxonomy; PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (c) Historical and current range, including distribution patterns; (d) Historical and current population levels, and current and projected trends; and (e) Past and ongoing conservation measures for the species, its habitat, or both. (2) The factors that are the basis for making a listing, reclassification, or delisting determination for a species under section 4(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), which are: E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules (a) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range (Factor A); (b) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes (Factor B); (c) Disease or predation (Factor C); (d) The inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms (Factor D); or (e) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence (Factor E). (3) The potential effects of climate change on the species and its habitat. If, after the status review, we determine that listing is warranted, we will propose critical habitat (see definition in section 3(5)(A) of the Act) for domestic (U.S.) species under section 4 of the Act, to the maximum extent prudent and determinable at the time we propose to list the species. Therefore, we also request data and information for the species listed in Table 1 on: (1) What may constitute ‘‘physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species,’’ within the geographical range occupied by the species; (2) Where these features are currently found; (3) Whether any of these features may require special management considerations or protection; (4) Specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species that are ‘‘essential for the conservation of the species’’; and (5) What, if any, critical habitat you think we should propose for designation if the species is proposed for listing, and why such habitat meets the requirements of section 4 of the Act. Please include sufficient information with your submission (such as scientific journal articles or other publications) to allow us to verify any scientific or commercial information you include. Submissions merely stating support for or opposition to the actions under consideration without providing supporting information, although noted, will not be considered in making a determination. Section 4(b)(1)(A) of the Act directs that determinations as to whether any species is an endangered or threatened species must be made ‘‘solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available.’’ You may submit your information concerning these status reviews by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. If you submit information via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire submission—including any personal identifying information—will be posted on the Web site. If you submit a VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 hardcopy that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this personal identifying information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will post all hardcopy submissions on http:// www.regulations.gov. Information and supporting documentation that we received and used in preparing these 90-day findings is available for you to review at http:// www.regulations.gov, or you may make an appointment during normal business hours at the appropriate lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Field Office (contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Background Section 4(b)(3)(A) of the Act requires that we make a finding on whether a petition to list, delist, or reclassify a species presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. To the maximum extent practicable, we are to make this finding within 90 days of our receipt of the petition and publish our notice of the finding promptly in the Federal Register. Our standard for substantial scientific or commercial information within the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) with regard to a 90-day petition finding is ‘‘that amount of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the measure proposed in the petition may be warranted’’ (50 CFR 424.14(b)). If we find that substantial scientific or commercial information was presented, we are required to promptly commence a review of the status of the species, which will be subsequently summarized in our 12-month finding. Section 4 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1533) and its implementing regulations at 50 CFR 424 set forth the procedures for adding a species to, or removing a species from, the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. A species may be determined to be an endangered or threatened species due to one or more of the five factors described in section 4(a)(1) of the Act (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). In considering what factors might constitute threats, we must look beyond the exposure of the species to a factor to evaluate whether the species may respond to the factor in a way that causes actual impacts to the species. If there is exposure to a factor and the species responds negatively, the factor may be a threat and, during the subsequent status review, we attempt to determine how significant a threat it is. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 56425 The threat is significant if it drives, or contributes to, the risk of extinction of the species such that the species may warrant listing as endangered or threatened as those terms are defined in the Act. However, the identification of factors that could affect a species negatively may not be sufficient to compel a finding that the information in the petition and our files is substantial. The information must include evidence sufficient to suggest that these factors may be operative threats that act on the species to the point that the species may meet the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the Act. Evaluation of a Petition To List the Blue Calamintha Bee as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2015–0077 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Blue Calamintha bee (Osmia calaminthae); Florida Petition History On February 5, 2015, we received a petition dated February 5, 2015, from Defenders of Wildlife requesting that the blue Calamintha bee be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for this species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the blue Calamintha bee (Osmia calaminthae) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Cahaba Pebblesnail as an Endangered Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 56426 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2015–0079 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Cahaba pebblesnail (Clappia cahabensis); Alabama Petition History On January 6, 2015, we received a petition dated December 18, 2014, from the Institute for Wildlife Protection, requesting that the Cahaba pebblesnail be listed as endangered under the Act. The petition further requested that we emergency list the species. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a February 18, 2015, letter to the petitioner, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition to list the species as endangered. Finding tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Based on our review of the petition, sources cited in the petition, and information available in our files at the time the petition was received, we find that the petition does not provide substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Cahaba pebblesnail (Clappia cahabensis) as endangered may be warranted. Because the petition does not present substantial information indicating that listing this species as endangered may be warranted, we are not initiating a status review in response to this petition. Our justification for this finding can be found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2015–0079 under the ‘‘Supporting Documents’’ section. However, we ask that the public submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the Cahaba pebblesnail or its habitat at any time (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Evaluation of a Petition To List the California Spotted Owl as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0139 under the Supporting Documents section. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 Species and Range California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis); California www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2015–0080 under the Supporting Documents section. Petition History On January 9, 2015, we received a petition dated December 22, 2014, from the Wild Nature Institute and the John Muir Project of the Earth Island Institute, requesting that the California spotted owl be listed as endangered or threatened and that we designate critical habitat under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a February 12, 2015, letter to the petitioners, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses this petition. Species and Range Finding Based on our review of the petitions and sources cited in the petitions, we find that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) based on Factors A, D, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Finding Second Petition To List the California Spotted Owl We received another petition dated August 19, 2015, from Sierra Forest Legacy and Defenders of Wildlife, to list the California spotted owl as endangered, and requesting we designate critical habitat for the species. This finding serves to notify the petitioners that we have received their petition, and that, because we have made a substantial finding on the December 22, 2014, petition and are initiating a status review of the species, we will include the information they provided in our status review for the owl. Evaluation of a Petition To List the Columbia Torrent Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Evaluation of a Petition To List the Cascade Torrent Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Cascade torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton cascadae); Washington and Oregon Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Cascade torrent salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Cascade torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton cascadae) as endangered or threatened may be warranted based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2015–0083 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Columbia torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri); Oregon and Washington Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 amphibians and reptiles, including the Columbia torrent salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Columbia torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri) as endangered or threatened may be warranted based on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Florida Pine Snake as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2015–0086 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus); Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) for listing based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 Evaluation of a Petition To List the Inyo Mountains Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0092 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Inyo Mountains salamander (Batrachoseps campi); California. Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Inyo Mountains salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Florida pine snake, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. VerDate Sep<11>2014 listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Inyo Mountains salamander (Batrachoseps campi) based on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Kern Plateau Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0093 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Kern Plateau salamander (Batrachoseps robustus); California PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 56427 Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Kern Plateau salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Kern Plateau salamander (Batrachoseps robustus) based on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Lesser Slender Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0097 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Lesser slender salamander (Batrachoseps minor); California Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the lesser slender salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 56428 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the lesser slender salamander (Batrachoseps minor) based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Limestone Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Species and Range Limestone salamander (Hydromantes brunus); California Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the limestone salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2015–0103 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Northern bog lemming (Synaptomys borealis); Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York Petition History Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0099 under the Supporting Documents section. On September 30, 2014, we received a petition dated September 29, 2014, from WildEarth Guardians requesting that the northern bog lemming be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for this species under the Act. The petitioner requested: • Listing of the full species; • Listing of the individual subspecies (in particular, the disjunct population of S. b. sphagnicola south of the St. Lawrence River in Maine and New Hampshire); or • Listing of the U.S. distinct population segment (DPS) of S. b. chapmani. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In an October 3, 2014, letter to the petitioner, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the limestone salamander (Hydromantes brunus) based on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). VerDate Sep<11>2014 Evaluation of a Petition To List the Northern Bog Lemming as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the northern bog lemming (Synaptomys borealis) based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Evaluation of a Petition To List the Panamint Alligator Lizard as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0105 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina); California Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Panamint alligator lizard, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina) based on Factors A and B. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Peaks of Otter Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2015–0106 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Peaks of Otter salamander (Plethodon hubrichti); Virginia Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Peaks of Otter salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Peaks of Otter salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Regal Fritillary as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2015–0078 under the Supporting Documents section. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Species and Range Regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia); Kansas, Arkansas, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia Petition History On April 24, 2013, we received a petition dated April 19, 2013, from WildEarth Guardians, requesting that the regal fritillary be listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 56429 the regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia) based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as an Endangered Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R3–ES–2015–0112 under the Supporting Documents section. Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0115 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis); Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Ontario, Canada Petition History On February 5, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a petition dated January 31, 2013, from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (Xerces) requesting that the rusty patched bumble bee be listed under the Act as an endangered species. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). On February 14, 2014, Xerces provided the Service with written notice of their intent to sue for failure to issue a petition finding. Xerces filed a complaint on May 13, 2014, against the Service for failure to issue a timely 90-day finding. The Service and Xerces reached a settlement to deliver a 90-day petition finding to the Federal Register no later than September 30, 2015. This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Evaluation of a Petition To List the Shasta Salamander as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Species and Range Shasta salamander (Hydromantes shastae); California Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Shasta salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Shasta salamander (Hydromantes shastae) as endangered or threatened may be warranted based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Short-Tailed Snake as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2015–0116 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Short-tailed snake (Stilosoma extenuatum); Florida E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 56430 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules information indicating that listing the southern rubber boa (Charina umbratica or Charina bottae umbratica) as endangered or threatened may be warranted based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the short-tailed snake (Stilosoma extenuatum) as endangered or threatened may be warranted based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the shorttailed snake, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Evaluation of a Petition To Remove the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0140 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi); California Petition History On November 10, 2014, we received a petition dated November 7, 2014, from the Riverside County Farm Bureau and the Center for Environmental Science, Evaluation of a Petition To List the Southern Rubber Boa as an Endangered Accuracy and Responsibility, requesting that Stephens’ kangaroo rat, which is or Threatened Species Under the Act listed as an endangered species, be Additional information regarding our removed from the Federal List of review of this petition can be found as Endangered and Threatened Wildlife an appendix at http:// (‘‘delisted’’), based on a new analysis of www.regulations.gov under Docket No. the rat’s dispersal ability. The petition FWS–R8–ES–2015–0119 under the clearly identified itself as such and Supporting Documents section. included the requisite identification Species and Range information for the petitioner, required Southern rubber boa (Charina umbratica at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. or Charina bottae umbratica); California Finding Petition History Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we On July 11, 2012, we received a find that the petition does not present petition dated July 11, 2012, from the substantial scientific or commercial Center for Biological Diversity, information indicating that the requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the southern petitioned action may be warranted for the Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys rubber boa, be listed as endangered or stephensi). Because the petition does threatened and that critical habitat be not present substantial information designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself indicating that delisting the Stephens’ kangaroo rat may be warranted, we are as such and included the requisite not initiating a status review in response identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). to this petition. Our justification for this finding can be found as an appendix at This finding addresses the petition. http://www.regulations.gov under Finding Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0140 under the ‘‘Supporting Documents’’ Based on our review of the petition section. However, we ask that the public and sources cited in the petition, we submit to us any new information that find that the petition presents becomes available concerning the status substantial scientific or commercial VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 of, or threats to, this species or its habitat at any time (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Tinian Monarch as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2015–0118 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Tinian monarch (Monarcha takatsukasae); Tinian Island (an island in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands) Petition History On December 12, 2013, we received a petition dated December 11, 2013, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that the Tinian monarch be listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a January 29, 2014, letter to the petitioner, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Tinian monarch (Monarcha takatsukasae) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Tricolored Blackbird as an Endangered Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2015–0138 under the Supporting Documents section. E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules Species and Range Tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor); California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington (United States), and Baja California (Mexico) Petition History On February 5, 2015, we received a petition dated February 3, 2015, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that the tricolored blackbird be listed as endangered under the Act. The petitioner also requested that critical habitat be designated for this species. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a March 13, 2015, letter to the petitioner, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition. species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the contiguous U.S. DPS of tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) based on Factors A, C, D, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for the tricolored blackbird, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Virgin River Spinedace as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2015–0121 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Virgin River spinedace (Lepidomeda mollispinis mollispinis); Arizona, Nevada, and Utah Species and Range Contiguous U.S. DPS of tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata); Washington, Oregon, California Petition History On November 20, 2012, we received a petition dated November 20, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that the Virgin River spinedace be listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a December 20, 2012, letter to the petitioner, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition. Petition History On February 14, 2014, we received a petition dated February 12, 2014, from Natural Resources Defense Council, requesting that the contiguous U.S. DPS of the tufted puffin be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for this Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Virgin River spinedace (Lepidomeda tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Evaluation of a Petition To List the U.S. Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Tufted Puffin as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2015–0108 under the Supporting Documents section. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 56431 mollispinis mollispinis) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Wood Turtle as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2015–0122 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta); Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Canada Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the wood turtle, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) as endangered or threatened may be warranted based on Factors A, B, C, D, and E. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Evaluation of a Petition To List the Yuman Desert Fringe-toed Lizard as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be found as an appendix at http:// E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1 56432 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 181 / Friday, September 18, 2015 / Proposed Rules www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R2–ES–2015–0124 under the Supporting Documents section. Species and Range Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard (Uma rufopunctata); Arizona (United States) and Sonora (Mexico) Petition History On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard, be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Finding Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard (Uma rufopunctata) may be warranted based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). Conclusion On the basis of our evaluation of the information presented under section 4(b)(3)(A) of the Act, we have determined that the petitions summarized above for the Cahaba pebblesnail and Stephens’ kangaroo rat do not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the requested actions may be warranted. Therefore, we are not initiating status reviews for these species. The petitions summarized above for the blue Calamintha bee, California spotted owl, Cascade torrent salamander, Columbia torrent salamander, Florida pine snake, Inyo Mountains salamander, Kern Plateau salamander, lesser slender salamander, limestone salamander, northern bog lemming, Panamint alligator lizard, Peaks of Otter salamander, regal fritillary, rusty patched bumble bee, Shasta salamander, short-tailed snake, southern rubber boa, Tinian monarch, tricolored blackbird, tufted puffin, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Sep 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 Virgin River spinedace, wood turtle, and the Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the requested actions may be warranted. Because we have found that these petitions present substantial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted, we are initiating status reviews to determine whether these actions under the Act are warranted. At the conclusion of the status reviews, we will issue a 12month finding, in accordance with section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act, as to whether or not the Service believes listing is warranted. It is important to note that the ‘‘substantial information’’ standard for a 90-day finding differs from the Act’s ‘‘best scientific and commercial data’’ standard that applies to a status review to determine whether a petitioned action is warranted. A 90-day finding does not constitute a status review under the Act. In a 12-month finding, we will determine whether a petitioned action is warranted after we have completed a thorough status review of the species, which is conducted following a substantial 90-day finding. Because the Act’s standards for 90-day and 12-month findings are different, as described above, a substantial 90-day finding does not mean that the 12month finding will result in a warranted finding. References Cited A complete list of references cited is available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov and upon request from the appropriate lead field offices (contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Authors The primary authors of this notice are staff members of the Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Authority The authority for these actions is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: August 31, 2015. Stephen Guertin, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2015–23315 Filed 9–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 200 [Docket No. 150227193–5193–01] RIN 0648–BE92 Establish a Single Small Business Size Standard for Commercial Fishing Businesses National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comment. AGENCY: NMFS proposes to establish a small business size standard of $11 million in annual gross receipts for all businesses in the commercial fishing industry (NAICS 11411), for Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) compliance purposes only. The proposed $11 million standard would be used in RFA analyses in place of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) current standards of $20.5 million, $5.5 million, and $7.5 million for the finfish (NAICS 114111), shellfish (NAICS 114112), and other marine fishing (NAICS 114119) sectors of the U.S. commercial fishing industry, respectively. Establishing a single size standard of $11 million for the commercial fishing industry would simplify the RFA analyses done in support of NMFS’ rules, better meet the RFA’s intent by more accurately representing expected disproportionate effects of NMFS’ rules between small and large businesses, create a standard that more accurately reflects the size distribution of all businesses in the commercial fishing industry, and allow NMFS to determine when changes to the standard are necessary and appropriate. SUMMARY: Comments must be received by October 19, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2015–0061, by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20150061, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Send written comments to Mike Travis, NOAA Fisheries Service, DATES: E:\FR\FM\18SEP1.SGM 18SEP1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[4500030115]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings on 
25 Petitions

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of petition findings and initiation of status reviews.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 90-
day findings on various petitions to list, reclassify, or delist fish, 
wildlife, or plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (Act). Based on our review, we find that two petitions do not 
present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating 
that the petitioned actions may be warranted, and we are not initiating 
status reviews in response to these petitions. We refer to these as 
``not-substantial petition findings.''
    We also find that 23 petitions present substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be 
warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are 
initiating a review of the status of these species to determine if the 
petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that these status reviews 
are comprehensive, we are requesting scientific and commercial data and 
other information regarding these species. Based on the status reviews, 
we will issue 12-month findings on the petitions, which will address 
whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in section 
4(b)(3)(B) of the Act.

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct the status reviews, we 
request that we receive information no later than November 17, 2015. 
Information submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern 
Time on the closing date.

ADDRESSES: Not-substantial petition findings: The not-substantial 
petition findings announced in this document are available on http://www.regulations.gov under the appropriate docket number (see Table 2, 
below). Supporting information in preparing these findings is available 
for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by 
contacting the appropriate person, as specified under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Status reviews: You may submit information on species for which a 
status review is being initiated by one of the following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the appropriate docket 
number (see Table 1, below). You may submit information by clicking on 
``Comment Now!'' If your information will fit in the provided comment 
box, please use this feature of http://www.regulations.gov, as it is 
most compatible with our information review procedures. If you attach 
your information as a separate document, our preferred file format is 
Microsoft Word. If you attach multiple comments (such as form letters), 
our preferred format is a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.
    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public 
Comments Processing, Attn: [Insert appropriate docket number; see Table 
1, below]; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg 
Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    We request that you send information only by the methods described 
above. We will post all information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any 
personal information you provide us (see Request for Information for 
Status Reviews, below, for more details).

               Table 1--List of Substantial Findings for Which a Status Review Is Being Initiated
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             Common name                               Docket No.                    URL to docket in regs.gov
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Blue Calamintha bee..................  FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0077.
California spotted owl...............  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0139.
Cascade torrent salamander...........  FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0080.
Columbia torrent salamander..........  FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0083.
Florida pine snake...................  FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0086.
Inyo Mountains salamander............  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0092.
Kern Plateau salamander..............  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0093.
Lesser slender salamander............  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0097.
Limestone salamander.................  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0099.
Northern bog lemming.................  FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0103.
Panamint alligator lizard............  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0105.

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Peaks of Otter salamander............  FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0106.
Regal fritillary.....................  FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0078.
Rusty patched bumble bee.............  FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R3-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0112.
Shasta salamander....................  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0115.
Short-tailed snake...................  FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0116.
Southern rubber boa..................  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0119.
Tinian monarch.......................  FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0118.
Tricolored blackbird.................  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0138.
Tufted puffin........................  FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0108.
Virgin River spinedace...............  FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0121.
Wood turtle..........................  FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0122.
Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard......  FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0124.
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                                    Table 2--List of Not Substantial Findings
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             Common name                               Docket No.                    URL to docket in regs.gov
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Cahaba pebblesnail...................  FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0079.
Stephens' kangaroo rat...............  FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140.......................  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-
                                                                                    2015-0140.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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                 Common name                                            Contact person
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Blue Calamintha bee.........................  Andreas Moshogianis, 404-679-7119.
Cahaba pebblesnail..........................  Robert Tawes, 404-679-7142.
California spotted owl......................  Scott Flaherty, 916-978-6156.
Cascade torrent salamander..................  Paul Henson, 503-231-6179.
Columbia torrent salamander.................  Eric Rickerson, 360 753-9440.
Florida pine snake..........................  Andreas Moshogianis, 404-679-7119.
Inyo Mountains salamander...................  Ted Koch, 775-861-6300.
Kern Plateau salamander.....................  Jennifer Norris, 916-414-6600.
Lesser slender salamander...................  Steven Henry, 805-644-1766.
Limestone salamander........................  Jennifer Norris, 916-414-6600.
Northern bog lemming........................  Krishna Gifford, 413-253-8619.
Panamint alligator lizard...................  Mendel Stewart, 760-431-9440.
Peaks of Otter salamander...................  Roberta Hylton, 276-623-1233, ext. 22.
Regal fritillary............................  Justin Shoemaker, 309-757-5800, ext. 214.
Rusty patched bumble bee....................  Laura Ragan, 612-713-5157.
Shasta salamander...........................  Jennifer Norris, 916-414-6600.
Short-tailed snake..........................  Andreas Moshogianis, 404-679-7119.
Southern rubber boa.........................  Mendel Stewart, 760-431-9440.
Stephens' kangaroo rat......................  Bradd Bridges, 760-431-9440, ext. 221.
Tinian monarch..............................  Kristi Young, 808-792-9400.
Tricolored blackbird........................  Jennifer Norris, 916-414-6600.
Tufted puffin...............................  Eric Rickerson, 360 753-9440.
Virgin River spinedace......................  Justin Shoemaker, 309-757-5800, ext. 214.
Wood turtle.................................  Wende Mahaney, 207-866-3344.
Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard.............  Michelle Shaughnessy, 505-248-6920.
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call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Information for Status Reviews

    When we make a finding that a petition presents substantial 
information indicating that listing, reclassification, or delisting a 
species may be warranted, we are required to promptly review the status 
of the species (status review). For the status review to be complete 
and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, 
we request information on these species from governmental agencies, 
Native American Tribes, the scientific community, industry, and any 
other interested parties. We seek information on:
    (1) The species' biology, range, and population trends, including:
    (a) Habitat requirements;
    (b) Genetics and taxonomy;
    (c) Historical and current range, including distribution patterns;
    (d) Historical and current population levels, and current and 
projected trends; and
    (e) Past and ongoing conservation measures for the species, its 
habitat, or both.
    (2) The factors that are the basis for making a listing, 
reclassification, or delisting determination for a species under 
section 4(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), which are:

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    (a) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or 
curtailment of its habitat or range (Factor A);
    (b) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or 
educational purposes (Factor B);
    (c) Disease or predation (Factor C);
    (d) The inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms (Factor D); or
    (e) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued 
existence (Factor E).
    (3) The potential effects of climate change on the species and its 
habitat.
    If, after the status review, we determine that listing is 
warranted, we will propose critical habitat (see definition in section 
3(5)(A) of the Act) for domestic (U.S.) species under section 4 of the 
Act, to the maximum extent prudent and determinable at the time we 
propose to list the species. Therefore, we also request data and 
information for the species listed in Table 1 on:
    (1) What may constitute ``physical or biological features essential 
to the conservation of the species,'' within the geographical range 
occupied by the species;
    (2) Where these features are currently found;
    (3) Whether any of these features may require special management 
considerations or protection;
    (4) Specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the 
species that are ``essential for the conservation of the species''; and
    (5) What, if any, critical habitat you think we should propose for 
designation if the species is proposed for listing, and why such 
habitat meets the requirements of section 4 of the Act.
    Please include sufficient information with your submission (such as 
scientific journal articles or other publications) to allow us to 
verify any scientific or commercial information you include.
    Submissions merely stating support for or opposition to the actions 
under consideration without providing supporting information, although 
noted, will not be considered in making a determination. Section 
4(b)(1)(A) of the Act directs that determinations as to whether any 
species is an endangered or threatened species must be made ``solely on 
the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available.''
    You may submit your information concerning these status reviews by 
one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. If you submit 
information via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire submission--
including any personal identifying information--will be posted on the 
Web site. If you submit a hardcopy that includes personal identifying 
information, you may request at the top of your document that we 
withhold this personal identifying information from public review. 
However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will 
post all hardcopy submissions on http://www.regulations.gov.
    Information and supporting documentation that we received and used 
in preparing these 90-day findings is available for you to review at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or you may make an appointment during 
normal business hours at the appropriate lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service Field Office (contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT).

Background

    Section 4(b)(3)(A) of the Act requires that we make a finding on 
whether a petition to list, delist, or reclassify a species presents 
substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the 
petitioned action may be warranted. To the maximum extent practicable, 
we are to make this finding within 90 days of our receipt of the 
petition and publish our notice of the finding promptly in the Federal 
Register.
    Our standard for substantial scientific or commercial information 
within the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) with regard to a 90-day 
petition finding is ``that amount of information that would lead a 
reasonable person to believe that the measure proposed in the petition 
may be warranted'' (50 CFR 424.14(b)). If we find that substantial 
scientific or commercial information was presented, we are required to 
promptly commence a review of the status of the species, which will be 
subsequently summarized in our 12-month finding.
    Section 4 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1533) and its implementing 
regulations at 50 CFR 424 set forth the procedures for adding a species 
to, or removing a species from, the Federal Lists of Endangered and 
Threatened Wildlife and Plants. A species may be determined to be an 
endangered or threatened species due to one or more of the five factors 
described in section 4(a)(1) of the Act (see Request for Information 
for Status Reviews, above).
    In considering what factors might constitute threats, we must look 
beyond the exposure of the species to a factor to evaluate whether the 
species may respond to the factor in a way that causes actual impacts 
to the species. If there is exposure to a factor and the species 
responds negatively, the factor may be a threat and, during the 
subsequent status review, we attempt to determine how significant a 
threat it is. The threat is significant if it drives, or contributes 
to, the risk of extinction of the species such that the species may 
warrant listing as endangered or threatened as those terms are defined 
in the Act. However, the identification of factors that could affect a 
species negatively may not be sufficient to compel a finding that the 
information in the petition and our files is substantial. The 
information must include evidence sufficient to suggest that these 
factors may be operative threats that act on the species to the point 
that the species may meet the definition of an endangered or threatened 
species under the Act.

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Blue Calamintha Bee as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Blue Calamintha bee (Osmia calaminthae); Florida

Petition History

    On February 5, 2015, we received a petition dated February 5, 2015, 
from Defenders of Wildlife requesting that the blue Calamintha bee be 
listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for this species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the blue Calamintha bee (Osmia calaminthae) based on 
Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Cahaba Pebblesnail as an 
Endangered Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as

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an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-
2015-0079 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Cahaba pebblesnail (Clappia cahabensis); Alabama

Petition History

    On January 6, 2015, we received a petition dated December 18, 2014, 
from the Institute for Wildlife Protection, requesting that the Cahaba 
pebblesnail be listed as endangered under the Act. The petition further 
requested that we emergency list the species. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a 
February 18, 2015, letter to the petitioner, we responded that we 
reviewed the information presented in the petition and did not find 
that the petition presented information that an emergency listing is 
warranted. This finding addresses the petition to list the species as 
endangered.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition, sources cited in the petition, 
and information available in our files at the time the petition was 
received, we find that the petition does not provide substantial 
scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Cahaba 
pebblesnail (Clappia cahabensis) as endangered may be warranted. 
Because the petition does not present substantial information 
indicating that listing this species as endangered may be warranted, we 
are not initiating a status review in response to this petition. Our 
justification for this finding can be found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079 under the 
``Supporting Documents'' section. However, we ask that the public 
submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the 
status of, or threats to, the Cahaba pebblesnail or its habitat at any 
time (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the California Spotted Owl as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis); California

Petition History

    On January 9, 2015, we received a petition dated December 22, 2014, 
from the Wild Nature Institute and the John Muir Project of the Earth 
Island Institute, requesting that the California spotted owl be listed 
as endangered or threatened and that we designate critical habitat 
under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and 
included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, 
required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a February 12, 2015, letter to the 
petitioners, we responded that we reviewed the information presented in 
the petition and did not find that the petition presented information 
that an emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses this 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petitions and sources cited in the 
petitions, we find that the petitions present substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis 
occidentalis) based on Factors A, D, and E. However, during our status 
review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the 
species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on 
the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including 
the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for 
Status Reviews, above).

Second Petition To List the California Spotted Owl

    We received another petition dated August 19, 2015, from Sierra 
Forest Legacy and Defenders of Wildlife, to list the California spotted 
owl as endangered, and requesting we designate critical habitat for the 
species. This finding serves to notify the petitioners that we have 
received their petition, and that, because we have made a substantial 
finding on the December 22, 2014, petition and are initiating a status 
review of the species, we will include the information they provided in 
our status review for the owl.

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Cascade Torrent Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Cascade torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton cascadae); Washington and 
Oregon

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Cascade torrent salamander, be 
listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the Cascade torrent 
salamander (Rhyacotriton cascadae) as endangered or threatened may be 
warranted based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, 
we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, 
for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Columbia Torrent Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Columbia torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri); Oregon and 
Washington

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 amphibians and 
reptiles, including the Columbia torrent salamander, be listed as 
endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the

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Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the 
requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 
CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the Columbia torrent 
salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri) as endangered or threatened may be 
warranted based on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Florida Pine Snake as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus); Alabama, Florida, 
Georgia, South Carolina

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Florida pine snake, be listed as 
endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as 
such and included the requisite identification information for the 
petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) 
for listing based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status 
review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the 
species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on 
the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including 
the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for 
Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Inyo Mountains Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

    Inyo Mountains salamander (Batrachoseps campi); California.

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Inyo Mountains salamander, be 
listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Inyo Mountains salamander (Batrachoseps campi) based 
on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly 
evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, 
the Service requests information on the five listing factors under 
section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this 
finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Kern Plateau Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Kern Plateau salamander (Batrachoseps robustus); California

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Kern Plateau salamander, be 
listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Kern Plateau salamander (Batrachoseps robustus) based 
on Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly 
evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, 
the Service requests information on the five listing factors under 
section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this 
finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Lesser Slender Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Lesser slender salamander (Batrachoseps minor); California

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the lesser slender salamander, be 
listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we

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find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial 
information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for 
the lesser slender salamander (Batrachoseps minor) based on Factors A 
and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate 
all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the 
Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 
4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding 
(see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Limestone Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Limestone salamander (Hydromantes brunus); California

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the limestone salamander, be listed 
as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as 
such and included the requisite identification information for the 
petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the limestone salamander (Hydromantes brunus) based on 
Factor A. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly 
evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, 
the Service requests information on the five listing factors under 
section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factor identified in this 
finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Northern Bog Lemming as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Northern bog lemming (Synaptomys borealis); Alaska, Washington, Idaho, 
Maine, Montana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York

Petition History

    On September 30, 2014, we received a petition dated September 29, 
2014, from WildEarth Guardians requesting that the northern bog lemming 
be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for this species under the Act. The petitioner requested:
     Listing of the full species;
     Listing of the individual subspecies (in particular, the 
disjunct population of S. b. sphagnicola south of the St. Lawrence 
River in Maine and New Hampshire); or
     Listing of the U.S. distinct population segment (DPS) of 
S. b. chapmani.
    The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the 
requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 
CFR 424.14(a). In an October 3, 2014, letter to the petitioner, we 
responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition 
and did not find that the petition presented information that an 
emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the northern bog lemming (Synaptomys borealis) based on 
Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly 
evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, 
the Service requests information on the five listing factors under 
section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this 
finding (see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Panamint Alligator Lizard as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina); California

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Panamint alligator lizard, be 
listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina) based 
on Factors A and B. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Peaks of Otter Salamander as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Peaks of Otter salamander (Plethodon hubrichti); Virginia

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity,

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requesting that 53 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the 
Peaks of Otter salamander, be listed as endangered or threatened and 
that critical habitat be designated for these species under the Act. 
The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the 
requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 
CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Peaks of Otter salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) based 
on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Regal Fritillary as an Endangered 
or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia); Kansas, Arkansas, North Carolina, 
Missouri, Nebraska, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, 
Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, 
Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia

Petition History

    On April 24, 2013, we received a petition dated April 19, 2013, 
from WildEarth Guardians, requesting that the regal fritillary be 
listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia) based on Factors A 
and E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate 
all potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the 
Service requests information on the five listing factors under section 
4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding 
(see Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as an 
Endangered Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis); Maine, New Hampshire, 
Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North 
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, 
Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 
Ontario, Canada

Petition History

    On February 5, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a 
petition dated January 31, 2013, from the Xerces Society for 
Invertebrate Conservation (Xerces) requesting that the rusty patched 
bumble bee be listed under the Act as an endangered species. The 
petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite 
identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 
424.14(a). On February 14, 2014, Xerces provided the Service with 
written notice of their intent to sue for failure to issue a petition 
finding. Xerces filed a complaint on May 13, 2014, against the Service 
for failure to issue a timely 90-day finding. The Service and Xerces 
reached a settlement to deliver a 90-day petition finding to the 
Federal Register no later than September 30, 2015. This finding 
addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) based on 
Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Shasta Salamander as an Endangered 
or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Shasta salamander (Hydromantes shastae); California

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Shasta salamander, be listed as 
endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as 
such and included the requisite identification information for the 
petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the Shasta salamander 
(Hydromantes shastae) as endangered or threatened may be warranted 
based on Factors A and E. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Short-Tailed Snake as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Short-tailed snake (Stilosoma extenuatum); Florida

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Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the short-tailed snake, be listed as 
endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as 
such and included the requisite identification information for the 
petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the short-tailed snake 
(Stilosoma extenuatum) as endangered or threatened may be warranted 
based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we 
will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, 
for this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Southern Rubber Boa as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Southern rubber boa (Charina umbratica or Charina bottae umbratica); 
California

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the southern rubber boa, be listed 
as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as 
such and included the requisite identification information for the 
petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the southern rubber boa 
(Charina umbratica or Charina bottae umbratica) as endangered or 
threatened may be warranted based on Factors A and E. However, during 
our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to 
the species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information 
on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including 
the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for 
Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To Remove the Stephens' Kangaroo Rat From the 
Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi); California

Petition History

    On November 10, 2014, we received a petition dated November 7, 
2014, from the Riverside County Farm Bureau and the Center for 
Environmental Science, Accuracy and Responsibility, requesting that 
Stephens' kangaroo rat, which is listed as an endangered species, be 
removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife 
(``delisted''), based on a new analysis of the rat's dispersal ability. 
The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the 
requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 
CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition does not present substantial 
scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned 
action may be warranted for the Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys 
stephensi). Because the petition does not present substantial 
information indicating that delisting the Stephens' kangaroo rat may be 
warranted, we are not initiating a status review in response to this 
petition. Our justification for this finding can be found as an 
appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2015-
0140 under the ``Supporting Documents'' section. However, we ask that 
the public submit to us any new information that becomes available 
concerning the status of, or threats to, this species or its habitat at 
any time (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Tinian Monarch as an Endangered or 
Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Tinian monarch (Monarcha takatsukasae); Tinian Island (an island in the 
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands)

Petition History

    On December 12, 2013, we received a petition dated December 11, 
2013, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that the 
Tinian monarch be listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. The 
petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite 
identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 
424.14(a). In a January 29, 2014, letter to the petitioner, we 
responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition 
and did not find that the petition presented information that an 
emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Tinian monarch (Monarcha takatsukasae) based on 
Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for 
this species, the Service requests information on the five listing 
factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Tricolored Blackbird as an 
Endangered Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138 under the Supporting Documents section.

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Species and Range

Tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor); California, Oregon, Nevada, 
Washington (United States), and Baja California (Mexico)

Petition History

    On February 5, 2015, we received a petition dated February 3, 2015, 
from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that the 
tricolored blackbird be listed as endangered under the Act. The 
petitioner also requested that critical habitat be designated for this 
species. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included 
the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required 
at 50 CFR 424.14(a). In a March 13, 2015, letter to the petitioner, we 
responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition 
and did not find that the petition presented information that an 
emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) based on 
Factors A, C, D, and E. However, during our status review, we will 
thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species. Thus, for the 
tricolored blackbird, the Service requests information on the five 
listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including the factors 
identified in this finding (see Request for Information for Status 
Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the U.S. Distinct Population Segment 
(DPS) of Tufted Puffin as an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the 
Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Contiguous U.S. DPS of tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata); Washington, 
Oregon, California

Petition History

    On February 14, 2014, we received a petition dated February 12, 
2014, from Natural Resources Defense Council, requesting that the 
contiguous U.S. DPS of the tufted puffin be listed as endangered or 
threatened and that critical habitat be designated for this species 
under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and 
included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, 
required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the contiguous U.S. DPS of tufted puffin (Fratercula 
cirrhata) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status 
review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the 
species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on 
the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including 
the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for 
Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Virgin River Spinedace as an 
Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Virgin River spinedace (Lepidomeda mollispinis mollispinis); Arizona, 
Nevada, and Utah

Petition History

    On November 20, 2012, we received a petition dated November 20, 
2012, from the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that the 
Virgin River spinedace be listed as endangered or threatened under the 
Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the 
requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 
CFR 424.14(a). In a December 20, 2012, letter to the petitioner, we 
responded that we reviewed the information presented in the petition 
and did not find that the petition presented information that an 
emergency listing is warranted. This finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be 
warranted for the Virgin River spinedace (Lepidomeda mollispinis 
mollispinis) based on Factors A, C, and E. However, during our status 
review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the 
species. Thus, for this species, the Service requests information on 
the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) of the Act, including 
the factors identified in this finding (see Request for Information for 
Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Wood Turtle as an Endangered or 
Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. 
FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122 under the Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta); Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, 
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New 
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, 
West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Canada

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the wood turtle, be listed as 
endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be designated for 
these species under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as 
such and included the requisite identification information for the 
petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the 
petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the wood turtle 
(Glyptemys insculpta) as endangered or threatened may be warranted 
based on Factors A, B, C, D, and E. Thus, for this species, the Service 
requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) 
of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see 
Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Evaluation of a Petition To List the Yuman Desert Fringe-toed Lizard as 
an Endangered or Threatened Species Under the Act

    Additional information regarding our review of this petition can be 
found as an appendix at http://

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www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124 under the 
Supporting Documents section.

Species and Range

Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard (Uma rufopunctata); Arizona (United 
States) and Sonora (Mexico)

Petition History

    On July 11, 2012, we received a petition dated July 11, 2012, from 
the Center for Biological Diversity, requesting that 53 species of 
reptiles and amphibians, including the Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard, 
be listed as endangered or threatened and that critical habitat be 
designated for these species under the Act. The petition clearly 
identified itself as such and included the requisite identification 
information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This 
finding addresses the petition.

Finding

    Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the 
petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that listing the Yuman desert fringe-
toed lizard (Uma rufopunctata) may be warranted based on Factors A and 
E. However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all 
potential threats to the species. Thus, for this species, the Service 
requests information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) 
of the Act, including the factors identified in this finding (see 
Request for Information for Status Reviews, above).

Conclusion

    On the basis of our evaluation of the information presented under 
section 4(b)(3)(A) of the Act, we have determined that the petitions 
summarized above for the Cahaba pebblesnail and Stephens' kangaroo rat 
do not present substantial scientific or commercial information 
indicating that the requested actions may be warranted. Therefore, we 
are not initiating status reviews for these species.
    The petitions summarized above for the blue Calamintha bee, 
California spotted owl, Cascade torrent salamander, Columbia torrent 
salamander, Florida pine snake, Inyo Mountains salamander, Kern Plateau 
salamander, lesser slender salamander, limestone salamander, northern 
bog lemming, Panamint alligator lizard, Peaks of Otter salamander, 
regal fritillary, rusty patched bumble bee, Shasta salamander, short-
tailed snake, southern rubber boa, Tinian monarch, tricolored 
blackbird, tufted puffin, Virgin River spinedace, wood turtle, and the 
Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard present substantial scientific or 
commercial information indicating that the requested actions may be 
warranted.
    Because we have found that these petitions present substantial 
information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted, we 
are initiating status reviews to determine whether these actions under 
the Act are warranted. At the conclusion of the status reviews, we will 
issue a 12-month finding, in accordance with section 4(b)(3)(B) of the 
Act, as to whether or not the Service believes listing is warranted.
    It is important to note that the ``substantial information'' 
standard for a 90-day finding differs from the Act's ``best scientific 
and commercial data'' standard that applies to a status review to 
determine whether a petitioned action is warranted. A 90-day finding 
does not constitute a status review under the Act. In a 12-month 
finding, we will determine whether a petitioned action is warranted 
after we have completed a thorough status review of the species, which 
is conducted following a substantial 90-day finding. Because the Act's 
standards for 90-day and 12-month findings are different, as described 
above, a substantial 90-day finding does not mean that the 12-month 
finding will result in a warranted finding.

References Cited

    A complete list of references cited is available on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov and upon request from the appropriate lead 
field offices (contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT).

Authors

    The primary authors of this notice are staff members of the 
Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Authority

    The authority for these actions is the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: August 31, 2015.
Stephen Guertin,
Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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