Announcement of Meetings: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group, 66930-66931 [2015-27699]

Download as PDF 66930 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 210 / Friday, October 30, 2015 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–MB–2015–N204; 91100–3740– GRNT 7C] Announcement of Meetings: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of meetings. AGENCY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) also will meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements. DATES: Council: Meeting is December 2, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Council will consider Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. Standard grant proposals. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than November 25, 2015. Advisory Group: Meeting is December 1, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Advisory Group will discuss the strategic direction and management of the NMBCA program. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council SUMMARY: Coordinator no later than November 25, 2015. ADDRESSES: The Council and Advisory Group meetings will take place at Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Mott, Council Coordinator, by phone at 703–358–1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) also will meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements. About the Council In accordance with NAWCA (Pub. L. 101–233, 103 Stat. 1968, December 13, 1989, as amended), the State-privateFederal Council meets to consider wetland acquisition, restoration, enhancement, and management projects for recommendation to, and final funding approval by, the Commission. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989 provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Project proposal due dates, application instructions, and eligibility requirements are available on the NAWCA Web site at www.fws.gov/ birds/grants/north-american-wetlandconservation-act.php. About the Advisory Group In accordance with NMBCA (Pub. L. 106–247, 114 Stat. 593, July 20, 2000), the Advisory Group will hold its meeting to discuss the strategic direction and management of the NMBCA program and provide advice to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 2000 promotes long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats through a competitive grants program by promoting partnerships, encouraging local conservation efforts, and achieving habitat protection in 36 countries. The goals of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act include perpetuating healthy bird populations, providing financial resources for bird conservation, and fostering international cooperation. Because the greatest need is south of the U.S. border, at least 75 percent of NMBCA funding supports projects outside the United States. Project proposal due dates, application instructions, and eligibility requirements are available on the NMBCA Web site at http:// www.fws.gov/birds/grants/neotropicalmigratory-bird-conservation-act.php. Public Input You must contact the Council Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than (1) Attend the Council or Advisory Group meeting .................................................................................. (2) Submit written information or questions before the Council or Advisory Group meeting for consideration during the meeting. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES If you wish to: November 25, 2015. November 25, 2015. Submitting Written Information or Questions Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or questions to be consider during the public meetings. If you wish to submit a written statement, so that the information may be made available to the Council or Advisory Group for their consideration prior to the meetings, you must contact the Council Coordinator by the date in Public Input. Written statements must be supplied to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Oct 29, 2015 Jkt 238001 Council Coordinator in both of the following formats: One hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via email (acceptable file formats are Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or rich text file). Giving an Oral Presentation Individuals or groups requesting to make an oral presentation at the meetings will be limited to 2 minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of 30 minutes for all speakers. Interested PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 parties should contact the Council Coordinator by the date above, in writing (preferably via email; see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), to be placed on the public speaker list for either of these meetings. Nonregistered public speakers will not be considered during the Council meeting. 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Notice of a new information collection: Assessment of Effects of Climate on Waterfowl. ACTION: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. SUMMARY: To ensure that your comments are considered, we must receive them on or before December 29, 2015. DATES: You may submit comments on this information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648–7197 (fax); or gs-info_collections@usgs.gov (email). 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-MB-2015-N204; 91100-3740-GRNT 7C]


Announcement of Meetings: North American Wetlands Conservation 
Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meetings.

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SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) 
will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) 
grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation 
Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The 
Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act 
(NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) also will meet. This meeting is 
also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or 
written statements.

DATES: 
    Council: Meeting is December 2, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
The Council will consider Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. Standard grant 
proposals. If you are interested in presenting information at this 
public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than November 
25, 2015.
    Advisory Group: Meeting is December 1, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. The Advisory Group will discuss the strategic direction and 
management of the NMBCA program. If you are interested in presenting 
information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no 
later than November 25, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The Council and Advisory Group meetings will take place at 
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 
29403.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Mott, Council Coordinator, by 
phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls 
Church, Virginia 22041.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North American Wetlands Conservation 
Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands 
Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the 
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is 
open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory 
Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) also will 
meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons 
may present oral or written statements.

About the Council

    In accordance with NAWCA (Pub. L. 101-233, 103 Stat. 1968, December 
13, 1989, as amended), the State-private-Federal Council meets to 
consider wetland acquisition, restoration, enhancement, and management 
projects for recommendation to, and final funding approval by, the 
Commission.
    The North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989 provides 
matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed 
partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United 
States, Canada, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term 
protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated 
uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory 
birds. Project proposal due dates, application instructions, and 
eligibility requirements are available on the NAWCA Web site at 
www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act.php.

About the Advisory Group

    In accordance with NMBCA (Pub. L. 106-247, 114 Stat. 593, July 20, 
2000), the Advisory Group will hold its meeting to discuss the 
strategic direction and management of the NMBCA program and provide 
advice to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
    The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 2000 promotes 
long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their 
habitats through a competitive grants program by promoting 
partnerships, encouraging local conservation efforts, and achieving 
habitat protection in 36 countries. The goals of the Neotropical 
Migratory Bird Conservation Act include perpetuating healthy bird 
populations, providing financial resources for bird conservation, and 
fostering international cooperation. Because the greatest need is south 
of the U.S. border, at least 75 percent of NMBCA funding supports 
projects outside the United States.
    Project proposal due dates, application instructions, and 
eligibility requirements are available on the NMBCA Web site at http://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/neotropical-migratory-bird-conservation-act.php.

Public Input

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                                                   You must contact the Council Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER
               If you wish to:                                INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than
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(1) Attend the Council or Advisory Group      November 25, 2015.
 meeting.
(2) Submit written information or questions   November 25, 2015.
 before the Council or Advisory Group
 meeting for consideration during the
 meeting.
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Submitting Written Information or Questions

    Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or 
questions to be consider during the public meetings. If you wish to 
submit a written statement, so that the information may be made 
available to the Council or Advisory Group for their consideration 
prior to the meetings, you must contact the Council Coordinator by the 
date in Public Input. Written statements must be supplied to the 
Council Coordinator in both of the following formats: One hard copy 
with original signature, and one electronic copy via email (acceptable 
file formats are Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or rich 
text file).

Giving an Oral Presentation

    Individuals or groups requesting to make an oral presentation at 
the meetings will be limited to 2 minutes per speaker, with no more 
than a total of 30 minutes for all speakers. Interested parties should 
contact the Council Coordinator by the date above, in writing 
(preferably via email; see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), to be 
placed on the public speaker list for either of these meetings. 
Nonregistered public speakers will not be considered during the Council 
meeting. Registered speakers who wish to expand upon their oral 
statements, or those who had wished to speak but could not be 
accommodated on the agenda, are invited to submit written statements to

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the Council within 30 days following the meeting.

Meeting Minutes

    Summary minutes of the Council and Advisory Group meetings will be 
maintained by the Council Coordinator at the address under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. Meeting notes will be available by contacting the 
Council Coordinator within 30 days following the meeting. Personal 
copies may be purchased for the cost of duplication.

Jerome Ford,
Assistant Director, Migratory Birds.
[FR Doc. 2015-27699 Filed 10-29-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-55-P