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(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 100 responses at 30 minutes (.50 hours) per response. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 50 annual burden hours. draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public. DATES: We must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or before March 28, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the draft recovery plan from our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ species/recovery-plans.html. Alternatively, you may contact the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (telephone 760–431–9440). If you wish to comment on the draft recovery plan, you may submit your comments in writing by any one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, at the above address; • Hand-delivery: Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, at the above address; or • Email: fw8cfwocomments@fws.gov. For additional information about submitting comments, see the ‘‘Request for Public Comments’’ section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mendel Stewart, Field Supervisor, at the above street address or telephone number (see ADDRESSES). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: January 21, 2016. Scott Elmore, Program Manager, Forms Management Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security. Background Recovery of endangered or threatened animals and plants to the point where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their ecosystems is a primary goal of our endangered species program and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Recovery means improvement of the status of listed species to the point at which listing is no longer appropriate under the criteria specified in section 4(a)(1) of the Act. The Act requires the development of recovery plans for listed species, unless such a plan would not promote the conservation of a particular species. The Laguna Mountains skipper is a small butterfly that inhabits large wet mountain meadows and associated forest openings at elevations above 3,900 feet (ft) (1,189 meters (m)). We listed the Laguna Mountains skipper (Pyrgus ruralis lagunae) as endangered throughout its entire range in 1997 (January 16, 1997; 62 FR 2313). At the time of listing, the subspecies occurred in the Laguna Mountains and on Palomar Mountain in San Diego County, California, but it is currently restricted to Palomar Mountain, where there are four extant occurrences. Adult occupancy is also associated with surface water such as streams and wet seeps, and population growth appears positively correlated with rainfall levels. [FR Doc. 2016–01425 Filed 1–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–28–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2015–N147; FXES11130000– 156–FF08E00000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for the Laguna Mountains Skipper Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of document availability. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Laguna Mountains skipper, a small butterfly, for public review and comment. The draft recovery plan includes recovery objectives and criteria, and specific actions necessary to achieve recovery and removal of the species from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We request review and comment on this mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:57 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4333 Horkelia clevelandii (Cleveland’s horkelia) is Laguna Mountains skipper’s primary host plant. The primary threats to survival of the Laguna Mountains skipper are habitat modification through poor management of cattle grazing and succession, climate change, incidental ingestion by cattle, and small isolated populations susceptible to events such as drought and fire. Recovery Plan Goals The purpose of a recovery plan is to provide a framework for the recovery of species so that protection under the Act is no longer necessary. A recovery plan includes scientific information about the species and provides criteria that enable us to gauge whether downlisting or delisting the species is warranted. Furthermore, recovery plans help guide our recovery efforts by describing actions we consider necessary for each species’ conservation and by estimating time and costs for implementing needed recovery measures. The ultimate goal of this recovery plan is to recover the Laguna Mountains skipper so that it can be delisted. The interim goal is to recover the species to the point that it can be downlisted from endangered to threatened status. To meet the recovery goal, the following objectives have been identified: 1. Validate the population ecology model to advance our ability to understand and monitor the status of Laguna Mountains skipper and inform management practices; 2. Increase abundance and ensure long-term persistence of Laguna Mountains skipper through reduction and management of threats to the subspecies and its habitat throughout its current range; and 3. Ensure population redundancy of Laguna Mountains skipper through documentation and reestablishment (where needed) of multiple resilient and genetically representative populations within its historical range. As the Laguna Mountains skipper meets recovery criteria, we will review its status and consider it for downlisting or removal from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Request for Public Comments We request written comments on the draft recovery plan described in this notice. All comments received by the date specified in the DATES section will be considered in development of a final recovery plan for Laguna Mountains skipper. You may submit written comments and information by mail or in person to the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 4334 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Notices Office at the address in the ADDRESSES section. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We developed our recovery plan under the authority of section 4(f) of the Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). We publish this notice under section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: January 14, 2016. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2015-N147; FXES11130000-156-FF08E00000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery 
Plan for the Laguna Mountains Skipper

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the 
availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Laguna Mountains skipper, a 
small butterfly, for public review and comment. The draft recovery plan 
includes recovery objectives and criteria, and specific actions 
necessary to achieve recovery and removal of the species from the 
Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We request review 
and comment on this draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal 
agencies, and the public.

DATES: We must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or 
before March 28, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the draft recovery plan from our 
Web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/species/recovery-plans.html. 
Alternatively, you may contact the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, 
CA 92008 (telephone 760-431-9440). If you wish to comment on the draft 
recovery plan, you may submit your comments in writing by any one of 
the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, at the above address;
     Hand-delivery: Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, at the 
above address; or
     Email: fw8cfwocomments@fws.gov.
    For additional information about submitting comments, see the 
``Request for Public Comments'' section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mendel Stewart, Field Supervisor, at 
the above street address or telephone number (see ADDRESSES).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Recovery of endangered or threatened animals and plants to the 
point where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their 
ecosystems is a primary goal of our endangered species program and the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.). Recovery means improvement of the status of listed species to 
the point at which listing is no longer appropriate under the criteria 
specified in section 4(a)(1) of the Act. The Act requires the 
development of recovery plans for listed species, unless such a plan 
would not promote the conservation of a particular species.
    The Laguna Mountains skipper is a small butterfly that inhabits 
large wet mountain meadows and associated forest openings at elevations 
above 3,900 feet (ft) (1,189 meters (m)). We listed the Laguna 
Mountains skipper (Pyrgus ruralis lagunae) as endangered throughout its 
entire range in 1997 (January 16, 1997; 62 FR 2313). At the time of 
listing, the subspecies occurred in the Laguna Mountains and on Palomar 
Mountain in San Diego County, California, but it is currently 
restricted to Palomar Mountain, where there are four extant 
occurrences. Adult occupancy is also associated with surface water such 
as streams and wet seeps, and population growth appears positively 
correlated with rainfall levels. Horkelia clevelandii (Cleveland's 
horkelia) is Laguna Mountains skipper's primary host plant.
    The primary threats to survival of the Laguna Mountains skipper are 
habitat modification through poor management of cattle grazing and 
succession, climate change, incidental ingestion by cattle, and small 
isolated populations susceptible to events such as drought and fire.

Recovery Plan Goals

    The purpose of a recovery plan is to provide a framework for the 
recovery of species so that protection under the Act is no longer 
necessary. A recovery plan includes scientific information about the 
species and provides criteria that enable us to gauge whether 
downlisting or delisting the species is warranted. Furthermore, 
recovery plans help guide our recovery efforts by describing actions we 
consider necessary for each species' conservation and by estimating 
time and costs for implementing needed recovery measures.
    The ultimate goal of this recovery plan is to recover the Laguna 
Mountains skipper so that it can be delisted. The interim goal is to 
recover the species to the point that it can be downlisted from 
endangered to threatened status. To meet the recovery goal, the 
following objectives have been identified:
    1. Validate the population ecology model to advance our ability to 
understand and monitor the status of Laguna Mountains skipper and 
inform management practices;
    2. Increase abundance and ensure long-term persistence of Laguna 
Mountains skipper through reduction and management of threats to the 
subspecies and its habitat throughout its current range; and
    3. Ensure population redundancy of Laguna Mountains skipper through 
documentation and reestablishment (where needed) of multiple resilient 
and genetically representative populations within its historical range.
    As the Laguna Mountains skipper meets recovery criteria, we will 
review its status and consider it for downlisting or removal from the 
Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

Request for Public Comments

    We request written comments on the draft recovery plan described in 
this notice. All comments received by the date specified in the DATES 
section will be considered in development of a final recovery plan for 
Laguna Mountains skipper. You may submit written comments and 
information by mail or in person to the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife

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Office at the address in the ADDRESSES section.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Authority

    We developed our recovery plan under the authority of section 4(f) 
of the Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). We publish this notice under section 
4(f) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.).

    Dated: January 14, 2016.
Alexandra Pitts,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, 
California.
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