Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Status Review of the Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment of the Fisher, 4404-4405 [2017-00656]

Download as PDF 4404 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2017 / Notices Applications Available for Review and Comment you submit comments. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with the applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). We invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit number when Application No. Applicant Ohio Department of Transportation. TE07730A .......... Redwing Ecological Services, Inc. Location Activity Type of take Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis), American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus). 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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 provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of survival of the species in the wild. Species TE02651A .......... VerDate Sep<11>2014 Permit Applications Jkt 241001 Dated: January 9, 2017. Lori H. Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region. Permit action the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher. DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until February 13, [FR Doc. 2017–00663 Filed 1–12–17; 8:45 am] 2017. Please note that if you are using BILLING CODE 4333–15–P the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments Fish and Wildlife Service by one of the following methods: [Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2015–0104; • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// 4500030113] www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the FWS–R6–ES–2015–0104, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife which is the docket number for this and Plants; Status Review of the action. Then click on the Search button. Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct You may enter a comment by clicking Population Segment of the Fisher on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ Please ensure that AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, you have found the correct document Interior. before submitting your comment. ACTION: Notice of initiation of status • U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public review. Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2015–0104, U.S. Fish and SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Wildlife Service (Service), announce the Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– opening of an information gathering 3803. period regarding the status of the fisher We request that you send comments (Pekania pennanti) throughout the range of its northern Rocky Mountain distinct only by the methods described above. population segment (DPS) in the United We will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally States. The status review will include means that we will post any personal analysis of whether the northern Rocky information you provide us (see Request Mountain DPS of the fisher warrants listing as an endangered or a threatened for Information, below, for more information). species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jodi encourage all interested parties to Bush, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and provide us information regarding the Wildlife Service, Montana Ecological status of, and any potential threats to, Services Field Office, 585 Shepard Way, PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Helena, MT 59601; telephone 406–449– 5225; or facsimile 406–449–5339. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Information This document solicits biological or other data or information on the status of, and potential threats to, the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher, a medium-sized mammal of the mustelid family. This information, along with other sources of data, will be used to determine if the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher warrants listing as an endangered or a threatened species under the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We request any new information concerning the status of the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher. Information submitted since the 2011 status review (which culminated in our 12-month finding published on June 30, 2011, at 76 FR 38504) and the 2016 90day petition finding (81 FR 1368; January 12, 2016) will be considered and need not be resubmitted. We will base our status review on the best scientific and commercial information available, including all information received as a result of this publication. We are soliciting information and supporting data on the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher; we specifically seek information on the following: (1) Information regarding the species’ historical and current population status, distribution, abundance, and trends; biology and ecology; and habitat selection. (2) Information on the effects of potential threat factors that are the basis for a species’ listing determination under section 4(a)(1) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1533(a)(1)), which are: (a) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of the species’ habitat or range; (b) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes; (c) Disease or predation; (d) Inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; and (e) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence. (3) Scientific and commercial data to assist in development of any proposed critical habitat designation that we may make, including: (a) Whether the designation of critical habitat for the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher would be beneficial to the conservation of the species or whether the identification of specific VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 areas as critical habitat may increase threats to the species or its habitat; (b) Habitat selection and use, and any changes or trends in the amount and distribution of habitat for the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher; (c) Habitat requirements for feeding, breeding, and sheltering, including particular physical or biological features that are essential to the conservation of the species and where such physical or biological features are found; (d) Whether any of these features may require special management considerations or protection; (e) What areas that are currently occupied and contain the physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species should be included in the critical habitat designation and why; (f) What areas not currently occupied at the time of listing are essential for the conservation of the species and why; and (g) The possible benefits and impacts (including probable economic impacts) of a possible critical habitat designation for the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher. (4) Biological, commercial trade, or other relevant data concerning any threats (or lack thereof) to this species and regulations that may be addressing those threats. (5) Any information on the biological or ecological requirements of the species and ongoing conservation measures for the species and its habitat. (6) Information on land use designations and current or planned activities in the areas occupied by the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher or areas that may be important for its conservation, and possible impacts of these activities on this species and these areas. (7) Information on the projected and reasonably likely impacts of climate change on the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher and its habitat. (8) Information on any foreseeable economic, national security, or other relevant impacts that may result if we designate any area as critical habitat. We are particularly interested in any potential impacts on small entities, and the benefits of including or excluding areas from any possible future proposed designation that are subject to these impacts. Please support submissions with documentation such as maps; bibliographic references; methods used to gather and analyze the data; or copies of pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources. We request data from systematic surveys, studies, or analyses of data regarding PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4405 population size or trends, biology or ecology of the species, effects of current land management on population distribution and abundance, current condition of habitat, and conservation measures that have been implemented to benefit the species. We also request information on the current distribution of populations and threats to the species in relation to the five listing factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Act). Comments merely stating support for or opposition to a particular action without providing supporting data may not meet the standard of information required by section 4(b)(1)(A) of the Act, which directs that determinations as to whether any species is an endangered or a threatened species must be made ‘‘solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available.’’ You may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposed rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We request that you send comments only by the methods described in ADDRESSES. 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 your submission is made via a hardcopy that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this 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. Authors The primary authors of this document are staff of the Montana Ecological Services Field Office. Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: January 5, 2017. Stephen Guertin, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00656 Filed 1–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [178A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Reservation Proclamations Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of procedural guidance. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 9 (Friday, January 13, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-00656]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104; 4500030113]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Status Review of 
the Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment of the Fisher

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of initiation of status review.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
opening of an information gathering period regarding the status of the 
fisher (Pekania pennanti) throughout the range of its northern Rocky 
Mountain distinct population segment (DPS) in the United States. The 
status review will include analysis of whether the northern Rocky 
Mountain DPS of the fisher warrants listing as an endangered or a 
threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(Act). We encourage all interested parties to provide us information 
regarding the status of, and any potential threats to, the northern 
Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher.

DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until 
February 13, 2017. Please note that if you are using the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below), the deadline for submitting 
an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In 
the Search box, enter the FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104, which is the docket 
number for this action. Then click on the Search button. You may enter 
a comment by clicking on ``Comment Now!'' Please ensure that you have 
found the correct document before submitting your comment.
     U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, 
Attn: Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    We request that you send comments only by the methods described 
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide 
us (see Request for Information, below, for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jodi Bush, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Montana Ecological Services Field Office, 585 
Shepard Way,

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Helena, MT 59601; telephone 406-449-5225; or facsimile 406-449-5339. 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Request for Information

    This document solicits biological or other data or information on 
the status of, and potential threats to, the northern Rocky Mountain 
DPS of the fisher, a medium-sized mammal of the mustelid family. This 
information, along with other sources of data, will be used to 
determine if the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher warrants 
listing as an endangered or a threatened species under the Act (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We request any new information concerning the 
status of the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher. Information 
submitted since the 2011 status review (which culminated in our 12-
month finding published on June 30, 2011, at 76 FR 38504) and the 2016 
90-day petition finding (81 FR 1368; January 12, 2016) will be 
considered and need not be resubmitted. We will base our status review 
on the best scientific and commercial information available, including 
all information received as a result of this publication. We are 
soliciting information and supporting data on the northern Rocky 
Mountain DPS of the fisher; we specifically seek information on the 
following:
    (1) Information regarding the species' historical and current 
population status, distribution, abundance, and trends; biology and 
ecology; and habitat selection.
    (2) Information on the effects of potential threat factors that are 
the basis for a species' listing determination under section 4(a)(1) of 
the Act (16 U.S.C. 1533(a)(1)), which are:
    (a) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or 
curtailment of the species' habitat or range;
    (b) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or 
educational purposes;
    (c) Disease or predation;
    (d) Inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; and
    (e) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued 
existence.
    (3) Scientific and commercial data to assist in development of any 
proposed critical habitat designation that we may make, including:
    (a) Whether the designation of critical habitat for the northern 
Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher would be beneficial to the 
conservation of the species or whether the identification of specific 
areas as critical habitat may increase threats to the species or its 
habitat;
    (b) Habitat selection and use, and any changes or trends in the 
amount and distribution of habitat for the northern Rocky Mountain DPS 
of the fisher;
    (c) Habitat requirements for feeding, breeding, and sheltering, 
including particular physical or biological features that are essential 
to the conservation of the species and where such physical or 
biological features are found;
    (d) Whether any of these features may require special management 
considerations or protection;
    (e) What areas that are currently occupied and contain the physical 
or biological features essential to the conservation of the species 
should be included in the critical habitat designation and why;
    (f) What areas not currently occupied at the time of listing are 
essential for the conservation of the species and why; and
    (g) The possible benefits and impacts (including probable economic 
impacts) of a possible critical habitat designation for the northern 
Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher.
    (4) Biological, commercial trade, or other relevant data concerning 
any threats (or lack thereof) to this species and regulations that may 
be addressing those threats.
    (5) Any information on the biological or ecological requirements of 
the species and ongoing conservation measures for the species and its 
habitat.
    (6) Information on land use designations and current or planned 
activities in the areas occupied by the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of 
the fisher or areas that may be important for its conservation, and 
possible impacts of these activities on this species and these areas.
    (7) Information on the projected and reasonably likely impacts of 
climate change on the northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the fisher and its 
habitat.
    (8) Information on any foreseeable economic, national security, or 
other relevant impacts that may result if we designate any area as 
critical habitat. We are particularly interested in any potential 
impacts on small entities, and the benefits of including or excluding 
areas from any possible future proposed designation that are subject to 
these impacts.
    Please support submissions with documentation such as maps; 
bibliographic references; methods used to gather and analyze the data; 
or copies of pertinent publications, reports, or letters by 
knowledgeable sources. We request data from systematic surveys, 
studies, or analyses of data regarding population size or trends, 
biology or ecology of the species, effects of current land management 
on population distribution and abundance, current condition of habitat, 
and conservation measures that have been implemented to benefit the 
species. We also request information on the current distribution of 
populations and threats to the species in relation to the five listing 
factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Act).
    Comments merely stating support for or opposition to a particular 
action without providing supporting data may not meet the standard of 
information required by section 4(b)(1)(A) of the Act, which directs 
that determinations as to whether any species is an endangered or a 
threatened species must be made ``solely on the basis of the best 
scientific and commercial data available.''
    You may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposed 
rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We request that you 
send comments only by the methods described in ADDRESSES.
    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 your submission is made via a hardcopy 
that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the 
top of your document that we withhold this 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.

Authors

    The primary authors of this document are staff of the Montana 
Ecological Services Field Office.

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: January 5, 2017.
Stephen Guertin,
Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-00656 Filed 1-12-17; 8:45 am]
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