Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Draft Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the California Tiger Salamander; Rice Ranch Development Project, Santa Barbara County, California, 47572-47573 [2017-22091]

Download as PDF 47572 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices ESA, protections for federally listed plants differ from the protections afforded to federally listed animals. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. All species included in the incidental take permit would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)). Authority FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: October 4, 2017. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2017–22092 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Applicant’s Proposed Activities The applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the California tiger salamander. The potential take will occur in association with activities necessary for the implementation of the installation of a 3 acre solar array project. The site includes suitable upland habitat for the California tiger salamander. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the covered species. As mitigation for unavoidable loss of occupied upland habitat the applicant is supporting recovery goals for the California tiger salamander by facilitating and funding survey work to detect the presence of invasive barred tiger salamanders in the area. Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of the incidental take permit is neither a major Federal action that will significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; NEPA), nor will it individually or cumulatively have more than a negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, the permit qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2017–N134; FXES11130800000–178–FF08EVEN00] Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Draft Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the California Tiger Salamander; Rice Ranch Development Project, Santa Barbara County, California Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from John Scardino of Highlands at Double R, LLC for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The permit would authorize take of the federally endangered California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara distinct population segment), incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the Rice Ranch Development Project draft low-effect habitat conservation plan. We invite public comment. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before November 13, 2017. SUMMARY: To obtain documents: You may download a copy of the draft habitat conservation plan and draft loweffect screening form and environmental action statement at http://www.fws.gov/ ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by sending U.S. mail to our Ventura office, or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). To submit written comments: Please send us your written comments using one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Send your comments to: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. • Facsimile: Fax your comments to 805–644–3958. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rachel Henry, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, 805–677–3312 (phone), or at the Ventura address in ADDRESSES. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application from John Scardino of Highlands at Double R, LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA). The applicant has agreed to follow all of the conditions in the draft habitat conservation plan for the project. The permit would authorize take of the Santa Barbara distinct population segment of the federally endangered California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the draft Rice Ranch Development Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). We invite public comment on the application, the draft HCP, draft low-effect screening form, and environmental action statement. Background The Santa Barbara distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander was listed by the Service as endangered on September 21, 2000 (65 FR 57242). Section 9 of the ESA and its implementing regulations prohibit the ‘‘take’’ of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. ‘‘Take’’ is defined under the ESA to include the following activities: ‘‘[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. ‘‘Incidental take’’ is defined by the ESA as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Under the ESA, protections for federally listed plants differ from the protections afforded to federally listed animals. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. The permittee would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)) regarding conservation activities for the California tiger salamander. Applicant’s Proposed Activities The applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the California tiger salamander. The potential take will E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices occur in association with activities necessary for the construction of the residential development. The site includes approximately 180 acres of suitable upland habitat for the California tiger salamander. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the covered species and mitigation for unavoidable loss of occupied upland habitat through the purchase of mitigation credits at a Service-approved conservation bank. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLIDC00000.17XL1109AF.L16200000.MG0 000.241A0; 4500110251] Notice of Public Meeting, Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council, Idaho October 27, 2017 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of the incidental take permit is neither a major Federal action that will significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; NEPA), nor will it individually or cumulatively have more than a negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP. The Service considers the impacts of the project on the California tiger salamander to be minor as the affected habitat is moderate to low quality and does not provide connectivity between breeding ponds. Therefore, the permit qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. 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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: October 5, 2017. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2017–22091 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Coeur d’Alene District RAC will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 3:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the BLM Coeur d’Alene District Office, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Endsley, Coeur d’Alene District, Idaho, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815, (208) 769– 5004. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact Ms. Endsley by calling the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with Ms. Endsley. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Idaho. The meeting agenda will include updates from the Cottonwood and Coeur d’Alene Field Offices; presentations from the Nez Perce/Clearwater and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests regarding potential new recreation fees and/or increased fee rates; information on vegetation treatment projects and recreation enhancements. Additional agenda topics or changes to the agenda will be announced in local news releases. More information is available at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/get_ involved/resource_advisory/coeur_d_ alene_district.html. RAC meetings are SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47573 open to the public. A public comment period will be available on October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the meeting. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, please 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. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, should contact the BLM as provided above. Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4–2. Linda Clark, BLM Coeur d’Alene District Manager. [FR Doc. 2017–22047 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Natural Resources Revenue [Docket No. ONRR–2011–0006; DS63644000 DR2000000.CH7000 189D0102R2; OMB Control Number 1012–0009] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension. AGENCY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), are proposing to renew an information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit your written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please mail a copy of your comments to Mr. Armand Southall, Regulatory Specialist, ONRR, P.O. Box 25165, MS 64400, Denver, Colorado 80225–0165, or by email to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2017-N134; FXES11130800000-178-FF08EVEN00]


Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Draft Low-
Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the California Tiger Salamander; 
Rice Ranch Development Project, Santa Barbara County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have 
received an application from John Scardino of Highlands at Double R, 
LLC for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended. The permit would authorize take of the federally 
endangered California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara distinct 
population segment), incidental to otherwise lawful activities 
associated with the Rice Ranch Development Project draft low-effect 
habitat conservation plan. We invite public comment.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before November 13, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: To obtain documents: You may download a copy of the draft 
habitat conservation plan and draft low-effect screening form and 
environmental action statement at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you 
may request copies of the documents by sending U.S. mail to our Ventura 
office, or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    To submit written comments: Please send us your written comments 
using one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Send your comments to: Stephen P. Henry, Field 
Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003.
     Facsimile: Fax your comments to 805-644-3958.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Henry, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, 805-677-3312 (phone), or at the Ventura address in 
ADDRESSES.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application from John 
Scardino of Highlands at Double R, LLC (applicant) for an incidental 
take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA). The applicant has agreed to follow all of 
the conditions in the draft habitat conservation plan for the project. 
The permit would authorize take of the Santa Barbara distinct 
population segment of the federally endangered California tiger 
salamander (Ambystoma californiense) incidental to otherwise lawful 
activities associated with the draft Rice Ranch Development Habitat 
Conservation Plan (HCP). We invite public comment on the application, 
the draft HCP, draft low-effect screening form, and environmental 
action statement.

Background

    The Santa Barbara distinct population segment (DPS) of the 
California tiger salamander was listed by the Service as endangered on 
September 21, 2000 (65 FR 57242). Section 9 of the ESA and its 
implementing regulations prohibit the ``take'' of fish or wildlife 
species listed as endangered or threatened. ``Take'' is defined under 
the ESA to include the following activities: ``[T]o harass, harm, 
pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to 
attempt to engage in any such conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, 
under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue permits to authorize 
incidental take of listed species. ``Incidental take'' is defined by 
the ESA as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying 
out of an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental 
take permits for threatened and endangered species are in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. 
Under the ESA, protections for federally listed plants differ from the 
protections afforded to federally listed animals. Issuance of an 
incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of 
federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. The permittee would 
receive assurances under our ``No Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 
17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)) regarding conservation activities for the 
California tiger salamander.

Applicant's Proposed Activities

    The applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the 
California tiger salamander. The potential take will

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occur in association with activities necessary for the construction of 
the residential development. The site includes approximately 180 acres 
of suitable upland habitat for the California tiger salamander. The HCP 
includes avoidance and minimization measures for the covered species 
and mitigation for unavoidable loss of occupied upland habitat through 
the purchase of mitigation credits at a Service-approved conservation 
bank.

Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of 
the incidental take permit is neither a major Federal action that will 
significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the 
meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; NEPA), nor will it individually or 
cumulatively have more than a negligible effect on the species covered 
in the HCP. The Service considers the impacts of the project on the 
California tiger salamander to be minor as the affected habitat is 
moderate to low quality and does not provide connectivity between 
breeding ponds. Therefore, the permit qualifies for a categorical 
exclusion under NEPA.

Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and 
associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in 
ADDRESSES.

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 view, 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.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: October 5, 2017.
Stephen P. Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2017-22091 Filed 10-11-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P