Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing Textual Descriptions of Critical Habitat Boundaries for Plants on the Hawaiian Islands, 49751-49763 [2017-23399]

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AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are removing the textual descriptions of critical habitat boundaries from those designations for plants on the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Niihau, and Hawaii for which the maps have been determined to be sufficient to stand as the official delineation of critical habitat. For these entries, the boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise described will be the official delineation of the designation. The coordinates and/or plot points that we are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations will be available to the public at the lead field office of the Service responsible for the designation and online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. This action does not increase, decrease, or otherwise change the boundaries of any critical habitat designation. We are taking this action in accordance with our May 1, 2012, revision of the regulations related to publishing textual descriptions of critical habitat boundaries in the Code of Federal Regulations and as part of our response to Executive Order 13563 (January 18, 2011) directing Federal agencies to review their existing regulations and then to modify or streamline them in accordance with what they learned. DATES: This rule is effective November 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: This final rule is available online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Supporting documentation used in the preparation of this rule will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Listing Policy and Support, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803; telephone 703–358–2171; facsimile 703–358–1735. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carey Galst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49752 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803; telephone 703–358–1954; facsimile 703–358–1735. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Background On May 1, 2012, we published a final rule (77 FR 25611) revising our regulations related to publishing textual descriptions of proposed and final critical habitat boundaries in the Federal Register for codification in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In the interest of making the process of designating critical habitat more userfriendly for affected parties and the public as a whole, as well as more efficient and cost effective, we maintained the publication of maps of proposed and final critical habitat designations, but made optional the inclusion of any textual description of the boundaries of the designation in the Federal Register for codification in the CFR. The boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise described in the Regulation Promulgation section of a rulemaking that is published in the Federal Register is the official delineation of the critical habitat designation. This approach began with rules published after the effective date of the final rule (May 31, 2012). Specifically, for critical habitat rules published after May 31, 2012, the map(s), as clarified or refined by any textual language within the rule, constitutes the definition of the boundaries of a critical habitat. Each critical habitat area is shown on a map, with more-detailed information discussed in the preamble of the rulemaking documents published in the Federal Register. The map published in the CFR is generated from the coordinates and/or plot points corresponding to the location of the boundaries. These coordinates and/or plot points are included in the administrative record for the designation, and are available to the public either online or at the Service field office responsible for the designation or both. In addition, if the Service concludes that additional tools or supporting information are appropriate and would help the public understand the official boundary map, we make the additional tools and supporting information available on our Internet site and at the Service field office responsible for the critical habitat designation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 This Rule The preamble to the May 1, 2012, final rule (77 FR 25611) also explained how the Service would handle boundaries for critical habitat that had already been designated before May 31, 2012; the rule states that ‘‘for existing critical habitat designations, we also intend to remove the textual descriptions of final critical habitat boundaries set forth in the CFR in order to save the annual reprinting cost, but we must do so in separate rulemakings to ensure that removing the textual descriptions does not change the existing boundaries of those designations’’ (77 FR 25618). We have now begun applying this approach to critical habitat designations promulgated prior to May 31, 2012. This rule is the first in a series of rules based on our evaluation of the map(s) in each critical habitat designation at 50 CFR 17.95, 17.96, and 17.99 to determine whether or not the map(s) will be sufficient to inform the public of the boundaries of the designations and can therefore stand as the official delineation of the designation. In this rule, we are removing the textual descriptions of critical habitat boundaries from those entries at 50 CFR 17.99 (plants on the Hawaiian Islands) where we have determined that the maps are sufficient to stand as the official delineation of the designation. Unlike 50 CFR 17.95, which is organized by wildlife group (e.g., mammals) and then by species, and 50 CFR 17.96, which is organized by plant family (e.g., Asteraceae) and then by species, 50 CFR 17.99 is organized geographically: By Hawaiian island and then, for the most part, by ecosystem on that island (e.g., montane wet ecosystem). As such, the criteria we use for evaluating the sufficiency of the maps set forth at 50 CFR 17.99 differ slightly from the criteria we use for evaluating the maps set forth at 50 CFR 17.95 and 17.96. For the maps at 50 CFR 17.99, we look for a combination of certain map elements, including, but not limited to, the unit name, a clear map key, and an appropriate map scale, to determine whether or not a map is sufficient to serve as the official delineation of the designation. We do not require that there be a State or County name on the map because each Hawaiian island has its own paragraph within 50 CFR 17.99: Critical habitat designations for Kauai are set forth at § 17.99(a)(1); for Niihau, at § 17.99(a)(2); for Molokai, at § 17.99(c); for Maui, at § 17.99(e)(1); for Kahoolawe, at § 17.99(e)(2); for the northwestern Hawaiian islands (Nihoa, PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Necker, and Laysan), at § 17.99(g); for Oahu, at § 17.99(i); and for Hawaii (the big island), at § 17.99(k). In addition, given that the designations at 50 CFR 17.99 are ecosystem-based, we do not require that there be a full listing of the species names on each map, because an ecosystem may have many species designated within it. In most entries, the text preceding the map gives a full listing of species within the designated critical habitat unit, and each island (or island group) also has a Table of Protected Species that lists the species occupied and unoccupied in each unit. Other entries, such as those for the islands of Kauai and Niihau, include the species name as part of the unit name. Our evaluation of the maps at 50 CFR 17.99 found that nearly every map meets our sufficiency criteria; the only maps that do not meet our criteria are those that we need to correct. Specifically, at 50 CFR 17.99(k), Maps 97, 100, 101, and 102 are either a duplicate of another unit map or labeled with the incorrect species name. We plan to make these map corrections in a future rulemaking, and in this rule we retain the textual descriptions of those units with maps that need correction. The only textual descriptions we are removing in this rule are those set forth for the islands of Kauai, Niihau, and Hawaii at 50 CFR 17.99(a)(1), (a)(2), and (k), respectively. All of the critical habitat designations for plants on the other Hawaiian Islands have been recently updated and/or do not include detailed textual descriptions. This rule does not increase, decrease, or in any other way change the critical habitat designations from which we are removing the textual descriptions of boundaries. This administrative action will save taxpayer resources. The Service spent $75,225 to reprint the critical habitat designations at 50 CFR 17.99 for the most-recent print edition of the CFR. Based on a review of the print edition of the CFR, we estimate that this rule will remove approximately 132 pages of the relevant CFR volumes, amounting to a savings of approximately $11,220 per year in printing costs for the Service. Over many years, eliminating the need to reprint Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate pairs at 50 CFR 17.99 will result in a considerable cumulative cost savings for the Service and the public as a whole. We will publish a series of rules, of which this is the first, to remove the textual descriptions from all of the critical habitat designations at 50 CFR 17.95, 17.96, and 17.99 that have map(s) sufficient to stand as the official delineation of the designation. E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations The detailed UTM coordinates or other textual descriptions we are removing in this rule will continue to be available online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES) and at the lead field office responsible for the designation to assist the public in understanding the official boundary. We note that the Service never maintained that requiring detailed textual descriptions was legally necessary. Instead, the first critical habitat regulations required only that critical habitat designations be ‘‘accompanied by maps and/or geographical descriptions’’ (43 FR 870, 876; January 4, 1978). Although the Service subsequently added the requirement that critical habitat designations include textual descriptions describing the specific boundary limits of the critical habitat, there is nothing in the preamble to that rule indicating that the Service did so because the Act required it. Rather, it was in response to several commenters, who had opined that the proposed rule was not sufficiently clear in setting out the method by which critical habitat boundaries would be described (45 FR 13009, 13015; February 27, 1980). Removing these unnecessary textual descriptions will significantly reduce the length of some critical habitat designations, making each designation easier to locate in the CFR; will not weaken the effectiveness of the Act; and will not undermine the public’s ability to identify the boundaries of critical habitat designations. The information printed in the CFR is the legally binding delineation of critical habitat. If there is ambiguity due to the scale of the map such that additional regulatory text is needed to ensure that the public has adequate notice of the boundaries, we provide additional regulation text. The only change to the CFR that we are making with this action is removing the detailed coordinate data of the boundaries of the specific areas designated as critical habitat (i.e., latitude-longitude and UTM coordinates). We still generate those data, and make them available at http:// www.regulations.gov and at the lead field office of the Service responsible for the critical habitat designation. Neither the critical habitat designation nor the underlying data on which it is based can be changed without undergoing a further rulemaking. As stated earlier, the actions we are taking in this rule do not increase, decrease, or otherwise change the critical habitat boundaries or areas. For 50 CFR 17.99(a)(1), (a)(2), and (k), we are merely removing the reference points (i.e., UTM coordinates) of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 textual descriptions from existing final critical habitat designations, and we are doing so only where we have determined that the existing maps are sufficient to inform the public of the boundaries of the designations and can therefore stand as the official delineation of critical habitat. However, we will continue to provide the reference points of the textual descriptions at http:// www.regulations.gov and at the lead field office of the Service responsible for the critical habitat designation. The actions we are taking in this rule require that we also revise 50 CFR 17.94(b) to make clear which critical habitat designations have maps that stand as the official delineation of critical habitat and which do not. Our revisions to 50 CFR 17.94 also correct the inadvertent omission of a reference to critical habitat areas designated at ‘‘§ 17.99 (plants on the Hawaiian Islands)’’ from paragraph (a) and remove paragraphs (c) and (d). We are removing paragraph (c) because not all of our critical habitat designations include information in the CFR on the biological or physical constituent elements that are known to require special management considerations or protection in a designated area. Such information can still be found in the Federal Register publications proposing and finalizing individual critical habitat designations, as well as in the record for each critical habitat designation. This is also consistent with our regulations, which we recently updated to clarify the procedures for designating and revising critical habitat (81 FR 7414, February 11, 2016). We are removing paragraph (d) because not all of our critical habitat designations follow the sequence of species in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife at 50 CFR 17.11 or the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants at 50 CFR 17.12 (e.g., one designation for several species, such as the designation for five Tennessee and Cumberland River Basin mussel species at 50 CFR 17.95(f), and the designations at 50 CFR 17.99 that are organized by Hawaiian island and ecosystem). We are publishing this final rule without a prior proposal because we find that there is good cause for doing so pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B). The ‘‘good cause’’ exception applies when an agency finds ‘‘that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Publication of a proposed rule for this action is unnecessary because this is an administrative action that does not increase, decrease, or otherwise change critical habitat boundaries or areas. Therefore, this action will not PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 49753 affect any legal rights. Rather, it will merely reduce the publication length of some rules designating critical habitat, which will save taxpayer resources and make each designation easier to locate in the CFR. We find that it is in the best interest of the public to promulgate these administrative and technical changes to 50 CFR 17.99 and without undergoing procedures that are unnecessary. Required Determinations Regulatory Planning and Review— Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will review all significant rules. OIRA has determined that this rule is not significant. Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while calling for improvements in the nation’s regulatory system to promote predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements. Executive Order 13771 This rule is not an E.O. 13771 (‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs’’) (82 FR 9339, February 3, 2017) regulatory action because this rule is not significant under E.O. 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., whenever an agency is required to publish a notice of rulemaking for any proposed or final rule, it must prepare and make available for public comment a regulatory flexibility analysis that describes the effects of the rule on small entities (i.e., small businesses, small organizations, and small government jurisdictions). However, no regulatory flexibility E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES 49754 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations analysis is required if the head of the agency certifies the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The SBREFA amended the RFA to require Federal agencies to provide a statement of the factual basis for certifying that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. According to the Small Business Administration, small entities include small organizations such as independent nonprofit organizations; small governmental jurisdictions, including school boards and city and town governments that serve fewer than 50,000 residents; and small businesses (13 CFR 121.201). Small businesses include such businesses as manufacturing and mining concerns with fewer than 500 employees, wholesale trade entities with fewer than 100 employees, and retail and service businesses with less than $5 million in annual sales. In general, the term ‘‘significant economic impact’’ is meant to apply to a typical small business firm’s business operations. This rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities as defined under the RFA. This rule is an administrative action to remove the textual descriptions from critical habitat designations that have a map(s) sufficient to stand as the official delineation of critical habitat at 50 CFR 17.99(a)(1), (a)(2), and (k). This action does not increase, decrease, or in any other way alter the areas or boundaries of the critical habitat designations from which we are removing the textual descriptions of boundaries. This administrative action will save taxpayer resources. The Service spent $75,225 to reprint the critical habitat designations at 50 CFR 17.99 for the most-recent print edition of the CFR. Based on a review of the print edition of the CFR, we estimate that this rule will remove approximately 132 pages of the relevant CFR volumes, amounting to a savings of approximately $11,220 per year in printing costs paid by the Service. While over many years, eliminating the need to reprint Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate pairs at 50 CFR 17.99 will result in a considerable cumulative cost savings to the Service and the public as a whole, this rule will result in only a small annual savings to the Service and the public. Therefore, for the reasons above, we certify that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.) In accordance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.), the Services make the following findings: a. This rule will not produce a Federal mandate. In general, a Federal mandate is a provision in legislation, statute, or regulation that would impose an enforceable duty upon State, local, or tribal governments, or the private sector, and includes both ‘‘Federal intergovernmental mandates’’ and ‘‘Federal private sector mandates.’’ These terms are defined in 2 U.S.C. 658(5)–(7). ‘‘Federal intergovernmental mandate’’ includes a regulation that ‘‘would impose an enforceable duty upon State, local, or tribal governments’’ with two exceptions: (1) ‘‘a condition of Federal assistance’’ or (2) ‘‘a duty arising from participation in a voluntary Federal program,’’ unless the regulation ‘‘relates to a then-existing Federal program under which $500,000,000 or more is provided annually to State, local, and tribal governments under entitlement authority’’; the provision would either ‘‘increase the stringency of conditions of assistance’’ or ‘‘place caps upon, or otherwise decrease, the Federal Government’s responsibility to provide funding’’; and the State, local, or tribal governments ‘‘lack authority . . . to amend their financial or programmatic responsibilities to continue providing required services.’’ At the time of enactment, these entitlement programs were: Medicaid; AFDC work programs; Child Nutrition; Food Stamps; Social Services Block Grants; Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants; Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, and Independent Living; Family Support Welfare Services; and Child Support Enforcement. ‘‘Federal private sector mandate’’ includes a regulation that ‘‘would impose an enforceable duty upon the private sector, except (i) a condition of Federal assistance or (ii) a duty arising from participation in a voluntary Federal program.’’ This rule does not produce a Federal mandate under either of these definitions. b. This rule will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments because the revisions to the regulations in this rule should make our critical habitat designations more readerfriendly and will make the process more cost-effective for the Service and the public as a whole. As such, we do not believe that a Small Government Agency Plan is required. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Takings—Executive Order 12630 In accordance with Executive Order 12630 (‘‘Government Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Private Property Rights’’), we have evaluated this rule, and we have determined that this rule does not pose significant takings implications. The revisions to the regulations set forth in this rule do not involve individual property rights. Federalism—Executive Order 13132 In accordance with Executive Order 13132 (Federalism), the rule does not have significant Federalism effects. A federalism summary impact statement is not required. The revisions to the regulations addressed in this rule are intended to promote the usability of the regulations and make the process of designating critical habitat more costeffective, and thus should not significantly affect or burden the authority of the States to govern themselves. Civil Justice Reform—Executive Order 12988 In accordance with Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform), this rule follows the Civil Justice Reform principles for regulations that do not unduly burden the Federal judicial system, by meeting the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b) of the Executive Order. The revisions to the regulations addressed in this rule should not significantly affect or burden the judicial system. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This rule does not contain any new collections of information that require approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This rule will not impose recordkeeping or reporting requirements on State or local governments, individuals, businesses, or organizations. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) We analyzed this rule in accordance with the criteria of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), 43 CFR part 46, and 516 Departmental Manual (DM) 2 and 8. A categorical exclusion from NEPA documentation applies to policies, directives, regulations, and guidelines that are ‘‘of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature’’ E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (43 CFR 46.210(i)). However, even if an individual Federal action falls within a categorical exclusion, the Service must still prepare environmental documents pursuant to NEPA if one of the 12 exceptions listed in 43 CFR 46.215 applies. We have reviewed each of the 12 exceptions and have found that because this rule is administrative in nature, none of the exceptions apply. Therefore, this action meets the requirements for a categorical exclusion from the NEPA process. Government-to-Government Relationship With Tribes In accordance with the President’s memorandum of April 29, 1994, ‘‘Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments’’ (59 FR 22951), Executive Order 13175 ‘‘Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,’’ and the Department of the Interior Manual at 512 DM 2, we readily acknowledge our responsibility to communicate meaningfully with recognized Native American Tribes on a government-to-government basis. We have evaluated the potential effects on federally recognized Tribes from these revisions to our regulations. We have determined that there are no potential effects to federally recognized Tribes, because the revisions to the regulations are intended to promote the usability of critical habitat designations and save taxpayer monies. However, we will continue to coordinate with Tribes as we promulgate critical habitat designations. Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use Executive Order 13211 (Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use) requires agencies to prepare Statements of Energy Effects when undertaking certain actions. ‘‘Significant energy action’’ means any action by an agency (normally published in the Federal Register) that promulgates or is expected to lead to the promulgation of a final rule or regulation, including notices of inquiry, advance notices of proposed rulemaking, and notices of proposed rulemaking that is a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866 or any successor order, and is likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy; or that is designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. This rule does not qualify as a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866; will not have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy; and has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, this action is not a significant energy action and no Statement of Energy Effects is required. 49755 List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 17 Endangered and threatened species, Exports, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation. Regulation Promulgation Accordingly, we amend part 17, subchapter B of chapter I, title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as follows: PART 17—ENDANGERED AND THREATENED WILDLIFE AND PLANTS 1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361–1407; 1531– 1544; 4201–4245, unless otherwise noted. ■ 2. Revise § 17.94 to read as follows: § 17.94 Critical habitats. (a) The areas listed in § 17.95 (fish and wildlife), § 17.96 (plants), and § 17.99 (plants on the Hawaiian Islands) and referred to in the lists at §§ 17.11 and 17.12 have been determined by the Director to be critical habitat. All Federal agencies must insure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out by them is not likely to result in the destruction or adverse modification of the constituent elements essential to the conservation of the listed species within these defined critical habitats. (See part 402 for rules concerning this prohibition; see also part 424 for rules concerning the determination of critical habitat). (b) Maps. If the critical habitat map appears in . . . Then . . . (1) A critical habitat designation in § 17.99, or (2) A critical habitat designation published and effective after May 31, 2012, The map provided by the Secretary of the Interior, as clarified or refined by any textual language within the rule, constitutes the definition of the boundaries of a critical habitat. Each critical habitat area will be shown on a map, with more-detailed information discussed in the preamble of the rulemaking documents published in the Federal Register and made available from the lead field office of the Service responsible for such designation. Each area will be referenced to the State(s), county(ies), or other local government units within which all or part of the critical habitat is located. General descriptions of the location and boundaries of each area may be provided to clarify or refine what is included within the boundaries depicted on the map, or to explain the exclusion of sites (e.g., paved roads, buildings) within the mapped area. Unless otherwise indicated within the critical habitat descriptions, the names of the State(s) and county(ies) are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute the boundaries of the area. The map provided by the Secretary of the Interior is for reference purposes to guide Federal agencies and other interested parties in locating the general boundaries of the critical habitat. The map does not, unless otherwise indicated, constitute the definition of the boundaries of a critical habitat. Critical habitats are described by reference to surveyable landmarks found on standard topographic maps of the area and to the States and county(ies) within which all or part of the critical habitat is located. Unless otherwise indicated within the critical habitat description, the State and county(ies) names are provided for informational purposes only. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES (3) A critical habitat designation that specifically states that the map(s) is for informational purposes only, or (4) A critical habitat designation published and effective on or prior to May 31, 2012, that is set forth at § 17.95 or § 17.96, § 17.99 [Amended] 3. Amend § 17.99 in paragraphs (a) and (k) as demonstrated in the following tables: ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49756 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Amend By removing and reserving paragraph(s): (a)(1)(ii) ............................ (a)(1)(iii) ........................... (a)(1)(iv) ........................... (a)(1)(v) ............................ (a)(1)(vi) ........................... (a)(1)(vii) .......................... (a)(1)(viii) .......................... (a)(1)(ix) ........................... (a)(1)(x) ............................ (a)(1)(xi) ........................... (a)(1)(xii) .......................... (a)(1)(xiii) .......................... (a)(1)(xiv) ......................... (a)(1)(xv) .......................... (a)(1)(xvi) ......................... (a)(1)(xvii) ......................... (a)(1)(xviii) ........................ (a)(1)(xix) ......................... (a)(1)(xx) .......................... (a)(1)(xxi) ......................... (a)(1)(xxii) ......................... (a)(1)(xxiii) ........................ (a)(1)(xxiv) ........................ (a)(1)(xxv) ........................ (a)(1)(xxvi) ........................ (a)(1)(xxvii) ....................... (a)(1)(xxviii) ...................... (a)(1)(xxix) ........................ (a)(1)(xxx) ........................ (a)(1)(xxxi) ........................ (a)(1)(xxxii) ....................... (a)(1)(xxxiii) ...................... (a)(1)(xxxiv) ...................... (a)(1)(xxxv) ....................... (a)(1)(xxxvi) ...................... (a)(1)(xxxvii) ..................... (a)(1)(xxxviii) .................... (a)(1)(xxxix) ...................... (a)(1)(xl) ........................... (a)(1)(xli) .......................... (a)(1)(xlii) .......................... (a)(1)(xliii) ......................... (a)(1)(xliv) ......................... (a)(1)(xlv) ......................... (a)(1)(xlvi) ......................... (a)(1)(xlvii) ........................ (a)(1)(xlviii) ....................... (a)(1)(xlix) ......................... (a)(1)(l) ............................. (a)(1)(li) ............................ (a)(1)(lii) ........................... (a)(1)(liii) ........................... (a)(1)(liv) .......................... (a)(1)(lv) ........................... (a)(1)(lvi) .......................... (a)(1)(lvii) .......................... (a)(1)(lviii) ......................... (a)(1)(lix) .......................... (a)(1)(lx) ........................... (a)(1)(lxi) .......................... (a)(1)(lxii) .......................... (a)(1)(lxiii) ......................... (a)(1)(lxiv) ......................... (a)(1)(lxv) ......................... (a)(1)(lxvi) ......................... (a)(1)(lxvii) ........................ (a)(1)(lxviii) ....................... (a)(1)(lxix) ......................... (a)(1)(lxx) ......................... (a)(1)(lxxi) ......................... (a)(1)(lxxii) ........................ (a)(1)(lxxiii) ....................... (a)(1)(lxxiv) ....................... (A) (A) (A) (A) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 By removing paragraph(s): By removing the second sentence of paragraph: (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (A) (A) (A)(1) and (2) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) Jkt 244001 PO 00000 By removing the word ‘‘NOTE:’’ from paragraph: (B) (B) (B) (B) Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49757 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Amend By removing and reserving paragraph(s): (a)(1)(lxxv) ........................ (a)(1)(lxxvi) ....................... (a)(1)(lxxvii) ...................... (a)(1)(lxxviii) ..................... (a)(1)(lxxix) ....................... (a)(1)(lxxx) ........................ (a)(1)(lxxxi) ....................... (a)(1)(lxxxii) ...................... (a)(1)(lxxxiii) ..................... (a)(1)(lxxxiv) ..................... (a)(1)(lxxxv) ...................... (a)(1)(lxxxvi) ..................... (a)(1)(lxxxvii) .................... (a)(1)(lxxxviii) ................... (a)(1)(lxxxix) ..................... (a)(1)(xc) .......................... (a)(1)(xci) ......................... (a)(1)(xcii) ......................... (a)(1)(xciii) ........................ (a)(1)(xciv) ........................ (a)(1)(xcv) ........................ (a)(1)(xcvi) ........................ (a)(1)(xcvii) ....................... (a)(1)(xcviii) ...................... (a)(1)(xcix) ........................ (a)(1)(c) ............................ (a)(1)(ci) ........................... (a)(1)(cii) .......................... (a)(1)(ciii) .......................... (a)(1)(civ) ......................... (a)(1)(cv) .......................... (a)(1)(cvi) ......................... (a)(1)(cvii) ......................... (a)(1)(cviii) ........................ (a)(1)(cix) ......................... (a)(1)(cx) .......................... (a)(1)(cxi) ......................... (a)(1)(cxii) ......................... (a)(1)(cxiii) ........................ (a)(1)(cxiv) ........................ (a)(1)(cxv) ........................ (a)(1)(cxvi) ........................ (a)(1)(cxvii) ....................... (a)(1)(cxviii) ...................... (a)(1)(cxix) ........................ (a)(1)(cxx) ........................ (a)(1)(cxxi) ........................ (a)(1)(cxxii) ....................... (a)(1)(cxxiii) ...................... (a)(1)(cxxiv) ...................... (a)(1)(cxxv) ....................... (a)(1)(cxxvi) ...................... (a)(1)(cxxvii) ..................... (a)(1)(cxxviii) .................... (a)(1)(cxxix) ...................... (a)(1)(cxxx) ....................... (a)(1)(cxxxi) ...................... (a)(1)(cxxxii) ..................... (a)(1)(cxxxiii) .................... (a)(1)(cxxxiv) .................... (a)(1)(cxxxv) ..................... (a)(1)(cxxxvi) .................... (a)(1)(cxxxvii) ................... (a)(1)(cxxxviii) .................. (a)(1)(cxxxix) .................... (a)(1)(cxl) ......................... (a)(1)(cxli) ......................... (a)(1)(cxlii) ........................ (a)(1)(cxliii) ....................... (a)(1)(cxliv) ....................... (a)(1)(cxlv) ........................ (a)(1)(cxlvi) ....................... (a)(1)(cxlvii) ...................... (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 By removing paragraph(s): By removing the second sentence of paragraph: By removing the word ‘‘NOTE:’’ from paragraph: (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (A)(1) through (5) (A) (A) (A)(1) through (4) (A) (A) (A)(1) and (2) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (A) (A) (A) (A)(1) through (4) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A)(1) and (2) (B) (A) Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49758 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Amend By removing and reserving paragraph(s): (a)(1)(cxlviii) ..................... (a)(1)(cxlix) ....................... (a)(1)(cl) ........................... (a)(1)(cli) .......................... (a)(1)(clii) .......................... (a)(1)(cliii) ......................... (a)(1)(cliv) ......................... (a)(1)(clv) ......................... (a)(1)(clvi) ......................... (a)(1)(clvii) ........................ (a)(1)(clviii) ....................... (a)(1)(clix) ......................... (a)(1)(clx) ......................... (a)(1)(clxi) ......................... (a)(1)(clxii) ........................ (a)(1)(clxiii) ....................... (a)(1)(clxiv) ....................... (a)(1)(clxv) ........................ (a)(1)(clxvi) ....................... (a)(1)(clxvii) ...................... (a)(1)(clxviii) ..................... (a)(1)(clxix) ....................... (a)(1)(clxx) ........................ (a)(1)(clxxi) ....................... (a)(1)(clxxii) ...................... (a)(1)(clxxiii) ..................... (a)(1)(clxxiv) ..................... (a)(1)(clxxv) ...................... (a)(1)(clxxvi) ..................... (a)(1)(clxxvii) .................... (a)(1)(clxxviii) ................... (a)(1)(clxxix) ..................... (a)(1)(clxxx) ...................... (a)(1)(clxxxi) ..................... (a)(1)(clxxxii) .................... (a)(1)(clxxxiii) ................... (a)(1)(clxxxiv) ................... (a)(1)(clxxxv) .................... (a)(1)(clxxxvi) ................... (a)(1)(clxxxvii) .................. (a)(1)(clxxxviii) .................. (a)(1)(clxxxix) ................... (a)(1)(cxc) ........................ (a)(1)(cxci) ........................ (a)(1)(cxcii) ....................... (a)(1)(cxciii) ...................... (a)(1)(cxciv) ...................... (a)(1)(cxcv) ....................... (a)(1)(cxcvi) ...................... (a)(1)(cxcvii) ..................... (a)(1)(cxcviii) .................... (a)(1)(cxcix) ...................... (a)(1)(cc) .......................... (a)(1)(cci) ......................... (a)(1)(ccii) ......................... (a)(1)(cciii) ........................ (a)(1)(cciv) ........................ (a)(1)(ccv) ........................ (a)(1)(ccvi) ........................ (a)(1)(ccvii) ....................... (a)(1)(ccviii) ...................... (a)(1)(ccix) ........................ (a)(1)(ccx) ........................ (a)(1)(ccxi) ........................ (a)(1)(ccxii) ....................... (a)(1)(ccxiii) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxiv) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxv) ....................... (a)(1)(ccxvi) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxvii) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxviii) .................... (a)(1)(ccxix) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxx) ....................... (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 By removing paragraph(s): By removing the second sentence of paragraph: By removing the word ‘‘NOTE:’’ from paragraph: (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49759 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Amend By removing and reserving paragraph(s): (a)(1)(ccxxi) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxxii) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxxiii) .................... (a)(1)(ccxxiv) .................... (a)(1)(ccxxv) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxxvi) .................... (a)(1)(ccxxvii) ................... (a)(1)(ccxxviii) .................. (a)(1)(ccxxix) .................... (a)(1)(ccxxx) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxxxi) .................... (a)(1)(ccxxxii) ................... (a)(1)(ccxxxiii) .................. (a)(1)(ccxxxiv) .................. (a)(1)(ccxxxv) ................... (a)(1)(ccxxxvi) .................. (a)(1)(ccxxxvii) ................. (a)(1)(ccxxxviii) ................. (a)(1)(ccxxxix) .................. (a)(1)(ccxl) ........................ (a)(1)(ccxli) ....................... (a)(1)(ccxlii) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxliii) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxliv) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxlv) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxlvi) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxlvii) .................... (a)(1)(ccxlviii) ................... (a)(1)(ccxlix) ..................... (a)(1)(ccl) ......................... (a)(1)(ccli) ......................... (a)(1)(cclii) ........................ (a)(1)(ccliii) ....................... (a)(1)(ccliv) ....................... (a)(1)(cclv) ........................ (a)(1)(cclvi) ....................... (a)(1)(cclvii) ...................... (a)(1)(cclviii) ..................... (a)(1)(cclix) ....................... (a)(1)(cclx) ........................ (a)(1)(cclxi) ....................... (a)(1)(cclxii) ...................... (a)(1)(cclxiii) ..................... (a)(1)(cclxiv) ..................... (a)(1)(cclxv) ...................... (a)(1)(cclxvi) ..................... (a)(1)(cclxvii) .................... (a)(1)(cclxviii) ................... (a)(1)(cclxix) ..................... (a)(1)(cclxx) ...................... (a)(1)(cclxxi) ..................... (a)(1)(cclxxii) .................... (a)(1)(cclxxiii) ................... (a)(1)(cclxxiv) ................... (a)(1)(cclxxv) .................... (a)(1)(cclxxvi) ................... (a)(1)(cclxxvii) .................. (a)(1)(cclxxviii) .................. (a)(1)(cclxxix) ................... (a)(1)(cclxxx) .................... (a)(1)(cclxxxi) ................... (a)(1)(cclxxxii) .................. (a)(1)(cclxxxiii) .................. (a)(1)(cclxxxiv) ................. (a)(1)(cclxxxv) .................. (a)(1)(cclxxxvi) ................. (a)(1)(cclxxxvii) ................. (a)(1)(cclxxxviii) ................ (a)(1)(cclxxxix) ................. (a)(1)(ccxc) ....................... (a)(1)(ccxci) ...................... (a)(1)(ccxcii) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxciii) .................... (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 By removing paragraph(s): By removing the second sentence of paragraph: By removing the word ‘‘NOTE:’’ from paragraph: (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49760 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Amend By removing and reserving paragraph(s): (a)(1)(ccxciv) .................... (a)(1)(ccxcv) ..................... (a)(1)(ccxcvi) .................... (a)(1)(ccxcvii) ................... (a)(1)(ccxcviii) .................. (a)(1)(ccxcix) .................... (a)(1)(ccc) ........................ (a)(1)(ccci) ........................ (a)(1)(cccii) ....................... (a)(1)(ccciii) ...................... (a)(1)(ccciv) ...................... (a)(1)(cccv) ....................... (a)(1)(cccvi) ...................... (a)(1)(cccvii) ..................... (a)(1)(cccviii) .................... (a)(1)(cccix) ...................... (a)(1)(cccx) ....................... (a)(1)(cccxi) ...................... (a)(1)(cccxii) ..................... (a)(1)(cccxiii) .................... (a)(1)(cccxiv) .................... (a)(1)(cccxv) ..................... (a)(1)(cccxvi) .................... (a)(1)(cccxvii) ................... (a)(1)(cccxviii) .................. (a)(1)(cccxix) .................... (a)(1)(cccxx) ..................... (a)(1)(cccxxi) .................... (a)(1)(cccxxii) ................... (a)(1)(cccxxiii) .................. (a)(1)(cccxxiv) .................. (a)(1)(cccxxv) ................... (a)(1)(cccxxvi) .................. (a)(1)(cccxxvii) ................. (a)(1)(cccxxviii) ................. (a)(1)(cccxxix) .................. (a)(1)(cccxxx) ................... (a)(1)(cccxxxi) .................. (a)(1)(cccxxxii) ................. (a)(1)(cccxxxiii) ................. (a)(1)(cccxxxiv) ................ (a)(1)(cccxxxv) ................. (a)(1)(cccxxxvi) ................ (a)(1)(cccxxxvii) ................ (a)(1)(cccxxxviii) ............... (a)(1)(cccxxxix) ................ (a)(1)(cccxl) ...................... (a)(1)(cccxli) ..................... (a)(1)(cccxlii) .................... (a)(1)(cccxliii) ................... (a)(1)(cccxliv) ................... (a)(1)(cccxlv) .................... (a)(1)(cccxlvi) ................... (a)(1)(cccxlvii) .................. (a)(1)(cccxlviii) .................. (a)(1)(cccxlix) ................... (a)(1)(cccl) ........................ (a)(1)(cccli) ....................... (a)(1)(ccclii) ...................... (a)(1)(cccliii) ..................... (a)(1)(cccliv) ..................... (a)(1)(ccclv) ...................... (a)(1)(ccclvi) ..................... (a)(1)(ccclvii) .................... (a)(1)(ccclviii) ................... (a)(1)(ccclix) ..................... (a)(1)(ccclx) ...................... (a)(1)(ccclxi) ..................... (a)(1)(ccclxii) .................... (a)(1)(ccclxiii) ................... (a)(1)(ccclxiv) ................... (a)(1)(ccclxv) .................... (a)(1)(ccclxvi) ................... (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Oct 26, 2017 By removing paragraph(s): By removing the second sentence of paragraph: By removing the word ‘‘NOTE:’’ from paragraph: (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (C) (C) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (A) (B) (B) (C) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (A) (B) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) (A) Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 49761 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES Amend By removing and reserving paragraph(s): (a)(1)(ccclxvii) .................. (a)(1)(ccclxviii) .................. (a)(1)(ccclxix) ................... (a)(1)(ccclxx) .................... (a)(1)(ccclxxi) ................... (a)(1)(ccclxxii) .................. (a)(1)(ccclxxiii) .................. (a)(1)(ccclxxiv) ................. (a)(1)(ccclxxv) .................. (a)(1)(ccclxxvi) ................. (a)(1)(ccclxxvii) ................. (a)(1)(ccclxxviii) ................ (a)(1)(ccclxxix) ................. (a)(1)(ccclxxx) .................. (a)(1)(ccclxxxi) ................. (a)(1)(ccclxxxii) ................. (a)(1)(ccclxxxiii) ................ (a)(1)(ccclxxxiv) ................ (a)(1)(ccclxxxv) ................ (a)(1)(ccclxxxvi) ................ (a)(1)(ccclxxxvii) ............... (a)(1)(ccclxxxviii) .............. (a)(1)(ccclxxxix) ................ (a)(1)(cccxc) ..................... (a)(1)(cccxci) .................... (a)(1)(cccxcii) ................... (a)(1)(cccxciii) .................. (a)(1)(cccxciv) .................. (a)(1)(cccxcv) ................... (a)(1)(cccxcvi) .................. (a)(1)(cccxcvii) ................. (a)(1)(cccxcviii) ................. (a)(1)(cccxcix) .................. (a)(1)(cd) .......................... (a)(1)(cdi) ......................... (a)(1)(cdii) ........................ (a)(1)(cdiii) ........................ (a)(1)(cdiv) ....................... (a)(1)(cdv) ........................ (a)(1)(cdvi) ....................... (a)(1)(cdvii) ....................... (a)(1)(cdviii) ...................... (a)(1)(cdix) ....................... (a)(1)(cdx) ........................ (a)(1)(cdxi) ....................... (a)(1)(cdxii) ....................... (a)(1)(cdxiii) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxiv) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxv) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxvi) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxvii) ..................... (a)(1)(cdxviii) .................... (a)(1)(cdxix) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxx) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxxi) ...................... (a)(1)(cdxxii) ..................... (a)(1)(cdxxiii) .................... (a)(1)(cdxxiv) .................... (a)(1)(cdxxv) ..................... (a)(1)(cdxxvi) .................... (a)(1)(cdxxvii) ................... (a)(1)(cdxxviii) .................. (a)(1)(cdxxix) .................... (a)(1)(cdxxx) ..................... (a)(1)(cdxxxi) .................... (a)(1)(cdxxxii) ................... (a)(1)(cdxxxiii) .................. (a)(1)(cdxxxiv) .................. (a)(1)(cdxxxv) ................... (a)(1)(cdxxxvi) .................. (a)(1)(cdxxxvii) ................. (a)(1)(cdxxxviii) ................ (a)(1)(cdxxxix) .................. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 207 (Friday, October 27, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0009; 4500090023]
RIN 1018-BA80


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing Textual 
Descriptions of Critical Habitat Boundaries for Plants on the Hawaiian 
Islands

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are removing 
the textual descriptions of critical habitat boundaries from those 
designations for plants on the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Niihau, and 
Hawaii for which the maps have been determined to be sufficient to 
stand as the official delineation of critical habitat. For these 
entries, the boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise 
described will be the official delineation of the designation. The 
coordinates and/or plot points that we are removing from the Code of 
Federal Regulations will be available to the public at the lead field 
office of the Service responsible for the designation and online at the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal. This action does not increase, decrease, or 
otherwise change the boundaries of any critical habitat designation. We 
are taking this action in accordance with our May 1, 2012, revision of 
the regulations related to publishing textual descriptions of critical 
habitat boundaries in the Code of Federal Regulations and as part of 
our response to Executive Order 13563 (January 18, 2011) directing 
Federal agencies to review their existing regulations and then to 
modify or streamline them in accordance with what they learned.

DATES: This rule is effective November 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: This final rule is available online at the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Supporting 
documentation used in the preparation of this rule will be available 
for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at: 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Listing Policy and Support, 
MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone 703-
358-2171; facsimile 703-358-1735.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carey Galst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; 
telephone 703-358-1954; facsimile 703-358-1735. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On May 1, 2012, we published a final rule (77 FR 25611) revising 
our regulations related to publishing textual descriptions of proposed 
and final critical habitat boundaries in the Federal Register for 
codification in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In the interest 
of making the process of designating critical habitat more user-
friendly for affected parties and the public as a whole, as well as 
more efficient and cost effective, we maintained the publication of 
maps of proposed and final critical habitat designations, but made 
optional the inclusion of any textual description of the boundaries of 
the designation in the Federal Register for codification in the CFR. 
The boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise described in 
the Regulation Promulgation section of a rulemaking that is published 
in the Federal Register is the official delineation of the critical 
habitat designation. This approach began with rules published after the 
effective date of the final rule (May 31, 2012).
    Specifically, for critical habitat rules published after May 31, 
2012, the map(s), as clarified or refined by any textual language 
within the rule, constitutes the definition of the boundaries of a 
critical habitat. Each critical habitat area is shown on a map, with 
more-detailed information discussed in the preamble of the rulemaking 
documents published in the Federal Register. The map published in the 
CFR is generated from the coordinates and/or plot points corresponding 
to the location of the boundaries. These coordinates and/or plot points 
are included in the administrative record for the designation, and are 
available to the public either online or at the Service field office 
responsible for the designation or both. In addition, if the Service 
concludes that additional tools or supporting information are 
appropriate and would help the public understand the official boundary 
map, we make the additional tools and supporting information available 
on our Internet site and at the Service field office responsible for 
the critical habitat designation.

This Rule

    The preamble to the May 1, 2012, final rule (77 FR 25611) also 
explained how the Service would handle boundaries for critical habitat 
that had already been designated before May 31, 2012; the rule states 
that ``for existing critical habitat designations, we also intend to 
remove the textual descriptions of final critical habitat boundaries 
set forth in the CFR in order to save the annual reprinting cost, but 
we must do so in separate rulemakings to ensure that removing the 
textual descriptions does not change the existing boundaries of those 
designations'' (77 FR 25618). We have now begun applying this approach 
to critical habitat designations promulgated prior to May 31, 2012. 
This rule is the first in a series of rules based on our evaluation of 
the map(s) in each critical habitat designation at 50 CFR 17.95, 17.96, 
and 17.99 to determine whether or not the map(s) will be sufficient to 
inform the public of the boundaries of the designations and can 
therefore stand as the official delineation of the designation.
    In this rule, we are removing the textual descriptions of critical 
habitat boundaries from those entries at 50 CFR 17.99 (plants on the 
Hawaiian Islands) where we have determined that the maps are sufficient 
to stand as the official delineation of the designation. Unlike 50 CFR 
17.95, which is organized by wildlife group (e.g., mammals) and then by 
species, and 50 CFR 17.96, which is organized by plant family (e.g., 
Asteraceae) and then by species, 50 CFR 17.99 is organized 
geographically: By Hawaiian island and then, for the most part, by 
ecosystem on that island (e.g., montane wet ecosystem). As such, the 
criteria we use for evaluating the sufficiency of the maps set forth at 
50 CFR 17.99 differ slightly from the criteria we use for evaluating 
the maps set forth at 50 CFR 17.95 and 17.96.
    For the maps at 50 CFR 17.99, we look for a combination of certain 
map elements, including, but not limited to, the unit name, a clear map 
key, and an appropriate map scale, to determine whether or not a map is 
sufficient to serve as the official delineation of the designation. We 
do not require that there be a State or County name on the map because 
each Hawaiian island has its own paragraph within 50 CFR 17.99: 
Critical habitat designations for Kauai are set forth at Sec.  
17.99(a)(1); for Niihau, at Sec.  17.99(a)(2); for Molokai, at Sec.  
17.99(c); for Maui, at Sec.  17.99(e)(1); for Kahoolawe, at Sec.  
17.99(e)(2); for the northwestern Hawaiian islands (Nihoa, Necker, and 
Laysan), at Sec.  17.99(g); for Oahu, at Sec.  17.99(i); and for Hawaii 
(the big island), at Sec.  17.99(k). In addition, given that the 
designations at 50 CFR 17.99 are ecosystem-based, we do not require 
that there be a full listing of the species names on each map, because 
an ecosystem may have many species designated within it. In most 
entries, the text preceding the map gives a full listing of species 
within the designated critical habitat unit, and each island (or island 
group) also has a Table of Protected Species that lists the species 
occupied and unoccupied in each unit. Other entries, such as those for 
the islands of Kauai and Niihau, include the species name as part of 
the unit name. Our evaluation of the maps at 50 CFR 17.99 found that 
nearly every map meets our sufficiency criteria; the only maps that do 
not meet our criteria are those that we need to correct. Specifically, 
at 50 CFR 17.99(k), Maps 97, 100, 101, and 102 are either a duplicate 
of another unit map or labeled with the incorrect species name. We plan 
to make these map corrections in a future rulemaking, and in this rule 
we retain the textual descriptions of those units with maps that need 
correction. The only textual descriptions we are removing in this rule 
are those set forth for the islands of Kauai, Niihau, and Hawaii at 50 
CFR 17.99(a)(1), (a)(2), and (k), respectively. All of the critical 
habitat designations for plants on the other Hawaiian Islands have been 
recently updated and/or do not include detailed textual descriptions.
    This rule does not increase, decrease, or in any other way change 
the critical habitat designations from which we are removing the 
textual descriptions of boundaries. This administrative action will 
save taxpayer resources. The Service spent $75,225 to reprint the 
critical habitat designations at 50 CFR 17.99 for the most-recent print 
edition of the CFR. Based on a review of the print edition of the CFR, 
we estimate that this rule will remove approximately 132 pages of the 
relevant CFR volumes, amounting to a savings of approximately $11,220 
per year in printing costs for the Service. Over many years, 
eliminating the need to reprint Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) 
coordinate pairs at 50 CFR 17.99 will result in a considerable 
cumulative cost savings for the Service and the public as a whole.
    We will publish a series of rules, of which this is the first, to 
remove the textual descriptions from all of the critical habitat 
designations at 50 CFR 17.95, 17.96, and 17.99 that have map(s) 
sufficient to stand as the official delineation of the designation.

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    The detailed UTM coordinates or other textual descriptions we are 
removing in this rule will continue to be available online at the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES) and at the lead field office 
responsible for the designation to assist the public in understanding 
the official boundary.
    We note that the Service never maintained that requiring detailed 
textual descriptions was legally necessary. Instead, the first critical 
habitat regulations required only that critical habitat designations be 
``accompanied by maps and/or geographical descriptions'' (43 FR 870, 
876; January 4, 1978). Although the Service subsequently added the 
requirement that critical habitat designations include textual 
descriptions describing the specific boundary limits of the critical 
habitat, there is nothing in the preamble to that rule indicating that 
the Service did so because the Act required it. Rather, it was in 
response to several commenters, who had opined that the proposed rule 
was not sufficiently clear in setting out the method by which critical 
habitat boundaries would be described (45 FR 13009, 13015; February 27, 
1980).
    Removing these unnecessary textual descriptions will significantly 
reduce the length of some critical habitat designations, making each 
designation easier to locate in the CFR; will not weaken the 
effectiveness of the Act; and will not undermine the public's ability 
to identify the boundaries of critical habitat designations.
    The information printed in the CFR is the legally binding 
delineation of critical habitat. If there is ambiguity due to the scale 
of the map such that additional regulatory text is needed to ensure 
that the public has adequate notice of the boundaries, we provide 
additional regulation text. The only change to the CFR that we are 
making with this action is removing the detailed coordinate data of the 
boundaries of the specific areas designated as critical habitat (i.e., 
latitude-longitude and UTM coordinates). We still generate those data, 
and make them available at http://www.regulations.gov and at the lead 
field office of the Service responsible for the critical habitat 
designation. Neither the critical habitat designation nor the 
underlying data on which it is based can be changed without undergoing 
a further rulemaking.
    As stated earlier, the actions we are taking in this rule do not 
increase, decrease, or otherwise change the critical habitat boundaries 
or areas. For 50 CFR 17.99(a)(1), (a)(2), and (k), we are merely 
removing the reference points (i.e., UTM coordinates) of the textual 
descriptions from existing final critical habitat designations, and we 
are doing so only where we have determined that the existing maps are 
sufficient to inform the public of the boundaries of the designations 
and can therefore stand as the official delineation of critical 
habitat. However, we will continue to provide the reference points of 
the textual descriptions at http://www.regulations.gov and at the lead 
field office of the Service responsible for the critical habitat 
designation.
    The actions we are taking in this rule require that we also revise 
50 CFR 17.94(b) to make clear which critical habitat designations have 
maps that stand as the official delineation of critical habitat and 
which do not. Our revisions to 50 CFR 17.94 also correct the 
inadvertent omission of a reference to critical habitat areas 
designated at ``Sec.  17.99 (plants on the Hawaiian Islands)'' from 
paragraph (a) and remove paragraphs (c) and (d). We are removing 
paragraph (c) because not all of our critical habitat designations 
include information in the CFR on the biological or physical 
constituent elements that are known to require special management 
considerations or protection in a designated area. Such information can 
still be found in the Federal Register publications proposing and 
finalizing individual critical habitat designations, as well as in the 
record for each critical habitat designation. This is also consistent 
with our regulations, which we recently updated to clarify the 
procedures for designating and revising critical habitat (81 FR 7414, 
February 11, 2016). We are removing paragraph (d) because not all of 
our critical habitat designations follow the sequence of species in the 
List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife at 50 CFR 17.11 or the List 
of Endangered and Threatened Plants at 50 CFR 17.12 (e.g., one 
designation for several species, such as the designation for five 
Tennessee and Cumberland River Basin mussel species at 50 CFR 17.95(f), 
and the designations at 50 CFR 17.99 that are organized by Hawaiian 
island and ecosystem).
    We are publishing this final rule without a prior proposal because 
we find that there is good cause for doing so pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(3)(B). The ``good cause'' exception applies when an agency finds 
``that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, 
unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' Publication of a 
proposed rule for this action is unnecessary because this is an 
administrative action that does not increase, decrease, or otherwise 
change critical habitat boundaries or areas. Therefore, this action 
will not affect any legal rights. Rather, it will merely reduce the 
publication length of some rules designating critical habitat, which 
will save taxpayer resources and make each designation easier to locate 
in the CFR. We find that it is in the best interest of the public to 
promulgate these administrative and technical changes to 50 CFR 17.99 
and without undergoing procedures that are unnecessary.

Required Determinations

Regulatory Planning and Review--Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 provides that the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will review all significant 
rules. OIRA has determined that this rule is not significant.
    Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while 
calling for improvements in the nation's regulatory system to promote 
predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most 
innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. 
The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches 
that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for 
the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and 
consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further 
that regulations must be based on the best available science and that 
the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open 
exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent 
with these requirements.

Executive Order 13771

    This rule is not an E.O. 13771 (``Reducing Regulation and 
Controlling Regulatory Costs'') (82 FR 9339, February 3, 2017) 
regulatory action because this rule is not significant under E.O. 
12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.)

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), as amended by the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), 5 U.S.C. 
601 et seq., whenever an agency is required to publish a notice of 
rulemaking for any proposed or final rule, it must prepare and make 
available for public comment a regulatory flexibility analysis that 
describes the effects of the rule on small entities (i.e., small 
businesses, small organizations, and small government jurisdictions). 
However, no regulatory flexibility

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analysis is required if the head of the agency certifies the rule will 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. The SBREFA amended the RFA to require Federal agencies to 
provide a statement of the factual basis for certifying that the rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
    According to the Small Business Administration, small entities 
include small organizations such as independent nonprofit 
organizations; small governmental jurisdictions, including school 
boards and city and town governments that serve fewer than 50,000 
residents; and small businesses (13 CFR 121.201). Small businesses 
include such businesses as manufacturing and mining concerns with fewer 
than 500 employees, wholesale trade entities with fewer than 100 
employees, and retail and service businesses with less than $5 million 
in annual sales. In general, the term ``significant economic impact'' 
is meant to apply to a typical small business firm's business 
operations.
    This rule will not have a significant economic effect on a 
substantial number of small entities as defined under the RFA. This 
rule is an administrative action to remove the textual descriptions 
from critical habitat designations that have a map(s) sufficient to 
stand as the official delineation of critical habitat at 50 CFR 
17.99(a)(1), (a)(2), and (k). This action does not increase, decrease, 
or in any other way alter the areas or boundaries of the critical 
habitat designations from which we are removing the textual 
descriptions of boundaries.
    This administrative action will save taxpayer resources. The 
Service spent $75,225 to reprint the critical habitat designations at 
50 CFR 17.99 for the most-recent print edition of the CFR. Based on a 
review of the print edition of the CFR, we estimate that this rule will 
remove approximately 132 pages of the relevant CFR volumes, amounting 
to a savings of approximately $11,220 per year in printing costs paid 
by the Service. While over many years, eliminating the need to reprint 
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate pairs at 50 CFR 17.99 
will result in a considerable cumulative cost savings to the Service 
and the public as a whole, this rule will result in only a small annual 
savings to the Service and the public.
    Therefore, for the reasons above, we certify that this rule will 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.)

    In accordance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1501 
et seq.), the Services make the following findings:
    a. This rule will not produce a Federal mandate. In general, a 
Federal mandate is a provision in legislation, statute, or regulation 
that would impose an enforceable duty upon State, local, or tribal 
governments, or the private sector, and includes both ``Federal 
intergovernmental mandates'' and ``Federal private sector mandates.'' 
These terms are defined in 2 U.S.C. 658(5)-(7). ``Federal 
intergovernmental mandate'' includes a regulation that ``would impose 
an enforceable duty upon State, local, or tribal governments'' with two 
exceptions: (1) ``a condition of Federal assistance'' or (2) ``a duty 
arising from participation in a voluntary Federal program,'' unless the 
regulation ``relates to a then-existing Federal program under which 
$500,000,000 or more is provided annually to State, local, and tribal 
governments under entitlement authority''; the provision would either 
``increase the stringency of conditions of assistance'' or ``place caps 
upon, or otherwise decrease, the Federal Government's responsibility to 
provide funding''; and the State, local, or tribal governments ``lack 
authority . . . to amend their financial or programmatic 
responsibilities to continue providing required services.'' At the time 
of enactment, these entitlement programs were: Medicaid; AFDC work 
programs; Child Nutrition; Food Stamps; Social Services Block Grants; 
Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants; Foster Care, Adoption 
Assistance, and Independent Living; Family Support Welfare Services; 
and Child Support Enforcement. ``Federal private sector mandate'' 
includes a regulation that ``would impose an enforceable duty upon the 
private sector, except (i) a condition of Federal assistance or (ii) a 
duty arising from participation in a voluntary Federal program.'' This 
rule does not produce a Federal mandate under either of these 
definitions.
    b. This rule will not significantly or uniquely affect small 
governments because the revisions to the regulations in this rule 
should make our critical habitat designations more reader-friendly and 
will make the process more cost-effective for the Service and the 
public as a whole. As such, we do not believe that a Small Government 
Agency Plan is required.

Takings--Executive Order 12630

    In accordance with Executive Order 12630 (``Government Actions and 
Interference with Constitutionally Protected Private Property 
Rights''), we have evaluated this rule, and we have determined that 
this rule does not pose significant takings implications. The revisions 
to the regulations set forth in this rule do not involve individual 
property rights.

Federalism--Executive Order 13132

    In accordance with Executive Order 13132 (Federalism), the rule 
does not have significant Federalism effects. A federalism summary 
impact statement is not required. The revisions to the regulations 
addressed in this rule are intended to promote the usability of the 
regulations and make the process of designating critical habitat more 
cost-effective, and thus should not significantly affect or burden the 
authority of the States to govern themselves.

Civil Justice Reform--Executive Order 12988

    In accordance with Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform), 
this rule follows the Civil Justice Reform principles for regulations 
that do not unduly burden the Federal judicial system, by meeting the 
requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b) of the Executive Order. The 
revisions to the regulations addressed in this rule should not 
significantly affect or burden the judicial system.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This rule does not contain any new collections of information that 
require approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.). This rule will not impose recordkeeping or reporting 
requirements on State or local governments, individuals, businesses, or 
organizations. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is 
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    We analyzed this rule in accordance with the criteria of the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.), 43 CFR part 46, and 516 Departmental Manual (DM) 2 and 8.
    A categorical exclusion from NEPA documentation applies to 
policies, directives, regulations, and guidelines that are ``of an 
administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature''

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(43 CFR 46.210(i)). However, even if an individual Federal action falls 
within a categorical exclusion, the Service must still prepare 
environmental documents pursuant to NEPA if one of the 12 exceptions 
listed in 43 CFR 46.215 applies.
    We have reviewed each of the 12 exceptions and have found that 
because this rule is administrative in nature, none of the exceptions 
apply. Therefore, this action meets the requirements for a categorical 
exclusion from the NEPA process.

Government-to-Government Relationship With Tribes

    In accordance with the President's memorandum of April 29, 1994, 
``Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal 
Governments'' (59 FR 22951), Executive Order 13175 ``Consultation and 
Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,'' and the Department of 
the Interior Manual at 512 DM 2, we readily acknowledge our 
responsibility to communicate meaningfully with recognized Native 
American Tribes on a government-to-government basis. We have evaluated 
the potential effects on federally recognized Tribes from these 
revisions to our regulations. We have determined that there are no 
potential effects to federally recognized Tribes, because the revisions 
to the regulations are intended to promote the usability of critical 
habitat designations and save taxpayer monies. However, we will 
continue to coordinate with Tribes as we promulgate critical habitat 
designations.

Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use

    Executive Order 13211 (Actions Concerning Regulations That 
Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use) requires 
agencies to prepare Statements of Energy Effects when undertaking 
certain actions. ``Significant energy action'' means any action by an 
agency (normally published in the Federal Register) that promulgates or 
is expected to lead to the promulgation of a final rule or regulation, 
including notices of inquiry, advance notices of proposed rulemaking, 
and notices of proposed rulemaking that is a significant regulatory 
action under Executive Order 12866 or any successor order, and is 
likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, 
distribution, or use of energy; or that is designated by the 
Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a 
significant energy action. This rule does not qualify as a significant 
regulatory action under Executive Order 12866; will not have a 
significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of 
energy; and has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. 
Therefore, this action is not a significant energy action and no 
Statement of Energy Effects is required.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 17

    Endangered and threatened species, Exports, Imports, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

Regulation Promulgation

    Accordingly, we amend part 17, subchapter B of chapter I, title 50 
of the Code of Federal Regulations, as follows:

PART 17--ENDANGERED AND THREATENED WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

0
1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1361-1407; 1531-1544; 4201-4245, unless 
otherwise noted.

0
2. Revise Sec.  17.94 to read as follows:


Sec.  17.94  Critical habitats.

    (a) The areas listed in Sec.  17.95 (fish and wildlife), Sec.  
17.96 (plants), and Sec.  17.99 (plants on the Hawaiian Islands) and 
referred to in the lists at Sec. Sec.  17.11 and 17.12 have been 
determined by the Director to be critical habitat. All Federal agencies 
must insure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out by them 
is not likely to result in the destruction or adverse modification of 
the constituent elements essential to the conservation of the listed 
species within these defined critical habitats. (See part 402 for rules 
concerning this prohibition; see also part 424 for rules concerning the 
determination of critical habitat).
    (b) Maps.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
 If the critical habitat map
       appears in . . .                        Then . . .
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(1) A critical habitat         The map provided by the Secretary of the
 designation in Sec.   17.99,   Interior, as clarified or refined by any
 or                             textual language within the rule,
(2) A critical habitat          constitutes the definition of the
 designation published and      boundaries of a critical habitat. Each
 effective after May 31,        critical habitat area will be shown on a
 2012,                          map, with more-detailed information
                                discussed in the preamble of the
                                rulemaking documents published in the
                                Federal Register and made available from
                                the lead field office of the Service
                                responsible for such designation. Each
                                area will be referenced to the State(s),
                                county(ies), or other local government
                                units within which all or part of the
                                critical habitat is located. General
                                descriptions of the location and
                                boundaries of each area may be provided
                                to clarify or refine what is included
                                within the boundaries depicted on the
                                map, or to explain the exclusion of
                                sites (e.g., paved roads, buildings)
                                within the mapped area. Unless otherwise
                                indicated within the critical habitat
                                descriptions, the names of the State(s)
                                and county(ies) are provided for
                                informational purposes only and do not
                                constitute the boundaries of the area.
(3) A critical habitat         The map provided by the Secretary of the
 designation that               Interior is for reference purposes to
 specifically states that the   guide Federal agencies and other
 map(s) is for informational    interested parties in locating the
 purposes only, or              general boundaries of the critical
(4) A critical habitat          habitat. The map does not, unless
 designation published and      otherwise indicated, constitute the
 effective on or prior to May   definition of the boundaries of a
 31, 2012, that is set forth    critical habitat. Critical habitats are
 at Sec.   17.95 or Sec.        described by reference to surveyable
 17.96,                         landmarks found on standard topographic
                                maps of the area and to the States and
                                county(ies) within which all or part of
                                the critical habitat is located. Unless
                                otherwise indicated within the critical
                                habitat description, the State and
                                county(ies) names are provided for
                                informational purposes only.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sec.  17.99  [Amended]

0
3. Amend Sec.  17.99 in paragraphs (a) and (k) as demonstrated in the 
following tables:

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                                           By removing and reserving                                By removing the second       By removing the word
                  Amend                          paragraph(s):         By removing paragraph(s):    sentence of paragraph:     ``NOTE:'' from paragraph:
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(a)(1)(ii)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(iii).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(iv)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(v)...............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(vi)..............................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(vii).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(viii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ix)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(x)...............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xi)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xii).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xiii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xiv).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xv)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xvi).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xvii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xviii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xix).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xx)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxi).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxiii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxiv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxv).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxvi)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxvii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxviii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxix)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxx).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxxi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxxii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxxiii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxxiv)...........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(xxxv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxxvi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxxvii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xxxviii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xxxix)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xl)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xli).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xlii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xliii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xliv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xlv).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xlvi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xlvii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xlviii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xlix)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(l)...............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(li)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lii).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(liii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(liv).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lv)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lvi).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lvii)............................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(lviii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lix).............................                                         (A)(1) and (2)                                                     (B)
(a)(1)(lx)..............................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(lxi).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxiii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxiv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxv).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxvi)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxvii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxviii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxix)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxx).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxiii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxiv)...........................                        (A)

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(a)(1)(lxxv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxvi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxvii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxviii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxix)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxx)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxxi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxxii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxxiii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxxiv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxxv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(lxxxvi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxxvii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxxviii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(lxxxix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xc)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xci).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xcii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xciii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xciv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(xcv).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xcvi)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xcvii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xcviii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(xcix)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(c)...............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ci)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cii).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ciii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(civ).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cv)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cvi).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cvii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cviii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cix).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cx)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxi).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxiii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxiv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxv).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxvi)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxvii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxviii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxix)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxx).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxi)............................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cxxii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxiii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxiv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxvi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxvii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxviii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxix)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxx)............................                                     (A)(1) through (5)                                                     (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxiii).........................                                     (A)(1) through (4)                                                     (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxiv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxxxvi)..........................                                         (A)(1) and (2)                                                     (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxvii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxviii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxxxix)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxl).............................                                     (A)(1) through (4)                                                     (B)
(a)(1)(cxli)............................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(cxlii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxliii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxliv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxlv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxlvi)...........................                                         (A)(1) and (2)                                                     (B)
(a)(1)(cxlvii)..........................                        (A)

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(a)(1)(cxlviii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cxlix)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cl)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cli).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cliii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cliv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clv).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clvi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clvii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clviii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clix)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clx).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxiii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxiv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxvi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxvii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxviii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxix)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxx)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxiii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxiv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxvi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxvii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxviii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxx)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxxi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxxii).........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(clxxxiii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxxiv).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxxv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(clxxxvi).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxxvii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(clxxxviii).......................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(clxxxix).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxc).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxci)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxcii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cxciii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxciv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxcv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxcvi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxcvii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxcviii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cxcix)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cc)..............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cci).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccii)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cciii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cciv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccv).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccvi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccvii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccviii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccix)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccx).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxi)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxiii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxiv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxvi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxvii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxviii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxix)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxx)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)

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(a)(1)(ccxxi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxiii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxiv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxvi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxvii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxviii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxx)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxxi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxxii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxxiii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxxiv).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxxxv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxxvi).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxxvii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxxviii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxxxix).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxl)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxli)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxlii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxliii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxliv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxlv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(ccxlvi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxlvii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxlviii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxlix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccl).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccli)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccliii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccliv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclvi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cclvii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclviii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclix)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclx)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cclxii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxiii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxiv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxvi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxvii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxviii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxix)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxx)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cclxxii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxxiii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxiv).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxvi).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxvii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxxviii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxxix).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxxx)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxxxi).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cclxxxii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxxiii).......................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxxiv)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxxv).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxxvi)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxxvii).......................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cclxxxviii)......................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cclxxxix)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxc)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxci)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxcii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccxciii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)

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(a)(1)(ccxciv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxcv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxcvi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(ccxcvii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxcviii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccxcix)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccc).............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccci)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccii)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccciii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(ccciv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccv)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccvi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccvii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccviii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccix)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccx)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxi)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxii)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxiii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxiv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxv)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxvi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxvii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxviii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxix)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxx)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxi)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxii).........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cccxxiii)........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cccxxiv).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cccxxvi).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxvii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxviii).......................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxix).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxx)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxi).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxiii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxiv)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxv).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxvi)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxxxvii).......................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxxviii)......................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxxxix)........................                        (A)                                                                                   (C)
(a)(1)(cccxl)...........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxli)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxlii).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxliii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxliv).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxlv)..........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxlvi).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxlvii)........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxlviii).......................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccxlix).........................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccl)............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
(a)(1)(cccli)...........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(ccclii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccliii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccliv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclvi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclvii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclviii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclx)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxi)..........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(ccclxii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxiii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxiv).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxvi).........................                        (A)

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(a)(1)(ccclxvii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxviii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxix).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxx)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxi).........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(ccclxxii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxiii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxiv)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxv).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxvi)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxvii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxviii)......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxix)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxx).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxi)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxiii)......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxiv).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxv)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxvi).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxvii)......................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxviii).....................                        (A)
(a)(1)(ccclxxxix).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxc)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxci)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxcii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxciii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxciv).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxcv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxcvi).........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(cccxcvii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxcviii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cccxcix).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cd)..............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdi).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdii)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdiii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdiv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdv).............................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(cdvi)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdvii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdviii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdix)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdx).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxi)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxiii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxiv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxvi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxvii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxviii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxix)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxx)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxiii).........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(cdxxiv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxvi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxvii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxviii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxx)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxiii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxiv).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxvi).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxvii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxviii).......................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxxxix).........................                        (A)

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(a)(1)(cdxl)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxli)...........................                                                                                (A)                         (B)
(a)(1)(cdxlii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxliii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxliv)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxlv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxlvi)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxlvii).........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxlviii)........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdxlix)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdl).............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdli)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdlii)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdliii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdliv)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdlv)............................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdlvi)...........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdlvii)..........................                        (A)
(a)(1)(cdlviii).........................                        (A)
(a)(2)(i)...............................                        (A)                                                                                 (B)
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(k)(6)..................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(7)..................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(9)..................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(10).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(11).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(12).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(13).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(14).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(15).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(17).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(18).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(20).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(21).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(22).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(23).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(24).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(25).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(26).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(27).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(28).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(29).................................................                        (i)                       (iii)
(k)(30).................................................                        (i)                       (iii)
(k)(31).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(32).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(33).................................................                        (i)                       (iii)
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(k)(42).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(43).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(44).................................................                        (i)                       (iii)
(k)(45).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(46).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(47).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(60).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(61).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(62).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(63).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(64).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(65).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(66).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(67).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(68).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(69).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(70).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(71).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(72).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(73).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(75).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(76).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(87).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(90).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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(k)(96).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(98).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(99).................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
(k)(103)................................................                        (i)                        (ii)
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    Dated: August 30, 2017.
James W. Kurth,
Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-23399 Filed 10-26-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P