Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL, 60758-60759 [2017-27601]

Download as PDF 60758 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 245 / Friday, December 22, 2017 / Notices Information collection Number of respondents Frequency of response Responses per annum Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost Sampled cases found to be ineligible .......... 1,457.00 1.00 1,457.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Total ...................... 11,457.00 ........................ ........................ ........................ 10,000.00 ........................ 0.00 B. Solicitation of Public Comment DATES: This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including using appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. C. Authority Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: November 14, 2017. Anna P. Guido, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–27626 Filed 12–21–17; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5997–N–81] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Annual Adjustment Factors (AAF) Rent Increase Requirement Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: HUD submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days of public comment. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Dec 21, 2017 Jkt 244001 Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inez C. Downs, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Inez.C. Downs@hud.gov, or telephone 202–402– 8046. This is not a toll-free number. Person with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Downs. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on September 5, 2017 at 82 FR 41974. ADDRESSES: A. Overview of Information Collection BILLING CODE 4210–67–P SUMMARY: Comments Due Date: January 22, 2018. Title of Information Collection: Annual Adjustment Factors (AAF) Rent Increase Requirement. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0507. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Form Number: HUD–92273–S8. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Owners of project-based section 8 contracts that utilize the AAF as the method of rent adjustment provide this information which is necessary to determine whether or not the subject properties’ rents are to be adjusted and, if so, the amount of the adjustment. Respondents (i.e. affected public): Business, Not for profit institution. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,080. Estimated Number of Responses: 8. Frequency of Response: On occasion. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average Hours per Response: 1.50 hours. Total Estimated Burden: 12,960. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond: Including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: November 24, 2017. Inez C. Downs, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–27623 Filed 12–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2017–N146; FXES11130400000EA–123–FF04EF1000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 245 / Friday, December 22, 2017 / Notices application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). Lennar Corporation (Applicant) is requesting a 15-year ITP for take of the sand skink. We request public comments on the permit application and accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), as well as on our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as low-effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by January 22, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments and request copies of the application, HCP, environmental action statement, or low-effect screening form by any one of the following methods: Email: northflorida@fws.gov. Use ‘‘Attn: Permit number TE50490C–0’’ as your subject line. Fax: Field Supervisor, (904) 731–3191, ‘‘Attn: Permit number TE50490C–0.’’ U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Ecological Services Field Office Attn: Permit number TE50490C–0, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256. In-person: You may deliver comments during regular business hours at the office address listed above under U.S. Mail. You may inspect the application, HCP, environmental action statement, or low-effect screening form by appointment during normal business hours at the same address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, telephone: (904) 731–3121; email: erin_gawera@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Background Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our implementing Federal regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17 prohibit the ‘‘take’’ of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. Take of listed fish or wildlife is defined under the ESA as ‘‘to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1532(19)). However, under limited circumstances, we issue permits to authorize incidental take—i.e., take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Dec 21, 2017 Jkt 244001 Regulations governing incidental take permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32, respectively. The ESA’s take prohibitions do not apply to federally listed plants on private lands unless such take would violate State law. In addition to meeting other criteria, an incidental take permit’s proposed actions must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plants. Applicant’s Proposal Lennar Corporation is requesting to take of approximately .31 acres (ac) of occupied sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to construction of a residential development. The 38.44-ac project site is identified with parcel identification number 05–24–27–0000– 00–001 and located within section 5, Township 24 South, Range 27 East in Orange County, Florida. The project also includes the clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with constructing a residential development. The Applicant proposes to mitigate for the take of the threatened sand skink by purchasing 0.62 mitigation credits within The Backbone Conservation Bank or another Serviceapproved sand skink conservation bank. 60759 Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, HCP, or associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods listed above in ADDRESSES. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6. Jay B. Herrington, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. 2017–27601 Filed 12–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Our Preliminary Determination Bureau of Land Management We have determined that the Applicant’s proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, we have determined that the ITP for this project is ‘‘low effect’’ and qualifies for categorical exclusion under NEPA, as provided by 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210. A low-effect HCP is one involving (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources. [17XL LLID930000 L11100000.DF0000 LXSGPL000000 4500103385] Next Steps We will evaluate the HCP and comments we receive to determine whether the ITP application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the ITP complies with section 7 of the ESA by conducting an intra-Service consultation. We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether or not to issue the ITP. If the requirements are met, we will issue ITP number TE50490C–0 to the Applicant. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of Intent To Prepare Two GreatBasin-Wide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements to Reduce the Threat of Wildfire and Support Rangeland Productivity Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to prepare two programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for BLM Districts in the Great Basin region. By this Notice BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues to be addressed in the environmental analyses. SUMMARY: This Notice initiates the public scoping process for the two programmatic EISs. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until February 20, 2018. The date(s) and DATES: E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 245 (Friday, December 22, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-27601]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-ES-2017-N146; FXES11130400000EA-123-FF04EF1000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of 
Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, 
Orange County, FL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an

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application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). Lennar Corporation (Applicant) 
is requesting a 15-year ITP for take of the sand skink. We request 
public comments on the permit application and accompanying proposed 
habitat conservation plan (HCP), as well as on our preliminary 
determination that the plan qualifies as low-effect under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination, we used 
our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which 
are also available for review.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
January 22, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments and request copies of the 
application, HCP, environmental action statement, or low-effect 
screening form by any one of the following methods:
    Email: [email protected]. Use ``Attn: Permit number TE50490C-0'' 
as your subject line.
    Fax: Field Supervisor, (904) 731-3191, ``Attn: Permit number 
TE50490C-0.''
    U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Ecological Services Field 
Office Attn: Permit number TE50490C-0, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
    In-person: You may deliver comments during regular business hours 
at the office address listed above under U.S. Mail. You may inspect the 
application, HCP, environmental action statement, or low-effect 
screening form by appointment during normal business hours at the same 
address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, telephone: (904) 731-
3121; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our implementing 
Federal regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 
part 17 prohibit the ``take'' of fish or wildlife species listed as 
endangered or threatened. Take of listed fish or wildlife is defined 
under the ESA as ``to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, 
trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such 
conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 1532(19)). However, under limited circumstances, 
we issue permits to authorize incidental take--i.e., take that is 
incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise 
lawful activity.
    Regulations governing incidental take permits for endangered and 
threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32, respectively. The 
ESA's take prohibitions do not apply to federally listed plants on 
private lands unless such take would violate State law. In addition to 
meeting other criteria, an incidental take permit's proposed actions 
must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, 
or plants.

Applicant's Proposal

    Lennar Corporation is requesting to take of approximately .31 acres 
(ac) of occupied sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) foraging and sheltering 
habitat incidental to construction of a residential development. The 
38.44-ac project site is identified with parcel identification number 
05-24-27-0000-00-001 and located within section 5, Township 24 South, 
Range 27 East in Orange County, Florida. The project also includes the 
clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with 
constructing a residential development. The Applicant proposes to 
mitigate for the take of the threatened sand skink by purchasing 0.62 
mitigation credits within The Backbone Conservation Bank or another 
Service-approved sand skink conservation bank.

Our Preliminary Determination

    We have determined that the Applicant's proposal, including the 
proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or 
negligible effects on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, we 
have determined that the ITP for this project is ``low effect'' and 
qualifies for categorical exclusion under NEPA, as provided by 43 CFR 
46.205 and 46.210. A low-effect HCP is one involving (1) minor or 
negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their 
habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental 
values or resources.

Next Steps

    We will evaluate the HCP and comments we receive to determine 
whether the ITP application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of 
the ESA. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the ITP complies 
with section 7 of the ESA by conducting an intra-Service consultation. 
We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the 
above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether or not to 
issue the ITP. If the requirements are met, we will issue ITP number 
TE50490C-0 to the Applicant.

Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit application, HCP, or 
associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods 
listed above in ADDRESSES.

Public Availability of Comments

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

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA and NEPA 
regulation 40 CFR 1506.6.

Jay B. Herrington,
Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region.
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