Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Incidental Take Permit Application, Habitat Conservation Plan for Skink Species, and Environmental Assessment for Roadway Relocation in Polk County, FL, 4674-4675 [2018-02015]

Download as PDF 4674 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 22 / Thursday, February 1, 2018 / Notices Dated: January 29, 2018. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2018–01968 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2017–N148; FXES11140400000–178–FF04E00000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Incidental Take Permit Application, Habitat Conservation Plan for Skink Species, and Environmental Assessment for Roadway Relocation in Polk County, FL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), we, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the receipt and availability of a proposed habitat conservation plan and environmental assessment related to an application for a permit associated with relocation of a 1.3-mile segment of Dude Ranch Road (project) located in Polk County, Florida. If issued, the permit would authorize take of the threatened sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to project construction. We invite the public to comment on these documents. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by March 5, 2018. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: Documents are available for public inspection by appointment during regular business hours at either of the following locations: • Atlanta Regional Office, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30345. • South Florida Ecological Services Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Submitting Comments: Submit comments by one of the following methods. Please reference TE21091C–0 in all comments. For additional guidance, please see Public Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. U.S. mail: You may mail comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Atlanta Regional Office. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Jan 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 Hand-delivery: You may hand-deliver comments to the Atlanta or the Vero Beach Offices. Email: You may email comments to david_dell@fws.gov. Please include your name and email address in your email message. If you do not receive an email confirmation from us that we have received your email message, contact us directly at either telephone number in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Dell, Regional HCP Coordinator, at the Atlanta Regional Office (see ADDRESSES); or Mr. John Wrublik, Project Manager, at the South Florida Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: 772–469–4282. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., ESA), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the receipt and availability of a proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), accompanying incidental take permit (ITP) application, and environmental assessment (EA) related to an application from Cemex Construction Materials Florida, LLC (applicant) for a permit to take sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and bluetailed mole skink (Eumeces egregius lividus) (covered species), incidental to the relocation of a 1.3-mile segment of Dude Ranch Road in Polk County, Florida. We invite the public to comment on these documents. The applicants’ proposed HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the impacts to the covered species. Per the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; NEPA), the EA analyzes the take of the covered species and impact to the environment. The applicant requests a 5-year ITP under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Environmental Assessment The EA assesses the likely environmental impacts associated with the implementation of the activities, including the environmental consequences of the no-action alternative, relocation of the roadway segment outside of the proposed footprint, and the proposed action. The proposed action alternative is issuance of the ITP and implementation of the HCP as submitted by the applicant. The applicant anticipates destroying approximately 12.1 acres of occupied sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 habitat incidental to relocation and construction of a 1.3-mile section of Dude Ranch Road in Polk County, Florida. The existing paved two-lane county roadway is being relocated, per permission of Polk County, to allow for sand mining within the existing Dude Ranch Road footprint and lands adjacent to this footprint. The applicant indicates that sand mining in this area would not be financially feasible without relocation of the roadway. Polk County requires the applicant to relocate the roadway segment to maintain access for local residents and the public to the areas adjacent to the project site. Habitat Conservation Plan The HCP includes measures to minimize and mitigate impacts to the sand skink and the blue-tailed mole skink resulting from the roadway relocation. To minimize impacts to these species and their habitat, the footprint of the relocated roadway was reduced to the greatest extent practicable. The mitigation proposed by the applicant consists of the purchase of 24.2 credits (equaling 12.1 acres of skink habitat) from the Scrub Conservation Bank (SCB) in Highlands County, Florida. The SCB, which is a Service approved conservation bank, will preserve and manage skink habitat in perpetuity. Public Comments We specifically request information, views, and opinions from the public on our proposed Federal action, including identification of any other aspects of or impacts to the human environment not already identified in the EA prepared pursuant to the NEPA regulations at 40 CFR 1506.6. Further, we specifically solicit information regarding the adequacy of the HCP per 50 CFR parts 13 and 17. 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. Covered Area Sand skinks and blue-tailed mole skinks historically occurred within xeric uplands throughout the sandy ridges of central Florida. The area encompassed by the ITP application and HCP consists of 12.1 acres of privately owned lands E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 22 / Thursday, February 1, 2018 / Notices currently leased by the applicant in Polk County, Florida. Next Steps We will evaluate the ITP application, including the HCP, and any comments we receive to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. We will also evaluate whether a section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP should be issued, as well as conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA. We will use the results of this consultation and the above findings in our final analysis to determine whether to issue the ITP. If we determine that the requirements are met, we will issue the ITP number TE21091C–0 for the incidental take of the sand skink and the blue-tailed mole skink to the applicant. Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Mike Oetker, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2018–02015 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMT926000–18X–L14400000.BJ0000; MO #4500118138] Notice of Proposed Filing of Plats of Survey: Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed official filing. AGENCY: The plats of surveys for the lands described in this notice are scheduled to be officially filed 30 calendar days after the date of this publication in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana. The surveys, which were executed at the request of the BLM, are necessary for the management of these lands. DATES: A person or party who wishes to protest this decision must file a notice of protest in time for it to be received in the BLM Montana State Office no later than 30 days after the date of this publication. ADDRESSES: A copy of the plats may be obtained from the Public Room at the BLM Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101, upon required payment. The plats may be viewed at this location at no cost. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Jan 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 Josh Alexander, BLM Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Montana; telephone: (406) 896–5123; email: jalexand@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lands surveyed are: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fifth Principal Meridian, North Dakota T. 145 N, R. 102 W Secs. 34 and 35. A person or party who wishes to protest an official filing of a plat of survey identified above must file a written notice of protest with the BLM Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Montana at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The notice of protest must identify the plat(s) of survey that the person or party wishes to protest. The notice of protest must be received in the BLM Montana State Office no later than the scheduled date of the proposed official filing for the plat(s) of survey being protested; if received after regular business hours, a notice of protest will be considered filed the next business day. A written statement of reasons in support of the protest, if not filed with the notice of protest, must be filed with the BLM Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Montana within 30 calendar days after the notice of protest is received. If a notice of protest of the plat(s) of survey is received prior to the scheduled date of official filing or during the 10 calendar day grace period provided in 43 CFR 4.401(a) and the delay in filing is waived, the official filing of the plat(s) of survey identified in the notice of protest will be stayed pending consideration of the protest. A plat of survey will not be officially filed until the next business day after all timely protests have been dismissed or otherwise resolved. If a notice of protest is received after the scheduled date of official filing and the 10 calendar day grace period provided in 43 CFR 4.401(a), the notice of protest will be untimely, may not be considered, and may be dismissed. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in a notice of protest or statement of reasons, you should be aware that the documents you submit—including your personal identifying information—may be made PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4675 publicly available in their entirety at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 43 U.S.C. Chapter 3. Joshua F. Alexander, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Montana. [FR Doc. 2018–02022 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [18XL1109AF LLUT920000 L13100000 FI0000 25–7A] Notice of Proposed Class II Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease UTU77328, Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of reinstatement. AGENCY: In accordance with Section 31 of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, Berry Petroleum Company timely filed a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease UTU77328 for lands in Duchesne County, Utah, along with all required rentals and royalties accruing from July 1, 2014, the date of termination. The BLM proposes to reinstate the lease. DATES: The BLM is proposing to reinstate the lease on March 5, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Hoffman, Deputy State Director, Lands and Minerals, Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101, phone: 801–539–4063, email: khoffman@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lessee has agreed to new lease terms for rental and royalty. The rental for UTU77328 will increase to $5 per acre or fraction thereof and the royalty will increase to 162⁄3 percent. The $500 administrative fee for the leases has been paid, and the lessee has reimbursed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the cost of publishing this notice. The following-described lands in Duchesne County, Utah, include: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-ES-2017-N148; FXES11140400000-178-FF04E00000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Incidental Take Permit 
Application, Habitat Conservation Plan for Skink Species, and 
Environmental Assessment for Roadway Relocation in Polk County, FL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), 
we, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the receipt and 
availability of a proposed habitat conservation plan and environmental 
assessment related to an application for a permit associated with 
relocation of a 1.3-mile segment of Dude Ranch Road (project) located 
in Polk County, Florida. If issued, the permit would authorize take of 
the threatened sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to 
project construction. We invite the public to comment on these 
documents.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
March 5, 2018.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: Documents are available for public inspection 
by appointment during regular business hours at either of the following 
locations:
     Atlanta Regional Office, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30345.
     South Florida Ecological Services Office, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
    Submitting Comments: Submit comments by one of the following 
methods. Please reference TE21091C-0 in all comments. For additional 
guidance, please see Public Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    U.S. mail: You may mail comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service's 
Atlanta Regional Office.
    Hand-delivery: You may hand-deliver comments to the Atlanta or the 
Vero Beach Offices.
    Email: You may email comments to [email protected]. Please include 
your name and email address in your email message. If you do not 
receive an email confirmation from us that we have received your email 
message, contact us directly at either telephone number in FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Dell, Regional HCP 
Coordinator, at the Atlanta Regional Office (see ADDRESSES); or Mr. 
John Wrublik, Project Manager, at the South Florida Ecological Services 
Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: 772-469-4282. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal 
Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., ESA), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, announce the receipt and availability of a proposed habitat 
conservation plan (HCP), accompanying incidental take permit (ITP) 
application, and environmental assessment (EA) related to an 
application from Cemex Construction Materials Florida, LLC (applicant) 
for a permit to take sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and blue-tailed 
mole skink (Eumeces egregius lividus) (covered species), incidental to 
the relocation of a 1.3-mile segment of Dude Ranch Road in Polk County, 
Florida. We invite the public to comment on these documents.
    The applicants' proposed HCP describes the mitigation and 
minimization measures proposed to address the impacts to the covered 
species. Per the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.; NEPA), the EA analyzes the take of the covered species and impact 
to the environment. The applicant requests a 5-year ITP under section 
10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Environmental Assessment

    The EA assesses the likely environmental impacts associated with 
the implementation of the activities, including the environmental 
consequences of the no-action alternative, relocation of the roadway 
segment outside of the proposed footprint, and the proposed action. The 
proposed action alternative is issuance of the ITP and implementation 
of the HCP as submitted by the applicant. The applicant anticipates 
destroying approximately 12.1 acres of occupied sand skink and blue-
tailed mole skink habitat incidental to relocation and construction of 
a 1.3-mile section of Dude Ranch Road in Polk County, Florida. The 
existing paved two-lane county roadway is being relocated, per 
permission of Polk County, to allow for sand mining within the existing 
Dude Ranch Road footprint and lands adjacent to this footprint. The 
applicant indicates that sand mining in this area would not be 
financially feasible without relocation of the roadway. Polk County 
requires the applicant to relocate the roadway segment to maintain 
access for local residents and the public to the areas adjacent to the 
project site.

Habitat Conservation Plan

    The HCP includes measures to minimize and mitigate impacts to the 
sand skink and the blue-tailed mole skink resulting from the roadway 
relocation. To minimize impacts to these species and their habitat, the 
footprint of the relocated roadway was reduced to the greatest extent 
practicable. The mitigation proposed by the applicant consists of the 
purchase of 24.2 credits (equaling 12.1 acres of skink habitat) from 
the Scrub Conservation Bank (SCB) in Highlands County, Florida. The 
SCB, which is a Service approved conservation bank, will preserve and 
manage skink habitat in perpetuity.

Public Comments

    We specifically request information, views, and opinions from the 
public on our proposed Federal action, including identification of any 
other aspects of or impacts to the human environment not already 
identified in the EA prepared pursuant to the NEPA regulations at 40 
CFR 1506.6. Further, we specifically solicit information regarding the 
adequacy of the HCP per 50 CFR parts 13 and 17.
    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.

Covered Area

    Sand skinks and blue-tailed mole skinks historically occurred 
within xeric uplands throughout the sandy ridges of central Florida. 
The area encompassed by the ITP application and HCP consists of 12.1 
acres of privately owned lands

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currently leased by the applicant in Polk County, Florida.

Next Steps

    We will evaluate the ITP application, including the HCP, and any 
comments we receive to determine whether the application meets the 
requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. We will also evaluate 
whether a section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP should be issued, as well as conduct 
an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA. We will 
use the results of this consultation and the above findings in our 
final analysis to determine whether to issue the ITP. If we determine 
that the requirements are met, we will issue the ITP number TE21091C-0 
for the incidental take of the sand skink and the blue-tailed mole 
skink to the applicant.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Mike Oetker,
Acting Regional Director.
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