Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit Applications, 8098-8101 [2018-03725]

Download as PDF 8098 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 37 / Friday, February 23, 2018 / Notices assistance to the extent allowable under the Stafford Act. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice that pursuant to the authority vested in the Administrator, Department of Homeland Security, under Executive Order 12148, as amended, Benigno Bern Ruiz, of FEMA is appointed to act as the Federal Coordinating Officer for this declared emergency. The following areas of the territory of American Samoa have been designated as adversely affected by this declared emergency: The territory of American Samoa for emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program. The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households In Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2018–03742 Filed 2–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2833. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Federal share of assistance, including direct Federal assistance, provided under section 407 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5173), with respect to a major disaster declared pursuant to such act for damages resulting from a wildfire in calendar year 2017, shall be 90 percent of the eligible costs. The adjustment to the Federal share applies to assistance provided before, on, or after the date of enactment of the Act. The major disaster declared on October 10, 2017, for the State of California is amended as follows: Federal funds for debris removal (Category A), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program is authorized at 90 percent of total eligible costs. (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households In Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050 Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency [FR Doc. 2018–03741 Filed 2–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P [Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–4344– DR; Docket ID FEMA–2018–0001] California; Amendment No. 8 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration This notice amends the notice of a major disaster for the State of California (FEMA–4344–DR), dated October 10, 2017, and related determinations. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: This amendment was issued February 9, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dean Webster, Office of Response and DATES: 18:52 Feb 22, 2018 Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–ES–2018–N005; FXES11130300000–189–FF03E00000] Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Jkt 244001 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit Applications Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained. DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before March 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send written comments by U.S. mail to the Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437–1458; or by electronic mail to permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Requesting Copies of Applications or Public Comments: Copies of applications or public comments concerning any of the applications in this notice may be obtained by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to the abovementioned office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Freedom of Information Act (5.U.S.C. 552). Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods. Please specify applicant name(s) and application number(s) to which your comments pertain (e.g., TEXXXXXX). • Email: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message. • U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne (address above). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlita Payne, 612–713–5343; permitsR3ES@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained. Background The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless the activities are specifically authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species. E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8099 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 37 / Friday, February 23, 2018 / Notices A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that it facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment We invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with the applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). Permit Applications Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. Applicant Species Location Activity Type of take Permit action TE64079B Minnesota Zoological Garden, Apple Valley, MN. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, conduct population monitoring. Capture, handle, collect eggs, propagate, release. Amend, renew. Eric Schroder, Fairmont, WV. Capture, handle, mist-net, radiotag, band, release. Amend, renew. Missouri Department of Conservation, Jefferson City, MO. Add new locations—AL, AR, CT, GA, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VT, WI, WV—to existing authorized locations: Northern IA, northern MI, central/southern AL, central/southern AR, central/southern GA, LA, central/southern MS, central/ eastern NC, SC, northern CT, DE, DC, southern/eastern MD, MA, NH, southern NJ, RI, eastern VT, central/eastern VA, KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, IA. MO ............................................................ Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. TE73587A Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae), Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek). Add Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and Virginia bigeared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) to existing permitted species: Northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis). Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishop). IA, MI, MN, ND, SD, WI ........................... TE85228B Megan Martin, Indianapolis, IN. AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI. Capture, handle, collect sperm and eggs, transport, hold, propagate, pit-tag, augment, reintroduce, release. Add new activity— band—to existing authorized activities: Capture, handle, mist-net, radio-tag, release. TE62286A Jason Whittle, Richfield, OH. Add northern longeared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) to existing permitted species: Indiana bat (M. sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens). Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis). Research, conduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Renew. TE71682A AL, AR, CT, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OH, PA, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Redwing Ecological Services, Inc., Louisville, KY. AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. TE64074B TeaLeaf Ecological, LLC, Chambersburg, PA. Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern longeared bat (M. septentrionalis), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus towsendii ingens), Virginia big-eared bat (C.t. virginianus). Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern longeared bat (M. septentrionalis), Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus towsendii virginianus). Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, wing biopsy, collect hair, fungal lift tape and swab samples, release. Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, enter hibernacula, release. Renew. TE151107 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Application No. AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, wing biopsy, collect hair, fungal lift tape and swab samples, release. Renew. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:52 Feb 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Amend, renew. Renew. 8100 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 37 / Friday, February 23, 2018 / Notices Application No. Applicant Species Location Activity Type of take Permit action Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern longeared bat (M. septentrionalis), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus towsendii ingens), Virginia big-eared bat (C.t. virginianus). Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern longeared bat (M. septentrionalis), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus towsendii ingens). Add lesser longnosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuenae) to existing permitted species: Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern longeared bat (M. septentrionalis), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus towsendii ingens), Virginia big-eared bat (C.t. virginianus). Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern longeared bat (M. septentrionalis). Add new locations—DC, FL, LA, ME, MN, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY—to existing authorized locations: AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Add new activities— collect hair and guano samples— to existing authorized activities: Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, enter hibernacula, release. Amend, renew. AR, CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, release, salvage. Renew. Add new locations—AZ, NM—to existing authorized locations: AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Add new activities— collect pollen samples, light-tag, enter roosts—to existing authorized activities: Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, wing biopsy, collect hair, guano, fungal lift tape and swab samples, enter hibernacula, release, salvage. Amend, renew. AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. New. Conduct population monitoring, document reproductive behavior and productivity. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Capture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, wing biopsy, collect hair samples, enter hibernacula and maternity roost caves, release, salvage. Harass, handle eggs, salvage. Capture, handle, mist-net, release. Amend, renew. TE74592A Robert Brown, Cincinnati, OH. TE30970B Jeffrey Miller, Vancouver, WA. TE21829B Larisa Bishop-Boros, Laramie, WY. TE70488C Scott Bergeson, Fort Wayne, IN. TE35859B Charles Mills, Newburgh, IN. Least tern (Sterna antillarum). IN .............................................................. TE90090B Power Engineers Inc., Freeport, Maine. Remove 83 mussel species and 41 fish species from existing permitted species: Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). DE, KS, ME, MA, MN, MT, NE, NH, ND, OK, RI, SD, WI, WY. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Public Availability of Comments We seek public review and comments on these permit applications. Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Comments and materials we receive in response to this notice are available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in ADDRESSES. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:52 Feb 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 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. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Amend, renew. Contents of Public Comments Please make your comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 37 / Friday, February 23, 2018 / Notices influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. Next Steps If the Service decides to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. Authority Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: January 10, 2018. Lori H. Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2018–03725 Filed 2–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–NPS0025008; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has completed an inventory of human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human remains and any present-day Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization. Representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to TVA. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to TVA at the address in this notice by March 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT11D, Knoxville, TN 37902–1401, telephone (865) 632–7458, email tomaher@tva.gov. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:52 Feb 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains under the control of TVA. The human remains were removed from the following archeological sites in Lauderdale County, AL: 1LU15, 1LU18, 1LU114, 1LU275, 1LU276, and 1LU277. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 43 CFR 10.11(d). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by TVA professional staff in consultation with representatives of the AbsenteeShawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas (previously listed as the AlabamaCoushatta Tribes of Texas); AlabamaQuassarte Tribal Town; Cherokee Nation; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Kialegee Tribal Town; Poarch Band of Creeks (previously listed as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama); Shawnee Tribe; The Chickasaw Nation; The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town; and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. History and Description of the Remains On an unknown date after April of 1982, human remains representing, at minimum, 10 individuals were removed from sites 1LU15, 1LU18, 1LU114, 1LU275, 1LU276, and 1LU277 in Lauderdale County, AL. In 1981, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) entered into a contract with Auburn University for a survey of the cultural resources on Seven Mile Island and adjacent Coffee Slough. This area is part of the Seven Mile Island Archeological District which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Natural erosion exacerbated by persistent looting raised questions regarding the condition of the sites on the island, which had not been professionally surveyed since the 1930s. Fieldwork took place from mid-December of 1981 to mid-April of 1982. Details regarding this survey may be found in a report, PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8101 The Archaeology of Seven Mile Island: A Cultural Resource Survey of the National Register District, Volume 1 & 2, by Gregory A. Waselkov and Robert T. Morgan. Sometime after the fieldwork, TVA was notified that erosion and looting had exposed human remains along the shoreline of the island. At TVA’s request, archeologists from Auburn University removed these human remains and curated them at the University. Human remains representing one individual each were collected from the surface of sites 1LU15, 1LU18, 1LU114, 1LU276, and 1LU277. Human remains representing four individuals were excavated from an eroding shoreline of site 1LU275. Human remains representing one individual were collected from a south beach surface collection unit between 1LU276 and 1LU277. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Determinations Made by the Tennessee Valley Authority Officials of TVA have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice are Native American based on osteological analysis and archeological context. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of 10 individuals of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and any present-day Indian Tribe. • According to final judgments of the Indian Claims Commission or the Court of Federal Claims, the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. • Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders indicate that the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of The Chickasaw Nation. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any federally recognized Indian Tribe not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT11D, E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2018-N005; FXES11130300000-189-FF03E00000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit 
Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to 
comment on applications for permits to conduct activities intended to 
enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened 
species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered 
species unless a permit is obtained.

DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before March 26, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments by U.S. mail to the Regional Director, 
Attn: Carlita Payne, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological 
Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-
1458; or by electronic mail to [email protected].
    Requesting Copies of Applications or Public Comments: Copies of 
applications or public comments concerning any of the applications in 
this notice may be obtained by any party who submits a written request 
for a copy of such documents to the above-mentioned office within 30 
days of the date of publication of this notice, subject to the 
requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Freedom of 
Information Act (5.U.S.C. 552).
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the 
following methods. Please specify applicant name(s) and application 
number(s) to which your comments pertain (e.g., TEXXXXXX).
     Email: [email protected]. Please refer to the respective 
permit number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of 
your email message.
     U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne (address 
above).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlita Payne, 612-713-5343; 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit 
to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival 
of endangered or threatened species. Federal law prohibits certain 
activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained.

Background

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.; ESA), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened 
species unless the activities are specifically authorized by a Federal 
permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 
of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of 
such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing 
permits for activities involving endangered species.

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    A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or 
threatened species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation 
or survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that 
it facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or 
survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife 
species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for 
endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant 
species.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public 
to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit 
number when you submit comments. Documents and other information the 
applicants have submitted with the applications are available for 
review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) 
and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

Permit Applications

    Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the 
recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in 
the wild.

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 Application No.         Applicant              Species                 Location                Activity           Type of take         Permit action
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TE64079B.........  Minnesota Zoological  Dakota skipper        IA, MI, MN, ND, SD, WI...  Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Amend, renew.
                    Garden, Apple         (Hesperia dacotae),                              absence surveys,     collect eggs,
                    Valley, MN.           Poweshiek                                        conduct population   propagate, release.
                                          skipperling                                      monitoring.
                                          (Oarisma poweshiek).
TE85228B.........  Eric Schroder,        Add Indiana bat       Add new locations--AL,     Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Amend, renew.
                    Fairmont, WV.         (Myotis sodalis)      AR, CT, GA, IL, KY, MD,    absence surveys,     mist-net, radio-
                                          and Virginia big-     MI, MN, MS, MO, NJ, NY,    document habitat     tag, band, release.
                                          eared bat             NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VT,    use, conduct
                                          (Corynorhinus         WI, WV--to existing        population
                                          townsendii            authorized locations:      monitoring,
                                          virginianus) to       Northern IA, northern      evaluate impacts.
                                          existing permitted    MI, central/southern AL,
                                          species: Northern     central/southern AR,
                                          long-eared bat (M.    central/southern GA, LA,
                                          septentrionalis).     central/southern MS,
                                                                central/eastern NC, SC,
                                                                northern CT, DE, DC,
                                                                southern/eastern MD, MA,
                                                                NH, southern NJ, RI,
                                                                eastern VT, central/
                                                                eastern VA, KS, MT, NE,
                                                                ND, SD, IA.
TE73587A.........  Missouri Department   Ozark hellbender      MO.......................  Research, conduct    Capture, handle,     Renew.
                    of Conservation,      (Cryptobranchus                                  presence/absence     collect sperm and
                    Jefferson City, MO.   alleganiensis                                    surveys, document    eggs, transport,
                                          bishop).                                         habitat use,         hold, propagate,
                                                                                           conduct population   pit-tag, augment,
                                                                                           monitoring,          reintroduce,
                                                                                           evaluate impacts.    release.
TE71682A.........  Megan Martin,         Add northern long-    AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL,    Conduct presence/    Add new activity--   Amend, renew.
                    Indianapolis, IN.     eared bat (Myotis     GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, MA,    absence surveys,     band--to existing
                                          septentrionalis) to   MD, MI, MS, MN, MO, NH,    document habitat     authorized
                                          existing permitted    NJ, NY, NC, OK, OH, PA,    use, conduct         activities:
                                          species: Indiana      RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV,    population           Capture, handle,
                                          bat (M. sodalis),     WI.                        monitoring,          mist-net, radio-
                                          gray bat (M.                                     evaluate impacts.    tag, release.
                                          grisescens).
TE62286A.........  Jason Whittle,        Indiana bat (Myotis   AL, AR, CT, GA, IL, IN,    Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Renew.
                    Richfield, OH.        sodalis), northern    IA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI,    absence surveys,     mist-net, harp
                                          long-eared bat (M.    MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC,    document habitat     trap, radio-tag,
                                          septentrionalis).     OK, OH, PA, SC, TN, VT,    use, conduct         band, wing biopsy,
                                                                VA, WV.                    population           collect hair,
                                                                                           monitoring,          fungal lift tape
                                                                                           evaluate impacts.    and swab samples,
                                                                                                                release.
TE151107.........  Redwing Ecological    Indiana bat (Myotis   AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL,    Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Renew.
                    Services, Inc.,       sodalis), gray bat    IN, IA, KY, MD, MA, MI,    absence surveys,     mist-net, harp
                    Louisville, KY.       (M. grisescens),      MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC,    document habitat     trap, radio-tag,
                                          northern long-eared   OK, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN,    use, conduct         band, enter
                                          bat (M.               VT, VA, WV, WI.            population           hibernacula,
                                          septentrionalis),                                monitoring,          release.
                                          Ozark big-eared bat                              evaluate impacts.
                                          (Corynorhinus
                                          towsendii ingens),
                                          Virginia big-eared
                                          bat (C.t.
                                          virginianus).
TE64074B.........  TeaLeaf Ecological,   Indiana bat (Myotis   AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL,    Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Renew.
                    LLC, Chambersburg,    sodalis), gray bat    GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY,    absence surveys,     mist-net, harp
                    PA.                   (M. grisescens),      LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN,    document habitat     trap, radio-tag,
                                          northern long-eared   MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ,    use, conduct         band, wing biopsy,
                                          bat (M.               NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA,    population           collect hair,
                                          septentrionalis),     RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA,    monitoring,          fungal lift tape
                                          Virginia big-eared    WV, WI, WY.                evaluate impacts.    and swab samples,
                                          bat (Corynorhinus                                                     release.
                                          towsendii
                                          virginianus).

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TE74592A.........  Robert Brown,         Indiana bat (Myotis   Add new locations--DC,     Conduct presence/    Add new activities-- Amend, renew.
                    Cincinnati, OH.       sodalis), gray bat    FL, LA, ME, MN, MT, NE,    absence surveys,     collect hair and
                                          (M. grisescens),      ND, SD, WY--to existing    document habitat     guano samples--to
                                          northern long-eared   authorized locations:      use, conduct         existing
                                          bat (M.               AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL,    population           authorized
                                          septentrionalis),     IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MA,    monitoring,          activities:
                                          Ozark big-eared bat   MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY,    evaluate impacts.    Capture, handle,
                                          (Corynorhinus         NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC,                         mist-net, harp
                                          towsendii ingens),    TN, VT, VA, WV, WI.                             trap, radio-tag,
                                          Virginia big-eared                                                    band, enter
                                          bat (C.t.                                                             hibernacula,
                                          virginianus).                                                         release.
TE30970B.........  Jeffrey Miller,       Indiana bat (Myotis   AR, CT, DE, DC, IL, IN,    Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Renew.
                    Vancouver, WA.        sodalis), gray bat    IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA,    absence surveys,     mist-net, harp
                                          (M. grisescens),      MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY,    document habitat     trap, radio-tag,
                                          northern long-eared   ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD,    use, conduct         release, salvage.
                                          bat (M.               TN, VT, VA, WV, WI.        population
                                          septentrionalis),                                monitoring,
                                          Ozark big-eared bat                              evaluate impacts.
                                          (Corynorhinus
                                          towsendii ingens).
TE21829B.........  Larisa Bishop-Boros,  Add lesser long-      Add new locations--AZ,     Conduct presence/    Add new activities-- Amend, renew.
                    Laramie, WY.          nosed bat             NM--to existing            absence surveys,     collect pollen
                                          (Leptonycteris        authorized locations:      document habitat     samples, light-
                                          curasoae              AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL,    use, conduct         tag, enter roosts--
                                          yerbabuenae) to       GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY,    population           to existing
                                          existing permitted    LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN,    monitoring,          authorized
                                          species: Indiana      MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ,    evaluate impacts.    activities:
                                          bat (Myotis           NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA,                         Capture, handle,
                                          sodalis), gray bat    RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA,                         mist-net, harp
                                          (M. grisescens),      WV, WI, WY.                                     trap, radio-tag,
                                          northern long-eared                                                   wing biopsy,
                                          bat (M.                                                               collect hair,
                                          septentrionalis),                                                     guano, fungal lift
                                          Ozark big-eared bat                                                   tape and swab
                                          (Corynorhinus                                                         samples, enter
                                          towsendii ingens),                                                    hibernacula,
                                          Virginia big-eared                                                    release, salvage.
                                          bat (C.t.
                                          virginianus).
TE70488C.........  Scott Bergeson, Fort  Indiana bat (Myotis   AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA,    Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     New.
                    Wayne, IN.            sodalis), gray bat    IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD,    absence surveys,     mist-net, harp
                                          (M. grisescens),      MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE,    document habitat     trap, radio-tag,
                                          northern long-eared   NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK,    use, conduct         band, wing biopsy,
                                          bat (M.               PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT,    population           collect hair
                                          septentrionalis).     VA, WV, WI.                monitoring,          samples, enter
                                                                                           evaluate impacts.    hibernacula and
                                                                                                                maternity roost
                                                                                                                caves, release,
                                                                                                                salvage.
TE35859B.........  Charles Mills,        Least tern (Sterna    IN.......................  Conduct population   Harass, handle       Amend, renew.
                    Newburgh, IN.         antillarum).                                     monitoring,          eggs, salvage.
                                                                                           document
                                                                                           reproductive
                                                                                           behavior and
                                                                                           productivity.
TE90090B.........  Power Engineers       Remove 83 mussel      DE, KS, ME, MA, MN, MT,    Conduct presence/    Capture, handle,     Amend, renew.
                    Inc., Freeport,       species and 41 fish   NE, NH, ND, OK, RI, SD,    absence surveys,     mist-net, release.
                    Maine.                species from          WI, WY.                    document habitat
                                          existing permitted                               use, conduct
                                          species: Northern                                population
                                          long-eared bat                                   monitoring,
                                          (Myotis                                          evaluate impacts.
                                          septentrionalis).
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Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Comments 
and materials we receive in response to this notice are available for 
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    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
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influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative 
information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and 
analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations.

Next Steps

    If the Service decides to issue permits to any of the applicants 
listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal 
Register.

Authority

    Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: January 10, 2018.
Lori H. Nordstrom,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2018-03725 Filed 2-22-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P