Receipt of Application for Renewal of Incidental Take Permits; Interim Programmatic Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Endangered Mount Hermon June Beetle and Ben Lomond Spineflower, Santa Cruz County and Scotts Valley, CA, 17837-17838 [2018-08499]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 24, 2018 / Notices 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: April 6, 2018. Dana T. Wade, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing. [FR Doc. 2018–08578 Filed 4–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2016–N236; FXES11130800000–189–FF08EVEN00] Receipt of Application for Renewal of Incidental Take Permits; Interim Programmatic Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Endangered Mount Hermon June Beetle and Ben Lomond Spineflower, Santa Cruz County and Scotts Valley, CA Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit renewal application; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received requests from the County of Santa Cruz and City of Scotts Valley (applicants), for renewal of two incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The applicants have requested a renewal that will extend permit authorization by 5 years from the date the permit is reissued. If renewed, no additional take above the daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 original authorized limit of 139 acres of habitat will be authorized. The permits would authorize take of the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle, incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the Interim Programmatic Habitat Conservation Plan for the Endangered Mount Hermon June beetle and Ben Lomond spineflower. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 24, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may obtain copies of the permit renewal applications and the habitat conservation plan (HCP) on the internet at https://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or by writing to the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Attn: Permit numbers TE43708A–0 and TE44928A–0, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. In addition, we will make the permit renewal applications and HCP available for public inspection by appointment during normal business hours at the above address. Please address written comments to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, at the address above. Comments may also be sent by facsimile to (805) 644–3958. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Mitcham, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, by mail to the address in ADDRESSES or by phone at (805) 677– 3328. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received requests from the County of Santa Cruz and City of Scotts Valley (applicants) for renewal of incidental take permits TE43708A–0 and TE44928A–0 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicants have requested renewals that would extend permit authorization by 5 years from the date the permit is reissued. The applicants have agreed to follow all of the existing habitat conservation plan conditions. If renewed, no additional take above the original authorized limit of 139 acres of habitat will be authorized. The permits would authorize take of the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata), incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the Interim Programmatic Habitat Conservation Plan for the Endangered Mount Hermon June Beetle and Ben Lomond Spineflower (HCP). Background The Mount Hermon June beetle was listed by the Service as endangered on January 24, 1997. The Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanther pungens var. hartwegiana) was listed by the Service as endangered on February 4, 1994. Section 9 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17837 prohibit the ‘‘take’’ of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. ‘‘Take’’ is defined under the Act to include the following activities: ‘‘[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed wildlife species. ‘‘Incidental Take’’ is defined by the Act as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. The Code of Federal Regulations provides regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Under the Act, protections for federally listed plants differ from the protections afforded to federally listed animals. Take of listed plant species is not prohibited under the Act and cannot be authorized under a section 10 permit. Listed plant species may be included on an incidental take permit in recognition of the conservation benefit provided to them under an HCP. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. All species included in the incidental take permit would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)). The applicants have applied for renewal of their respective permits for incidental take of the endangered Mount Hermon June beetle. The potential taking would occur by activities associated with the construction of certain eligible small development projects in densely developed residential neighborhoods (as defined in the HCP) that support suitable habitat for the covered species. The 10 Project Units within the HCP boundary were identified within the communities of Ben Lomond, Felton, Mount Hermon, and Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County, California. Incidental take permits were first issued for the HCP on October 27, 2011. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit applications, plans, and associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods in ADDRESSES. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 17838 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 24, 2018 / Notices be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: April 18, 2018. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2018–08499 Filed 4–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Office, Attn: Permit number TE74732C– 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: Background DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2018–N029; 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. Notice of availability; request for comments. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Orange County Public Schools (applicant) is requesting a 3-year ITP for take of the federally listed sand skink. We request public comment on the permit application, which includes a proposed habitat conservation plan, and on our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as low effect under the National Environmental Policy Act. 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 May 24, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments and request copies of the application, including the HCP, as well as our environmental action statement or low-effect screening form, by any one of the following methods: Email: northflorida@fws.gov. Use ‘‘Attn: Permit number TE74732C–0’’ as your subject line. Fax: Field Supervisor, (904) 731– 3191, ‘‘Attn: Permit number TE74732C– 0.’’ U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Ecological Services Field daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. et seq.) and our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17 prohibit the ‘‘take’’ of fish and 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, the take authorized by an incidental take permit must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plants. Applicant’s Proposal Orange County Public Schools is requesting an incidental take permit (ITP) to take sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) through the permanent destruction of approximately 5.3 acres (ac) of occupied foraging and sheltering habitat. The take would be incidental to the construction of a school and associated facilities in Orange County, Florida. The 26.0-ac habitat conservation plan (HCP) project site is located on Orange County Parcel No. 27232500000004, within Section 25, Township 23 South, Range 27 East. The project activities also include clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with constructing a school and associated facilities. The applicant PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposes to mitigate for the take of the species by purchasing 10.6 mitigation credits within a Service-approved sand skink conservation bank. Our Preliminary Determination 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. We have determined that the applicant’s proposed HCP, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the covered species and the environment so as to be ‘‘low effect’’ and qualify for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as provided by Department of the Interior implementing regulations in part 46 of title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR 46.205, 46.210, and 46.215). 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 conduct an intraService consultation to evaluate take of the sand skink in accordance with section 7 of the ESA. We will use the results of the consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our analysis of whether or not to issue the ITP. If the requirements are met, we will issue ITP number TE74732C–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 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. E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 79 (Tuesday, April 24, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17837-17838]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-08499]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2016-N236; FXES11130800000-189-FF08EVEN00]


Receipt of Application for Renewal of Incidental Take Permits; 
Interim Programmatic Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the 
Endangered Mount Hermon June Beetle and Ben Lomond Spineflower, Santa 
Cruz County and Scotts Valley, CA

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit renewal application; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have 
received requests from the County of Santa Cruz and City of Scotts 
Valley (applicants), for renewal of two incidental take permits under 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The applicants have 
requested a renewal that will extend permit authorization by 5 years 
from the date the permit is reissued. If renewed, no additional take 
above the original authorized limit of 139 acres of habitat will be 
authorized. The permits would authorize take of the federally 
endangered Mount Hermon June beetle, incidental to otherwise lawful 
activities associated with the Interim Programmatic Habitat 
Conservation Plan for the Endangered Mount Hermon June beetle and Ben 
Lomond spineflower.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 24, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain copies of the permit renewal applications and 
the habitat conservation plan (HCP) on the internet at https://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or by writing to the Ventura Fish and Wildlife 
Office, Attn: Permit numbers TE43708A-0 and TE44928A-0, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. In 
addition, we will make the permit renewal applications and HCP 
available for public inspection by appointment during normal business 
hours at the above address. Please address written comments to Stephen 
P. Henry, Field Supervisor, at the address above. Comments may also be 
sent by facsimile to (805) 644-3958.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Mitcham, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, by mail to the address in ADDRESSES or by phone at (805) 
677-3328.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received requests from the County of 
Santa Cruz and City of Scotts Valley (applicants) for renewal of 
incidental take permits TE43708A-0 and TE44928A-0 under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicants have requested 
renewals that would extend permit authorization by 5 years from the 
date the permit is reissued. The applicants have agreed to follow all 
of the existing habitat conservation plan conditions. If renewed, no 
additional take above the original authorized limit of 139 acres of 
habitat will be authorized. The permits would authorize take of the 
federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata), 
incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the Interim 
Programmatic Habitat Conservation Plan for the Endangered Mount Hermon 
June Beetle and Ben Lomond Spineflower (HCP).

Background

    The Mount Hermon June beetle was listed by the Service as 
endangered on January 24, 1997. The Ben Lomond spineflower 
(Chorizanther pungens var. hartwegiana) was listed by the Service as 
endangered on February 4, 1994. Section 9 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.) and its implementing regulations prohibit the ``take'' of fish or 
wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. ``Take'' is 
defined under the Act to include the following activities: ``[T]o 
harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or 
collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 
1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act, we may issue 
permits to authorize incidental take of listed wildlife species. 
``Incidental Take'' is defined by the Act as take that is incidental 
to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful 
activity. The Code of Federal Regulations provides regulations 
governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species 
at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Under the Act, protections for 
federally listed plants differ from the protections afforded to 
federally listed animals. Take of listed plant species is not 
prohibited under the Act and cannot be authorized under a section 10 
permit. Listed plant species may be included on an incidental take 
permit in recognition of the conservation benefit provided to them 
under an HCP. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not 
jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant 
species. All species included in the incidental take permit would 
receive assurances under our ``No Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 
17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)).
    The applicants have applied for renewal of their respective permits 
for incidental take of the endangered Mount Hermon June beetle. The 
potential taking would occur by activities associated with the 
construction of certain eligible small development projects in densely 
developed residential neighborhoods (as defined in the HCP) that 
support suitable habitat for the covered species. The 10 Project Units 
within the HCP boundary were identified within the communities of Ben 
Lomond, Felton, Mount Hermon, and Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County, 
California. Incidental take permits were first issued for the HCP on 
October 27, 2011.

Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit applications, plans, and 
associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods 
in ADDRESSES.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying 
information, may

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be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your 
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.).

    Dated: April 18, 2018.
Stephen P. Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2018-08499 Filed 4-23-18; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4333-15-P