Final Environmental Impact Statement, Final Habitat Conservation Plan; Yolo County, California, 18859-18860 [2018-09019]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 83 / Monday, April 30, 2018 / Notices is 373,477 and the estimated hour burden per response is 1.17 hours. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 962,124 hours. (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $48,896,120. Dated: April 24, 2018. Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2018–09013 Filed 4–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2018–N032; FF08ESMF00– FXES11140800000–189] Final Environmental Impact Statement, Final Habitat Conservation Plan; Yolo County, California AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. Notice of availability of final environmental impact statement and final habitat conservation plan. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a joint final environmental impact statement and final environmental impact report (final EIS/EIR) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1967, as amended. We also announce the availability of the final habitat conservation plan (HCP) and California natural community conservation plan. These documents were prepared in support of a permit application submitted to us under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We will use these documents to inform our decision regarding issuance of the permit. SUMMARY: A record of decision will be signed no sooner than 30 days after the publication of this notice of availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the HCP and final EIS/EIR are available at https://www.fws.gov/sacramento. Copies of these documents are also available for public inspection, during regular business hours, at the Sacramento Fish nshattuck on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:01 Apr 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W 2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Address any questions to Mike Thomas, Chief, Conservation Planning Division, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, (916) 414–6600, mike_thomas@fws.gov; or Eric Tattersall, Assistant Field Supervisor, (916) 414–6600, eric_ tattersall@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The County of Yolo; the Cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland; and the Yolo Habitat Conservancy (collectively, the applicants) have applied for a 50-year incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicants prepared the final Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA and the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act of 2002. Background Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our Federal regulations (50 CFR part 17) prohibit the taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened under section 4 of the ESA. Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32, respectively. For more information about the Federal habitat conservation plan program, go to https://www.fws.gov/ endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf. Proposed Action Alternative The Service would issue an ITP to the applicants for a period of 50 years for certain covered activities. The applicants have requested an ITP for 12 covered species. Plan Area The HCP includes all lands within Yolo County, approximately 653,549 acres, and 1,174 acres in Solano County for a total combined area of 654,723 acres. Covered Activities The applicants are requesting incidental take authorization for 12 covered species that could be affected by covered activities identified in the HCP. The HCP covers the following five general categories of covered activities (collectively, Covered Activities): 1. Urban projects and activities, which include general urban development, urban public services, PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18859 infrastructure, and utilities, and urban projects in rural areas. 2. Rural projects and activities, which include general rural development, rural public services, infrastructure, and utilities, agricultural economic development, aggregate mining, and open space. 3. Public and private operations and maintenance activities. 4. Conservation strategy implementation, which includes habitat restoration, management, and enhancement activities throughout the reserve system. 5. Neighboring landowner agreements. Covered Species Twelve species are included in the HCP as Covered Species. They include ESA-listed and non-ESA-listed species. ESA Threatened California tiger salamander (Central Valley Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense) Valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus) Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) Western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis) ESA Endangered Least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) Palmate-bracted bird’s beak (Cordylanthus palmatus) Non-ESA-Listed Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) White-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus) Western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) Bank swallow (Riparia riparia) Tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The final EIS/EIR was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing an ITP based on the HCP and to inform the public of the proposed action, alternatives, and associated impacts and to disclose any irreversible commitments of resources. The final EIS/EIR analyzes three alternatives in addition to the proposed action described above. The other alternatives include a no-action (i.e., no ITP) alternative, a reduced take alternative, and a reduced development alternative. The final EIS/EIR includes all comments received on the draft EIS/EIR, draft HCP/NCCP, and responses to those comments. E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 18860 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 83 / Monday, April 30, 2018 / Notices Public Review DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The Service published a notice of intent to prepare a joint environmental impact statement and environmental impact report in the Federal Register on October 21, 2011 (76 FR 65527), announcing a 45-day public scoping period, during which the public was invited to provide written comments and attend two public scoping meetings, which were held on November 7, 2011, in West Sacramento, California. The Service published a notice of availability (NOA) of the draft EIS/EIR and draft HCP/NCCP in the Federal Register on June 1, 2017 (82 FR 25302). The NOA announced a 90-day public comment period, during which the public was invited to provide written comments and attend two public meetings, which were held on June 27, 2017, and June 29, 2017. In accordance with NEPA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce the final EIS in the Federal Register. Bureau of Indian Affairs Next Steps Issuance of an ITP is a Federal proposed action subject to compliance with NEPA. We will evaluate the application, associated documents, and the public comments we received to determine whether the requirements of NEPA regulations and section 10(a) of the ESA have been met. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will issue a Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days after the EPA publishes notice of the final EIS in the Federal Register. Subsequently, we will issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the Covered Species. Authority nshattuck on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES We publish this notice under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347 et seq.), and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1500–1508, as well as in compliance with section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 17.22. Michael Fris, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2018–09019 Filed 4–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:01 Apr 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 [189A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A51010.999900 253G] Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice informs the public that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, exercising the authority of the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs, proclaimed approximately 145 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation on March 12, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sharlene M. Round Face, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, 1849 C Street NW, MS–4642– MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208–3615. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Departmental Manual. A proclamation was issued according to the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984; 25 U.S.C. 5110) for the lands described below. These lands were proclaimed to be part of the reservation for the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation in Spokane County, Washington. SUMMARY: Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, 1 Parcel, Willamette Meridian, Spokane County, Washington, Legal Description Containing 145 Acres, More or Less West Plains Parcel (Tract 102–T–1368) The Southeast Quarter of Section 22, Township 25 North, Range 41 East, W.M., in Spokane County, Washington EXCEPT that portion conveyed to the State of Washington by deed dated June 19, 1929, recorded under Recording No. 997235 and dated July 25, 1942, recorded under Recording No. 557182A; ALSO except that portion conveyed to Spokane County for Craig Road by deed recorded June 7, 1906, under Recording No. 146192; ALSO except the east 830 feet of the South 497.5 feet of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 22, containing 145 acres, more or less after all exceptions. The above described lands contain a total of 145 acres, more or less, which PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 are subject to all valid rights, reservations, rights-of-way, and easements of record. This proclamation does not affect title to the lands described above, nor does it affect any valid existing easements for public roads, highways, public utilities, railroads and pipelines, or any other valid easements or rights-of-way or reservations of record. Dated: March 12, 2018. John Tahsuda, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, Exercising the Authority of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2018–08997 Filed 4–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [189A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. This notice informs the public that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, exercising the authority of the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs, proclaimed approximately 323.763 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico on March 12, 2018. SUMMARY: Ms. Sharlene M. Round Face, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, 1849 C Street NW, MS–4642– MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208–3615. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Departmental Manual. A proclamation was issued according to the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 986; 25 U.S.C. 5110) for the lands described below. The land was proclaimed to be the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico Reservation for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico, Santa Fe County and State of New Mexico. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 83 (Monday, April 30, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2018-N032; FF08ESMF00-FXES11140800000-189]


Final Environmental Impact Statement, Final Habitat Conservation 
Plan; Yolo County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of final environmental impact statement 
and final habitat conservation plan.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the 
availability of a joint final environmental impact statement and final 
environmental impact report (final EIS/EIR) under the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1967, as amended. We also announce the 
availability of the final habitat conservation plan (HCP) and 
California natural community conservation plan. These documents were 
prepared in support of a permit application submitted to us under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We will use these documents 
to inform our decision regarding issuance of the permit.

DATES: A record of decision will be signed no sooner than 30 days after 
the publication of this notice of availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the HCP and final EIS/EIR are available 
at https://www.fws.gov/sacramento. Copies of these documents are also 
available for public inspection, during regular business hours, at the 
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W 2605, 
Sacramento, CA 95825.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Address any questions to Mike Thomas, 
Chief, Conservation Planning Division, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife 
Office, (916) 414-6600, [email protected]; or Eric Tattersall, 
Assistant Field Supervisor, (916) 414-6600, [email protected]. If 
you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The County of Yolo; the Cities of Davis, 
West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland; and the Yolo Habitat 
Conservancy (collectively, the applicants) have applied for a 50-year 
incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 
as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicants prepared the 
final Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation 
Plan (HCP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA and the 
California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act of 2002.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our Federal 
regulations (50 CFR part 17) prohibit the taking of fish and wildlife 
species listed as endangered or threatened under section 4 of the ESA. 
Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are 
at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32, respectively. For more information about the 
Federal habitat conservation plan program, go to https://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf.

Proposed Action Alternative

    The Service would issue an ITP to the applicants for a period of 50 
years for certain covered activities. The applicants have requested an 
ITP for 12 covered species.

Plan Area

    The HCP includes all lands within Yolo County, approximately 
653,549 acres, and 1,174 acres in Solano County for a total combined 
area of 654,723 acres.

Covered Activities

    The applicants are requesting incidental take authorization for 12 
covered species that could be affected by covered activities identified 
in the HCP. The HCP covers the following five general categories of 
covered activities (collectively, Covered Activities):
    1. Urban projects and activities, which include general urban 
development, urban public services, infrastructure, and utilities, and 
urban projects in rural areas.
    2. Rural projects and activities, which include general rural 
development, rural public services, infrastructure, and utilities, 
agricultural economic development, aggregate mining, and open space.
    3. Public and private operations and maintenance activities.
    4. Conservation strategy implementation, which includes habitat 
restoration, management, and enhancement activities throughout the 
reserve system.
    5. Neighboring landowner agreements.

Covered Species

    Twelve species are included in the HCP as Covered Species. They 
include ESA-listed and non-ESA-listed species.
ESA Threatened
California tiger salamander (Central Valley Distinct Population Segment 
(DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense)
Valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus)
Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas)
Western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis)
ESA Endangered
Least Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus)
Palmate-bracted bird's beak (Cordylanthus palmatus)
Non-ESA-Listed
Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata)
Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
White-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus)
Western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea)
Bank swallow (Riparia riparia)
Tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor)

National Environmental Policy Act Compliance

    The final EIS/EIR was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing an 
ITP based on the HCP and to inform the public of the proposed action, 
alternatives, and associated impacts and to disclose any irreversible 
commitments of resources. The final EIS/EIR analyzes three alternatives 
in addition to the proposed action described above. The other 
alternatives include a no-action (i.e., no ITP) alternative, a reduced 
take alternative, and a reduced development alternative. The final EIS/
EIR includes all comments received on the draft EIS/EIR, draft HCP/
NCCP, and responses to those comments.

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Public Review

    The Service published a notice of intent to prepare a joint 
environmental impact statement and environmental impact report in the 
Federal Register on October 21, 2011 (76 FR 65527), announcing a 45-day 
public scoping period, during which the public was invited to provide 
written comments and attend two public scoping meetings, which were 
held on November 7, 2011, in West Sacramento, California. The Service 
published a notice of availability (NOA) of the draft EIS/EIR and draft 
HCP/NCCP in the Federal Register on June 1, 2017 (82 FR 25302). The NOA 
announced a 90-day public comment period, during which the public was 
invited to provide written comments and attend two public meetings, 
which were held on June 27, 2017, and June 29, 2017. In accordance with 
NEPA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce the final 
EIS in the Federal Register.

Next Steps

    Issuance of an ITP is a Federal proposed action subject to 
compliance with NEPA. We will evaluate the application, associated 
documents, and the public comments we received to determine whether the 
requirements of NEPA regulations and section 10(a) of the ESA have been 
met. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will issue a 
Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days after the EPA publishes 
notice of the final EIS in the Federal Register. Subsequently, we will 
issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the Covered 
Species.

Authority

    We publish this notice under the National Environmental Policy Act 
of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347 et seq.), and its implementing 
regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as well as in compliance with section 
10(c) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its 
implementing regulations at 40 CFR 17.22.

Michael Fris,
Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific 
Southwest Region, Sacramento, California.
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