Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for Endangered Sandhills Species at the Clements Property, Santa Cruz County, California, 19091-19093 [2018-09190]

Download as PDF 19091 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 84 / Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / Notices HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: May 31, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. 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Respondents: Individuals, households, businesses, farms, nonprofits, state, local and tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents/ Estimated Number of Responses: Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. 12,000.00 400.00 400.00 25,000.00 1,250.00 8,750.00 2,000.00 12,000.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 12,000.00 400.00 400.00 25,000.00 1,250.00 8,750.00 2,000.00 12,000.00 0.50 1.50 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 6,000.00 600.00 400.00 25,000.00 1,250.00 8,750.00 2,000.00 12,000.00 $24.39 24.39 24.39 24.39 24.39 24.39 24.39 24.39 $146,340.00 14,634.00 9,756.00 609,750.00 30,487.50 213,412.50 48,780.00 292,680.00 Total ...................... 61,800.00 8.00 61,800.00 8.00 56,000.00 24.39 1,365,840.00 amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 25, 2018. Anna P. Guido, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–09219 Filed 4–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2018–N023; FXES11130800000–189–FF08EVEN00] Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for Endangered Sandhills Species at the Clements Property, Santa Cruz County, California Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from Ron Clements for a 3-year incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The application addresses the potential for ‘‘take’’ of the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper that is likely to occur incidental to the construction of outdoor recreational SUMMARY: Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01MYN1.SGM 01MYN1 19092 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 84 / Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES facilities at a property near the unincorporated town of Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, California. We invite comments from the public on the application package, which includes a low-effect habitat conservation plan. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by May 31, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may download a copy of the habitat conservation plan, draft environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, and related documents on the internet at https:// www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by U.S. mail to our Ventura office or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Please address written comments to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. You may alternatively send comments by facsimile to (805) 644–3958. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Mitcham, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, by U.S. mail to the Ventura office, or by telephone at (805) 677– 3328. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application from Ron Clements for a 3-year incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The application addresses the potential for ‘‘take’’ of the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata) and Zayante bandwinged grasshopper (Trimerotropis infantilis) likely to occur incidental to the construction of outdoor recreational facilities at 8225 Ridgeview Drive (APN: 072–441–01), near the unincorporated town of Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, California. We invite comments from the public on the application package, which includes a low-effect habitat conservation plan. This proposed action has been determined to be eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as amended. Background The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) listed the Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper as endangered on January 24, 1997 (62 FR 3616). Section 9 of the Act 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: ‘‘to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 species. ‘‘Incidental Take’’ is defined as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity (50 CFR 17.3). Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species are provided at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Issuance of an incidental take permit must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. Take of listed plants is not prohibited under the Act unless such take would violate State law. As such, take of plants cannot be authorized under an incidental take permit. Plant species may be included on a permit in recognition of the conservation benefits provided them under a habitat conservation plan. All species, including plants, covered by the incidental take permit receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)). In addition to meeting other specific criteria, actions undertaken through implementation of the habitat conservation plan (HCP) must not jeopardize the continued existence of federally listed animal or plant species. Applicant’s Proposal Ron Clements (hereafter, the applicant) has submitted a low-effect HCP in support of his application for an incidental take permit (ITP) to address take of the Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper that is likely to occur as the result of direct impacts on up to 0.214-acre (ac) (9,319 square feet (sf)) of sandhills habitat occupied by the species. Take would be associated with the construction of outdoor recreational facilities and infrastructure on an existing parcel legally described as Assessor Parcel Number: 072–441–01. The current site address is 8225 Ridgeview Drive, near the unincorporated town of Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, California. The applicant is requesting a permit for take of Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper that would result from ‘‘covered activities’’ that are related to the construction of outdoor recreational facilities. The HCP’s conservation strategy also addresses potential impacts to the federally endangered Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. pungens), which may occur at the proposed project site. A 3-year PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 incidental take permit is requested to authorize take that would occur incidental to the proposed project. The applicant proposes to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged grasshopper, and Ben Lomond spineflower associated with the covered activities by fully implementing the HCP. The following measures will be implemented: (1) A qualified biologist will collect seed of all Ben Lomond spineflower from within the project footprint for use in restoration of the site following construction activities; (2) if construction occurs during the flight season of the Mount Hermon June beetle (considered to be between May and August, annually), exposed soils will be covered with impervious materials to prevent any dispersing Mount Hermon June beetles from burrowing into exposed soil at the construction site; (3) a qualified biologist will conduct a preconstruction training that will be attended by all on-site construction personnel and those personnel will be directed to cease work and immediately contact a biologist permitted to capture and relocate the subject species if observed in an area to be impacted; (4) new outdoor lighting will feature LED bulbs that emit wavelengths of light that are less attractive for nocturnal insects; (5) following completion of the project, temporarily disturbed areas will be seeded with native sandhills plants to facilitate recolonization by the subject species; and (6) the applicant will permanently protect habitat for the Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged grasshopper, and Ben Lomond spineflower through the purchase of 0.531-ac of conservation credits at the Zayante Sandhills Conservation Bank, or from another Service-approved conservation bank. The applicant will fund up to $157,452 to ensure implementation of all minimization measures, monitoring, and reporting requirements identified in the HCP. In the proposed HCP, the applicant considers two alternatives to the proposed action: ‘‘No Action’’ and ‘‘Redesign Project.’’ Under the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative, an ITP for the proposed project would not be issued. The proposed conservation strategy and the purchase of conservation credits would not be provided to effect recovery actions for the impacted species. The ‘‘No Action’’ alternative would not result in desired improvements to the residence and would not result in benefits for the covered species; therefore, the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative has been rejected. Under the ‘‘Redesign E:\FR\FM\01MYN1.SGM 01MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 84 / Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / Notices Project’’ alternative, the applicant would reduce the area of proposed improvements by approximately 50 percent, through elimination of components of the planned outdoor recreational facilities. Under this alternative, the applicant would not achieve his desired goals and fewer conservation credits would be purchased to effect recovery; therefore, the ‘‘Redesign Project’’ alternative has also been rejected. Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of the incidental take permit is neither a major Federal action that will significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.,) nor that it will, individually or cumulatively, have more than a negligible effect on the Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante bandwinged grasshopper, and Ben Lomond spineflower. Therefore, the permit qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA. amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Next Steps We will evaluate the permit application, including the plan and comments we receive, to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the ITP would comply with section 7(a)(2) of the Act by conducting an intra-Service Section 7 consultation. Public Review We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and NEPA’s public involvement regulations (40 CFR 1500.1(b), 1500.2(d), and 1506.6). We are requesting comments on our determination that the applicant’s proposal will have a minor or negligible effect on the Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged grasshopper, and Ben Lomond spineflower, and that the plan qualifies as a low-effect HCP as defined by our Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook. We will evaluate the permit application, including the plan and comments we receive, to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will use the results of our internal Service consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether to issue the permit. If the requirements are met, we will issue an ITP to the applicant for the incidental take of Mount Hermon June VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper. We will make the final permit decision no sooner than 30 days after the date of this notice. 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 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.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: April 24, 2018. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2018–09190 Filed 4–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCO–923000.L1440000.ET0000; COC 028643 & COC 28623] Public Land Order No. 7866; Partial Withdrawal Revocation, Power Site Classification Nos. 56 and 351; Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public land order. AGENCY: This Order partially revokes a withdrawal created by Secretarial Orders dated June 30, 1923 and March 14, 1944, which established Power Site Classification Nos. 56 and 351, insofar as they affect 49.18 acres of National Forest System lands. This Order opens the lands to such uses as may be made of National Forest System lands subject to valid existing rights, the provisions of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law. DATES: This Public Land Order is effective on May 1, 2018. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19093 John D. Beck, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office, (303) 239–3882, or write: Branch of Lands and Realty, BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215–7093. 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. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Forest Service requested partial revocation affecting portions of withdrawn lands classified for potential power site development. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2018-N023; FXES11130800000-189-FF08EVEN00]


Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for Endangered Sandhills 
Species at the Clements Property, Santa Cruz County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an 
application from Ron Clements for a 3-year incidental take permit under 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The application 
addresses the potential for ``take'' of the federally endangered Mount 
Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper that is likely 
to occur incidental to the construction of outdoor recreational

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facilities at a property near the unincorporated town of Ben Lomond, 
Santa Cruz County, California. We invite comments from the public on 
the application package, which includes a low-effect habitat 
conservation plan.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
May 31, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may download a copy of the habitat conservation plan, 
draft environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, and 
related documents on the internet at https://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or 
you may request copies of the documents by U.S. mail to our Ventura 
office or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Please 
address written comments to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura 
Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola 
Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. You may alternatively send comments 
by facsimile to (805) 644-3958.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Mitcham, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, by U.S. mail to the Ventura office, or by telephone at (805) 
677-3328.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application from Ron 
Clements for a 3-year incidental take permit under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The 
application addresses the potential for ``take'' of the federally 
endangered Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata) and Zayante 
band-winged grasshopper (Trimerotropis infantilis) likely to occur 
incidental to the construction of outdoor recreational facilities at 
8225 Ridgeview Drive (APN: 072-441-01), near the unincorporated town of 
Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, California. We invite comments from the 
public on the application package, which includes a low-effect habitat 
conservation plan. This proposed action has been determined to be 
eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as amended.

Background

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) listed the Mount 
Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper as endangered on 
January 24, 1997 (62 FR 3616). Section 9 of the Act 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: ``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); however, under section 
10(a)(1)(B) of the Act, we may issue permits to authorize incidental 
take of listed species. ``Incidental Take'' is defined as take that is 
incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise 
lawful activity (50 CFR 17.3). Regulations governing incidental take 
permits for threatened and endangered species are provided at 50 CFR 
17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Issuance of an incidental take permit 
must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, 
or plant species.
    Take of listed plants is not prohibited under the Act unless such 
take would violate State law. As such, take of plants cannot be 
authorized under an incidental take permit. Plant species may be 
included on a permit in recognition of the conservation benefits 
provided them under a habitat conservation plan. All species, including 
plants, covered by the incidental take permit receive assurances under 
our ``No Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)). 
In addition to meeting other specific criteria, actions undertaken 
through implementation of the habitat conservation plan (HCP) must not 
jeopardize the continued existence of federally listed animal or plant 
species.

Applicant's Proposal

    Ron Clements (hereafter, the applicant) has submitted a low-effect 
HCP in support of his application for an incidental take permit (ITP) 
to address take of the Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged 
grasshopper that is likely to occur as the result of direct impacts on 
up to 0.214-acre (ac) (9,319 square feet (sf)) of sandhills habitat 
occupied by the species. Take would be associated with the construction 
of outdoor recreational facilities and infrastructure on an existing 
parcel legally described as Assessor Parcel Number: 072-441-01. The 
current site address is 8225 Ridgeview Drive, near the unincorporated 
town of Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, California. The applicant is 
requesting a permit for take of Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante 
band-winged grasshopper that would result from ``covered activities'' 
that are related to the construction of outdoor recreational 
facilities.
    The HCP's conservation strategy also addresses potential impacts to 
the federally endangered Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens 
var. pungens), which may occur at the proposed project site. A 3-year 
incidental take permit is requested to authorize take that would occur 
incidental to the proposed project.
    The applicant proposes to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to 
the Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged grasshopper, and Ben 
Lomond spineflower associated with the covered activities by fully 
implementing the HCP. The following measures will be implemented: (1) A 
qualified biologist will collect seed of all Ben Lomond spineflower 
from within the project footprint for use in restoration of the site 
following construction activities; (2) if construction occurs during 
the flight season of the Mount Hermon June beetle (considered to be 
between May and August, annually), exposed soils will be covered with 
impervious materials to prevent any dispersing Mount Hermon June 
beetles from burrowing into exposed soil at the construction site; (3) 
a qualified biologist will conduct a pre-construction training that 
will be attended by all on-site construction personnel and those 
personnel will be directed to cease work and immediately contact a 
biologist permitted to capture and relocate the subject species if 
observed in an area to be impacted; (4) new outdoor lighting will 
feature LED bulbs that emit wavelengths of light that are less 
attractive for nocturnal insects; (5) following completion of the 
project, temporarily disturbed areas will be seeded with native 
sandhills plants to facilitate recolonization by the subject species; 
and (6) the applicant will permanently protect habitat for the Mount 
Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged grasshopper, and Ben Lomond 
spineflower through the purchase of 0.531-ac of conservation credits at 
the Zayante Sandhills Conservation Bank, or from another Service-
approved conservation bank. The applicant will fund up to $157,452 to 
ensure implementation of all minimization measures, monitoring, and 
reporting requirements identified in the HCP.
    In the proposed HCP, the applicant considers two alternatives to 
the proposed action: ``No Action'' and ``Redesign Project.'' Under the 
``No Action'' alternative, an ITP for the proposed project would not be 
issued. The proposed conservation strategy and the purchase of 
conservation credits would not be provided to effect recovery actions 
for the impacted species. The ``No Action'' alternative would not 
result in desired improvements to the residence and would not result in 
benefits for the covered species; therefore, the ``No Action'' 
alternative has been rejected. Under the ``Redesign

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Project'' alternative, the applicant would reduce the area of proposed 
improvements by approximately 50 percent, through elimination of 
components of the planned outdoor recreational facilities. Under this 
alternative, the applicant would not achieve his desired goals and 
fewer conservation credits would be purchased to effect recovery; 
therefore, the ``Redesign Project'' alternative has also been rejected.

Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of 
the incidental take permit is neither a major Federal action that will 
significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the 
meaning of section 102(2)(C) of NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.,) nor that 
it will, individually or cumulatively, have more than a negligible 
effect on the Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged 
grasshopper, and Ben Lomond spineflower. Therefore, the permit 
qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA.

Next Steps

    We will evaluate the permit application, including the plan and 
comments we receive, to determine whether the application meets the 
requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will also evaluate 
whether issuance of the ITP would comply with section 7(a)(2) of the 
Act by conducting an intra-Service Section 7 consultation.

Public Review

    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act and the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and 
NEPA's public involvement regulations (40 CFR 1500.1(b), 1500.2(d), and 
1506.6). We are requesting comments on our determination that the 
applicant's proposal will have a minor or negligible effect on the 
Mount Hermon June beetle, Zayante band-winged grasshopper, and Ben 
Lomond spineflower, and that the plan qualifies as a low-effect HCP as 
defined by our Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook. We will evaluate 
the permit application, including the plan and comments we receive, to 
determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 
10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will use the results of our internal Service 
consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final 
analysis to determine whether to issue the permit. If the requirements 
are met, we will issue an ITP to the applicant for the incidental take 
of Mount Hermon June beetle and Zayante band-winged grasshopper. We 
will make the final permit decision no sooner than 30 days after the 
date of this notice.

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 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.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: April 24, 2018.
Stephen P. Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
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