Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Two Habitat Conservation Plans for Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink, Osceola and Polk Counties, FL, 3810-3811 [2019-02192]

Download as PDF 3810 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices Application No. Applicant, city, state TE–05665B ............ Lisa Achter, Grass Valley, California. TE–12771D ........... Lynn Sweet ................... Species • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), • Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), • Least Bell’s vireo (Vireo belli pusillus). • California tiger salamander (Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense). • Triple-ribbed milkvetch (Astragalus tricarinatus). Activity Capture, handle, and release. Amend. CA Remove/reduce to possession from lands under Federal jurisdiction. Collect tissue and whole plants. New. Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Fish and Wildlife Service Authority We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Angela Picco, Acting Chief of Ecological Services, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2019–02103 Filed 2–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 [FWS–R4–ES–2018–N134; FXES11140400000–178–FF04EF2000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Two Habitat Conservation Plans for Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink, Osceola and Polk Counties, FL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received two applications for incidental take permits (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. Florida Bramingham, Inc. (Permit TE94080C–0) and Palmetto Lake WalesHwy 60, LLC (Permit 94085C–0) (applicants) are requesting individual ITPs for take of sand skink and bluetailed mole skink. We request public comments on these permit applications, each of which includes a habitat conservation plan (HCP), and our preliminary determinations that these HCPs qualify as low effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make these determinations, we used our environmental action statements and low-effect screening forms, which are also available for review. SUMMARY: We must receive your written comments on or before March 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents by any of the following methods. Be sure to specify clearly the ITP applications for which you want documents. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00064 Permit action Survey .......................... DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. Type of take CA Public Availability of Comments Next Steps khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Location Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Telephone: Alfredo Begazo, at 772– 469–4234. • Email: alfredo_begazo@fws.gov. • U.S. mail: Alfredo Begazo, South Florida Ecological Services Office; Attn: ‘‘Florida Bramingham, Inc. Permit-TE 94080C–0’’ and/or ‘‘Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC Permit-TE 94085C–0,’’ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 1339 20th Street; Vero Beach, FL 32960–3559. • In-person review: The documents are available for public inspection by appointment during normal business hours at the above address. Please call to make an appointment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Alfredo Begazo, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, South Florida Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES). We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received two applications for incidental take permits (ITPs) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Florida Bramingham, Inc. is requesting a 30-year ITP, and Palmetto Lake WalesHwy 60, LLC is requesting a 5-year ITP for the take of the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and threatened blue-tailed mole skink (Eumeces egregious) (skinks). We request public comment on these permit applications, habitat conservation plans (HCPs), and on our preliminary determinations that these HCPs qualify as categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make these determinations, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening forms, which are also available for review. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices Public Comments Submitting Comments If you wish to comment on any of the documents, you may do so via any one of the following methods. Be sure to specify clearly the ITP applications on which you are commenting. • Email, U.S. mail, or In-person dropoff: See ADDRESSES. • Fax: Alfredo Begazo, 772–562– 4288. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may 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. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Applicants’ Proposed Projects Each applicant requests a permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act. If we issue either permit, the applicant anticipates taking sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to land preparation and construction. The amount of habitat loss for each proposed project is as follows: • Florida Bramingham, Inc. (TE94080C–0) anticipates destroying 13.1 acres of species feeding, breeding, and sheltering habitat incidental to land preparation and construction in Section 14, Township 25 South, and Range 27 East, in Osceola County, Florida. • Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC (TE94085C–0) anticipates destroying 1.13 acres of species feeding, breeding, and sheltering habitat incidental to land preparation and construction in Sections 7 and 8, Township 30 South, and Range 29 East, in Polk County, Florida. Each applicant proposes to mitigate for impacts to the species by purchasing credits from a Service-approved conservation bank as follows: • Florida Bramingham, Inc. proposes to purchase the equivalent of 26.2 acres of credits. • Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC proposes to purchase the equivalent of 2.26 acres of credits. Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that each applicant’s project, including the minimization and mitigation measures, will individually and cumulatively have a minor or negligible effect on the species covered VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 in its HCP. Therefore, issuance of either of the ITPs would be a ‘‘low-effect’’ action and qualify as a categorical exclusion under the NEPA, as provided by 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210. A loweffect HCP is one involving: (1) Minor or negligible effects on federally listed, proposed, and candidate species and their habitats; (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources; and, (3) impacts that, when considered together with the impacts of other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable similarly situated projects, would not result over time in cumulative effects to environmental values or resources that would be considered significant. Next Steps We will evaluate each HCP and the comments we receive to determine whether the ITP application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. We will also conduct an intraService consultation on each application to evaluate take of the skinks in accordance with section 7 of the ESA. We will use the results of these consultations, in combination with the above findings, in our analysis of whether or not to issue each ITP. If the requirements are met, we will issue ITP number TE94080C–0 to Florida Bramingham, Inc. and TE94085C–0 to Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC. Authority We provide this notice under Section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Roxanna Hinzman, Field Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office. [FR Doc. 2019–02192 Filed 2–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2018–N143; FXES11140400000–178–FF04EF2000] Renewal of Incidental Take Permit for Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink, Osceola County, FL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce receipt of an application for the renewal of an existing incidental take permit (ITP). The applicants are requesting a 5-year renewal of their existing 2-year ITP SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3811 under the Endangered Species Act. The existing ITP expired on June 6, 2018. If granted, the renewed ITP would extend authorization for take of the federally threatened sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink (skinks) incidental to the construction of a single-family residential development located in Osceola County, Florida. The coapplicants are JKAF Investments, LLC, and Kathryn Kendrick Davidow Trust. We request public comments on the permit application, the habitat conservation plan (HCP), and our preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as low effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which is also available for review. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before March 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents by any of the following methods: • Telephone: Alfredo Begazo, 772– 469–4234 (telephone). • Email: alfredo_begazo@fws.gov. • U.S. mail: Alfredo Begazo, South Florida Ecological Services Office; Attn: JKAF Investments, LLC, and Kathryn Kendrick Davidow Trust Permit TE 8166B–1, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960–3559. • In-person review: The documents are available for public inspection by appointment during normal business hours at the above address. Please call to make an appointment. • Fax: Alfredo Begazo, 772–562– 4288. Submitting Comments: If you wish to comment on any of the documents, you may do so by submitting your comment in writing to the email address, U.S. mail address (mail or hand-carrying), or fax number above. Please also see Public Availability of Comments in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Alfredo Begazo, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, South Florida Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES), 772– 469–4234 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application for the renewal of an existing ITP under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The co-applicants are JKAF Investments, LLC, and Kathryn Kendrick Davidow Trust, and they seek a 5-year renewal of an ITP that expired on June 29, 2018. Renewal would give E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-ES-2018-N134; FXES11140400000-178-FF04EF2000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of 
Two Habitat Conservation Plans for Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole 
Skink, Osceola and Polk Counties, FL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and information.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received two 
applications for incidental take permits (ITP) under the Endangered 
Species Act. Florida Bramingham, Inc. (Permit TE94080C-0) and Palmetto 
Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC (Permit 94085C-0) (applicants) are requesting 
individual ITPs for take of sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink. We 
request public comments on these permit applications, each of which 
includes a habitat conservation plan (HCP), and our preliminary 
determinations that these HCPs qualify as low effect under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make these determinations, we used 
our environmental action statements and low-effect screening forms, 
which are also available for review.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before March 15, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents by any 
of the following methods. Be sure to specify clearly the ITP 
applications for which you want documents.
     Telephone: Alfredo Begazo, at 772-469-4234.
     Email: alfredo_begazo@fws.gov.
     U.S. mail: Alfredo Begazo, South Florida Ecological 
Services Office; Attn: ``Florida Bramingham, Inc. Permit-TE 94080C-0'' 
and/or ``Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC Permit-TE 94085C-0,'' U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service; 1339 20th Street; Vero Beach, FL 32960-3559.
     In-person review: The documents are available for public 
inspection by appointment during normal business hours at the above 
address. Please call to make an appointment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Alfredo Begazo, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, South Florida Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), 
have received two applications for incidental take permits (ITPs) under 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.). Florida Bramingham, Inc. is requesting a 30-year ITP, and 
Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC is requesting a 5-year ITP for the take 
of the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and threatened 
blue-tailed mole skink (Eumeces egregious) (skinks). We request public 
comment on these permit applications, habitat conservation plans 
(HCPs), and on our preliminary determinations that these HCPs qualify 
as categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make these determinations, we used 
our environmental action statement and low-effect screening forms, 
which are also available for review.

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Public Comments

Submitting Comments

    If you wish to comment on any of the documents, you may do so via 
any one of the following methods. Be sure to specify clearly the ITP 
applications on which you are commenting.
     Email, U.S. mail, or In-person drop-off: See ADDRESSES.
     Fax: Alfredo Begazo, 772-562-4288.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you may 
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.

Applicants' Proposed Projects

    Each applicant requests a permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
Endangered Species Act. If we issue either permit, the applicant 
anticipates taking sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to 
land preparation and construction. The amount of habitat loss for each 
proposed project is as follows:
     Florida Bramingham, Inc. (TE94080C-0) anticipates 
destroying 13.1 acres of species feeding, breeding, and sheltering 
habitat incidental to land preparation and construction in Section 14, 
Township 25 South, and Range 27 East, in Osceola County, Florida.
     Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC (TE94085C-0) anticipates 
destroying 1.13 acres of species feeding, breeding, and sheltering 
habitat incidental to land preparation and construction in Sections 7 
and 8, Township 30 South, and Range 29 East, in Polk County, Florida.
    Each applicant proposes to mitigate for impacts to the species by 
purchasing credits from a Service-approved conservation bank as 
follows:
     Florida Bramingham, Inc. proposes to purchase the 
equivalent of 26.2 acres of credits.
     Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC proposes to purchase the 
equivalent of 2.26 acres of credits.

Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that each 
applicant's project, including the minimization and mitigation 
measures, will individually and cumulatively have a minor or negligible 
effect on the species covered in its HCP. Therefore, issuance of either 
of the ITPs would be a ``low-effect'' action and qualify as a 
categorical exclusion under the NEPA, as provided by 43 CFR 46.205 and 
46.210. A low-effect HCP is one involving: (1) Minor or negligible 
effects on federally listed, proposed, and candidate species and their 
habitats; (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values 
or resources; and, (3) impacts that, when considered together with the 
impacts of other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable similarly 
situated projects, would not result over time in cumulative effects to 
environmental values or resources that would be considered significant.

Next Steps

    We will evaluate each HCP and the comments we receive to determine 
whether the ITP application meets the requirements of section 
10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. We will also conduct an intra-Service 
consultation on each application to evaluate take of the skinks in 
accordance with section 7 of the ESA. We will use the results of these 
consultations, in combination with the above findings, in our analysis 
of whether or not to issue each ITP. If the requirements are met, we 
will issue ITP number TE94080C-0 to Florida Bramingham, Inc. and 
TE94085C-0 to Palmetto Lake Wales-Hwy 60, LLC.

Authority

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

Roxanna Hinzman,
Field Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office.
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