Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion, 16277-16278 [2019-07768]

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[FR Doc. 2019–07795 Filed 4–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–9P–P PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16277 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0027; FXES11130400000EA–123–FF04EF1000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. Sunterra Communities, LLC (applicant) is requesting a 5-year ITP for take of the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction. We request public comment on the application, which includes the proposed habitat conservation plan, as well as 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: We must receive your written comments by May 20, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online in Docket No. FWS–R4–ES– 2019–0027 at http:// www.regulations.gov. Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R4–ES– 2019–0027. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing; Attn: Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0027; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at 904–731– 3121, via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339, or via email at erin_ gawera@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Sunterra Communities, LLC (applicant) is requesting a 5-year SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 16278 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 75 / Thursday, April 18, 2019 / Notices ITP for take of the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) incidental to construction. We request public comment on the application, which includes the proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), as well as on our preliminary determination that the HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect’’ under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review. The applicant requests a 5-year ITP to take sand skink incidental to the conversion of approximately 7.74 acres of occupied sand skink foraging and sheltering habitat for construction of a housing, commercial, and institutional development on a 1,680-acre project site. The site is located on parcels number 292126000100003000, 322126000100000101, 322126000100001800, 042226000200000300, 042226000300000600, 092226010502100000, 092226010501400001, 092226010503900000, and 092226010503900002 within Sections 28, 29, 32 & 33, Township 21 South, Range 26 East, and Sections 4, 5 & 9, Township 22 South, Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida. The project includes clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with construction. To mitigate for take under the ITP, the applicant proposes purchase 15.48 credits within the Lake Wales Ridge Conservation Bank or another Service-approved sand skink bank prior to the commencement of construction activities. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Public Availability of Comments All comments, whether received electronically or via hard copy, will be posted on http://regulations.gov and become part of the decision record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made available to the public. While you can request that we withhold your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Our Preliminary Determination We have determined that the applicant’s proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the sand skinks and the environment. Therefore, we have VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Apr 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 preliminarily determined that the ITP for this project would be ‘‘low effect’’ and qualify for categorical exclusion under NEPA. 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. Next Steps The Service will evaluate the ITP application and comments received to determine whether to issue the requested permit. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue ITP no. TE13200D–0 to the applicant for incidental take of the sand skink. Authority The Service provides this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539) and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6. Richard Rauschenberger, Acting Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. 2019–07768 Filed 4–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2018–N030; FXES11140800000–190–FF08EVEN00] Habitat Conservation Plan for the California Tiger Salamander; Categorical Exclusion, Santa Barbara County, California Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from Mr. Mario Martinez for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The permit, if issued, would authorize take of the federally endangered California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County distinct population segment) incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the applicant’s draft habitat conservation plan. We invite public comment. SUMMARY: Written comments should be received on or before May 20, 2019. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft habitat conservation plan and draft low-effect screening form and environmental action statement at http://www.fws.gov/ ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments using one of the following methods: • U.S. Mail: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. • Email: rachel_henry@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Henry, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, by phone at 805–677–3312, via the Federal Relay Service at 1–800– 877–8339 for TTY assistance, or at the Ventura address (see ADDRESSES). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application for an incidental take permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant has developed a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the project that includes measures to mitigate and minimize impacts to the federally endangered Santa Barbara County distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense). The permit would authorize take of the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California tiger salamander incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the 2650 East Clark Avenue HCP. We invite public comment on draft HCP, draft low-effect screening form, and environmental action statement. Background The Service listed the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California tiger salamander as endangered on September 21, 2000 (65 FR 57242). Section 9 of the ESA and its implementing regulations prohibit the take of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. ‘‘Take’’ is defined under the ESA 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 ESA, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. ‘‘Incidental take’’ is defined by the ESA as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0027; FXES11130400000EA-123-FF04EF1000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Receipt of Incidental Take 
Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand 
Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion

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, have received an 
application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered 
Species Act. Sunterra Communities, LLC (applicant) is requesting a 5-
year ITP for take of the federally listed sand skink incidental to 
construction. We request public comment on the application, which 
includes the proposed habitat conservation plan, as well as 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: We must receive your written comments by May 20, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents 
online in Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0027 at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the 
following methods:
     Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0027.
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing; 
Attn: Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0027; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at 904-
731-3121, via the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or via email 
at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), 
have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Sunterra 
Communities, LLC (applicant) is requesting a 5-year

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ITP for take of the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) 
incidental to construction. We request public comment on the 
application, which includes the proposed habitat conservation plan 
(HCP), as well as on our preliminary determination that the HCP 
qualifies as ``low-effect'' under the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA; 43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our 
environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are 
also available for review.
    The applicant requests a 5-year ITP to take sand skink incidental 
to the conversion of approximately 7.74 acres of occupied sand skink 
foraging and sheltering habitat for construction of a housing, 
commercial, and institutional development on a 1,680-acre project site. 
The site is located on parcels number 292126000100003000, 
322126000100000101, 322126000100001800, 042226000200000300, 
042226000300000600, 092226010502100000, 092226010501400001, 
092226010503900000, and 092226010503900002 within Sections 28, 29, 32 & 
33, Township 21 South, Range 26 East, and Sections 4, 5 & 9, Township 
22 South, Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida. The project includes 
clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with 
construction. To mitigate for take under the ITP, the applicant 
proposes purchase 15.48 credits within the Lake Wales Ridge 
Conservation Bank or another Service-approved sand skink bank prior to 
the commencement of construction activities.

Public Availability of Comments

    All comments, whether received electronically or via hard copy, 
will be posted on http://regulations.gov and become part of the 
decision record associated with this action. Before including your 
address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment--
including your personal identifying information--may be made available 
to the public. While you can request that we withhold your personal 
identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do 
so.

Our Preliminary Determination

    We have determined that the applicant's proposal, including the 
proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or 
negligible effects on the sand skinks and the environment. Therefore, 
we have preliminarily determined that the ITP for this project would be 
``low effect'' and qualify for categorical exclusion under NEPA. 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.

Next Steps

    The Service will evaluate the ITP application and comments received 
to determine whether to issue the requested permit. We will also 
conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA. 
After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the 
requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, 
the Service will issue ITP no. TE13200D-0 to the applicant for 
incidental take of the sand skink.

Authority

    The Service provides this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 
U.S.C. 1539) and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6.

Richard Rauschenberger,
Acting Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region.
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