Sierra Pacific Industries Proposed Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Northern and California Spotted Owl and Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Klamath, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA, 18856-18857 [2019-08933]

Download as PDF 18856 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 85 / Thursday, May 2, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2019–N012; FXES11120800000–190–FF08E00000] Sierra Pacific Industries Proposed Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Northern and California Spotted Owl and Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Klamath, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: Sierra Pacific Industries of Anderson, California (applicant), has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We advise the public of the availability of a proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), which covers the northern spotted owl and California spotted owl, and the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), for public review and comment. The HCP covers forest management, species management, and monitoring activities on commercial timberland in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yuba Counties, California. DATES: Public Comments: We will receive public comments on the HCP and DEIS until July 1, 2019. Comments received or postmarked after this date will be considered to the extent practicable. Meetings: We will conduct two public meetings. The meetings will provide the public an opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues with the Service regarding the DEIS, and provide written comments. • May 28, 2019—Hilltop Holiday Inn—Buckskin Room, 1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding, California, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • May 29, 2019—Bonderson Building—Hearing Room, 901 P Street, Sacramento, California, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. We are committed to providing access to these meetings for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to Kim Turner, TTY 800–877– 8339, by close of business on May 14, 2019. See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Online Webinar: In addition, the Service will host a webinar on May 29, khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 May 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. For information on how to participate, go to https:// register.gotowebinar.com/register/ 8567916169912061185. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain the documents by the following methods. • Internet: https://www.fws.gov/ sacramento/. • Public libraries: Electronic copies of the documents will be available for viewing at Sacramento and Shasta County Libraries on their public access computer stations. In Sacramento County, the documents will be available at the Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St., Sacramento, CA. In Shasta County, the documents will be available at the Redding branch library, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, CA. Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods. Please include your contact information. • Email: SierraPacificIndustriesEISHCP@fws.gov. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Kim S. Turner, Deputy Assistant Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite 2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. • Fax: 916–414–6713. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim S. Turner, Deputy Assistant Field Supervisor, by phone at 916–414–6600; via the Federal Information Relay Service at 800–877–8339; or via U.S. mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite 2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sierra Pacific Industries of Anderson, California (applicant), has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for the issuance of an incidental take permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant is requesting a permit for incidental take of two animal subspecies that may result from covered activities during the proposed 50-year permit. As part of its application for incidental take, the applicant has prepared a habitat conservation plan (HCP), which outlines proposed conservation measures. The applicant’s proposed HCP area encompasses 1,566,151 acres of commercial timberland in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yuba Counties, California. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), we advise the public of the availability of our draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which analyzes several land management alternatives related to the Service’s decision whether to issue an incidental take permit in response to the SPI application. Through this notice, we also inform the public of the availability of the proposed HCP. Background Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations prohibit the ‘‘take’’ of fish and wildlife species federally listed as endangered or threatened. Take of federally listed fish or wildlife is defined under the ESA as to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect listed species, or attempt to engage in such conduct (16 U.S.C. 1538). ‘‘Harm’’ includes significant habitat modification or degradation that actually kills or injures listed wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns, including breeding, feeding, and sheltering (50 CFR 17.3). Under limited circumstances, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take that is incidental to and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. The proposed incidental take permit would cover two bird subspecies, the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), which is federally listed as threatened, and the California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), which is not federally listed but is currently under a status review. The HCP proposes conservation measures considered necessary to minimize and mitigate the impacts, to the maximum extent practicable, of the potential taking of federally listed species to be covered by the HCP. SPI is seeking incidental take coverage for the covered activities under the HCP associated with commercial forest management within the plan area. Request for Public Comments Because the conservation strategy outlined in the HCP includes proposed new approaches to spotted owl conservation and areas of uncertainty, we are particularly interested in receiving public comments on Conservation Measures 1, 2, and 3 (HCP 5.2.1, 5.2.2, and 5.2.3; DEIS HCP Alternative); potential impacts to NSO and CSO (HCP 5.4.5; DEIS HCP Alternative); and monitoring and adaptive management (HCP Chapter 6, DEIS HCP Alternative). E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 85 / Thursday, May 2, 2019 / Notices National Environmental Policy Act Compliance DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service The DEIS analyzes three land management alternatives. These include a ‘‘no action’’ alternative, under which the current management practices would be assumed to continue as guided by the 2018 California Forest Practice Rules. The proposed action consists of a two-subspecies HCP and associated permit with a 50-year term. One other ‘‘action’’ alternative is included. The Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP)/Sierra Nevada Forest Plan (SNFPA) Alternative (NWFP/SNFPA Alternative) proposes the development of a different two-subspecies HCP that would manage known and suspected nest stands according to the NWFP within the range of the NSO and the SNFPA within the range of the CSO. Public Review Any comments we receive will 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, 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. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22), and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Michael Fris, Assistant Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2019–08933 Filed 5–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 May 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 [FWS–HQ–WSFR–2019–N018; FVWF94100900000–XXX–FF09W23000; FVWF51100900000–XXX–FF09W23000; OMB Control Number 1018–0007] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Annual Certification of Hunting and Sport Fishing Licenses Issued Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail); or by email to Info_Coll@ fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018–0007 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_ Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358–2503. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. On August 22, 2018, we published a Federal Register notice soliciting SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18857 comments on this collection of information for 60 days, ending on October 22, 2018 (83 FR 42524). We received the following comment in response to the Federal Register notice: Comment 1: The respondent believed that the collection is necessary and the information is processed and used in a timely manner. The respondent’s estimate of burden to complete the forms is 16 to 24 hours. The respondent suggested that the Service provide guidance and training to ensure accurate reporting of license sales data and that we accept submissions electronically by website or email. Response to Comment 1: We are combining the information collection for certification and summary information into a single FWS Form 3–154. We understand that some States may have systems in place that allow them to respond more quickly than others. We do allow respondents to submit complete and signed forms by email. We also anticipate being able to allow States to submit annual license certifications online through the new Wildlife Tracking and Reporting Accomplishments for the Conservation of Species (TRACS) web interface beginning with the FY 2020 certifications. We do not change the burden from the prior collection, but anticipate that increased efficiency will be realized as data collection systems improve and electronic methods are used. We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the Service; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Service minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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 publicly available at any time. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 85 (Thursday, May 2, 2019)]
[Notices]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Sierra Pacific Industries Proposed Draft Habitat Conservation 
Plan for Northern and California Spotted Owl and Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement; Klamath, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Sierra Pacific Industries of Anderson, California (applicant), 
has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an 
incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We 
advise the public of the availability of a proposed habitat 
conservation plan (HCP), which covers the northern spotted owl and 
California spotted owl, and the draft environmental impact statement 
(DEIS), for public review and comment. The HCP covers forest 
management, species management, and monitoring activities on commercial 
timberland in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, 
Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, 
Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yuba Counties, California.

DATES: 
    Public Comments: We will receive public comments on the HCP and 
DEIS until July 1, 2019. Comments received or postmarked after this 
date will be considered to the extent practicable.
    Meetings: We will conduct two public meetings. The meetings will 
provide the public an opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues with 
the Service regarding the DEIS, and provide written comments.
     May 28, 2019--Hilltop Holiday Inn--Buckskin Room, 1900 
Hilltop Drive, Redding, California, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
     May 29, 2019--Bonderson Building--Hearing Room, 901 P 
Street, Sacramento, California, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    We are committed to providing access to these meetings for all 
participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting 
services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to Kim 
Turner, TTY 800-877-8339, by close of business on May 14, 2019. See FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Online Webinar: In addition, the Service will host a webinar on May 
29, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. For information 
on how to participate, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8567916169912061185.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain the documents by the following 
methods.
     Internet: https://www.fws.gov/sacramento/.
     Public libraries: Electronic copies of the documents will 
be available for viewing at Sacramento and Shasta County Libraries on 
their public access computer stations. In Sacramento County, the 
documents will be available at the Sacramento Central Library, 828 I 
St., Sacramento, CA. In Shasta County, the documents will be available 
at the Redding branch library, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, CA.
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the 
following methods. Please include your contact information.
     Email: [email protected].
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Kim S. Turner, Deputy 
Assistant Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento 
Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite 2605, Sacramento, CA 
95825.
     Fax: 916-414-6713.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim S. Turner, Deputy Assistant Field 
Supervisor, by phone at 916-414-6600; via the Federal Information Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339; or via U.S. mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite 2605, Sacramento, CA 95825.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sierra Pacific Industries of Anderson, 
California (applicant), has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (Service) for the issuance of an incidental take permit under 
section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant is requesting a permit for 
incidental take of two animal subspecies that may result from covered 
activities during the proposed 50-year permit. As part of its 
application for incidental take, the applicant has prepared a habitat 
conservation plan (HCP), which outlines proposed conservation measures. 
The applicant's proposed HCP area encompasses 1,566,151 acres of 
commercial timberland in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, 
Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, 
Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yuba Counties, California.
    Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 
4321 et seq.), we advise the public of the availability of our draft 
environmental impact statement (DEIS), which analyzes several land 
management alternatives related to the Service's decision whether to 
issue an incidental take permit in response to the SPI application. 
Through this notice, we also inform the public of the availability of 
the proposed HCP.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations prohibit the ``take'' 
of fish and wildlife species federally listed as endangered or 
threatened. Take of federally listed fish or wildlife is defined under 
the ESA as to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, 
capture, or collect listed species, or attempt to engage in such 
conduct (16 U.S.C. 1538). ``Harm'' includes significant habitat 
modification or degradation that actually kills or injures listed 
wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns, 
including breeding, feeding, and sheltering (50 CFR 17.3). Under 
limited circumstances, we may issue permits to authorize incidental 
take that is incidental to and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful 
activities.
    The proposed incidental take permit would cover two bird 
subspecies, the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), 
which is federally listed as threatened, and the California spotted owl 
(Strix occidentalis occidentalis), which is not federally listed but is 
currently under a status review.
    The HCP proposes conservation measures considered necessary to 
minimize and mitigate the impacts, to the maximum extent practicable, 
of the potential taking of federally listed species to be covered by 
the HCP. SPI is seeking incidental take coverage for the covered 
activities under the HCP associated with commercial forest management 
within the plan area.

Request for Public Comments

    Because the conservation strategy outlined in the HCP includes 
proposed new approaches to spotted owl conservation and areas of 
uncertainty, we are particularly interested in receiving public 
comments on Conservation Measures 1, 2, and 3 (HCP 5.2.1, 5.2.2, and 
5.2.3; DEIS HCP Alternative); potential impacts to NSO and CSO (HCP 
5.4.5; DEIS HCP Alternative); and monitoring and adaptive management 
(HCP Chapter 6, DEIS HCP Alternative).

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National Environmental Policy Act Compliance

    The DEIS analyzes three land management alternatives. These include 
a ``no action'' alternative, under which the current management 
practices would be assumed to continue as guided by the 2018 California 
Forest Practice Rules. The proposed action consists of a two-subspecies 
HCP and associated permit with a 50-year term. One other ``action'' 
alternative is included. The Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP)/Sierra Nevada 
Forest Plan (SNFPA) Alternative (NWFP/SNFPA Alternative) proposes the 
development of a different two-subspecies HCP that would manage known 
and suspected nest stands according to the NWFP within the range of the 
NSO and the SNFPA within the range of the CSO.

Public Review

    Any comments we receive will 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, 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.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22), and NEPA 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 
1506.6).

Michael Fris,
Assistant Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2019-08933 Filed 5-1-19; 8:45 am]
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