Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat, City of Highland, San Bernardino County, CA; Categorical Exclusion, 46031-46032 [2019-18908]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 3, 2019 / Notices U.S. Embassy or Consulate, prior to their travel to Guam. This discretionary change in policy does not preclude affected individuals from applying for parole by filing USCIS Form I–131, Application for Travel Document, consistent with the instructions for that form. In accordance with section 212(d)(5) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)), parole will only be issued on a case-by-case basis and only where the applicant demonstrates an urgent humanitarian or a significant public benefit reason for parole and that applicant merits a favorable exercise of discretion. Any alien may request parole to travel to the United States, but an alien does not have a right to parole. Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–18841 Filed 8–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2019–N079; FXES11140800000–190–FF08ECAR00] Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat, City of Highland, San Bernardino County, CA; Categorical Exclusion Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from the City of Highland (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat incidental to construction in San Bernardino County, California. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded under the National Environmental Policy Act. 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 October 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Aug 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents by the following methods: • Internet: https://www.fws.gov/ carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html. • Telephone: 760–322–2070. • U.S. Mail: Attn: Assistant Field Supervisor, Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 777 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 208, Palm Springs, CA 92262. • In-Person: You may examine the documents by appointment during regular business hours at the Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife Office (address above). Please call to make an appointment (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Submitting Comments: If you wish to submit comments on any of the documents, you may do so in writing by any of the following methods: • Online: https://www.fws.gov/ carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html. • Email: fw8cfwocomments@fws.gov. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife Office (address above). • Fax: 760–322–4648. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karin Cleary-Rose, by telephone at 760– 322–2070, ext. 406, via email at karin_ cleary-rose@fws.gov, or via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from the City of Highland, California (applicant), for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant requests an ITP to take the federally endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus) incidental to the construction of a storm drain outlet (project) in San Bernardino County, California. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and the Service’s preliminary determination that the HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which is also available for public review. Project The applicant requests a 5-year ITP to take the San Bernardino kangaroo rat (SBKR) incidental to the temporary impact of 0.10 acres (ac) of occupied SBKR foraging and sheltering habitat for the construction of storm drain outlet PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46031 located on a 21-ac parcel, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 1201–321–36 and 1201–311–01, in Sections 4, Township 1 South, Range 3 West, San Bernardino County, California. The applicant proposes to mitigate for take of the SBKR through (1) relocation of all SBKR captured on the project area by livetrapping and release into preestablished artificial burrows immediately outside of the project area and (2) restoration and/or enhancement of 0.14 ac of SBKR habitat on the project site. Public Availability of Comments 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 may request that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that the applicant’s project, including land clearing, infrastructure building, and the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would individually and cumulatively have a minor or negligible effect on the SBKR and the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily concluded that the ITP for this project would qualify for categorical exclusion and the HCP is low effect under our NEPA regulations at 43 CFR 46.205 and 46. 210. A low-effect HCP is one that would result in (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 over time result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or resources. Next Steps The Service will evaluate the application and the 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 to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue the permit to the City of Highland. E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1 46032 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 3, 2019 / Notices Authority The Service provides this notice under section 10(c) (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)) of the ESA and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6. Scott Sobiech, Acting Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Field Office, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2019–18908 Filed 8–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2019–N118; FXES11130800000–178–FF08E00000] Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. SUMMARY: khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Application No. Background With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activity. The ESA’s definition of ‘‘take’’ includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, Applicant, city, state TE–42449D ........ Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. TE–50094D ........ Ian Axsom, Atascadero, California. TE–42833A ......... Ian Maunsell, San Diego, California. VerDate Sep<11>2014 We must receive your written comments on or before October 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents and submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TEXXXXXX). • Email: permitsr8es@fws.gov. • U.S. Mail: Daniel Marquez, Endangered Species Program Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 8, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–2606, Sacramento, CA 95825. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Marquez, via phone at 760–431– 9440, via email at permitsr8es@fws.gov, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1– 800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA. DATES: 16:24 Aug 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 Species Location • Lost River sucker (Deltistes luxatus). • Shortnose sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris). • Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio). • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna). • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis). • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni). • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi). • Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino). PO 00000 Frm 00089 trapping, capturing, or collecting in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing. A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are those supported by quantitative information or studies. Permit action Activity Type of take OR Research ............................ Capture, handle, insert PIT tags, clip fins, and release. New. CA Survey ................................ Capture, handle, release, and collect vouchers. New. CA Survey ................................ Pursue ................................ Amend. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 170 (Tuesday, September 3, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 46031-46032]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18908]


=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2019-N079; FXES11140800000-190-FF08ECAR00]


Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed 
Habitat Conservation Plan for the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat, City of 
Highland, San Bernardino County, CA; Categorical Exclusion

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt 
of an application from the City of Highland (applicant) for an 
incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The 
applicant requests the ITP to take the federally endangered San 
Bernardino kangaroo rat incidental to construction in San Bernardino 
County, California. We request public comment on the application, which 
includes the applicant's proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and 
the Service's preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as 
``low-effect,'' categorically excluded under the National Environmental 
Policy Act. 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 October 3, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents by the 
following methods:
     Internet: https://www.fws.gov/carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html.
     Telephone: 760-322-2070.
     U.S. Mail: Attn: Assistant Field Supervisor, Palm Springs 
Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 777 East 
Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 208, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
     In-Person: You may examine the documents by appointment 
during regular business hours at the Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife 
Office (address above). Please call to make an appointment (see FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Submitting Comments: If you wish to submit comments on any of the 
documents, you may do so in writing by any of the following methods:
     Online: https://www.fws.gov/carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html.
     Email: [email protected].
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife 
Office (address above).
     Fax: 760-322-4648.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karin Cleary-Rose, by telephone at 
760-322-2070, ext. 406, via email at [email protected], or via 
the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), 
announce receipt of an application from the City of Highland, 
California (applicant), for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.). The applicant requests an ITP to take the federally endangered 
San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus) incidental to 
the construction of a storm drain outlet (project) in San Bernardino 
County, California. We request public comment on the application, which 
includes the applicant's proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and 
the Service's preliminary determination that the HCP qualifies as 
``low-effect,'' categorically excluded under the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make this determination, 
we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening 
form, which is also available for public review.

Project

    The applicant requests a 5-year ITP to take the San Bernardino 
kangaroo rat (SBKR) incidental to the temporary impact of 0.10 acres 
(ac) of occupied SBKR foraging and sheltering habitat for the 
construction of storm drain outlet located on a 21-ac parcel, 
Assessor's Parcel Numbers 1201-321-36 and 1201-311-01, in Sections 4, 
Township 1 South, Range 3 West, San Bernardino County, California. The 
applicant proposes to mitigate for take of the SBKR through (1) 
relocation of all SBKR captured on the project area by live-trapping 
and release into pre-established artificial burrows immediately outside 
of the project area and (2) restoration and/or enhancement of 0.14 ac 
of SBKR habitat on the project site.

Public Availability of Comments

    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 may request that we 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that the 
applicant's project, including land clearing, infrastructure building, 
and the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would 
individually and cumulatively have a minor or negligible effect on the 
SBKR and the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily concluded 
that the ITP for this project would qualify for categorical exclusion 
and the HCP is low effect under our NEPA regulations at 43 CFR 46.205 
and 46. 210. A low-effect HCP is one that would result in (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 over time 
result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or 
resources.

Next Steps

    The Service will evaluate the application and the 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 
to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the 
above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria 
of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service 
will issue the permit to the City of Highland.

[[Page 46032]]

Authority

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

Scott Sobiech,
Acting Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Field Office, Pacific Southwest 
Region.
[FR Doc. 2019-18908 Filed 8-30-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P