Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 55145-55147 [2019-22428]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / Notices AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (See https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ ipad-iphone-android-webinar-apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at (503) 820–2280, extension 411 for technical assistance. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Phillips, Staff Officer; telephone: (503) 820–2426. The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the Pacific Council’s November 2019 agenda items and develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council. The GMT will discuss items related to groundfish management and administrative Pacific Council agenda items. A detailed agenda for the webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the GMT’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES The public listening station is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt, (503) 820–2411, at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 9, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22402 Filed 10–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Oct 11, 2019 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XV107 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting (webinar). AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Habitat Committee (HC) will hold a meeting via webinar, which is open to the public. DATES: The webinar will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, and will end at noon on the same day. ADDRESSES: A public listening station is available at the Pacific Council office (address below). To attend the webinar, use this link: https:// www.gotomeeting.com/webinar (click ‘‘Join’’ in top right corner of page); (1) Enter the Webinar ID: 536–450–845; (2) Enter your name and email address (required). You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number: 1 (224)–501– 3412; (3) Enter the Attendee phone audio access code: 536–450–845. Note: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as an option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate. Technical Information and System Requirements: PC-based attendees are required to use Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; Mac®-based attendees are required to use Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; Mobile attendees are required to use iPhone®, iPad®, AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (see https:// www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ipadiphone-android-webinar-apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at Kris.Kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov or contact him at (503) 820– 2280, extension 411 for technical assistance. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Gilden, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2418. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Major topics include but are not limited to habitat-related topics, including letters for Pacific Council approval on the Central Valley Project and Klamath dam SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55145 removal, the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas project, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management activities, a brief planning discussion regarding southern resident killer whale habitat, and other matters. The group may also address one or more of the Pacific Council’s scheduled administrative matters, legislative matters, ecosystem topics, groundfish topics, and future workload planning. Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HC Chair. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations The public listening station is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov; (503) 820–2411) at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 9, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22404 Filed 10–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [0648–XR060] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of fourteen permit applications for enhancement and monitoring purposes, including an associated Template Safe Harbor Agreement and site plans developed for the proposed enrolled properties. AGENCY: We, NMFS, announce receipt of 14 (Permit Numbers 23271, 23276, 23278, 23279, 23280, 23284, 23285, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 55146 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / Notices 23286, 23287, 23288, 23289, 23290, 23291, 23434) applications for enhancement of survival permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and proposed entry into an associated Template Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the applicants and NMFS. The proposed enhancement of survival permits and Agreement are intended to promote the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU), which is listed as threatened under the ESA. DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the actions proposed in the applications must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 14, 2019. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be submitted to the California Coastal Office, NMFS, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521 707– 822–7201. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 707–822–4840, or by email to Shasta.sha@noaa.gov (include the permit numbers in the subject line of the fax or email). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Simondet, Arcata, CA (ph.: 707–822– 7201; Fax: 707–825–4840; email: Shasta.sha@noaa.gov.) Permit application are available upon request through the contact information above, or online at https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in this Notice The following ESA-listed species is covered in this notice: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Applicant • Threatened coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch): Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU) Authority Enhancement permits are issued in accordance with Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(a)(1)(A)) and regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR part 222, subpart C). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies of Section 2 of the ESA; (4) would further a bona fide and necessary or desirable scientific purpose or enhance the propagation or survival of the endangered species, taking into account the benefits anticipated to be derived on behalf of the endangered species; and additional issuance criteria (as listed at 50 CFR 222.308(c)(5–12)). The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits. Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS. Permit Applications Received Fourteen applicants are requesting individual enhancement of survival permits and entry of an associated Agreement that was developed by Permit No. Enrolled property Outpost North Annex ................ California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Cardoza Ranch ......................... Edson Foulke Ditch Company .. Grenada Irrigation District ......... 2019 Lowell L. Novy Revocable Trust. Hidden Valley Ranch ................ Emmerson Investments, Inc ..... Montague Water Conservation District. NB Ranches, Inc ...................... 23434 Outpost Mole Richardson ......... Rice Livestock Company .......... Emmerson Investments, Inc ..... Emmerson Investments, Inc ..... 23288 23289 23290 23291 23271 23276 Belcampo-North Annex Property, 8030 Siskiyou Blvd, Grenada, CA 96038. Big Springs Ranch Wildlife Area, 41°35′44.76 N, 122°27′31.52 W. 23278 23279 23280 23284 Cardoza Ranch, 3710 East Louie Road, Montague, CA 96064. Edson-Foulke Point of Diversion, 41°43′52.6 N, 122°47′46.8 W. Grenada Irrigation District, Point of Diversion 41°38′11.56″ N, 122°29′22.88 W. Grenada-Novy Ranch, Gazelle—19931 Old Hwy 99 S, Gazelle, CA 96034, Grenada—2426 County Hwy A–12, Grenada, CA 96034. Hidden Valley Ranch, 13521 Big Springs Road, Montague, CA 96064. Hole-in-the-Ground Ranch, 11825 Big Springs Road, Montague, CA 96064. Montague Water Conservation District, N. 52°, 43′ E., approximately 2601 feet from SW corner of Section 25, T43N, R5W, MDB&M, being within the NE1⁄4 of SW1⁄4 of said Section 25 Nicoletti Ranch, 1824 DeSouza Lane, Montague, CA and 2238 DeSouza Lane, Montague, CA. Parks Creek Ranch, 25801 Old Hwy 99, Weed, CA 96094. Rice Livestock Company, 1730 County Highway A12, Montague, CA. Seldom Seen Ranch, 41°54′63.2 N, 122°38′35.7 W. Shasta Springs Ranch, 21305 Slough Road, Weed, CA 96094. 23285 23286 23287 Under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS’ joint Safe Harbor Policy (64 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Oct 11, 2019 Jkt 250001 NMFS, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Shasta Watershed Conservation Group (SWCG) and the Applicants. The 14 Applicants (Table 1) each developed site plans for their respective properties (i.e., Enrolled Properties) that describe management activities that will be implemented, including beneficial activities for SONCC coho salmon (the covered species). The site plans, Agreement, and enhancement of survival permits are expected to promote the recovery of the covered species on non-Federal property within the Shasta River in the Agreement Area (see Figure 1 in the Agreement). The Shasta River is a tributary to the Klamath River and is in Siskiyou County, California. The proposed duration of the Agreement and the associated enhancement of survival permits is 20 years. The proposed enhancement of survival permits would authorize the incidental taking of SONCC coho salmon that may be associated with covered activities, including beneficial management activities, routine ranch management activities, and the potential future return of the enrolled properties to baseline conditions at the end of the Agreement, as defined in the Agreement. The site plans and Agreement specify the beneficial management activities to be carried out on the enrolled properties and a schedule for implementing those activities. The site plan and Agreement are expected to promote the recovery of SONCC coho salmon within the Shasta River within the Agreement Area. FR 32717, June 17, 1999), Safe Harbor Agreements provide incentives to PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 property owners to restore, enhance, or maintain habitats and/or populations of E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES listed species that result in a net conservation benefit to these species. Under the policy, landowners are provided certainty relative to future property-use restrictions, even if their conservation efforts attract listed species onto enrolled properties or increase the numbers or distribution of listed species already present. Subject to specifications in the relevant documents, these regulatory assurances allow the landowners to alter or modify enrolled property, even if such alteration or modification results in the incidental take of a listed species to such an extent that it returns the species back to the originally agreed upon baseline conditions. NMFS reviewed each present baseline and elevated baseline determination in each site plan. The site plans and Agreement also contain a monitoring component that requires the Applicants to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions, and that the specified baseline levels of habitat for the covered species is maintained on the enrolled property. Results of the monitoring efforts will be provided to NMFS by the Applicants in an annual report for the duration of the 20-year permit term. Upon approval of the Agreement and site plans, and consistent with the Safe Harbor Policy, NMFS will issue enhancement of survival permits to the Applicants. The enhancement of survival permits will authorize the Applicants to take SONCC coho salmon incidental to the implementation of the covered activities specified in the site plans and Agreement, incidental to other lawful uses of the enrolled property, and to return to present baseline and elevated baseline conditions, if desired, at the end of the site plans and Agreement. In addition to meeting other criteria, actions to be performed under the enhancement of survival permit must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed species. National Environmental Policy Act Issuing an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit constitutes a Federal action requiring NMFS to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) as implemented by 40 CFR parts 1500– 1508 and NOAA Administrative Order 216–6, Environmental Review Procedures for Implementing the National Policy Act (1999). NMFS will evaluate the application(s) and determine the level of NEPA analysis needed for this action. Public Comments Solicited NMFS invites the public to comment, including any written data, views, or VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Oct 11, 2019 Jkt 250001 arguments, on the permit applications during a 30-day public comment period beginning on the date of this notice. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)), 50 CFR 222.303. All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. We provide this notice in order to allow the public, agencies, or other organizations to review and comment on these documents. Next Steps NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the requirements of Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day public comment period and after NMFS has fully considered all relevant comments received. NMFS will also meet other legal requirements prior to taking final action, including preparation of a biological opinion. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. Dated: October 9, 2019. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22428 Filed 10–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XV104 Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of scheduled SEDAR 60 South Atlantic Red Porgy Data Webinar. AGENCY: The SEDAR 60 assessment of the South Atlantic stock of Red Porgy will consist of a data webinar, an inperson workshop, and a series assessment webinars. DATES: The SEDAR 60 Red Porgy Data Webinar has been scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55147 Meeting Address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Registration is available online at: https:// attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ 7129924289729240331 SEDAR address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405; www.sedarweb.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Howington, SEDAR Coordinator, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone: (843) 571–4366; email: Kathleen. Howington@safmc.net. The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a threestep process including: (1) Data Workshop; (2) Assessment Process utilizing webinars; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a data report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The product of the Assessment Process is a stock assessment report which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: Data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[0648-XR060]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of fourteen permit applications for 
enhancement and monitoring purposes, including an associated Template 
Safe Harbor Agreement and site plans developed for the proposed 
enrolled properties.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce receipt of 14 (Permit Numbers 23271, 23276, 
23278, 23279, 23280, 23284, 23285,

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23286, 23287, 23288, 23289, 23290, 23291, 23434) applications for 
enhancement of survival permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 
of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and proposed entry into 
an associated Template Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the 
applicants and NMFS. The proposed enhancement of survival permits and 
Agreement are intended to promote the survival and recovery of the 
Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon 
(Oncorhynchus kisutch) Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU), which is 
listed as threatened under the ESA.

DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the actions 
proposed in the applications must be received at the appropriate 
address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific 
Standard Time on November 14, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be submitted to 
the California Coastal Office, NMFS, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 
95521 707-822-7201. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 707-822-
4840, or by email to [email protected] (include the permit numbers in 
the subject line of the fax or email).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Simondet, Arcata, CA (ph.: 707-
822-7201; Fax: 707-825-4840; email: [email protected].) Permit 
application are available upon request through the contact information 
above, or online at https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Species Covered in this Notice

    The following ESA-listed species is covered in this notice:

 Threatened coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch): Southern 
Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Evolutionary Significant Unit 
(ESU)

Authority

    Enhancement permits are issued in accordance with Section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(a)(1)(A)) and regulations 
governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR part 222, subpart 
C). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are 
applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not 
operate to the disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject 
of the permit; (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies of 
Section 2 of the ESA; (4) would further a bona fide and necessary or 
desirable scientific purpose or enhance the propagation or survival of 
the endangered species, taking into account the benefits anticipated to 
be derived on behalf of the endangered species; and additional issuance 
criteria (as listed at 50 CFR 222.308(c)(5-12)). The authority to take 
listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits.
    Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice 
should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application 
would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the 
discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS.

Permit Applications Received

    Fourteen applicants are requesting individual enhancement of 
survival permits and entry of an associated Agreement that was 
developed by NMFS, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), 
the Shasta Watershed Conservation Group (SWCG) and the Applicants. The 
14 Applicants (Table 1) each developed site plans for their respective 
properties (i.e., Enrolled Properties) that describe management 
activities that will be implemented, including beneficial activities 
for SONCC coho salmon (the covered species). The site plans, Agreement, 
and enhancement of survival permits are expected to promote the 
recovery of the covered species on non-Federal property within the 
Shasta River in the Agreement Area (see Figure 1 in the Agreement). The 
Shasta River is a tributary to the Klamath River and is in Siskiyou 
County, California. The proposed duration of the Agreement and the 
associated enhancement of survival permits is 20 years. The proposed 
enhancement of survival permits would authorize the incidental taking 
of SONCC coho salmon that may be associated with covered activities, 
including beneficial management activities, routine ranch management 
activities, and the potential future return of the enrolled properties 
to baseline conditions at the end of the Agreement, as defined in the 
Agreement. The site plans and Agreement specify the beneficial 
management activities to be carried out on the enrolled properties and 
a schedule for implementing those activities. The site plan and 
Agreement are expected to promote the recovery of SONCC coho salmon 
within the Shasta River within the Agreement Area.

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                   Applicant                      Permit No.                    Enrolled property
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Outpost North Annex...........................           23271  Belcampo-North Annex Property, 8030 Siskiyou
                                                                 Blvd, Grenada, CA 96038.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife....           23276  Big Springs Ranch Wildlife Area, 41[deg]35'44.76
                                                                 N, 122[deg]27'31.52 W.
Cardoza Ranch.................................           23278  Cardoza Ranch, 3710 East Louie Road, Montague,
                                                                 CA 96064.
Edson Foulke Ditch Company....................           23279  Edson-Foulke Point of Diversion, 41[deg]43'52.6
                                                                 N, 122[deg]47'46.8 W.
Grenada Irrigation District...................           23280  Grenada Irrigation District, Point of Diversion
                                                                 41[deg]38'11.56'' N, 122[deg]29'22.88 W.
2019 Lowell L. Novy Revocable Trust...........           23284  Grenada-Novy Ranch, Gazelle--19931 Old Hwy 99 S,
                                                                 Gazelle, CA 96034, Grenada--2426 County Hwy A-
                                                                 12, Grenada, CA 96034.
Hidden Valley Ranch...........................           23285  Hidden Valley Ranch, 13521 Big Springs Road,
                                                                 Montague, CA 96064.
Emmerson Investments, Inc.....................           23286  Hole-in-the-Ground Ranch, 11825 Big Springs
                                                                 Road, Montague, CA 96064.
Montague Water Conservation District..........           23287  Montague Water Conservation District, N.
                                                                 52[deg], 43' E., approximately 2601 feet from
                                                                 SW corner of Section 25, T43N, R5W, MDB&M,
                                                                 being within the NE\1/4\ of SW\1/4\ of said
                                                                 Section 25
NB Ranches, Inc...............................           23434  Nicoletti Ranch, 1824 DeSouza Lane, Montague, CA
                                                                 and 2238 DeSouza Lane, Montague, CA.
Outpost Mole Richardson.......................           23288  Parks Creek Ranch, 25801 Old Hwy 99, Weed, CA
                                                                 96094.
Rice Livestock Company........................           23289  Rice Livestock Company, 1730 County Highway A12,
                                                                 Montague, CA.
Emmerson Investments, Inc.....................           23290  Seldom Seen Ranch, 41[deg]54'63.2 N,
                                                                 122[deg]38'35.7 W.
Emmerson Investments, Inc.....................           23291  Shasta Springs Ranch, 21305 Slough Road, Weed,
                                                                 CA 96094.
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    Under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS' joint Safe Harbor 
Policy (64 FR 32717, June 17, 1999), Safe Harbor Agreements provide 
incentives to property owners to restore, enhance, or maintain habitats 
and/or populations of

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listed species that result in a net conservation benefit to these 
species. Under the policy, landowners are provided certainty relative 
to future property-use restrictions, even if their conservation efforts 
attract listed species onto enrolled properties or increase the numbers 
or distribution of listed species already present. Subject to 
specifications in the relevant documents, these regulatory assurances 
allow the landowners to alter or modify enrolled property, even if such 
alteration or modification results in the incidental take of a listed 
species to such an extent that it returns the species back to the 
originally agreed upon baseline conditions. NMFS reviewed each present 
baseline and elevated baseline determination in each site plan. The 
site plans and Agreement also contain a monitoring component that 
requires the Applicants to ensure compliance with the terms and 
conditions, and that the specified baseline levels of habitat for the 
covered species is maintained on the enrolled property. Results of the 
monitoring efforts will be provided to NMFS by the Applicants in an 
annual report for the duration of the 20-year permit term.
    Upon approval of the Agreement and site plans, and consistent with 
the Safe Harbor Policy, NMFS will issue enhancement of survival permits 
to the Applicants. The enhancement of survival permits will authorize 
the Applicants to take SONCC coho salmon incidental to the 
implementation of the covered activities specified in the site plans 
and Agreement, incidental to other lawful uses of the enrolled 
property, and to return to present baseline and elevated baseline 
conditions, if desired, at the end of the site plans and Agreement. In 
addition to meeting other criteria, actions to be performed under the 
enhancement of survival permit must not jeopardize the existence of 
federally listed species.

National Environmental Policy Act

    Issuing an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit constitutes a Federal 
action requiring NMFS to comply with the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) as implemented by 40 CFR parts 1500-
1508 and NOAA Administrative Order 216-6, Environmental Review 
Procedures for Implementing the National Policy Act (1999). NMFS will 
evaluate the application(s) and determine the level of NEPA analysis 
needed for this action.

Public Comments Solicited

    NMFS invites the public to comment, including any written data, 
views, or arguments, on the permit applications during a 30-day public 
comment period beginning on the date of this notice. This notice is 
provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)), 50 
CFR 222.303. All comments and materials received, including names and 
addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be 
released to the public. We provide this notice in order to allow the 
public, agencies, or other organizations to review and comment on these 
documents.

Next Steps

    NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and 
comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the 
requirements of Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA and Federal regulations. 
The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 
30-day public comment period and after NMFS has fully considered all 
relevant comments received. NMFS will also meet other legal 
requirements prior to taking final action, including preparation of a 
biological opinion. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the 
Federal Register.

    Dated: October 9, 2019.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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