Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 71381-71382 [2019-27983]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 248 / Friday, December 27, 2019 / Notices Conclusion NMFS has reviewed the Plan for compliance with the requirements of the ESA section 4(f), determined that it does incorporate the required elements and is therefore adopting it as the Final Recovery Plan for the Puget Sound steelhead DPS. Literature Cited The complete citations for the references used in this document can be obtained by contacting NMFS (See ADDRESSES and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: December 20, 2019. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27913 Filed 12–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 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 availability; extension of public comment period. AGENCY: We, NMFS, announce the extension of the comment period for the receipt of 14 (Permit Numbers 23271, 23276, 23278, 23279, 23280, 23284, 23285, 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 notice of receipt for the 14 applications published on October 15, 2019. 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. On November 4, 2019, we announced the extension of the comment period to December 31, 2019. We continue to solicit review and comment from the public and all jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Dec 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 interested parties on the applications and associated documents. The close of the comment period is being extended from December 31, 2019, to February 15, 2020 to provide additional opportunity for public comment. 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 February 15, 2020. 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 and https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/ resource/document/shasta-rivertemplate-safe-harbor-agreements-andsite-plans-review. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Extension of Comment Period On October 15, 2019 (84 FR 55145) we (NMFS) published in the Federal Register a request for public comment 14 applications for enhancement of survival permits. The public comment period for this action was set to end on November 15, 2019. On November 4, 2019, we extended the public comment period through December 31, 2019. The comment period is now being extended through February 15, 2020, to provide additional opportunity for public comment. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71381 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 E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 71382 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 248 / Friday, December 27, 2019 / Notices SONCC coho salmon within the Shasta River within the Agreement Area. TABLE 1—APPLICANTS AND ASSOCIATED PERMIT NUMBERS FOR THIS NOTICE Permit No. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Applicant Outpost North Annex ...................................................................... California Department of Fish and Wildlife .................................... Cardoza Ranch .............................................................................. Edson Foulke Ditch Company ....................................................... Grenada Irrigation District .............................................................. 2019 Lowell L. Novy Revocable Trust ........................................... 23271 23276 23278 23279 23280 23284 Hidden Valley Ranch ...................................................................... Emmerson Investments, Inc. .......................................................... Montague Water Conservation District .......................................... 23285 23286 23287 NB Ranches, Inc. ........................................................................... 23434 Outpost Mole Richardson ............................................................... Rice Livestock Company ................................................................ Emmerson Investments, Inc. .......................................................... Emmerson Investments, Inc. .......................................................... 23288 23289 23290 23291 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Dec 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 Enrolled property 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. 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. 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 the public comment period, which ends on the date specified above. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: December 20, 2019. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27983 Filed 12–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Proposed Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed deletions from the Procurement List. AGENCY: The Committee is proposing to delete products and services from the Procurement List that were furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 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 availability; extension of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce the extension of the comment period for the 
receipt of 14 (Permit Numbers 23271, 23276, 23278, 23279, 23280, 23284, 
23285, 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 notice of receipt for the 14 applications 
published on October 15, 2019. 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. On November 4, 2019, we announced 
the extension of the comment period to December 31, 2019. We continue 
to solicit review and comment from the public and all interested 
parties on the applications and associated documents. The close of the 
comment period is being extended from December 31, 2019, to February 
15, 2020 to provide additional opportunity for public comment.

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 February 15, 2020.

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 and https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/shasta-river-template-safe-harbor-agreements-and-site-plans-review.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Extension of Comment Period

    On October 15, 2019 (84 FR 55145) we (NMFS) published in the 
Federal Register a request for public comment 14 applications for 
enhancement of survival permits. The public comment period for this 
action was set to end on November 15, 2019. On November 4, 2019, we 
extended the public comment period through December 31, 2019. The 
comment period is now being extended through February 15, 2020, to 
provide additional opportunity for public comment.

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

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SONCC coho salmon within the Shasta River within the Agreement Area.

    Table 1--Applicants and Associated Permit Numbers for This Notice
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                                      Permit
             Applicant                 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       23276  Big Springs Ranch
 Wildlife.                                      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           23284  Grenada--Novy Ranch,
 Trust.                                         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             23287  Montague Water
 District.                                      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 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 the public 
comment period, which ends on the date specified above. 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: December 20, 2019.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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