Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion for 12 Rancho San Carlos (Ocho West) Project, Monterey County, California, 37106-37107 [2020-13190]

Download as PDF 37106 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 119 / Friday, June 19, 2020 / Notices Common name Federal status * Scientific name Reptiles (2): Southern rubber boa ................................................ Southwestern pond turtle ......................................... Birds (6): Belding’s savannah sparrow .................................... Burrowing owl ........................................................... Coastal California gnatcatcher ................................. Least Bell’s vireo ...................................................... Southwestern willow flycatcher ................................ Western yellow-billed cuckoo ................................... Mammals (3): San Bernardino kangaroo rat ................................... San Joaquin kit fox ................................................... Stephens’ kangaroo rat ............................................ Plants (22): Braunton’s milk-vetch ............................................... California seablite ..................................................... Chorro Creek bog thistle .......................................... Conejo dudleya ........................................................ Gambel’s water cress ............................................... Gaviota tarplant ........................................................ Indian Knob mountainbalm ...................................... Lompoc yerba santa ................................................. Lyon’s pentachaeta .................................................. Marcescent dudleya ................................................. Morro manzanita ...................................................... Nevin’s barberry ....................................................... Nipomo Mesa lupine ................................................ Pismo clarkia ............................................................ San Fernando Valley spineflower ............................ Santa Ana River woollystar ...................................... Santa Monica Mountains dudleya ............................ Seaside bird’s beak .................................................. Slender-horned spineflower ..................................... Vandenberg monkey flower ..................................... Ventura Marsh milk-vetch ........................................ Verity’s dudleya ........................................................ Charina bottae umbratical .............................................. Emys marmorata pallida ................................................ State status ** T SSC Passerculus sandwichensis beldingi .............................. Athene cunicularia .......................................................... Polioptila californica californica ...................................... Vireo bellii pusillus .......................................................... Empidonax traillii extimus ............................................... Coccyzus americanus occidentalis ................................ BCC T E E T/BCC E SSC SSC E E E Dipodomys merriami parvus .......................................... Vulpes macrotis mutica .................................................. Dipodomys stephensi ..................................................... E E E SSC T T Astragalus brauntonii ...................................................... Suaeda californica .......................................................... Cirsium fontinale var. obispoense .................................. Dudleya abramsii spp. parva ......................................... Nasturtium gambelii ........................................................ Deinandra increscens ssp. villosa .................................. Eriodictyon altissimum .................................................... Eriodictyon capitatum ..................................................... Pentachaeta lyonia ......................................................... Dudleya cymosa ssp. marcescens ................................ Arctostaphylos morroensis ............................................. Berberis nevinii ............................................................... Lupinus nipomensis ........................................................ Clarkia speciosa ssp. immaculata .................................. Chorizanthe parryi var. Fernandina ............................... Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum ........................... Dudleya cymosa ssp. ovatifolia ...................................... Cordylanthus rigidus ssp. littoralis ................................. Dodecahema leptoceras ................................................ Diplacus vandenbergensis ............................................. Astragalus pycnostachyus var. lanosissimus ................. Dudleya verity ................................................................. E E E T E E E E E T T E E E E T E E E T E T E E R E R E E R E E E E E * Federal Status: Endangered (E); Threatened (T); Bird of Conservation Concern (BCC). ** State Status: Species of Special Concern (SSC); Threatened (T); Endangered (E); Rare (R). *** Critical Habitat: Not applicable (N/A); No Critical Habitat Designated or Proposed (NCH). khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Background Section 9 of the ESA prohibits take of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered (16 U.S.C. 1538). By regulation, this take prohibition also applies to certain species listed as threatened. (50 CFR 17.31(a)). Under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(a)(1)(B)), we may issue permits to authorize take of listed fish and wildlife species that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing permits for listed fish and wildlife species are set forth in 50 CFR parts 17.22 and 17.32. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) requires Federal agencies to analyze their proposed actions to determine whether the actions may significantly affect the human environment. In these NEPA analyses, the Federal agency will identify direct, indirect, and cumulative effects, as well as possible mitigation for effects on environmental resources that VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:17 Jun 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 could occur with implementation of the proposed action and alternatives. Public Review If you wish to comment on the draft HCP and draft EA, you may submit comments by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. 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, please 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. Authority We issue this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32), and the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 46.305). Stephen Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2020–13191 Filed 6–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2020–NXXX; FXES11140800000–201–FF08EVEN00] Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion for 12 Rancho San Carlos (Ocho West) Project, Monterey County, California AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 119 / Friday, June 19, 2020 / Notices Notice of availability; request for comments. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and draft categorical exclusion for activities associated with an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The ITP would authorize take of listed species incidental to construction of a single-family residence at 12 Rancho San Carlos (Ocho West). The Applicant developed the draft HCP as part of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft categorical exclusion in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the Applicant. We invite public comment on these documents. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before July 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: To obtain documents: You may download a copy of the draft HCP and categorical exclusion screening form at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by sending U.S. mail to our Ventura office, or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). To submit written comments: Please send us your written comments using one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Send your comments to: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. • Email: danielle_fagre@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Fagre, Biologist, by phone at 805–677–3339, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and the associated draft categorical exclusion with an application for an incidental take permit by Andris Upitis (Applicant). The permit would authorize take of the federally threatened Central Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) and the federally threatened California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) incidental to activities associated with the construction of a single-family residence at 12 Rancho San Carlos (Ocho West). The Applicant developed khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:17 Jun 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 the draft HCP as part of his application for an ITP under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The Service prepared a draft categorical exclusion in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the Applicant. We invite public comment on these documents. Background The Service listed the Central DPS of the California tiger salamander as threatened on August 4, 2004 (69 FR 47212). The Service listed the California red-legged frog as threatened on May 23, 1996 (61 FR 25813), and critical habitat was designated on March 10, 2010 (75 FR 12816). Federal regulation pursuant to section 4(d) of the ESA prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of certain fish or wildlife species listed as threatened, including the Central DPS of the California tiger salamander and the California redlegged frog, with exceptions for certain ranching activities on private and tribal lands as described in 50 CFR 17.43(c)(3)(i)–(xi) and 50 CFR 17.43(d)(3)(i)–(xi). ‘‘Take’’ is defined under the ESA to include the following activities: ‘‘[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. Incidental take is take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. The permittee would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)). Applicant’s Proposed Activities The Applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the Central DPS of the California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog. The potential take would occur in association with activities necessary for the construction of a single-family home and accessory dwelling unit, improvement of the existing driveway, revegetation of temporarily disturbed areas, and invasive species management on 5.9 acres of habitat occupied by the PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37107 covered species. The development would result in impacts to 7.5 acres of California tiger salamander upland habitat. It would result in impacts to 7.6 acres of California red-legged frog habitat, all of which are in California red-legged frog Critical Habitat Unit MNT–2. The 7.5 acres of California tiger salamander habitat overlaps entirely with the 7.6 acres of California redlegged frog habitat. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the covered species and mitigation for unavoidable loss of occupied upland and dispersal habitat. The Applicant will provide mitigation either by securing 5.9 acres of otherwise developable habitat in a conservation easement, protected in perpetuity, or through a Serviceapproved conservation bank or in-lieu fee program. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. 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 ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Stephen Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2020–13190 Filed 6–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMT926000–20X–L14400000.BJ0000; MO#4500143878] Notice of Proposed Filing of Plats of Survey; Montana Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed official filing. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 119 (Friday, June 19, 2020)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13190]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2020-NXXX; FXES11140800000-201-FF08EVEN00]


Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion 
for 12 Rancho San Carlos (Ocho West) Project, Monterey County, 
California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

[[Page 37107]]


ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and draft 
categorical exclusion for activities associated with an application for 
an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended. The ITP would authorize take of listed species 
incidental to construction of a single-family residence at 12 Rancho 
San Carlos (Ocho West). The Applicant developed the draft HCP as part 
of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft 
categorical exclusion in accordance with the National Environmental 
Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human 
environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the Applicant. We invite 
public comment on these documents.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before July 20, 2020.

ADDRESSES: 
    To obtain documents: You may download a copy of the draft HCP and 
categorical exclusion screening form at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or 
you may request copies of the documents by sending U.S. mail to our 
Ventura office, or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    To submit written comments: Please send us your written comments 
using one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Send your comments to: Stephen P. Henry, Field 
Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003.
     Email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Fagre, Biologist, by phone at 
805-677-3339, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for 
TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the availability of a draft Habitat Conservation 
Plan (HCP) and the associated draft categorical exclusion with an 
application for an incidental take permit by Andris Upitis (Applicant). 
The permit would authorize take of the federally threatened Central 
Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander 
(Ambystoma californiense) and the federally threatened California red-
legged frog (Rana draytonii) incidental to activities associated with 
the construction of a single-family residence at 12 Rancho San Carlos 
(Ocho West). The Applicant developed the draft HCP as part of his 
application for an ITP under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The 
Service prepared a draft categorical exclusion in accordance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human 
environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the Applicant. We invite 
public comment on these documents.

Background

    The Service listed the Central DPS of the California tiger 
salamander as threatened on August 4, 2004 (69 FR 47212). The Service 
listed the California red-legged frog as threatened on May 23, 1996 (61 
FR 25813), and critical habitat was designated on March 10, 2010 (75 FR 
12816). Federal regulation pursuant to section 4(d) of the ESA 
prohibits the ``take'' of certain fish or wildlife species listed as 
threatened, including the Central DPS of the California tiger 
salamander and the California red-legged frog, with exceptions for 
certain ranching activities on private and tribal lands as described in 
50 CFR 17.43(c)(3)(i)-(xi) and 50 CFR 17.43(d)(3)(i)-(xi). ``Take'' is 
defined under the ESA to include the following activities: ``[T]o 
harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or 
collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 
1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue 
permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. Incidental take 
is take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of 
an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take 
permits for threatened species are in the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must 
not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or 
plant species. The permittee would receive assurances under our ``No 
Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)).

Applicant's Proposed Activities

    The Applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the 
Central DPS of the California tiger salamander and California red-
legged frog. The potential take would occur in association with 
activities necessary for the construction of a single-family home and 
accessory dwelling unit, improvement of the existing driveway, 
revegetation of temporarily disturbed areas, and invasive species 
management on 5.9 acres of habitat occupied by the covered species. The 
development would result in impacts to 7.5 acres of California tiger 
salamander upland habitat. It would result in impacts to 7.6 acres of 
California red-legged frog habitat, all of which are in California red-
legged frog Critical Habitat Unit MNT-2. The 7.5 acres of California 
tiger salamander habitat overlaps entirely with the 7.6 acres of 
California red-legged frog habitat.
    The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the 
covered species and mitigation for unavoidable loss of occupied upland 
and dispersal habitat. The Applicant will provide mitigation either by 
securing 5.9 acres of otherwise developable habitat in a conservation 
easement, protected in perpetuity, or through a Service-approved 
conservation bank or in-lieu fee program.

Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and 
associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in 
ADDRESSES.
    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 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able 
to do so.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Stephen Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2020-13190 Filed 6-18-20; 8:45 am]
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