Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications, 47139-47140 [2021-17995]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 160 / Monday, August 23, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES permits that authorize take of federally listed species, provided the take is incidental to, but not the purpose of, an otherwise lawful activity. ‘‘Incidental taking’’ is defined by the ESA implementing regulations as taking that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity (50 CFR 17.3). Regulations governing incidental take permits for endangered and threatened species, respectively, are found at 50 CFR 17.22 and 50 CFR 17.32. Under SHAs, private and non-Federal participating landowners voluntarily undertake management activities on their properties to enhance, restore, or maintain habitat benefiting species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). SHAs, and the subsequent EOS permits that are issued pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA, encourage private and other non-Federal property owners to implement conservation efforts for listed species, by assuring property owners that they will not be subject to increased land use restriction as a result of efforts to attract or increase the numbers or distribution of a listed species on their property. In this case, an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) EOS permit is proposed to be issued to the Service’s Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office under a programmatic SHA providing a specific level of incidental take coverage should the enrolled landowners’ agreed-upon conservation measures and routine land uses (e.g., recreation, ranching, agriculture, and maintenance activities) result in take of the covered species. Application requirements and issuance criteria for EOS permits through SHAs are found at 50 CFR 17.22(c) and 17.32(c). California Red-Legged Frog The California red-legged frog is currently extirpated from its former range in Southern California south of the Transverse Ranges. It was last recorded in Riverside County in the early 2000s. Population declines have been attributed to habitat loss and degradation including introduced predators, water diversions, and poor water quality. Eligible lands under the SHA include aquatic (e.g., streams, creeks, ponds, and marshes), riparian, and adjacent upland habitat where threats to frogs have been addressed and minimized. Primary conservation measures implemented under the SHA include reintroductions, habitat management, and the minimization of potential threats (e.g., bullfrog predation and sedimentation). Additional conservation measures include allowing agency staff to monitor frogs and their VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Aug 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 habitat and to salvage/rescue frogs when necessary. Covered land use activities include recreation, ranching, agriculture, maintenance activities, and ongoing activities associated with the enrolled lands. If California red-legged frog populations become established within the eligible lands covered under the SHA, take of California red-legged frogs associated with the approved land uses and conservation measures outlined under the certificate of inclusion for enrolled lands would be authorized under the EOS permit during the 30year permit term. The proposed SHA would implement conservation measures that contribute to the recovery of the California red-legged frog. The proposed SHA with the option for renewal is based on the commitment to implement the proposed SHA, including issuance of certificates of inclusion to participating non-Federal landowners. The reestablishment of the Southern California genetic lineage is an important conservation action for the species’ recovery. Therefore, the cumulative impact of the SHA and the activities it covers, which are facilitated by the allowable incidental take, are expected to provide a net conservation benefit to the California red-legged frog. Public Comments Solicited We solicit written comments on the proposed safe harbor agreement and National Environmental Policy Act documentation described in this notice. All comments received by the date specified in DATES will be considered in development of a final safe harbor agreement for the California red-legged frog. You may submit written comments and information by email to the Service’s Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office at the above address (see ADDRESSES). Public Availability of Comments Written comments we receive become part of the decision record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organization or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representative or officials of organization or business, will be made PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47139 available for public disclosure in their entirety. Authority We provide this notice under Section 10(c) of the ESA 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 for the Department of the Interior (43 CFR part 46). Scott Sobiech, Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, Carlsbad, California. [FR Doc. 2021–17968 Filed 8–20–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–ES–2021–N184; FXES11130300000–201–FF03E00000] 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. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before September 22, 2021. ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents, as well as 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; see table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION): • Email: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective application number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message. • U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Nathan Rathbun, U.S. Fish and Wildlife SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 47140 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 160 / Monday, August 23, 2021 / Notices Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437–1458. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathan Rathbun, 612–713–5343 (phone); permitsR3ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et Application No. Applicant PER0016072 .. Brittany Rogness, Urbana, IL. ES95228C ...... Terry VanDeWalle, Brandon, IA. ES72093B ...... Rebecca Winterringer, Euclid, OH. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public to comment on the following applications: Location Activity Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (Myotis grisescens), northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis). Add: New species— Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)— to existing authorized species: Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus). 34 freshwater mussel species. IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, WV, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Add: New location— KS—to existing authorized locations: AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV, WI. Conduct presence/ absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 18:11 Aug 20, 2021 recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found 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. Species Public Availability of Comments VerDate Sep<11>2014 seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species. A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species for scientific purposes that promote Jkt 253001 made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Next Steps If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. Authority We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Lori Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services. [FR Doc. 2021–17995 Filed 8–20–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of take Permit action Capture, handle, harp trap, mistnet, band, collect tissue samples, radio-tag, enter hibernacula, release. Capture, handle, temporary hold, release. New. Capture, handle, temporary hold, release. Amend. Amend. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2021–0074; FXES11140400000–212–FF04EF4000] Renewal of Enhancement of Survival Permit and Modification of Safe Harbor Agreement for the Florida Scrub-Jay, Volusia County, FL; Categorical Exclusion Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received a written request from Daytona State College (applicant) to renew the enhancement of the survival permit SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 160 (Monday, August 23, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47139-47140]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-17995]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2021-N184; FXES11130300000-201-FF03E00000]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit 
Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: 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.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before September 22, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit 
requests for copies of the applications and related documents, as well 
as 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; see table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION):
     Email: [email protected]. Please refer to the respective 
application number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line 
of your email message.
     U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Nathan Rathbun, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife

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Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, 
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathan Rathbun, 612-713-5343 (phone); 
[email protected] (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 
assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened 
species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our 
implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require 
that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities 
involving endangered species.
    A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species 
for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of 
propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing 
section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found 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

    We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the 
public to comment on the following applications:

 
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         Application No.               Applicant            Species            Location            Activity          Type of take        Permit action
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PER0016072......................  Brittany Rogness,   Indiana bat         IL, IN, IA, KS,     Conduct presence/   Capture, handle,    New.
                                   Urbana, IL.         (Myotis sodalis),   MI, MN, MO, WV,     absence surveys,    harp trap, mist-
                                                       gray bat (Myotis    WI.                 document habitat    net, band,
                                                       grisescens),                            use, conduct        collect tissue
                                                       northern long-                          population          samples, radio-
                                                       eared bat (M.                           monitoring,         tag, enter
                                                       septentrionalis).                       evaluate impacts.   hibernacula,
                                                                                                                   release.
ES95228C........................  Terry VanDeWalle,   Add: New species--  IL, IN, IA, MI,     Conduct presence/   Capture, handle,    Amend.
                                   Brandon, IA.        Rusty patched       MN, MO, WI.         absence surveys,    temporary hold,
                                                       bumble bee                              document habitat    release.
                                                       (Bombus affinis)--                      use, conduct
                                                       to existing                             population
                                                       authorized                              monitoring,
                                                       species: Eastern                        evaluate impacts.
                                                       Massasauga
                                                       (Sistrurus
                                                       catenatus).
ES72093B........................  Rebecca             34 freshwater       Add: New location-- Conduct presence/   Capture, handle,    Amend.
                                   Winterringer,       mussel species.     KS--to existing     absence surveys,    temporary hold,
                                   Euclid, OH.                             authorized          document habitat    release.
                                                                           locations: AL,      use, conduct
                                                                           AR, IL, IN, IA,     population
                                                                           KY, LA, MD, MI,     monitoring,
                                                                           MN, MS, MO, NJ,     evaluate impacts.
                                                                           NY, NC, OK, OH,
                                                                           PA, TN, VA, WV,
                                                                           WI.
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Public Availability of Comments

    Written comments we receive become part of the administrative 
record associated with this action. Before including your address, 
phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information 
in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--
including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly 
available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all 
submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their 
entirety.

Next Steps

    If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in 
this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

Authority

    We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Lori Nordstrom,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services.
[FR Doc. 2021-17995 Filed 8-20-21; 8:45 am]
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