Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion, 64226-64227 [2021-25049]

Download as PDF 64226 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 17, 2021 / Notices underground burrow systems are critical during the drier months of the year, though juveniles and adults use them throughout the year to grow and survive. Loss and fragmentation of habitat is a major threat to the species and the protection of breeding habitat and adjacent upland habitats is needed for their recovery. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The development of the draft SHA and the proposed issuance of an enhancement of survival permit are Federal actions that trigger the need for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). We have prepared a draft EAS to analyze the impacts of permit issuance and implementation of the SHA on the human environment in comparison to the no-action alternative. We have made a preliminary determination that issuing the permit and implementing the SHA would have minor or negligible impacts to the environment, and thus the proposed SHA and permit actions are eligible for categorical exclusion under NEPA. The basis for our preliminary determination is contained in the EAS, which is available for public review (see ADDRESSES). Next Steps We will evaluate the permit application, associated documents, and comments we receive to determine whether the permit application meets the requirements of the ESA, NEPA, and their implementing regulations. If we determine that all requirements are met, we will sign the proposed SHA and issue a permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA to the applicant. We will not make our final decision on the permit application until after the end of the public comment period, and we will fully consider all comments we receive during the comment period. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Public Availability of Comments Written comments we receive become part of the public 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 the entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32), and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6; 43 CFR part 46). Kim Turner, Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2021–25073 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2021–0125; FXES11130400000EA–123–FF04EF4000] Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake 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), announce receipt of an application from PKY Clermont Owner, LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Lake County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before December 17, 2021 SUMMARY: ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online in Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2021–0125 at http://www.regulations.gov. Submitting Comments: If you wish to submit comments on any of the documents, you may do so in writing by any of the following methods: • Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments on Docket No. FWS–R4–ES– 2021–0125. • U.S. mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R4– ES–2021–0125; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at (904) 731– 3121 or via email at erin_gawera@ fws.gov. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from PKY Clermont Owner, LLC (Magnolia Pointe) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) incidental to the construction of a commercial development (project) in Lake County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and on the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4231 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. Project The applicant requests a 5-year ITP to take sand skinks through the conversion of approximately 13.00 acres (ac) of occupied sand skink foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to the construction of a commercial development located on a 52.99-ac parcel in Sections 25 and 26; Township 22 South; Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida, identified by Parcel ID numbers 25–22–26–0002–0000–1300, 25–22–26– 0002–0000–1400, 26–22–26–0001– 0000–3000. The applicant proposes to mitigate for take of the sand skinks by the purchase of 26 credits from Lake Wales Ridge Conservation Bank or another Service-approved Conservation Bank. The Service would require the applicant to purchase the credits prior to engaging in activities associated with the project on the parcel. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 17, 2021 / Notices comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made available to the public. While you may request that we withhold your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Our Preliminary Determination Geological Survey [GX22GS00EMMA900] 2021 Draft List of Critical Minerals; Correction U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: The Service has made a preliminary determination that the applicant’s project, including land clearing, infrastructure building, landscaping, and the proposed mitigation measures, would individually and cumulatively have a minor or negligible effect on sand skinks and the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily concluded that the ITP for this project would qualify for categorical exclusion and the HCP is low effect under our NEPA regulations at 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210. A loweffect HCP is one that would result in (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed, proposed, and candidate species and their habitats; (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources; and (3) impacts that, when considered together with the impacts of other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable similarly situated projects, would not over time result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or resources. Next Steps The Service will evaluate the application and the comments received to determine whether to issue the requested permit. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue ITP number PER0017025 to PKY Clermont Owner, LLC. The U.S Geological Survey published a document in the Federal Register on November 9, 2021 that presented a description of the draft methodology used to identify a draft list of critical minerals; a draft list of minerals, elements, substances, and materials that qualify as critical minerals; and a draft list of critical minerals recovered as byproducts and their host minerals. The document contained a billing address code and docket number. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Mosley, (703) 648–6312, jmosley@usgs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Correction In FR Doc. 2021–24488, appearing on page 62199 in the Federal Register of November 9, 2021, the following corrections are made: 1. On page 62200, in the first column, under ADDRESSES, correct to read: You may submit written comments online at http://www.regulations.gov by entering ‘‘DOI–2021–0013’’ in the Search bar and clicking ‘‘Search’’ or by mail to Draft List of Critical Minerals, MS–102, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20192. 2. On page 62203, in the second column, correct the BILLING CODE to read: 4338–11. Dated: November 12, 2021. Dionne Duncan-Hughes, Federal Liaison Officer, USGS. [FR Doc. 2021–25055 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P Authority The Service provides this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.32) and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 46.305). khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Robert L. Carey, Division Manager, Environmental Review, Florida Ecological Service Field Office. [FR Doc. 2021–25049 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 17:11 Nov 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notification of boundary revision. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The map depicting this boundary revision is available for inspection at the following locations: National Park Service, Interior Region 1, Land Resources Program Center, 115 John Street, 5th Floor, Lowell, MA 01852, and National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Realty Officer Jennifer Cherry, National Park Service, Interior Region 1, Land Resources Program Center, 115 John Street, 5th Floor, Lowell, MA 01852, telephone (978) 970–5260. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 54 U.S.C. 100506(c), the boundary of George Washington Birthplace National Monument is modified to include one adjoining tract containing 1.01 acres of land, more or less. This boundary revision is depicted on Map No. 332/ 173,707, dated September 2020. 54 U.S.C. 100506(c) provides that, after notifying the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to make a boundary revision upon publication of notice in the Federal Register. The Committees have been notified of this boundary revision. This boundary revision and subsequent acquisition will ensure preservation and protection of the Park’s historic and natural resources. Deborah Conway, Acting Regional Director, Interior Region 1. [FR Doc. 2021–25043 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minor Boundary Revision at George Washington Birthplace National Monument The boundary of George Washington Birthplace National VerDate Sep<11>2014 Monument is modified to include 1.01 acres (more or less) of land located in Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County, Virginia, immediately adjoining and being surrounded by the boundary of George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Subsequent to the boundary revision, the National Park Service will acquire the property from The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit organization. DATES: The effective date of this boundary revision is November 17, 2021. BILLING CODE 4312–52–P [NPS–IR1–GEWA–31966; PS.SNELA0102.00.1] SUMMARY: 64227 National Park Service [NPS–NER–SARA–30417; PS.SNELA0070.00.1] Minor Boundary Revision at Saratoga National Historical Park AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM National Park Service, Interior. 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2021-0125; FXES11130400000EA-123-FF04EF4000]


Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed 
Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; 
Categorical Exclusion

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt 
of an application from PKY Clermont Owner, LLC (applicant) for an 
incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The 
applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink 
incidental to construction in Lake County, Florida. We request public 
comment on the application, which includes the applicant's proposed 
habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service's preliminary 
determination that this HCP qualifies as ``low-effect,'' categorically 
excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this 
determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-
effect screening form, both of which are also available for public 
review.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before December 17, 
2021

ADDRESSES:
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online 
in Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2021-0125 at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Submitting Comments: If you wish to submit comments on any of the 
documents, you may do so in writing by any of the following methods:
     Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2021-0125.
     U.S. mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. 
FWS-R4-ES-2021-0125; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at (904) 
731-3121 or via email at [email protected]. Individuals who are 
hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-
877-8339 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), 
announce receipt of an application from PKY Clermont Owner, LLC 
(Magnolia Pointe) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.). The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand 
skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) incidental to the construction of a 
commercial development (project) in Lake County, Florida. We request 
public comment on the application, which includes the applicant's 
proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and on the Service's 
preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ``low-effect,'' 
categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4231 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our 
environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of 
which are also available for public review.

Project

    The applicant requests a 5-year ITP to take sand skinks through the 
conversion of approximately 13.00 acres (ac) of occupied sand skink 
foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to the construction of a 
commercial development located on a 52.99-ac parcel in Sections 25 and 
26; Township 22 South; Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida, identified 
by Parcel ID numbers 25-22-26-0002-0000-1300, 25-22-26-0002-0000-1400, 
26-22-26-0001-0000-3000. The applicant proposes to mitigate for take of 
the sand skinks by the purchase of 26 credits from Lake Wales Ridge 
Conservation Bank or another Service-approved Conservation Bank. The 
Service would require the applicant to purchase the credits prior to 
engaging in activities associated with the project on the parcel.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that 
your entire

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comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made 
available to the public. While you may request that we withhold your 
personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that the 
applicant's project, including land clearing, infrastructure building, 
landscaping, and the proposed mitigation measures, would individually 
and cumulatively have a minor or negligible effect on sand skinks and 
the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily concluded that the 
ITP for this project would qualify for categorical exclusion and the 
HCP is low effect under our NEPA regulations at 43 CFR 46.205 and 
46.210. A low-effect HCP is one that would result in (1) minor or 
negligible effects on federally listed, proposed, and candidate species 
and their habitats; (2) minor or negligible effects on other 
environmental values or resources; and (3) impacts that, when 
considered together with the impacts of other past, present, and 
reasonably foreseeable similarly situated projects, would not over time 
result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or 
resources.

Next Steps

    The Service will evaluate the application and the comments received 
to determine whether to issue the requested permit. We will also 
conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA 
to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the 
above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria 
of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service 
will issue ITP number PER0017025 to PKY Clermont Owner, LLC.

Authority

    The Service provides this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.32) 
and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 
CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 46.305).

Robert L. Carey,
Division Manager, Environmental Review, Florida Ecological Service 
Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2021-25049 Filed 11-16-21; 8:45 am]
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