Proposed Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Viticultural Activities on Vineyards in the Santa Rosa Plain for the Sonoma County Population of California Tiger Salamander, Sonoma County, California, 64224-64226 [2021-25073]

Download as PDF 64224 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 17, 2021 / Notices ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection should be made to Director, Information Management Division, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472, email address FEMA-Information-CollectionsManagement@fema.dhs.gov or Rebekah Kennedy, Team Lead, Community Services Section, Individual Assistance Division, at (202) 212–1175 or rebekah.kennedy@fema.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This proposed information collection previously published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2021 at 86 FR 34266 with a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to notify the public that FEMA will submit the information collection abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget for review and clearance. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Collection of Information Title: FEMA-Administered Disaster Case Management Intake Form. Type of information collection: New information collection. OMB Number: 1660–NW132. FEMA Forms: FF–104–FY–21–146 and FF–104–FY–21–147. Abstract: This collection tool will primarily be used as a guide to support FEMA-administered Disaster Case Management (DCM) case managers by outlining the allowable data elements they can collect from survivors on behalf of FEMA. While there will be a paper collection tool, the case managers will primarily be using the tool as a reference of data elements they can collect, and using their own case management database systems to guide the order in which the elements are collected. The elements within the tool are used to assess, screen, and refer disaster survivors to available resources that address their specific disasterrelated unmet needs. Case managers then take the information from the intake form and manually upload the data into their secured case management database. Prior to any data collection, survivors will complete and sign a FEMAadministered DCM Consent Form, authorizing FEMA, or its agent, to collect data from the survivor in order to effectively provide case management services. Affected Public: Individuals and Households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 75,000. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 Estimated Number of Responses: 75,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 48,000 burden hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost: $1,746,240. Estimated Respondents’ Operation and Maintenance Costs: $0. Estimated Respondents’ Capital and Start-Up Costs: $0. Estimated Total Annual Cost to the Federal Government: $51,640,374. Comments Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption above. Comments are solicited to (a) evaluate whether the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. This adjustment applies to major disasters and emergencies declared on or after October 1, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tod Wells, Recovery Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3834. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 44 CFR 206.202(d)(2) provides that FEMA will annually adjust the minimum Project Worksheet amount under the Public Assistance program to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the Department of Labor. FEMA gives notice of an increase to $3,500 for the minimum amount that will be approved for any Project Worksheet under the Public Assistance program for all major disasters and emergencies declared on or after October 1, 2021. FEMA bases the adjustment on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers of 5.3 percent for the 12-month period that ended in August 2021. This is based on information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor on September 14, 2021. DATES: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters). Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Millicent L. Brown, Acting Records Management Branch Chief, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Mission Support, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2021–25048 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2021–25101 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] Fish and Wildlife Service BILLING CODE 9111–24–P [FWS–R8–ES–2021–N204; FXES11140800000–223–FF08ESMF00] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Proposed Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Viticultural Activities on Vineyards in the Santa Rosa Plain for the Sonoma County Population of California Tiger Salamander, Sonoma County, California Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA–2021–0001] Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; receipt of application. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from the North Bay Water District (applicant) for an enhancement of survival permit (permit) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The permit application includes a proposed safe harbor agreement (SHA) between the applicant and the Service SUMMARY: FEMA gives notice that the minimum Project Worksheet Amount under the Public Assistance program for disasters and emergencies declared on or after October 1, 2021, will be increased. PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AGENCY: Notice of Adjustment of Minimum Project Worksheet Amount SUMMARY: BILLING CODE 9111–23–P E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 17, 2021 / Notices for the federally endangered Sonoma County distinct population segment (DPS) of California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) (Sonoma CTS or covered species). We have prepared a draft environmental action statement (EAS) for our preliminary determination that the SHA and permit decision may be eligible for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. We invite the public to review and comment on the permit application, draft SHA, and draft EAS. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before December 17, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Ryan Olah, Coast Bay Division Chief, via U.S. Mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–2605, Sacramento, CA 95825, or via email at ryan_olah@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Olah, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: (916) 414–6623; email: ryan_ olah@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Availability of Documents You may obtain copies of the document for review by contacting the individual named above. Background SHAs are intended to encourage private or other non-Federal property owners to implement beneficial conservation actions for species listed under the ESA. SHA permit holders are assured that they will not be subject to increased property use restrictions as a result of their proactive actions to benefit listed species. Incidental take of listed species is authorized under a permit pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA. For an applicant to receive a permit through an SHA, the applicant must submit an application form that includes the following: (1) The common and scientific names of the listed species for which the applicant requests incidental take authorization; (2) A description of how incidental take of the listed species pursuant to the SHA is likely to occur, both as a result of management activities and as a result of the return to baseline; and (3) A description of how the SHA complies with the requirements of the Service’s Safe Harbor policy (64 FR 32717, June 17, 1999). For the Service to issue a permit, we must determine that: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 (1) The take of listed species will be incidental to an otherwise lawful activity and will be in accordance with the terms of the SHA; (2) The implementation of the terms of the SHA is reasonably expected to provide a net conservation benefit to the covered species by contributing to its recovery, and the SHA otherwise complies with the Service’s Safe Harbor Policy; (3) The probable direct and indirect effects of any authorized take will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery in the wild of any listed species; (4) Implementation of the terms of the SHA is consistent with applicable Federal, State, and Tribal laws and regulations; (5) Implementation of the terms of the SHA will not be in conflict with any ongoing conservation or recovery programs for listed species covered by the permit; and (6) The applicant has shown capability for and commitment to implementing all of the terms of the SHA. The Service’s Safe Harbor Policy and Safe Harbor regulations (68 FR 53320, September 10, 2003; 69 FR 24084, May 3, 2004) provide important terms and concepts for developing SHAs. The Service’s Safe Harbor policy and regulations are available at http:// www.fws.gov/endangered/laws-policies/ regulations-and-policies.html. This SHA was developed by the Service and the applicant. Proposed Action The SHA is expected to promote the recovery of Sonoma CTS on non-Federal properties within Sonoma County. The proposed duration of the SHA and the associated enhancement of survival permit are 50 years. The proposed enhancement of survival permit would authorize the incidental taking of the covered species associated with the restoration, enhancement, and maintenance of suitable habitat for the covered species during routine and ongoing viticultural activities and the potential future return of any property included in the SHA to baseline conditions. Under this SHA, individual landowners (cooperators) may include their properties by entering into a cooperative agreement with the applicant. Each cooperative agreement will specify the restoration and/or enhancement, and management activities to be carried out on that specific property. All cooperative agreements will be reviewed by the Service to determine whether the proposed activities will result in a net PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64225 conservation benefit for the covered species and meet all required standards of the Safe Harbor Policy. Upon Service approval, the applicant will issue a certificate of inclusion to the cooperator. Each certificate of inclusion will extend the incidental take coverage conferred by the enhancement of survival permit to the cooperator. Baseline levels for the covered species will be determined by the cooperator first completing the baseline habitat worksheet (Exhibit B of the SHA), and then the Service will review each baseline determination prior to the applicant issuing a certificate of inclusion to the cooperator. The SHA also contains a monitoring component that requires the applicant to ensure that the cooperators are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the SHA. Results of these monitoring efforts will be provided to the Service by the applicant in an annual report. Upon approval of this SHA, and consistent with the Service’s safe harbor policy, the Service would issue an enhancement of survival permit to the applicant. This permit would authorize cooperators issued a certificate of inclusion to take the covered species incidental to the implementation of the management activities specified in the SHA, incidental to other lawful uses of the property including normal, routine land management activities, and to return to baseline conditions if desired. An applicant would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(c)(5) and 17.32(c)(5)) for all species included in the enhancement of survival permit. In addition to meeting other criteria, actions to be performed under an enhancement of survival permit must not jeopardize the existence of Federally listed fish, wildlife, or plants, and the Service is conducting a Section 7 consultation. Species Information The current range of the Sonoma CTS is in the Santa Rosa Plain in Sonoma County, California. The Sonoma CTS inhabits vernal pools and seasonal ponds, associated grassland, and oak savannah plant communities below 200 feet (60 meters). Sonoma CTS spend the majority of their lives underground in small mammal burrows in uplands, while ephemeral ponds play a critical role because they are necessary for breeding. Although Sonoma CTS are members of a family of ‘‘burrowing’’ salamanders, they are not known to create their own burrows. They depend on persistent small mammal (e.g., pocket gopher) activity to create, maintain, and sustain sufficient underground refugia. These E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 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

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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2021-N204; FXES11140800000-223-FF08ESMF00]


Proposed Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Viticultural 
Activities on Vineyards in the Santa Rosa Plain for the Sonoma County 
Population of California Tiger Salamander, Sonoma County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; receipt of application.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have 
received an application from the North Bay Water District (applicant) 
for an enhancement of survival permit (permit) under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). The permit application includes a proposed safe 
harbor agreement (SHA) between the applicant and the Service

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for the federally endangered Sonoma County distinct population segment 
(DPS) of California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) (Sonoma 
CTS or covered species). We have prepared a draft environmental action 
statement (EAS) for our preliminary determination that the SHA and 
permit decision may be eligible for categorical exclusion under the 
National Environmental Policy Act. We invite the public to review and 
comment on the permit application, draft SHA, and draft EAS.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before December 17, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Ryan Olah, Coast Bay Division Chief, via 
U.S. Mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and 
Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825, 
or via email at [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Olah, Sacramento Fish and 
Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: (916) 414-6623; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Availability of Documents

    You may obtain copies of the document for review by contacting the 
individual named above.

Background

    SHAs are intended to encourage private or other non-Federal 
property owners to implement beneficial conservation actions for 
species listed under the ESA. SHA permit holders are assured that they 
will not be subject to increased property use restrictions as a result 
of their proactive actions to benefit listed species. Incidental take 
of listed species is authorized under a permit pursuant to the 
provisions of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA. For an applicant to 
receive a permit through an SHA, the applicant must submit an 
application form that includes the following:
    (1) The common and scientific names of the listed species for which 
the applicant requests incidental take authorization;
    (2) A description of how incidental take of the listed species 
pursuant to the SHA is likely to occur, both as a result of management 
activities and as a result of the return to baseline; and
    (3) A description of how the SHA complies with the requirements of 
the Service's Safe Harbor policy (64 FR 32717, June 17, 1999).
    For the Service to issue a permit, we must determine that:
    (1) The take of listed species will be incidental to an otherwise 
lawful activity and will be in accordance with the terms of the SHA;
    (2) The implementation of the terms of the SHA is reasonably 
expected to provide a net conservation benefit to the covered species 
by contributing to its recovery, and the SHA otherwise complies with 
the Service's Safe Harbor Policy;
    (3) The probable direct and indirect effects of any authorized take 
will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery in 
the wild of any listed species;
    (4) Implementation of the terms of the SHA is consistent with 
applicable Federal, State, and Tribal laws and regulations;
    (5) Implementation of the terms of the SHA will not be in conflict 
with any ongoing conservation or recovery programs for listed species 
covered by the permit; and
    (6) The applicant has shown capability for and commitment to 
implementing all of the terms of the SHA.
    The Service's Safe Harbor Policy and Safe Harbor regulations (68 FR 
53320, September 10, 2003; 69 FR 24084, May 3, 2004) provide important 
terms and concepts for developing SHAs. The Service's Safe Harbor 
policy and regulations are available at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/laws-policies/regulations-and-policies.html. This SHA was developed by 
the Service and the applicant.

Proposed Action

    The SHA is expected to promote the recovery of Sonoma CTS on non-
Federal properties within Sonoma County. The proposed duration of the 
SHA and the associated enhancement of survival permit are 50 years. The 
proposed enhancement of survival permit would authorize the incidental 
taking of the covered species associated with the restoration, 
enhancement, and maintenance of suitable habitat for the covered 
species during routine and ongoing viticultural activities and the 
potential future return of any property included in the SHA to baseline 
conditions. Under this SHA, individual landowners (cooperators) may 
include their properties by entering into a cooperative agreement with 
the applicant. Each cooperative agreement will specify the restoration 
and/or enhancement, and management activities to be carried out on that 
specific property. All cooperative agreements will be reviewed by the 
Service to determine whether the proposed activities will result in a 
net conservation benefit for the covered species and meet all required 
standards of the Safe Harbor Policy. Upon Service approval, the 
applicant will issue a certificate of inclusion to the cooperator. Each 
certificate of inclusion will extend the incidental take coverage 
conferred by the enhancement of survival permit to the cooperator.
    Baseline levels for the covered species will be determined by the 
cooperator first completing the baseline habitat worksheet (Exhibit B 
of the SHA), and then the Service will review each baseline 
determination prior to the applicant issuing a certificate of inclusion 
to the cooperator. The SHA also contains a monitoring component that 
requires the applicant to ensure that the cooperators are in compliance 
with the terms and conditions of the SHA. Results of these monitoring 
efforts will be provided to the Service by the applicant in an annual 
report.
    Upon approval of this SHA, and consistent with the Service's safe 
harbor policy, the Service would issue an enhancement of survival 
permit to the applicant. This permit would authorize cooperators issued 
a certificate of inclusion to take the covered species incidental to 
the implementation of the management activities specified in the SHA, 
incidental to other lawful uses of the property including normal, 
routine land management activities, and to return to baseline 
conditions if desired. An applicant would receive assurances under our 
``No Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 17.22(c)(5) and 17.32(c)(5)) for 
all species included in the enhancement of survival permit. In addition 
to meeting other criteria, actions to be performed under an enhancement 
of survival permit must not jeopardize the existence of Federally 
listed fish, wildlife, or plants, and the Service is conducting a 
Section 7 consultation.

Species Information

    The current range of the Sonoma CTS is in the Santa Rosa Plain in 
Sonoma County, California. The Sonoma CTS inhabits vernal pools and 
seasonal ponds, associated grassland, and oak savannah plant 
communities below 200 feet (60 meters). Sonoma CTS spend the majority 
of their lives underground in small mammal burrows in uplands, while 
ephemeral ponds play a critical role because they are necessary for 
breeding. Although Sonoma CTS are members of a family of ``burrowing'' 
salamanders, they are not known to create their own burrows. They 
depend on persistent small mammal (e.g., pocket gopher) activity to 
create, maintain, and sustain sufficient underground refugia. These

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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.

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.

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]
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