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Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 64522 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 220 / Thursday, November 18, 2021 / Notices Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed scrub-jay incidental to construction in Volusia 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 20, 2021. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online in Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2021–0121 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– 2021–0121. • U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R4– ES–2021–0121; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: JAO/1N, 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, announce receipt of an application from Maury L. Carter and Associates Inc. (applicant) (Howland Property) 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 scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) incidental to the construction of a mixed-use commercial development (project) in Volusia 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 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4231 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 17, 2021 Jkt 256001 low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review. Project 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 preceding 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 PER0017037 to Maury L. Carter and Associates Inc. Maury L. Carter and Associates Inc. requests a 10-year ITP to take scrub-jays by converting approximately 2.20 acres of occupied scrub-jay foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to the construction of a mixed-use commercial development located on a 36.69-acre parcel in Section 4, Township 19 South, Range 30 East, Volusia County, Florida. The applicant proposes to mitigate for take of the scrub-jays by the contribution of $67,438.80 to the Florida Scrub-jay Conservation Fund (Fund) administered by The Nature Conservancy for the purchase of 4.40 acres, twice as much habitat as would be destroyed. The Service would require the applicant to make this contribution to the Fund within 30 days following the issuance of the incidental take permit by the Service and prior to engaging in activities associated with the project. Robert L. Carey, Division Manager, Environmental Review, Florida Ecological Services Field Office. Public Availability of Comments [FR Doc. 2021–25119 Filed 11–17–21; 8:45 am] 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). BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire 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 measure, would individually and cumulatively have a minor or negligible effect on scrub-jays 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 result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or resources over time. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2020–N174; FXES11140800000–212–FF08EVEN00] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion for the Central California Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander; Churchill Family Properties Residential Development Project, San Benito County, California Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: 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 the Central California distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander incidental to activities associated with construction adjacent to the City of Hollister in San Benito County, California. The applicant developed the draft HCP as part of their application for an ITP. The Service SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 220 / Thursday, November 18, 2021 / Notices prepared a draft low-effect screening form and environmental action statement (CatEx) 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 December 20, 2021. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft HCP and draft CatEx at http://www.fws.gov/ ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments using one of the following methods: • U.S. Mail: 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: mark_ogonowski@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Ogonowski, Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, by email (see ADDRESSES), via phone at (805) 677– 3350, via the Federal Relay Service at 1– 800–877–8339 for TTY assistance, or by mail (see ADDRESSES). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a draft HCP and draft CatEx for activities associated with an 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 ITP would authorize take of the Central California distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) incidental to activities associated with the subdivision of two adjoining parcels and construction of residential housing over a 23.5-acre project site adjacent to the City of Hollister in San Benito County, California. The site would be fully developed with single- and multi-family housing, rights of way for streets and utilities, and public open space lots. The applicant developed the draft HCP as part of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft CatEx 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 all of these documents. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 17, 2021 Jkt 256001 Background The Service listed the Central California DPS of the California tiger salamander as threatened on August 4, 2004 (69 FR 47212). Section 9 of the ESA prohibits ‘‘take’’ of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered (16 U.S.C. 1538), where take is defined to include the following activities: ‘‘to 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). The take prohibitions of Section 9 are extended to species listed as threatened at the discretion the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. 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 incidental take permits for threatened species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32. Issuance of an ITP also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species, pursuant to section 7 of the ESA and 50 CFR 402.02. The permittee would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.32(b)(5)). The Service designated critical habitat for the Central California DPS of the California tiger salamander on August 23, 2005 (70 CFR 49380). The project site encompasses 2.3 acres of California tiger salamander critical habitat unit EB 15A, representing approximately .09 percent of this unit and .001 percent of critical habitat designated for the species rangewide. The area of critical habitat overlapping the project site is fragmented from the remainder of unit EB 15A by Fairview Road, which is moderately trafficked. The applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the Central California DPS of the California tiger salamander. The take would occur in association with the construction of residential housing over a 23.5-acre project site adjacent to the City of Hollister in San Benito County, California. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the Central California DPS of the California tiger salamander and mitigation for unavoidable loss of habitat. As mitigation, the applicant proposes to purchase credits from a Serviceapproved conservation bank. The Service in collaboration with the Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 applicant determined the required mitigation using a habitat model based on the methodology in Calculating Biologically Accurate Mitigation Credits: Insights from the California tiger Salamander (Searcy and Shaffer 2008). The method assigns a value to habitat that scales with the reproductive value of the individuals estimated to be occupying an area, which is a function of (1) distance to each known or potential breeding pond within dispersal distance of the site, and (2) surrounding land-use. A mitigation ratio of 1:1 (reproductive value lost: Reproductive value conserved) is then applied to determine the amount of mitigation required to offset impacts to California tiger salamander habitat based on the per-credit habitat value of mitigation credits at the chosen conservation bank. Public Availability of Comments 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(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). Stephen Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2021–25120 Filed 11–17–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Proposed Activities PO 00000 64523 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Natural Resources Revenue [Docket No. ONRR–2011–0021; DS63644000 DRT000000.CH7000 223D1113RT, OMB Control Number 1012–0002] Agency Information Collection Activities: Indian Oil and Gas Valuation Office of Natural Resources Revenue (‘‘ONRR’’), Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. 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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2020-N174; FXES11140800000-212-FF08EVEN00]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Habitat 
Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion for the Central 
California Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger 
Salamander; Churchill Family Properties Residential Development 
Project, San Benito County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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 the Central 
California distinct population segment of the California tiger 
salamander incidental to activities associated with construction 
adjacent to the City of Hollister in San Benito County, California. The 
applicant developed the draft HCP as part of their application for an 
ITP. The Service

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prepared a draft low-effect screening form and environmental action 
statement (CatEx) 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 December 20, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft HCP and 
draft CatEx at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request copies 
of the documents by U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments 
using one of the following methods:
     U.S. Mail: 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: Mark Ogonowski, Senior Fish and 
Wildlife Biologist, by email (see ADDRESSES), via phone at (805) 677-
3350, via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 
assistance, or by mail (see ADDRESSES).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
announce the availability of a draft HCP and draft CatEx for activities 
associated with an 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 ITP would authorize take of the Central California distinct 
population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma 
californiense) incidental to activities associated with the subdivision 
of two adjoining parcels and construction of residential housing over a 
23.5-acre project site adjacent to the City of Hollister in San Benito 
County, California. The site would be fully developed with single- and 
multi-family housing, rights of way for streets and utilities, and 
public open space lots. The applicant developed the draft HCP as part 
of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft CatEx 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 all of these documents.

Background

    The Service listed the Central California DPS of the California 
tiger salamander as threatened on August 4, 2004 (69 FR 47212). Section 
9 of the ESA prohibits ``take'' of fish and wildlife species listed as 
endangered (16 U.S.C. 1538), where take is defined to include the 
following activities: ``to 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). The take prohibitions of Section 9 are 
extended to species listed as threatened at the discretion the 
Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
    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 incidental take 
permits for threatened species are in the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32. Issuance of an ITP also must not jeopardize the 
existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species, 
pursuant to section 7 of the ESA and 50 CFR 402.02. The permittee would 
receive assurances under our ``No Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 
17.32(b)(5)).
    The Service designated critical habitat for the Central California 
DPS of the California tiger salamander on August 23, 2005 (70 CFR 
49380). The project site encompasses 2.3 acres of California tiger 
salamander critical habitat unit EB 15A, representing approximately .09 
percent of this unit and .001 percent of critical habitat designated 
for the species rangewide. The area of critical habitat overlapping the 
project site is fragmented from the remainder of unit EB 15A by 
Fairview Road, which is moderately trafficked.

Proposed Activities

    The applicant has applied for a permit for incidental take of the 
Central California DPS of the California tiger salamander. The take 
would occur in association with the construction of residential housing 
over a 23.5-acre project site adjacent to the City of Hollister in San 
Benito County, California.
    The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the 
Central California DPS of the California tiger salamander and 
mitigation for unavoidable loss of habitat. As mitigation, the 
applicant proposes to purchase credits from a Service-approved 
conservation bank. The Service in collaboration with the applicant 
determined the required mitigation using a habitat model based on the 
methodology in Calculating Biologically Accurate Mitigation Credits: 
Insights from the California tiger Salamander (Searcy and Shaffer 
2008). The method assigns a value to habitat that scales with the 
reproductive value of the individuals estimated to be occupying an 
area, which is a function of (1) distance to each known or potential 
breeding pond within dispersal distance of the site, and (2) 
surrounding land-use. A mitigation ratio of 1:1 (reproductive value 
lost: Reproductive value conserved) is then applied to determine the 
amount of mitigation required to offset impacts to California tiger 
salamander habitat based on the per-credit habitat value of mitigation 
credits at the chosen conservation bank.

Public Availability of Comments

    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(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).

Stephen Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
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