Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council Charter Renewal; Request for Nominations, 9374-9375 [2022-03498]

Download as PDF 9374 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 34 / Friday, February 18, 2022 / Notices spillway improvement project. The Service prepared a draft low-effect screening form and environmental action statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. We invite public comment on these documents. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Background The Service listed the arroyo toad as endangered on December 16, 1994 (59 FR 64859), and published a revised final rule designating critical habitat on February 7, 2001 (66 FR 9414). The Service listed the southwestern willow flycatcher as endangered on February 27, 1995 (60 FR 10695), and published a revised final rule designating critical habitat on January 3, 2013 (78 FR 344534). The Service listed the least Bell’s vireo as endangered on May 2, 1986 (51 FR 16474), and published a final rule designating critical habitat on February 2, 1994 (59 FR 4845). The Service listed the Santa Ana sucker as threatened on April 12, 2000 (65 FR 19686), and published a revised final rule designating critical habitat on December 14, 2010 (75 FR 77962). The Service listed the yellow-billed cuckoo as threatened on October 3, 2014 (79 FR 59992), and published a final rule designating critical habitat on April 21, 2021 (86 FR 20798). Section 9 of the ESA prohibits take of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered (16 U.S.C. 1538). Under the ESA, ‘‘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). Section 4(d) of the ESA allows the Secretary to extend protections for endangered species to those listed as threatened. 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 endangered and threatened species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. Issuance of an ITP also must not be likely to jeopardize the continued existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species, pursuant to section 7 of the ESA and 50 CFR part 402. The permittee would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Feb 17, 2022 Jkt 256001 Project Big Tujunga Dam is a 244-foot high dam located on Big Tujunga River in the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, California. The applicant requests a 30-year incidental take permit for operation and maintenance of Big Tujunga Dam, which regulates stream flows in the Big Tujunga River from Big Tujunga Dam downstream to Hansen Dam, a distance of approximately 14 miles. The incidental take permit would also address a spillway improvement project at Big Tujunga Dam. The applicant proposes to mitigate or minimize impacts through ramping of water conservation releases during the spawning season of fish, providing up to 1,500 acre-feet of water in supplemental flows during the dry season, monitoring and adaptive management to benefit covered species, funding of nonnative species removal or other recovery measures, and best management practices. The proposed plan also allows for the potential translocation of Santa Ana sucker upstream of Big Tujunga Dam to expand the range of this species. Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of the ITP and implementation of the project is not a major Federal action that will significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Moreover, issuance of the ITP and implementation of the project individually and cumulatively will not have more than a minor or negligible effect on federally listed or covered species and the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily concluded that the ITP for this project would qualify for categorical exclusion as provided by our NEPA regulations at 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.215. Next Steps We will evaluate the proposed HCP and any 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 our proposed action. 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 the criteria are met, we will issue the permit to the applicant for incidental take. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 may 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. 1539 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Kristine Petersen, Acting Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, Carlsbad, California. [FR Doc. 2022–03528 Filed 2–17–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–R–2021–N217; FXGO1664091HCC0–FF09D00000–190] Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council Charter Renewal; Request for Nominations Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are renewing the charter for and seeking member nominations to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council (Council). The renewed Council replaces and changes the name of the previous Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council. The Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture (Secretaries), after consultation with the General Services Administration, have renewed the Council charter for 2 years. The Council will provide recommendations to the Federal Government, through the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) and the Secretary of Agriculture, regarding the establishment and implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities with regard to wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that benefit wildlife resources; encourage partnership among the public, sporting conservation organizations, and Federal, State, Tribal, and territorial governments; and benefit recreational hunting and recreational shooting sports. SUMMARY: Comments regarding the establishment of this Council must be DATES: E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 34 / Friday, February 18, 2022 / Notices submitted no later than March 7, 2022. Nominations for the Council must be submitted by March 21, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and nominations via email to doug_ hobbs@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, by telephone at (703) 358–2336, or by email at doug_hobbs@ fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council is established under the authority of the Secretary and regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. appendix 2). The Council’s duties are strictly advisory and consist of, but are not limited to, providing recommendations for implementation of Executive Order 13443, Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation; Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad; and Secretarial Order 3362, Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors. Duties include, but are not limited to: A. Assessing and quantifying implementation of Executive Order 13443, Executive Order 14008, and Secretarial Order 3362 across relevant departments, agencies, and offices and making recommendations to enhance and expand their implementation as identified; B. Making recommendations regarding policies and programs that accomplish the following objectives: 1. Conserve and restore wetlands, grasslands, forests, and other important wildlife habitats, and improve management of rangelands and agricultural lands to benefit wildlife; 2. Promote opportunities for fair chase hunting and safe recreational shooting sports and wildlife-associated recreation on public and private lands; encourage hunting and recreational shooting sports safety, including by developing sighting-in ranges on public lands; recruit and retain hunters; increase public awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of fair chase hunting, safe recreational shooting sports, and wildlife-associated recreation; and 3. Encourage coordination among the public; the hunting and shooting sports communities; wildlife conservation groups; wildlife-associated recreation interests; and Federal, State, Tribal, and territorial governments. The Council will meet at least two times per year. The Secretaries will appoint members and their alternates to the Council to serve up to a 3-year term. The Council will not exceed 18 discretionary primary members, up to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Feb 17, 2022 Jkt 256001 18 alternate members, and 4 ex officio members. Ex officio members will include: • Secretary of the Interior or designated DOI representatives; • Secretary of Agriculture or designated Department of Agriculture representatives; and • Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The Secretaries will select remaining members from among, but not limited to, the organization/interests listed below. These members must be seniorlevel representatives of their organization and/or have the ability to represent their designated constituencies. • State fish and wildlife management agencies; • Wildlife and habitat conservation/ management organizations; • Upland bird hunting organizations; • Waterfowl hunting organizations; • Big game hunting organizations; • Shooting sports interests; • Archery interests; • Wildlife-associated recreation interests; • Tourism, outfitter, and/or guide industries related to hunting and/or wildlife conservation; • Tribal resource management organizations; • Agriculture interests; • Ranching interests; and • Veterans’ service organizations. Member Terms and Vacancies To Fill 9375 Members of the Council serve without compensation. However, while away from their homes or regular places of business, Council and subcommittee members engaged in Council or subcommittee business that the designated Federal official (DFO) approves may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5703, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in Federal Government service. Public Disclosure 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 review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Certification Statement: I hereby certify that the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council is necessary, in the public interest, and is in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture under 43 U.S.C. 1457 and provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1996 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.), the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), and Executive Order 13443, Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation. Authority: 5 U.S.C. appendix 2. Each member is appointed to serve a 3-year term. Nominations are sought to fill 10 primary member positions and at least 5 alternate member positions. We are requesting nominations to fill vacancies to represent the following organizations/interests: • Tribal resource management organizations; • State fish and wildlife management agencies; • Wildlife and habitat conservation/ management organizations; • Waterfowl hunting organizations; • Shooting sports interests; • Archery interests; • Wildlife-associated recreation interests; and • Big game hunting organizations. Dated: January 24, 2022. Deb Haaland, Secretary, Department of the Interior. Nomination Method and Information [L19900000.PO0000.LLWO320.20X; OMB Control No. 1004–0121] Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee’s qualifications, including information that would enable DOI to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Council and the national interest potentially represented, and to permit DOI to contact a potential member. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-R-2021-N217; FXGO1664091HCC0-FF09D00000-190]


Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council Charter Renewal; 
Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) are renewing the charter for and seeking member 
nominations to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council (Council). 
The renewed Council replaces and changes the name of the previous 
Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council. The Secretary of the 
Interior and Secretary of Agriculture (Secretaries), after consultation 
with the General Services Administration, have renewed the Council 
charter for 2 years. The Council will provide recommendations to the 
Federal Government, through the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) 
and the Secretary of Agriculture, regarding the establishment and 
implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities with 
regard to wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that benefit 
wildlife resources; encourage partnership among the public, sporting 
conservation organizations, and Federal, State, Tribal, and territorial 
governments; and benefit recreational hunting and recreational shooting 
sports.

DATES: Comments regarding the establishment of this Council must be

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submitted no later than March 7, 2022. Nominations for the Council must 
be submitted by March 21, 2022.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and nominations via email to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, by telephone at (703) 
358-2336, or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council is established under the 
authority of the Secretary and regulated by the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. appendix 2). The Council's 
duties are strictly advisory and consist of, but are not limited to, 
providing recommendations for implementation of Executive Order 13443, 
Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation; Executive 
Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad; and 
Secretarial Order 3362, Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big Game 
Winter Range and Migration Corridors. Duties include, but are not 
limited to:
    A. Assessing and quantifying implementation of Executive Order 
13443, Executive Order 14008, and Secretarial Order 3362 across 
relevant departments, agencies, and offices and making recommendations 
to enhance and expand their implementation as identified;
    B. Making recommendations regarding policies and programs that 
accomplish the following objectives:
    1. Conserve and restore wetlands, grasslands, forests, and other 
important wildlife habitats, and improve management of rangelands and 
agricultural lands to benefit wildlife;
    2. Promote opportunities for fair chase hunting and safe 
recreational shooting sports and wildlife-associated recreation on 
public and private lands; encourage hunting and recreational shooting 
sports safety, including by developing sighting-in ranges on public 
lands; recruit and retain hunters; increase public awareness of the 
importance of wildlife conservation and the social and economic 
benefits of fair chase hunting, safe recreational shooting sports, and 
wildlife-associated recreation; and
    3. Encourage coordination among the public; the hunting and 
shooting sports communities; wildlife conservation groups; wildlife-
associated recreation interests; and Federal, State, Tribal, and 
territorial governments.
    The Council will meet at least two times per year. The Secretaries 
will appoint members and their alternates to the Council to serve up to 
a 3-year term. The Council will not exceed 18 discretionary primary 
members, up to 18 alternate members, and 4 ex officio members. Ex 
officio members will include:
     Secretary of the Interior or designated DOI 
representatives;
     Secretary of Agriculture or designated Department of 
Agriculture representatives; and
     Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife 
Agencies.
    The Secretaries will select remaining members from among, but not 
limited to, the organization/interests listed below. These members must 
be senior-level representatives of their organization and/or have the 
ability to represent their designated constituencies.
     State fish and wildlife management agencies;
     Wildlife and habitat conservation/management 
organizations;
     Upland bird hunting organizations;
     Waterfowl hunting organizations;
     Big game hunting organizations;
     Shooting sports interests;
     Archery interests;
     Wildlife-associated recreation interests;
     Tourism, outfitter, and/or guide industries related to 
hunting and/or wildlife conservation;
     Tribal resource management organizations;
     Agriculture interests;
     Ranching interests; and
     Veterans' service organizations.

Member Terms and Vacancies To Fill

    Each member is appointed to serve a 3-year term. Nominations are 
sought to fill 10 primary member positions and at least 5 alternate 
member positions. We are requesting nominations to fill vacancies to 
represent the following organizations/interests:
     Tribal resource management organizations;
     State fish and wildlife management agencies;
     Wildlife and habitat conservation/management 
organizations;
     Waterfowl hunting organizations;
     Shooting sports interests;
     Archery interests;
     Wildlife-associated recreation interests; and
     Big game hunting organizations.

Nomination Method and Information

    Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate 
description of the nominee's qualifications, including information that 
would enable DOI to make an informed decision regarding meeting the 
membership requirements of the Council and the national interest 
potentially represented, and to permit DOI to contact a potential 
member.
    Members of the Council serve without compensation. However, while 
away from their homes or regular places of business, Council and 
subcommittee members engaged in Council or subcommittee business that 
the designated Federal official (DFO) approves may be allowed travel 
expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by 5 
U.S.C. 5703, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in 
Federal Government service.
    Public Disclosure 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 review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Certification Statement: I hereby certify that the Hunting and 
Wildlife Conservation Council is necessary, in the public interest, and 
is in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the 
Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture under 43 
U.S.C. 1457 and provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 
U.S.C. 742a), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1996 (43 
U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 
U.S.C. 1600 et seq.), the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement 
Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), and Executive Order 13443, 
Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation.
    Authority: 5 U.S.C. appendix 2.

    Dated: January 24, 2022.
Deb Haaland,
Secretary, Department of the Interior.
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