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Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 256
Document Number: 2020-23079
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision for proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM) regionwide oil and gas Lease Sale 256. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 256, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 256
Document Number: 2020-23077
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 256 (GOM Region-wide Sale 256), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act as amended, and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Region-wide Sale 256 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders and consists of the NOS, information to lessees, and lease stipulations.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2020-23002
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before October 3, 2020, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.
Receipt of Enhancement of Survival Permit Applications Developed in Accordance With the Template Safe Harbor Agreement for the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit; Douglas County, Washington
Document Number: 2020-22966
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received two applications for enhancement of survival permits (permits) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The two applications, one from Mr. Ed Preston and one from Mr. Ward Glessner, were developed in accordance with the Template Safe Harbor Agreement (Template SHA) for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. We are requesting comments from the public regarding the proposed issuance of a permit to each of the two applicants.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 2020-22965
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Thurston County Habitat Conservation Plan in Thurston County, Washington
Document Number: 2020-22963
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), provide this notice to open a public scoping period and announce public scoping meetings in accordance with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, and its implementing regulations. We intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the impacts on the human environment related to an application from Thurston County, Washington (applicant), for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The Service previously published a similar notice of intent to prepare an EIS on March 20, 2013. Thurston County used the public comments received along with new information to further develop the draft Thurston County Habitat Conservation Plan. This notice opens a new public scoping period based on a new application received from Thurston County on July 30, 2020. Comments received in writing during the 2013 public comment period were retained, and do not need be provided again during this public comment period to be considered during this review.
Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Document Number: 2020-22921
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Portland Art Museum, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of objects of cultural patrimony. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the Portland Art Museum. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.
Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Document Number: 2020-22920
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The University of California Berkeley, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California Berkeley. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Document Number: 2020-22919
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The University of California Berkeley has completed an inventory of human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the University of California Berkeley. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Document Number: 2020-22918
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The University of California Berkeley has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California Berkeley. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Ferrous Metals Surveys
Document Number: 2020-22905
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing to renew an Information Collection.
Osage County Oil and Gas Final Environmental Impact Statement, Osage County, Oklahoma
Document Number: 2020-22783
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has prepared the Osage County Oil and Gas Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and, by this notice, is announcing its publication. The FEIS is a programmatic analysis of the potential impacts that future oil and gas development may have on the surface estate and subsurface mineral estate (Osage Mineral Estate) in Osage County, Oklahoma.
Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention; Minimum Standards of Character
Document Number: 2020-21535
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is confirming the interim final rule published on June 23, 2020, updating the minimum standards of character to ensure that individuals having regular contact with or control over Indian children have not been convicted of certain types of crimes or acted in a manner that placed others at risk, in accordance with the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, as amended.
Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention
Document Number: 2020-20827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Department of the Interior (the Department), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to streamline its evaluation criteria for determining whether oil, gas and sulfur lessees, right-of-use and easement (RUE) grant holders, and pipeline right-of-way grant holders may be required to provide bonds or other security above the prescribed amounts for base bonds to ensure compliance with their Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) obligations. BOEM's portion of the proposed rule would also remove restrictive provisions for third-party guarantees and decommissioning accounts, and would add new criteria under which additional bonds and third-party guarantees may be cancelled. Based on the proposed framework, BOEM estimates its amount of financial assurance would decrease from $3.3 billion to $3.1 billion, although it would provide greater protection as the financial assurance would be focused on the riskiest properties. BSEE's portion of this proposed rule would establish the order in which BSEE could order predecessor lessees, owners of operating rights, or grant holders, who have accrued decommissioning obligations, to perform those obligations when the current owners of a lease or grant fail to do so. BSEE's proposed provisions would also clarify decommissioning responsibilities for RUE grant holders and require that any party appealing any final decommissioning order provide a surety bond to ensure that funding for decommissioning is available if the order is affirmed on appeal and the liable party subsequently defaults.
Public Land Order No. 7898; Extension of Public Land Order 7467 San Francisco Peaks/Mount Elden Recreation Area; Arizona
Document Number: 2020-22975
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This Public Land Order (PLO) extends for an additional 20-year term the withdrawal originally created by PLO No. 7467, published October 16, 2000. This extension is necessary to protect the capital investments, scenic values, and dispersed recreation in the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) San Francisco Peaks/Mount Elden Recreation area, encompassing 74,689 acres. PLO No. 7467 withdrew these National Forest System Lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws for a 20-year period.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Permanent Program Performance Standards-Surface and Underground Mining Activities
Document Number: 2020-22852
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Underground Mining Permit Applications-Minimum Requirements for Reclamation and Operation Plan
Document Number: 2020-22851
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Certification of Blasters in Federal Program States and on Indian Lands
Document Number: 2020-22850
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Collection of Monies Due the Federal Government; and Processing Refund Requests Related to Overpayments Made to ONRR
Document Number: 2020-22773
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. Through this Information Collection Request (ICR), ONRR seeks authority to collect information related to the paperwork requirements covering cross-lease netting in the calculation of late-payment interest; a lessee's designation of designee for payment obligations; tribal permission for recoupment on Indian oil and gas leases; and refund requests for overpayments made to ONRR.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the American Burying Beetle From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule
Document Number: 2020-19810
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), reclassify (downlist) the American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) from endangered to threatened on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to this species have been reduced to the point that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but that it is likely to become so within the foreseeable future. We also finalize a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the American burying beetle.
FY2020 National Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils
Document Number: 2020-22702
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for 11 of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) statewide and regional Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) located in the West that have vacant positions and/or members whose terms are scheduled to expire. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas.
National Call for Nominations for Site-Specific Advisory Councils
Document Number: 2020-22701
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations to four of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) citizens' advisory committees affiliated with specific sites on the BLM's National Conservation Lands. The four advisory committees provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the development and implementation of management plans in accordance with the statutes under which the sites were established.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Enterprise License Agreement GIS Software User Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-22682
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are proposing a new information collection.
Land Acquisitions; Chickasaw Nation
Document Number: 2020-22667
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs made a final agency determination to transfer 61.63 acres, more or less, of land near the City of Kingston, Marshall County, Oklahoma, (Site) into trust for the Chickasaw Nation for gaming and other purposes.
Land Acquisitions; Chickasaw Nation
Document Number: 2020-22666
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs made a final agency determination to transfer 248.09 acres, more or less, of land in the City of Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, (Site) into trust for the Chickasaw Nation for gaming and other purposes.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2020-22651
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before September 26, 2020, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.
Use of Bureau-Operated Schools by Third Parties Under Lease Agreements and Fundraising Activity by Bureau-Operated School Personnel
Document Number: 2020-21536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Congress authorized the Director of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE or Bureau) to enter into agreements with third parties to lease the land or facilities of a Bureau-operated school in exchange for funding that benefits the school. This proposed rule establishes standards for the appropriate use of lands and facilities under a lease agreement, provisions for establishment and administration of mechanisms for the acceptance of consideration for the use and benefit of a school, accountability standards to ensure ethical conduct, and provisions for monitoring the amount and terms of consideration received, the manner in which the consideration is used, and any results achieved by such use. This proposed rule also establishes standards to implement authority provided by Congress for BIE personnel to fundraise on behalf of Bureau-funded schools.
Notice of Administrative Boundary Change for Bureau of Land Management Districts in Colorado
Document Number: 2020-22575
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The administrative boundaries of the Northwest Colorado District Office, Rocky Mountain District, and Southwest Colorado District are being changed, and the Upper Colorado River District is being created.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; National Park Service Visitor Survey Card
Document Number: 2020-22561
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we, the National Park Service (NPS) are proposing to renew an information collection.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 10 Northeastern Species
Document Number: 2020-22547
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are initiating 5-year reviews under the Endangered Species Act, as amended, for 10 northeastern species. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We are requesting submission of any such information that has become available since the previous 5-year review for each species.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease WYW-160400, Wyoming
Document Number: 2020-22496
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
As provided under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of terminated competitive oil and gas lease WYW-160400 in Campbell County, Wyoming, from the lessee of record, Osborn Heirs Company LTD. The BLM has reviewed all applicable information and proposes to reinstate the lease subject to amended terms and conditions. The lessee filed the petition for reinstatement on time and has met all filing requirements. No leases affecting this land were issued before the petition was filed.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly and Designation of Critical Habitat
Document Number: 2020-21620
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly (Atlantea tulita), a species from Puerto Rico, as a threatened species and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, we propose to list the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (``4(d) rule''). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act's protections to the species. We also propose to designate critical habitat for the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly under the Act. In total, approximately 41,266 acres (16,699.8 hectares) in six units in the municipalities of Isabela, Quebradillas, Camuy, Arecibo, Utuado, Florida, Ciales, Maricao, San Germ[aacute]n, Sabana Grande, and Yauco are within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule for the North American Wolverine
Document Number: 2020-19538
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, withdraw the proposed rule to list the distinct population segment (DPS) of the North American wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) occurring in the contiguous United States as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This withdrawal is based on our conclusion that the factors affecting the species as identified in the proposed rule are not as significant as believed at the time of the proposed rule. We base this conclusion on our analysis of current and future threat factors. We also find that North American wolverines occurring in the contiguous United States do not qualify as a DPS. Therefore, we are withdrawing our proposal to list the wolverine within the contiguous United States as a threatened species.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2021-22 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals; Notification of Meetings
Document Number: 2020-22459
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) proposes to establish annual hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds for the 2021-22 hunting season. We annually prescribe outside limits (frameworks) within which States may select hunting seasons. This proposed rule provides the regulatory schedule, announces the Service Migratory Bird Regulations Committee (SRC) and Flyway Council meetings, describes the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2021-22 general duck seasons and preliminary proposals that vary from the 2020-21 hunting season regulations, and requests proposals from Indian tribes that wish to establish special migratory game bird hunting regulations on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. Migratory bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance; aid Federal, State, and tribal governments in the management of migratory game birds; and permit harvests at levels compatible with migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions.
HEARTH Act Approval of Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California Business and Residential Leasing Ordinance
Document Number: 2020-22425
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California (Tribe) leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into business and residential leases without further BIA approval.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Sea Lamprey Control Program
Document Number: 2020-22400
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing a new information collection in use without Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.
Agency Information Collection Activities; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Training System
Document Number: 2020-22399
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Administrative Procedures for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Financial Assistance Programs
Document Number: 2020-22398
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.
Refuge-Specific Regulations; Public Use; Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 2020-21981
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are reopening the public comment period and announcing a public hearing on our recently published proposed rule to amend our public use regulations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to allow State-regulated trapping, harvest of brown bears over bait, discharge of firearms along the Kenai and Russian Rivers during certain times of the year in accordance with State law, increased access for the public using bicycles and game carts, and the use of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and utility task vehicles on certain lakes when there is adequate snow and ice cover. This action will provide all interested parties additional time and opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Bureau of Indian Education: National Policy Memorandum on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (NPM-EDUC-33)
Document Number: 2020-21972
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This document announces that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will be conducting consultation meetings by webinar to obtain oral and written comments on the BIE National Policy Memorandum (NPM- EDUC-33), which is an interim policy, applicable to BIE-operated elementary and secondary schools and dormitories, on the nondiscrimination prohibitions based on disability found in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Department's implementing regulations. The Department will use comments received during consultation to inform its development of a final Section 504 policy for BIE-operated elementary and secondary schools and dormitories.
Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees
Document Number: 2020-20542
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This final rule updates the fees set forth in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations for the processing of certain minerals program-related actions. It also adjusts certain filing fees for minerals-related documents. These updated fees include those for actions such as lease renewals and mineral patent adjudications.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Oil and Gas Drilling Operations
Document Number: 2020-22346
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Unitization
Document Number: 2020-22344
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; General
Document Number: 2020-22343
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to renew an information collection.
Notice of the December 10, 2020, Teleconference Meeting of the National Park System Advisory Board
Document Number: 2020-22116
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the National Park Service (NPS) is hereby giving notice that the National Park System Advisory Board (Board) will meet as noted below. The agenda may include the review of proposed actions regarding the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program and National Natural Landmarks (NNL) Program. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments and recommendations that will be presented to the Board. Interested parties also may attend the board meeting and upon request may address the Board concerning an area's national significance.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule
Document Number: 2020-21510
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to reclassify the red-cockaded woodpecker (Dryobates (= Picoides) borealis) as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would reclassify the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List). This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. We are also proposing a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the red-cockaded woodpecker. In addition, we correct the List to reflect that Picoides is not the current scientifically accepted generic name for this species. We seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status for Eastern Black Rail With a Section 4(d) Rule
Document Number: 2020-19661
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine threatened species status for the eastern black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. Accordingly, we list the eastern black rail, a bird subspecies known from as many as 35 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, and several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, as a threatened species under the Act. The effect of this regulation will be to add this subspecies to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We also finalize a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the eastern black rail. We have determined that designation of critical habitat for the eastern black rail is not prudent.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status for Coastal Distinct Population Segment of the Pacific Marten With a Section 4(d) Rule
Document Number: 2020-19136
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the coastal distinct population segment (DPS) of Pacific marten (Martes caurina), a small mammal from coastal California and Oregon. We also issue final regulations that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of this DPS under section 4(d) of the Act (a ``4(d) rule''). This final rule extends the Act's protections to the coastal DPS of Pacific marten, subject to the 4(d) rule's exceptions.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Notification of Public Meeting, Montana
Document Number: 2020-22313
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Department of the Interior proposes to withdraw 2,688.13 acres of public lands in Phillips County, Montana, from location or entry under the United States mining laws, but not from the mineral leasing or the mineral materials disposal laws for up to 20 years, subject to valid existing rights, to protect the Zortman-Landusky Mine reclamation site. The proposed 20-year withdrawal, if established, would replace the existing 5-year withdrawal created by Public Land Order (PLO) 7464, as extended three times, and which will expire October 4, 2020. Publication of this notice segregates the lands for up to 2 years from location or entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights, while the application is being processed. This notice also announces to the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed withdrawal application and to participate in a virtual public meeting.
Land Acquisitions; Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota
Document Number: 2020-22088
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs has made a final determination to acquire 9,303.79 acres, more or less, into trust for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.