Department of the Interior March 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0083
Document Number: C5-5692
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Extension of the Comment Period on Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Document Number: 05-6413
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the extension of the public comment period for the proposal to designate critical habitat for the southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax extimus traillii) to allow all interested parties to comment on the proposed critical habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The proposed rule was published and the public comment period initially opened on October 12, 2004 (69 FR 60706). The comment period was extended to March 31, 2005 (December 13, 2004; 69 FR 72161) and is being extended again with this notice.
Information Collection Renewal Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB Control Number 1018-0103, Conservation Order for Control of Mid-Continent Light Geese, 50 CFR 21.60
Document Number: 05-6380
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The number of mid-continent light geese (MCLG) has increased exponentially over the past several decades in prairie Canada and the midwestern United States, primarily due to (1) the expansion of agriculture and concurrent increase in food supply, (2) a decline in adult mortality, and (3) an increase in winter survival. These rapidly expanding populations have placed unprecedented pressure on arctic and subarctic breeding habitats. Prior to implementation of the conservation order, we (Fish and Wildlife Service) attempted to curb the growth rate of MCLG populations by liberalizing bag limits and increasing the light goose hunting season to 107 days, the maximum allowed by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as amended. Although these changes resulted in increased harvest, the harvest rate (percent of population harvested) continued to decline as populations grew exponentially. Clearly, traditional wildlife management strategies were not working. Therefore, we created the conservation order, which authorizes States and tribes to implement population control measures without having to obtain a permit, thus significantly reducing their administrative burden. The States and tribes may conduct a population reduction program under the authority of the conservation order within the conditions provided by the Service. We have submitted the collection of information pertaining to the conservation order (described below) to OMB for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Document Number: 05-6334
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management policies, the BLM announces the availability of the RAMP Record of Decision for the Imperial Sand Dunes located mainly in the Western Colorado Desert Planning Area and partly in the Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Planning area. The California State Director will sign the Record of Decision for the Imperial Sand Dunes RAMP which becomes effective immediately.
Office of Federal Acknowledgment; Reports and Guidance Documents; Availability, etc.
Document Number: 05-6325
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
The Department gives notice that the Associate Deputy Secretary of the Interior is revising and clarifying certain internal procedures for managing and processing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian tribe. These revisions do not change the acknowledgment regulations, 25 CFR part 83.
Notice of Public Meeting: Northwest California Resource Advisory Council and Northeast California Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-6324
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest California Resource Advisory Council and Northeast California Resource Advisory Council will meet in joint session, and then convene in individual business breakout sessions.
Notice of Realty Actions: Competitive Sale of Public Lands in Clark County, NV; Termination of Segregation and Classification of Two Parcels Designated for Recreation and Public Purposes
Document Number: 05-6270
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to sell 72 parcels of federally owned land in Laughlin, Nevada, aggregating approximately 2,058.19 acres. All sales will be conducted in Laughlin on June 15, 2005, in accordance with competitive bidding procedures. The BLM also is terminating the Recreation and Public Purposes classifications of two parcels of land in Clark County, Nevada, that will be offered for sale on June 15, 2005.
Notice of Public Meeting: Resource Advisory Council to the Boise District, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
Document Number: 05-6256
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will meet as indicated below.
Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 05-6255
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice announces that a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge are available for review and comment. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires the Service to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a comprehensive conservation plan is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, the plan identifies wildlife- dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 05-6246
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following applicants have applied for a scientific research permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') solicits review and comment from the public, and from local, State and Federal agencies on the following permit requests.
Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Receipt of Applications for Incidental Take Permits for the Arnaudo Brothers, Wathen-Castanos, and River East Holding Sites in Merced County, CA
Document Number: 05-6242
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the public comment period on the Draft Arnaudo Brothers, Wathen-Castanos and River East Holding Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for an incidental take permit for the endangered San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica, ``kit fox'') in Merced County, California.
Public Conduct on Reclamation Lands and Projects; Extension of Expiration Date
Document Number: 05-6190
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In 2002 the Bureau of Reclamation published a final rule governing public conduct on Bureau of Reclamation Lands (the 2002 rule). The 2002 rule will expire on April 17, 2005. We are developing a new rule to replace the 2002 rule, but the new rule will not be finalized by April 17. This rule extends the effective date of the 2002 rule to allow us time to develop and publish the new rule.
Revision to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee
Document Number: 05-6169
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior
Following consultation with the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior has revised the OCS Policy Committee charter.
Review of Existing Coordinated Long-Range Operating Criteria for Colorado River Reservoirs (Operating Criteria)
Document Number: 05-6160
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The purpose of this action is to provide public notice that the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) has made a number of limited modifications to the text of the Operating Criteria developed pursuant to section 602 of the Colorado River Basin Project Act of 1968. The bases for the changes are: (1) Specific change in Federal law applicable to the Operating Criteria, (2) language in the current text of the Operating Criteria that is outdated, and (3) specific modifications to Article IV(b) of the Operating Criteria that reflect actual operating experience. The review of the Operating Criteria has been conducted through a public review process, including consultation with the seven Colorado River Basin States, tribal representatives, and interested parties and stakeholders.
Importation of Exotic Wild Birds Into the United States; Notice of Reopening of Comment Period on the Proposed Rule To Add Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrots From Argentina's Sustainable-Use Management Plan to the Approved List of Non-Captive-Bred Species
Document Number: 05-6159
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), give notice that we are reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to add blue- fronted amazon parrots (Amazona aestiva) from Argentina's sustainable- use management plan to the approved list of non-captive-bred (wild- caught) species under the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 (WBCA). We are reopening the public comment period to enter into the record Dr. Jorge Rabinovich's 2004 study, ``Modeling the Sustainable Use of the Blue-Fronted Parrot (Amazona aestiva) in the Dry Chaco Region of Argentina,'' and to accept comments related to the relationship of this study to the proposed addition of blue-fronted amazon parrots from Argentina's program to the approved list of non-captive-bred (wild- caught) species under the WBCA. We invite all interested parties to submit comments on this study as it relates to the proposed action. Comments previously submitted on this proposed action need not be resubmitted as they have already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in any final decision.
Proposed Renewal of Information Collection for Source Directory Publication; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-6157
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Craft Board, Indian Arts and Crafts Board
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board collects information to identify and revise listings for the Source Directory of American Indian and Alaska native owned and operated arts and crafts businesses. Comments on renewal of this collection are requested from the public. After the public review, we will submit the information collection to OMB-OIRA for review and re-approval as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of Certain Vicuña Populations From Endangered to Threatened With a Special Rule; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 05-6152
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This document amends the special rule for the vicu[ntilde]a (Vicugna vicugna), as published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2002. The May 30, 2002, special rule allows the importation into the United States of legal fiber and legal products produced with fiber from vicu[ntilde]a populations listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) and in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), if certain conditions are satisfied by the countries of origin and re-export. This document: (1) Corrects and clarifies the labeling requirements for legal vicu[ntilde]a fiber and fiber products; and (2) corrects an inadvertent typographical error in the section on annual reporting requirements.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 05-6138
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee.
Submission of Paperwork Reduction Act Request to Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 05-6114
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Form-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and the Indian Health Service (IHS) has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The BIA is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Law and Order on Indian Reservations
Document Number: 05-6113
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
This document adds the Winnemucca Indian Tribe (Western Region, Nevada) to the listing of Courts of Indian Offenses. This amendment will establish a Court of Indian Offenses for a period not to exceed 2 years. It is necessary to establish a Court of Indian Offenses with jurisdiction over the Winnemucca Indian Tribe of the Winnemucca Reservation and Colony in order to protect lives and property.
Closure Order Establishing Prohibitions at Trinity Lake, CA
Document Number: 05-6112
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Purpose of Closure Order: This closure is issued to provide for the protection of Federal property and to ensure public safety at Reclamation facilities. Closure Areas: Under the authority of 43 CFR 423.3(b) the following facilities, lands, and waters are closed to the public: The crest of Trinity Dam and adjacent property, buildings, and facilities under the control of Reclamation. The closure area includes the area from the dam crest to the upstream waterline and 700 feet downstream of Trinity Dam and 700 feet on either side of the entire width of the dam downstream.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 196 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM)
Document Number: 05-6048
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS announces the availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 196 in the Central GOM OCS. This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 256.29(c) as a matter of information to the public. With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act, provides the affected States the opportunity to review the proposed Notice. The proposed Notice sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rentals.
Montana: Filing of Plats of Amended Protraction Diagrams
Document Number: 05-6034
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plats of the amended protraction diagrams of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, (30) days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Document Number: 05-6033
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing regulations, for the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex refuges located in the State of New York. The Long Island NWR Complex is a diverse group of eight refuges totaling over 6,200 acres, and contains most of the habitat types found on Long Island which are important to migratory birds and other wildlife. These refuges include Amagansett, Conscience Point, Lido Beach, Morton, Oyster Bay, Seatuck, Target Rock, and Wertheim NWRs. The refuges are in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, New York. This notice also advises the public that the Service is withdrawing a previous notice, published on May 30, 2000, stating that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be developed for the refuge complex. Comments already received under the previous notice will be considered during preparation of the subject CCP/EA. The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.): (1) To advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and (2) to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental documents.
Coal Lease Exploration License, WY
Document Number: 05-5455
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to section 2(b) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended by Section 4 of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976, 90 Stat. 1083, 30 U.S.C. 201(b), and to the regulations adopted as 43 CFR 3410, all interested parties are hereby invited to participate with Powder River Coal Company on a pro rata cost sharing basis in its program for the exploration of coal deposits owned by the United States of America in the following-described lands in Campbell County, WY:
Information Collection Renewal Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB Control Number 1018-0101; Monitoring Recovered Species After Delisting As Required Under Section 4(g) of the Endangered Species Act-American Peregrine Falcon
Document Number: 05-5955
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The American peregrine falcon was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on August 25, 1999. Section 4(g) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires that all species that are recovered and removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (delisted) be monitored in cooperation with the States for a period of not less than 5 years. The purpose of this requirement is to detect any failure of a recovered species to sustain itself without the protections of the ESA. We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have submitted the collection of information described below to OMB for renewal under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Designation of Critical Habitat for Topeka Shiner
Document Number: 05-5954
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce corrections to the final rule designating critical habitat for the Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka), published in the Federal Register on July 27, 2004. In the final rule, the map legends incorrectly referred to stream segments as ``proposed'' critical habitat rather than ``designated'' critical habitat, and six transcription errors were included in legal descriptions of critical habitat from Unit 1 (Iowa) and Unit 4 (Minnesota). This document corrects these errors.
Meeting Notice
Document Number: 05-5912
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This notice is published in accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Meeting notice is hereby given for the Eugene District BLM Resource Advisory Committee pursuant to Section 205 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000, Pub. L. 106-393 (the Act). Topics to be discussed by the BLM Resource Advisory Committee include selection of a chairperson, public forum and proposed projects for funding in ``Round 5, FY 06'' under Title II of the Act.
Notice of Applications for Recordable Disclaimers of Interest for Lands Underlying Salcha River in Alaska
Document Number: 05-5911
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The State of Alaska has filed an application for a recordable disclaimer of interest in certain lands underlying the Salcha River by the United States.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey
Document Number: 05-5910
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has filed the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, on March 15, 2005.
Recovery of Costs Related to the Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 05-5884
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is proposing to develop regulations which impose new fees to cover MMS's costs of processing certain applications and permits. The purpose of this proposed rulemaking would be to charge those who benefit from the processing of applications and permits, rather than the general public. This document solicits recommendations and comments on the proposal to charge fees.
Notice of Availability of Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Document Number: 05-5880
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, and the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 (Clark County Act) (Pub. L. 107-282), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft RMP/EIS to analyze alternative approaches to management of the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA).
Notice of Availability for the Emigrant Mine Project Plan of Operations Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 05-5879
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 43 CFR part 3809, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office has prepared, with the assistance of a third-party contractor, a DEIS for the Newmont Mining Corporation's proposed Plan of Operations for the Emigrant Mine Project located in northeastern Nevada.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process
Document Number: 05-2632
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca Field Office (WFO), Nevada, is initiating a planning effort to prepare the Winnemucca RMP and associated EIS. The RMP would replace the existing 1982 Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio Management Framework Plans and one land use plan amendment titled the ``Paradise- Denio and Sonoma-Gerlach Management Framework Plan-Lands Amendment (Jan. 1999).''
Guidance for Distributing Fiscal Year 2005 Contract Support Funds and Indian Self-Determination Funds
Document Number: 05-5841
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is publishing this notice to inform the public, the tribes, and Federal staff of the methodology that will be used for the distribution of CSF and ISDF for FY 2005. These funds are distributed as authorized by the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended, and financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act. This distribution methodology is published to ensure eligible recipients and responsible federal employees are aware of program operations for this fiscal year. This is a guidance document, it is not establishing regulations.
Colorado Regulatory Program
Document Number: 05-5807
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
We are approving an amendment to the Colorado regulatory program (the ``Colorado program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Colorado proposed revisions to its rules concerning prime farmland, revegetation, hydrology, enforcement, topsoil, historic properties, bond release and permit requirements. The State intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations, provide additional safeguards, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
Document Number: 05-5800
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following applicants have applied for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531, et seq.).
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-5799
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee will meet jointly with the California Bay-Delta Authority on April 13 and 14, 2005. The agenda for the joint meeting will include reports from the Director, the Lead Scientist, and the Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Subcommittees; updates on the Delta Improvements Package and the State Water Plan; and discussions leading to recommendations on several grant awards, the Finance Plan, and the Multi-Year Program Plans with State and Federal agency representatives.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: 05-5778
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 05-5777
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassifying the American Crocodile Distinct Population Segment in Florida From Endangered to Threatened and Initiation of a 5-Year Review
Document Number: 05-5640
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to reclassify the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) distinct vertebrate population segment (DPS) in Florida from its present endangered status to threatened status under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We believe that the endangered designation no longer correctly reflects the current status of this taxon within this DPS due to a substantial improvement in the species' status. Since its listing in 1975, the American crocodile population in Florida has more than doubled, and its distribution has expanded. Land acquisition has also provided protection for many important nesting areas. We have determined that the American crocodile in its range in Florida meets the criteria of a DPS as stated in our policy of February 17, 1996. If this proposal is finalized, the American crocodile DPS in Florida will continue to be federally protected as a threatened species. The American crocodile throughout the remainder of its range as described in our December 18, 1979, final rule would remain endangered. Because a status review is also required for the 5-year review of listed species under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act, we are electing to prepare these reviews simultaneously. We are seeking data and comments from the public on this proposal.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 05-5758
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 05-5757
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Call for Nominations for the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-5731
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District is soliciting nominations from the public for five members of its District Advisory Council to serve the 2006-2008 three-year term. Council members provide advice and recommendations to BLM on the management of public lands in southern California.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0083
Document Number: 05-5692
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is announcing its intention to request renewed authority for 30 CFR 955 and the Form OSM-74, Certification of Blasters in Federal program States and on Indian lands.
Land Use Planning
Document Number: 05-5683
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This final rule modifies the BLM's planning regulations with three objectives. It defines cooperating agency and cooperating agency status. It clarifies the responsibility of managers to offer this status to qualified agencies and governments, and to respond to requests for this status. Finally, it makes clear the role of cooperating agencies in the various steps of BLM's planning process. The rule is necessary to emphasize the importance of working with Federal and state agencies and local and tribal governments through cooperating agency relationships in developing, amending, and revising the Bureau's resource management plans. BLM's current planning regulations do not mention the cooperating agency relationship.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); Data Release and Definitions
Document Number: 05-5678
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This proposed rulemaking would revise certain existing definitions, add a first production notice requirement, and make some administrative changes. MMS recently redesigned and renamed some of its forms to aid submission and streamline data. MMS also discovered inconsistent practices in first production reporting, which is a prime parameter in determining inspection and testing schedules for safety system devices. This proposed rulemaking would correspond to recently revised forms, provide clarity and explanation of definitions and forms, and correct form submittal with first production notices. It would also clarify the basis upon which the Regional Director invokes the requirement for an archaeological survey on a lease area.
Notice of Application for Disclaimer of Interest; Montana
Document Number: 05-5673
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The State of Montana has submitted an application for a recordable disclaimer of interest pursuant to section 315 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1745) and the regulations contained in 43 CFR 1864. A recordable disclaimer, if issued, will confirm that the United States has no valid interest in the subject lands. This notice is intended to inform the public of the pending application and the state's grounds for supporting it.
Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy
Document Number: 05-5597
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) plan to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), no later than six months after the publication of this draft MOU. The purpose of the MOU is to describe how the Departments will cooperate in transferring administrative jurisdiction for certain lands within the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (Rocky Flats) from DOE to DOI and the transition of Rocky Flats from a defense nuclear facility into the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge (the Refuge). The text of the draft MOU is set forth below.
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee; Notice of Intent To Call for Public Nominations for National Monument Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-5453
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000 (Act) requires the establishment of a citizens advisory committee to advise the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on resource management issues associated with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The National Monument Advisory Committee provides advice to the Secretaries on issues regarding the implementation of the National Monument Management Plan. This notice is an open request for the public to submit nomination applications for the five (5) National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) positions, which will be open with the expiration of current members' terms in November 2005. The National Monument Advisory Committee is managed under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The call for open nominations for appointment involves representatives for: City of Cathedral City City of Indian Wells Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy County of Riverside Winter Park Authority Nominations applications are available on-line at [w] http:// www.ca.blm.gov/palmsprings/santarosa/santarosanational monument.html; or may be requested by telephone or fax at [p] (760) 251-4800, [f] (760) 251-4899; via mail by writing to Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee Nominations, Attn: National Monument ManagerApplication Request, c/o Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, California 92258; [e] casrsj nm@ca.blm.gov; or visiting either the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office at 690 West Garnet Avenue, or the National Monument Visitor Center at 51-500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, California 92260.