Notice of Meeting of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) will meet in Pinedale, Wyoming, for a business meeting. Group meetings are open to the public.
Draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan; Incidental Take Permit Amendment for the Struthers Ranch Property, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO
WL Homes, LLC, doing business as John Laing Homes (Applicant), has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended. The requested permit amendment would authorize the incidental take of the federally threatened Preble's meadow jumping mouse, Zapus hudsonius preblei (Preble's), through loss and modification of its habitat associated with the expansion and amendment of the Struthers Ranch Property Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) in El Paso County, Colorado. The EA/HCP is available for public review and comment. It fully describes the proposed project and the measures the Applicant would undertake to minimize and mitigate project impacts to the Preble's. The Service requests comments on the EA/HCP and associated documents for the proposed issuance of the incidental take permit. All comments on the EA and permit amendment application will become part of the administrative record and will be available to the public.
Upper Columbia Alternative Flood Control and Fish Operations, Libby and Hungry Horse Dams, MT
In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Pacific Northwest Region, have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to evaluate the effects of alternative flood control at Libby Dam on the Kootenai River and at Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork Flathead River in western Montana. USACE and Reclamation are making the document available to the public for review and comment through a Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register. The overall goal of the DEIS is to evaluate effects of alternative dam operations that are intended to provide reservoir and flow conditions at and below Libby and Hungry Horse Dams for anadromous and resident fish listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), consistent with authorized project purposes, including maintaining the current level of flood control benefits.
Notice of Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee Meeting
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Department of the Interior, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program Office gives notice of the first meeting of the Department's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will meet at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation and Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 1. Members of the public are invited to attend the Committee Meeting to listen to the committee proceedings and to provide public input. The Committee Meeting will be preceded on November 30 by a half-day administrative business meeting that will deal with non- substantive administrative matters such as logistics and travel reimbursement. The administrative business meeting is not open to the public. Maps and directions to the training center are available online at https://training.fws.gov/mapdir.html. Anyone without Internet access can call the Training Center at 304-876-1600 to request a map and directions. Public Input: Any member of the public interested in providing public input at the Committee Meeting should contact Ms. Barbara Schmalz, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Each individual providing oral input is requested to limit those comments to three minutes. This time frame may be adjusted to accommodate all those who would like to speak. Requests to be added to the public speaker list must be received in writing (letter, e-mail, or fax) by noon eastern standard time on November 21, 2005. Anyone wishing to submit written comments should provide a copy of those comments to Ms. Schmalz in the following formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file formats are: Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, or Rich Text files) by noon eastern standard time on November 21, 2005. Document Availability: Interested individuals may view the draft agenda for the meeting online at https://restoration.doi.gov/faca or may request the draft agenda from Ms. Schmalz. In preparation for the first meeting of the Advisory Committee, the Committee and the public can find helpful background information at the Restoration Program website https://restoration.doi.gov. The site provides a good introduction to the program for those who are relatively new to the damage assessment and restoration arena and a useful reference for seasoned practitioners and policy leaders. Links to the statutory and regulatory framework for the program are found at https://restoration.doi.gov/laws.htm. DOI Program policies are found at https://restoration.doi.gov/policy.htm.
Notice of Availability for the North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects Final Environmental Impact Statement
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 40 CFR 1500-1508 Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (CEQ), notice is given that the Bureau of Land Management, Carson City Field Office (BLM) has prepared, with the assistance of a third-party consultant, a Final EIS for the proposed North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects, and has made the document available for public and agency review. The proposed Projects include the construction and operation of two separate water supply and transmission projects located in Washoe County, Nevada. Rights-of-way applications were submitted to the BLM from Intermountain Water Supply, LTD and Fish Springs Ranch, LLC for production well(s), pump station(s), transmission pipeline(s), terminal water storage tank, electrical substation, overhead power lines, and access road rights-of-way.
Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Report for Vegetation Treatments on Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the Western United States, Including Alaska
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the BLM is making available for public review and comment a draft national programmatic EIS and environmental report on vegetation treatments involving the use of chemical herbicides and other methods on the public lands administered by BLM in 17 western states, including Alaska.
South Delta Improvements Program, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, California
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have made available for public review and comment the Draft EIS/EIR for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP). The proposed SDIP would (1) construct and operate a fish control gate at the Head of Old River; (2) construct and operate up to 3 flow control gates (one each in Middle River, Grant Line Canal, and Old River, near the Tracy Pumping Plant) to maintain adequate water quality and water levels available for agricultural diversions in the south Delta, downstream of the Head of Old River; (3) dredge various channels within the south Delta to improve conveyance; (4) construct extensions of up to 24 shallow agricultural diversions; (5) increase water deliveries by increasing the maximum diversion through the existing intake gates at Clifton Court Forebay to 8,500 cubic feet per second; and (6) implement an interim operations regime between December 15 and March 15 until the permanent gates are fully operable.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Astralagus brauntonii and Pentachaeta lyonii
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for Astralagus brauntonii (Braunton's milk- vetch) and Pentachaeta lyonii (Lyon's pentachaeta) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). For A. brauntonii, approximately 3,638 acres (ac) (1,471 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The proposed critical habitat for A. brauntonii is located in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties, California. For P. lyonii, approximately 4,212 acres (ac) (1,703 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The proposed critical habitat for P. lyonii is located in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, California.
Gila River Indian Community-Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
This notice publishes the Gila River Indian Community Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Gila River Indian Reservation. The Reservation is located on trust land and this Ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the exterior boundaries of the Gila River Indian Reservation. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the community's liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.
Establishment of Interim Final Supplementary Rules on Public Lands in the Headwaters Forest Reserve Managed By the Arcata Field Office, California
In accordance with the approved Headwaters Forest Reserve Resource Management Plan, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California State Office, is issuing interim final supplementary rules and requesting comments. These interim final supplementary rules will apply to the public lands within the Headwaters Forest Reserve, Arcata Field Office, Humboldt County, California, and will be effective upon publication and remain in effect until publication of a final supplementary rule. BLM has determined that these rules are needed to protect the area's natural resources and provide for the health and safety of the public and neighboring residents. These rules do not propose or implement any land use limitations or restrictions other than those included within BLM's decisions in the Headwaters Forest Reserve Approved RMP, or allowed for by existing law or regulation.
Call for Nominations for Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee
The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Carrizo Plain National Monument Resource Advisory Committee. The advisory committee has nine member terms expiring in December of this year. The terms of the council members are three years long. Meetings are usually held quarterly, however additional meetings may be called if necessary. The committee advises the Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management on resource management issues associated with the Carrizo Plain National Monument. BLM will consider public nominations for 30 days after the publication date of this notice.
Meeting of the California Desert District Advisory Council
Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Public Laws 92-463 and 94-579, that the California Desert District Advisory Council to the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, will participate in a field tour of BLM-administered public lands on Friday, January 27, 2006, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, January 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort, located at 3845 Yaqui Pass Road in Borrego Springs, California. The Council and interested members of the public will depart from the resort for a field tour at 7:30 a.m. The public is welcome to participate in the tour, but should plan on providing their own transportation, drinks, and lunch. Tour stops and presentations will be announced via a public letter and news release at a later date.
Notice of Realty Action; Classification of Public Land for Recreation and Public Purposes; Shasta County, CA
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification for lease and conveyance under provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, approximately 4.54 acres of public land in Shasta County, California. The County of Shasta proposes to use the land for waste transfer facility purposes.
Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules for Public Lands in Park County, CO: Guffey Gorge/Guffey Gulch
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Royal Gorge Field Office is proposing supplementary rules to regulate conduct on specific public lands within Park County, Colorado. The rules apply to the public lands called Guffey Gorge, also known as Guffey Gulch. BLM has determined these rules necessary to protect the area's natural resources and to provide for public health and safe public recreation.
Notice of Realty Action:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification for lease and or conveyance, under provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes Act approximately 60.87 acres of public land in Shasta County, California. Shasta Service Guild, a non-profit organization, proposes to use the land for a park and community center.
Southeast Alaska Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Meeting
This notice informs the public that the Southeast Alaska Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council will hold a public meeting on December 1, 2005. The public is invited to participate and to provide oral testimony.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Contiguous United States Distinct Population Segment of the Canada Lynx
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the contiguous United States distinct population segment of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) (lynx) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The lynx generally inhabits cold, moist boreal forests in the contiguous United States. In total, approximately 26,935 square miles (mi\2\) (69,760 square kilometers (km\2\)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation, in four units in the States of Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, and Washington. However, we are not proposing to designate all of the area with the boundaries. In particular, we are not including lands within Lynx Analysis Units in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, because they do not meet the definition of critical habitat pursuant to section 3(5)(A) of the Act as a consequence of the Superior National Forest having amended its Forest Plan to adopt the Lynx Conservation Assessment and Strategy. These lands are not included in the estimated square miles of the proposed designation. In addition, we are not proposing to designate critical habitat on the Federal lands within seven National Forests in Idaho, Montana, and Washington that are covered by the May 2005 Conservation Agreement and therefore do not meet the definition of critical habitat. These lands, however, are included in the estimated square miles of the proposed designation owing to difficulties in obtaining accurate estimates of the area of Federal land within each national forest boundary in a timely manner. This will be corrected in the final designation. We hereby solicit data and comments from the public on all aspects of this proposal, including data on economic and other potential impacts of the designation. We are also soliciting public comments on inclusion of certain lands in the designation and on the appropriateness of excluding lands from this designation that are covered by management plans that provide for the conservation of lynx and our determination as to whether existing management plans provide special management and protection for lynx habitat. In addition, depending on public comment and our analysis at the time of the final designation, any or all of these Forest Service lands described above may be included in the final designation, and we are specifically seeking comment on whether these lands are covered by the definition of critical habitat and should be included in the final designation. In the development of our final designation, we will incorporate or address any new information received during the public comment period, or from our evaluation of the potential economic impacts of this proposal. We may revise this proposal to address new information, to exclude areas that may warrant exclusion pursuant to section 4(b)(2) of the Act, or to add in those areas determined to be essential to conservation of the species, but not included in this proposal.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Endangered Monardella linoides
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the endangered Monardella linoides ssp. viminea (willowy monardella) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We have determined that approximately 2,539 acres (ac) (1,028 hectares (ha)) of land within San Diego County, California, contain the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of M. l. ssp. viminea. Of that, we are proposing to designate as critical habitat approximately 115 acres (47 ha) of private lands and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District lands within the City of Santee. We do not include Tribal lands in this proposed designation. We are exempting or considering whether to exclude from critical habitat designation the other lands that contain the features essential to the conservation of M. l. ssp. viminea. We fully discuss the exemption and exclusions under consideration in the preamble of this proposed rule. We are soliciting data and comments from the public on all aspects of this proposal, including the exemption and exclusions under consideration.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Determination Concerning Critical Habitat for the San Miguel Island Fox, Santa Rosa Island Fox, Santa Cruz Island Fox, and Santa Catalina Island Fox
The San Miguel Island fox (Urocyon littoralis littoralis), Santa Rosa Island fox (U. l. santarosae), Santa Cruz Island fox (U. l. santacruzae), and Santa Catalina Island fox (U. l. catalinae) were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), on March 5, 2004. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, do not find any habitat on the four islands occupied by the foxes that meets the definition of critical habitat under the Act. Because there is no habitat that meets the definition of critical habitat for these island fox subspecies, there is none to designate; therefore, we are not designating any critical habitat.
Correction to Notice of Call for Nominations for the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
The Federal Register Notice has an incorrect date for nominations to be submitted to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The corrected notice extends the date to November 30, 2005. The nominations should be submitted to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, Nevada 89520-0006, Attn: Ramona DeLorme: fax (775) 861-6711.
Changes in the Insular Possessions Watch, Watch Movement and Jewelry Programs
The Departments of Commerce and the Interior (the Departments) amend their regulations governing watch duty-exemption allocations and the watch and jewelry duty-refund benefits for producers in the United States insular possessions (the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). The rule amends the regulations by making technical changes required by passage of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004; extending the duty refund benefits to include the value of usual and customary health insurance, life insurance and pension benefits; raising the ceiling on the amount of jewelry that qualifies for the duty refund benefit; allowing new insular jewelry producers to assemble jewelry and have such jewelry treated as an article of the insular possessions for up to 18 months after the jewelry company commences assembly operations; allowing duty refund certificate holders to secure a duty refund on any articles that are imported into the customs territory of the United States by the certificate holder duty paid; providing a more comprehensive definition of ``unit;'' adjusting the amount of watch repairs that are eligible for the duty refund; providing compensation to insular watch producers if tariffs on watches and watch movements are reduced; and clarifying which wages are eligible for purposes of determining the duty refund and identifying which records are needed for the audit.
Notice of Public Meeting, Idaho Falls District Resource Advisory Council Meeting
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) Idaho Falls District Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will meet as indicated below.
West Virginia Regulatory Program
We are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia proposes to revise its Code of State Regulations (CSR) concerning surety bonds. The amendment is intended to provide the State with an alternative source of reliable financial information about the surety, and to allow sureties that are licensed and in good financial condition but are not currently listed with the U.S. Department of the Treasury as an acceptable surety of Federal bonds to provide surety bonds to the coal industry in West Virginia. The proposed amendment was authorized by the West Virginia Secretary of State as an emergency rule under the State's Administrative Procedures Act.
Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Campo Solid Waste Landfill Facility on the Campo Indian Reservation, San Diego County, CA
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians (Campo Band) as a cooperating agency, intends to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for a proposed solid waste landfill facility to be located on the Campo Indian Reservation in San Diego County, California. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide economic support for tribal self-sufficiency and self- government and to address the socio-economic needs of the Campo Band.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Director of the Minerals Management Service by the joint bidding provisions of 30 CFR 256.41, each entity within one of the following groups shall be restricted from bidding with any entity in any other of the following groups at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales to be held during the bidding period November 1, 2005, through April 30, 2006. The List of Restricted Joint Bidders published in the Federal Register May 3, 2005, covered the period May 1, 2005, through October 31, 2005.
Idaho: Filing of Plats of Survey
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has officially filed the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Idaho State Office, Boise, Idaho, effective 9 a.m., on the dates specified.
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted final annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.053% (.00053) for tier 2 for calendar year 2005. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the final fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2005 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0265% (.000265)
Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease CACA 42933
Under the provisions of Public Law 97-451, Hamar Associates timely filed a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease CACA 42933 for lands in San Luis Obispo County, California, and it was accompanied by all required rentals and royalties accruing from June 1, 2005, the date of termination.
Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Resource Management Plan (RMP)
In accordance with Section 202 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the BLM announces the availability of the DEIS for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument RMP. The DEIS documents the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of three alternative management plans for BLM-administered public lands within the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. When completed, the RMP will fulfill the obligations set forth by NEPA, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and associated Federal regulations.
Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan, Napa County, CA
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Final EIS for the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan (VSP). The Final EIS outlines the proposed project alternatives that seek to address issues related to the VSP, including the type and level of facilities and services that are appropriate for future uses on Federal land. Of the seven concession contracts at Lake Berryessa, six contracts expire in 2008/ 2009 and one interim contract expires in 2007. The VSP will be used as a basis for future concession contracts.
Bird Banding Laboratory Advisory Committee
The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Bird Banding Laboratory (Committee) will be November 29-30, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 11510 American Holy Drive, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4017. The meeting will take place in the conference room of the Gabrielson Building. A map and directions to the Center may be found at https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/aboutous/direct.cfm. The purpose of the Advisory Committee, which is co-chaired by the USGS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is to represent the interests of the bird banding community, including both game and non-game and non-game birds, in advising the U.S. Department of the Interior, USGS, on current and future management of the Bird Banding Laboratory. The agenda for the inaugural meeting includes a tour of the Bird Banding Laboratory to familiarize members of the Committee with its operations, functions, and key personnel. In addition, the Committee will identify, prioritize, and begin discussions of the important issues it will address over the two-year period of its current Charter (May 2005-May 2007). The meeting is open to all members of the interested public; however, it will be temporarily closed to the public on November 29 during the Committee tour due to space limitations at the Laboratory. Time on the agenda has been reserved in the afternoon of November 30 for the Committee to receive verbal comments (limited to 5 minutes per person) from the public. To speak before the Committee you must register in advance with Mr. Daniel James (see contact information below), the USGS Designated Federal Official for the Committee. The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is a gated, secure federal installation with no general public access. You must register with Patuxent personnel in advance of the Committee meeting dates to ensure that you are permitted access to the Center when you arrive. Please contact Ms. Regina Lanning, the Center's Communication Assistant, telephone: (301) 497-5509; e-mail: email@example.com, to inform her that you will be attending the BBL Advisory Committee Meeting, and provide her with the following information: Full name (for each person if more than one), Company name (if applicable), Vehicle description, Approximate time of arrival dates: November 29-30, 2005.
Notice of Meeting of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group
Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), this notice announces a meeting of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). The TAMWG affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River restoration efforts to the Trinity Management Council. Primary objectives of the meeting will include: Technical team/subgroup organization; Budget process and FY07 budget; Science Framework and draft monitoring plan; Trinity River Restoration Program attention to (non-fish) wildlife; 50% vs 90% ``exceedence criteria'' in water-year- type forecasting; 2005 fish returns; and TAMWG member presentations. Completion of the agenda is dependent on the amount of time each item takes. The meeting could end early if the agenda has been completed. The meeting is open to the public.
Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; 1018-0127; Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program
We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent a request to OMB for approval of our information collection associated with the horseshoe crab tagging program. The OMB control number for this collection is 1018-0127, which expires on November 30, 2005. We have requested that OMB approve this information collection for a 3-year term.
General Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado National Monument, Colorado
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 83 Stat. 852, 853, codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado National Monument, Colorado. On August 31, 2005, the Director, Intermountain Region, approved the Record of Decision for the project. As soon as practicable, the National Park Service will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in the FEIS issued on June 6, 2005. The following course of action will occur under the preferred alternative: Weave Colorado National Monument into the regional ecosystem on the northeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau by pursuing common stewardship goals with government agencies, tribes, educational institutions, and communities. This course of action and 2 alternatives were analyzed in the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements. The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigating measures were identified. The Record of Decision includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, a finding on impairment of park resources and values, a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process, and finding that the alternative selected for implementation will not impair park resources or values and will not violate the NPS Organic Act.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce an extension of the comment period for the 5-year reviews of 31 listed species in Table 1 below, under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). The first request for information closed September 6, 2005. The purpose of a 5-year review is to ensure that the classification of a species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate and 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 original listing of each of these 31 species. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make the requisite findings under section 4(c)(2)(B) of the Act.
Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge is available for distribution. The plan was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and describes how the refuge will be managed for the next 15 years. The compatibility determinations for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, all- terrain vehicle use, trapping of selected furbearers, cooperative farming, forest management, and resource research studies, are also available within the plan.
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge
This notice announces that a Draft Comprehensive conservation Plan and environmental Assessment for St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is 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, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana aurora draytonii
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of a 90-day public comment period for the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii), pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and a concurrent 90-day comment period for the draft economic analysis for this proposed rule. A previous proposed rule to designate critical habitat was published on April 13, 2004 (69 FR 19620). We herein revise those critical habitat boundaries to better reflect lands containing essential features for the California red- legged frog, and we now propose to designate approximately 737,912 acres (ac) (298,622 hectares (ha)) of critical habitat in 23 California counties. Section 4 of the Act requires us to consider the economic and other relevant impacts of specifying any area as critical habitat. We hereby solicit data and comments from the public on all aspects of this proposal, including data on the economic and other impacts of the designation. We have conducted an analysis of the economic impacts of designating these areas as critical habitat and are announcing the availability of the draft economic analysis for public review. A special rule is also being proposed to exempt existing routine ranching activities from the prohibitions of the Act because these practices have neutral or beneficial effects on the California red- legged frog. We solicit additional data and information that may assist us in making a final decision on this proposed action.
Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Florida Scrub-Jay Resulting from the Proposed Construction of a Combination of Office Space and Three-Story Townhomes in the Village of Tequesta, Palm Beach County, FL
Sundown Development and Realty (Applicant) is requesting an incidental take permit (ITP) for a period of five years, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The Applicant anticipates take of three federally threatened Florida scrub-jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) incidental to clearing approximately 0.70 acre of scrub-jay foraging and roosting habitat in preparation for construction of a combination of office space and three-story townhomes on a 5.25-acre parcel (project). The anticipated take would occur in section 30, Township 40 South, Range 43 East, Village of Tequesta, Palm Beach County, Florida. The Applicant's Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of the project on the scrub-jay. These measures are also outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. The Service announces the availability of the Applicant's ITP application, HCP and Environmental Assessment (EA). Copies of the application, HCP and EA may be obtained by making a request to the Southeast Regional Office (see ADDRESSES). Requests must be in writing to be processed. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10 of the Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).
Information Collection Renewal Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; 1018-0109; Federal Assistance Grant Application Booklet, 50 CFR Part 80
We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent a request to OMB to renew approval for our information collection associated with the Federal Assistance Grant Application Booklet. The current OMB control number for this information collection is 1018-0109, which expires October 31, 2005. We have requested that OMB renew approval of this information collection for a 3-year term.
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Fish and Wildlife Service announces a meeting designed to foster partnerships to enhance public awareness of the importance of aquatic resources and the social and economic benefits of recreational fishing and boating in the United States. This meeting, sponsored by the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council), is open to the public, and interested persons may make oral statements to the Council or may file written statements for consideration.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, modified, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice on July 22, 2005. This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action.
Fiscal Year 2006 Tribal Wildlife Grants; Request for Grant Proposals
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are soliciting project proposals for Federal assistance under the Tribal Wildlife Grants program (TWG). The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 authorized an appropriation of $68,174,000 (subject to potential rescission to meet other important national priorities) for wildlife conservation grants to States and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribes under provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. The Act further specified that the Service use $5,971,000 of the funds for a competitive grant program available to federally recognized Indian Tribes. This allows the Secretary, through the Director of the Service, to manage a separate Tribal grant program not subject to the provisions of the formula-based State Wildlife Grants program, or other requirements of the State Wildlife Grants portion of Public Law 107-63.
Fiscal Year 2006 Tribal Landowner Incentive Program; Request for Grant Proposals
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are soliciting project proposals for Federal assistance under the Tribal Landowner Incentive Program (TLIP). The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 allocated $23,886,000 (subject to potential rescission to meet other important national priorities) from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for conservation grants to States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Tribes under a Landowner Incentive Program. The Service has targeted $2,388,600 for TLIP.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing Gila Chub as Endangered With Critical Habitat
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), list the Gila chub (Gila intermedia) as endangered with critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Gila chub were historically found throughout the Gila River basin in southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and northeastern Sonora, Mexico. The Gila chub has been reduced in numbers and distribution in the majority of its historical range (Minckley 1973; Weedman et al. 1996). Where it is still present, populations are often small, fragmented, and at risk from known and potential threats and from random events such as drought, flood events, and wildfire. The primary threats to Gila chub include predation by and competition with nonnative organisms, including fish in the family Centrarchidae (Micropterus spp., Lepomis spp.), other fish species, bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana), and crayfish (Orconectes virilis), and habitat degradation from surface water diversions and ground water withdrawals. Secondary threats include habitat alteration, destruction, and fragmentation resulting from numerous factors that are discussed in this final rule. The current status of the Gila chub is much degraded from historical levels. The species exists as a few, small isolated, populations. The small size of these populations, and their degree of fragmentation and isolation, cause them to be highly susceptible to threats. We believe that due to the current reduced status of the Gila chub and the severity of threats, including nonnative species predation and habitat destruction, the Gila chub is likely to become extinct throughout all or a significant portion of its range. This final rule will implement the Federal protection and recovery provisions of the Act for this species. We are also designating approximately 160.3 river miles (mi) (258.1 kilometers (km)) of critical habitat located in Grant County, New Mexico, and Yavapai, Gila, Greenlee, Graham, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, and Pinal Counties in Arizona.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Fender's Blue Butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the Fender's blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi), and two plants, Lupinus sulphureus ssp. kincaidii (Kincaid's lupine), and Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens (Willamette daisy) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are proposing to designate 3,089 acres (ac) (1,250 hectares (ha) as critical habitat for Fender's blue butterfly, 724 ac (293 ha) as critical habitat for L. sulphureus ssp. kincaidii, and 718 ac (291 ha) as critical habitat for E. decumbens var. decumbens. The proposed critical habitat is located in Polk, Benton, Yamhill, Lane, Marion, Linn, and Douglas Counties, Oregon, and Lewis County, Washington.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee; Notice and Agenda for Meeting
The OCS Policy Committee meeting scheduled for November 15-16, 2005, at the Days Hotel and Conference Center at Dulles in Herndon, Virginia.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease WYW146279 from Gulf Exploration LLC for lands in Converse County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law.