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Availability of a Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for the California Red-Legged Frog and Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle for the Burrows and Big Bluff Ranches in Tehama County, CA
Document Number: 05-21172
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the owners of the Burrows Ranch and Big Bluff Ranch (Applicants) have applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (Act). The permit application includes a proposed Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the Applicants and the Service for the threatened California red-legged frog (CRLF, Rana aurora draytonii) and the valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB, Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). The Agreement and permit application are available for public comment.
Request for Public Comments on Extension of Existing Information Collection Submitted to OMB for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act
Document Number: 05-21164
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
The collection of information referred herein applies to a World-Wide Web site questionnaire that permits individuals to report on the effects of the shaking from an earthquakeon themselves personally, buildings, other man-made structures, and ground effects such as faulting or landslides. The USGS may use the information to provide qualitative, quantitative, or graphical descriptions of earthquake damage. Estimated Completion Time: 6 minutes. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 100,000. Frequency: After each earthquake. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 10,000 hours. Affected Public: The general public. For Further Information Contact: To obtain copies of the survey, contact the Bureau clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192, telephone (703) 648-7313, or go to the Web site (http:// pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/).
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas and Exploration and Development Project, Sublette County, Wyoming, and Possible Amendment to the Pinedale Resource Management Plan
Document Number: 05-21170
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Pinedale Field Office, announces its intent to prepare an SEIS on the potential impacts of authorizing year round natural gas and condensate/oil development activities within the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas and Exploration and Development Project Area (PAPA). This supplemental environmental impact analysis may be used to amend the Pinedale Resource Management Plan (1988). The Pinedale Field Manager is the authorized officer for this project.
Endangered Species Recovery Permits and Applications
Document Number: 05-21055
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following applicant has applied for a permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Castle Peak and Eight Mile Flat Oil and Gas Expansion Project, Newfield Rocky Mountains, Inc.
Document Number: 05-21043
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and associated regulations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Castle Peak and Eight Mile Flat oil and gas expansion project proposed by Newfield Rocky Mountains, Inc., formerly Inland Resources, Inc. This FEIS and ROD are being announced concurrently per 40 CFR part 1506 (b) (2).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process
Document Number: 05-21042
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Challis Field Office, will be directing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will analyze the mining impacts resulting from L&W Stone's Amended Plan of Operations in Custer County, Idaho.
Proposed Supplementary Rules on Public Land in California
Document Number: 05-21041
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This notice contains proposed supplementary rules which will apply to the public lands within the Adaptive Management Area (AMA) in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) managed by the El Centro Field Office in Imperial County, California. This action is necessary in order to maintain viable populations of all native species, maintain habitat connectivity, and provide high quality, unique, world-class, day-use, semi-primitive, motorized recreation opportunities for off-highway vehicle (OHV) activities and non- vehicular recreational activities throughout the Adaptive Management Area and Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. We intend the supplementary rules to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to manage AMA area in order to provide recreational opportunities while allowing for the conservation of habitat and plants and species of concern.
Public Land Order No. 7647; Revocation of 2 Secretarial Orders and 15 Executive Orders; Colorado
Document Number: 05-21040
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This order revokes 2 Secretarial Orders and 15 Executive Orders insofar as they affect approximately 1,189,600 acres of public lands, National Forest System lands, and patented lands with federally- reserved mineral interests which were withdrawn for coal classifications in Colorado. These lands are no longer needed for the purpose for which they were withdrawn. This order will open the public lands to surface entry and nonmetalliferous mining, the National Forest System lands to such forms of disposition as may by law be authorized on National Forest System lands and to nonmetalliferous mining, and the federally-reserved mineral interests to nonmetalliferous mining.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations
Document Number: 05-21035
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 05-21034
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Revisions to the State Program Amendment Process
Document Number: 05-21025
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are revising our regulations pertaining to the processing of State program amendments submitted by a State for approval under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The specific regulations being revised govern the standards for determining when proceedings that lead to the substitution of Federal enforcement for all or part of an approved State program should be initiated because of the State's failure to amend its program as directed. These revisions provide us with the discretion to consider additional relevant factors regarding the performance of the State in effectively maintaining its program before determining that proceedings leading to the substitution of Federal enforcement are warranted. We are also revising our regulations that govern the time periods and schedule for processing State program amendments.
Notice of Public Meetings, Steens Mountain Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-20995
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and the Steens Mountain Advisory Council will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment of an Incidental Take Permit and the 1997 Habitat Conservation Plan for Kern County Waste Facilities, Kern County, CA
Document Number: 05-20967
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) advises the public that we intend to gather information necessary to prepare, in coordination with the Kern County Waste Management Department (KCWMD), a joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) on the Amendment to the Kern County Waste Facilities Habitat Conservation Plan and permit number 830963 (Amendment 1). Amendment 1 is being prepared under Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, (ESA). Amendment 1 addresses potential take of threatened and endangered species at Kern County waste facilities due to the proposed expansion of the permit area, new covered activities, and an increase in the number of species covered by Permit 830963. The term of Permit 830963 shall remain at 50 years, expiring in 2047. KCWMD intends to request an ESA permit amendment for 5 species federally listed as threatened or endangered and 14 unlisted species that may become listed during the term of the permit. The Service provides this notice to: (1) Describe the proposed action and possible alternatives; (2) advise other Federal and State agencies, affected Tribes, and the public of our intent to prepare an EIS/EIR; (3) announce the initiation of a public scoping period; and (4) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be included in the EIS/EIR. Written comments will be accepted at the public meeting. In addition, you may submit written comments by mail or facsimile transmission.
Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan for Crater Lake National Park, Douglas, Jackson & Klamath Counties, Oregon; Notice of Approval of Record of Decision
Document Number: 05-20923
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended) and the regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service has prepared and approved a Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan, Crater Lake National Park. The new GMP replaces the 1977 Master Plan, and will serve as a blueprint for guiding operations, resource protection, and visitor services in the park for the next 10-15 years. The requisite no-action ``wait period'' was initiated June 10, 2005, with the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Register notification of the filing of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Decision: As soon as practical the National Park Service will begin to implement the actions and programs identified and analyzed as the Preferred Alternative (Alternative 2) contained in the FEIS. This alternative was deemed to be the ``environmentally preferred'' alternative. This course of action and three alternatives (including no-action) were identified and analyzed in the Final and Draft Environmental Impact Statements (the opportunity for public review of the latter was announced in the Federal Register on August 3, 2004). The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigation measures have been identified. Copies: Interested parties desiring to review the Record of Decision may obtain a copy by contacting the Superintendent, Crater Lake National Park, P.O. Box 7, Crater Lake, Oregon 97604; or via telephone request at (541) 594-2211.
Notice of Revised Instructions for Preparing and Prioritizing Water Program Funding Requests
Document Number: 05-20919
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will implement revised procedures for preparing and prioritizing funding requests in order to improve the management of two water programs with non-recurring annual appropriations. The two programs are the Water Rights Negotiation/ Litigation Program (Water Rights Program) and the Water Resources Management, Planning and Pre-development Program (Water Resources Program). These water programs support the long-term goals of assisting Indian tribes in confirming and defining water rights, resolving claims through negotiation or litigation, and promoting the prudent conservation, management and use of natural resources. All of the BIA's water program managers and many water rights and water resources program managers employed by Indian tribes request these appropriations to support numerous Indian water rights litigation and negotiation efforts, to conduct water resources management, and to develop associated plans for tribal water resources. Typically, the BIA's Office of Trust Services receives more than 400 funding requests annually for water rights and water resources management-related activities. Funding requests are submitted by all 12 of the BIA's Regional Offices and approximately 150 to 175 Indian tribes each year. The current system for preparing and prioritizing water program funding requests needs improvement in order to provide BIA decision makers with more clear demarcations of priority. These revised procedures will allow for more effective prioritization and thus enable BIA decision makers to distribute more efficiently the available water program funds.
Minor Boundary Revision at Fort Moultrie Unit of Fort Sumter National Monument
Document Number: 05-20918
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is given that the boundary of the Fort Moultrie Unit of Fort Sumter National Monument has been revised pursuant to the Acts specified below to encompass lands depicted on drawing 392/92,002A of Fort Sumter National Monument (which includes Fort Moultrie) prepared by the National Park Service. The revision to the boundary includes tract 01-109, as depicted on the map.
Notice of Availability of Draft National Park Service Management Policies
Document Number: 05-20917
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to update the policies that guide the management of the national park system. The policies are being updated to improve their clarity and to keep pace with changes in laws, regulations, socio-economic factors and technology. The revised policies will also improve understandings among NPS managers, and between NPS managers and the public, regarding how decisions are made in protecting park resources and providing opportunities for public enjoyment of the parks. Public comment is invited for a 90-day period, which closes January 19, 2006.
Public Notice
Document Number: 05-20916
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to the terms of existing concession contracts, public notice is hereby given that the National Park Service intends to request a continuation of visitor services for a period not-to-exceed 1 year from the date of contract expiration.
Public Notice
Document Number: 05-20915
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to 36 CFR 51.23, public notice is hereby given that the National Park Service proposes to extend the following expiring concession contracts for a period of up to one year, or until such time as a new contract is executed, whichever occurs sooner.
60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information: Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 05-20912
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) Office of International Affairs (OIA) proposes to collect information from property owners who volunteer for their properties to be included in a list of sites (Tentative List) that will be considered for nomination by the United States to the World Heritage List. In order to manage the U.S. World Heritage Program (37 CFR 73) effectively and in a timely manner NPS must prepare and submit through the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of State to the World Heritage Centre by February 1, 2007, a Tentative List of properties that appear to meet the criteria for nomination to the World Heritage List and which the United States intends to nominate during the ensuing decade (2007-2017). Only sites that have been found to be of national significance and that have such legal protections as are necessary to ensure the preservation of the properties and their environment may be considered for nomination by the United States. By law, all property owners must also concur in any World Heritage nomination. In order to gather the required information for the preparation of the Tentative List, it is proposed that an expanded and annotated version of the ``World Heritage Nomination Format'' (or form, hereinafter referred to as the ``Application'') be made available to owners who wish to apply for inclusion in the U.S. Tentative List. It would be made available on the Internet at http://www.nps.gov/oia and http://www.georgewright.org. Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the NPS invites comments on the need for and proposed manner of gathering the information in the study. Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the burden hour estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of information collection to respondents, including the use of automated information collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Environmental Statements; Availability, etc.; Badlands National Park, SD
Document Number: 05-20910
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the draft General management plan and environmental impact statement (GMP/EIS) for the North Unit of Badlands National Park (BADL).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Land Exchange in Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Document Number: 05-20883
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the Fish and Wildlife Service intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and its implementing regulations, for a proposed land exchange and acquisition of certain lands owned by Doyon, Limited within the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The Service is furnishing this notice to advise the public and other agencies of our intentions and to solicit suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be addressed in the environmental document. Special mailings, newspaper articles, and other media releases will announce opportunities to provide written and oral input. Public meetings will be held in the cities of Fairbanks, Anchorage, and in communities within and adjacent to the Refuge. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be available for viewing and downloading at http://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/yukonflats/current.htm.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus
Document Number: 05-20144
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for the southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 48,896 hectares (ha) (120,824 acres (ac)) or 1,186 kilometers (km) (737 miles (mi)) fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The critical habitat is located in Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Mohave, Pinal, Pima, and Yavapai counties in Arizona (AZ), Kern, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties in southern California (CA), Clark County in southeastern Nevada (NV), Grant, Hidalgo, Mora, Rio Arriba, Soccoro, Taos, and Valencia counties in New Mexico (NM), and Washington County in Southwestern Utah (UT).
Notice of Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-20795
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee (GSENMAC) will meet as indicated below.
Iowa Regulatory Program
Document Number: 05-20787
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing a proposed amendment to the Iowa regulatory program (Iowa program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Iowa proposes to amend its rules regarding small operator assistance. Iowa intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA. This document gives the times and locations that the Iowa program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
Oklahoma Regulatory Program
Document Number: 05-20786
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma proposes revisions to rules concerning cross sections, maps, and plans; subsidence control; impoundments; revegetation success standards; roads; and review of decision not to inspect or enforce. Oklahoma intends to revise its program to provide additional safeguards, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Oklahoma program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
Freedom of Information Act Procedures
Document Number: 05-20624
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The purpose of this document is to propose to amend the procedures followed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) when processing a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended so that the Commission will be in compliance with the provisions of the amendment.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Navarretia Fossalis
Document Number: 05-20147
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate critical habitat for Navarretia fossalis (spreading navarretia) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 652 acres (ac) (264 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundary of the critical habitat designation. The designated critical habitat is within San Diego and Los Angeles Counties, California. We have exempted or excluded approximately 18,747 ac (7,586 ha) of habitat with essential features in Riverside and San Diego Counties from this designation of critical habitat.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Alameda Whipsnake
Document Number: 05-20145
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the Alameda whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 203,342 acres (ac) (82,289 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The proposed critical habitat is located in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Joaquin, and Santa Clara counties, California.
Notice of November Resource Advisory Council Meeting To Be Held in Twin Falls District, ID
Document Number: 05-20688
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This notice announces the intent to hold a Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meeting in the Twin Falls District of Idaho on Tuesday, November 29, 2005. The meeting will be held in the Cedar Conference Room at the Red Lion Canyon Springs Hotel, 1357 Blue Lakes Boulevard North, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Monument Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: 05-20686
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Forest Service
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service (USFS) announce the schedule for meetings of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as MAC), for fiscal year 2006. All meetings begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Palm Desert City Council Conference Room, located at 73-510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert California; and will begin at 9 a.m. Meetings are scheduled for the following dates: Saturday, December 3, 2006. Saturday, March 4, 2006. Saturday, June 3, 2006. Saturday, September 9, 2006. Saturday, December 2, 2006. Meeting agendas will be developed and available to the public prior to meeting dates through the Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs- South Coast Field Office Web Page linking to the Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Home Page at http://www.ca.blm.gov/ palmsprings/ santarosa/santarosanational monument.html. The focus of all MAC meetings will be on implementation issues of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Management Plan. Each meeting, beginning at approximately 11 a.m., will contain a half-hour Public Comment period. During this time members of the public are encouraged to provide their comments and/or input to the MAC for further consideration and discussion. A sign-up sheet for speakers will be available at the entrance of the Palm Desert City Council Conference Room, on the day of the meeting. Speakers making comments to the Advisory Committee are requested to provide a written copy of their statement for the record. The MAC is a committee of citizens appointed to provide advice and recommendation to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, with respect to implementation of the National Monument Management Plan. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 106-351), authorized establishment of the MAC with representative members from State and local jurisdictions, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a natural science expert, a member from a local conservation organization, a representative of the local developers or building industry organization, the Winter Park Authority, and a representative from the Pinyon Community Council. All of the meetings are open to the public, attendance limited only by the space available. Individuals attending who need special assistance, such as sign language interpretations, or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the contact person listed below two (2) weeks in advance of the meeting. Meeting Dates and Times: December 3, 2005; March 4, 2006; June 3, 2006; September 9, 2006; December 2, 2006. All MAC meetings begin at 9 a.m., and the Public Comment period begins at approximately 11 a.m.
Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Williamson, Jackson, and Union Counties, IL
Document Number: 05-20684
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available for Crab Orchard NWR, Illinois. The CCP/EIS was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1996, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Goals and Objectives in the CCP describe how the agency intends to manage the refuge over the next 15 years.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Nevada
Document Number: 05-20683
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Secretary of the Interior proposes to withdraw 3,009.11 acres of public land in Humboldt County, Nevada, to protect the Winnemucca Municipal Watershed and the Water Canyon Recreation Area. To the extent specified below, this notice segregates from surface entry and mining for up to 2 years, the aforementioned land.
Notice of Intent to Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 05-20682
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is preparing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) document for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). This notice advises the public that the Service intends to gather information necessary to prepare a CCP and an EA pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The public is invited to participate in the planning process. The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with the Service's CCP policy to: 1. Advise other agencies and the public of our intentions; and 2. Obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental documents. The Service will solicit information from the public via open houses, meetings, and written comments. Special mailings, newspaper articles, refuge Web site postings, and announcements will provide information regarding opportunities for public involvement in the planning process. The first public meetings are scheduled for the week of November 7, 2005.
Reconsidered Final Determination To Decline To Acknowledge the Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut
Document Number: 05-20720
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
Notice is hereby given that the Associate Deputy Secretary (ADS) has determined that the Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut do not satisfy all seven criteria for acknowledgment as an Indian tribe in 25 CFR 83.7. This Reconsidered Final Determination (RFD) is final and effective upon the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to 25 CFR 83.11(h)(3).
Reconsidered Final Determination To Decline To Acknowledge the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation
Document Number: 05-20719
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
Notice is hereby given that the Associate Deputy Secretary has determined that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN) does not satisfy all seven criteria for acknowledgment as an Indian tribe in 25 CFR 83.7. Upon the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to 25 CFR 83.11(h)(3), the Reconsidered Final Determination (RFD) is final and effective for the Department of the Interior (Department).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the California Spotted Owl as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: 05-20646
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period for the status review initiated by the 90-day finding on a petition to list the California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) as threatened or endangered, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (Act). On June 21, 2005 (70 FR 35607), we published a positive 90-day finding and initiated a status review of the subspecies to determine if listing under the Act is warranted. The original comment period closed on August 22, 2005. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are reopening the comment period to solicit additional scientific and commercial information regarding this subspecies. This will allow all interested parties an additional opportunity to provide information on the status of the subspecies under the Act.
Notice of Availability of the Hollister Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 05-20618
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for the Hollister Field Office.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area (SCNCA)
Document Number: 05-20617
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/FEIS) for the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is available to the public for a 30-day protest period. The proposed plan and associated FEIS were developed in accordance with 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).
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Upper Deschutes Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Document Number: 05-20616
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies, the BLM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Upper Deschutes RMP located in Klamath, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties in Central Oregon. The Oregon/ Washington State Director has approved the RMP/ROD, which becomes effective immediately.
Migratory Bird Permits; Changes in the Regulations Governing Raptor Propagation
Document Number: 05-20596
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (we or us) proposes changes in the regulations governing captive propagation of raptors in the United States. We propose reorganization of the current regulations, and we have added or changed some provisions therein. The changes will make it easier to understand the requirements for raptor propagation and the procedures for obtaining a propagation permit.
Notice of Meeting, Front Range Resource Advisory Council (Colorado)
Document Number: 05-20592
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
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) Front Range Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0092 and 1029-0107
Document Number: 05-20574
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
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 approval for the collections of information for 30 CFR 745, State-Federal cooperative agreements; and 30 CFR Part 887, Subsidence Insurance Program Grants. These collection requests have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information collection requests describe the nature of the information collections and the expected burden and cost.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0027 and 1029-0036
Document Number: 05-20573
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
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 that the information collection requests for 30 CFR Parts 740 and 780 which relate to surface coal mining and reclamation operations on Federal lands, and Surface mining permit applications minimum requirements for reclamation and operation plans respectively. These collection requests have been forwarded to the Office of Management and budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information collection requests describe the nature of the information collections and the expected burden and cost.
Filing of Plats of Survey; Nevada
Document Number: 05-20565
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and interested State and local government officials of the filing of Plats of Survey in Nevada.
Migratory Bird Permits; Educational Use Permits
Document Number: 05-20593
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We are soliciting public comments to help us develop permit regulations governing possession of live migratory birds and eagles for educational use.
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children
Document Number: 05-20523
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announces that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children will hold its next meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Amendments of 2004 on Indian children with disabilities.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection
Document Number: 05-20510
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing its intention to request re-approval for the collection of information for the DI-Form 381, Claim for Relocation Payments-Residential and DI-Form 382, Claim for Relocation PaymentsNonresidential.
Receipt of a Revised Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Florida Scrub-Jay Resulting From Construction of a Multi-Home Subdivision in Marion County, FL
Document Number: 05-20500
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Southern Multicapital Corporation (Applicant) requests an incidental take permit (ITP) for a duration of ten years, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended (U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The Applicant anticipates destroying about 93 acres of occupied Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) habitat in Section 21, Township 16 South, Range 21 East, Marion County, Florida. Habitat destruction would be expected due to vegetation clearing and the subsequent construction of infrastructure and single-family homes. Up to four scrub-jay families could be taken as a result of the Applicant's proposed actions. This ITP application was previously announced in the Federal Register on June 14, 2005. On July 29, 2005, the Applicant withdrew the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that was part of the application, in order to make modifications. The Service suspended processing the application pending receipt of a modified HCP. The Applicant submitted the current HCP on August 1, 2005. The Applicant's HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of the proposed project on the scrub-jay. These measures are outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. We announce the availability of the ITP application, HCP, and an environmental assessment. Copies of the application, HCP, and environmental assessment 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).
Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Sand Skinks and Bluetail Mole Skinks Resulting From the Proposed Construction of a Planned Unit Development in Polk County, FL
Document Number: 05-20498
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Oakmont Grove Venture, L.L.C. (Applicant) requests an incidental take permit (ITP) 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 requested term of the ITP is nine years. The Applicant anticipates take of the threatened sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and bluetail mole skink (Eumeces egregius lividus) incidental to the development of approximately 18.59 acres of sand skink habitat and the restoration, enhancement, and management of 71.14 acres of sand skink habitat on-site associated with the construction of a planned unit development (project). Bluetail mole skinks have not been observed on the Oakmont project site, but they are known to share habitats occupied by sand skinks. Therefore, incidental take of the bluetail mole skink could occur in the same areas that are occupied by the sand skink. The proposed project would occur in Sections 3, 9, 10, and 15, Township 26 South, Range 27 East, Polk 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 sand skink and bluetail mole skink. These measures are also outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. We announce the availability of the 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).