Department of the Interior January 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Land Acquisitions; Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington
Document Number: E6-1198
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
The Associate Deputy Secretary made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 55.84 acres of land into trust for the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington on January 13, 2006. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Associate Deputy Secretary.
Indian Gaming
Document Number: E6-1197
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
Notice is given that the Tribal-State compact between the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin is considered to have been approved and is in effect.
Indian Gaming
Document Number: E6-1196
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
This Notice Publishes an Approval of the Economic Development Amendment for the Tribal-State Compact for the Regulation of Class III Gaming between the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and the State of Louisiana.
Regulations To Implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act
Document Number: E6-1191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act (CWSA). The CWSA amends the Lacey Act by making it illegal to import, export, buy, sell, transport, receive, or acquire, in interstate or foreign commerce, live lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, or cougars, or any hybrid combination of any of these species, unless certain exceptions are met.
North Sonoma County Agricultural Reuse Project Sonoma County, CA
Document Number: E6-1189
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Public Resources Code, Section 21000- 21178.1 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency, and the Sonoma County Water Agency (Agency), the lead State agency, propose to prepare a joint EIS/EIR for the proposed North Sonoma County Agricultural Reuse Project (Project). The purpose of the proposed Project is to: (1) Reduce agricultural reliance on natural regional water supplies; (2) provide an alternative source of water for agricultural irrigation; and (3) address potential regulatory issues.
Notice of Cancellation of February Resource Advisory Council Meeting in Twin Falls District, ID
Document Number: E6-1185
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This notice announces the cancellation of the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2006, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Iowa Regulatory Program
Document Number: 06-881
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-31
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 approving an amendment to the Iowa regulatory program (Iowa program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Iowa proposed to amend its rules regarding its small operator assistance program. Iowa intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA.
Notice of Availability Technical/Agency Draft of the Third Revision of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan for Review and Comment
Document Number: 06-825
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Technical/Agency Draft of the Third Revision of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan. The Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) has disappeared from more than 95 percent of its historic range as a result of human persecution and habitat loss. This draft of the recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria to be met in order to reclassify (downlist) and eventually delist the Florida panther under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Service solicits review and comment on this draft recovery plan.
General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, New River Gorge National River, WV
Document Number: E6-1102
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the National Park Service (NPS) announces its intent to prepare a General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for the New River Gorge National River, located in Fayette, Raleigh, and Summers Counties of southern West Virginia. The GMP will allow the park to develop a unified approach to managing the major changes in and adjacent to the park since the 1982 GMP was prepared, to focus on protecting park natural, cultural, and scenic resources, and to identify opportunities to facilitate appropriate forms of visitor education, interpretation and use. The GMP will provide an opportunity to inform the public regarding the park's significance and resources, and develop partnerships with various stakeholder groups for their preservation. Prepared by NPS staff at the park and the Northeast Region, and with the assistance of consultants, the GMP/EIS will propose a long-term approach to managing the New River Gorge National River.
Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma
Document Number: E6-1101
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is terminating preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the General Management Plan, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma. A Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS for the Chickasaw National Recreation Area General Management Plan was published in Vol. 67, No. 184, of the September 23, 2002, Federal Register (59530). The National Park Service has since determined that an Environmental Assessment (EA) rather than an EIS is the appropriate environmental documentation for the general management plan.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Citizen Advisory Commission Meeting
Document Number: E6-1100
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
This notice announces three public meetings of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Citizen Advisory Commission. Notice of these meetings is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2).
National Park Service
Document Number: 06-838
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and National Park Service (NPS) policy in Director's Order Number 2 (Park Planning) and Director's Order Number 12 (Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decisionmaking) the NPS announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/General Management Plan Amendment (Draft EIS/GMPA) for the Elkmont Historic District within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The authority for publishing this notice is contained in 40 CFR 1506.6. The document provides a framework for management, use, and development options for the historic district by the NPS for the next 15 to 20 years. The document describes seven management alternatives for consideration, including a no-action alternative that is tiered to the existing Park GMP, and analyzes the environmental impacts of those alternatives. The Elkmont Historic District is located within the Little River Watershed in Sevier County, Tennessee, approximately 6 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center and approximately 8 miles from the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Notice of Public Meetings for Calendar Year 2006
Document Number: 06-837
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park; Advisory Commission; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-836
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Meeting of the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, WA
Document Number: 06-783
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, Washington, established by the Secretary of the Interior, will hold a public meeting. The purpose of the Conservation Advisory Group is to provide technical advice and counsel to the Secretary of the Interior and Washington State on the structure, implementation, and oversight of the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program.
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Habitat Conservation Plan
Document Number: E6-1058
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) announce the availability for public review of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), final Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), and final Implementing Agreement (IA), related to an application by the State of Washington for Endangered Species Act (ESA) Incidental Take Permits (ITPs). The final documents reflect changes made to the draft documents resulting from comments received during the 90-day public comment period. Responses to comments received from the public are included in the EIS. This notice provides an opportunity for the public to review the final documents and responses to public comments. The EIS addresses the proposed issuance of ITPs by both Services under the ESA, to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, on behalf of the State of Washington (State), for forest practices activities conducted according to the Washington Forest Practices Rules (forest practices). The proposed ITPs would authorize incidental take of aquatic species (16 listed fish species, 54 unlisted fish species, 7 unlisted amphibian species), by covered forest practices implemented under the forest practices rules. The EIS also addresses a proposed limit to the ESA section 9 prohibition against take of listed species under the ESA, such that the prohibition would not apply to forest practices regulated by the State of Washington on non-Federal and non-tribal lands.
Information Collection To Be Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Research To Support Analysis and Management of Carrying Capacity at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: E6-1057
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (Fish and Wildlife Service) plan to request that OMB approve our information collection associated with research to support analysis and management of the carrying capacity at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Errol, New Hampshire. We will request that OMB approve this information collection for a 1-year term.
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake, and Pierce National Wildlife Refuges, Located in Clark County and Skamania County, WA
Document Number: E6-1024
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has prepared a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (Final CCP) and related Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake, and Pierce National Wildlife Refuges (Gorge Refuges). The Gorge Refuges are located in southwest Washington within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Final CCP was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, as amended, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations. The Service's Regional Director for the Pacific Region has considered a reasonable range of management alternatives and has selected Alternative B of the CCP for managing the Gorge Refuges for the next 15 years.
Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits
Document Number: E6-973
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
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.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-950
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-949
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
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; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Mussentuchit Gilia as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-947
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Mussentuchit gilia (Gilia [=Aliciella] tenuis) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find the petition does not provide substantial information indicating that listing Gilia [=Aliciella] tenuis may be warranted. Therefore, we will not be initiating a further status review in response to this petition. The public may submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of the species or threats to it.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-day Finding on a Petition To List the American Dipper in the Black Hills of South Dakota as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-943
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the distinct vertebrate population segment (DPS) of American dipper (Cinclus mexicanus unicolor) in the Black Hills of South Dakota as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition and other readily available information do not provide substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the American Dipper in the Black Hills of South Dakota may be warranted. This finding is based on our determination that the American Dipper in the Black Hills of South Dakota does not constitute a valid DPS and, therefore, cannot be considered a listable entity pursuant to section 3(15) of the Act. Therefore, we will not initiate a status review to determine if listing this species is warranted in response to this petition. However, the public may submit to us new information concerning the species, its status or threats to it at any time.
Notice of Realty Action
Document Number: E6-1010
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
304 acres of public land, located in Washington County, Utah, has been examined and found suitable for classification for lease to the City of Hurricane under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, as amended.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease COC66903
Document Number: E6-1009
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease COC66903 for lands in Phillips County, Colorado, was timely filed and was accompanied by all the required rentals accruing from the date of termination.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Approval of Tungsten-Iron-Copper-Nickel, Iron-Tungsten-Nickel Alloy, Tungsten-Bronze (Additional Formulation), and Tungsten-Tin-Iron Shot Types as Nontoxic for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots; Availability of Environmental Assessments
Document Number: 06-745
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (we, us, or USFWS) approves four shot types or alloys for hunting waterfowl and coots and changes the listing of approved nontoxic shot types to reflect the cumulative approvals of nontoxic shot types and alloys. In addition, we approve alloys of several metals because we have approved the metals individually at or near 100% in nontoxic shot. We have prepared a Final Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact in support of this decision.
Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 06-736
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below for the Lower Colorado River Well Inventory has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Barbour and Russell Counties, AL, and Stewart and Quitman Counties, GA
Document Number: 06-732
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, intends to gather information necessary to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and its implementing regulations. 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, plans identify wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. The purpose of this notice is to achieve the following: (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 document.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; New Mexico
Document Number: 06-520
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The plats of survey described below are scheduled to be officially filed in the New Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (30) thirty calendar days from the date of this publication.
Public Land Order No. 7650; Revocation of Public Land Order No. 852; Utah
Document Number: Z5-7485
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E6-906
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Water Management Plans
Document Number: E6-904
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The following Water Management Plans are available for review:
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E6-900
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
2006 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) Contest
Document Number: E6-885
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the dates and location of the 2006 Federal Duck Stamp contest, and the species eligible to be subjects for this year's designs. The 2006 contest will be the second contest to take place outside of Washington, DC. We invite the public to enter and to attend.
Filing of Plats of Survey; Nevada
Document Number: E6-849
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
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. Effective Dates: Filing is effective at 10 a.m. on the dates indicated below.
Submission of Information Collection to the Office of Management and Budget for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act
Document Number: E6-847
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is submitting an information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. The collection concerns the Student Transportation Form. We are requesting a renewal of clearance and requesting comments on this information collection.
National Environmental Policy Act Revised Implementing Procedures
Document Number: E6-775
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior
This notice announces the intent to revise the BLM policies and procedures for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended, Executive Order 11514, as amended, Executive Order 12114, and the Council on Environmental Quality's Regulations. When adopted, these procedures will be published in Part 516, Chapter 11, of the Departmental Manual (DM) and will be added to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Electronic Library of Interior Policies (ELIPS). ELIPS is located at: http://elips.doi.gov. The public can review the proposed Categorical Exclusion (CX) Analysis Reports on the Department of the Interior's Web site at http://www.doi.gov/oepcc or at the Bureau of Land Management's Web site at http://www.blm.gov/ planning. The BLM procedures were last updated May 19, 1992. The proposed revisions are necessary to update these procedures. BLM's current procedures can be found at: http://elips.doi.gov/appDM/act getfiles.cfm?nelnum=3621. The public is asked to review and comment on the proposed changes in Chapter 11 of the manual, including the newly proposed categorical exclusions (CXs).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
Document Number: 06-741
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the location and time of a public hearing to receive public comments on the proposal to establish a distinct population segment (DPS) of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) for the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and surrounding area and to remove the Yellowstone DPS from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Actions To Substantially Restore Natural Quiet to the Grand Canyon National Park and Public Scoping
Document Number: 06-708
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS), as co-leads in the environmental process, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. The EIS will address environmental and related impacts that may result from actions to be proposed and alternatives to be developed to achieve the statutory mandate of Public Law 100-91 (``commonly know as the Overflights Act''); to provide for the substantial restoration of the natural quiet and experience of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). The Presidential Memorandum dated April 22, 1996, Earth Day Initiative, Parks for Tomorrow calls for substantial restoration of natural quiet in the GCNP to be achieved by 2008. ``Substantial restoration of natural quiet'' has been defined by the NPS to mean that 50 percent or more of the park will achieve natural quiet (i.e., no aircraft audible) for 75 to 100 percent of the day. This undertaking is a follow-on to previous actions taken by the FAA, in cooperation with the NPS, since December 1996. The FAA and NPS are inviting the public, agencies, and other interested parties to provide comments, suggestions, and input regarding: (1) The scope, issues, and concerns related to the development of proposed and alternative actions at Grand Canyon National Park that provide for the substantial restoration of the natural quiet and experience of the park and protection of public health and safety from significant adverse effects associated with all aircraft overflights; (2) past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions which, when considered with any alternatives, may result in significant cumulative impacts; and, (3) potential alternatives. The scoping process for this EIS will include three public meetings and a ninety-day comment period for interested agencies and parties to submit oral and/or written comments representing the concerns and issues they believe should be addressed. Please submit any written comments within ninety-days from the date of this Notice, or no later than April 27, 2006. Address your comments to: Docket Management System, Doc No. FAA-2005-23402, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. The purpose of this Notice is to inform Federal, State, local government agencies, and the public of the intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and to conduct a public and agency scoping process. Information, data, opinions, and comments obtained throughout the scoping process will be considered in preparing the Draft EIS. To maximize the opportunities for public participation in this environmental process, the FAA and NPS will also publish notices in the major local newspapers in the vicinity of the study area.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Petitions To Reclassify the Florida Scrub-Jay From Threatened to Endangered
Document Number: 06-551
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on two petitions to reclassify the Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find the petitions do not provide substantial scientific information indicating that reclassification of the Florida scrub-jay may be warranted. Therefore, we will not initiate a further status review in response to these petitions. However, the public may submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of the species or threats to it at any time.
Proposed Information Collection Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-816
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) invites comments on two information collection requests which will be renewed. The two collections are: Class III Gaming Procedures, 1076-0149, and Tribal Revenue Allocation Plans, 1076-0150.
Proposed Programmatic Statewide Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Agreement, Florida
Document Number: E6-797
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWC or Applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit (ESP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The ESP application includes a proposed Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, (Picoides borealis) (RCW), for a period of 99 years. If approved, the Agreement would allow the Applicant to issue Certificates of Inclusion (CI) throughout the State of Florida to eligible non-Federal landowners that complete an approved Safe Harbor Management Agreement (SHMA). We announce the opening of a 30-day comment period and request comments from the public on the Applicant's ESP application; the accompanying proposed Agreement, and the supporting Environmental Action Statement (EAS) Screening Form. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the official administrative record and may be made available to the public, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act. For further information and instructions on reviewing and commenting on this application, see the ADDRESSES section, below.
San Luis Unit Long-Term Contract Renewal
Document Number: E6-796
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is extending the comment period for the DEIS to April 3, 2006. The notice of availability of the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2005 (70 FR 57324). The public comment period was originally to end on November 21, 2005. A notice to extend the comment period to January 17, 2006 was published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2005 (70 FR 72652).
Notice of Extension of the Public Comment Period for the Ring of Fire Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-774
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces an extension of the public comment period on the Ring of Fire Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS). The original notice issued September 30, 2005, provided for a comment period to end on December 29, 2005. BLM is extending the comment period until January 30, 2006.
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E6-760
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-616
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Choctaw 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 manages 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, plans identify wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. Significant issues addressed in the draft plan include: threatened and endangered species, waterfowl management, neotropical migratory birds, bottomland hardwood restoration, fisheries management, visitor services, funding and staffing, cultural resources, and land protection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-731
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. The title of this information collection request (ICR) is ``30 CFR Part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil; Sale of Federal Royalty Gas; and Commercial Contracts (Forms MMS-4070, Application for the Purchase of Royalty Oil; MMS-4071, Letter of Credit; and MMS-4072, Royalty-in-Kind Contract Surety Bond).'' We changed the title of this ICR to clarify the regulatory language we are covering under 30 CFR part 208 and to include relevant portions of the Royalty-In-Kind (RIK) 5-Year Business Plan. The title change also reflects OMB's approval of consolidation of five RIK-related ICRs. Those ICRs were titled: 1010-0042: 30 CFR part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil; Royalty-in-Kind (RIK) Program (Form MMS-4070, Application for the Purchase of Royalty Oil); 1010-0119: 30 CFR part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil, Royalty Oil Sales to Eligible Refiners (30 CFR 208.4(a) and (d)); 1010-0126: Royalty-In-Kind (RIK) Pilot Program Directed Communications by Operators of Federal Oil and Gas Leases; 1010-0129: Royalty-in-Kind Pilot ProgramOffers, Financial Statements, and Surety Instruments for Sales of Royalty Oil and Gas; and 1010-0135: 30 CFR 208.11(a), (b), (d), and (e)Surety Requirements (Forms MMS-4071 and MMS-4072). In the five ICRs, much of the general information was repeated and cross referenced. This consolidated ICR 1010-0119 eliminates that duplication of effort and redundancy of data and provides for review of all RIK information collection requirements on a program-wide basis.
Notice of Public Meeting, Coos Bay Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E6-713
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District Resource Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on February 16, 2006, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ellen Warring Learning Center at the Bureau of Land Management's New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The Ellen Warring Learning Center is located at 86342 Croft Lake Lane, Bandon, OR 97411. The purpose of this meeting will be for the election of a Chair person, provide updates on budget and project status, and a field tour. There will be an opportunity for the public to address the Coos Bay District Resource Advisory Committee at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Recovery Plan for the Tidewater Goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi)
Document Number: E6-696
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) announce the availability of the Recovery Plan for the Tidewater Goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi). The tidewater goby is a small fish that inhabits coastal brackish water habitats entirely within California, ranging from Tillas Slough (mouth of the Smith River, Del Norte County) near the Oregon border south to Agua Hedionda Lagoon (northern San Diego County).
[WY-957-05-1420-BJ]
Document Number: E6-694
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to file the plats of surveys of the lands described below thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this publication in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming.