Notice of November 7, 2009 Meeting for Flight 93 National Memorial Advisory Commission
This notice sets the date of the November 7, 2009 meeting of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission.
Amendment to the Incidental Take Permit for the San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan in San Mateo County, CA
On May 20, 2009, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, made a FONSI determination for the action described in the final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Amendment. As authorized by the Endangered Species Act, as amended (Act), we issued an amended Incidental Take Permit to the Cities of Brisbane, South San Francisco, and Daly City, and the County of San Mateo, subject to certain conditions set forth in the permit.
Notice of Public Meeting: Northwest California Resource Advisory Council
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest California Resource Advisory Council will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides on Bureau of Land Management Lands, Oregon
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides on BLM Lands in Oregon (Vegetation Treatments DEIS) and by this Notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, DC; Notice of Availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Proposed West Potomac Park Levee Project
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Park Service (NPS) NEPA guidelines, NPS prepared and, from January 30 to March 2, 2009, made available for a 30-day public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluating the potential impacts of proposed improvements to the existing West Potomac Park Levee System which extends from 23rd Street, NW., to the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. The goal of this project is to improve the reliability of the existing levee in order to meet the current post- Hurricane Katrina standards for flood protection as required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The existing levee protects much of the monumental core and large portions of downtown Washington, DC.
Rock Creek Park; Notice of extension of public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Rock Creek Park
The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public comment period through November 2, 2009, for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Rock Creek Park.
2008-2009 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations-Modifications; Corrections
On September 3, 2009, we published a final rule in the Federal Register implementing pertinent refuge-specific regulations and amending other existing refuge-specific regulations that pertain to migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting, big game hunting, and sport fishing for the 2008-2009 season. The rule contained errors in the amendatory language and the regulatory text. This document corrects those errors.
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Ouachita Parish, LA
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Black Bayou Lake NWR) for public review and comment. In this Draft CCP/EA, we describe the alternative we propose to use to manage this refuge for the 15 years following approval of the final CCP.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the draft post-delisting monitoring plan for the brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) (draft PDM Plan, Draft Monitoring Plan). The Endangered Species Act (Act) requires that we implement a system, in cooperation with the States, to monitor effectively, for at least 5 years, the status of all species that have been recovered and no longer need the protection afforded by the Act (i.e. delisted). The brown pelican has been proposed to be removed from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plants due to recovery. If the brown pelican is removed from the list, we propose to monitor the status of the brown pelican over a 10-year period from 2010 through 2020, through annual evaluation of information collected by the States of California, Texas, and Louisiana; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the West Indies; Mexico; other partners; and the Service.
Amendment of the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and Issuance of an Amended Incidental Take Permit, Clark County, NV
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are advising the public that we intend to gather information necessary to prepare an EIS, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), on the proposed amendment of the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) and Incidental Take Permit (ITP). The proposed amendment is being prepared under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The Permittees are proposing to increase the amount of species habitat disturbance that is authorized under the existing MSHCP and ITP, expand the conservation program to minimize and mitigate for the increased disturbance, reduce the number of covered species, and revise the permit term of the MSHCP Amendment to 50 years. We provide this notice to obtain suggestions, comments, and useful information from other agencies and the public on the scope of the document, including the significant issues deserving of study, the range of alternatives, and the range of impacts to be considered.
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville, MT
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to gather information necessary to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and associated environmental documents for Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Stevensville, Montana. We furnish this notice in compliance with Service CCP policy to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.
Notice of Public Meeting
The Aniakchak National Monument Subsistence Resource Commission (ANIA SRC) will meet to develop and continue work on National Park Service (NPS) subsistence hunting program recommendations and other related subsistence management issues. This meeting is open to the public and will have time allocated for public testimony. The public is welcomed to present written or oral comments to the SRC. This meeting will be recorded and meeting minutes will be available upon request from the park superintendent for public inspection approximately six weeks after the meeting. The NPS SRC program is authorized under Title VIII, Section 808 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Public Law 96-487, to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Environmental Impact Statements; Comprehensive Trail Management Plan for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)), the National Park Service (NPS) is announcing its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a comprehensive trail management plan (TMP) for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Park). The TMP will evaluate alternatives for long-term development, management, sustainability, and accessibility of Park trails for current and new users as an integral part of a larger regional trail system. Two metropolitan park districts with significant park land holdings and trail networksCleveland Metroparks (CMP) and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County (MPSSC)have agreed to be cooperators in the preparation of the TMP/EIS.
Cherokee Nation Limited Mixed Beverage Sales Act
This notice publishes the legislation passed by the Cherokee Nation amending Cherokee Nation Legislative Act 09-04 that regulates and controls the possession, sale, and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands. The tribal lands are located in Indian country and this enactment allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. This law 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.
Filing of Plat of Survey-Montana
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, thirty (30) days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.
Grassland Bypass Project, Merced and Fresno Counties, CA
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Federal lead agency, and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (Authority), the State lead agency, have prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the continuation of the Grassland Bypass Project until December 31, 2019 (Project). Reclamation proposes to enter a Use Agreement with the Authority for the continued use of a portion of the San Luis Drain after 2009 to convey subsurface agricultural irrigation water to Mud Slough (North). The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board would need to revise their Basin Plan Amendment to delay compliance with selenium objectives for 2010 and amend the existing Waste Discharge Requirements for the Project in order to allow for anticipated drainage discharge into Mud Slough, and the Authority and the California Department of Fish and Game will need to amend their existing Memorandum of Understanding for the portion of Mud Slough North in the State's China Island Wildlife Area. Reclamation and the Authority would need to remove existing and future sediments from the affected portion of the San Luis Drain.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Revise Critical Habitat for the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to revise the critical habitat designation for the Florida subspecies (Trichechus manatus latirostris) of the endangered West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Based on our review, we find that the petition, in conjunction with information readily available in our files, presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that a revision of the critical habitat designation for the Florida manatee may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a review of the current critical habitat designation for the subspecies to determine how we intend to proceed with the revision. To ensure a comprehensive review, we seek information pertaining to the Florida manatee's essential habitat needs from any interested party.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-month Finding on a Petition To Revise Critical Habitat for Eriogonum pelinophilum
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 12-month finding on a petition to revise critical habitat for Eriogonum pelinophilum (clay-loving wild buckwheat) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a thorough review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that revisions to critical habitat for E. pelinophilum are warranted but precluded by other priorities. Given this finding, we intend to initiate rulemaking when we complete the higher priorities and we have the necessary resources to do so.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil, Gas, and Mineral Operations by the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region
Minerals Management Service (MMS), in accordance with Federal Regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), announces the availability of NEPA-related Site-Specific Environmental Assessments (SEA) and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), prepared by MMS for the following oil-, gas-, and mineral- related activities proposed on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS.
Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees
This final rule amends the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations to update some fees that cover the BLM's cost of processing certain documents relating to its mineral programs and some filing fees for mineral-related documents. These updates include fees for actions such as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, and lease consolidations.
Kaua`i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Kaua`i County, HI
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for the K[imacr]lauea Point, Hanalei, and Hul[emacr]`ia National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). We will also prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential effects of various CCP alternatives. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise the public, other Federal and State agencies, and Native Hawaiian organizations of our intentions and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process. We are also announcing public open house meetings and requesting public comments; see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details.
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation's Proposed Clean Fuels Refinery, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Ward County, ND
On August 28, 2009, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as co-lead agencies; and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as cooperating agencies, published a Notice of Availability for a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Clean Fuels Refinery (74 FR 44380). This notice announces an extension of the public comment period until October 28, 2009.
Notice of Final Supplementary Rules on Public Lands Managed by the Lake Havasu Field Office, Arizona and California
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office is issuing revised supplementary rules to implement decisions of the Lake Havasu Field Office Resource Management Plan (2007), to protect valuable and fragile natural and cultural resources, and to provide for public safety and enjoyment.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0177, Global Positioning System for MODUs, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
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 associated with 30 CFR 250, Subpart A, ``General,'' and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.
Issuance of Permits
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have issued the following permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species or marine mammals.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species. The Endangered Species Act requires that we invite public comment on these permit applications.
Notice of Proposed Renewal of Information Collection: OMB Control Number 1093-0005, Payments in Lieu of Taxes
In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Budget, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior (DOI), announces that it has submitted a request for proposed extension of an information collection to the Office of Management and Budget and requests public comments on this submission.
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; Revisions to an Existing System of Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of the Secretary, National Business Center, Aviation Management Directorate (AMD) is issuing public notice of its intent to modify an existing Privacy Act system of records, INTERIOR OS-12, ``Official Pilot Folders,'' (previously also known as AAS-97, ``Pilot Flight Time Report'', and as OAS-1, ``Official Pilot Folder''). The revisions will reflect the reorganization of the previous Office of Aircraft Services, with changes in office names, locations, contact numbers, and will also standardize the name and number of the system of records.
National Business Center, Financial Management & Budget Directorate; Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Amendments to Existing System of Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of the Secretary, National Business Center, Financial Management & Budget Directorate (NBC/FMB) is issuing public notice of its intent to modify an existing Privacy Act system of records, OS-13, ``Aircraft Services Administrative Management and Fiscal Records'' (formerly known as OS-08 and as OAS-2). The revisions will reflect a transfer of system ownership from the previous Office of Aircraft Services to the NBCFinancial Management & Budget Directorate (FMB), and will clarify and standardize the number of the system.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2009-10 Late Season
This rule prescribes special late-season migratory bird hunting regulations for certain tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands. This rule responds to tribal requests for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) recognition of their authority to regulate hunting under established guidelines. This rule allows the establishment of season bag limits and, thus, harvest at levels compatible with populations and habitat conditions.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds
This rule prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits for general waterfowl seasons and those early seasons for which States previously deferred selection. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. This rule permits the taking of designated species during the 2009-10 season.
Cadastral Survey: Notice of Availability of the Next Edition of the Manual of Surveying Instructions
This notice announces the availability of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) 2009 edition of the Manual of Surveying Instructions (Manual) to support implementation of the policy, responsibility, coordination, and procedures the BLM uses to conduct official surveys of Federal lands and ownership interests delineated on the ground and described in the official records of the United States.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Revisions to the Existing System of Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of the Secretary, National Business Center, Aviation Management Directorate (NBC-AMD) is issuing public notice of its intent to modify an existing Privacy Act system of records, DOI-07, ``Federal and Non-Federal Aviation Personnel, Equipment, and Mishap Information System.'' The revisions will reflect the reorganization of the old Office of Aircraft Services into the current Aviation Management Directorate, with changes in office names, locations, and contact numbers. Further updates reflect the implementation of a new electronic Interagency Aviation Accident Database (IAAD) used for querying the collection of aviation accident and incident-with- potential (IWP) reports compiled by the USDA Forest Service and NBC-AMD for trend analysis of factors contributing to aviation mishaps. It also serves a secondary function as an archive of aviation accident and IWP investigation documents.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey, Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has filed the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the dates indicated.
Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Dillingham, AK
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce the availability of our Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (Togiak Refuge). In this revised CCP, we describe how we will manage this refuge for the next 15 years.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) prescribes final late-season frameworks from which States may select season dates, limits, and other options for the 2009-10 migratory bird hunting seasons. These late seasons include most waterfowl seasons, the earliest of which commences on September 26, 2009. The effect of this final rule is to facilitate the States' selection of hunting seasons and to further the annual establishment of the late-season migratory bird hunting regulations.
Walker River Basin Acquisition Program Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Nevada
The Bureau of Reclamation is reopening the comment period for the DEIS to Monday, October 5, 2009. The notice of availability of the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on July 24, 2009 (74 FR 36737). The public review period ended on September 14, 2009.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Concho Water Snake
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Concho water snake (Nerodia paucimaculata). The draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan describes the methods we propose to monitor the status of the snake and its habitat, in cooperation with the State of Texas and other conservation partners, for a 15-year period if we remove this species from the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife under another pending action. The draft PDM plan also provides a strategy for identifying and responding to any future population declines or habitat alterations.
Public Land Order No. 7736; Partial Revocation of the Bureau of Reclamation Order Dated February 19, 1952; California
This order revokes a Bureau of Reclamation Order insofar as it affects 20 acres of National Forest System land withdrawn for reclamation purposes. This order also opens the land to exchange.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0176, Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf Forms, Extension of a Collection; Comment Request
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will resubmit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The resubmission of this information collection request (ICR) is necessary to include forms we have developed to clarify and facilitate submission of certain paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 285, Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf. The new forms are Forms MMS-0002, MMS-0003, MMS-0004, MMS-0005, and MMS-0006. These forms will entail no additional information collection burden to that already approved by OMB for the 30 CFR 285 regulations.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-NEW, Alaska Subsistence Study, Notice of a New Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
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 for approval of the paperwork requirements in the study being conducted in Alaska, Alaska Subsistence Study. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0051
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 to continue the collection of information for 30 CFR part 840Permanent Program Inspection and Enforcement Procedures. This information collection activity was previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and assigned control number 10290051.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Recovery Plan for the Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis)
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the Revised Recovery Plan for the Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis). This species, found only on Laysan Island and Midway Atoll in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, was federally listed as endangered in 1967.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Oregon Chub
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the comment period on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) and an amended required determinations section of the proposal. We are reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Oregon chub, the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations section. If you submitted comments previously, you do not need to resubmit them because we have already incorporated them into the public record and will fully consider them in preparation of the final rule. We also announce a public hearing; the public is invited to review and comment on any of the above actions associated with the proposed critical habitat designation at the public hearing or in writing.
Information Collection for Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants; Comment Request
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), in the Office of the Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs, is seeking comments on a proposed information collection related to grants provided under the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP). Indian tribes whose lands are held in trust or restricted status may be considered for grants for energy and mineral development projects under the EMDP if they provide certain information as part of an application. Once an application is accepted, the Indian tribe must then submit reports regarding the progress of their project. This notice requests comments on the information collection associated with the application and progress reports.