Department of the Interior October 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reorganization of Title 30, Code of Federal Regulations
Document Number: C1-2010-24721
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
BOEMRE Information Collection Activity: 1010-0043, Oil and Gas Well-Workover Operations, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-27443
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
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 250, subpart F, ``Oil and Gas Well-Workover Operations,'' and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Notice of Invitation To Participate; Exploration for Coal in Colorado License Application COC-74447
Document Number: 2010-27393
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
All interested parties are hereby invited to participate with Williams Fork Land Company on a pro rata cost-sharing basis, in a program for the exploration of coal deposits owned by the United States of America in lands located in Moffat and Routt Counties, Colorado.
Notice of Intent To Solicit Nominations: Pinedale Anticline Working Group, Wyoming
Document Number: 2010-27391
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Nominations are being solicited for nine positions on the Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG).
Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation, and Restoration Plan, California
Document Number: 2010-27364
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Federal joint lead agencies, and the State of California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), acting as the California Environmental Quality Act State lead agency, have made available for public review and comment the Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation, and Restoration Plan (SMP) Draft EIS/EIR. The SMP is a comprehensive 30-year plan designed to address various conflicts regarding use of resources within approximately 51,000 acres of the Suisun Marsh (Marsh), with the focus on achieving an acceptable multi- stakeholder approach to the restoration of tidal wetlands and the enhancement of managed wetlands and their functions.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Procedures
Document Number: 2010-27356
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has amended its Departmental Manual (DM) by adding a new chapter to provide supplementary requirements for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) within the Department's Office of Native Hawaiian Relations. The change to the DM was published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2009. No comments were received on the DM change. By publishing these changes in the Federal Register, DOI intends to promote greater transparency and accountability to the public and enhance cooperative conservation.
Notice of Cancellation of Public Meeting: Resource Advisory Councils, Nevada
Document Number: 2010-27355
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada has cancelled a joint meeting of its three Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) previously scheduled to be held on November 4 and 5, 2010 in Sparks, Nevada. The meeting will be rescheduled in early 2011.
Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Elko and White Pine Counties, NV; Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2010-27349
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located in Elko and White Pine Counties of Nevada. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.
Idaho: Filing of Plats of Survey
Document Number: 2010-27348
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has officially filed the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Idaho State Office, Boise, Idaho, effective 9:00 a.m., on the date specified.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey, Wyoming
Document Number: 2010-27342
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
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.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey, Nebraska
Document Number: 2010-27341
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to file the plats of survey of the lands described below thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this publication in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Habitat Conservation Plan for Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Operation, Maintenance, and Minor New Construction Activities in the North Coast, Central Coast, Sacramento Valley, Sierra, and Mojave Regions, CA
Document Number: 2010-27338
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regarding an expected application from Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for a permit authorizing incidental take of Federally listed species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA).We are revising our previous notice of intent (NOI) of November 2008 in order to gather information necessary to prepare a joint EIS/environmental impact report (EIR) on the habitat conservation plan (HCP) for PG&E's operation, maintenance, and minor new construction activities in the North Coast, Central Coast, Sacramento Valley, and Sierra regions.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey, Alaska
Document Number: 2010-27335
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey, Alaska.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Removal of Listed Property
Document Number: 2010-27323
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Proposed Move of Listed Property
Document Number: 2010-27321
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2010-27320
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats; Draft National Plan
Document Number: 2010-27340
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announces the availability for public review of a draft national plan to assist States, Federal agencies, and tribes in managing white-nose syndrome in bats. This draft plan was prepared by representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Forest Service; U.S. Department of Defense's Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and FWS; St. Regis Mohawk Tribe; Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; Missouri Department of Conservation; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Pennsylvania Game Commission; Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The FWS is requesting review and comment on the draft plan from all interested parties.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Blythe Solar Power Project and Associated Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Resource Management Plan, Riverside County, California
Document Number: 2010-27285
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan (the applicable Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the project site and the surrounding areas) located in the California Desert District. The Secretary of the Interior signed the ROD on October 22, 2010, which constitutes the final decision of the Department.
Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-27248
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, U.s. Geological Survey, Geological Survey
Pursuant to Public Law 106-503, the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee (SESAC) will hold its next meeting at the campus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), President's Board Room, Pasadena, California 91126. The Committee is comprised of members from academia, industry, and State government. The Committee shall advise the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on matters relating to the USGS's participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The focus of the meeting will be a review of the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program's activities in southern California, including the multi-hazards demonstration project and earthquake early warning prototype development. The committee will also discuss USGS monitoring activities, international work, and USGS role within the four-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Although meetings of the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee are open to the public, seating may be limited due to room capacity.
Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council
Document Number: 2010-27217
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council (Council) was established by the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93-320) (Act) to receive reports and advise Federal agencies on implementing the Act. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Reclamation announces that the Council will meet as detailed below. The meeting of the Council is open to the public.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 30 CFR Part 874 (1029-0113)
Document Number: 2010-27163
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-28
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 request for 30 CFR part 874General Reclamation Requirements, has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden and cost.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Status and Designation of Critical Habitat for Spikedace and Loach Minnow
Document Number: 2010-26477
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to change the status of spikedace (Meda fulgida) and loach minnow (Tiaroga cobitis) from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and to designate critical habitat for both species. In total, we are proposing approximately 1,168 kilometers (726 mi) of streams as critical habitat for spikedace, and 1,141 kilometers (709 miles) of streams as critical habitat for loach minnow. The proposed critical habitat is located in Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties, Arizona, and Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo Counties in New Mexico.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 2010-27215
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
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.
Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; National Park Police Personal History Statement
Document Number: 2010-27213
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
We (National Park Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2010. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.
Federal Land Managers' Air Quality Related Values Work Group (FLAG)
Document Number: 2010-27211
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
On July 8, 2008 (FR39039), the National Park Service, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, announced the availability of, and solicited comments on, the draft FLAG Phase I ReportREVISED. The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of the final revised FLAG report, and the accompanying Response to Public Comments document. The Federal Land Managers' Air Quality Related Values Work Group (FLAG) was formed (1) to develop a more consistent and objective approach for the Federal Land Managers (FLMs), i.e., National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (the Agencies), to evaluate air pollution effects on their air quality related values (AQRVs); and (2) to provide State permitting authorities and potential permit applicants consistency on how to assess the impacts of new and existing sources on AQRVs. The FLAG effort focuses on the effects of the air pollutants that could affect the health and status of resources in areas managed by the three agencies, primarily such pollutants as ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrates, and sulfates. FLAG formed subgroups that concentrated on four issues: (1) Terrestrial effects of ozone; (2) aquatic and terrestrial effects of wet and dry pollutant deposition; (3) visibility; and (4) process and policy issues. In December 2000, after undergoing a public review and comment process that included a 90-day public comment period announced in the Federal Register and a public meeting, the FLMs published a final Phase I report (FLAG 2000), along with an accompanying ``Response to Public Comments'' document. FLAG 2000 has been a useful tool to the FLMs, State permitting authorities, and permit applicants. It was intended to be a working document that would be revised as necessary as the FLMs learn more about how to better assess the health and status of AQRVs. Based on knowledge gained and regulatory developments since FLAG 2000, the FLMs believe certain revisions to FLAG 2000 are now appropriate. The final revised report reflects those changes. During the 60-day public comment period on the draft report, the Agencies received 22 comment letters from various constituencies (e.g., State air regulatory agencies, concerned citizens, environmental groups, industry representatives, Tribal representatives). These commenters raised specific concerns, and many supported the proposed revisions in general and thought that the changes were warranted and helpful. The Agencies considered all comments received and revised the draft FLAG report accordingly. The Agencies also prepared an accompanying ``Response to Public Comments'' document that discusses the public comments and provides the Agencies' rationale for accepting or rejecting the comment. The Agencies did not make any major technical or policy changes from the draft revised report. However, we made some editorial changes and inserted clarifying language as a result of comments received, and reformatted the report to make it more reader friendly.
Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2010-27210
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service is seeking public comments and suggestions on the planning of the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting and the subsequent 23 day event.
Proposed Information Collection; International Conservation Grant Programs
Document Number: 2010-27205
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2011. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0094; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports-Native Endangered and Threatened Species
Document Number: 2010-27202
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2010. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.
Notice of Public Meeting, National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Advisory Board
Document Number: 2010-27155
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (NHOTIC) Advisory Board will meet as indicated below:
Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Document Number: 2010-27138
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
This notice supplements the list of ``Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs,'' published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2010, and announces that, as of October 1, 2010, the Shinnecock Indian Nation is an Indian entity recognized and eligible to receive services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Application for Enhancement of Survival Permit, New England Cottontail, Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack, Cheshire, and Strafford Counties, NH
Document Number: 2010-27001
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Deparment of the Interior
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFGD) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an Enhancement of Survival Permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended. The requested permit would authorize take of the New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis; hereafter, NEC) resulting from certain habitat improvement and land use activities should the species be listed as endangered or threatened in the future. The permit application includes a proposed Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) between the NHFGD and the Service. In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), we have prepared a draft categorical exclusion of the impacts of the requested permit. We are accepting comments on the permit application, proposed CCAA, and draft NEPA document.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Removal of Listed Property
Document Number: 2010-27058
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2010-27057
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting for the Peony, Pole Pick, and Frank Burge Seed Orchards; Washington
Document Number: 2010-27052
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The United States Forest Service (USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6952 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 6952 withdrew approximately 110 acres of National Forest System land from location and entry under the United States mining laws in order to protect the integrity and functionality of the seed orchards, along with the investment of Federal funds at the Peony, Pole Pick, and Frank Burge Seed Orchards. The withdrawal created by PLO No. 6952 will expire on November 11, 2012, unless extended. This notice also gives an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and to request a public meeting.
Alaska Native Claims Selection
Document Number: 2010-27050
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management will issue an appealable decision to The Aleut Corporation. The decision will approve the conveyance of only the surface estate for certain lands pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The lands are located on the Rat Islands, west of Adak, Alaska, aggregating 191.31 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News.
Alaska Native Claims Selection
Document Number: 2010-27048
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management will issue an appealable decision to Bristol Bay Native Corporation. The decision will approve the conveyance of the surface and subsurface estates for certain lands pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The lands are located southwesterly of Manokotak, Alaska, aggregating 31.96 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News.
Notice of Application for a Recordable Disclaimer of Interest; NM
Document Number: 2010-27047
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Mr. Carlos Ortega, Jr., has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a Disclaimer of Interest from the United States pursuant to Section 315 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), and the regulations contained in 43 CFR subpart 1864 for the surface estate of land lying along the right bank of the Rio Caliente river in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. This Notice provides the public an opportunity to comment on the Disclaimer of Interest application.
Notice of Realty Action: Segregation To Consider Proposed Sale of Public Lands in Blaine County, ID
Document Number: 2010-27041
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Shoshone Field Office, proposes to sell a parcel of public land totaling approximately 3.4 acres in Blaine County, Idaho, to the Point of Rocks Ranch, LLC under the provisions of the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), at no less than the appraised fair market value.
Notice of Closure to Motorized Vehicle Travel on Public Lands in the Big Pole Fire Area in Tooele County, UT
Document Number: 2010-27030
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Notice is hereby given that a temporary closure to motorized vehicle travel was implemented as of May 17, 2010. This closure affects 27,100 acres of public land administered by the Salt Lake Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), within the Big Pole Fire area in Tooele County, Utah.
Notice Reopening the Call for Nominations for the New Mexico Resource Advisory Councils
Document Number: 2010-27029
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The purpose of this notice is to reopen the nomination period for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) New Mexico Resource Advisory Councils (RAC). The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the public lands within their geographic areas.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Calico Solar Project and Associated Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Resource Management Plan-Amendment, San Bernardino County, CA
Document Number: 2010-27027
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for a right-of-way (ROW) lease/grant to Calico Solar Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) for the Calico Solar Project (formerly SES Solar One) and an associated Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Resource Management Plan (CDCA Plan). The Calico Solar Project is located in San Bernardino County, California. The Secretary of the Interior signed the ROD on October 20, 2010, which constitutes the final decision of the Department. The ROD and the Approved Plan Amendment are effective immediately.
Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2011 Season
Document Number: 2010-27016
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) proposes migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2011 season. These regulations will enable the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska and prescribe regional information on when and where the harvesting of birds may occur. These regulations were developed under a co-management process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. The rulemaking is necessary because the regulations governing the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska are subject to annual review. This rulemaking proposes region- specific regulations that go into effect on April 2, 2011, and expire on August 31, 2011.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit, Santa Barbara County, CA
Document Number: 2010-27002
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from Pacific Renewable Energy Generation LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are considering issuing an incidental take permit (ITP) that would authorize the applicant's take of the federally endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly incidental to otherwise lawful activities that would result in the loss of Coast Buckwheat, which serves as butterfly habitat. We invite comments from the public on the application, which includes the Geotechnical Boring Project Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), and on our preliminary determination that the HCP qualifies as a low-effect plan that is eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of Protections for the Gray Wolf in the Northern Rocky Mountains in Compliance With a Court Order
Document Number: 2010-26765
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing this final rule to comply with a court order that has the effect of reinstating the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), for the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in most of the northern Rocky Mountains. Pursuant to the District of Montana court order dated August 5, 2010, this rule corrects the gray wolf listing for the northern half of Montana, the northern panhandle of Idaho, the eastern third of Washington and Oregon, and north-central Utah as endangered and reinstates the former special rules designating the gray wolf in the remainder of Montana and Idaho as nonessential experimental populations. Because ESA protections were not removed in Wyoming by our April 2, 2009 (74 FR 15123), final delisting rule, Wyoming is not impacted by this final rule.
Odessa Subarea Special Study; Adams, Franklin, Grant, and Lincoln Counties, Washington INT-DES 10-54
Document Number: 2010-26865
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is notifying the public that Reclamation and the State of Washington have prepared a Draft EIS for the Odessa Subarea Special Study. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is a joint lead with Reclamation in the preparation of this Draft EIS, which will also be used to comply with requirements of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The purpose of Reclamation's Odessa Subarea Special Study is to evaluate alternatives to replace groundwater supply with surface water to irrigate existing, groundwater-irrigated acres in the Odessa Ground Water Management Subarea. Measurements of groundwater levels in wells have shown a substantial decline in much of the Odessa Subarea since the 1980s, which are the earliest available measurements. This has prompted public concern about the declining aquifers and associated economic and other effects, which resulted in a directive by the U.S. Congress and the Washington State legislature to investigate the problem.
U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission Adopts an Annual Taking Limit for the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population
Document Number: 2010-26864
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
On June 9, 2010, by unanimous vote, the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission established by the ``Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Conservation and Management of the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population,'' signed at Washington, DC, on October 16, 2000, adopted a limit to the take of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population. The decision of the Commission is that the total take should be limited to 58 bears per year to be shared between the United States of America and the Russian Federation. Both the United States and the Russian Federation are proceeding to implement the decision of the Commission.
Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2010-26834
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
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 (ESA) prohibits activities with listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activities. The ESA laws require that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.
Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits
Document Number: 2010-26833
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have issued the following permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals or both. We issue these permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-26738
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Rockwood Manor Park, 11001 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, Maryland 20854.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit/Environmental Impact Statement, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Document Number: 2010-26733
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit, Point Reyes National Seashore, California. Pursuant to section 124 of Public Law 111-88, the Secretary of the Interior has the discretionary authority to issue a special use permit for a period of 10 years to Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) for its shellfish operation at Point Reyes National Seashore. The existing Reservation of Use and Occupancy and associated special use permit held by DBOC will expire on November 30, 2012. DBOC has submitted a request for the issuance of a new permit upon expiration of the existing permit. On behalf of the Secretary, the National Park Service will use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to engage the public and evaluate the effects of continuing the commercial operation within the national seashore. The results of the NEPA process will be used to inform the decision of whether a new special use permit should be issued to DBOC for a period of 10 years. A scoping letter has been prepared that details the purpose, need, and objectives of the EIS and provides an overview of the NEPA process. Copies of that information may be obtained online at (see Web site below) or from the office of the Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 (415) 464- 5162.