Department of the Interior May 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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White House National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction and the U.S. National Platform for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Document Number: 2014-11090
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Department of the Interior
Pursuant to Public Law 106-148, the U.S National Platform for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)facilitated by the White House National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction (SDR), which is co-chaired by the U.S. Geological Surveyplans on hosting a listening session at the 39th Annual Natural Hazards Center Workshop (Interlocken A, Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado) to hear multi-sectoral perspectives from non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, local and state governments, and private corporations on the development of UNISDR's successor strategy to the Hyogo Framework for Action to be launched in 2015.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designating Critical Habitat for the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot
Document Number: 2014-10944
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the reopening of the public comment period on our October 16, 2012, proposed designation of critical habitat for the Neosho mucket (Lampsilis rafinesqueana) and rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica) mussels under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. In response to requests we received, we are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed designation of critical habitat, draft environmental assessment, and draft economic analysis. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in our determinations on this rulemaking action.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Status Reviews of Little Colorado Spinedace, Sentry Milk-Vetch, Siler Pincushion Cactus, Slender Rush-Pea, and Yuma Clapper Rail in the Southwest Region
Document Number: 2014-10928
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), of the threatened Little Colorado spinedace (Lepidomeda vittata), endangered sentry milk-vetch (Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax), threatened Siler pincushion cactus (Pediocactus (=Echinocactus,=Utahia) sileri), endangered slender rush-pea (Hoffmannseggia tenella), and the endangered Yuma clapper rail (Rallus longirostris yumanensis). A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information that has become available since our original listing of these five species or since the last 5-year review.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Threatened Status for the Rufa Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)
Document Number: 2014-10873
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the extension of the public comment period on our September 30, 2013, proposal to list the rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In accordance with section 4(b)(5) of the Act, we are holding a second public hearing in North Carolina. A public informational session will be held immediately preceding the public hearing. Extending the comment period until June 15, 2014, will allow all interested parties an opportunity to attend the second North Carolina public hearing and provide testimony and additional comments on the proposed rufa red knot listing. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Morris County, NJ; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2014-10673
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment (CCP/EA) for Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located in Morris County, New Jersey, for public review and comment. The draft CCP/EA describes our proposal for managing the refuge for the next 15 years. Also available for public review and comment are the draft findings of appropriateness and draft compatibility determinations for uses to be allowed upon initial completion of the plan, if alternative B is selected. These are included as appendix C in the draft CCP/EA.
Change of Address; Indian Child Welfare Act
Document Number: 2014-10934
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is amending its regulations to reflect a change of address for filing copies of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) notices to the Eastern Regional Director and to update the titles of ``Area Directors'' to ``Regional Directors.'' This technical amendment is a nomenclature change that updates and corrects BIA officials' titles and the address for filing ICWA notices to the Eastern Regional Director.
Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-10796
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
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.
Interim Suspension of Imports of Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe
Document Number: 2014-10890
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced an interim suspension on importation of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Zimbabwe during the 2014 season (on April 17, 2014, the Service revised this finding, primarily to clarify that the suspension applied only to elephants hunted on or after April 4, 2014). The decision to suspend importation of African elephant trophies taken in Zimbabwe was due primarily to the Service having insufficient information on the status of elephants in Zimbabwe and the current management program in Zimbabwe to determine that the killing of the animal whose trophy is intended for import into the United States would enhance the survival of the species.
Temporary Closures of Public Land in Washoe County, NV
Document Number: 2014-10834
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
As authorized under the provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, certain public land near Stead, Nevada, will be temporarily closed to all public use to provide for public safety during the 2014 Reno Air Racing Association Pylon Racing Seminar and the Reno National Championship Air Races.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Moapa Solar Energy Center Project, Clark County, NV
Document Number: 2014-10805
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Moapa Solar Energy Center Project. The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management signed the ROD on May 1, 2014, which constitutes the final decision of the Department.
Establishment of a New Fee Area at New River Gorge National River
Document Number: 2014-10795
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
This notice is to comply with section 804 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-447). The act requires agencies to give the public advance notice (6 months) of the establishment of a new recreation fee area. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia plans to collect the following expanded amenity recreation fees at the newly constructed Meadow Creek Campground beginning in late summer of 2014: $28 per night for an RV site with Electric and Water Hook-ups; $24 per night for an RV site with Electric Hook-ups but no site-specific water; $18 per night for a Tent Only site with Electric Hook-ups, but no site-specific water; $10 per night for a Tent Only site with No Hook-ups. Communal water spigots will be available to all campers, regardless of site type. Revenue will be used to cover the cost of collections at the campground and for deferred maintenance in the park.
Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-10794
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The Secretary of the Interior is giving notice of renewal of the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee. The Committee provides advice on the development of a specific reuse plan and on matters relating to the future uses of the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District within the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.
General Management Plan Amendment/Environmental Impact Statement, Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Tennessee and Georgia
Document Number: 2014-10793
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
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 terminating preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a general management plan (GMP) for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (Park), Tennessee and Georgia. Instead, the NPS will prepare two environmental assessments (EA) to support amendments to the 1987 general management plan, one for the Lookout Mountain Battlefield unit and one for the Moccasin Bend unit.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Contaminated Mine Drainage and Treatment Systems in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee
Document Number: 2014-10792
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the NPS will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Contaminated Mine Drainage and Treatment Systems in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. This notice initiates the pubic scoping process for this EIS.
Notice of Resource Advisory Council Meeting for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-10786
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Dominguez- Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA) Advisory Council (Council) will meet as indicated below.
Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat; Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat
Document Number: 2014-10504
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the ``Services'' or ``we''), propose to amend portions of our regulations, which implements the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Our regulation clarifies, interprets, and implements portions of the Act concerning the procedures and criteria used for adding species to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and designating and revising critical habitat. Specifically, we propose to amend portions of our regulations that clarify procedures for designating and revising critical habitat. The proposed amendments would make minor edits to the scope and purpose, add and remove some definitions, and clarify the criteria for designating critical habitat. These proposed amendments are based on the Services' review of the regulations and are intended to add clarity for the public, clarify expectations regarding critical habitat and provide for a credible, predictable, and simplified critical-habitat-designation process. Finally, the proposed amendments are also part of the Services' response to Executive Order 13563 (January 18, 2011), which directs agencies to review their existing regulations and, among other things, modify or streamline them in accordance with what has been learned.
Interagency Cooperation-Endangered Species Act of 1973, as Amended; Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat
Document Number: 2014-10503
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the ``Services'' or ``we'') propose to amend our regulations, which implements the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Our regulation establishes the procedural regulations governing interagency cooperation under section 7 of the Act. The Act requires Federal agencies, in consultation with and with the assistance of the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce, to insure that their actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat of such species. In 1986, the Services established a definition for ``destruction or adverse modification'' (Sec. 402.02) that was found to be invalid by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth (2001) and Ninth (2004) Circuits. We propose to amend our regulations to replace the invalidated definition with one that is consistent with the Act and the circuit court opinions. Finally, the proposed amendment is part of the Services' response to Section 6 of Executive Order 13563 (January 18, 2011), which directs agencies to analyze their existing regulations and, among other things, modify or streamline them in accordance with what has been learned.
Policy Regarding Implementation of Section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2014-10502
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, announce a draft policy on exclusions from critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. This draft policy provides the Services' position on how we consider partnerships and conservation plans, conservation plans permitted under section 10 of the Act, tribal lands, national security and homeland security impacts and military lands, Federal lands, and economic impacts in the exclusion process. This draft policy is meant to complement the amendments to our regulations regarding impact analyses of critical habitat designations and is intended to clarify expectations regarding critical habitat and provide for a credible, predictable, and simplified critical-habitat- exclusion process.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2014-10643
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Status for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse With Special Rule and Designation of Critical Habitat
Document Number: 2014-10640
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the locations and dates of public hearings to receive public comments on the October 28, 2013, proposed listing, critical habitat designation, and special rule for the bi-State distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).
Notice of Availability of the Draft Cottonwood Resource Management Plan Amendment for Domestic Sheep Grazing and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Idaho
Document Number: 2014-10507
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment for Domestic Sheep Grazing and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Pinedale Field Office, Pinedale, Wyoming.
Document Number: 2014-10498
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) intends to prepare a resource management plan (RMP) amendment with an associated environmental assessment (EA) to close approximately 5,120 acres to oil and gas leasing and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Bird Canyon Natural Gas Infill Project, Lincoln and Sublette Counties, WY
Document Number: 2014-10489
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Bird Canyon Natural Gas Infill Project and by this notice announces the opening of the scoping period. The plan of development for this project proposes that 348 natural gas wells be drilled on public lands in the 17,612 acre Bird Canyon project area.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status and Designation of Critical Habitat for Arabis georgiana (Georgia Rockcress)
Document Number: 2014-10399
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the September 12, 2013, proposed rule to list Arabis georgiana (Georgia rockcress) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act); the reopening of the public comment period on the September 12, 2013, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for A. georgiana; the amended required determinations section of the proposed rule to designate critical habitat; and the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) for the proposed designation of critical habitat. We are reopening both proposed rules' comment periods to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed rules, the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations section. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rules.
Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2014-10570
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-08
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 Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
Notice of Public Meetings: Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council, Nevada
Document Number: 2014-10567
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will hold two meetings in Nevada in fiscal year 2014. The meetings are open to the public.
Filing of Plats of Survey; NV
Document Number: 2014-10561
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
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.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Florida Leafwing and Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak Butterflies
Document Number: 2014-10533
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the August 15, 2013, proposed designation of critical habitat for the Florida leafwing (Anaea troglodyta floridalis) and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak (Strymon acis bartrami) butterflies under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are proposing to revise the previously proposed critical habitat for these species by including hydric pine flatwoods in their primary constituent elements and by increasing the size of the Everglades National Park Unit for each butterfly to 7,994 acres (ac) (3,235 hectares (ha)). In total, we are proposing to designate as critical habitat 10,561 ac (4,273 ha) in four units for the Florida leafwing, and 11,539 ac (4,670 ha) in seven units for the Bartram's scrub-hairstreak; all units are located within Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) and an amended required determinations section for the proposed determination. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the revised proposed rule, the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations section. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To Delist the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou and Proposed Rule To Amend the Listing
Document Number: 2014-09601
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to delist the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou). This species is currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that delisting the species is not warranted, but rather, a revision to the current listed entity to define a distinct population segment (DPS), consistent with our 1996 distinct population segment policy, is appropriate. As such, we propose to amend the current listing of the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou by defining the Southern Mountain Caribou DPS, which includes the currently listed southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou, and we propose to designate the status of the Southern Mountain Caribou DPS as threatened under the Act. If we finalize this rule as proposed, the Southern Mountain Caribou DPS will be listed as threatened under the Act. This DPS includes the currently listed southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou, a transboundary population that moves between British Columbia, Canada, and northern Idaho and northeastern Washington, United States. We have determined that the approximately 30,010 acres (12,145 hectares) designated as critical habitat on November 28, 2012 (77 FR 71042), for the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou is applicable to the U.S. portion of the proposed Southern Mountain Caribou DPS and, as such, reaffirm the existing critical habitat for the DPS should the proposed amendment to the listed entity become final.
Notice of a Hazardous Waste Temporary Closure in Tooele County, Utah
Document Number: 2014-10508
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This is a notice of a temporary closure of certain public lands in Toole County, Utah administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Salt Lake Field Office. This closure is being made to protect public safety due to a release of hazardous waste at the site.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Wood Bison in Alaska
Document Number: 2014-10506
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in cooperation with the State of Alaska, will reestablish the wood bison, a federally threatened species, in historical habitat in central Alaska. We will reestablish the wood bison under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), and will classify any populations reestablished in the nonessential experimental population (NEP) area as part of the NEP identified in this rule. This final rule also establishes provisions under which wood bison in Alaska will be managed, and provides a plan for establishing the NEP and allowing for legal incidental taking of wood bison within the defined NEP area.
Notice of Public Meeting, Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2014-10456
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Public Meeting for the Trinity Wild and Scenic River Withdrawal
Document Number: 2014-10449
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) (43 U.S.C. 1714) this notice schedules a public meeting to be conducted to provide information and solicit comments on the proposed withdrawal of lands along the Trinity Wild and Scenic River (TRWSR) in Trinity County, California. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the United States Forest Service (USFS) will address the proposed withdrawals of the federal lands (BLM/CACA 54196) and Forest System Lands under management of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, (USFS/ CACA 54303). The meeting will be open to the public and conducted in a workshop format. The public is invited to provide written comments on the proposed withdrawals, by submitting cards provided at the meeting.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2014-10400
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Realty Action: Segregation of Land for a Non-Competitive (Direct) Sale of Public Land in Gilpin County, Colorado
Document Number: 2014-10482
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to sell four parcels of public land totaling 6.72 acres in Gilpin County, Colorado, to the City of Black Hawk (Black Hawk) under the direct sale provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), for not less than the fair market value.
Boundary Adjustment at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Document Number: 2014-10370
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The boundary of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is adjusted to include four parcels of land totaling 287.99 acres of land, more or less. Fee simple interest in the land will be donated to the United States. The properties are located in Sussex County, New Jersey, and Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the current boundary of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for Merced River Comprehensive Management Plan, Yosemite National Park, California
Document Number: 2014-10367
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended) and the regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1505.2), the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), has prepared and approved a Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the Merced River Comprehensive Management Plan. Approval of the Merced River Comprehensive Management Plan culminates an extensive conservation planning and environmental impact analysis effort which began over 15 years ago. The requisite no- action ``wait period'' was initiated on February 18, 2014, with the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Register notice of the filing of the Final EIS. Decision: The NPS has selected Alternative 5 (identified as both ``agency preferred'' and ``environmentally preferred'' in the Final EIS) for implementation as the approved Merced River Comprehensive Management Plan. Under the selected alternative, peak visitation could reach levels experienced in recent yearsapproximately 20,100 people per day in East Yosemite Valley. West Yosemite Valley will retain its overall natural character, with limited facilities and visitor services provided. Improvements to river access in the Valley, coupled with meadow enhancements and extensive riverbank restoration (189 acres of meadow and riparian habitat will be restored), will result in substantially improved visitor experiences. Visitors to Wawona will continue to enjoy the historic hotel and facilities; recreational options in this area will include tennis and golf, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, and boating on the South Fork of the Merced River. The El Portal Administrative Site will continue to serve as a hub for park operations, and remote parking to reduce summer traffic congestion will be provided. Selected key components of the approved plan are as follows: (1) Provide for 72 campsites at Upper and Lower River Campgrounds and 482 lodging units at Curry Village; (2) increase parking at El Portal Remote Parking Area to 300 spaces and reduce parking at Yosemite Village Day-use Parking Area to 750 spaces; (3) provide for raft and bicycle rentals at locations outside the river corridor; (4) retain Sugar Pine Bridge and remove Residence One (the Superintendent's House) through relocation or demolition; (5) adverse effects to cultural resources will be ameliorated according to a Programmatic Agreement executed with the State Historic Preservation Officer; and (6) undertake a rigorous adaptive management program of ecological restoration and monitoring actions in order to improve hydrologic flows, water infiltration, and reduce erosion. Five other alternatives were evaluated, the full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed, and appropriate mitigation measures were identified. Interested parties desiring to review the Record of Decision may obtain a copy by contacting the Superintendent, Attn: Division of Project Management, Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 700-W, 5083 Foresta Road, El Portal, CA 95318 or via telephone request at (209) 379-1202.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of Nine Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region
Document Number: 2014-10337
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), of 4 animal and 5 plant species. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last review of the species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan and Associated Documents; Charlotte County, Florida
Document Number: 2014-10334
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of an incidental take permit (ITP) application and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Troy Powell (applicant) requests an ITP under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant anticipates taking about 1.0 acre of foraging, breeding, and sheltering habitat used by the Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub- jay) incidental to land preparation and for the construction of a single-family residence, barn, and associated infrastructure in Charlotte County, Florida. The applicant's HCP describes the minimization and mitigation measures proposed to address the effects of the project on the scrub-jay.
Notice of Filing of Plat of Survey; Utah
Document Number: 2014-10332
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file a plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLMUtah State Office, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 5, 2014.
Endangered Species; Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 2014-10310
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
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 for recovery permits to conduct activities with the purpose of enhancing the survival of endangered species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing such permits.
Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking; Meeting
Document Number: 2014-10295
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council). The Council's purpose is to provide expertise and support to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. You may attend the meeting in person, or you may participate via telephone. At this time, we are inviting submissions of questions and information for consideration during the meeting.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Penstemon grahamii (Graham's beardtongue) and Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis (White River beardtongue)
Document Number: 2014-10274
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment periods on the August 6, 2013, proposed listing determination and the August 6, 2013, proposed designation of critical habitat for Penstemon grahamii (Graham's beardtongue) and Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis (White River beardtongue) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). For the proposed listing determination, we also announce the availability of a draft conservation agreement. For the proposed designation of critical habitat for Graham's beardtongue and White River beardtongue, we also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA); draft environmental assessment (draft EA); and amended required determinations section. In addition, we request public comment on new occurrence data that have become available since the publication of the proposed rules. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rules. We also announce that we will hold a public hearing on our proposed listing and proposed designation of critical habitat for these plants (see DATES and ADDRESSES).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Diplacus vandenbergensis (Vandenberg Monkeyflower)
Document Number: 2014-10053
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for Diplacus vandenbergensis (Vandenberg monkeyflower). We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for D. vandenbergensis and an amended required determinations section of the proposal. In addition, in this document, we are proposing revised unit names for the four previously described subunits, and a revised acreage for one subunit based on information we received on the proposal. These revisions result in an increase of approximately 24 acres (10 hectares) in the proposed designation of critical habitat. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed rule, the associated DEA, the amended required determinations section, and the unit revisions described in this document. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of Critical Habitat for Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
Document Number: 2014-10051
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), revise the critical habitat designation for the Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 1,110 acres (ac) (449 hectares (ha)) in Lancaster and Saunders Counties, Nebraska, fall within the boundaries of our revised critical habitat designation. Publication of this final rule fulfills our obligations under a settlement agreement. The effect of this regulation is to conserve the Salt Creek tiger beetle and its habitat under the Act.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Leavenworthia exigua var. laciniata (Kentucky Glade Cress)
Document Number: 2014-10050
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate critical habitat for Leavenworthia exigua var. laciniata (Kentucky glade cress) under the Endangered Species Act (Act). In total, approximately 2,053 acres (830 hectares) in Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Determination of Threatened Status for Leavenworthia exigua var. laciniata (Kentucky Glade Cress)
Document Number: 2014-10049
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for Leavenworthia exigua var. laciniata (Kentucky glade cress), a plant species from Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants.
Notice of Meeting, Front Range Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-10184
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Front Range Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2014-10182
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee (GSENMAC) will meet as indicated below.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-Year Status Review of the Short-Tailed Albatross
Document Number: 2014-10181
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating a 5- year status review under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), of the short-tailed albatross. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information that has become available since the last review for the species.