Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Issuance of Depredation Permits for Double-Crested Cormorants
This notice advises the public of the completion of an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI). The EA analyzed the potential impacts of a proposal to make decisions on depredation permit applications for the annual take (i.e., lethal removal) of up to 51,571 double-crested cormorants, Phalcrocorax auritus, across 37 central and eastern States and the District of Columbia. The EA considered two alternatives: The proposed action; and the reduced take alternative (which is the preferred alternative). The scope of the EA is to issue permits to manage cormorant damage at aquaculture facilities, protect human health and safety, protect threatened and endangered wildlife, and alleviate damage to property. Based on the analysis contained in the EA, the Service finds that the preferred alternative would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, as outlined in the accompanying FONSI.
Alaska Native Claims Selection
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby provides constructive notice that it will issue an appealable decision approving conveyance of the surface and subsurface estates in certain lands to Chugach Alaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation, pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, as amended (ANCSA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Use and Occupancy Under the Mining Laws
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.
Initial Classification and Extension of the Proposed Classification and Segregation for State In Lieu Selection, Montana
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (State) has filed a petition for classification and application to obtain public lands and the mineral estate in lieu of lands to which the State was entitled, but did not receive, under its Statehood Act. This classification, made under Section 7 of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 8, 1934, partially satisfies the obligation to the State. This Notice also extends the segregation initiated by that application, and the proposed classification published in the Federal Register on October 17, 2016, for the remaining lands included in the State's application to allow continued review to determine suitability.
Alaska; Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves
The National Park Service (NPS) intends to initiate a rulemaking process that will consider changes to regulations applicable to Alaska that were promulgated in October 2015.