Fish and Wildlife Service August 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart D; Seasonal Adjustment-Arctic Village Sheep Management Area
Document Number: 06-7276
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This provides notice of the Federal Subsistence Board's in- season management action to remove closure restrictions on non- Federally qualified users in the Red Sheep and Cane Creek drainages of the Arctic Village Sheep Management Area. The Board's action provides an exception to the Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2006. Those regulations established seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means relating to the taking of wildlife for subsistence uses during the 2006 regulatory year.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
Document Number: 06-7257
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-31
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits of mourning, white-winged, and white- tipped doves; band-tailed pigeons; rails; moorhens and gallinules; woodcock; common snipe; sandhill cranes; sea ducks; early (September) waterfowl seasons; migratory game birds in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; and some extended falconry seasons. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. This rule permits taking of designated species during the 2006-07 season.
Choctaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-7245
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge are available for distribution. The plan was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. It describes how the refuge will be managed for the next 15 years.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Petition to List the Sonoran Desert Population of the Bald Eagle as a Distinct Population Segment, List that Distinct Population Segment as Endangered, and Designate Critical Habitat
Document Number: 06-7180
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to reclassify the Sonoran Desert population of the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in central Arizona and northwestern Mexico as a distinct population segment, list that distinct population segment as endangered, and designate critical habitat for that distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). On the basis of a review of the information contained within the petition, we find that the petition does not provide substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. Therefore, we will not initiate a further status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of this population of the bald eagle or threats to it.
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
Document Number: 06-7235
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
NOAA and the USFWS are issuing final regulations for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. This action codifies the prohibitions and management measures set forth in Presidential Proclamation 8031 establishing the Monument. The rule is effective immediately.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 06-7211
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule prescribes final early-season frameworks from which the States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands may select season dates, limits, and other options for the 2006-07 migratory bird hunting seasons. Early seasons are those that generally open prior to October 1, and include seasons in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The effect of this final rule is to facilitate the selection of hunting in seasons by the States and Territories to further the annual establishment of the early-season migratory bird hunting regulations.
Receipt of an Application and Availability of an Environmental Assessment for an Incidental Take Permit for Urban Development Within the City of Palm Bay, Brevard County, FL
Document Number: E6-14245
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The City of Palm Bay (Applicant) requests an incidental take permit (ITP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Applicant prepared a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) identifying anticipated impacts to two federally-listed threatened species, the Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) and the eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi). The Applicant also requests incidental take authorization for the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) in the event this species becomes federally-listed as either threatened or endangered during the 30-year term of the requested ITP. Take of these species is anticipated as a result of residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal construction projects and associated infrastructure within the city limits of the City of Palm Bay. The Applicant's HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of urban development on the scrub-jay, eastern indigo snake, and gopher tortoise. These measures are outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Construction of a Single-Family Residence in Sarasota County, FL
Document Number: E6-14244
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Paul Athanas (Applicant) requests an incidental take permit (ITP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Applicant anticipates taking about 0.275 acre of Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) foraging, sheltering, and possibly nesting habitat, incidental to lot preparation for the construction of a single-family residence and supporting infrastructure in Sarasota County, Florida (Project). The Applicant's Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of the Project to the Florida scrub-jay. These measures are outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits
Document Number: E6-14241
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 493-1848; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA130062
Document Number: 06-7196
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior, U.s. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish and Wildlife Service
Notice is hereby given that the Darlene R. Ketten, Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biology Department, MRF- Room 233, MS 50, Woods Hole, MA 02543 has applied in due form for a permit from NMFS and FWS to take parts from species of marine mammals for purposes of scientific research.
Receipt of 48 Applications and Availability of Environmental Assessment for Incidental Take Permits for Single-Family and Duplex Residential Developments on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, Baldwin County, AL
Document Number: E6-14029
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications from Alabama South Pools, Ms. Debbie Bankster, Baron Investments, Mr. Horton Bateman, BIOA LLC, Mr. Christopher Celeslie, Mr. Claud Clark, Mr. Robin Crick, Mr. Lawrence Dalgo, Mr. Erik Daniels, Mr. William Erwin, Mr. Mark Freeman, Mr. Mike Halliday, Mr. Leo Hastings, Harrison Building, Mr. Walter Lindsey, Mr. William Lingsch, Mr. Brian Litton, LK&K LLC, Mr. Michael Llop, Mr. Danny Mason, Mr. Lannie McRill, Mr. Michael Molleston, Mr. Johnny Moore, Ms. Margaret Pickering, Mr. Robert Relinski, Mr. Michael Sciortino Sr., Mr. Preston Simmons, Mr. Claude Sims, Mr. Gary Smith, Mr. Ron Spivey, Mr. Mike Stoddard, Mr. Larkin Strong, Mr. Robert Susko, TBI LLC, Mr. John Wales, and Mr. Kenneth Wallis (applicants) for incidental take permits (ITPs) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (Act), as amended for the take of Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) (ABM). The proposed take would be incidental to the otherwise lawful activity of constructing 32 single- family residences, 13 duplex residences, and expansion of 3 existing residences on the Fort Morgan Peninsula in Baldwin County, Alabama. The applicants have prepared Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) specifying, among other things, the impacts that are likely to result from the taking and the measures each applicant would undertake to minimize and mitigate such impacts. We have prepared an environmental assessment (EA), which assesses the impacts of the proposed actions.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart A; Makhnati Island Area
Document Number: 06-7119
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule revises the jurisdiction of the Federal Subsistence Management Program by adding submerged lands and waters in the area of Makhnati Island, near Sitka, Alaska. This would then allow Federal subsistence users to harvest marine resources in this area under seasons, harvest limits, and methods specified in Federal Subsistence Management regulations.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 06-7027
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) is proposing to establish the 2006-07 late-season hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds. We annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in late seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions.
General Provisions; Revised List of Migratory Birds
Document Number: 06-7001
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to revise the List of Migratory Birds by adding numerous species and removing numerous species. Reasons for the proposed changes to the list include correcting previous mistakes including misspellings, adding species based on new evidence of occurrence in the United States or U.S. territories, removing species no longer known to occur within the United States, and changing names based on new taxonomy. The net increase of 140 species (152 added and 12 removed) brings to 972 the total number of species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). We regulate most aspects of the taking, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, barter, exportation, and importation of migratory birds. An accurate and up-to-date list of species protected by the MBTA is essential for regulatory purposes.
Draft Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken in Texas
Document Number: E6-13961
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended. The permit application includes a draft 20-year Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) between the Service and TPWD for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken in 50 Texas counties. We request public comment.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings for Petitions To Delist the Island Night Lizard
Document Number: E6-13877
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 90- day findings for two petitions to remove the island night lizard (Xantusia riversiana) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (Act). We find that one of the petitions presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that delisting may be warranted, and we are therefore initiating a status review. We are requesting submission of any new information on the island night lizard since its original listing as a threatened species in 1977. Following this status review, we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition to delist.
Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit for One Single-Family Residence in Escambia County, Florida
Document Number: E6-13827
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of an application, environmental assessment (EA), and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the taking Perdido Key beach mice (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis) incidental to construction, and occupancy of a single-family residence on Perdido Key in Escambia County, Florida (Project). Mr. Norton Bond (Applicant) requests an incidental take permit (ITP) for a 30-year period pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-13814
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-13813
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species and/or marine mammals.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Catesbaea melanocarpa
Document Number: 06-7029
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the endangered plant Catesbaea melanocarpa (no common name) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 50 acres (ac) (20.2 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for C. melanocarpa in one unit located in Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. If made final, this proposal may result in additional requirements under section 7 of the Act for Federal agencies. No additional requirements are expected for non-Federal actions. The Service seeks comments on all aspects of this proposal from the public.
Migratory Bird Hunting
Document Number: 06-55526
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Recovery Plan for the Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail
Document Number: E6-13717
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-21
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce availability of a final revised recovery plan for the endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis). The final plan incorporates comments received during the public and peer review period and updates the objectives, criteria, and actions for recovering this endangered species.
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Sweetwater Marsh and South San Diego Bay Units of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: E6-13556
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Final CCP/EIS) for the Sweetwater Marsh and South San Diego Bay Units of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is available for review. This Final CCP/EIS has been prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and is designed to address the Service's obligation under the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The Final CCP/EIS describes the Service's proposal for managing these Refuge Units over the next 15 years.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 16 Insect Species From the Algodones Sand Dunes, Imperial County, CA, as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-13109
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list 16 insect species from the Algodones Sand Dunes, Imperial County, California, as threatened or endangered, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing these species may be warranted. Therefore, we are not initiating a status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of these species or threats to them or their habitat at any time.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: E6-13558
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA). It describes how we intend to manage Rachel Carson NWR during the next 15 years. We prepared this Draft CCP/EA in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, as amended.
Great Dismal Swamp and Nansemond National Wildlife Refuges: Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Number: E6-13553
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is available for Great Dismal Swamp and Nansemond National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). Prepared in conformance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the plan describes how the Service intends to manage the refuges over the next 15 years. A Finding of No Significant Impact was approved by the Regional Director.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2006-07 Season
Document Number: 06-7026
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter, Service or we) proposes special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2006-07 migratory bird hunting season.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Application
Document Number: E6-13443
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Issuance of Permit for Incidental Take of a Threatened Species on Struthers Ranch Property, El Paso County, CO
Document Number: E6-13340
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This document provides notice that we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, issued a permit for the incidental take of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), a threatened species, on the Struthers Ranch Property in El Paso County, Colorado.
Klamath Fishery Management Council
Document Number: E6-13339
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a meeting of the Klamath Fishery Management Council (Council), to take place by conference call. The meeting is open to the public. The Klamath Fishery Management Council makes recommendations to agencies that regulate harvest of anadromous fish in the Klamath River Basin. The purpose of this meeting is to formulate a recommendation to the Pacific Fishery Management Council regarding a proposed amendment to their Fishery Management Plan for Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries Off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. The proposed amendment concerns the harvest of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon in years of low projected abundance.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Special Rule for the Southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment of the Northern Sea Otter
Document Number: E6-13322
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), under the Endangered Species Act (Act), as amended, create a special rule for the southwest Alaska distinct population segment (DPS) of the northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). This DPS of the northern sea otter is listed as threatened under the Act. This special rule allows for the limited, noncommercial import and export of items that qualify as authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing that were derived from sea otters legally taken for subsistence purposes by Alaska Natives from the listed population. This special rule also allows for cultural exchange by Alaska Natives and activities conducted by persons registered as an agent or tannery under existing law. We also amend our definition of ``Authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing'' by striking the stipulation that such items were commonly produced on or before December 28, 1973. This definition change is appropriate in light of a court ruling on the Service's definition of ``Authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing'' and consistent with our current definition of ``Authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing'' under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for 11 Species of Picture-Wing Flies From the Hawaiian Islands
Document Number: 06-6840
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for 11 species of Hawaiian picture-wing flies (Drosophila aglaia, D. differens, D. hemipeza, D. heteroneura, D. montgomeryi, D. mulli, D. musaphilia, D. obatai, D. substenoptera, and D. tarphytrichia) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 18 acres (ac) (7.3 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The proposed critical habitat is located in four counties (City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai) in Hawaii. Critical habitat has not been proposed for D. neoclavisetae, a species for which we determined critical habitat to be prudent, because the specific areas and physical and biological features essential to its conservation in the Puu Kukui Watershed Management Area are not in need of special management considerations or protection. Therefore, we are not proposing critical habitat for D. neoclavisetae because these specific areas and features do not meet the definition of critical habitat in the Act.
Receipt of Five Applications for Incidental Take Permits for Construction of Five Single-Family Homes in Brevard County, Florida
Document Number: E6-13276
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs)/applications for five incidental take permits (ITPs). Maronda Homes, Inc., of Florida (Applicant) requests five ITPs, two for a 1-year term and three for a 10-year term, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Applicant anticipates taking about 1.09 acres combined of Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to lot preparation for the construction of five single-family homes and supporting infrastructure in Brevard County, Florida (Projects). The destruction of 1.09 acres of foraging and sheltering habitat is expected to result in the take of three families of scrub-jays. The Applicant's HCPs describe the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of the Projects to the Florida scrub- jay.
Endangered Species Recovery Permits
Document Number: E6-13275
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We announce the receipt of applications to conduct certain activities pertaining to enhancement of survival of endangered species.
Emergency Exemption: Issuance of Permit for Endangered Species
Document Number: E6-13243
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permit was issued.
Notice of Availability To Extend a Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permit for Incidental Take of the Houston Toad and Bald Eagle During the Construction and Occupation of Single-Family Residences or Other Similar Structures Within 46 Subdivisions (46 Subdivisions) in Bastrop County, TX
Document Number: E6-13240
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to extend permits TE-025997-2 and TE-025965-2 (permits) associated with the 46-Subdivision Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) for two additional years from the date of reissuance, pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended. The existing permits cover both direct and indirect incidental take of the Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis) and Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) during the construction and occupation of single-family residences or other similar structures within the 46 subdivisions listed in the HCP. The current permit will expire on July 27, 2006.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-13239
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region
Document Number: 06-6905
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are proposing to amend the regulations governing subsistence use of fish and wildlife in Alaska by creating an additional subsistence resource region for the Kenai Peninsula. This addition of a separate subsistence resource region will allow for the creation of a separate Federal subsistence regional advisory council for that region. A new regional council responsible for only the Kenai Peninsula area will better ensure that residents with personal knowledge of the Kenai Peninsula area will have a meaningful role in the complex issues and management challenges of subsistence management on the Federal lands of the Kenai Peninsula.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in AK; Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region
Document Number: 06-6904
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are amending the regulations governing subsistence use of fish and wildlife in Alaska by creating an additional subsistence resource region for the Kenai Peninsula. This addition of a separate subsistence resource region will allow for the creation of a separate Federal subsistence regional advisory council for that region. A new regional council responsible for only the Kenai Peninsula area will better ensure that residents with personal knowledge of the Kenai Peninsula area will have a meaningful role in the complex issues and management challenges of subsistence management on the Federal lands of the Kenai Peninsula.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart C and Subpart D-2007-2008 Subsistence Taking of Wildlife Regulations; 2007-2008 Subsistence Taking of Fish on the Kenai Peninsula Regulations
Document Number: 06-6903
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This proposed rule would establish regulations for hunting and trapping seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of wildlife for subsistence uses during the 2007-2008 regulatory year. The rulemaking is necessary because Subpart D is subject to an annual public review cycle. When final, this rulemaking would replace the wildlife taking regulations included in the ``Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart D2006-2007 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Wildlife Regulations,'' which expire on June 30, 2007. This rule would also amend the Customary and Traditional Use Determinations of the Federal Subsistence Board and the General Regulations on taking of wildlife. In addition, at the request of the Southcentral Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, the Federal Subsistence Board is accepting proposals to revise the regulations for fishing seasons, harvest limits, and methods related to taking of fish on the Kenai Peninsula for subsistence uses during the 2007-2008 regulatory year.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart C; Nonrural Determinations
Document Number: 06-6902
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule would revise the list of nonrural areas identified by the Federal Subsistence Board (Board, we, us). Areas determined to be nonrural are not eligible to participate in the Federal Subsistence Management Program on Federal public lands in Alaska. We propose to change Adak's status to rural. We also propose to add Prudhoe Bay and the Kodiak Area, including the City of Kodiak, the Mill Bay area, Womens Bay, Bell's Flats, and the Coast Guard Station to the list of nonrural areas. The following areas would continue to be nonrural, but we propose changes in their boundaries: the Kenai Area; the Wasilla/ Palmer Area, including Point McKenzie; the Homer Area, including Fritz Creek East (except Voznesenka) and the North Fork Road area; and the Ketchikan Area. We propose no other changes in status. However, new information could lead to changes not proposed at this time.
Receipt of Endangered Species Recovery Permit Application and Environmental Analysis on This Permit Application
Document Number: E6-13132
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-11
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The State of Oregon has applied for an enhancement of propagation or survival permit to conduct certain activities with gray wolves (Canis lupus) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ``we'' or ``Service'') intends to conduct an environmental analysis (environmental assessment or environmental impact statement) for Oregon's permit application. We solicit comments from the public and from local, State, and Federal agencies on both the permit request and the environmental analysis.
2006-2007 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations
Document Number: C6-6318
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-11
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, National Archives and Records Administration, Agencies and Commissions, Office of the Federal Register
Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits; Regulations for Managing Resident Canada Goose Populations
Document Number: 06-6739
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-10
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
In recent years, the numbers of Canada geese that nest and/or reside predominantly within the conterminous United States (resident Canada geese) have undergone dramatic growth to levels that are increasingly coming into conflict with people and human activities and causing personal and public property damage, as well as public health concerns, in many parts of the country. In February 2002, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or ``we'') completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on resident Canada goose management. In August 2003, we published a proposed rule to establish regulations to implement the DEIS proposed action, Alternative F. In November 2005, the notice of availability for a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published, followed by a 30-day public review period. This final rule sets forth regulations for implementing the FEIS preferred alternative, Alternative F, which would authorize State wildlife agencies, private landowners, and airports to conduct (or allow) indirect and/or direct population control management activities, including the take of birds, on resident Canada goose populations. The Record of Decision (ROD) is also published here.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Hermes Copper Butterfly as Endangered
Document Number: E6-12744
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Hermes copper butterfly (Hermelycaena [Lycaena] hermes) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the Hermes copper butterfly may be warranted. Therefore, are not initiating a status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of the species or threats to it.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Thorne's Hairstreak Butterfly as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-12743
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Thorne's hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys [Mitoura] grynea thornei or Callophrys [Mitoura] thornei) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find the petition does not provide substantial scientific or commercial information indicating the requested action is warranted. Therefore, we will not initiate a further status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of the Thorne's hairstreak butterfly or threats to it.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Casey's June Beetle (Dinacoma caseyi) as Endangered
Document Number: E6-12579
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Casey's June beetle (Dinacoma caseyi) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find the petition presents substantial scientific information indicating that listing the Casey's June beetle as endangered may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review, and we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition to list the Casey's June beetle announcing our determination of whether listing the species as endangered is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly as Threatened or Endangered with Critical Habitat
Document Number: E6-12577
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Sand Mountain blue butterfly (Euphilotes pallescens arenamontana) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial information indicating that listing the Sand Mountain blue butterfly may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the species, and we will issue a 12-month finding to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review of the Sand Mountain blue butterfly is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial data regarding this species. A determination on critical habitat will be made if and when a listing action is initiated for this species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Endangered Alabama Beach Mouse
Document Number: E6-12317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
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, a public hearing on the proposed revision of critical habitat for the Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) (ABM), and the availability of the draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are also using this comment period to correct minor acreage calculation errors in the February 1, 2006, proposed rule (71 FR 5516), announce the inclusion of an additional 6 acres (distributed among proposed critical habitat units 1, 2, and 3), and solicit further comments on the proposed rule. The draft economic analysis forecasts that costs associated with conservation activities for the ABM would range from $18.3 million to $51.8 million in undiscounted dollars over the next 20 years. Adjusted for possible inflation, the costs would range from $16.1 million to $46.8 million over 20 years, or $1.1 million to $3.1 million annually using a 3 percent discount; or $14.2 million to $41.7 million over 20 years, or $1.3 million to $3.9 million annually using a 7 percent discount. We are reopening the public comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed rule and the associated draft economic analysis. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they will be incorporated into the public record and fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Notice of Area Closure to Off-Road Vehicles for Subsistence Use in Area Adjacent to King Cove Access Project, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Document Number: E6-12416
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-07
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, is permanently restricting off-road vehicles (ORVs) within a portion of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (Izembek Refuge) consistent with Federal law and regulations, Izembek Refuge management plans and objectives, and provisions of the King Cove Access Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) published December 2003.