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

Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Nevada Department of Wildlife, Clark County, NV
Document Number: E6-16052
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Nevada Department of Wildlife (Applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The permit application includes a proposed programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) between the Applicant and the Service. The SHA provides for voluntary habitat restoration, maintenance, enhancement, or creation activities to enhance the reintroduction and long-recovery of razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) and bonytail chub (Gila elegans) within Clark County, Nevada. The proposed duration of both the SHA and permit is 50 years. The Service has made a preliminary determination that the proposed SHA and permit application are eligible for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The basis for this determination is contained in an Environmental Action Statement, which also is available for public review.
Final Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Document Number: E6-16044
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that a Final Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan (Conservation Plan) and Environmental Impact Statement for Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is available for final review and comment before a Record of Decision (ROD) is signed. This Conservation Plan was prepared pursuant to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended. It describes how the Service intends to manage Kodiak NWR over the next 15 years.
Recovery Plan for Holmgren milk-vetch (Astragalus holmgreniorum) and Shivwits milk-vetch (Astragalus ampullarioides)
Document Number: E6-16043
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the final Holmgren milk-vetch (Astragalus holmgreniorum) and Shivwits milk-vetch (Astragalus ampullarioides) recovery plan. These species are federally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).
Revised Recovery Plan for Hawaiian Forest Birds
Document Number: E6-15956
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') announces the availability of the Revised Recovery Plan for Hawaiian Forest Birds. There are 21 bird taxa included in this revised recovery plan; 19 are listed as endangered, 1 is a candidate species for Federal listing, and 1 is a species of concern. These taxa represent four bird families, with the majority being Hawaiian Honeycreepers (subfamily Drepanidinae, family Fringillidae). This is a new recovery plan for two of the listed birds, the O[revaps]ahu [revaps]elepaio (Chasiempsis sandwichensis ibidis) and O`ahu [revaps]alauahio (Paroreomyza maculata).
Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup
Document Number: E6-15950
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a meeting of the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup (Workgroup). The Workgroup's purpose is to provide, in an advisory capacity, recommendations and advice on research and implementation of sea lamprey control techniques alternative to lampricide that are technically feasible, cost effective, and environmentally safe. Primary objectives of the meeting will be to identify research initiatives that may enhance alternative sea lamprey control techniques, and to explore the significance of larval sea lamprey populations that occur in delta habitats rather than stream habitats. The meeting is open to the public.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To Delist the Idaho Springsnail; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Jackson Lake Springsnail, Harney Lake Springsnail, and Columbia Springsnail; and Proposed Rule To Remove the Idaho Springsnail From the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife
Document Number: E6-15915
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS, Service, or we), under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), announce combined 12-month findings on a petition to delist the endangered Idaho springsnail (Pyrgulopsis idahoensis) and a petition to list the Jackson Lake springsnail (P. robusta), Harney Lake springsnail (P. hendersoni), and Columbia springsnail (P. species A (unnamed)). Evidence collected subsequent to the December 14, 1992, listing (USFWS 1992, pp. 59244-59527 (57 FR 59244)) of the Idaho springsnail indicates it no longer constitutes a distinct species. It is now described as the Jackson Lake springsnail (P. robusta), a single taxon, composed of four previously distinct springsnail species (Idaho, Jackson Lake, Harney Lake, and Columbia springsnails), and therefore we are proposing to remove the Idaho springsnail from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We evaluated the best available scientific and commercial information regarding the status of, and threats to, the newly described P. robusta, and determined that the threats to the species do not warrant its listing at this time. Additionally, based on our status review of P. robusta, we also find that listing the Jackson Lake springsnail, Harney Lake springsnail, and Columbia springsnail as separate species is not warranted.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Usnea longissima in California as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-15876
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-28
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 Usnea longissima (a lichen) in California as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Based on our review and evaluation, we find that there is not substantial scientific or commercial information to demonstrate that the California populations of U. longissima are a discrete and listable entity under the Act. Therefore, we have determined that the petition does not provide substantial information to indicate that the petitioned action may be warranted, and we will not be initiating a further status review of this species in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of U. longissima or threats to it.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Anacapa Deer Mouse as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-15874
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-28
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 Anacapa deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus anacapae) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find the petition does not present substantial information indicating that listing the Anacapa deer mouse 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 the subspecies or threats to it or its habitat at any time. This information will help us monitor and encourage the conservation of the subspecies.
Approved Recovery Plan for the Hungerford's Crawling Water Beetle
Document Number: E6-15795
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce availability of the approved recovery plan for the Hungerford's crawling water beetle (Brychius hungerfordi), a species that is federally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).
Marine Mammals; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 31-1741; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA081663
Document Number: E6-15892
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
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 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, New York 10460 [Dr. Howard C. Rosenbaum, Principal Investigator], has been issued an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 31-1741/MA081663.
Notice of Availability of the Final Sentry Milk-Vetch Recovery Plan
Document Number: E6-15873
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the final recovery plan for the sentry milk-vetch (Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax). Three populations of this endangered plant are known to occur on land managed by the National Park Service in the Grand Canyon National Park (Park) in Coconino County, Arizona.
Revision of Federal Duck Stamp Contest Regulations
Document Number: E6-15839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, or we), propose to revise the regulations governing the annual Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Contest [also known as the Federal Duck Stamp Contest (contest)]. We propose a special exemption that would allow recent winning artists to submit entries for the 2007 contest. We also propose to codify our longstanding practice of limiting judges to only one term. We also propose to clarify in our regulations our longstanding practice to include artwork from the third round of judging in an art tour for a year; early return of the artwork to the artist will make the artist ineligible for the next three (3) contests. Finally, we propose to clean up grammatical errors in the contest procedures.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 37 Southeastern Species
Document Number: E6-15824
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces 5-year reviews of the Anastasia Island beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus phasma), Choctawhatchee beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys), Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis), Lower Keys marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri), Everglade snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), wood stork (Mycteria americana), Culebra giant anole (Anolis roosevelti), bluetail mole skink (Eumeces egregius lividus), sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi), golden coqui (Eleutherodactylus jasperi), purple bankclimber (Elliptoideus sloatianus), Gulf moccasinshell (Medionidus penicillatus), Ochlockonee moccasinshell (Medionidus simpsonianus), oval pigtoe (Pleurobema pyriforme), shinyrayed pocketbook (Lampsilis subangulata), Chipola slabshell (Elliptio chipolaensis), fat three-ridge (Amblema neislerii), Crenulate lead-plant (Amorpha crenulata), Catesbaea melanocarpa (no common name), Garber's spurge (Chamaesyce garberi), Etonia rosemary (Conradina etonia), Cordia bellonis (no common name), Avon Park harebells (Crotalaria avonensis), beautiful goetzea (Goetzea elegans), Lepanthes eltoroensis (no common name), Mitracarpus maxwelliae (no common name), Mitracarpus polycladus (no common name), Peperomia wheeleri (no common name), wide-leaf warea (Warea amplexifolia), elfin tree fern (Cyathea dryopteroides), Elaphoglossum serpens (no common name), Polystichum calderonense (no common name), Tectaria estremerana (no common name), Thelypteris inabonensis (no common name), Thelypteris verecunda (no common name) and Thelypteris yaucoensis (no common name), and Florida perforate cladonia (Cladonia perforata) under section 4(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), as amended (Act). The purpose of reviews conducted under this section of the Act is to ensure that the classification of species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 17.11 and 17.12) is accurate. A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.
Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0014; Special Use Permit Applications for National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska
Document Number: E6-15788
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2006. 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.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-15772
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permit was issued.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-15771
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-15769
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
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.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-15768
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
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 marine mammals.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region
Document Number: 06-8280
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Federal Subsistence Board, are extending the comment period through November 9, 2006, on the proposed rule that would amend the regulations governing subsistence use of fish and wildlife in Alaska by creating an additional subsistence resource region for the Kenai Peninsula.
Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-8279
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
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 Cedar Island 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. The compatibility determinations for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation, trapping of selected furbearers, forest management, and resource research studies are also available within the plan.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Resource Region
Document Number: 06-8276
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Federal Subsistence Board, are withdrawing the direct final rule that would have amended the regulations governing subsistence use of fish and wildlife in Alaska by creating an additional subsistence resource region for the Kenai Peninsula. We predicate this withdrawal on the fact that we have received significant adverse comments, specifically relating to the lack of public input on this issue.
Notice of Availability of a Final Record of Decision on the Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-15761
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) announce the availability of a Final Record of Decision on the issuance of incidental take permits to the state of Washington under section 10 of the Endangered Species Act for the Washington Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The two incidental take permits (one from each of the Services) authorize incidental take of aquatic species (16 listed fish species, 54 unlisted fish species, and 7 unlisted amphibian species) from covered forest practices implemented under the HCP. These forest practices affect approximately 9 million acres of non-Federal and non-tribal lands in Washington State. The permits were issued on June 5, 2006, and will remain in effect for 50 years.
Draft Safe Harbor Agreement With Assurances and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Houston Toad on the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)/Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop County, TX
Document Number: E6-15708
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Boy Scouts of America/Capital Area Council (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 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permit, which is for a period of 15 years, includes a draft Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the endangered Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis) in Bastrop County, Texas. We invite public comment.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: E6-15707
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
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.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: E6-15704
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
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.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Astragalus ampullarioides
Document Number: 06-8191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-26
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 proposal to designate critical habitat for Astragalus ampullarioides (Shivwits milk-vetch) and Astragalus holmgreniorum (Holmgren milk-vetch) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also announce the availability of the draft economic analysis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for Holmgren and Shivwits milk-vetches. The draft economic analysis finds that, over 20 years, post-designation costs for Holmgren and Shivwits milk-vetch conservation-related activities are estimated to range between $8.8 and $14.1 million in undiscounted 2006 dollars. In discounted terms, potential post- designation economic costs are estimated to be $8.5 to $13.0 million (using a 3 percent discount rate) or $8.2 to $12.1 million (using a 7 percent discount rate). In addition, we announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment that has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. ) (NEPA). Finally, we propose to revise boundary descriptions for two critical habitat subunits: Holmgren milk-vetch's Unit 2a (Stucki Spring) and Unit 2b (South Hills).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Prudency Determination for the Designation of Critical Habitat for Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum
Document Number: 06-8190
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have reconsidered whether designating critical habitat for Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum, a plant, is prudent. This taxon was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), on September 14, 1998; at that time we determined that designation of critical habitat was not prudent because designation would increase the degree of threat to the taxon and would not benefit the taxon. As a consequence of a settlement agreement we are withdrawing our previous not prudent finding. Further, on the basis of our review and evaluation of the best scientific and commercial information available, we believe that designation of critical habitat continues to be not prudent for T. a. ssp. compactum. As a result, we are proposing a new ``not prudent'' determination for T. a. ssp. compactum.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Northern Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat
Document Number: 06-7784
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-26
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 list the northern Mexican gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) as threatened or endangered with critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The petitioners provided three listing scenarios for consideration by the Service: (1) Listing the United States population as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS); (2) listing Thamnophis eques megalops throughout its range in the United States and Mexico based on its rangewide status; or (3) listing Thamnophis eques megalops throughout its range in the United States and Mexico based on its status in the United States. After thorough analysis and review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing of the subspecies, under any of the three scenarios, is not warranted. Of the three listing scenarios specified above, we found scenario two provided the most rigorous evaluation of the status of the northern Mexican gartersnake and herein provide detailed discussion of our conclusions in that context. We also provide additional discussion of our evaluation of scenarios (1) listing the United States population as a DPS and (3) listing Thamnophis eques megalops throughout its range in the United States and Mexico based on its status in the United States.
Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Offices at Parkshore, Folsom, Sacramento County, CA
Document Number: 06-8161
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Mark III Engineering Contractors of Sacramento, California (the Applicant), has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for a 5-year incidental take permit for one covered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The application addresses the potential for ``take'' of the threatened valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus) associated with grading a 6.48-acre project site and construction of the Offices at Parkshore, a 9-building office complex off Parkshore Drive in the Lake Forest Technical Center, Folsom, Sacramento County, California. The Applicant would implement a conservation program to minimize and mitigate for the project activities, as described in the Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Offices at Parkshore (Plan). We request comments on the permit application and Plan, and on the Service's preliminary determination that the Plan qualifies as a ``low- effect'' habitat conservation plan, eligible for a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). The basis for the Categorical Exclusion determination is discussed in the Service's Environmental Action Statement (EAS), which is also available for public review.
Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-8159
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is available for review and comment. Also available for review with the Draft CCP/EA are draft compatibility determinations for fishing; wildlife observation and photography; environmental education and interpretation; high-speed boating; recreational boating associated with hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography; research; plant gathering; and mosquito monitoring and control.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 06-8111
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) prescribes final late-season frameworks from which States may select season dates, limits, and other options for the 2006-07 migratory bird hunting seasons. These late seasons include most waterfowl seasons, the earliest of which commences on September 23, 2006. The effect of this final rule is to facilitate the States' selection of hunting seasons and to further the annual establishment of the late-season migratory bird hunting regulations.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds
Document Number: 06-8109
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits for general waterfowl seasons and those early seasons for which States previously deferred selection. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. This rule permits the taking of designated species during the 2006-07 season.
Draft Recovery Plan for Listed Species of the Rogue Valley Vernal Pool and Illinois Valley Wet Meadow Ecosystems
Document Number: 06-8047
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Listed Species of the Rogue Valley Vernal Pool and Illinois Valley Wet Meadow Ecosystems for public review and comment.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Curtis' Pearlymussel and Indiana Bat
Document Number: 06-7883
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), announces a 5-year review of Curtis' pearlymussel (Epioblasma florentina curtisii) and Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) under the Endangered Species Act, as amended (Act). We request any new information on these species that may have a bearing on their classification as endangered. Based on the results of this review, we will make a finding on whether these species are properly classified under the Act.
Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer and the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-7881
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), will be developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer and the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge (Refuges). We also announce four public open house meetings. We furnish this notice in order to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions and obtain public comments, suggestions, and information on the scope of issues to include in the Refuges' CCP/EIS.
Safe Harbor Agreement and Receipt of Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit Associated With the Restoration of Habitat for Utah Prairie Dogs on Private Land in Piute County, UT
Document Number: E6-15596
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Mr. Tarval Torgersen (Applicant/Cooperator) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an Enhancement of Survival Permit (ESP) for the Utah prairie dog (UPD) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This permit application includes a Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) between the Applicant and the Service. The Service requests information, views, and opinions from the public via this notice. Further, the Service is soliciting information regarding the adequacy of the SHA as measured against the Service's Safe Harbor Policy and the regulations that implement it.
Safe Harbor Agreement and Receipt of Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit Associated With the Restoration of Habitat for Utah Prairie Dogs on Private Land in Sevier County, UT
Document Number: E6-15590
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Mr. Harlow Brown (Applicant/Cooperator) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an Enhancement of Survival Permit (ESP) for the Utah prairie dog (UPD) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This permit application includes a Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) between the Applicant and the Service. The Service requests information, views, and opinions from the public via this notice. Further, the Service is soliciting information regarding the adequacy of the SHA as measured against the Service's Safe Harbor Policy and the regulations that implement it.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2006-07 Early Season
Document Number: E6-15564
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule prescribes special early season migratory bird hunting regulations for certain tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands. This responds to tribal requests for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) recognition of their authority to regulate hunting under established guidelines. This rule allows the establishment of season bag limits and, thus, harvest at levels compatible with populations and habitat conditions.
Proposed Information Collection; Export of Caviar or Meat of Paddlefish or Sturgeon Removed From the Wild
Document Number: E6-15560
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection 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 information collection.
Draft Safe Harbor Agreement and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Tempe Reach of the Rio Salado Environmental Restoration Project
Document Number: 06-8006
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The City of Tempe (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit. The requested permit, which is for a period of 50 years, would authorize incidental take of Yuma clapper rail (Rallus longirostris yumanensis), southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), and bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) as a result of operation and maintenance activities associated with the Rio Salado Project. We invite public comment.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Kendall Warm Springs dace, Dudley Bluffs bladderpod, and Dudley Bluffs twinpod
Document Number: 06-7924
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 5- year review of Kendall Warm Springs dace (Rhinichthys osculus thermalis), Dudley Bluffs bladderpod (Lesquerella congesta), and Dudley Bluffs twinpod (Physaria obcordata) under section 4(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The purpose of reviews conducted under section 4(c)(2) of the Act is to ensure that the classification of species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate. The 5- year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.
Draft Recovery Plan for the Nosa Luta or Rota Bridled White-eye (Zosterops rotensis)
Document Number: E6-15510
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for the Nosa Luta or Rota Bridled White-eye (Zosterops rotensis), for public review and comment.
Recovery Plan for Camissonia benitensis (San Benito evening-primrose)
Document Number: E6-15508
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the Recovery Plan for Camissonia benitensis (San Benito evening-primrose). This plant species is found primarily in the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) in San Benito County, California; the CCMA is managed by the Hollister Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Including Blackwater, Martin and Susquehanna National Wildlife Refuges)
Document Number: E6-15507
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is available for Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex (including Blackwater, Martin and Susquehanna NWRs). This CCP is required pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668 dd et seq.), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The CCP describes how the Service intends to manage the complex over the next 15 years.
Migratory Bird Permits; Draft Environmental Assessment on Take of Raptors From the Wild for Falconry and Raptor Propagation; Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: 06-7771
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service), are extending the comment for the draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) on take of raptors from the wild for falconry and for captive propagation. Comments on the DEA previously submitted need not be resubmitted, because they have been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the revisions of the DEA.
Recovery Plan for the Newcomb's Snail Erinna newcombi
Document Number: E6-15438
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') announces the availability of a Recovery Plan for the Newcomb's snail (Erinna newcombi). This aquatic snail is listed as threatened (65 FR 4162) and is endemic to the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i.
Recovery Plan for Phlox hirsuta
Document Number: 06-7713
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the Recovery Plan for Phlox hirsuta (Yreka Phlox). This plant is a narrow endemic known only from the vicinity of the City of Yreka, Siskiyou County, California.
Notice of Intent To Conduct Public Scoping and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Related to an Amendment of the 1997 Washington Department of Natural Resources Habitat Conservation Plan for Forested State Trust Lands
Document Number: E6-15238
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-15
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) advises interested parties of our intent to conduct public scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to gather information to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), related to an anticipated application for a permit amendment from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) for its 1997 Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for forested State trust lands. The HCP excludes those lands designated as urban or leased for commercial, industrial, or residential purposes and those lands designated as agricultural (HCP p. I.2). The application would be associated with the proposed replacement of the marbled murrelet (murrelet) interim conservation strategy (ICS), which is currently being implemented, with a proposed long-term conservation strategy (LTCS) for murrelets in Southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southern California Distinct Population Segment of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana muscosa
Document Number: 06-7578
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for the southern California distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 8,283 acres (ac) (3,352 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The critical habitat is located in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties, California.
Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Document Number: E6-15150
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability of the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Finding of No Significant Impact for Long Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex. Prepared in conformance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the plan describes how we intend to manage the complex over the next 15 years.