Importation, Exportation, and Transportation of Wildlife; User Fee Exemption Program for Low-Risk Importations and Exportations
The Service is changing the inspection fees required for imports and exports of wildlife by certain licensed businesses. Our regulations set forth the fees that are required to be paid at the time of inspection of imports and exports of wildlife. In 2009, we implemented a new user fee system intended to recover the costs of the compliance portion of the wildlife inspection program. Since that time, we have been made aware that we may have placed an undue economic burden on businesses that exclusively trade in small volumes of low- value, non-Federally protected wildlife parts and products. To address this issue, the Service is implementing a program that exempts certain businesses from the designated port base inspection fees as an interim measure while the Service reassesses its current user fee system.
Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Kern County, CA; Final Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability for public review of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species habitat Conservation Plan (TU MSHCP), and Implementing Agreement (IA), related to an application by Tejon Ranchcorp (Tejon or applicant) for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP or permit) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (Act). The final documents reflect changes made to the 2011 Supplemental Draft EIS and TU MSHCP/IA resulting from comments received during the 90-day public comment period. Responses to comments from the 2011 comment period are included in the EIS. This notice provides an opportunity for the public to review the final documents and responses to comments. The proposed 50-year ITP would authorize incidental take of 27 species associated with plan-wide activities and limited development activities on portions of Tejon Ranch.