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Draft Safe Harbor Agreement and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Beautiful Shiner, Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Huachuca Water Umbel, Yaqui Catfish, Yaqui Chub, and Yaqui Topminnow in Cochise County, Arizona
Document Number: E8-7690
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-11
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Alysa F. Bennett, 99 Bar Ranch Limited Liability Limited Partnership, and Mr. Josiah and Mrs. Valer Austin, owners of the Bar Boot Ranch (Applicants), have applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit (TE-160629- 0)pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (Act), as amended. The requested permit, which is for a period of 50 years, would authorize incidental take of the threatened beautiful shiner (Cyprinella formosa), threatened Chiricahua leopard frog (Rana chiricahuensis), endangered Huachuca water umbel (Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurva), threatened Yaqui catfish (Ictalurus pricei), endangered Yaqui chub (Gila purpurea), and endangered Yaqui topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis sonoriensis) as a result of conservation actions, on-going livestock operations, recreation, land treatments, and other existing land- use activities. We invite public comment.
Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control No. 1018-0123; International Conservation Grant Programs
Document Number: E8-7648
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-11
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. This ICR revises OMB Control No. 1018-0123 to include our new Wildlife Without Borders Africa Grant Program. The ICR, which is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. 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.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Membership
Document Number: E8-7580
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This document describes the membership makeup of Federal subsistence regional advisory councils established under subsistence management regulations. This document is the final step in an administrative action with respect to those regulations, made necessary because of an order entered by the U.S. District Court for Alaska. The U.S. District Court order made it necessary to give further consideration to alternative methods for assuring balance in membership for regional advisory councils and to provide a complete and thorough administrative record.
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Document Number: E8-7570
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-10
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the Post-delisting Monitoring Plan for the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) (Monitoring Plan). The status of the Distinct Population Segment (DPS) will be monitored over a 5-year period from 2007 through 2012, through annual evaluation of information collected by three states, other partners, and the Service.
Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Residential Construction in Charlotte County, FL
Document Number: E8-7564
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-10
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) and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Peter Mosel (applicant) requests an ITP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant anticipates taking about 0.23 acre of Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) (scrub-jay) foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to lot preparation for the construction of a single-family residence and supporting infrastructure in Charlotte County, Florida (project). The applicant's HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures proposed to address the effects of the project on the scrub-jay.
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Pacific County, WA
Document Number: E8-7452
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) located in Pacific County, Washington. An environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluating effects of various CCP alternatives will also be prepared. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other government agencies and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning and environmental review process. We are also requesting public comments. See DATES and ADDRESSES for details.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting
Document Number: E8-7442
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Receipt of Application of Endangered Species Recovery Permits
Document Number: E8-7435
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We announce our receipt of applications to conduct certain activities pertaining to enhancement of survival of endangered species.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E8-7219
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
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.
Denial of Permits for Marine Mammals
Document Number: E8-7214
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were denied.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E8-7209
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
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.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E8-7188
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart D; Seasonal Adjustments
Document Number: E8-7180
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-07
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 actions to protect caribou populations in Unit 9D and female deer populations in the Northeast Chichagof Controlled Use Area and Unit 4. These actions provide an exception to the Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2007. Those regulations established seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means relating to the taking of wildlife for subsistence uses during the 2007-08 regulatory year.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: E8-7172
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
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.
Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-7170
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host the second meeting of the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee), on April 23-24, 2008. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include the review and approval of Committee groundrules; reports from the Subcommittees on: Existing Guidelines, Guiding Principles, Legal, Landscape Habitat (Mapping), and Other Models/Uncertainty; and briefings from Service regional offices on wind/wildlife issues.
Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket County, MA
Document Number: E8-7165
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and an associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document for Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). We provide this notice in compliance with our planning policy to advise other agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider. We are also requesting public comments.
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Jones and Jasper Counties, GA
Document Number: E8-7000
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-04
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.
Pine Island, Caloosahatchee, and Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuges, Lee County, FL; Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Charlotte County, FL
Document Number: E8-6834
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for Pine Island, Caloosahatchee, Matlacha Pass, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuges. These refuges are located within the J.N. ``Ding'' Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, Ashley, Bradley, and Union Counties, AR; Overflow National Wildlife Refuge, Ashley County, AR
Document Number: E8-6797
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for Felsenthal and Overflow National Wildlife Refuges. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Lee County, FL
Document Number: E8-6790
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for J.N. ``Ding'' Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process. We reopen the comment period, which originally ended on August 13, 2007, as announced in the Federal Register on June 27, 2007 (72 FR 35254). If you have already submitted comments, you are not required to resubmit them.
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Henry, Benton, Decatur, and Humphreys Counties, TN
Document Number: E8-6782
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Helianthus Paradoxus (Pecos Sunflower)
Document Number: E8-5811
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate critical habitat for Helianthus paradoxus (Pecos Sunflower) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 1,305 acres (ac) (528) hectares (ha)) in Chaves, Cibola, and Guadalupe counties, New Mexico, and in Pecos County, Texas, fall within the boundaries of the final critical habitat designation.
Receipt of Applications for Five Incidental Take Permits for the Construction of 24 Single-Family Homes and an Addition to an Existing Single-Family Home in Santa Cruz County, CA
Document Number: E8-6234
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of five Incidental Take Permit (ITP) Applications and Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) from the following five applicants: Hochler Construction, Scotts Valley LLC, James and Melinda Carter, Ronald Sunde, and College Heights Development Corp. Hochler Construction, Scotts Valley LLC, and James and Melinda Carter each request an ITP for a duration of 5 years; Ronald Sunde requests an ITP for a duration of 3 years; and College Heights Development Corp. requests an ITP for a duration of 6 years under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicants collectively anticipate removing a total of approximately 7.23 acres of Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata) occupied habitat incidental to constructing 24 single-family homes and an addition to an existing single-family home in Santa Cruz County, California (Projects). The applicants' HCPs describe the mitigation and minimization measures the applicants propose to address the effects of the Projects on the Mount Hermon June beetle. In addition, the College Heights Development Corp. HCP includes the federally endangered Ben Lomond wallflower (Erysimum teretifolium) and Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana) as covered species, and their HCP describes mitigation and minimization measures for those species as well. We are requesting comments on the permit application and on our preliminary determination that the proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) qualifies as a ``low effect'' HCP, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended. We explain the basis for this possible determination in draft Environmental Action Statements (EAS) and associated Low Effect Screening Forms. The Applicants' Low Effect HCPs describe the mitigation and minimization measures they would implement, as required in Section 10(a)(2)(B) of the Act, to address the effects of the project on the Mount Hermon June beetle. These measures are outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. The draft HCPs and EASs are available for public review.
Tehachapi Uplands Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan
Document Number: E8-6185
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), we, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the public of our intent to gather information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Tehachapi Uplands Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP). Tejon Ranch is preparing the MSHCP to apply for a 50-year incidental take permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, (Act). The permit is needed to authorize the incidental take of threatened and endangered species that could occur as a result of activities covered by the plan. The Service provides this notice to (1) describe the proposed action and possible alternatives; (2) advise other Federal and State agencies, affected Tribes, and the public of our intent to prepare an EIS; (3) announce the initiation of a public scoping period; and (4) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be included in the EIS. A similar Notice of Intent was published on June 25, 2004 (69 FR 35663) when this project was called the Tejon Condor Habitat Conservation Plan. Because the project has been broadened to include additional species, this second Notice of Intent is being published to gather additional information.
List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Fiscal Year 2008 Funding Agreements With Self-Governance Tribes
Document Number: E8-6180
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), publish this notice to list programs or portions of programs that are eligible for inclusion in Fiscal Year 2008 funding agreements with self-governance tribes, and to list programmatic targets under section 405(c)(4) of the Tribal Self-Governance Act.
Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, Hillsborough County, NH
Document Number: E8-6043
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-25
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 (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Wapack National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and request public review and comment on its proposals. We prepared the Draft CCP/EA in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997.
Notice: Receipt of application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit; Request for Comments
Document Number: E8-5741
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The DuPage County Forest Preserve District (District) (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 of 1973, as amended (Act). The permit application includes a draft Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the Applicant and the Service for the Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana). Section 9 of the Act and its implementing regulations prohibit the take of animal species listed as endangered or threatened. The definition of take under the Act includes the following activities: to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect listed animal species, or attempt to engage in such conduct (16 U.S.C. 1538). Section 10 of the Act, 16 U.S.C. 1539, establishes a program whereby persons seeking to pursue activities that otherwise could give rise to liability for unlawful ``take'' of federally protected species may receive a permit, which protects them from such liability. The Hine's emerald dragonfly (HED) was listed as endangered by the Service in January 1995. A Recovery Plan for the species was published in September 2001. The Service has made a preliminary determination that the proposed Agreement 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 and low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review.
Upper Ouachita and Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuges and the Louisiana Wetlands Management District
Document Number: E8-5717
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Upper Ouachita and Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuges and the Louisiana Wetlands Management District in Morehouse, Union, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, Natchitoches, and Grant Parishes, Louisiana, is available for distribution. This Draft CCP/EA was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The Draft CCP/EA describes the Service's proposal for management of these refuges and the wetlands management district over the next 15 years.
Sporting Conservation Council
Document Number: E8-5637
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice announces a meeting of the Sporting Conservation Council (Council). The meeting agenda includes an update on implementation of the Executive Order on hunting heritage and wildlife conservation and plans for a 2008 Policy Session regarding the North American Conservation Model; State/Federal/Tribal Wildlife Management; Habitat Conservation and Management; Funding for Wildlife Conservation; and Perpetuating Hunter Traditions. This meeting is open to the public, and will include a session for the public to comment.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Reviews of 28 Southwestern Species
Document Number: E8-5632
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 5- year reviews of 28 southwestern species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (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 is accurate. The 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the U.S. Population of Coaster Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as Endangered
Document Number: E8-5618
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), concerning the petition to list as endangered a population of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) known as coaster brook trout throughout its known historic range in the conterminous United States. We find that the petition contains substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the U.S. population of coaster brook trout may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the coaster brook trout. At the conclusion of the status review, we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition. To ensure that the status review of the coaster brook trout is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding the coaster brook trout throughout its range. We will make a determination on critical habitat for this species if we initiate a listing action.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
Document Number: E8-5377
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following applicant has applied for a permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits
Document Number: E8-5273
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with threatened and endangered species.
Final Environmental Impact Statement on the White Wind Farm Project in Brookings County, SD
Document Number: E8-5272
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is adopting the Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the White Wind Farm in Brookings County, South Dakota, in support of a right-of-way application submitted by White Wind Farm, LLC.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
Document Number: E8-5265
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following applicants have applied for scientific research permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E8-5211
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
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.
Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2008 Season
Document Number: E8-5181
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) is publishing migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2008 season. This proposed rule establishes regulations that prescribe dates when harvesting of birds may occur, species that can be taken, and methods and means excluded from use. These regulations were developed under a Co-management process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. These regulations enable the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska. The rulemaking is necessary because the regulations governing the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska are subject to annual review. This rulemaking enacts region-specific regulations that go into effect on April 2, 2008, and expire on August 31, 2008.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart C and Subpart D-2008-09 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Shellfish Regulations
Document Number: E8-5130
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This final rule establishes regulations for seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of fish and shellfish for subsistence uses during the 2008-09 regulatory year. The rulemaking is necessary because Subpart D is subject to an annual public review cycle. This rulemaking replaces the fish and shellfish taking regulations included in the ``Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart D2007-08 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Wildlife Regulations,'' which expire on March 31, 2008.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the North American Wolverine as Endangered or Threatened
Document Number: E8-4197
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-11
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 as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), the population of the North American wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) that occurs in the contiguous United States. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we have determined that the population of North American wolverine occurring in the contiguous United States does not constitute a listable entity under the Act. Therefore, we find that the petition to list the North American wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) that occurs in the contiguous United States is not warranted for listing. The Service will continue to seek new information on the taxonomy, biology, ecology, and status of the North American wolverine and we will continue to support cooperative conservation of wolverines in the contiguous United States.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
Document Number: E8-4318
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), find that the proposed revision of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, (Act), should not be made. On September 12, 2006, (71 FR 53840), we proposed to revise the May 24, 1996, designation of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet in Washington, Oregon, and California (61 FR 26256). Under the proposed revision, 3,590,642 acres (ac) (1,363,300 hectares (ha)) were proposed as critical habitat, with 3,368,950 ac (1,363,300 ha) of these lands proposed for exclusion under section 4(b)(2) of the Act. Due to uncertainties regarding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) revisions to its District Resource Management Plans in western Oregon, we have determined that it is not appropriate to revise the designation of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet at this time, as discussed below. Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of section 4(b)(6)(A)(i)(II) of the Act, we find that the proposed revision of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet should not be made. Accordingly, the May 24, 1996, final rule designating critical habitat for the marbled murrelet remains in effect (61 FR 26256).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for 12 Species of Picture-Wing Flies From the Hawaiian Islands
Document Number: E8-4317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-06
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 and the scheduling of public hearings on the revised proposed rule to designate critical habitat for 12 species of Hawaiian picture-wing flies (Drosophila aglaia, D. differens, D. hemipeza, D. heteroneura, D. montgomeryi, D. mulli, D. musaphilia, D. neoclavisetae, D. obatai, D. ochrobasis, D. substenoptera, and D. tarphytrichia) on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The reopened comment period will provide the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties with an additional opportunity to submit written comments on the revised proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they have already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in any final decisions.
Notice of Adoption of an Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E8-4268
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), give notice of our intent to adopt the National Park Service's existing environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project in Marin County, California (Project). We are considering a decision to approve a National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program grant for the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) to assist SCC in implementing the Project. The grant would help SCC restore and conserve a 556-acre coastal wetland ecosystem at the head of Tomales Bay. We propose to adopt the existing EIS/EIR, which evaluates the environmental effects of implementing field and construction activities related to restoring tidal and freshwater marsh habitat on the former dairy farm.
Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan, and Receipt of Applications for Incidental Take Permits from the Broughton Land Company, Columbia County, Washington
Document Number: E8-4262
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The FWS and the NMFS (collectively, the Services) announce the availability for public review of a combined draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) pertaining to an application by the Broughton Land Company (BLC) for incidental take permits (ITPs) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The draft EA/HCP addresses the proposed issuance of ITPs by the Services to the BLC for land management activities in Columbia County, Washington, that are identified in the HCP portion of the draft document. The proposed ITPs would authorize take, incidental to otherwise lawful activities, of the following threatened fish species: the bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus); Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon and the Snake River fall Chinook salmon (both Oncorhynchus tshawytscha); and the middle Columbia River steelhead trout and the Snake River steelhead trout (both O. mykiss). We request comments from the public on the permit applications and the draft EA/HCP, all of which are available for review. The EA/HCP describes the proposed action and the measures that the BLC will implement to minimize and mitigate take of the threatened fish species discussed above. To review the documents, see ``Availability of Documents'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon
Document Number: E8-4258
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, initiate 5-year reviews for 58 species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We request any new information on these species that may have a bearing on their classification as endangered or threatened (see Table 1 below). Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make a finding on whether these species are properly classified under the Act. We also indicate in this notice the 5-year reviews we completed for species in California, Nevada and southern Oregon in FY 2007 and early FY 2008.
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Document Number: E8-4087
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-04
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce that our Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (Plan) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for Arrowwood national wildlife refuge (Refuge) is available. This Final Plan describes how the Service intends to manage the refuge for the next 15 years.
Notice of Availability, Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Action Statement
Document Number: E8-3987
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-03
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), on behalf of the Department of the Interior (DOI), as the natural resource trustee, announces the release for public review of the Draft Natural Resource Damage Restoration Plan and Environmental Action Statement (RP/EAS) for the Lakepoint Wetlands Site in Tooele County, Utah. The Draft RP/EAS presents a preferred alternative that compensates for impacts to natural resources caused by the release of hazardous substances from the Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation (KUCC) North Zone Wetlands National Priorities List Superfund Site.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: E8-3900
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
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.
Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Corvallis, OR
Document Number: E8-3898
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intend to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the William L. Finley, Baskett Slough, and Ankeny National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges). We will also prepare an environmental assessment (EA) evaluating effects of various CCP alternatives. The Refuges are located in the Willamette Valley, within Benton, Linn, Marion, and Polk Counties, Oregon. We are furnishing this notice to advise other government agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain public comments, suggestions, and information on the scope of issues to be considered during the planning process.
Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits
Document Number: E8-3768
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with threatened and endangered species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Critical Habitat for the Contiguous United States Distinct Population Segment of the Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)
Document Number: 08-779
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to revise designated critical habitat for the contiguous United States distinct population segment of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) (lynx) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In the contiguous United States, the lynx generally inhabits cold, moist boreal forests. Approximately 42,753 square miles (mi\2\) (110,727 square kilometers (km\2\)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed revised critical habitat designation. The proposed revised designation would add an additional 40,913 mi\2\ (105,959 km\2\) to the existing critical habitat designation of 1,841 mi\2\ (4,768 km\2\). The proposed revised critical habitat is located in Boundary County, Idaho; Aroostook, Franklin, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Somerset Counties in Maine; Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties in Minnesota; Flathead, Glacier, Granite, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Teton, Gallatin, Park, Sweetgrass, Stillwater, and Carbon Counties in Montana; Chelan and Okanogan Counties in Washington; and Park, Teton, Fremont, Sublette, and Lincoln Counties in Wyoming.