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Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge, Casper, WY
Document Number: E6-9445
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated environmental documents for Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in central Wyoming. The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with Service CCP policy to advise other agencies and the public of its intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process.
Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-5460
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
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 Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge is available for public review and comment. This Draft CCP/EA was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, as amended, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The Draft CCP/EA describes the Service's proposal for management of the refuge for 15 years.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Perdido Key Beach Mouse, Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse, and St. Andrew Beach Mouse
Document Number: 06-5441
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-16
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the comment period and a public hearing on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis), Choctawhatchee beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys), and St. Andrew beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus peninsularis) and the availability of the draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531, et seq. (Act). We are also using this comment period to modify the boundary of proposed critical habitat unit CBM-5 for Choctawhatchee beach mouse and PKBM-5 for Perdido Key beach mouse, correct an error made in the proposed rule, and solicit further comments on the proposed rule. The draft economic analysis finds that costs associated with conservation activities for the three beach mice are forecast to range from $60.4 million to $107.7 million in undiscounted dollars over the next 20 years. Adjusted for possible inflation, the costs would range from $56.3 million to $103.3 million over 20 years, or $3.8 million to $6.9 million annually using a three percent discount; or $52.5 million to $99.4 million over 20 years, or $5.0 million to $9.4 million annually using a seven percent discount rate. We are reopening the 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 as part of this comment period and will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Fender's Blue Butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi
Document Number: E6-9323
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-15
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 on the proposal to designate critical habitat for the Fender's blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi, Lupinus sulphureus ssp. kincaidii (Kincaid's lupine), and Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens (Willamette daisy) and the availability of the draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat. The draft economic analysis has been completed and we are publishing a notice of availability in the Federal Register and requesting comments. The economic analysis for the prairie species concluded that the potential future costs associated with conservation activities for the species are estimated to range from $25.3 to $52.7 million over 20 years in undiscounted 2006 dollars. Costs are estimated to range from $19.1 to $40.3 million over 20 years, or $1.3 to 2.7 million annually using a three percent discount rate. Costs are estimated to range from $15.3 to $32.6 million over 20 years, or $1.4 to $3.1 annually using a seven percent discount rate. The activities affected by species conservation efforts may include development, management of public and conservancy lands (``conservation''), transportation operations, and the Benton County Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties 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 as part of this comment period, and will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 31-1741; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA081663
Document Number: E6-9208
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460 (Dr. Howard C. Rosenbaum, Principal Investigator) has requested an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 31-1741/MA081663.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: E6-9183
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
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.
Receipt of Application for Formal Modification of Issued Incidental Take Permit (ITP); Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA); Baldwin County, AL
Document Number: E6-9170
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of an EA and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)/Application for amendment to an issued incidental take permit. D & E Investments (permittee) requests an amendment to its ITP Number PRT-787172, which was issued in 1994 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), for the take of the Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) (ABM). The proposed take would be incidental to otherwise lawful activities, including the construction, occupancy, use, operation, and maintenance of a residential condominium at Kiva Dunes on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Proposed Programmatic Statewide Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Agreement, AL
Document Number: E6-9169
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR, or Applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit (ESP) under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The ESP application includes a proposed Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (RCW) for a period of 99 years, along with a supporting Environmental Assessment (EA). We announce the opening of a 30-day comment period and request comments from the public on the proposed SHA and the supporting EA.
Endangered Species Recovery Permits
Document Number: E6-9168
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
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.
Endangered Species Recovery Permit Application
Document Number: E6-9164
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
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; Establishment of Nonessential Experimental Population Status for 15 Freshwater Mussels, 1 Freshwater Snail, and 5 Fishes in the Lower French Broad River and in the Lower Holston River, Tennessee
Document Number: 06-5233
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in cooperation with the State of Tennessee and Conservation Fisheries, Inc., a nonprofit organization, propose to reintroduce 15 mussels listed as endangered under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act): Appalachian monkeyface (pearlymussel) (Quadrula sparsa), birdwing pearlymussel (Conradilla caelata = Lemiox rimosus), cracking pearlymussel (Hemistena or currently =Lastena lata), Cumberland bean (pearlymussel) (Villosa trabalis), Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens), Cumberland monkeyface (pearlymussel) (Quadrula intermedia), dromedary pearlymussel (Dromus dromas), fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria), fine-rayed pigtoe (Fusconaia cuneolus), orangefoot pimpleback (pearlymussel) (Plethobasus cooperianus), oyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis), ring pink (mussel) (Obovaria retusa), rough pigtoe (Pleurobema plenum), shiny pigtoe (Fusconaia cor), and white wartyback (pearlymussel) (Plethobasus cicatricosus); 1 endangered aquatic snail: Anthony's riversnail (Athearnia anthonyi); 2 endangered fishes: duskytail darter (Etheostoma percnurum) and pygmy madtom (Noturus stanauli); and 3 fishes listed as threatened under section 4 of the Act: slender chub (Erimystax cahni), spotfin chub (=turquoise shiner) (Erimonax monachus), and yellowfin madtom (Noturus flavipinnis) into their historical habitat in the free-flowing reach of the French Broad River below Douglas Dam to its confluence with the Holston River, Knox County, Tennessee, and in the free-flowing reach of the Holston River below Cherokee Dam to its confluence with the French Broad River. Based on the evaluation of species experts, none of these 21 species currently exist in these river reaches or their tributaries. These species are being reintroduced under the authority of section 10(j) of the Act and would be classified as a nonessential experimental population (NEP). The geographic boundaries of the proposed NEP would extend from the base of Douglas Dam (river mile (RM) 32.3 (51.7 kilometers (km)) down the French Broad River, Knox and Sevier Counties, Tennessee, to its confluence with the Holston River and then up the Holston River, Knox, Grainger, and Jefferson Counties, Tennessee, to the base of Cherokee Dam (RM 52.3 (83.7 km)) and would include the lower 5 RM (8 km) of all tributaries that enter these river reaches. These proposed reintroductions are recovery actions and are part of a series of reintroductions and other recovery actions that the Service, Federal and State agencies, and other partners are conducting throughout the species' historical ranges. This proposed rule provides a plan for establishing the NEP and provides for limited allowable legal take of these 16 mollusks and 5 fishes within the defined NEP area. We have decided to include all 21 species in a single rulemaking to allow us to restore the aquatic ecosystem as quickly as possible as we bring each of these species on line in the propagation facilities. We have reasons to believe all of these species co-existed in the past, and also want the public to understand that all of these species will be reintroduced into the same stretch of river rather than being confused by 21 separate NEPs.
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Lima, MT
Document Number: E6-9068
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated environmental documents for Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Lima, Montana. The Service is furnishing this notice in compliance with Service CCP policy to advise other agencies and the public of its intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process.
Post Ranch Inn Habitat Conservation Plan, Monterey County, CA
Document Number: E6-9066
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Post Ranch Limited Partnership (Applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The proposed permit would authorize take of the federally endangered Smith's blue butterfly (Euphilotes enoptes smithi) and federally threatened California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii) incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the expansion and operation of an existing inn, which would remove 0.003 acre of Smith's blue butterfly habitat and 0.826 acre of California red-legged frog upland habitat within a 91.98 acre parcel in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. We invite comments from the public on the permit application, which is available for review. The application includes a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), that fully describes the proposed project and the measures that the applicant would undertake to minimize and mitigate anticipated take of the Smith's blue butterfly and California red-legged frog, as required in section 10(a)(2)(B) of the Act. We also invite comments on our preliminary determination that the HCP qualifies as a ``low-effect'' plan, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. We explain the basis for this possible determination in a draft Environmental Action Statement, which is also available for public review.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-9049
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-12
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.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-9048
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Amended Designation of Critical Habitat for the Wintering Population of the Piping Plover
Document Number: 06-5192
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to amend critical habitat for the wintering population of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) in North Carolina under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 1,827 acres (ac) (739 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed amended critical habitat designation, located in Dare and Hyde counties, North Carolina.
Refuge-Specific Public Use Regulations for Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: E6-8873
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are opening certain private lands within the boundaries of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to public use with a permit. We are taking this action to comply with our commitments made under a Conservation Easement among the United States, the State of Alaska, and Koniag, Inc. The Conservation Easement furthers the missions of the Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System and the purposes of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. While the Conservation Easement encompasses more than 56,000 acres, the lands affected by this rule are only those easement lands within a \1/2\-mile band of land on either side of the Karluk River and lands within \1/2\ mile of the shoreline of Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The rule will apply as long as the Conservation Easement is in place. Without this rule, the Service would fail to comply with the terms of the Conservation Easement.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Spikedace and Loach Minnow
Document Number: E6-8645
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment for the proposal to designate critical habitat for the spikedace (Meda fulgida) and loach minnow (Tiaroga cobitis) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The draft economic analysis finds that costs associated with spikedace and loachminnow conservation activities are forecast to range from $25.2 million to $100.3 million in constant dollars over the next 20 years. Adjusted for possible inflation the costs would range from $19.0 million to $83.6 million over 20 years, or $1.3 million to $5.7 million annually, using a three percent discount; or $13.9 million to $69.2 million over 20 years, or $1.4 million to $6.7 million over 20 years annually, using a seven percent discount rate. We are also reopening the public comment period for the proposal to designate critical habitat to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment on and request changes to the proposed critical habitat designation, as well as the associated draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment. In addition, we are proposing corrected legal descriptions for some of the critical habitat units. Comments previously submitted on the December 20, 2005, proposed rule need not be resubmitted as they have been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. We will hold two public informational sessions and hearings (see DATES and ADDRESSES sections).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Critical Habitat for Five Endangered and Two Threatened Mussels in Four Northeast Gulf of Mexico Drainages
Document Number: 06-5075
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-06
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 fat threeridge, shinyrayed pocketbook, Gulf moccasinshell, Ochlockonee moccasinshell, and oval pigtoe, and the threatened Chipola slabshell and purple bankclimber (collectively referred to as the seven mussels), pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We propose to designate 11 units encompassing approximately 1,864 kilometers (1,158 miles) of river and stream channels as critical habitat. Proposed critical habitat includes portions of the Econfina Creek drainage in Florida, the ApalachicolaChattahoocheeFlint River drainage in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, the Ochlockonee River drainage in Florida and Georgia, and the Suwannee River drainage in Florida.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-Year Review of the Northern Distinct Population Segment of the Copperbelly Water Snake
Document Number: E6-8565
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), announces a 5-year review of the northern distinct population segment (DPS) (i.e., in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana north of 40 degrees north latitude) of the copperbelly water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta) under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We request any information on the snake that has become available since its original listing in 1997 (62 FR 4183) that has a bearing on its classification as threatened. A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the classification of a listed species is appropriate. It is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. Based on the results of this 5-year review, we will make a finding of whether this species is properly classified under section 4(c)(2)(B) of the Act.
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 1008-1637; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA100875
Document Number: 06-5054
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given that John Wise, Ph.D., Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104, has been issued an amendment to Permit No. 1008-1637-01 to receive, import, and export marine mammals parts for purposes of scientific research.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Paiute Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA
Document Number: 06-4918
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as the lead agency, advises the public that we intend to gather information necessary to prepare, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service), an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Paiute Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project (Project). The Forest Service is a cooperating agency because activities within designated wilderness on National Forest System lands require Forest Service approval (36 CFR 261.9f, 293.6c). 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 30-day public scoping period; and (4) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues and alternatives to be included in the EIS.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-8478
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
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.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-8475
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
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.
Issuance of Permits
Document Number: E6-8462
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following permits were issued.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Monardella linoides
Document Number: E6-8459
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-01
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 proposed designation of critical habitat for Monardella linoides ssp. viminea (willowy monardella) and the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat. We are reopening the 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 on the November 9, 2005, proposed critical habitat rule need not be resubmitted as they have already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in our final determination.
Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Construction of a Commercial Building in Brevard County, FL
Document Number: E6-8452
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Generation Builders (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 0.77 acre of Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)(scrub-jay) foraging and sheltering habitat for a one-year term, incidental to lot preparation for the construction of a commercial building and supporting infrastructure in Brevard 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.
Draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan; Issuance of a Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permit for Incidental Take of the Houston Toad in Bastrop County, TX (George Stokes)
Document Number: E6-8451
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
George Stokes (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit (TE-126322-0) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended. The requested permit, which is for a period of five years, would authorize incidental take of the Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis). The proposed take would occur as a result of the construction and occupation of a single family residence, guest home, and associated structures on a 14.049-acre (5.68-hectare) property located on Park Road 1-C, Bastrop County, Texas. We invite the public to review and comment on the permit application and associated draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP).
Environmental Document on Endangered Species Recovery Permit Application
Document Number: E6-8353
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') intends to prepare an environmental document (environmental assessment or environmental impact statement) for the proposed issuance of a permit to conduct non-lethal and lethal take activities with the endangered gray wolf (Canis lupus) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act. We solicit comments from the public, as well as local, State and Federal agencies for an environmental evaluation under NEPA of the proposed permit. Comments already received from individuals and organizations in response to the January 10, 2006, Federal Register notice of receipt of the permit application have been considered. Those respondents need not comment again unless they wish to provide new information on the permit application or environmental analysis.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: 06-4913
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-30
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 the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge are available for review and comment. This Draft CCP/EA was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, as amended, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The Draft CCP/EA describes the Service's proposal for management of the refuge for 15 years.
Delta and Breton National Wildlife Refuges
Document Number: 06-4907
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, intends to gather information necessary to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and its implementing regulations. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires the Service to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a comprehensive conservation plan is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, plans identify wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. The purpose of this notice is to achieve the following: (1) Advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and (2) Obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental document.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Supplemental Proposals for Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations for the 2006-07 Hunting Season; Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 06-4896
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-30
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter, Service or we) proposed in an earlier document to establish annual hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds for the 2006-07 hunting season. This supplement to the proposed rule provides the regulatory schedule; announces the Service Migratory Bird Regulations Committee and Flyway Council meetings; provides Flyway Council recommendations resulting from their March meetings; and provides regulatory alternatives for the 2006-07 duck hunting seasons.
Information Collection Renewal To Be Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB Control Number 1018-0014; Special Use Permit Application for National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska
Document Number: E6-8198
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (Fish and Wildlife Service, Service) plan to request that OMB renew approval for our information collection associated with the application for special use permits on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The current OMB control number for this information collection is 1018-0014, which expires September 30, 2006. We will request that OMB renew approval of this information collection for a 3-year term.
Record of Decision for the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin
Document Number: E6-8124
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the decision and availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in accordance with 40 CFR 1506.6(b). A thorough analysis of the environmental, social, and economic considerations was completed and included in the Final CCP/EIS. The Final CCP/EIS was released to the public and a Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register, 71 FR 5874, February 3, 2006. The ROD documents the selection of Alternative C, the Preferred Alternative in the Final CCP/EIS. The ROD was signed by the Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region, on April 18, 2006.
Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mingo, Pilot Knob, and Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), Wayne and Stoddard Counties, MO
Document Number: E6-8119
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for Mingo, Pilot Knob, and Ozark Cavefish NWRs, Missouri. The CCP was prepared pursuant to 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. Goals and objectives in the CCP describe how the agency intends to manage the refuge over the next 15 years.
Draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan; Issuance of a Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permit for Incidental Take of the Golden-Cheeked Warbler and Black-Capped Vireo by TXU Electric Delivery During the Construction and Operation of a 16-Mile 138 kV Transmission Line in Portions of Bell and Coryell Counties, TX
Document Number: E6-8118
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-26
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
TXU Electric Delivery (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit (TE- 125388-0) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended. The requested permit, which is for a period of five years, would authorize incidental take of the golden-cheeked warbler (Dendroica chyrosparia) and black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla). The proposed take would occur as a result of the construction and continued operation of a 16-mile (26-kilometer), 138 kV transmission line within Bell and Coryell counties, Texas. We invite the public to review and comment on the permit application and associated draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP).
Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for “Guidelines for Living With Florida Panthers and the Interagency Florida Panther Response Plan” and Notice of Receipt of an Application for Amendment to an Endangered Species Permit
Document Number: E6-8013
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-25
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) is one of the rarest large mammals in the United States. The panther is protected as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (Act) and Florida statutes. Due to the panther's potential for extinction, conflicts with humans raise issues that require careful consideration and action such that the intent and ability to conserve the species is unaltered while the safety of the public remains paramount. We announce the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) that considers alternatives for managing panther-human conflicts. The alternatives are intended to result in nonsignificant impacts to panthers, humans and the environment. The public is also invited to comment on an application for amendment to a permit to conduct certain activities with endangered and threatened species. This notice is provided under section 10(c) of the Act.
Notice of Availability of Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Finding of No Significant Impact for Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), Sherman, TX
Document Number: E6-8003
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that the Final CCP is available for the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). This CCP is prepared pursuant to 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, and describes how the Service intends to manage this Refuge over the next 15 years.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (Otay-Sweetwater Unit and Vernal Pools Stewardship Project), San Diego County, CA
Document Number: E6-7911
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and an associated environmental assessment for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge 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. 668dd-668ee et seq), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370d). The Service is providing this notice to advise other agencies, Tribal Governments, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of the issues and alternatives to include in the CPP and the environmental document.
Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force and Klamath Fishery Management Council
Document Number: E6-7910
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a joint meeting of the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force and Klamath Fishery Management Council. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to allow affected interests to continue providing recommendations to us on implementation of our program to restore anadromous fisheries, including salmon and steelhead, in the Klamath River in California and Oregon.
Notice of Meeting of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group
Document Number: E6-7908
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The TAMWG affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River restoration efforts to the Trinity Management Council. Primary objectives of the meeting will include: Trinity River Restoration Program Fiscal Year 2007 budget; Hoopa Valley and Yurok tribal perspectives; Trinity River Restoration Program emphasis on tributaries and watersheds; science framework; Executive Director's report; reports from Trinity River Restoration Program workgroups; Trinity River Restoration Program strategic plan; TAMWG member presentation; and CVPIA program review. Completion of the agenda is dependent on the amount of time each item takes. The meeting could end early if the agenda has been completed. The meeting is open to the public.
Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits
Document Number: E6-7906
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
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.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Delist the California Brown Pelican and Initiation of a 5-Year Review for the Brown Pelican
Document Number: E6-7715
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-24
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 remove the California brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants pursuant to section 4(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. We, therefore, are initiating a status review of the California brown pelican to determine if delisting under the Act is warranted. We note that the taxon on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Species is the brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). The petition requests specifically the delisting of the California brown pelican, (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus), rather than the delisting of the entire listed entity. Brown pelicans in coastal States along the Atlantic Coast and in Florida and Alabama were removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on February 4, 1985 (50 FR 4938). The brown pelican remains listed as endangered throughout the remainder of its range in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Because a status review is also required for the 5-year review of listed species under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act, we are electing to initiate a 5-year review of the brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) throughout its range and prepare these reviews simultaneously. 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. To ensure that the reviews are comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-month Finding for a Petition to List the California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis
Document Number: 06-4695
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-24
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 California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. After reviewing the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that the petitioned action is not warranted. However, we will continue to seek new information on the biology of the species as well as potential threats. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the species. This information will help us monitor the status of this species.
Notice of Meeting of the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup
Document Number: E6-7825
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice announces a meeting of the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup. The purpose of the Workgroup is to provide, in an advisory capacity, recommendations and advice on research and implementation of sea lamprey control techniques alternative to lampricide, if they are found to be technically feasible, cost effective, and environmentally safe. Primary objectives of the meeting will include a review of Federal Advisory Committee Act requirements, discussion of the Workgroup's mission, discussion of workgroup operating procedures, and an overview of recent developments in alternative sea lamprey control technology. The meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, Devils Lake, ND
Document Number: E6-7824
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-23
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to gather information necessary to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and associated environmental documents for Sullys Hill National Game Preserve (NGP) located in Devils Lake, North Dakota. The Service is issuing this notice in compliance with its policy to advise other organizations and the public of its intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process.
Proposed Programmatic Statewide Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Agreement, North Carolina
Document Number: E6-7731
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice advises the public that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC, or Applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit (ESP) under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The ESP application includes a proposed Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (RCW) for a period of 99 years, along with a supporting Environmental Assessment (EA). We announce the opening of a 30-day comment period and request comments from the public on the proposed SHA and the supporting EA.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
Document Number: E6-7728
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The following applicants have applied for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Research To Support Outdoor Recreation Management at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
Document Number: E6-7608
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-18
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have requested that OMB approve our information collection associated with research to support outdoor recreation management at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Errol, New Hampshire. We have requested that OMB approve this information collection for a 1-year term.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: E6-7607
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-18
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.