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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications

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Notice Of Availability; Request For Comments.

Summary

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered or threatened species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by February 21, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

You may submit comments or requests for copies or more information by any of the following methods. Alternatively, you may use one of the following methods to request hard copies or a CD-ROM of the documents. Please specify the permit you are interested in by number (e.g., Permit No. TE-123456).

  • Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-123456) in the subject line of the message.
  • U.S. Mail: Kris Olsen, Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225.
  • In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call (303) 236-4256 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Kris Olsen, Permit Coordinator Ecological Services, (303) 236-4256 (phone); permitsR6ES@fws.gov (email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Background Back to Top

The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. Along with our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17, the Act provides for permits, and requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act authorizes applicants to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that it facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species.

Applications Available for Review and Comment Back to Top

We invite local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the appropriate permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-123456) for the application when submitting comments.

Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with these applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

Permit Application Number: TE-89150A Back to Top

Applicant: Philip Balch, Wildhorse Riverworks, Topeka, Kansas.

The applicant requests a new permit to take (capture, handle, and release) Arkansas River darter (Notropis girardi), Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus), and Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka), in conjunction with habitat restoration activities throughout the range of each species in Kansas, for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number: TE-038527 Back to Top

Applicant: Scott Campbell, University of Kansas, Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, Kansas.

The applicant requests a new permit to take (hold, propagate, and reintroduce) Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka), in conjunction with recovery activities in Kansas for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number: TE-94140A Back to Top

Applicant: Shawn Silliman, Chaplin Nature Center, Arkansas City, Kansas.

The applicant requests a new permit to take (survey, capture, and tag) American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in conjunction with surveys and population monitoring activities in Kansas for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Back to Top

In compliance with NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), we have made an initial determination that the proposed activities in these permits are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement (516 DM 6 Appendix 1, 1.4C(1)).

Public Availability of Comments Back to Top

All comments and materials we receive in response to this request will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Authority Back to Top

We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)

Dated: January 4, 2013.

Michael G. Thabault,

Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.

[FR Doc. 2013-01170 Filed 1-18-13; 8:45 am]

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