Jim Rush, Green Builder Inc. (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). The Applicant has been assigned permit number TE-029949-0. The requested permit, which is for a period of 5 years, would authorize the incidental take of the endangered Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis). The proposed take would occur as a result of the construction and occupation of two single family residences on up to 0.5 acres each of the following two lots in the Circle D Country Acres Subdivision, Bastrop County, Texas: (1) the 0.567-acre Lot 48, Section 8, and, (2) the 0.493-acre Lot 70, Section 8.
The Service has prepared the Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) for the incidental take application. A determination of jeopardy to the species or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will not be made until at least 30 days from the date of publication of this notice. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the Act and National Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).
Written comments on the application should be received on or before August 16, 2000.
Persons wishing to review the application may obtain a copy by writing to the Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103. Persons wishing to review the EA/HCP may obtain a copy by contacting Tannika Engelhard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512/490-0057). Documents will be available for public inspection by written request, by appointment only, during normal business hours (8:00 to 4:30) at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, Texas. Written data or comments concerning the application and EA/HCP should be submitted to the Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, Texas, at the above address. Please refer to permit number TE-029949-0 (Rush) when submitting comments.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tannika Engelhard at the above U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin Office.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 9 of the Act prohibits the “taking” of endangered species such as the Houston toad. However, the Service, under limited circumstances, may issue permits to take endangered wildlife species incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. Regulations governing permits for endangered species are at 50 CFR 17.22.
Jim Rush, Green Builder, Inc. plans to construct a single family residence on up to 0.5 acres of the 0.567-acre Lot 48, Section 8 and of the 0.493-acre Lot 70, Section 8 in the Circle D Country Acres Subdivision, Bastrop County, Texas. This action will eliminate less than 1.0 acre (0.5 acres or less per homesite) of Houston toad habitat and result in indirect impacts within the lot. The Applicant proposes to compensate for this incidental take of the Houston toad by providing $3,000.00 ($1,500.00 per homesite) to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the specific purpose of land acquisition and management within Houston toad habitat, as identified by the Service.Start Signature
Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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