Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
Notice of availability.
Michael Laster and Elizabeth Pardue (Applicants) have applied for an incidental take permit (TE-053011-0) pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). The requested permit would authorize the incidental take of the endangered Houston toad. The proposed take would occur as a result of the construction and occupation of a single-family residence on approximately 0.5 acres of a 10.004-acre property in Cottletown Ranches Subdivision, Bastrop County, Texas.
DATES : Written comments on the application should be received within 30 days of the date of this publication.
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, Room 4102, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103. Persons wishing to review the EA/HCP may obtain a copy by contacting Clayton Napier, 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 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, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512/490-0057). Please refer to permit number TE-053011-0 when submitting comments.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Clayton Napier, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512/490-0057).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 Fish and Wildlife Service (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.
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).
Applicant: Michael Laster and Elizabeth Pardue plan to construct a single-family residence, within 5 years, on approximately 0.5 acres of a 10.004-acre property in Cottletown Ranches Subdivision, Bastrop County, Texas. Houston toads have been documented on or within one mile of the Cottletown Ranches Subdivision, which is evidence that take of the Houston toad will occur on this subject property. Therefore, the Service has recommended that the landowner apply for a 10(a)(1)(B) permit to be fully covered under the Endangered Species Act for any incidental take of the toad that may occur as a result of the Applicants' activities on the subject property. The Applicants voluntarily have agreed to apply for a 10(a)(1)(B) permit to reduce their risk of liability.
This action will eliminate 0.5 acres or less 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 to the Houston Toad Conservation Fund at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the specific purpose of land acquisition and management within Houston toad habitat.Start Signature
Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region.
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