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Notice of Decision and Availability of Decision Documents on the Issuance of Permits for Incidental Take of Threatened and Endangered Species

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of decision.

SUMMARY:

Between November 14, 2001, and November 22, 2002, Region 1 of the Fish and Wildlife Service (we, the Service) approved 11 Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) and associated permits for the incidental take of threatened and endangered species, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also amended two HCPs and associated permits. In addition, we issued two permits for Safe Harbor Agreements and one permit for a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act.

Copies of the permits and associated decision documents are available upon request. Charges for copying, shipping and handling may apply.

ADDRESSES:

Documents are available from the Fish and Wildlife Service, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you would like copies of any of the above documents, please contact Shelly Start Printed Page 3037McKeever, Administrative Assistant, at telephone (503) 231-6241.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 9 of the Act and Federal regulation prohibit the take of wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened, respectively. Under the Act, the term “take” means to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect listed wildlife, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct. The Service may, under limited circumstances, issue permits to authorize take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing permits for threatened and endangered species are found in 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22.

Between November 14, 2001, and November 22, 2002, Region 1 of the Service issued or amended the following permits for incidental take of threatened and endangered species, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) and section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act. We issued or amended each permit after making the following determinations: the application had been submitted in good faith; all permit issuance criteria were met, including the requirement that granting the permit will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species; and the permit was consistent with the Act and applicable regulations, including a thorough review of the environmental effects of the action and alternatives pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Approved plan/permitPermit No.Issuance date
Habitat Conservation Plans:
Redhawk CommunitiesTE051895-001/15/02
Dos Pueblos Golf Links (2 permits)TE045997-001/16/02
TE046002-001/16/02
Temecula Ridge Apartments and Temecula VillageTE052816-002/08/02
Natomas Basin, Metro Air ParkTE036473-002/21/02
Cyanotech Aquaculture FacilityTE051040-003/18/02
Mayer PropertyTE054227-006/04/02
California Department of Corrections Statewide Electrified Fence ProjectTE058060-006/12/02
Multiple Species Conservation Program, County of San Diego Subarea Plan, Permit Amendment for Cielo Ridge and Rancho de LusardiPRT-84041407/09/02
West Fork Timber, Permit Amendment for lynx and bulltroutTE777837-207/24/02
University of California, Davis—2002 Campus ProjectsTE060073-007/31/02
Mission View EstatesTE060752-008/08/02
Lathrop WellsTE060997-008/16/02
AT&T—Point Arena Mountain BeaverTE063833-010/28/02
Candidate Conservation Agreements With Assurances:
Soulen RanchTE055219-009/29/02
Safe Harbor Agreements:
Forster-Gill, Inc.TE057898-006/18/02
Umikoa RanchTE044015-012/05/01

Copies of these permits, the accompanying HCP, Safe Harbor Agreement, or Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances, and associated documents are available upon request. Decision documents for each permit include a Findings and Recommendation; a Biological Opinion; and either a Finding of No Significant Impact, a Record of Decision, or an Environmental Action Statement. Associated documents may also include an Implementing Agreement, Environmental Assessment, or Environmental Impact Statement, as applicable.

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Dated: January 15, 2003.

Rowan W. Gould,

Deputy Regional Director, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 1, Portland, Oregon.

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[FR Doc. 03-1302 Filed 1-21-03; 8:45 am]

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