Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
Notice of receipt of application for an extension of incidental take permit; availability of proposed low-effect habitat conservation plans; request for comment/information.
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from The Commons Group, LLC (Applicant) for an extension of incidental take permit (ITP) # TE126179-0 for 10 years under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We request public comment on the permit application and plan, as well as on our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as low-effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review.
To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by December 14, 2009.
If you wish to review the application and HCP, you may request documents by U.S. mail, e-mail, or phone (see below). These documents are also available for public inspection by appointment during normal business Start Printed Page 58653hours at the office below. Send your comments or requests by any one of the following methods.
E-mail: email@example.com. Use “Attn: Permit number TE126179-0” as your message subject line.
Fax: Field Supervisor, (904) 731-3045, Attn.: Permit number TE126179-0.
U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Ecological Services Field Office, Attn: Permit number TE126179-0, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
In-person drop-off: You may drop off information during regular business hours at the above office address.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Erin Gawera, telephone: (904) 731-3121, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 9 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our implementing Federal regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17 prohibit the “take” of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. Take of listed fish or wildlife is defined under the Act as “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct” (16 U.S.C. 1532). However, under limited circumstances, we issue permits to authorize incidental take—i.e., take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity.
Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. The Act's take prohibitions do not apply to federally listed plants on private lands unless such take would violate State law. In addition to meeting other criteria, an incidental take permit's proposed actions must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plants.
The applicant has been approved for take of approximately 7.5 ac of occupied Florida scrub-jay foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to construction of a commercial park, and seeks a 10-year extension on an existing permit. The 9-ac project is located on the southeast corner of Wickham Road and Summer Brook Drive within Section 31, Township 26 South, Range 37 East, Brevard County, Florida. The project includes development of a commercial park and the associated infrastructure, and landscaping. The applicant has been approved to mitigate for the take of the Florida scrub-jay through the deposit of $149,940 to the Nature Conservancy's Conservation Fund for the management and conservation of the Florida scrub-jay based on Service Mitigation Guidelines available on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/Scrub-Jays/scrubjays.htm.
Our Preliminary Determination
We have determined that the applicant's proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, we determined that the ITP is a “low-effect” project and qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as provided by the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2 Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 Appendix 1). The notice for this permit was published in the Federal Register on November 8, 2006 (71 FR 65540), and the ITP was issued on December 14, 2006. A low-effect HCP is one involving (1) Minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources.
We will evaluate the plan and comments we receive to determine whether the ITP extension application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we determine that the application meets these requirements, we will issue the extension of ITP # TE126179-0. In December 2006 we determined issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation. We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether or not to issue the ITP extension. If the requirements are met, we will issue the permit extension to the applicant.
If you wish to comment on the permit application, plan, and associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods in ADDRESSES.
Public Availability of Comments
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, 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.
We provide this notice under Section 10 of the Act and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).Start Signature
Dated: October 16, 2009.
David L. Hankla,
Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office.
[FR Doc. E9-27333 Filed 11-12-09; 8:45 am]
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