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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

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. With some exceptions, 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 requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

DATES:

To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by July 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

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-067397).

  • Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-067397) in the subject line of the message.
  • U.S. Mail: 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) 236-4212 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathy Konishi, Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (303) 236-4212 (phone); permitsR6ES@fws.gov (email).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

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 part 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 the permittee to conduct activities with United States 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.

Application Available for Review and Comment

We invite local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public to comment on the following applications. Documents and other information the applicant has submitted 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-067397

Applicant: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82006.

The applicant requests the amendment of an existing permit to take (capture, handle, and release) black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) for research and presence/absence surveys within the State of Wyoming under permit TE-067397 for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number: TE-06665B

Applicant: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 1594 W. North Temple, STE 2110, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.

The applicant requests a new permit to take (capture, handle, and release) woundfin (Plagopterus argentissimus) under permit TE-06665B for experimental stocking in the Virgin River within the State of Utah, and outside their perceived historic range, for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number: TE-165829

Applicant: Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, STE 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155.

The applicant requests the renewal of an existing permit to take (collect, handle, and propagate) Barneby ridge-cress (Lepidium barnebyanum), Barney reed-mustard (Schoenocrambe barnebyi), Holmgren milk-vetch (Astragalus holmgreniorum), Kodachrome bladderpod (Lesquerella tumulosa), San Rafael cactus (Pediocactus despainii), Shivwitz milk-vetch (Astragalus ampullarioides), shrubby reed-mustard (Schoenocrambe suffrutenscens), and Wright fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus wrightiae) under permit TE-165829 for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number: TE-049748

Applicant: Utah State University, Ecology Center, 5205 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-5210.

The applicant requests the renewal of an existing permit to take (collect, handle, and take) June sucker (Chasmistes liorus) under permit TE-049748 for research on larval June sucker in Utah Lake and its tributaries for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

National Environmental Policy Act

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (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

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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

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

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Dated: June 4, 2013.

Michael G. Thabault,

Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.

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[FR Doc. 2013-14825 Filed 6-20-13; 8:45 am]

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