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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 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 for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the survival of endangered or threatened species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained.

DATES:

We must receive any written comments on or before September 8, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

Send written comments by U.S. mail to the Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 Start Printed Page 52709American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458; or by electronic mail to permitsR3ES@fws.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Carlita Payne, (612) 713-5343.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless the activities are specifically authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species.

A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with U.S. 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) of the ESA 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.

Applications Available for Review and Comment

We invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with the applications 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 Applications

Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of survival of the species in the wild.

Application No.ApplicantSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE217351U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—Forest Service, Nelsonville, OHIndiana bat (Myotis sodalis), northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis), gray bat (Myotis grisescens)OH, KY, ILConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, radio-tag, releaseAmend, renew.
TE03495BKristina Hammond, Cheyenne, WYIndiana bat, northern long-eared batRangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, radio-tag, releaseAmend, renew.
TE64238BJocelyn Karsk, Ball State University, Muncie, INIndiana bat, northern long-eared batRangewideConduct presence/absence, migration, and telemetry surveysCapture, handle, radio-tag, releaseAmend.
TE10887AU.S. Geological Survey, Chesterton, INKarner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)WIEstablish captive colony for climate change researchCapture, collect, obtain eggs, maintain/rear in captivityAmend, renew.
TE77313AEgret Environmental Consulting, LLCIndiana bat, northern long-eared bat, gray bat, Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana)RangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactscapture, handle, radio-tag, releaseAmend.
TE31355BBrooke Hines, Paris, KYIndiana bat, northern long-eared bat, gray bat, Virginia big-eared bat (Plecotus townsendii virginianus), Ozark big-eared bat (Plecotus townsendii ingens)RangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, radio-tag, releaseAmend, renew.
TE049738Third Rock Consultants, LLC, Lexington, KYIndiana bat, northern long-eared bat, gray bat, Virginia big-eared bat, Ozark big-eared bat, American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), 18 fish species, and 50 mussel speciesAL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MS, NC, OH, SC, TNConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle (bats); harass (mussels and fish); capture, handle, release (beetle)Amend, renew.
TE98294ANormandale Associates Inc., Stowe, PAIndiana bat, northern long-eared batIL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WIConduct presence/absence surveysCapture, handle, radio-tag, releaseAmend, renew.
TE01322CUSDA—Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Rhinelander, WIIndiana bat, northern long-eared batRangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, conduct population monitoring, conduct white-nose syndrome researchCapture, handle, radio-tag, band, collect samples, releaseNew.
TE01320CKristi Confortin, Ball State University, Muncie, INIndiana bat, northern long-eared batIL, INConduct presence/absence surveys, conduct population monitoring, conduct white-nose syndrome researchCapture, handle, radio-tag, band, collect samples, release, salvageNew.
TE01311CShawn McKinley, Grafton, WVIndiana bat, northern long-eared bat, gray bat, Virginia big-eared batOHConduct presence/absence surveysCapture, band, releaseNew.
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National Environmental Policy Act

The proposed activities in the requested permits qualify as categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act, as provided by Department of the Interior implementing regulations in part 46 of title 43 of the CFR (43 CFR 46.205, 46.210, and 46.215).

Public Availability of Comments

We seek public review and comments on these permit applications. Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Comments and materials we receive in response to this notice are available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed above in ADDRESSES.

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 ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Dated: July 29, 2016.

Sean Marsan,

Acting Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.

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[FR Doc. 2016-18819 Filed 8-8-16; 8:45 am]

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