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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of availability; request for comments.


We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to Start Printed Page 54120comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the survival of endangered species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained.


To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by September 14, 2016.


You may submit comments or requests for copies or more information by any of the following methods. 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-XXXXXX).

  • Email: Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX) 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 (719) 628-2670 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.
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Kathy Konishi, Recovery Permits Coordinator, Ecological Services, (719) 628-2670 (phone); (email).

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The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The Act 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 Act authorizes the permittees 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) 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, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with their 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 Application Number TE051828

Applicant: Smithsonian National Zoo Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, VA.

The applicant requests a renewed permit to continue with the propagation of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) in assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's captive breeding program for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number TE047808

Applicant: National Park Service, Moab, UT.

The applicant requests a renewal for an existing permit to continue presence/absence surveys for southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) in Utah for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

Permit Application Number TE053961

Applicant: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha, NE.

The applicant requests a renewal to propagate and rear Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana) for reintroduction purposes to enhance the species' survival.

Permit Application Number TE049109

Applicant: Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, Salt Lake City, UT.

The applicant requests a renewal for genetic research and to collect vouchers, propagate, and collect seeds for banking for autumn buttercup (Ranunculus acriformis aestivalis), Barneby reed-mustard (Schoenocrambe branebyi), Barneby ridge-cress (Lepidium barnebyanum), clay phacelia (Phacelia argillacea), Holmgren milk-vetch (Astrabalus 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) for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

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 Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR 46.205, 46.210, and 46.215).

Public Availability of Comments

All comments and materials we receive in response to these requests will be 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.


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

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Michael G. Thabault,

Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.

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[FR Doc. 2016-19351 Filed 8-12-16; 8:45 am]