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Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period.

DATES:

We must receive your written comments on or before November 13, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

Document availability and comment submission: Submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents and submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TEXXXXXX).

  • Email: permitsr8es@fws.gov.
  • U.S. Mail: Daniel Marquez, Endangered Species Program Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 8, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2606, Sacramento, CA 95825.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Daniel Marquez, via phone at 760-431-9440, via email at permitsr8es@fws.gov, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA.

Background

With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit Start Printed Page 51697is issued that allows such activity. The ESA's definition of “take” includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.

A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found in the Code of Federal Regulations 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.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are those supported by quantitative information or studies.

Application No.Applicant, city, stateSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE-71121CColton Rogers, Concord, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
TE-037806Bureau of Land Management, Bakersfield, California• Kern primrose sphinx moth (Euproserpinus euterpe), • Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides), • Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens), • Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurvey, mark, habitat enhancement, and use pheromonesCapture, handle, release, insert passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags, collect vouchers, perform habitat enhancement, and use pheromonesRenew.
TE-094318Jessica Vinje, Escondido, California• Mexican flannelbush (Fremontodendron mexicanum), • Orcutt's spineflower (Chorizanthe orcuttiana), • Salt marsh bird's-beak (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus), • Willowy monardella (Monardella viminea).CAremove/reduce to possession from lands under Federal jurisdictionCollectRenew and Amend.
TE-85618BBiological Resources Services LLC., Folsom, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseAmend.
TE-205904Heritage Environmental Consultants, LLC., Denver, Colorado• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus).CA, NV, AZ, NMSurveySurveyRenew.
TE-93824CJill Coumoutso, Fontana, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus).CASurveySurveyNew.
TE-101743Daniel Edelstein, Novato, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense),CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
• California Clapper rail (California Ridgway's r.) (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) (R. obsoletus o.).
TE-205609Lawrence Kobernus, San Francisco, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense), • San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia), • Callippe silverspot butterfly (Speyeria callippe callippe).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.Start Printed Page 51698
TE-054011John Green, Riverside, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), • Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), • Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino), • Yuma clapper rail (Yuma Ridgway's r.) (Rallus longirostris yumanensis) (R. obsoletus y.), • San Bernardino Merriam's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus).CA, NV, AZ, TX, NM, UT, COSurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersRenew.
TE-108683Austin Pearson, Coarsegold, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersRenew.
TE-95114CTodd Easley, San Marcos, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus).CASurveySurveyNew.
TE-217119Carie Wingert, Oakhurst, California• Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides), • Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TE-98090CFishbio, Oakdale, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE-98105CScott Thompson, Tahoe City, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
TE-095860Veronica Wunderlich, Pleasant Hill, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense).CASurveyCapture, handle, transport, and releaseRenew.
TE-052744Shannon Hickey, Davis, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), • California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersRenew.
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TE-98470CMichael Burleson, Citrus Heights, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
TE-837439Guy Bruyea, Hemet, California• Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino), • Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis).CASurveySurveyRenew.
TE-35000AUniversity of California, Davis, Davis, California• Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens), • Salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris).CAGenetics researchCapture, handle, mark, obtain genetic samples, releaseRenew and Amend.
TE-148554Amber Heredia, Santa Ana, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus).CA, NV, AZ, NM, UTSurveySurveyRenew.
TE-98536CStillwater Sciences, Mckinleyville, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi), • Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae),  • California freshwater shrimp (Syncaris pacifica).CASurvey and swabCapture, handle, swab, and releaseNew.
TE-83958BJared Elia, Concord, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
TE-99108CFrank Muzio, Alameda, California• California tiger salamander (Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense),CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE-40090BRoland Knapp, Mammoth Lakes, California• Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae), • Mountain yellow-legged frog ((northern California DPS) (Rana muscosa)).CASurvey, research studies, and captive rearCapture, handle, take skin swabs, clip toes, insert PIT tags, collect vouchers, test and treat for disease, transport, and captive rearRenew and Amend.
TE-217401Cristina Slaughter, Santa Barbara, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TE-142436Eric Renfro, Torrance, California• Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis).CASurveySurveyRenew.
TE-99114CDawn Cunningham, Sacramento, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew
TE-793640Jerry Smith, San Jose, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi).CASurvey and researchCapture, handle, collect tissue, and releaseRenew.
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TE-039640Kristopher Alberts, San Diego, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), • Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), • Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino).CA, NVSurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersRenew and Amend.
TE-217402Julie Love, Santa Barbara, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TE-34570ASan Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Milpitas, California• California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) (Sterna a. browni).CAResearchFloat eggs and use decoysAmend.
TE-797315Michael Morrison, College Station, Texas• Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides).CASurveysCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE-98574CRiver Design Group, Corvallis, Oregon• Lost River sucker (Deltistes luxatus), • Shortnose sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris).CA, ORSurvey, tag, genetic researchCapture, handle, insert PIT tags, collect tissue, and releaseNew.
TE-817397John Storrer, Santa Barbara, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense).CASurvey and collect tissueCapture, handle, collect tissue, and releaseRenew.
TE-02474DGaylene Tupen, Lincoln, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurvey and educational workshopsCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
TE-02478DJennifer. Jackson, Imperial Beach, California• California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) (Sterna a. browni).CANest monitoringNest MonitoringNew.
TE-02480DBargas Environmental Consulting, Sacramento, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
TE-081298Daniel Weinberg, Albany, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi), • California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersRenew.
TE-02481DAnna Godinho, Oakhurst, California• Fresno kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides exilis), • Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE-02538DGregory Wattley, Pittsburg, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
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TE-041668Cleveland National Forest, San Diego, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), • Least Bell's vireo (Vireo belli pusillus), • Arroyo toad (arroyo southwestern) (Anaxyrus californicus), • Dodecahema leptoceras (slender-horned spineflower), • Allium munzii (Munz's onion), • Astragalus brauntonii (Braunton's milkvetch), • Berberis nevinii (Nevin's barberry), • Eryngium aristulatum var. parishii (San Diego button celery), • Poa atropurpurea (San Bernardino bluegrass).CASurvey, nest monitoring, and plant collectionSurvey, nest monitoring, and plant collectionRenew.
TE-745541SJM Biological Consultants, Flagstaff, Arizona• San Bernardino Merriam's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus), • Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi), • Pacific pocket mouse (Perognathus longimembris pacificus), • Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis), • Yuma clapper rail (Yuma Ridgway's r.) (Rallus longirostris yumanensis) (R. obsoletus y.).CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TE-094642Brad Shaffer, Los Angeles, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense).CAGenetic research and mesocosm studyCollect eggs, sacrifice, collect tissue, and PIT tagAmend.
TE-64146APatricia Valcarcel, San Francisco, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersAmend.
TE-797267Triple HS, Inc., Los Gatos, California• Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens).CAHabitat restorationCapture, temporarily hold in captivity, and releaseAmend.
TE-62708BMary Halterman, Onyx, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus).CASurveySurveyRenew and Amend.
TE-53771BErin Bergman, La Mesa, California• El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni).CASurveySurveyAmend.

Public Availability of Comments

Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety.

Next Steps

If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

Authority

We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Angela Picco,

Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California.

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[FR Doc. 2018-22250 Filed 10-11-18; 8:45 am]

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