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Endangered Species; 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 species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. 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 written data or comments on the applications by December 13, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

Reviewing Documents: Documents and other information submitted with the applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Start Printed Page 56367Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act. Submit a request for a copy of such documents to Karen Marlowe (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Submitting Comments: If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by one of the following methods:

  • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office, Ecological Services, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30345 (Attn: Karen Marlowe, Permit Coordinator).
  • Email: permitsR4ES@fws.gov. Please include your name and return address in your email message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that we have received your email message, contact us directly at the telephone number listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Karen Marlowe, Permit Coordinator, 404-679-7097 (telephone), karen_marlowe@fws.gov (email), or 404-679-7081 (fax). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

We invite review and comment from local, State, and Federal agencies and the public on applications we have received for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered and threatened species under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and our regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17. With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activities. The ESA's definition of “take” includes hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing, and also such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting.

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 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.

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.

Permit application No.ApplicantSpecies/numbersLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE 676379-6National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami, FLHawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtlesFlorida, Mississippi, and TexasTurtle Excluder Device (TED) certification trials and nest surveys and excavationConduct nest surveys, locate egg chambers, screen and mark nests, monitor nests for hatching, and excavate nests. Remove Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings from wild to rear in captivity for a period of 1-2 years for use in TED certification trialsRenewal and Amendment.
TE 97308A-1John L. Harris, Scott, AR19 species of freshwater musselsAlabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and WisconsinPresence/absence surveys, population estimate surveys, and DNA samplingRemove from substrate, handle, identify, collect tissue swabs, return to substrate, and salvage relic shellsRenewal.
TE 48576B-1Carson Wood, Castle Hayne, NCRed-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis)Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South CarolinaPopulation management and monitoringCapture, band, monitor nest cavities, construct and monitor artificial nest cavities and restrictors, and salvageRenewal.
TE 86956C-0Robert Davis, Tallahassee, FL16 species of freshwater musselsAlabama, Florida, and GeorgiaPresence/absence surveysRemove from the substrate, handle, identify, and return to substrateNew.
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TE 041314-6U.S. Army, Fort Polk, LARed-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) and Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni)Fort Polk Military Base, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Red-cockaded woodpecker translocation activities also in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and TexasPopulation management and monitoring and screening for diseaseRed-cockaded woodpecker: Capture, band, translocate, monitor nest cavities, construct and monitor artificial nest cavities and restrictors. Louisiana pine snake: capture, handle, measure, weigh, PIT-tag, swab, remove radio transmitters, and collect blood, fecal, and shed skin samplesRenewal and Amendment.
TE 88796C-0Geological Survey of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, ALWatercress darter (Etheostoma nuchale)Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge, Bessemer, AlabamaPresence/absence and population surveysCapture with seine nets, identify, and releaseNew.
TE 89030C-0Mark Strong, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC25 species of plantsLake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, FloridaCollect genomic tissue samples and herbarium vouchersCollect leaf tissue samples and a single branch or small above-ground portion of the plantNew.
TE 171594-1Craig Martin, Wetland Sciences, Inc., Pensacola, FLAlabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates), Choctawhatchee beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys), and Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis)Alabama and FloridaPresence/absence surveysCapture, identify, and releaseRenewal and Amendment.
TE 97394A-3Zachary Couch, Pleasureville, KYGray bats (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis), Northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis), and Virginia big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus)Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and WyomingPresence/absence surveys, population monitoring, and studies to document habitat useEnter hibernacula or maternity roost caves, capture with mist nets or harp traps, handle, identify, band, radio-tag, light-tag, collect hair samples, wing-punch, and salvageRenewal.
TE 02200B-1Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GAHelonias bullata (Swamp pink), Platanthera integrilabia (White fringeless orchid), Sarracenia oreophila (Green pitcher plant), Spiraea virginiana (Virginia spiraea), Trillium persistens (Persistent trillium), Trillium reliquum (Relict trillium), and Xyris tennesseensis (Tennessee yellow-eyed grass)Federal lands in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and TennesseeLong-term storage, artificial propagation, and ex situ safeguardingRemove and reduce to possession (collect) seedsRenewal and Amendment.
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TE 35594A-3Alabama Power Company, Birmingham, ALGray bats (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis), Northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis), Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), Black Warrior waterdog (Necturus alabamensis)AlabamaPresence/absence surveys, population monitoring, upper respiratory tract disease testing, and DNA analysisBats: Capture with mist-nets, handle, identify, band, and radio-tag. Gopher tortoise: Add authorization to trap, attach radio transmitters, and collect blood. Black Warrior waterdog: Trap, handle, identify, and collect tail sampleAmendment.
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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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Leopoldo Miranda,

Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Southeast Region.

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[FR Doc. 2018-24607 Filed 11-9-18; 8:45 am]

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