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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 August 5, 2019.

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 Start Printed Page 32210applicants 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 is 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-12069DRyan Layden, Oceanside, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio),CASurveySurvey, capture, handle, release, and collect vouchersNew.
• Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna),
• San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis),
• Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni),
• Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi)
TE-122026Tracy Bailey, Ridgecrest, California• San Bernardino Merriam's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus),CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
• Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi),
• Pacific pocket mouse (Perognathus longimembris pacificus),
• Morro Bay kangaroo rat (Dipodomys heermanni morroensis)
TE-41340DAriana Rogers, San Leandro, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense)CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE-191704Dana Terry, Pleasant Hill, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio),CASurveySurvey, capture, handle, release, and collect vouchersRenew and Amend.
• 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)
TE-808241Sonoma County Water Agency, Santa Rosa, California• California tiger salamander (Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense)CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
• California freshwater shrimp (Syncaris pacifica)
TE-42300DKelli Camara, Soquel, California• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense)CASurvey, restore habitat, collect genetic dataCapture, handle, relocate, release, swab, and collect tissueNew.
• Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum)
TE-811188Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi)CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TE-820658AECOM Technical Services, San Diego, California• Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio),CASurvey and nest monitorCapture, handle, release, and monitor nestsRenew and amend.
• Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna),
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• 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),
• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus),
• Least Bell's vireo (Vireo belli pusillus),
• California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) (Sterna a. browni),
• Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino)
• Pacific pocket mouse (Perognathus longimembris pacificus),
• Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides),
• Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens),
• Unarmored threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus williamsoni),
• Light-footed clapper rail (light-footed Ridgway's r.) (Rallus longirostris levipes) (R. obsoletus l.)
TE-027427Jeff Alvarez, Sacramento, California• California tiger salamander (Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense)CASurvey, research, and conduct educational workshopsCapture, handle, release, collect vouchers, and collect tissueRenew.
• 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)
TE-64124ASean Rowe, Weldon, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)CASurveySurveyRenew.
TE-63440BDaniel Thompson, Las Vegas, Nevada• Mount Charleston blue butterfly (Icaricia (Plebejus) shasta charlestonensis)NVGenetics researchCapture, handle, collect tissue, collect vouchers, and releaseRenew and Amend.
TE-181714Pieter Johnson, Boulder, Colorado• California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment (DPS)) (Ambystoma californiense)CAEcological and disease research; invasive species control; pond drainingCapture, handle, swab, and releaseAmend.
TE-844645Richard Kann, Sunland, California• Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino),CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
• Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis)
• Palos Verdes blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis)
• Casey's June Beetle (Dinacoma caseyi)
TE-049175Melanie Dicus, Black Canyon City, Arizona• Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino),CASurveySurveyRenew.
• Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis)
TE-092622Gabriel Valdes, Gilbert, Arizona• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)AZ, CA, NM, TXSurveySurveyRenew.

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.Start Printed Page 32212

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 Chief of Ecological Services, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California.

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[FR Doc. 2019-14340 Filed 7-3-19; 8:45 am]

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