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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 Start Printed Page 72381requested 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 January 30, 2020.

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, 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 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-20160BBrennan Vettes, San Diego, California• Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)CASurveyPlay taped vocalizationsAmend.
TE-56727DNorthcoast Regional Land Trust, Arcata, California• Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi)CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE-56730DCherie Lewellen, Oceanside, 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-56732DJasmine Bakker, Santee, California• Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino)CASurveyPursueNew.
TE-095858Arianne Preite, Orange, 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). • San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).CASurveyCapture, handle, release, and collect vouchersAmend.
TE-56729DKatie Brown, Paso Robles, 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-56760DJason Allen, Bonita, 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-60213DKathleen Pollett, San Diego, California• Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino)CASurvey and perform habitat restorationPursue and disturb habitatNew.
TE-56489BJonathan Koehler, Napa, California• California freshwater shrimp (Syncaris pacifica)CASurveyCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TE-213308Joseph Didonato, Alameda, California• Salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris)CASurveyCollect tissue to determine speciesAmend.

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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Karen Jensen,

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

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[FR Doc. 2019-28248 Filed 12-30-19; 8:45 am]

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