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Hine's Emerald Dragonfly
Federal Register Notice: Receipt of application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit; Request for Comments
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Notice: Receipt of application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit; Request for Comments
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability and receipt of application.
SUMMARY: The DuPage County Forest Preserve District (District) (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The permit application includes a draft Safe Harbor Agreement (Agreement) between the Applicant and the Service for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana).
Section 9 of the Act and its implementing regulations prohibit the take of animal species listed as endangered or threatened. The definition of take under the Act includes the following activities: to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect listed animal species, or attempt to engage in such conduct (16 U.S.C. 1538). Section 10 of the Act, 16 U.S.C. 1539, establishes a program whereby persons seeking to pursue activities that otherwise could give rise to liability for unlawful ‘‘take’’ of federally protected species may receive a permit, which protects them from such liability. The Hine’s emerald dragonfly (HED) was listed as endangered by the Service in January 1995. A Recovery Plan for the species was published in September 2001.
The Service has made a preliminary determination that the proposed Agreement and permit application are eligible for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The basis for this determination is contained in an Environmental Action Statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review.
DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on or before April 21, 2008.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeffrey Mengler, Chicago Field Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: (847) 381– 2253.
Public Availability of Comments
Draft Safe Harbor Agreement
The purpose of this SHA is to facilitate management actions that results in an increased population of HED on land and water within Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in DuPage County, Illinois. Specifically, this refers to management actions proposed for the fish farm parcel and adjoining land within said preserve that is owned and managed by the District, a local public agency. Without the Agreement and proposed management actions, the enrolled land is unlikely to support any HED in the foreseeable future. The proposed duration of the Agreement and permit is 15 years.
Upon approval of this Agreement, and consistent with the Service’s Safe Harbor Policy published in the Federal Register on June 17, 1999 (64 FR 32717), the Service would issue a permit to the District authorizing take of HED incidental to the implementation of the management activities specified in the Agreement and other lawful uses of the properties, including normal routine land management activities, and/or to return to pre-Agreement conditions (baseline).
Dated: February 15, 2008.
Assistant Regional Director, Acting,
Ecological Services, Region 3, Fort Snelling,
BILLING CODE 4310–55–P
Last updated: October 24, 2012