Laura Finley, 530-842-5763
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a notice in the October 10, 2007 Federal Register announcing that Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has applied to the Service for a 20-year enhancement of survival permit for the fisher (Martes pennanti) under section 10(a) (1) (a) of the endangered species act. The Service is requesting comments on the permit application, the proposed Agreement and the preliminary determination that the proposed Agreement is eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as described in the Environmental Action Statement (EAS)
Comments will be accepted until November 9, 2007.
Written comments may be submitted to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Srevice, Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, 1829 South Oregon Street, Yreka, California or transmitted by fax to 530 842 4517
Electronic comments can be sent to: FisherSPICCAAComments@fws.gov
Copies of the permit application, proposed Agreement and EAS are available on the Internet at www.fws.gov/yreka.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
More information about the Fish and Wildlife Service operations in California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin is available at www.fws.gov/cno .