[Federal Register: May 12, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 91)]
[Page 25513-25514]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Decision and Availability of Decision Documents on the 
Issuance of Permits for Incidental Take of Threatened and Endangered 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Between June 2, 1998, and March 10, 1999, Region 1 of the Fish 
and Wildlife Service issued 13 permits for incidental take of 
threatened and endangered species, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Of the 13 permits 
issued, 4 are associated with implementation of the regional Orange 
County Central/Coastal Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat 
Conservation Plan (Central/Coastal Plan). On February 2, 1998, we also 
signed an assumption agreement for a previously issued permit (PRT-
810191) that changed the location of incorporation by the permittee. 
Copies of this assumption agreement, and the 13 permits and associated 
decision documents are available upon request.

ADDRESSES: If you would like copies of any of the above documents, 
please contact the Fish and Wildlife Service Reference Service, 5430 
Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, telephone (800) 
582-3421; or the Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Consultation 
and Conservation Planning, 911 NE 11th Avenue, 4th Floor East, 
Portland, Oregon 97232.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Browning, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, at the above Portland, Oregon, address; telephone (503) 231-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act and 
Federal regulation prohibit the take of wildlife species listed as 
endangered or threatened, respectively. Under the Act, the term 
``take'' means to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, 
capture, or collect listed wildlife, or to attempt to engage in any 
such conduct. The Service may, under limited circumstances, issue 
permits to authorize take that is incidental to, and not the purpose 
of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing 
permits for threatened and endangered species are found in 50 CFR 17.32 
and 17.22.

Incidental Take Permits Issued Pursuant to the Central/Coastal Plan

    The Central/Coastal Plan fully anticipated that jurisdictions 
within the plan boundaries would sign the plan's Implementing Agreement 
as Participating Jurisdictions following approval of the plan and 
subsequently be issued an Incidental Take Permit. Provided that no plan 
revisions or additional impacts were determined to be associated with 
permit issuance, no revision to the Service's permit decision documents 
for the Central/Coastal Plan would be necessary. The Service determined 
that no plan revisions or additional impacts were associated with 
issuance of the following permits pursuant to the Central/Coastal Plan. 
Copies of these permits and associated decision documents are available 
upon request. Decision documents for each permit include Findings and 
Recommendations, a Biological Opinion, and the Record of Decision for 
the Central/Coastal Plan.

         Name of permittee               Permit No.        Issuance date
City of Mission Viejo.............  TE 005092-0.........        11/20/98
City of Irvine....................  TE 005089-0.........        11/20/98
City of Lake Forest...............  TE 005791-0.........        12/21/98
City of Orange....................  TE 006661-0.........        01/08/99

Incidental Take Permits Not Associated With the Central/Coastal 

    Between June 2, 1998, and March 10, 1999, Region 1 of the Service 
issued the following permits for incidental take of threatened and 
endangered species, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. Each 
permit was issued after the following determinations were made: the 
application had been submitted in good faith; all permit issuance 
criteria were met, including the requirement that granting the permit 
will not jeopardize the continued existence of the species; and the 
permit was consistent with the Act and applicable regulations, 
including a thorough review of the environmental effects of the action 
and alternatives, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 
    Copies of these permits and associated decision documents are 
available upon request. Decision documents for each permit include 
Findings and Recommendations; a Biological Opinion; and either a 
Finding of No Significant Impact, a Record of Decision, or an 
Environmental Action Statement.

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         Name of permittee               Permit No.        Issuance date
Graniterock Co. (Wilder Quarry)...  PRT-842273..........        06/19/98
Maxwell Irrigation District.......  PRT-842926..........        07/24/98
Los Osos Center, LLC..............  PRT-844723..........        07/31/98
Seneca-Enron......................  TE 000955-0.........        08/14/98
Graniterock Co. (Quail Hollow       PRT-830417,                  8/31/98
 Quarry).                            Amendment 08/31/
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.          TE 003250-0.........        11/24/98
 (Metcalf-Edenvale).                                           Edenvale)
U.S. Borax, Inc., 1,940-Acre        TE 837867-0.........        02/05/99
Zanker Material Processing          TE 006962-0.........        02/23/99
University of California, Davis...  TE 008810-0.........        03/10/99

Assumption Agreement Associated With the Central/Coastal Plan

    In addition to issuing the incidental take permits listed above, we 
signed an assumption agreement, dated February 2, 1998, for incidental 
take permit PRT-810191 issued July 7, 1996. This agreement formally 
recognized the reincorporation of the permittee, The Irvine Company, 
from a Michigan corporation to a Delaware corporation. In signing the 
agreement, The Irvine Company-Delaware assumed the obligations of The 
Irvine Company-Michigan for implementation of the Central/Coastal Plan. 
Reincorporation did not result in a new analysis of effects or change 
the requirements of the original permit, habitat conservation plan, or 
implementing agreement. Copies of the executed assumption agreement are 
available upon request.

    Dated: April 29, 1999.
Elizabeth H. Stevenson,
Deputy Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Region 1, Sacramento, California.
[FR Doc. 99-11340 Filed 5-11-99; 8:45 am]