[Federal Register: January 6, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 4)]
[Page 761-762]
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Fish and Wildlife Service
[I.D. 101599J]

Reopening of Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement and Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Simpson 
Timber Company, Northwest Operations, Habitat Conservation Plan, 
Thurston, Mason, and Grays Harbor Counties, Washington

AGENCIES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce; Fish and Wildlife Service 
(FWS), Interior.
ACTION: Notice of reopened public comment period.


SUMMARY: NMFS and FWS (the Services) are reopening the public comment 
period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and 
application for an Incidental Take Permit (Permit) for the Simpson 
Timber Company, Northwest Operations, Habitat Conservation Plan, 
Thurston, Mason, and Grays Harbor Counties,

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Washington (Simpson). The Permit application includes: (1) the proposed 
Habitat Conservation Plan; and (2) the proposed Implementing Agreement. 
Direct mailings have been sent to affected State and local agencies, 
Federal agencies, Tribes, Federal and State legislators, public 
interest groups, and other interest parties, informing them of the 

DATES: Written comments on the permit application, DEIS, Plan, and 
Implementing Agreement must be received from interested parties no 
later than January 14, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Requests for documents on CD ROM should be made by calling 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (360)534-9330. Hardbound copies 
are also available for viewing, or partial or complete duplication, at 
the following libraries:
    Olympia Timberland Library, Reference Desk, 313 8<SUP>th</SUP> 
Avenue SE, Olympia, WA, (360)352-0595;
    William G. Reed Library, Reference Desk, 710 West Alder Street, 
Shelton, WA, (360)426-1362;
    Hoodsport Timberland Library, 40 North Schoolhouse Hill Road, 
Hoodsport, WA, (360)877-9339;
    Elma Timberland Library, Information Desk, 118 North 1<SUP>st</SUP> 
Street, Elma, WA, (360)482-3737;
    W.H. Abel Public Library, Information Desk, 125 Main Street South, 
Montesano, WA, (360)249-4211; and,
    Aberdeen Timberland Library, Reference Desk, 121 East Market 
Street, Aberdeen, WA, (360)533-2360.
    The documents are also available electronically on the World Wide 
Web at http://www.r1.fws.gov/.
    Comments and requests for information should be directed to Linda 
Saunders, Project Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Service, 510 Desmond 
Drive, SE., Suite 102, Lacey, Washington, 98503-1273, (telephone: 360/
753-5826; facsimile: 360/534-9331), and Mike Parton, Project Biologist, 
National Marine Fisheries Service, 510 Desmond Drive, SE., Suite 103, 
Lacey, Washington, 98503-1273 (telephone: 360/753-4650; facsimile: 360/
753-9517). Comments and materials received will also be available for 
public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by 
calling (360) 534-9330.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 29, 1999 (64 FR 57630), the 
Services published a document in the Federal Register announcing the 
receipt of an application from Simpson for a Permit, and opening a 
comment period for the project. That document stated that comments 
would be accepted through December 27, 1999. The Services are reopening 
the comment period in order to provide additional review and comment 
time, recognizing that the traditional holiday season during the latter 
part of December may have affected interested parties' ability to 
perform a thorough and comprehensive review of the documents.

    Dated: December 28, 1999.
Thomas J. Dwyer,
Acting Regional Director, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 1, 
Portland, Oregon.

    Dated: December 30, 1999.
Craig Johnson,
Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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