[Federal Register: February 26, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 38)]
[Page 10281-10282]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-ES-2008-XXXXX; 10120-1112-0000-F2]

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Habitat Conservation Plan 
for the Western Snowy Plover in Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Lane, 
Douglas, Coos, and Curry Counties, OR

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Reopening of public comment period.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public and other interested parties 
that the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(DEIS), Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Incidental Take Permit (ITP) 
application, and Implementing Agreement (IA) regarding the Oregon Parks 
and Recreation Department's (OPRD) HCP for the western snowy plover is 
reopened for fifteen days. The original notice contains additional 
information and was published in the Federal Register on November 5, 
2007 (72 FR 62485).
    The OPRD has submitted an application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (Service) for an ITP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). As required by 
section 10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA, the OPRD has also prepared an HCP that 
describes the proposed actions and measures the applicant will 
implement to minimize and mitigate take of the threatened western snowy 
plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus). The permit application is 
related to public use, recreation, beach management, and resource 
management activities along Oregon's coastal shores.
    The Service generally allows 45 days for public comment on a DEIS 
which evaluates the impacts of a proposed HCP and associated ITP on the 
human environment. The original comment period on the DEIS was from 
November 5, 2007, to January 4, 2008, and extended over several Federal 
holidays so the Service provided a 60-day comment period. However, 
during that period, the Pacific Northwest coast experienced extreme 
weather with coastal wind damage and flooding, potentially affecting 
the ability of interested parties to obtain necessary documents for 
review. Since the area damaged by severe weather encompassed the area 
potentially affected by the proposed HCP, we are reopening the public 
comment period for 15 days following publication of this notice. 
Comments received will become part of the public record and will be 
available for review pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. For 
locations to review the documents, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section below.

DATES: Comments must received from interested parties on or before 
March 12, 2008. Written comments may be sent by mail, facsimile, or e-
mail to the addresses listed below.

ADDRESSES: All written comments and requests for information should be 
addressed to: Laura Todd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Newport Field 
Office, 2127 SE OSU Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5258; facsimile (541) 867-
4551. You may submit comments by postal mail/commercial delivery or by 
e-mail. Submit comments by e-mail to FWIORDHCP@fws.gov. In the subject 
line of the e-mail include the identifier OPRD HCP EIS.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The documents, comments and materials 
received will be available for public inspection, by appointment, 
during normal business hours at the above address. You may view or 
download the draft HCP and DEIS on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/
oregonfwo/FieldOffices/Newport/ or from OPRD's Web site at http://
    Copies of the HCP and DEIS are available at the following 
libraries: Astoria Public Library, 450 Tenth St., Astoria, Oregon 
97103; Bandon Public Library, City Hall, Hwy 101, Bandon, Oregon 97411; 
Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, Oregon 
97415; Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420; 
Siuslaw Public Library, District 1460 9th St., Florence, Oregon 97439; 
Curry Public Library, 29775 Colvin St., Gold Beach, Oregon 97444; 
Manzanita Branch Library, 571 Laneda, Manzanita, Oregon 97130; Newport 
Public Library, 35 NW Nye St., Newport, Oregon 97365; Marilyn Potts 
Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, 
2030 Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; Port Orford Public

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Library, 555 W. 20th St., Port Orford, Oregon 97465; Reedsport Branch 
Library, 395 Winchester Ave., Reedsport, Oregon 97467; Seaside Public 
Library, 60 N Roosevelt Blvd., Seaside, Oregon 97138; Tillamook County 
Library, 1716 3rd St., Tillamook, Oregon 97141; Warrenton Community 
Library, 225 S Main Ave., Warrenton, Oregon 97146.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  For further information or to receive 
copies of the documents on CD ROM, please contact Laura Todd at (541) 

Public Comments

    Comments received, including names and addresses, will become part 
of the administrative record and will be available for review pursuant 
to section 10(c) of the ESA. Anonymous comments will not be considered. 
All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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. If you wish us 
to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently 
at the beginning of your comment. While you can ask us in your comment 
to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, 
we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will honor your 
request to withhold your personal information to the extent allowable 
by law.
    This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA and 
Service regulations for implementing National Environmental Policy Act, 
as amended (40 CFR 1506.6). If we determine that all requirements are 
met, we will issue an ITP under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA to OPRD 
for the take of the western snowy plover, incidental to otherwise 
lawful activities in accordance with the HCP, the IA, and ITP.

    Dated: January 22, 2008.
David J. Wesley,
Deputy Regional Director, Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon,
[FR Doc. 08-825 Filed 2-25-08: 8:45 am]