[Federal Register: January 29, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 19)]
[Page 5205-5206]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Draft Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances and 
Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Page 
Springsnail in Yavapai County, AZ

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; receipt of application.


SUMMARY: The Arizona Game and Fish Department (Applicant), has applied 
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of 
survival permit (TE-174351-0) pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the 
Endangered Species Act (Act), as amended. The requested permit, which 
is for a period of 5 years, would authorize incidental take of the Page 
springsnail, Pyrgulopsis morrisoni, in the event it is listed, as a 
result of conservation actions, on-going fish hatchery operations, and 
the issuance of certificates of inclusion to other landowners. We 
invite public comment.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received on or 
before February 28, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the application, draft Candidate 
Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA), or other related 
documents may obtain a copy by written or telephone request to the 
Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Ecological 
Services Field Office, 2321 W. Royal Palm Rd. Ste. 103, Phoenix, 
Arizona 85021 (602/242-0210). Electronic copies of these documents will 
also be available for review on the Arizona Ecological Services Field 
Office Web site, http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/arizona/. The 

application and documents related to application will be available for 
public inspection, by appointment only, during normal business hours 
(7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Arizona Ecological Services Office. 
Comments concerning the application, draft CCAA, or other related 
documents should be submitted in writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, 
2321 W. Royal Palm Rd. Ste. 103, Phoenix, Arizona 85021. Please refer 
to permit number TE-174351-0 when submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Martinez at the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, 2321 W. 
Royal Palm Rd. Ste. 103, (602/242-0210 ext. 224), or by e-mail at 


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. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we

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cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    The Applicant plans to implement improvements that are expected to 
enhance and maintain Page springsnail habitat, create additional 
habitat, reestablish populations of the species, and enroll private 
lands of willing landowners under certificates of inclusion to conduct 
similar measures, in Yavapai, Arizona. If conservation actions 
identified in the CCAA were implemented across the entire range of the 
species, we expect the need to list the Page springsnail would be 
    The draft CCAA and permit application are eligible for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, based 
upon completion of a checklist.
    Section 9 of the Act prohibits the ``taking'' of threatened or 
endangered species. However, the Service, under limited circumstances, 
may issue permits to take threatened and endangered wildlife species 
incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities.
    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 
1531, et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22), and the 
National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.) and its 
implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Christopher Jones,
Acting Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 [FR Doc. E8-1485 Filed 1-28-08; 8:45 am]