[Federal Register: July 1, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 125)]
[Page 31464]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2009-N130; 30120-1113-0000-F6]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of permit applications; request for 


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to 
comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities 
with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species 
Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species 
unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act requires that we 
invite public comment before issuing these permits.

DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before July 31, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to the Regional Director, Attn: Peter 
Fasbender, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 1 
Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056; electronic mail, 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Fasbender, (612) 713-5343.



    We invite public comment on the following permit applications for 
certain activities with endangered species authorized by section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our regulations 
governing the taking of endangered species in the Code of Federal 
Regulations at 50 CFR 17. Submit your written data, comments, or 
request for a copy of the complete application to the address shown in 
ADDRESSES. When submitting comments, please refer to the appropriate 
permit application number.

Permit Applications

    Permit Application Number: TE217351.
    Applicant: U.S. Forest Service, Nelsonville, Ohio.
    The applicant requests a permit to take (harass through capture and 
release) Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis), gray bats (Myotis grisescens), 
and Virginia big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townscendii virginianus) on 
the Wayne National Forest and Daniel Boone National Forest in Ohio and 
Kentucky. The applicant's proposed activities under this permit 
application include presence or absence surveys, radio-telemetry 
studies to document habitat use, hibernacula surveys, population 
monitoring, and collection of biological data to complete environmental 
analyses for forest planning.
    The applicant's proposed activities are for enhancement of the 
survival of the species in the wild.
Permit Application Number: TE216605.
Applicant: Robert R. Kiser, Whitesburg, Kentucky.
    The applicant requests to renew a permit to take (capture and 
release, sample collection) Indiana bats, gray bats, and Virginia big-
eared bats throughout the range of the species in the following States: 
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, 
Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, 
Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, 
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, 
and West Virginia. The applicant's proposed activities under this 
permit would include presence or absence surveys, radio-telemetry 
studies to document habitat use, population monitoring, and sample 
collection (tissue samples and guano). In addition, this renewal 
application includes a request to renew an existing permit to take 
(capture and release) blackside dace (Phoxinus cumberlandensis) in 
Kentucky and Tennessee in the context of aquatic surveys.
    All proposed activities are for enhancement of the survival of the 
species in the wild.

Public Comments

    We seek public review and comments on these permit applications. 
Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Comments 
and materials we receive are available for public inspection, by 
appointment, during normal business hours at the address shown in the 
ADDRESSES section. 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 cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    In compliance with NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), we have made an 
initial determination that the proposed activities in these permits are 
categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental 
assessment or environmental impact statement (516 DM 6 Appendix 1, 

    Dated: June 24, 2009.
Lynn M. Lewis,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Region 3.
[FR Doc. E9-15516 Filed 6-30-09; 8:45 am]