[Federal Register: October 8, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 194)]
[Page 51872]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-ES-2009-N195; 10120-1112-0000-F2]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit 
Application, Northern Spotted Owl, Oregon

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Reopening of public comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
reopening of the public comment period for the Oregon Department of 
Forestry's (ODF) enhancement of survival permit (permit) application 
under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The permit 
application includes a proposed programmatic safe harbor agreement 
(Agreement) between ODF, the U.S. Department of Agriculture--Natural 
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Service. The requested 
permit would authorize ODF to extend incidental take coverage with 
assurances through issuance of Certificates of Inclusion to eligible 
landowners willing to carry out habitat management measures expected to 
benefit the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), which is 
federally listed as threatened. We are reopening the comment period for 
30 days. The original notice of availability was published in the 
Federal Register on July 21, 2009 (74 FR 35883), and contains 
additional information regarding the permit application. Previous 
comments need not be resubmitted.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
November 9, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your written comments to State Supervisor 
(see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below). Include your name and address in 
your comments and refer to the ``Spotted Owl Programmatic Safe Harbor 

INFORMATION below), telephone (503) 231-6179. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 
days a week.


Document Availability

    You may obtain copies of the draft documents by contacting the 
State Supervisor, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 2600 SE. 98th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; 
telephone (503) 231-6179; facsimile (503) 231-6195; or by making an 
appointment to view the documents at the above address during normal 
business hours. You may also view the documents on the Internet at 
http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/species/. The Service is furnishing this 
notice to provide the public, other State and Federal agencies, and 
interested Tribes an opportunity to review and comment on the draft 

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 cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    The Service will evaluate the permit application, associated 
documents, and comments submitted thereon to determine whether the 
permit application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the 
Act and that other applicable requirements have been satisfied. If we 
determine that all requirements are met, we will sign the Agreement and 
issue an enhancement of survival permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of 
the Act to ODF for the take of northern spotted owls, incidental to 
otherwise lawful activities in accordance with the terms of the 
Agreement. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the Act 
and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: October 2, 2009.
Miel Corbett,
Acting State Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and 
Wildlife Office, Portland, Oregon.
[FR Doc. E9-24346 Filed 10-7-09; 8:45 am]