[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2013)] [Notices] [Pages 76638-76639] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2013-30064] ======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-R6-ES-2013-N256; FXES11130600000D2-123-FF06E00000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered or threatened species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), [[Page 76639]] 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: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by January 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments or requests for copies or more information by any of the following methods. Alternatively, you may use one of the following methods to request hard copies or a CD-ROM of the documents. Please specify the permit you are interested in by number (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX).
Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX) in the subject line of the message. U.S. Mail: Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225. In-Person Drop-Off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call (303) 236- 4212 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Konishi, Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (303) 236-4212 (phone); permitsR6ES@fws.gov (email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. Along with our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17, the Act provides for permits and requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act authorizes the permittees to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that it facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Applications Available for Review and Comment We invite local, State, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with their applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). Permit Application Number TE070027 Applicant: Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership, 516 Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege St., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. The applicant requests the renewal of a permit to conduct presence/ absence surveys and banding of interior least terns (Sterna antillarum athalassos) in Nebraska for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival. Permit Application Number TE094832 Applicant: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Hydropower Facility, 399 Powerhouse Rd., Pickstown, SD. The applicant requests the renewal of a permit for public educational display of pallid sturgeon (Scaphirynchus albus) for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival. Permit Application Number TE069553 Applicant: U.S. Forest Service, Wall Ranger District, 708 Main St., Wall, SD. The applicant requests the renewal of an existing permit to take black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) in conjunction with recovery activities in South Dakota for the purpose of enhancing its survival and recovery. National Environmental Policy Act In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (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, 1.4C(1)). Public Availability of Comments All comments and materials we receive in response to these requests will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Before including your address, phone number, email 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. Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: December 11, 2013. Nicole Alt, Acting Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region. [FR Doc. 2013-30064 Filed 12-17-13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-P