[Federal Register: June 8, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 111)]
[Page 36456-36457]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment/Habitat 
Conservation Plan and Receipt of an Application for a Permit for the 
Incidental Take of the Houston toad (Bufo Houstonensis) During 
Construction of One Single Family Residence on 0.5 Acres of the 7.637-
acre Tract 9 in the Overlook Subdivision, Bastrop County, TX

SUMMARY: G. Neil Mixon, Jr. (Applicant) has applied to the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit pursuant 
to Section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). The Applicant has 
been assigned permit number TE-027746.

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The requested permit, which is for a period of 5 years, would authorize 
the incidental take of the endangered Houston toad (Bufo Houstonensis). 
The proposed take would occur as a result of the construction and 
occupation of one single family residence on 0.5 Acres of the 7.637-
acre Tract 9 in the Overlook Subdivision, Bastrop County, Texas.
    The Service has prepared the Environmental Assessment/Habitat 
Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) for the incidental take application. A 
determination of jeopardy to the species or a Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI) will not be made until at least 30 days from the date of 
publication of this notice. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 
10(c) of the Act and National Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 
CFR 1506.6).

DATES: Written comments on the application should be received on or 
before July 10, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the application may obtain a copy 
by writing to the Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103. Persons wishing to review 
the EA/HCP may obtain a copy by contacting Tannika Engelhard, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Austin Office, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, 
Austin, Texas 78758 (512/490-0057). Documents will be available for 
public inspection by written request, by appointment only, during 
normal business hours (8:00 to 4:30) at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Austin, Texas. Written data or comments concerning the 
application and EA/HCP should be submitted to the Field Supervisor, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, Texas, at the above address. 
Please refer to permit number TE-027746 when submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tannika Engelhard at the above U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin Office.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the Act prohibits the 
``taking'' of endangered species such as the Houston toad. However, the 
Service, under limited circumstances, may issue permits to take 
endangered wildlife species incidental to, and not the purpose of, 
otherwise lawful activities. Regulations governing permits for 
endangered species are at 50 CFR 17.22.


    G. Neil Mixon, Jr. plans to construct a single family residence on 
0.5 Acres of the 7.637-acre Tract 9 in the Overlook Subdivision, 
Bastrop County, Texas. This action will eliminate 0.5 acres or less of 
Houston toad habitat and result in indirect impacts within the lot. The 
applicant proposes to compensate for this incidental take of the 
Houston toad by providing $1,500 to the National Fish and Wildlife 
Foundation for the specific purpose of land acquisition and management 
within Houston toad habitat, as identified by the Service.

Geoffrey L. Haskett,
Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
[FR Doc. 00-14427 Filed 6-7-00; 8:45 am]