[Federal Register: June 6, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 109)]
[Page 30478]
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Fish And Wildlife Service

Environmental Statements; Availability, Etc: Incidental Take 
Permits--Houston Toad; 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 
Approximately 0.5 Acres of the 15.704-acre Property on Gotier Trace 
Road, Bastrop County, Texas (Adams)

    Summary: Leslie Adams (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 Applicants have 
been assigned permit number TE-041787-0. 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 approximately 0.5 acres of the 15.704-acre property 
on Gotier Trace Road, 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 6, 2001.
    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, Room 4102, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87103. 
Persons wishing to review the EA/HCP may obtain a copy by contacting 
Clayton Napier, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 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 Supervisor, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, Texas, at the above address. Please 
refer to permit number TE-041787-0 when submitting comments.
    For Further Information Contact: Clayton Napier 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.
    Applicant: Leslie Adams plans to construct a single-family 
residence on approximately 0.5 acres of the 15.704-acre property on 
Gotier Trace Road, Bastrop County, Texas. This action will eliminate 
0.5 acres or less of Houston toad habitat and result in indirect 
impacts within the property. The Applicant proposes to compensate for 
this incidental take of the Houston toad by providing $2,000.00 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,
Acting Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
[FR Doc. 01-14184 Filed 6-5-01; 8:45 am]