[Federal Register: March 4, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 42)]
[Page 10262-10263]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Receipt of Application for Endangered Species Permit: Permits for 
Scientific Purposes, Enhancement of Propagation or Survival (i.e., 
Recovery Permits), and Interstate Commerce Permits

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of application for endangered species permit.


SUMMARY: The following applicants have applied for permits to conduct 
certain activities with endangered species. This notice is provided 
pursuant to section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

DATES: Written data or comments on these applications must be received, 
at the address given below, by April 3, 2003.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, 
Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 (Attn: Victoria Davis, Permit 
Biologist). Telephone: 404/679-4176; Facsimile: 404/679-7081.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Davis, Telephone: 404/679-
4176; Facsimile: 404/679-7081.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: If you wish to comment, you may submit 
comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to the 
Service's Regional Office (see ADDRESSES). You may also comment via the 
Internet to victoria--davis@fws.gov. Please submit comments over the 

internet as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and 
any form of encryption. Please also include your name and return 
address in your internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation 
from the Service that we have received your internet message, contact 
us directly at either telephone number listed above (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION). Finally, you may hand deliver comments to the Service 
office listed below (see ADDRESSES). Our practice is to make comments, 
including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public 
review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may 
request that we withhold their home address from the administrative 
record. We will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law. 
There may also be other circumstances in which we would withhold from 
the administrative record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. 
If you wish us to withhold your name and address, you must state this 
prominently at the beginning of your comments. However, we will not 
consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. 
Documents and other information submitted with these applications are 
available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act 
and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written 
request for

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a copy of such documents to the following office within 30 days of the 
date of publication of this notice:
    Applicant: Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, Atlanta, Georgia, TE697819-2.
    The applicant requests renewal of the existing authorization to 
take, or remove and reduce to possession, all wildlife and plant 
species listed as threatened or endangered in 50 CFR parts 17.11 and 
17.12, from throughout these species' ranges in North Carolina, South 
Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, 
Arkansas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
Activities authorized under this permit are for the purpose of 
enhancement of survival of the species which include but are not 
limited to collection of seeds, leaves, stems, and rhizomes; capture, 
release, and tracking using radio telemetry; and habitat disturbance 
while conducting population surveys and recovery activities.
    Applicant: National Park Service-Buffalo National River, 
Superintendent Ivan D. Miller, Harrison, Arkansas, TE065726-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (survey, capture, and 
release) the following endangered bats: Ozark big-eared bat 
(Corynohinus townsendii ingens), gray bat (Myotis grisescens), and 
Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) while conducting presence/absence surveys 
in caves and abandoned mines. The proposed activities will take place 
in the Buffalo National River; Marion, Searcy, Baxter, and Newton 
Counties, Arkansas.
    Applicant: John M. Alderman, Aquatic Endangered Species Biologist, 
Pittsboro, North Carolina, TE065756-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (survey, capture, 
release, and collect relict shells) the following species: Tar River 
spinymussel (Elliptio steinstansana), James spinymussel (Pleurobema 
collina), dwarf wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon), Appalachian elktoe 
(Alasmidonta raveneliana), littlewing pearlymussel (Pegias fabula), 
Waccamaw silverside (Menidia extensa), Cape Fear shiner (Notropis 
mekistocholas), and spotfin chub (Cyprinella monacha). Take may occur 
while conducting presence/absence or catch-per-unit-effort surveys. The 
proposed activities will take place in all river basins in North 
Carolina and South Carolina.
    Applicant: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Phil 
Bass, Pearl, Mississippi TE065948-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (survey, capture, 
release, and collect relict shells) the following species: Cumberland 
combshell (Epioblasma brevidens), southern combshell (Pleurobema 
decisum), orangenacre mucket (Lampsilis perovalis), black clubshell 
(Pleuroblema curtum), southern clubshell (Pleuroblema decisum), flat 
pigtoe (Pleuroblema marshalli), ovate clubshell (Pleuroblema 
perovatum), heavy pigtoe (Pleuroblema taitianum), inflated heelsplitter 
(Potamilum inflatus), Stirrupshell (Quadrula stapes), gulf sturgeon 
(Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi), and bayou darter (Etheostoma rubrum). 
Take may occur while conducting biological assessment activities. All 
species recognized as threatened or endangered will be released 
immediately. The proposed activities will take place throughout the 
state of Mississippi.
    Applicant: Environmental Resource Analysts, Inc., Joseph Freda, 
Auburn, Alabama TE065979-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (survey, capture, 
measure, release, and collect relict shells) the following species: 
eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi), purple bankclimber mussel 
(Elliptoideus sloatianus), shiny-rayed pocketbook mussel (Lampsilis 
subangulata), gulf moccasinshell mussel (Medionidus penicillatus), and 
oval pigtoe mussel (Pleurobema pyriforme). Take may occur while 
conducting presence/absence surveys in Clay County, Georgia. All 
species recognized as threatened or endangered will be released 
immediately. The proposed aquatic activities will take place in small 
creeks of the Chattahochee River, including Drag Nasty Creek, Pataula 
Creek, Crooked Creek, Sany Branch, and Sandy Creek. Gopher tortoise 
burrows within the project area will be surveyed to determine the 
presence of the eastern indigo snake.
    Applicant: U.S. Forest Service, Ozark-Saint Francis National 
Forests, Forest Supervisor, Russellville, Arkansas TE065972-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (survey, monitor, 
capture, measure, release, and collect relict shells) the following 
species: gray bat (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), 
Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens), bald eagle 
(Haliaeetus leucocephalas), interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), 
fat pocketbook (Potamilus capax), scaleshell (Leptodea leptodon), pink 
mucket (Lampsilis abrupta), pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), 
cave crayfish (Cambarus aculabrum), cave crayfish (Cambarus 
zophonastes), Magazine Mountain shagreen (Inflectarius magazinensis), 
American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), American alligator 
(Alligator mississippiensis), Geocarpon minimum (Geocarpon), and 
Lesquerella filiformis (Missouri bladderpod). Take may occur while 
conducting presence/absence surveys and during monitoring and 
management of the populations. The proposed activities will take place 
on the Ozark-Saint Francis National Forest; Baxter, Benton, Conway, 
Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Lee, Logan, Madison, Newton, Phillips, 
Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, and Yell Counties, Arkansas.

    Dated: February 21, 2003.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 03-4987 Filed 3-3-03; 8:45 am]