[Federal Register: November 21, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 223)]
[Page 70091]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability for the Renewal of an Expired Section 
10(a)(1)(B) Permit for Incidental Take of the Golden-Cheeked Warbler in 
Travis County, TX (Caster)

SUMMARY: On September 24, 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service) issued a section 10(a)(1)(B) permit, pursuant to Section 
10(a) of the Endangered Species Act (Act), for incidental take of the 
golden-cheeked warbler (GCW) (Dendroica chrysoparia) to John and 
Christine Caster (Applicants). The permit (TE-012423) was for a period 
of five years and expired on September 24, 2004. The requested permit 
renewal will extend the permit expiration by five years from the date 
the permit is reissued.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be received on or 
before December 21, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the request for extension, former 
incidental take permit, or other related documents may obtain a copy by 
written or telephone request to Scott Rowin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Sevice, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758, (512/490-
0057 ext. 224). Documents will be available for public inspection by 
written request, or by appointment only, during normal business hours 
(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Fish and Wildlife Service Austin Office. 
Comments concerning the request for renewal should be submitted in 
writing to the Field Supervisor at the above address. Please refer to 
permit number TE-012423-0 when submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Rowin at the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service Austin Office, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, 
Texas 78758, (512/490-0057 ext. 224)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the Act prohibits the 
``taking'' of endangered species such as the GCW. 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. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) 
of the Act and National Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 CFR 
    Applicant: John and Christine Caster plan to construct a single 
family residence (SFR) on their 10-acre lot located adjacent to City 
Park Road in Austin, Travis County, Texas. The construction of a SFR on 
approximately one acre of the 10-acre lot will eliminate less than one 
acre of GCW habitat and indirectly impact less than four additional 
acres of habitat. The original permit included, and the Applicants 
continue to propose to compensate for, incidental take of the GCW by 
providing $1,500 to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, and placing a 
perpetual conservation easement on the remaining approximately nine 
acres to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Since this property is 
located within the acquisition boundaries of the Balcones Canyonlands 
Preserve, it will add additional acreage to the preserve. The 
Applicants have agreed to follow all of the existing permit terms and 
conditions. If renewed, all of the permit terms and conditions will 
remain the same, and no additional take will be authorized.

Larry G. Bell,
Acting Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
[FR Doc. 05-22964 Filed 11-18-05; 8:45 am]