[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 80 (Friday, April 25, 2014)]
[Pages 23008-23009]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09420]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2014-N067; FXES11120800000-145-FF08EVEN00]

Receipt of Application for Renewal of Incidental Take Permit; 
Collado Drive Habitat Conservation Plan

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit renewal application; request for 


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have 
received an application from Collado Homes, LLC (applicant), for a 
renewal of incidental take permit TE179280-1 under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant

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has requested a renewal that will extend permit expiration by 5 years 
from the date the permit is reissued. The applicant has agreed to 
follow all of the existing habitat conservation plan (HCP) conditions. 
If renewed, no additional take will be authorized. The permit would 
authorize take of the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle 
(Polyphylla barbata), incidental to otherwise lawful activities 
associated with the Collado Homes residential development.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the permit renewal application and 
the HCP by writing to the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Ecological Services 
Office, Attn: Permit number TE179280-1, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. In addition, we will 
make the permit renewal application and HCP available for public 
inspection by appointment during normal business hours at the above 
address. Please address written comments to Steve Henry, Acting Field 
Supervisor, at the address above. Comments may also be sent by 
facsimile to (805) 644-3958.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglass M. Cooper, Deputy Assistant 
Field Supervisor, at the above address or by calling (805) 644-1766.



    The Mount Hermon June beetle was listed by the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service as endangered on January 1, 1997. Section 9 of the Act 
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations prohibit the 
``take'' of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or 
threatened. ``Take'' is defined under the Act to include the following 
activities: ``[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, 
trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such 
conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
Act, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed 
species. ``Incidental Take'' is defined by the Act as take that is 
incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise 
lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take permits for 
threatened and endangered species are, respectively, in the Code of 
Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22. Issuance of an 
incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of 
federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. All species included 
in the incidental take permit would receive assurances under our ``No 
Surprises'' regulations (50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)).
    Collado Homes, LLC, has applied for renewal of a permit for the 
incidental take of the endangered Mount Hermon June beetle. The 
potential taking would occur incidental to a minor land subdivision and 
construction of four new single-family residences at a 1.093-acre 
undeveloped project site that consists of a single parcel (APN 021-031-
13). This parcel is located at the northern terminus of Collado Drive 
in the Whispering Pines neighborhood of Scotts Valley (Santa Cruz 
County), CA. This proposed residential development project is known as 
the Collado Drive Subdivision. An incidental take permit was first 
issued for the project on July 29, 2008. No project activities occurred 
during the first 5-year term of the incidental take permit, and 
conditions at the site remain unchanged from the time of original 
permit issuance.

Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that renewal of 
the permit is neither a major Federal action that will significantly 
affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of 
section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), nor 
will it individually or cumulatively have more than a negligible effect 
on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, the permit renewal 
qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA as provided by the 
Department of Interior Manual (516 DM 2, Appendix 1 and 516 DM 8.5).

Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit applications, plans, and 
associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods 

Public Availability of Comments

    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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able 
to do so.


    We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: April 21, 2014.
Stephen P. Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
[FR Doc. 2014-09420 Filed 4-24-14; 8:45 am]