[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 171 (Thursday, September 4, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-21023]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Enhancement of
Survival Permit Applications; Greater Sage-Grouse Umbrella Candidate
Conservation Agreement With Assurances for Wyoming Ranch Management
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have
received applications for enhancement of survival permits (EOS permits)
under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
amended (Act), pursuant to the Greater Sage-grouse Umbrella Candidate
Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Wyoming Ranch Management
(Umbrella CCAA). The permit applications, if approved, would authorize
incidental take associated with implementation of specified individual
Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (individual CCAAs)
developed in accordance with the Umbrella CCAA. We invite the public to
comment on the EOS permit applications set out below. The Act requires
that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.
DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by
October 6, 2014.
ADDRESSES: Submitting Comments: Send written comments by one of the
following methods. Please specify the permit(s) you are commenting on
by relevant number(s) (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX).
U.S. mail: Tyler Abbott, Wyoming Ecological Services Field
Office (ESFO), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5353 Yellowstone Road,
Suite 308A, Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Fax: Tyler Abbott, (307) 772-2358.
Reviewing Documents: You may review copies of the enhancement of
survival permit applications during regular business hours at the
ESFO (see address above). You may also request hard copies by telephone
at (307) 772-2374, ext. 231, or by letter to the Wyoming ESFO. Please
specify the permit(s) you are interested in by relevant number(s)
(e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyler Abbott, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, (307) 772-2374, ext. 231 (phone); email@example.com
A Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances is an agreement
with the Service in which private and other non-Federal landowners
voluntarily agree to undertake management activities and conservation
efforts on their properties to enhance, restore, or maintain habitat to
benefit species that are proposed for listing under the Act, that are
candidates for listing, or that may become candidates. The Service and
several State, Federal, and local partners developed the Umbrella CCAA
(available at http://www.fws.gov/wyominges) to provide Wyoming ranchers
with the opportunity to voluntarily conserve greater sage-grouse and
its habitat while carrying out their ranching activities. The Umbrella
CCAA was made available for public review and comment on February 7,
2013 (see 78 FR 9066), and was executed by the Service on November 8,
Pursuant to the Umbrella CCAA, ranchers in Wyoming may apply for an
EOS permit under the Act by agreeing to implement certain conservation
measures for the greater sage-grouse on their properties. These
conservation measures are specified in individual CCAAs for their
properties, which are developed in accordance with the Umbrella CCAA
and are subject to the terms and conditions stated in that agreement.
Landowners consult with the Service and other participating agencies to
develop an individual CCAA for their property, and submit it to the
Service for approval with their EOS permit application. If we approve
the individual CCAA and EOS permit application, we will issue an EOS
permit, under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.),
that authorizes incidental take of greater sage-grouse that results
from activities covered by the individual CCAA, should the species
become listed. Through the Umbrella CCAA and the individual CCAA and
EOS permit, we also provide assurances to participating landowners
that, if the greater sage-grouse is listed, and so long as they are
properly implementing their individual CCAA, we will not require any
conservation measures with respect to greater sage-grouse in addition
to those provided in the individual CCAA or impose additional land,
water, or financial commitments or restrictions on land, water, or
resource use in connection with the species. The EOS permit would
become effective on the effective date of listing of the greater sage-
grouse as endangered or threatened and would continue through the end
of the individual CCAA's 20-year term. Regulatory requirements and
issuance criteria for EOS permits through a CCAA are found in 50 CFR
17.22(d) and 17.32(d), as well as 50 CFR part 13.
Applications Available for Review and Comment
We invite local, State, and Federal agencies and the public to
comment on the following EOS permit applications. The Umbrella CCAA, as
well as the individual CCAAs submitted with the permit applications,
are also available for review, subject to the requirements of the
Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.
552). The following applicants request approval of EOS permits for the
greater sage-grouse, pursuant to the Umbrella CCAA, for the purpose of
enhancing the species' survival.
Permit Application Number TE32286B
Applicant: Bousman Livestock, Inc., Sublette County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE32288B
Applicant: G&E Livestock, Inc., Sublette County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE40466B
Applicant: Blaha Ranch, Inc., Sublette County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE40464B
Applicant: Boroff Land and Livestock, Sublette County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE40467B
Applicant: Pape Ranches, Inc., Sublette County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE40478B
Applicant: Donald W. Rogers, Jr., Sublette County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE40463B
Applicant: HIP Investments LLC, Johnson County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE40602B
Applicant: Merlin Ranch, Johnson County, Wyoming.
Permit Application Number TE42567B
Applicant: Longreach Buffalo Company LLC, Campbell County, Wyoming.
Public Availability of Comments
All comments and materials we receive in response to these requests
will become part of the public record, and will be available for public
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address
listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
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 review, we cannot guarantee that we will be
able to do so.
We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act (16 U.S.C.
Dated: August 15, 2014.
Michael G. Thabault,
Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.
[FR Doc. 2014-21023 Filed 9-3-14; 8:45 am]
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