[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 45 (Friday, March 6, 2020)]
[Pages 13179-13180]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-04565]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-ES-2020-N028; FXES11130100000-201-FF01E00000]

Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received 
applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the 
propagation and survival of endangered species under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended. We invite the public and local, State, 
Tribal, and

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Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing the 
requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that 
we receive during the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before April 6, 

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit 
requests for copies of the applications and related documents and 
submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and 
comments should specify the applicant name and application number 
(e.g., Dana Ross TE-08964A-2):
     Email: permitsR1ES@fws.gov.
     U.S. Mail: Marilet Zablan, Program Manager, Restoration 
and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, 
Portland, OR 97232-4181.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colleen Henson, Regional Recovery 
Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (503) 231-6131 (phone); 
permitsR1ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to 
conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are 
listed as endangered under the ESA.


    With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute 
take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows 
such activity. The ESA's definition of ``take'' includes such 
activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting, 
in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.
    A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or 
threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for 
enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities 
often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our 
regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are 
found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.22 for 
endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife 
species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 
for threatened plant species.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

    Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the 
recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in 
the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing 
these permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments 
with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations 
that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are 
those supported by quantitative information or studies.

                       Applicant, city,                                                                Permit
   Application No.           state            Species          Location          Take activity         action
TE-739923-9..........  Hawaii Volcanoes  Hawksbill sea     Hawaii..........  Harass by capture,     Renew.
                        National Park,    turtle                              measure, mark,
                        HI.               (Eretmochelys                       attach transmitters,
                                          imbricata).                         and release adults;
                                                                              locate, monitor,
                                                                              screen, and excavate
                                                                              nests; relocate
                                                                              eggs; release live
                                                                              hatchlings; and
TE-08598C-1..........  The Institute     Friendly ground-  American Samoa..  Harass by survey,      Renew.
                        for Bird          dove                                monitor, capture,
                        Populations,      (Gallicolumba                       handle, band,
                        Point Reyes       stairi ).                           biosample, attach
                        Station, CA.                                          transmitters,
                                                                              release, and salvage.
TE-66355D-0..........  U.S. Geological   Slevin's skink    Commonwealth of   Harass by survey,      New.
                        Survey, Fort      (Emoia slevini    the Northern      monitor, capture,
                        Collins Science   ).                Mariana           handle, mark, attach
                        Center, Fort                        Islands, Guam.    transmitters,
                        Collins, CO.                                          biosample, release,
                                                                              and salvage.
TE-67157D-0..........  Oregon State      Hawaiian common   Kauai, Hawaii...  Harass by survey,      New.
                        University,       gallinule                           monitor, capture,
                        Corvallis, OR.    (Gallinula                          handle, band,
                                          galeata                             biosample, attach
                                          sandvicensis).                      transmitters, float
                                                                              eggs, release, and

Public Availability of Comments

    Written comments we receive become part of the administrative 
record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their 

Next Steps

    If we decide to issue a permit to the applicants listed in this 
notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.


    We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Rolland White,
Assistant Regional Director--Ecological Services, Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2020-04565 Filed 3-5-20; 8:45 am]