[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 228 (Wednesday, November 25, 2020)]
[Pages 75371-75373]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-26101]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2020-N149; FXES11130300000-201-FF03E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit 

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 or survival of endangered or threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, 
and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing 
any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any 
information that we receive during the public comment period.

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DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before December 28, 

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit 
requests for copies of the applications and related documents, as well 
as any comments, by one of the following methods. All requests and 
comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) 
     Email: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective 
application number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line 
of your email message.
     U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Nathan Rathbun, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. 
West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathan Rathbun, 612-713-5343 (phone); 
permitsR3ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 



    The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened 
species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our 
implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require 
that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities 
involving endangered species.
    A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species 
for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of 
propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing 
section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found 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

    We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the 
public to comment on the following applications:

    Application No.           Applicant               Species              Location              Activity            Type of take        Permit  action
TE41671D..............  Brian Carlson,         Add: Guyandotte       AL, AR, CT, DE, IL,   Conduct presence/     Collect, handle,      Renew.
                         Morgantown, WV.        River crayfish        IN, IA, KS, KY, LA,   absence surveys,      hold, release.
                                                (Cambarus             MD, MA, MI, MN, MS,   document habitat
                                                veteranus) and Big    MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC,   use, conduct
                                                Sandy crayfish (C.    OH, OK, PA, TN, VT,   population
                                                callainus) to         VA, WV, WI.           monitoring,
                                                existing permitted                          evaluate impacts.
                                                species: Fanshell
                                                cooperianus), pink
                                                orbiculata), purple
                                                cat's paw
                                                cylindrica), rayed
                                                bean (Villosa
                                                fabalis), ring pink
                                                (mussel) (Obovaria
                                                retusa), rough
                                                pigtoe (Pleurobema
                                                plenum), sheepnose
                                                mussel (P.
                                                cyphyus), snuffbox
                                                mussel (E.
                                                monodonta), white
                                                (pearlymussel) (E.
                                                o. perobliqua).
TE98298A..............  Ohio Environmental     Clubshell             OH..................  Conduct presence/     Collect, handle,      Renew.
                         Protection Agency,     (Pleurobema clava),                         absence surveys,      hold, release.
                         Columbus, OH.          fanshell                                    document habitat
                                                (Cyprogenia                                 use, conduct
                                                stegaria), northern                         population
                                                riffleshell                                 monitoring,
                                                (Epioblasma                                 evaluate impacts.
                                                torulosa rangiana),
                                                pink mucket
                                                orbiculata), purple
                                                cat's paw
                                                (pearlymussel) (E.
                                                cylindrica), rayed
                                                bean (Villosa
                                                fabalis), sheepnose
                                                mussel (Plethobasus
                                                cyphyus), snuffbox
                                                mussel (E.
                                                triquetra), white
                                                (pearlymussel) (E.
                                                o. perobliqua).
TE697830..............  U.S. Fish and          All endangered        IL, IN, IA, MI, MN,   All activities in     Conduct take of       Renew.
                         Wildlife Service,      species in the        MO, OH, WI.           furtherance of the    endangered species
                         Bloomington, MN.       Midwest Region.                             U.S. Fish and         of wildlife
                                                                                            Wildlife Service's    wherever found and
                                                                                            mission to conserve   removal and
                                                                                            endangered wildlife   reduction to
                                                                                            and plants and the    possession of
                                                                                            ecosystems upon       endangered species
                                                                                            which they depend.    of plants from
                                                                                                                  lands under Federal
                                                                                                                  jurisdiction in the
                                                                                                                  Midwest Region.

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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. Moreover, 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 permits to any of 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.).

Lori Nordstrom,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services.
[FR Doc. 2020-26101 Filed 11-24-20; 8:45 am]