Federal Register Opportunities

The Federal Register is a daily publication by the United States Government, known as the newspaper of the federal government. It includes executive orders, public notices, proclamations, and proposed and final administrative regulations for federal agencies. It also provides opportunities for the public to comment on proposed rules before they are finalized. Public comments can be submitted in writing, orally at a hearing, or, in some cases, online via e-mail.  Comment periods are typically between 30 and 90 days, though they do vary. Instructions on how, when, and where to submit comments for each proposed regulation are available in the Register and agencies are required to list the name and telephone number of a spokesperson to contact for more information. Agencies are also required to address significant issues introduced in comments and publicize changes made in response.

See below for upcoming meetings and current public comment opportunities on issues relevant to ecology.

Upcoming Public Meetings:

Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:

  • BEA – Request for Comments on Developing State-Level Statistics for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is soliciting comments from the public about new prototype statistics on the economic activity generated by outdoor recreation in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Following the public comment period, BEA will evaluate feedback, finalize the methodology and related materials, and begin publishing this data series annually in the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA). Comments must be received no later than March 31, 2020.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, has prepared the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) and by this notice is announcing the opening of the public comment period. The BLM is also announcing that it will hold public meetings on the Draft EIS and subsistence-related hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS and the potential to impact subsistence resources and activities. The BLM will hold public meetings in: Anaktuvuk Pass, Anchorage, Atqasuk, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, Point Lay, Utqiagvik and Wainwright. A public hearing on subsistence resources and activities will occur in conjunction with the public meeting for the Draft EIS in the potentially affected communities of Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Nuiqsut, Utqiagvik, Point Lay and Wainwright. The dates, times, and locations, of the meetings will be announced through local news media, newspapers, and the BLM website. Comments on the draft EIS are due January 21, 2020.
  • BLM – National Call for Nominations for Site-Specific Advisory Councils
    The BLM is requesting public nominations for three Bureau of Land Management (BLM) citizens’ advisory councils affiliated with specific sites on the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The three advisory councils provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the development and implementation of management plans in accordance with the statutes under which the sites were established. The BLM is seeking nominations for the Steens Mountain Advisory Council (SMAC), San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC), and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). Application information can be found through the BLM website. All nominations must be received no later than February 24, 2020.
  • BLM – FY2020 National Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils
    The BLM is requesting public nominations for 27 statewide and regional Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) located in the West that have vacant positions and/or members whose terms are scheduled to expire. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. All nominations must be received no later than February 24, 2020.
  • Council on Environmental Quality – Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
    The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ has not comprehensively updated its regulations since their promulgation in 1978. If finalized, the proposed rule would comprehensively update and substantially revise the 1978 regulations. CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions. CEQ must receive comments by March 10, 2020. CEQ will hold public hearings on February 11 in Denver, CO and on February 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • Department of Defense – Environmental Analysis of Army Actions
    The Department of the Army is revising its procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA regulations. These proposed revisions clarify and update the regulation, incorporate current Army NEPA procedures and practices, and revise and add categorical exclusions (CXs), reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with national environmental policy set forth in NEPA. Consideration will be given to all comments received by February 18, 2020.
  • Department of Education – Applications for New Awards; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
    The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.022A. Applications are now available. The deadline to apply is February 18.
  • Department of Education – Applications for New Awards; Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
    The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.021A and 84.021B. Applications are now available. The Deadline to apply is February 18.
  • EPA – Clean Water Act: Maryland-Chester River Vessel Sewage No-Discharge Zone-Final Affirmative Determination
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the establishment of a no-discharge zone in the Chester River, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, Maryland and its tributaries. Comments must be received in writing to the EPA on or before January 15, 2020. Comments should be sent to Matthew A. Konfirst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Mid-Atlantic Region, 1650 Arch Street, Mail Code 3WD31, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029, or emailed to konfirst.matthew@epa.gov.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of acequinocyl, boscalid, DBNPA, etridiazole, ethoxyquin, fenpyroximate, flonicamid, inorganic halides, mandipropamid, metolachlor/s-metolachlor, myclobutanil, phostebupirim (also known as tebupirimphos), propanil, terbacil, terbuthylazine, triclopyr, ortho-phenylphenol and salts, and phenol and salt. Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2020.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: 2-phenethyl propionate, ammonium bromide, azadirachtin, Bacillus sphaericus, chloropicrin, Colletotrichum gloeosprioides, Cuelure, cyazofamid, dazomet, Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis, fluroxypyr, glycolic acid and salts, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), Harpin Proteins, iodine and iodophors, metam sodium and metam potassium, methyl isothiocyanate (MITC), pelargonic acid salts and esters, phenmedipham, Pythium oligandrum DV 74, sethoxydim, tetraacetylethylenediamine (TAED), thymol, tralopyril, and triclosan. Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2020.
  • EPA – Availability of the Systematic Review Protocol for the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Noncancer Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30-day public comment period associated with release of the Systematic Review Protocol for the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Noncancer IRIS Assessment. This document communicates the rationale for conducting the assessment of PCBs, describes screening criteria to identify relevant literature, outlines the approach for evaluating study quality, and describes the process of evidence synthesis/integration and dose-response methods. The 30-day public comment period begins December 19, 2019 and ends January 21, 2020. Comments must be received on or before January 21, 2020.
  • EPA – Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #6: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
    In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) prepared a Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #6: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats (Draft RP/EA). The Draft RP/EA describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Louisiana TIG to restore and conserve wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana TIG evaluated these alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) regulations, and also evaluated the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives in accordance with the NEPA. The proposed projects are consistent with the restoration alternatives selected in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). This notice informs the public of the availability of the Draft RP/EA and provides an opportunity for the public to submit comments on the document. The Louisiana TIG will consider public comments received on or before January 21, 2020.
  • EPA – EPA Method 23-Determination of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans From Stationary Sources
    This action proposes editorial and technical revisions to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Method 23 (Determination of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans from Stationary Sources). Proposed revisions include incorporating isotope dilution for quantifying all target compounds and changing the method quality control from the current prescriptive format to a more flexible performance-based approach with specified performance criteria. We are also proposing revisions that will expand the list of target compounds of Method 23 to include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The proposed revisions will improve the accuracy of Method 23 and will provide flexibility to stack testers and analytical laboratories who measure semivolatile organic compounds (SVOC) from stationary sources while ensuring that the stack testing community can consistently implement the method across emissions sources and facilities. Comments. Comments must be received on or before March 16, 2020.
  • EPA – Good Neighbor Environmental Board Nominations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Vacancies are expected to be filled by March 31, 2020. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. Submit nominations to Eugene Green, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Resources and Business Operations, Federal Advisory Committee Management Division (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. You may also email nominations with the subject line COMMITTEE APPLICATION PACKAGE 2020 for (Name of Nominee) to green.eugene@epa.gov.
  • Forest Service – Forest Service Handbook 1109.12; Directive System Handbook
    The United States Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service, is issuing proposed directives on providing notice and opportunity to comment on Forest Service directives. The proposed directives would implement recently revised Forest Service regulations governing public notice and comment on Forest Service directives. Comments must be received by March 16, 2020.
  • Interior Department – Call for Nominations for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee
    The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council is soliciting nominations for the Public Advisory Committee to fill three membership vacancies that represent sport hunting/fishing, science/technology, and conservation/environmental interests. The Public Advisory Committee advises the Trustee Council on decisions related to the planning, evaluation, funds allocation, and conduct of injury assessment and restoration activities related to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989. Public Advisory Committee members will be selected and appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve a two-year term. All nominations must be received by February 3, 2020.
  • National Labor Relations Board – Jurisdiction-Nonemployee Status of University and College Students Working in Connection With Their Studies; Extension of Comment Period
    The National Labor Relations Board published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on September 23, 2019, seeking comments from the public regarding its proposed rule concerning the Nonemployee Status of University and College Students Working in Connection with their Studies. The Board proposed a regulation establishing that students who perform any services for compensation, including, but not limited to, teaching or research, at a private college or university in connection with their studies are not “employees” within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the Act. The Board believes that this proposed standard is consistent with the purposes and policies of the Act, which contemplates jurisdiction over economic relationships, not those that are primarily educational in nature. This rulemaking is intended to bring stability to an area of federal labor law in which the Board, through adjudication, has reversed its approach three times since 2000. The date to submit comments to the Notice is now extended an additional 30 days. Comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking must be received by the Board on or before January 15, 2020. Comments replying to the comments submitted during the initial comment period must be received by the Board on or before January 29, 2020.
  • NOAA – Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint and Announcement of Public Meetings
    NOAA has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to evaluate a range of alternatives for changes to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) to expand the boundary of the sanctuary, update sanctuary-wide regulations, update the individual marine zones and their associated regulations, and revise the sanctuary management plan. FKNMS protects 3,800 square miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys, from south of Miami westward to the Dry Tortugas. Within the boundary of the sanctuary lie spectacular, unique, and nationally significant marine resources including North America’s only coral barrier reef, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove-fringed islands, and more than 6,000 species of marine life. The sanctuary also protects pieces of our Nation’s history such as shipwrecks and other archeological resources. The DEIS includes a proposed action and a range of alternatives that would help improve the condition of resources in the Florida Keys through a series of regulatory and management measures designed to reduce threats and, where appropriate, restore coral reefs, seagrasses, and other important habitats. NOAA is soliciting public comment on the DEIS, also referred to as the Restoration Blueprint. Comments on this DEIS will be considered if received by January 31, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Greater Amberjack Management Measures
    NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this proposed rule would revise the commercial trip limit in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for greater amberjack. In addition, this proposed rule would revise the boundaries of several Gulf reef fish management areas to reflect a change in the seaward boundary of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi for purposes of management under the FMP to 9 nautical miles (nm). The purpose of this proposed rule and the framework action is to extend the commercial fishing season for greater amberjack by constraining the harvest rate while continuing to prevent overfishing and rebuild the stock in the Gulf, and to update the boundaries of reef fish management areas to reflect the current state boundaries. Written comments must be received on or before January 21, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Coral Reef Conservation Program
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management has prepared a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for its Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), which is managed by NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Silver Spring, MD, and implemented in coastal areas and marine waters of Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands, and targeted international regions including the wider Caribbean, the Coral Triangle, the South Pacific, and Micronesia. Publication of this document begins the public comment period for the draft PEIS. Written comments on the draft PEIS will be accepted on or before January 27, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Applications: Ocean Exploration Advisory Board
    NOAA is soliciting applications to fill up to six membership vacancies on the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). The new OEAB members will serve initial three-year terms, renewable once. Application materials must be received no later than February 3, 2020. Application materials should be submitted to Christa Rabenold via mail or email, at christa.rabenold@noaa.gov. To submit by mail, write to: NOAA/OER, 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm. 10310, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
  • NOAA NMFS – Nominations: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
    NMFS is extending the period for submission of nominations for appointment to a new Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) task force to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. The task force will provide expert advice on the generation, delivery, and use of electronically reported data from private recreational anglers to assist NMFS in fulfilling its mission activities. NMFS will appoint the members in consultation with MAFAC and they will serve for a term of up to two (2) years. The extended comment period closes on February 21, 2020. Nominations must be received at the appropriate address or email on or before February 21, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Initiation of a Status Review for Queen Conch Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
    The NMFS announces the initiation of a status review of queen conch (Strombus gigas) to determine whether listing the species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is warranted. A comprehensive status review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. Therefore, they are asking the public to provide information on the queen conch that will inform their status review. The NMFS must receive your information no later than February 4, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment
    NMFS proposes to approve and implement the measures of the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. This action would protect deep-sea corals from the impacts of commercial fishing gear on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine. These proposed management measures are intended to reduce, to the extent practicable, impacts of fishing gear on deep-sea corals in New England while balancing their costs to commercial fisheries. Public comments must be received by February 18, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS and USFWS – 5-Year Review of Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Seven Foreign Distinct Population Segments of Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    NMFS and USFWS announce the initiation of a 5-year review for the following distinct population segments (DPS) of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta): The Mediterranean Sea DPS, the Northeast Atlantic Ocean DPS, the North Indian Ocean DPS, the South Pacific Ocean DPS, the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS, the South Atlantic Ocean DPS, the Southeast Indo-Pacific Ocean DPS, and the Southwest Indian Ocean DPS. NMFS and USFWS are required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that the listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. The agencies request submission of any such information on these loggerhead DPSs, particularly information on the status, threats, and recovery of the DPSs that has become available since their listing on September 22, 2011. Comments are due February 24, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Initiation of 5-Year Reviews for 28 Listed Species of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead
    NMFS is announcing 5-year reviews of 28 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The listed species comprise 17 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) and 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The purpose of these reviews is to ensure the accuracy of their listing classifications. The 5-year reviews will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the reviews; therefore, NMFS is requesting that interested parties submit new relevant information on these ESUs and DPSs that has become available since the last species status reviews in 2016. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, NMFS will make the requisite determinations under the ESA. To allow NMFS adequate time to conduct these reviews, the agency must receive the new relevant information by close of business on March 27, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS -Pacific Fishery Management Council – Preseason Ocean Salmon Documents and Meetings
    The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2020 ocean salmon fisheries. This document announces the availability of Pacific Council documents, as well as the dates and locations of upcoming Pacific Council meetings and public hearings hosted by the Pacific Council. These documents and events comprise the Pacific Council’s complete schedule for determining the annual proposed and final modifications to ocean salmon fishery management measures. The agendas for the March and April 2020 Pacific Council meetings will be published in subsequent Federal Register documents prior to the actual meetings. Written comments on the salmon management alternatives must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, March 27, 2020.
  • OSTP – Request for Information on the American Research Environment
    On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), the OSTP requests input on actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment. Specific emphasis is placed on ensuring that the research environment is welcoming to all individuals and enables them to work safely, efficiently, ethically, and with mutual respect, consistent with the values of free inquiry, competition, openness, and fairness. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on January 28, 2020. Comments submitted in response to this notice may be submitted online to: The NSTC Executive Director, Chloe Kontos, JCORE@ostp.eop.gov. Email submissions should be machine-readable [pdf, word] and not copy-protected. Submissions should include “RFI Response: JCORE” in the subject line of the message.
  • OSTP – Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research
    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies, whether those repositories are operated by government or non-governmental entities. Optimization and improved consistency in agency-provided information for data repositories is expected to reduce the burden for researchers. Feedback obtained through this Request for Comments (RFC) will help to inform coordinated agency action. To ensure that your comments will be considered, please submit your response on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on March 6, 2020.
  • State Department — Fargo, ND Hearing International Red River Board Report on Nutrient Targets
    The International Joint Commission Invites Public Comment on Recommendations by the International Red River Board (IRRB) on proposed nutrient concentration objectives and nutrient load targets for the Red River at the boundary between the United States and Canada. Comments will be accepted by mail, email and online until February 28, 2020.
  • USFWS – Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of the Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) and the Southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment of the Northern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni)
    The USFWS is initiating 5-year status reviews of the short-tailed albatross and the Southwest Alaska distinct population segment of the northern sea otter under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. They are requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last reviews of these species. To ensure consideration of your comments in their preparation of these 5-year status reviews, USFWS must receive your comments and information by January 21, 2020. However, the USFWS will accept information about the species at any time.
  • USFWS – Endangered Species Status for Beardless Chinchweed With Designation of Critical Habitat, and Threatened Species Status for Bartram’s Stonecrop With Section 4(d) Rule
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), proposes to list Pectis imberbis (beardless chinchweed), a plant species from southern Arizona and northern Mexico, as an endangered species and to designate critical habitat for Beardless chinchweed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. In total, they propose to designate approximately 10,604 acres (4,291 hectares) in southern Arizona as critical habitat for this plant. The Service also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for beardless chinchweed. In addition, the Service proposes to list Graptopetalum bartramii (Bartram’s stonecrop), a plant species from southern Arizona and northern Mexico, as a threatened species under the Act and to issue a rule under section 4(d) of the Act to provide for the conservation of Bartram’s stonecrop. They are not proposing to designate critical habitat for Bartram’s stonecrop because they find that a designation is not prudent. If the Service makes this rule final as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to both of these species and to beardless chinchweed’s critical habitat. The Service will accept comments received or postmarked on or before February 4, 2020. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. They must receive requests for a public hearing, in writing, by January 21, 2020.
  • USFWS – Proposed Upper Santa Ana River Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement; San Bernardino County, CA
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received applications from the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (District) and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District (SBCFCD) for incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS advises the public of the availability of an accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), which covers two federally listed animal species and other covered species, and a draft environmental impact statement (EIS), for public review and comment. The HCP covers activities for water conservation, aggregate mining, recreation, flood control and other public services in San Bernardino County, California. The draft EIS is a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report. USFWS will receive public comments on the HCP and DEIS/SEIR until January 23, 2020.
  • USFWS – Proposed Upper Santa Ana River Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement; San Bernardino County, CA
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received applications from the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (District) and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District (SBCFCD) for incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS advises the public of the availability of an accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), which covers two federally listed animal species and other covered species, and a draft environmental impact statement (EIS), for public review and comment. The HCP covers activities for water conservation, aggregate mining, recreation, flood control and other public services in San Bernardino County, California. The draft EIS is a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report. USFWS will receive public comments on the HCP and DEIS/SEIR until January 23, 2020.
  • USFWS – Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan; Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit, Blue Creek Wind Farm, Van Wert and Paulding Counties, Ohio
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from Blue Creek Wind Farm, LLC (applicant), for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act for its Blue Creek Wind Farm project. If approved, the ITP would authorize the incidental take of the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat. The applicant has prepared a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP), which is available for public review. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment, which has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments on the application and associated documents are due January 29, 2020.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Sand Skink
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from Ernie Caldwell Properties, LLC for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Polk County, Florida. The agency is seeking comments from the public regarding this application. Comments must be recieved on or before February 18, 2020.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole-Skink and Application To Amend Incidental Take Permit
    The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announces receipt of an application to amend an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. K Hovnanian at Mystic Dunes, LLC is requesting to modify its 5-year ITP authorizing take of federally listed sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to construction in Osceola County, Florida. FWS requests public comment on the application. Comments must be received on or before February 18, 2020.
  • USFWS – Removing the Kanab Ambersnail From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
    he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove the Kanab ambersnail (Oxyloma haydeni kanabensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific information. USFWS’ review indicates that Kanab ambersnail is not a valid subspecies and therefore cannot be listed as an endangered entity under the Act. The agency is seeking information and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule and will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered Status for the Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment of the Sierra Nevada Red Fox
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. This DPS of the Sierra Nevada red fox occurs along the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this DPS. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 9, 2020.
  • USFWS – Threatened Species Status for the Hermes Copper Butterfly With 4(d) Rule and Designation of Critical Habitat
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the Hermes copper butterfly (Lycaena [Hermelycaena] hermes), a butterfly species from San Diego County, California, and Baja California, Mexico, as a threatened species and propose to designate critical habitat for the species under the Endangered Species Act. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species as described in the proposed rule provisions issued under section 4(d) of the Act, and designate approximately 14,249 hectares (35,211 acres) of critical habitat in San Diego County, California. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Hermes copper butterfly. The agency will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 9, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for the Topeka Shiner
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of a draft recovery plan for Topeka shiner, a fish species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. They are requesting review and comment from the public on this draft plan. Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before March 17, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Review of Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis)
    the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is initiating a 5-year status review of Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the conterminous United States under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, the USFWS is requesting submission of any new information on this species that has become available since the last review of the species in 2011. The USFWS is requesting submission of new information no later than March 16, 2020. However, they will continue to accept new information about the species at any time.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings for Two Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 90-day findings on two petitions to add species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Based on their review, the Service finds that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this document, they announce that we plan to initiate status reviews of the Bethany Beach firefly (Photuris bethaniensis) and Gulf Coast solitary bee (Hesperapis oraria) to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that the status reviews are comprehensive, the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species and factors that may affect their status. Based on the status reviews, they will issue 12-month petition findings, which will address whether or not the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. These findings were made on December 19, 2019. As the Service commences their status reviews, they seek any new information concerning the status of, or threats to, the species or their habitats. Any information received during the course of their status reviews will be considered.

 

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