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 by March 31, 2020.
  • BLM – Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, and Prepare an Associated Environmental Assessment
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management Lower Sonoran Field Office, Phoenix, Arizona, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan Amendment with an associated Environmental Assessment for the Sonoran Desert National Monument to address a court order related to livestock grazing on the SDNM. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments to identify issues to be addressed in the RMP Amendment/EA. Comments must be received by April 27, 2020.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Wild Horse Management in the Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs and Rawlins Field Offices, Wyoming
    The Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office has prepared a Draft Resource Management PlanAmendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Wild Horse Management within the BLM Wyoming Rock Springs and Rawlins field offices. Comments must be received by April 30, 2020.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Supplement to the Willow Master Development Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alaska
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Willow Master Development Plan, and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. The BLM is also announcing that it will hold public meetings and a subsistence-related hearing to receive comments on the Supplement to the Draft EIS and the proposed project’s potential to impact subsistence resources and activities. Comments must be received by May 4, 2020.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Idaho Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation
    Nevada and Northeastern California , Northwest Colorado , Oregon, Utah, Wyoming
    The Bureau of Land Management has published six draft supplemental environmental impact statements (SEIS) for management of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on public lands. The draft SEISs address issues identified in an October 16, 2019, Order issued by the U.S. District Court for Idaho that placed a preliminary injunction suspending implementation of sage-grouse plans the BLM adopted in March 2019.  The preliminary injunction affects BLM sage-grouse plans in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada/northeastern California, and Oregon. Until the injunction is lifted, the BLM is implementing the plans adopted in 2015 for the affected areas. Comments must be received by April 6, 2020.
  • Bureau of Reclamation – Call for Nominations for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group Federal Advisory Committee
    The U.S. Department of the Interior proposes to appoint members to the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is soliciting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the AMWG. Comments must be received by March 30, 2020.
  • Commodity Credit Corporation – Regional Conservation Partnership Program
    The Regional Conservation Partnership Program enhances conservation and promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to help producers and landowners increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, and wildlife on a regional or watershed scale. Comments must be received by April 13, 2020.
  • EPA – NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule-Phase 2 Extension
    EPA published the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule (“NPDES eRule”) on 22 October 2015. The 2015 rule required EPA and states to modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting. The NPDES eRule included a phased implementation schedule. In this notice, EPA proposes postponing the compliance deadlines for Phase 2 implementation by three years and providing states with additional flexibility to request additional time as needed. Further, this notice proposes changes to the NPDES eRule that would clarify existing requirements and eliminate some duplicative or outdated reporting requirements. Taken together, these changes are designed to save the NPDES authorized programs considerable resources, make reporting easier for NPDES-regulated entities, streamline permit renewals, ensure full exchange of NPDES program data between states and EPA, enhance public transparency, improve environmental decision-making, and protect human health and the environment. Comments must be received by April 28, 2020. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments on the information collection provisions are best assured of consideration if the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) receives a copy of your comments by March 30, 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.
  • EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses (December 2019)
    EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received by April 1, 2020.
  • EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for a New Active Ingredient (December 2019)
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing an active ingredient not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received by April 1, 2020.
  • EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses (January 2020)
    EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received by April 2, 2020.
  • EPA – Banda de Lupinus Albus Doce (BLAD); Proposal To Revoke Exemption and Establish Pesticide Tolerances
    On May 29, 2015, EPA proposed to revoke the current exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of banda de Lupinus albus doce (BLAD) in or on all food commodities and to establish tolerances for residues of BLAD in or on almonds, grapes, strawberries, and tomatoes. Following the receipt of several comments, the Agency is reproposing this action in order to clarify its proposed rulemaking. In addition, since the publication of the initial proposal, the registrant has requested that the Agency establish tolerances for additional commodities. The Agency is undertaking this action under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Comments must be received by April 13, 2020.
  • EPA – Ocean Dumping: Modification of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore of Port Everglades, Florida
    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve a modification of the existing EPA designated ocean dredged material disposal site offshore of Port Everglades, Florida, pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The primary purpose for the site modification is to enlarge the site to serve the long-term need for a location to dispose of suitable material dredged from the Port Everglades Harbor and for the disposal of suitable dredged material for persons who receive a MPRSA permit for such disposal. The modified site will be subject to monitoring and management to ensure continued protection of the marine environment. Comments must be received by April 13, 2020.
  • EPA – Clean Water Act: Virginia-Sarah Creek and Perrin River Vessel Sewage No-Discharge Zone-Tentative Affirmative Determination
    Notice is hereby given that an application for a no-discharge zone has been received from the Secretary of Natural Resources on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the Sarah Creek and Perrin River, Gloucester County, Virginia. The EPA is requesting comments on this application and whether the EPA should finalize its tentative affirmative determination or make a negative determination on the proposed designation for Sarah Creek and Perrin River as provided in the Clean Water Act. Comments must be received by April 10, 2020.
  • EPA – Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science
    This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) includes clarifications, modifications and additions to certain provisions in the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Proposed Rulemaking (“2018 proposed rulemaking”), published on April 30, 2018. This SNPRM proposes that the scope of the rulemaking apply to influential scientific information as well as significant regulatory decisions. This notice proposes definitions and clarifies that the proposed rulemaking applies to data and models underlying both pivotal science and pivotal regulatory science. In this SNPRM, EPA is also proposing a modified approach to the public availability provisions for data and models that would underly significant regulatory decisions and an alternate approach. Finally, EPA is taking comment on whether to use its housekeeping authority independently or in conjunction with appropriate environmental statutory provisions as authority for taking this action. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2020.
  • Forest Service, USDA – Pacific Northwest Region Recreation Advisory Committee
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the Pacific Northwest Region Recreation Advisory Committee (Recreation RAC) pursuant to the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information on the Recreation RAC can be found by visiting the Recreation RAC’s website. Nominations must be received by April 9, 2020. The timeframe may be extended if officials do not receive applications for vacancies.
  • Forest Service, USFWS – Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska-2021-22 and 2022-23 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Shellfish Regulations
    This proposed rule would establish regulations for fish and shellfish seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of fish and shellfish for subsistence uses during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 regulatory years. The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) is on a schedule of completing the process of revising subsistence taking of fish and shellfish regulations in odd-numbered years and subsistence taking of wildlife regulations in even-numbered years; public proposal and review processes take place during the preceding year. The Board also addresses customary and traditional use determinations during the applicable cycle. When final, the resulting rulemaking will replace the existing subsistence fish and shellfish taking regulations. This proposed rule could also amend the general regulations on subsistence taking of fish and wildlife. Comments and proposals must be received or postmarked by April 20, 2020.
  • NIFA – Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on Agency Services
    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is requesting written stakeholder input on agency services. The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in optimizing delivery of services and better serve stakeholders’ and partners’ research, extension, and education needs. NIFA plans to consider all stakeholder input received in response to this Notice. Comments must be received by April 3, 2020.
  • NOAA – Draft Management Plan for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is soliciting comments from the public on a draft revised management plan for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The revision of the existing plan is necessitated by the applicable requirements of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve revised plan is intended to replace the plan approved in 2007. Comments must be received by April 23, 2020.
  • NOAA – Science Advisory Board (SAB); Solicitation for Members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board
    NOAA is soliciting nominations for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The SAB is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans, Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB consists of approximately fifteen members reflecting the full breadth of NOAA’s areas of responsibility and assists NOAA in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency’s missions. Nominations must be received by April 23, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans
    This notice announces the availability of the Black Abalone Draft Recovery Plan for public review. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Plan, and will consider all substantive comments received during the review period before submitting the Plan for final approval. Comments must be received by March 30, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Modifying Seasonal Allocations of Pollock and Pacific Cod for Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska
    NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) and to implement a regulatory amendment to the regulations governing pollock fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. This proposed rule will reduce operational and management inefficiencies in the Central Gulf of Alaska and Western Gulf of Alaska trawl catcher vessel pollock and Pacific cod fisheries by reducing regulatory time gaps between the pollock seasons, and changing Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod seasonal apportionments to allow greater harvest opportunities earlier in the year. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the GOA FMP, and other applicable laws. Comments must be received by March 30, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – 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. Comments must be received by March 30, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Modifying Seasonal Allocations of Pollock and Pacific Cod for Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 109 would reduce operational and management inefficiencies in the Central Gulf of Alaska and Western Gulf of Alaska trawl catcher vessel Pacific cod fisheries by changing seasonal Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod apportionments to allow greater harvest opportunities earlier in the year. Amendment 109 is necessary to provide participants in the fisheries an opportunity to more fully harvest the total allowable catch of Pacific cod, increase management flexibility, and potentially decrease prohibited species catch while not redistributing fishing opportunities between management areas or harvesting sectors. Comments must be received by April 6, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan
    NMFS proposes to approve and implement measures included in Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan, as submitted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This action would integrate Atlantic chub mackerel as a stock in the fishery under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. This amendment would identify goals and objectives for managing Atlantic chub mackerel; specify status determination criteria; designate essential fish habitat; establish a specifications process; set annual catch limits for 2020-2022; and implement accountability measures, possession limits, permitting and reporting requirements, and other administrative measures for Atlantic chub mackerel caught from Maine through North Carolina. Comments must be received by April 8, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan
    NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval.This amendment would designate essential fish habitat; set catch limits for 2020-2022; and implement an annual catch limit, accountability measures, possession limits, permitting and reporting requirements, and other administrative measures for Atlantic chub mackerel caught from Maine through North Carolina. The purpose of this action is to implement measures required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to formally integrate Atlantic chub mackerel as a stock in the fishery under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Comments must be received by April 14, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan Management Plan, as submitted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
    This action would integrate Atlantic chub mackerel as a stock in the fishery under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. This amendment would identify goals and objectives for managing Atlantic chub mackerel; specify status determination criteria; designate essential fish habitat; establish a specifications process; set annual catch limits for 2020-2022; and implement accountability measures, possession limits, permitting and reporting requirements, and other administrative measures for Atlantic chub mackerel caught from Maine through North Carolina. Comments must be received by April 8, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
    Notice is hereby given that a PEPD and draft EA are available for public comment on two Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) in the Yankee Fork River and Panther Creek. The HGMPs were submitted for review and determination under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule. Comments must be received by April 9, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Offshore Wind Construction Activities off of Virginia
    NMFS has received a request from Dominion Energy Virginia for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities off the coast of Virginia in the area of Research Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Virginia in support of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of decision. Comments and information must be received by April 15, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Initiation of Review of Management Plan for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Conduct Scoping and Prepare Draft Environmental Analysis and Management Plan
    In accordance with Section 304(e) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, as amended, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is initiating a review of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary management plan, to evaluate substantive progress toward implementing the goals of the sanctuary, and to make revisions to the management plan as necessary to fulfill the purposes and policies of the NMSA. NOAA anticipates management plan changes will require preparation of an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act.
    Comments must be received by April 10, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Phase II Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3.3: Large-Scale Barataria Marsh Creation: Upper Barataria Component
    In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the National Environmental Policy Act, and a Consent Decree with BP Exploration & Production Inc., the Deepwater Horizon Federal natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group have prepared a Draft Phase II Restoration Plan 3.3 and Environmental Assessment (Draft RP/EA #3.3). The Draft RP/EA #3.3 describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Louisiana TIG to restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost 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 regulations, and also evaluated the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives in accordance with NEPA. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft RP/EA #3.3 and to seek public comments on the document. Comments must be received by April 20, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #5: Living Coastal and Marine Resources-Marine Mammals and Oysters
    In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the National Environmental Policy Act, and a Consent Decree with BP Exploration & Production Inc., the Deepwater Horizon Federal natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group have prepared a Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (RP/EA #5): Living Coastal and Marine Resources—Marine Mammals and Oysters. The Draft RP/EA #5 proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Louisiana TIG to restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost 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 regulations, and also evaluated the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives in accordance with NEPA. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft RP/EA #5 and to seek public comments on the document. Comments must be received by April 20, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 51
    The Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 51 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), Amendment 51 would establish and modify status determination criteria and harvest levels for the gray snapper stock. The purposes of Amendment 51 are to end overfishing of gray snapper and achieve optimum yield (OY) for the stock. Comments must be received by April 28, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act 2020 List of Foreign Fisheries
    NMFS is publishing its draft 2020 List of Foreign Fisheries (LOFF), as required by the regulations implementing the Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The draft 2020 LOFF reflects new information received from nations submitting their 2019 Progress Reports on interactions between commercial fisheries exporting fish and fish products to the United States and marine mammals, and updates the 2017 LOFF. NMFS classified each commercial fishery in this draft 2020 LOFF into one of two categories, either “export” or “exempt,” based upon frequency and likelihood of incidental mortality and serious injury of marine mammals likely to occur incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the draft 2020 LOFF determines which regulatory requirements will be applicable to that fishery for it to receive a comparability finding necessary to export fish and fish products to the United States from that fishery. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 2020.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reclassifying Sculpin Species in the Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 121 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and Amendment 110 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (collectively Amendments 121/110), to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendments 121/110 would reclassify sculpins in these fishery management plans under the ecosystem component category. This action is necessary to ensure sculpin species are accurately classified in the FMPs based on the best available scientific information. Amendments 121/110 are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMPs, and other applicable laws. Comments must be received by May 22, 2020.
  • NSF – Request for Recommendations for Membership on Directorate and Office Advisory Committees
    The National Science Foundation requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Recommendations should consist of the name of the submitting individual, the organization or the affiliation providing the member nomination, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual’s curriculum vita, an expression of the individual’s interest in serving, and the following recommended individual’s contact information: Employment address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. Self-recommendations are accepted.
  • Office of the Secretary – National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures for the Bureau of Land Management (516 DM 11)
    This notice announces the Department of the Interior’s proposal to revise the National Environmental Policy Act implementing procedures for the Bureau of Land Management at Chapter 11 of Part 516 of the Departmental Manual with a proposed new categorical exclusion. Comments must be received by April 13, 2020.
  • OSTP – Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research
    OSTP, and the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Open Science are engaged in ongoing efforts to facilitate implementation and compliance with the 2013 memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report. OSTP and the SOS continue to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the U.S. Government. This RFI aims to provide all interested individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research. Comments must be received by April 16, 2020.
  • State Department – Call for Expert Reviewers To Submit Comments on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report
    The Department of State, in cooperation with the United States Global Change Research Program, requests expert review of the second-order draft of the IPCC Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report cycle, including the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they may need to deal objectively with scientific, technical, and socio-economic factors relevant to the application of particular policies. As part of the U.S. government review—starting March 2, 2020—experts wishing to contribute to the U.S. government review are encouraged to register via the USGCRP Review and Comment System (https://review.globalchange.gov/​). Comments must be received by April 2, 2020.
  • USDA – Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment; Cogongrass Control Efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina
    The USDA is advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making available a draft programmatic environmental assessment for control of cogongrass, a noxious weed, in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The environmental assessment assesses the potential environmental effects of establishing an integrated management strategy to control cogongrass in coordination with the above States. They are making the draft programmatic environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment. Comments must be received by April 1, 2020.
  • USDA – Notice of Request for Public Comment on Updates to Technical Guidelines for Quantifying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Carbon Sequestration at the Entity-Scale for Agriculture and Forestry
    The United States Department of Agriculture developed technical guidelines and science-based methods to quantify greenhouse gas sources and sinks from the agriculture and forest sectors at the entity-scale. In the report, Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity‐Scale Inventory, USDA stated it intends to periodically update the technical guidelines based on newly available data and methodologies, and an update is planned for completion within the next 3 years. As we prepare the updated report, USDA is seeking input from the public to ensure that relevant information and data are considered, improve the rigor of the guidelines, and enhance the usability of the methods in the updated technical guidelines. Comments must be received by April 20, 2020.
  • USDA – Notice of Proposed Revisions to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service is giving notice that it intends to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices (NHCP). NRCS is also giving the public an opportunity to provide comments on specified conservation practice standards in NHCP. Comments must be received by April 23, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 66 Species in California and Nevada
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating 5-year status reviews of 66 species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, USFWS is requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last review. Information must be received by March 27, 2020, however new information can be submitted at any time.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Big Sandy Crayfish and the Guyandotte River Crayfish
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the Big Sandy crayfish and the Guyandotte River crayfish under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. In total, approximately 582 stream kilometers in Martin and Pike Counties, Kentucky; Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise Counties, Virginia; and McDowell, Mingo, and Wayne Counties, West Virginia, are proposed as critical habitat for the Big Sandy crayfish. Approximately 135 skm (84 smi) in Logan and Wyoming Counties, West Virginia, are proposed as critical habitat for the Guyandotte River crayfish. Comments must be received by March 30, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Yellow Lance
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the yellow lance (Elliptio lanceolata) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. In total, approximately 319 river miles in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. Comments must be received by April 6, 2020.
  • USFWS – Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft General Conservation Plan for Oil and Gas Activities in Santa Barbara County, California
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft General Conservation Plan (GCP), as well as the associated draft environmental assessment, for oil and gas activities in Santa Barbara County. The Service developed the GCP in accordance with the Endangered Species Act to provide a streamlined mechanism for proponents engaged in oil and gas activities to meet statutory and regulatory requirements while promoting conservation of the Santa Barbara County distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and Lompoc yerba santa. The Service prepared the draft EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing permits under the GCP. Comments must be received by May 6, 2020.
  • USFWS – Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council; Call for Nominations
    The Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seek nominations for membership on the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council. The Council reports to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to provide recommendations regarding the establishment and implementation of conservation endeavors that benefit wildlife resources; encourage partnership among the public, sporting conservation organizations, and Federal, State, Tribal, and territorial governments; and benefit recreational hunting and recreational shooting sports. Nominations must be received by April 6, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Florida Bristle Fern
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to designate critical habitat for the Florida bristle fern (Trichomanes punctatum ssp. floridanum) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. In total, approximately 1,624 hectares (4,014 acres) in Miami-Dade and Sumter Counties, Florida, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If the Service finalizse this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies’ critical habitat. The Service also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat. The Service will accept comments on the proposed rule and draft economic analysis received or postmarked on or before April 24, 2020. Comments submitted electronically must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. Comments must be received by April 9, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Incidental Take Permit Application, Habitat Conservation Plan for the Alabama Beach Mouse, Gulf Shores, AL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from the City of Gulf Shores, Alabama, to modify incidental take permit TE84363C-0 under the Endangered Species Act. The ITP authorizes take of the federally listed Alabama beach mouse incidental to construction in Gulf Shores, Alabama. USFWS request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed modified habitat conservation plan, and the Service’s preliminary determination that the HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, USFWS used the environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. Comments must be received by April 10, 2020.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Alabama Beach Mouse, Baldwin County, AL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from Michael McKoy for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed Alabama beach mouse incidental to construction in Baldwin County, Alabama. USFWS requests public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan, and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments must be received by April 10, 2020.
  • USFWS – Proposed Site Plans Under a Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for the Fisher in Oregon; Enhancement of Survival Permit Applications
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received two enhancement of survival permit applications pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. If granted, the requested permits would authorize incidental take of the fisher, should the species become federally listed in the future under the ESA. The permit applications are associated with a template candidate conservation agreement with assurances previously developed by the Service for the conservation of the fisher. The conservation measures in the CCAA are intended to provide a net conservation benefit to the fisher. We have also prepared draft environmental action statements pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 for each of these permit applications. Comments must be received by April 13, 2020.
  • USFWS – Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment, Kauai, Hawaii
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received incidental take permit applications pursuant to section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, from eight parties seeking authorization to take listed seabirds on Kauai due to impacts associated with nighttime light attraction. Each of the applications relies on the Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan, which describes the actions the applicants will take to minimize and mitigate the impacts of taking the threatened Newell’s shearwater, endangered Hawaiian petrel, and the endangered Hawaii distinct population segment of the band-rumped storm-petrel incidental to the otherwise lawful use of nighttime lighting on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. USFWS also announce the availability of each applicant’s draft KSHCP participant inclusion plan specific to the applicant’s facilities, as well as a draft environmental assessment developed by the Service that addresses the effects of the KSHCP and the proposed permits on the human environment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments must be received by April 13, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Habitat Conservation Plan; Availability of Environmental Assessment; Extension of Public Comment Period
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the public comment period for the draft environmental assessment and habitat conservation plan in support of an incidental take permit application received from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Comments must now be received by April 16, 2020.
  • USFWS – Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 10 Species in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting 5-year status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 10 animal and plant species. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, USFWS requesting submission of any such information that has become available since the last review for the species. Animal species are: Fountain darter, Jollyville Plateau salamander, Robber Baron Cave meshweaver, Texas blind salamander, Arkansas River shiner and Ozark big-eared bat. Plant species are: Davis’ green pitaya, Hinckley oak, Nellie cory cactus and Cochise pincushion cactus. To ensure consideration, USFWS is requesting submission of new information no later than April 20, 2020. However, they will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.
  • USFWS – Proposed 2020-21 Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to establish the 2020-21 hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds. USFWS annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in hunting seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow state selections of seasons and limits and to allow harvest at levels compatible with migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions. Migratory game bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance and aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the management of migratory game birds. Comments on the proposed migratory bird hunting frameworks are due by April 20, 2020.
  • USFWS – Marine Mammal Protection Act; Stock Assessment Report for the Southern Sea Otter in California
    In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a draft revised marine mammal stock assessment report for the southern sea otter stock in the State of California. Comments must be received by April 27, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revises the proposed critical habitat for the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 493,665 acres are now being proposed for designation as critical habitat in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Comments must be received by April 27, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing Lepanthes eltoroensis
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Lepanthes eltoroensis, an orchid species from Puerto Rico, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (List), due to recovery. This proposed action is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicates that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species no longer meets the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Service also announces the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan. They seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal and the draft PDM plan. Comments must be received by May 11, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews for 25 Southeastern Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating 5-year status reviews of 25 species under the Endangered Species Act, as amended. A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. USFWS is requesting submission of information that has become available since the last reviews of these species. Information must be submitted by May 26, 2020.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Kearney’s Blue Star
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of our draft revised recovery plan for Kearney’s blue star, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Kearney’s blue star is a perennial flowering plant, a narrow endemic known from a single mountain range in Pima County, Arizona. USFWS provides this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments. Comments must be received by May 26, 2020.
  • 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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