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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:

  • Army Corps of Engineers – Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands Ecosystem Restoration Project at James Island
    Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration, the non-federal sponsor, plans to prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (sEIS) for the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project at James Island (Mid-Bay Island Project). The Mid-Chesapeake Islands Restoration Project recommends remote island restoration at James Island and Barren Island, both on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in Dorchester County, MD, through the beneficial use of dredged material. The project addresses two needs: (1) the restoration of remote island habitat to benefit wildlife including a diverse assemblage of birds, fish, herpetofauna, and invertebrates; and (2) the beneficial use of dredged material from the maintenance of the approach channels to Baltimore Harbor. Remote islands, a critical ecosystem component in the Chesapeake Bay, are offshore landforms that provide isolation, lack of human disturbance, and few predators. These conditions uniquely support isolated nesting and foraging habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife. Extensive island habitat loss has occurred within the Mid-Chesapeake Bay, and James Island has nearly vanished. Sea level rise and related erosion, as well as land subsidence and wave action are the primary drivers of island loss. The project provides an opportunity to utilize 30 to 70 million cubic yards of clean dredged material over a 20-year period to restore 2,072 acres of remote island habitat at James Island including uplands and wetlands. The project would convert over 2,000 acres of shallow water habitat in the waters surrounding James Island to external dikes and island habitat. There are expected to be long-term changes to the aesthetics of the project area as an effect of the restoration of James Island in the landscape. The sEIS will update documentation for NEPA focused on the James Island component of the project. USACE is requesting to be provided any supporting information, analyses, and alternative identification relevant to the action being evaluated by this sEIS. Comments and suggestions must be submitted by December 7, 2022.
  • BOEM, Interior – Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Empire Offshore Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New York
    BOEM announces the availability of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Empire Offshore Wind, LLC (Empire Wind) for its proposed Empire Wind Project (Project) offshore New York. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Project as described in the COP (the proposed action) and the alternatives to the proposed action. This notice of availability (NOA) announces the start of the public review and comment period, as well as the dates and times for public hearings on the DEIS. After BOEM holds the public hearings and addresses comments provided, BOEM will publish a final environmental impact statement (EIS). The EIS will inform BOEM’s decision whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the COP. Comments must be received no later than January 17, 2023. BOEM will conduct three virtual public hearings. BOEM’s virtual public hearings will be held at the following times (eastern time). Wednesday, December 7, 2022; 5 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2022; 5 p.m., and Thursday, December 15, 2022; 1 p.m.
  • Bureau of Land Management, Interior – Notice of Intent To Amend the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Copper Rays Solar Project in Nye County, Nevada
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada State Director intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Copper Rays Solar Project and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping period to solicit public comments and identify issues, and is providing the planning criteria for public review. The BLM requests the public submit comments concerning the scope of the analysis, potential alternatives, and identification of relevant information and studies by December 29, 2022. To afford the BLM the opportunity to consider issues raised by commenters in the Draft RMP amendment/EIS, please ensure your comments are received prior to the close of the 45-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will conduct two public scoping meetings (virtually): December 6, 2022 and December 7, 2022.
  • Bureau of Land Management, Interior – Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Ivanpah-Control Project, Inyo, Kern, and San Bernardino Counties, CA
  • In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert District Office, Palm Springs, California, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider the effects of the Ivanpah-Control Project (Project) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. The BLM requests comments concerning the scope of the analysis and identification of relevant information and studies by January 3, 2023
  • EPA – Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board Inorganic Arsenic Review Panel                                               The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the draft EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of Inorganic Arsenic. Based on the publicly available systematic review protocol, EPA’s draft assessment includes a summary of the chemical properties and pharmacokinetics; hazard identification analysis for diseases of the circulatory system, pregnancy and birth outcomes, diabetes, and neurodevelopmental effects; and dose-response analysis characterizing the quantitative relationship for the noncancer outcomes listed above as well as for bladder cancer and lung cancer. These quantitative relationships are then used to derive cancer and non-cancer toxicity values ( e.g., oral slope factor, reference dose). The SAB Inorganic Arsenic Review Panel will consider whether the conclusions found in the EPA’s draft assessment are clearly presented and scientifically supported. Nominations should be submitted by December 9, 2022 per the instructions below.
  • EPA – Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC); Request for Nominations
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to nominate scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC), established pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA anticipates appointing new SACC members by mid-2023 due to expiring membership terms. Sources in addition to this Federal Register notice may be utilized to solicit nominations and identify candidates. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered prospective candidates to the committee by following the instructions provided in this document. Individuals may also self-nominate. Nominations must be received on or before December 12, 2022.
  • EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses October 2022                                                        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 on or before December 19, 2022.
  • EPA – Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
  • In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (CAA or the Act), EPA is providing notice of a proposed consent decree in Comité Progreso de Lamont, et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 3:21-cv-08733-WHA (N.D. Cal.). On November 10, 2021, Plaintiffs Comité Progreso de Lamont, Committee for a Better Arvin, Committee for a Better Shafter, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Association of Irritated Residents, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, National Parks Conservation Association, and Sierra Club filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) failed to perform certain non-discretionary duties in accordance with the Act. These duties pertain to promulgation of a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for the San Joaquin Valley area of California to address certain remaining nonattainment plan requirements for the 1997, 2006, and 2012 PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to sign notices of proposed and final actions. Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by December 23, 2022.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for the Rodenticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 75-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following rodenticides: Brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), strychnine, warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. Comments must be received on or before February 13, 2023.
  • Forest Service, USDA – Inyo National Forest; California; Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Main Lodge Redevelopment Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA) has submitted a proposal to the Inyo National Forest (the Forest) to pursue approval of select projects from its 2022 Master Development Plan (MDP) on National Forest System (NFS) lands, in accordance with its existing Special Use Permit (SUP). The Proposed Action includes: new lifts, lift replacements and realignments, additional ski terrain development, new buildings and parking lots for guest and employee use, road reconstruction and construction of a new road, trail construction for pedestrians and bike connectivity, extensions of existing utilities and on-mountain infrastructure, and other infrastructure improvements to support base area development on private parcels. The Inyo National Forest plans to complete a combined environmental impact statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the Town of Mammoth Lakes because a number of projects proposed are entirely on private lands. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by December 27, 2022.
  • FWS – John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System; Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin; Draft 5-Year Review Boundaries
    The Coastal Barrier Resources Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to review the maps of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) at least once every 5 years and make any minor and technical modifications to the boundaries of the CBRS as are necessary to reflect changes that have occurred in the size or location of any unit as a result of natural forces. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have conducted this review for CBRS units in Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. This notice announces the findings of our review and request for comments on the draft revised boundaries from Federal, State, and local officials. To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by December 22, 2022.
  • FWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Critical Habitat for Endangered Florida Bonneted Bat.                  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is revising their proposed designation of critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat ( Eumops floridanus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. In response to new information we received and public comments on the June 10, 2020, proposed rule, they are now proposing to designate approximately 1,174,011 acres (475,105 hectares) in 13 Florida counties as critical habitat for the species. The FWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the revised proposed designation of critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat. The FWS requests comments from all interested parties on this revised proposed rule and the associated DEA. Comments submitted on the June 10, 2020, proposed rule need not be resubmitted as they will be fully considered in the preparation of the final rule. If the FWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species’ critical habitat. The FWS will accept comments on this revised proposed rule and the DEA that are received or postmarked on or before January 23, 2023.
  • FWS – Draft Alaska Native Relations Policy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is making available for public comment our draft Alaska Native Relations policy. The purpose of this policy is to build on the Service’s existing Native American policy by providing additional clarity for employees on the Service’s relationships with Tribes in Alaska, Alaska Native organizations, and Alaska Native corporations. We invite comments on the draft policy from State and Federal government agencies, federally recognized Tribal governments, inter-Tribal organizations, non-federally recognized Tribal governments, Alaska Native corporations, and the general public. The Service will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 5, 2022.
  • FWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southern Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment of Fisher
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce revisions to the critical habitat that they proposed on October 19, 2021, for the federally endangered Southern Sierra Nevada distinct population segment (DPS) of fisher ( Pekania pennanti) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). As a result of the critical habitat revisions, the FWS now proposes to designate a total of approximately 595,495 acres (240,988 hectares) as critical habitat for the Southern Sierra Nevada DPS of fisher across six units (one unit of which is further subdivided into two subunits) in California. This amounts to an overall increase of 41,041 acres (16,609 hectares) in their proposed critical habitat designation for the DPS, which includes revisions to all six units. The FWS invite interested parties to comment on the revisions described in this document. Comments previously submitted on the October 19, 2021, proposed rule need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. The comment period is reopened for the proposed rule published on October 19, 2021, at 86 FR 57773. So that the FWS can fully consider your comments on the revisions described in this document in their final determination, submit your comments on or before December 22, 2022. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • FWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Request for New Information for the North American Wolverine Species Status Assessment
  • The FWS notify the public that we are requesting new information to update the Species Status Assessment (SSA) for the North American Wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) occurring in the contiguous United States to make a final determination whether to list this species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). As a result of court action, the wolverine is now proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Act. The Service is updating the 2018 SSA and will reevaluate whether the North American wolverine occurring in the contiguous United States is a distinct population segment and, if so, whether the distinct population segment meets the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the Act. The FWS now requests new information regarding the North American wolverine to inform our SSA update and reevaluation under the Act. As directed by the court, the Service is to make a final listing determination by the end of November 2023. In order to fully consider and incorporate new information, the Service requests submittal of new information by close of business December 23, 2022.
  • FWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Extending the Comment Periods for Four Proposed Rules            The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces that they are extending the comment periods for four proposed rules under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. On September 27, 2022, the FWS published a proposed rule to list the Florida Keys mole skink ( Plestiodon egregius egregius) as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act and to designate its critical habitat. On October 14, 2022, the FWS published proposed rules to designate critical habitat for Chamaecrista lineata var. keyensis (Big Pine partridge pea), Chamaesyce deltoidea ssp. serpyllum (wedge spurge), Linum arenicola (sand flax), and Argythamnia blodgettii (Blodgett’s silverbush); to designate critical habitat for Sideroxylon reclinatum ssp. austrofloridense (Everglades bully), Digitaria pauciflora (Florida pineland crabgrass), Chamaesyce deltoidea ssp. pinetorum (pineland sandmat), and Dalea carthagenensis var. floridana (Florida prairie-clover); to list the Key ring-necked snake ( Diadophis punctatus acricus) and the rim rock crowned snake ( Tantilla oolitica) as endangered species, and to designate critical habitat for the Key ring-necked snake and the rim rock crowned snake. The FWS is extending the comment period for each of these proposed rules to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposed rules following the impacts of Hurricane Ian. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparing the final determinations. The comment periods for the proposed rules published on September 27, 2022, at 87 FR 58648, and on October 14, 2022, at 87 FR 62502, 87 FR 62564, and 87 FR 62614 are extended. The FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before January 12, 2023.
  • NOAA DOC OAR – Notice of Availability for Public Comments of the National Sea Grant Office
    NOAA has prepared a draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) for NOAA’s proposal to fund aquaculture research and development projects through existing federal financial assistance award programs. We are making the programmatic environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment. Written comments must be submitted on or before December 18, 2022.
  • NOAA NMFS – Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Ocean Wind 1 Offshore Wind Energy Project Offshore of New Jersey; Extension of Public Comment Period                                                                       On October 26, 2022, NMFS published a proposed rule, with a 30-day public comment period ending November 25, 2022, in response to a request by Ocean Wind, LLC (Ocean Wind) for regulations and associated Letter of Authorization (LOA), pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), that would authorize the take of marine mammals, by Level A harassment and Level B harassment, incidental to the Ocean Wind Offshore Wind Energy Project (Ocean Wind 1), offshore of New Jersey. In response to a request, NMFS is announcing an extension of the public comment period by an additional 15 days ending on December 10, 2022. The deadline for receipt of comments on the proposed rule published on October 26, 2022 (87 FR 64868), is extended from November 25, 2022, to December 10, 2022.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing the Queen Conch as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • The NMFS will hold a public hearing related to their proposed rule published September 8, 2022, to list the queen conch (Aliger gigas) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The NMFS is also reopening the public comment period, which will now close on December 15, 2022. The comment period is reopened from November 7, 2022, to December 15, 2022. Comments must be received by December 15, 2022. Comments received after this date may not be accepted.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Nassau Grouper 
    NMFS proposes to designate critical habitat for the threatened Nassau grouper pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specific occupied areas proposed for designation as critical habitat contain approximately 2,353.19 sq. kilometers (908.57 sq. miles) of aquatic habitat located in waters off the coasts of southeastern Florida, Puerto Rico, Navassa, and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). NOAA NMFS have considered positive and negative economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of the proposed critical habitat. NOAA NMFS are soliciting comments from the public on all aspects of the proposal, including their identification and consideration of impacts of the proposed action. Written comments and information must be received by December 16, 2022.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Amendment 124 to the BSAI FMP for Groundfish and Amendment 112 to the GOA FMP for Groundfish To Revise IFQ Program Regulations                                                            NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 124 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and Amendment 112 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP). First, this proposed rule would amend regulations for the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) Programs for pot gear configurations, pot gear tending and retrieval requirements, pot limits, and associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements. These changes would increase operational efficiency and flexibility for IFQ holders and CDQ groups. Second, this proposed rule would authorize jig gear as a legal gear type for harvesting sablefish IFQ and CDQ, increasing opportunities for entry-level participants. Third, this proposed rule would temporarily remove the Adak community quota entity (CQE) residency requirement for a period of five years. These actions are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the BSAI FMP, GOA FMP, and other applicable laws. Submit comments on or before December 23, 2022.
  • NOAA NMFS – Identification of Nations or Entities Engaged in Illegal, Unreported, or Unregulated Fishing, Bycatch of Protected Living Marine Resources, or Shark Fishing on the High Seas
    NMFS is seeking information regarding nations or entities whose vessels are engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing; fishing practices that result in the bycatch of protected living marine resources (PLMRs) without a regulatory program comparable in effectiveness to that of the United States; and/or fishing activities in waters beyond any national jurisdiction that target or incidentally catch sharks without a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States. Such information will be reviewed for the purposes of the identification of nations or entities pursuant to the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (Moratorium Protection Act). Information should be received on or before December 31, 2022.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Petition for Emergency Action To Close the Red King Crab Savings Area and Subarea to All Fishing Gear With Bottom Contact
    NMFS announces the receipt of a petition for emergency rulemaking under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) from the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC). This petition requests NMFS take action to close the Red King Crab Savings Area (RKCSA) and Red King Crab Savings Subarea (RKCSS) to all fishing gear to protect Bristol Bay red king crab (BBRKC) and their habitat at a time of historically low crab abundance for a period of 6 months from January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023.
  • NPS – Request for Nominations for the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission
    The National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission (Commission). Written nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2022.
  • NPS FWS – Notice of Intent To Prepare North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Washington 
    The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are jointly preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan to determine how to restore the grizzly bear to the North Cascades ecosystem (NCE), a portion of its historical range. As part of the planning and EIS process, the NPS and the FWS will evaluate various approaches for the restoration of a grizzly bear population to the NCE. Action is needed to restore grizzly bears to the NCE because they are functionally extirpated from the ecosystem, and restoration there will contribute to overall grizzly bear recovery. All comments must be received or postmarked by December 14, 2022.
  • NPS – Request for Nominations for the National Park Service Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission Program
    The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking nominations for individuals to represent subsistence users on the following Subsistence Resource Commissions (SRC): the Aniakchak National Monument SRC, the Cape Krusenstern National Monument SRC, the Gates of the Arctic SRC, the Lake Clark National Park SRC, and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC. Nominations must be postmarked by February 8, 2023.
  • OSTP – Framing the National Nature Assessment
    Nature is important in its own right, and provides value to the lives of all Americans. To increase our knowledge of nature in the United States and its links to global change, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), requests input from the public to help inform the framing, development, and eventual use of the first National Nature Assessment (NNA). USGCRP committed to conducting a National Nature Assessment on April 8, 2022, under the authority of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. President Biden reinforced and elevated the importance of this assessment to a matter of national policy by calling for it in Executive Order 14072 (https://www.federalregister.gov/​documents/​2022/​04/​27/​2022-09138/​strengthening-the-nations-forests-communities-and-local-economies) on Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities and Local Economies (April 22, 2022). This request for information (RFI) will inform USGCRP as it develops this first-of-its-kind assessment.
    Responses are due by March 31, 2023.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, DoD – Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Mississippi River Hatchie/Loosahatchie, MS River Mile 775-736, Tennessee and Arkansas, Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study
    Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Memphis District (CEMVM) intends to prepare a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) for the Hatchie-Loosahatchie Mississippi River Ecosystem Restoration Study. The study seeks to examine restoring ecological structure and function to the mosaic of habitats along the lower Mississippi River (LMR) and its floodplain between River Miles 775 and 736 including secondary channels and other floodplain aquatic habitats; floodplain forests; and several scarce vegetative communities such as, wetlands, rivercane, riverfront forests, and bottomland hardwood forests. Written comments submitted for consideration are due by 5 December 2022.
  • USDA – Request for Public Input About Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act Funding
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) requests public input for NRCS to use to inform how NRCS will implement funds received under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to fund the deployment of climate-smart practices on US farms, ranches, and forestlands through four Farm Bill conservation programs. NRCS is also requesting input on funding to quantify carbon sequestration and carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions at the field scale. NRCS is specifically interested in public input and recommendations that NRCS can use to improve, expand, and/or build on scientifically-designed quantification systems to monitor and quantify improvements in soil carbon, reductions in nitrogen losses, and the reduction, capture, avoidance, or sequestration of carbon dioxide, methane, or nitrous oxide emissions, associated with agricultural production. In implementing the IRA, NRCS is interested in supporting program implementation and improving program delivery by effectively leveraging partners to increase outreach and expand access to underserved producers. This effort will help NRCS identify and prioritize process improvements for the delivery of funding made available under IRA and the overall administration of the NRCS conservation programs. NRCS will look to identify immediate changes that can be implemented for funding available for fiscal year (FY) 2023 and will continue to identify and adopt additional changes in future years. Comments will be considered if recieved by December 21, 2022. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent possible.
  • USDA – The Northwest Forest Plan Area Advisory Committee                                                                                                            The Forest Service intends to establish the Northwest Forest Plan Area Advisory Committee (the Committee), subject to the Secretary of Agriculture’s approval. In accordance with provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Committee is being established to provide advice and recommendations on landscape management approaches that promote sustainability, climate change adaptations, and wildfire resilience while providing for increasing use of and demands from National Forest System lands in the Northwest Forest Plan area. The Committee is necessary and in the public interest. Therefore, the Secretary of Agriculture is also seeking nominations for individuals to be considered as committee members. DATES: Written nominations must be submitted electronically or post-marked by January 17, 2023. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the cover letter, resume, references, and completed form AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information). The form AD-755 may be obtained from the Forest Service contact person or from the following website: https://www.usda.gov/​sites/​default/​files/​documents/​ad-755.pdf. The package must be sent to either the email address or mailing address listed in the ADRESSESS. Electronic submission is preferred.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Louisiana Pinesnake
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the Louisiana pinesnake (Pituophis ruthveni) under the Endangered Species Act . In total, approximately 209,520 acres (84,790 hectares) in Bienville, Grant, Rapides, and Vernon parishes, Louisiana, and in Newton, Angelina, and Jasper Counties, Texas, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Louisiana pinesnake. The agency will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 5, 2022.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Lassics Lupine and Designation of Critical Habitat
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the Lassics lupine (Lupinus constancei), a plant species native to northern California, as an endangered species and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. This determination also serves as our 12-month finding on a petition to list the Lassics lupine. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing the species is warranted. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants and extend the Act’s protections to the species. USFWS also proposes to designate critical habitat for the Lassics lupine under the Act. In total, approximately 512 acres (ac) (207 hectares (ha)) in Humboldt and Trinity Counties, California, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. In addition, we announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Lassics lupine. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 5, 2022.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Distinct Population Segment of the Longfin Smelt
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the San Francisco Bay-Delta distinct population segment (DPS) of longfin smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) (Bay-Delta longfin smelt), a fish species of the Pacific Coast, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After a review of the best scientific and commercial information available, USFWS finds that listing the DPS is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the Bay-Delta longfin smelt DPS as an endangered species under the Act. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this DPS to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the DPS. USFWS finds that the designation of critical habitat for the Bay-Delta longfin smelt is not determinable at this time. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 6, 2022.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Chamaecrista lineata
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for Chamaecrista lineata var. keyensis (Big Pine partridge pea), Chamaesyce deltoidea ssp. serpyllum (wedge spurge), Linum arenicola (sand flax), and Argythamnia blodgettii (Blodgett’s silverbush) under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 1,462 acres (592 hectares) for Big Pine partridge pea and approximately 1,379 acres (558 hectares) for wedge spurge, in Monroe County, Florida, and approximately 5,090 acres (2,060 hectares) for sand flax and 16,635 acres (6,732 hectares) for Blodgett’s silverbush in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designations. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to the species’ critical habitat. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for these four plant species. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 13, 2022.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Sideroxylon reclinatum
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for Sideroxylon reclinatum ssp. austrofloridense (Everglades bully), Digitaria pauciflora (Florida pineland crabgrass), Chamaesyce deltoidea ssp. pinetorum (pineland sandmat), and Dalea carthagenensis var. floridana (Florida prairie-clover) under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 179,680 acres (72,714 hectares) for Everglades bully, 177,879 acres (71,985 hectares) for Florida pineland crabgrass, 8,867 acres (3,588 hectares) for pineland sandmat, and 179,300 acres (72,560 hectares) for Florida prairie-clover in Monroe, Collier, and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designations. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to the species’ critical habitats. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designations of critical habitat for these four plant species. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 13, 2022.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Rim Rock Crowned Snake and Key Ring-Necked Snake and Designation of Critical Habitat
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list two Florida species, the Key ring-necked snake ( Diadophis punctatus acricus) and the rim rock crowned snake ( Tantilla oolitica), and propose to designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. This determination also serves as their 12-month finding on the petition to list the Key ring-necked snake and the rim rock crowned snake. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing both species is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list both species as endangered species under the Act. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add the species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to both species. USFWS also proposes to designate critical habitat for the Key ring-necked snake and the rim rock crowned snake under the Act. In total, approximately 2,604 acres (ac) (1,054) hectares (ha) in Monroe County, Florida, and approximately 5,972 ac (2,418 ha) in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County, Florida, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for the Key ring-necked snake and the rim rock crowned snake, respectively. USFWS announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for both species. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 13, 2022.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding for the Kern Plateau Salamander; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for the Kern Canyon Slender Salamander and Endangered Species Status for the Relictual Slender Salamander; Designation of Critical Habitat
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announces 12-month findings on a petition to list the Kern Plateau salamander (Batrachoseps robustus), the Kern Canyon slender salamander (Batrachoseps simatus), and the relictual slender salamander (Batrachoseps relictus), three salamander species from the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Service finds that listing the Kern Canyon slender salamander and the relictual slender salamander is warranted. Accordingly, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the Kern Canyon slender salamander as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”), and proposes to list the relictual slender salamander as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also propose to designate critical habitat under the Act for both of these species in Kern County, California. For the Kern Canyon slender salamander, approximately 2,051 acres (ac) (830 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation, and for the relictual slender salamander, approximately 2,685 ac (1,087 ha) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designations of critical habitat for the Kern Canyon slender salamander and the relictual slender salamander. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds that it is not warranted at this time to list the Kern Plateau salamander. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ask sthe public to submit to us at any time new information relevant to the status of the Kern Plateau salamander or its habitat. For the proposed rule to list the Kern Canyon slender salamander and the relictual slender salamander and designate critical habitat for these species and for the draft economic analysis for this proposed rulemaking action, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 19, 2022. 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. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must receive requests for a public hearing, in writing, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by December 2, 2022.

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