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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:

  • ARS – Notice for Comment on Two Strategic Plans for the Subcommittee on Aquaculture Science Planning and Regulatory Efficiency Task Forces and on Updating the National Aquaculture Development Plan
    In October 2018, the SCA established a Science Planning Task Force charged with documenting Federal science and technology opportunities and priorities for aquaculture by revising and updating the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research (2014-2019). Similarly, in February 2019, the SCA established a Regulatory Efficiency Task Force charged with developing a new plan for interagency science and technology coordination to improve regulatory efficiency, research and technology development, and economic growth. The Task Forces are seeking public comment on Science and Regulatory Efficiency strategic plans to determine if their respective topics are adequately covered. Comments must be received by October 4, 2021 (correction).
  • BLM – Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules for the Klondike Bluffs Area of Public Lands Managed by the Moab Field Office in Grand County, UT
    These proposed supplementary rules would limit camping to developed campgrounds and designated campsites within the Klondike Bluffs Mountain Bike Focus Area and a nearby isolated 160-acre Bureau of Land Management (BLM) parcel. The rules would require the use of portable toilets at designated campsites where constructed toilets are not provided. Additionally, the proposed supplementary rules would prohibit wood cutting and collecting in the Klondike Bluffs Mountain Bike Focus Area and the nearby 160-acre parcel. Comments on the proposed supplementary rules must be received or postmarked by October 18, 2021.
  • BLM – National Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils
    The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for 16 of the Bureau of Land Management’s statewide and regional Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) located in the West that have vacant positions and/or members whose terms are scheduled to expire. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. All nominations must be received no later than October 21, 2021.
  • BLM – Call for Nominations to the Steens Mountain Advisory Council
    The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations to the Bureau of Land Management’s Steens Mountain Advisory Committee. This citizen-based committee assists in the development of recommendations that address management of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area and in promoting cooperative management under the Steens Act. All nominations must be received no later than October 21, 2021.
  • BLM – Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting for the McPhee Dam and Reservoir, Dolores Project; Colorado
    The Secretary of the Interior, as requested by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), proposes to withdraw 953.06 acres of public lands from settlement, sale, location, or entry, under all of the general land laws, including the mining laws, and 309.56 acres of National Forest System lands from location and entry under the mining laws, and reserve them for use by the BOR in connection with the McPhee Dam and Reservoir, for a period of 100 years. This notice advises the public of an opportunity to comment on the withdrawal and to request a public meeting. Comments and requests for a public meeting must be received by November 1, 2021.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Cedar Fields Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Monument Resource Management Plan, Idaho
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Bureau of Land Management has prepared the Draft Monument Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cedar Fields Project Area and by this notice is announcing the opening of the public comment period. To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.
  • BOEM – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Project on the Northeast Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf
    Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Sunrise Wind LLC (Sunrise Wind) for the construction, and operation of a wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York with a proposed interconnection location at the existing Holbrook Substation. BOEM seeks public comment for the EIS scoping process as well as comment concerning compliance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM’s website at: www.boem.gov/​Sunrise-Wind. Comments are due to BOEM no later than October 4, 2021 (comment period extended).
  • BSEE – Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Decommissioning Activities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf
    BSEE is reopening the public comment period on scoping in the NOI for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Oil and Gas Decommissioning Activities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The agency requests comments concerning the scope of the analysis, identifying potential alternatives, significant issues for analysis (or those to be eliminated as insignificant), and potentially relevant information, studies, and analyses to be considered. BSEE is reopening this public comment period until October 15, 2021.
  • DOE – Assessing the National and International Standing of BER Basic Research
    The Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program, as DOE’s coordinating office for research on biological systems, bioenergy, environmental science, and Earth system science, is seeking input on technical and logistical pathways that would enhance the BER research portfolio in comparison to similar international research efforts. Written comments and information are requested on or before October 31, 2021.
  • EPA – Request for Nominations of Candidates for Two Review Panels of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)
    The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts for two ad hoc review panels of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The review panels will provide advice through the chartered CASAC on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality criteria and the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead and the secondary NAAQS for oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulfur, and particulate matter (PM). Nominations should be submitted by September 29, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of copper 8 quinolinolate, DCNA, nabam, triadimefon and triadimenol. Comments must be received on or before October 4, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of the EPA’s preliminary work plans for the following chemicals: allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) and Oriental mustard seed. With this document, the EPA is opening the public comment period for registration review for these chemicals. Comments must be received on or before October 4, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: Amitraz, cinnamaldehyde, difenoconazole, farnesol and nerolidol, fenbuconazole, isoxaflutole, mesotrione, metaldehyde, MGK-264, Nosema locustae, oxadiazon, oxyfluorfen, piperonyl butoxide (PBO), pyrethrins, tembotrione, topramezone, Ulocladium oudemansii (U3 Strain). Comments must be received on or before October 4, 2021.
  • EPA – Proposed Deletion From the National Priorities List
    The EPA is issuing a proposed rule to delete the Beckman Instruments site from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the state, through its designated state agency, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund. Comments regarding this proposed action must be submitted on or before October 14, 2021.
  • EPA – Availability of the Draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Perfluorobutanoic Acid (PFBA) and Related Compound Ammonium Perfluorobutanoic Acid
    The EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period associated with release of the IRIS Toxicological Review of Perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) and Related Compound Ammonium Perfluorobutanoic Acid. The draft document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing this draft IRIS assessment for public comment in advance of a contract-led peer review. Public comments received will be provided to the external peer reviewers. Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), a contractor to EPA, will convene a public meeting to discuss the draft report with the public during Step 4 of the IRIS Process. The external peer reviewers will consider public comments submitted in response to this notice and provided at the public meeting when reviewing this document. EPA will consider all comments received when revising the document post-peer review. This draft assessment is not final as described in EPA’s information quality guidelines, and it does not represent, and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views. Comments must be received on or before October 22, 2021.
  • Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest; California; North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project EIS
    The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project. The purpose of the Project is to improve and restore forest health and resilience, reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire, protect and secure water supplies, and protect communities from the effects of high-severity wildfire and climate change in the North Yuba River watershed. Actions to reduce hazardous forest fuels and enhance forest resilience to severe disturbances from wildfire, insect and disease infestation, drought, and anticipated future climate change are intended to provide long-term benefits to the Landscape’s communities and ecosystems. These actions include several project-specific amendments to the Land Management Plan for the Tahoe National Forest related to management of California spotted owl habitat. The amendments are based on the Conservation Strategy for the California Spotted Owl in the Sierra Nevada (USDA Forest Service 2019) and rely on the best available science. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 30 days from date of publication in the Federal Register (October 16, 2021).
  • Forest Service – Manti-La Sal National Forest; Utah; Revision of the Manti-La Sal National Forest Land Management Plan
    The USDA Forest Service is revising the Land Management Plan (LMP) for the Manti-La Sal National Forest and preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS). This notice describes the documents available for review and how to obtain them; summarizes the need for change to the existing LMP; identifies where a preliminary draft LMP (detailed proposed action) can be obtained; provides information concerning public participation and collaboration, including the process for submitting comments; provides an estimated schedule for the planning process, including the time available for comments; and includes the names and addresses of agency contacts who can provide additional information. Comments concerning the preliminary need for change and the proposed action will be most useful in the development of the revised LMP and draft EIS if received by October 25, 2021.
  • EPA – National Priorities List
    The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (“NCP”) include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (“NPL”) constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes to add 12 sites to the General Superfund section and one site to the Federal Facilities section of the NPL. This document also withdraws a previous proposal for NPL addition. Comments regarding any of these proposed listings must be submitted on or before November 8, 2021. Comments regarding any of these proposed listings must be submitted (postmarked) on or before November 8, 2021.
  • Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act
    On August 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice lodged a proposed Amended Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in United States of America and State of Indiana v. City of South Bend, Indiana, No. 3:11CV505. The proposed Amended Consent Decree supersedes and replaces the original Consent Decree that the Court entered on May 2, 2012. The 2012 Consent Decree resolved claims for civil penalties, and injunctive relief in the form of a Long Term Control Plan for violations of the Clean Water Act and related State law claims regarding the City of South Bend’s operation of its municipal wastewater and sewer system. In the proposed Amended Consent Decree, South Bend agrees to construct and operate a sewage conveyance and treatment system that, once fully implemented by 2038, would significantly increase the level of control of pollutant discharges required under the 2012 Consent Decree by, among other things, treating sewage and wastewater discharges to meet Indiana’s water quality standard for E. coli. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the proposed Amended Consent Decree. Comments are due September 25, 2021.
  • NOAA – Notice of Public Hearings and Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the Proposed Designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act, as amended (CZMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management is announcing a 45-day public comment period and will hold public hearings for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft management plan (DMP) and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR). The DMP addresses research, monitoring, education, and stewardship, as well as cultural resource needs for the proposed CT NERR, and the DEIS analyzes alternatives to the proposed action along with their potential environmental impacts. NOAA is accepting written public comments on the adequacy of the DMP and DEIS for the proposed designation of the CT NERR through 5 p.m. (EST), October 18, 2021. In addition, NOAA will accept oral or written public comments on the adequacy of the DMP and DEIS for the proposed designation of the CT NERR during public hearings held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. (EST) on October 7, 2021,
  • NOAA – Notice of Matching Fund Opportunity for Ocean and Coastal Mapping and Request for Partnership Proposals
    This notice establishes selection criteria and requirements for the NOAA Rear Admiral Richard T. Brennan Ocean Mapping Matching Fund program, to be known as the Brennan Matching Fund. The purpose of this notice is to encourage non-federal entities to partner with the NOAA National Ocean Service ocean and coastal mapping programs on jointly funded ocean and coastal surveys and related activities of mutual interest. NOAA would receive and match partner funds and rely on its existing contract arrangements to conduct the surveying and mapping activities in FY 2023. Proposals must be received via email by 5 p.m. ET on October 29, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Pacific Whiting; Advisory Panel; Joint Management Committee Nominations
    NMFS is soliciting nominations for appointments to the United States Advisory Panel (AP) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Pacific Whiting Treaty). Nominations are being sought to fill two positions on the AP; one beginning immediately, and one beginning on December 1, 2021. Terms are 4 years, the position to begin immediately would fill a vacancy of which the appointee would serve the remainder of the term, which began on September 16, 2019. Appointees will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the terms. Nominations must be received by September 27, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan
    NMFS proposes to approve and implement measures included in Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan, as submitted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This amendment would revise the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan, reallocate quota between the commercial and recreational fisheries, reallocate commercial quota among the states, implement a rebuilding plan using a constant fishing mortality strategy, revise the sector quota transfer, and revise how management uncertainty is applied during the specifications process. Amendment 7 is intended to use the best information available to update the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan, by responding to changes in stock health and distribution, while recognizing economic need and reliance throughout the management area. Comments must be received by October 13, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Halibut Abundance-Based Management of Amendment 80 Prohibited Species Catch Limit
    The draft environmental impact statement is prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to assess the environmental impacts from alternatives associated with a proposed management measure to link the Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) prohibited species catch (PSC) limit for the Amendment 80 commercial groundfish trawl fleet in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries to halibut abundance. The objectives of linking the PSC limit are to minimize halibut PSC to the extent practicable under National Standard 9 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and to achieve optimum yield in the BSAI groundfish fisheries on a continuing basis under National Standard 1. The action would also be expected to provide incentives for the Amendment 80 fleet to minimize halibut mortality at all times. Achievement of these objectives could result in additional harvest opportunities in the commercial halibut fishery. Comments must be received on or before October 25, 2021.
  • NPS – Request for Nominations for the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee
    The National Park Service is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee. Written nominations must be received by October 25, 2021.
  • 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 willing to represent subsistence users on the following Subsistence Resource Commissions (SRC): The Cape Krusenstern National Monument SRC, the Denali National Park SRC, the Gates of the Arctic National Park SRC, the Lake Clark National Park SRC, and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC. Nominations must be postmarked by December 20, 2021.
  • NSF & OSTP – Request for Information (RFI) on an Implementation Plan for a National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource
    The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation are issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to inform the work of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force. The Task Force has been directed by Congress to develop an implementation roadmap for a shared research infrastructure that would provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers and students across scientific disciplines with access to computational resources, high-quality data, educational tools, and user support. To be considered, responses and comments must be received, no later than 11:59 p.m., EDT on October 1, 2021 (comment period extended).
  • USFWS – Initiation of 5-Year Status Review of the Eskimo curlew (Numenius borealis)
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces thier intention to conduct a 5-year status review under the Endangered Species Act for the Eskimo curlew. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. USFWS are requesting submission of any new information that has become available since the last review of the species in 2016. To ensure consideration, USFWS must receive comments and information by September 27, 2021.
  • USFWS – DifWind VII & IX Reclamation Project, Alameda County, California; Draft Categorical Exclusion and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the receipt of an application from DifWind Farms Limited VII and DifWind Farms Limited IX (collectively, the applicants) for a 6-year incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), along with the applicants’ draft habitat conservation plan. USFWS also announces the availability of the associated draft National Environmental Policy Act categorical exclusion screening form. The applicants have applied for an incidental take permit under the ESA for the DifWind VII & IX Reclamation Project in Alameda County, California. The permit would authorize the take of two species incidental to the reclamation of a decommissioned commercial wind energy project. USFWS invites the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the application and related documents. Before issuing the requested permit, USFWS will take into consideration any information that they receive during the public comment period. USFWS must receive your written comments on or before September 27, 2021.
  • USFWS – Application for an Incidental Take Permit; Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for Wildhorse Mountain Wind Project, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment (dEA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and application for an incidental take permit (ITP) supported by a habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the operation of an existing wind facility, the Wildhorse Mountain Wind project (project), in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma. Wildhorse Wind Energy, LLC (Applicant) has applied for an ITP under the Endangered Species Act. The requested ITP, which would be in effect for a period of 30 years, if granted, would cover incidental take of the federally endangered Indiana bat and threatened northern long-eared bat. The potential incidental take would be associated with activities associated with the operation of the existing wind project. We invite public comments on the permit application, proposed HCP, and dEA. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before September 27, 2021.
  • USFWS – Removing Adiantum vivesii From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove the plant Adiantum vivesii from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. Thier review of the best available scientific and commercial data, including peer reviewer comments received on the 5-year status review (2008), indicate that A. vivesii is not a distinct species, but rather a sterile hybrid that does not have the capacity to establish a lineage that could be lost to extinction. Therefore, A. vivesii is not a listable entity under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before September 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2022-23 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals; Notification of Meetings
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to establish annual hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds for the 2022-23 hunting season. UADQA annually prescribe outside limits (frameworks) within which States may select hunting seasons. This proposed rule provides the regulatory schedule, announces the Service Migratory Bird Regulations Committee (SRC) and Flyway Council meetings, describes the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2022-23 general duck seasons and preliminary proposals that vary from the 2021-22 hunting season regulations, and requests proposals from Indian Tribes that wish to establish special migratory game bird hunting regulations on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. Migratory bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance; aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the management of migratory game birds; and permit harvests at levels compatible with migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions. The public may comment on the general duck season regulatory alternatives and other preliminary proposals for the 2022-23 season until September 30, 2021. The SRC will meet on September 28-29, 2021, to consider and develop proposed regulations for the 2022-23 migratory game bird hunting seasons.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for White Bluffs Bladderpod
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for White Bluffs Bladderpod (Physaria douglasii subsp. tuplashensis), listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and endemic to Franklin County, Washington. USFWS request review and comment on this draft recovery plan from Federal, State, and local agencies; Native American Tribes; and the public. To ensure consideration, comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before October 4, 2021.
  • USFWS – Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Emperor Penguin
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), a flightless bird species from Antarctica, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This proposal also serves as their 12-month finding on a petition to list the emperor penguin. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the emperor penguin as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”). If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 4, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Enhancement of Survival Permit Application; Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement and Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for 14 Aquatic Species and Associated Categorical Exclusion; State of Kansas
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of documents related to an application for an enhancement of survival permit under the Endangered Species Act. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has applied for a permit associated with the implementation of a programmatic safe harbor agreement (SHA) and candidate conservation agreement with assurances (CCAA) for 14 aquatic species in Kansas. The documents available for review and comment are the applicant’s programmatic SHA/CCAA, which is part of the permit application, and our draft environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which support a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. USFWS invites comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 15, 2021.
  • USFWS – Draft Environmental Assessment; Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit and Habitat Conservation Plan for Five Bat Species, Missouri
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have received an application from the Missouri Department of Conservation (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. If approved, the permit would be for a 50-year period and would authorize the incidental take of two endangered species, the Indiana bat and the gray bat; one threatened species, the northern long-eared bat; and two species petitioned for Federal listing, the little brown bat and the tricolored bat. The applicant has prepared a habitat conservation plan (HCP) to cover a suite of activities associated with continued forest and habitat management within the State of Missouri. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 15, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered Species Status for Amur Sturgeon
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenckii), a fish species from the Amur River basin in Russia and China, 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 species is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the Amur sturgeon as an endangered species under the Act. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 25, 2021.
  • USFWS –  Endangered Species Status With Critical Habitat for Guadalupe Fatmucket, Texas Fatmucket, Guadalupe Orb, Texas Pimpleback, and False Spike, and Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule and Critical Habitat for Texas Fawnsfoot
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list six Central Texas mussel species: The Guadalupe fatmucket (Lampsilis bergmanni), Texas fatmucket (Lampsilis bracteata), Texas fawnsfoot (Truncilla macrodon), Guadalupe orb (Cyclonaias necki), Texas pimpleback (Cyclonaias (=Quadrula) petrina), and false spike (Fusconaia (=Quincuncina) mitchelli) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing Guadalupe fatmucket, Texas fatmucket, Guadalupe orb, Texas pimpleback, and false spike as endangered species is warranted, and listing Texas fawnsfoot as a threatened species is warranted. USFWS proposes a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”) for the Texas fawnsfoot. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. USFWS also proposes to designate critical habitat for all six species under the Act. In total, approximately 1,944 river miles (3,129 river kilometers) in Texas fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designations. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat. We also are notifying the public that we have scheduled two informational meetings followed by public hearings on the proposed rule.USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 25, 2021.
  • USFWS – Eagle Permits; Incidental Take
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public and regulated-community input on potential approaches for further expediting and simplifying the permit process authorizing incidental take of eagles. This document also advises the public that USFWS may, as a result of public input, prepare a draft environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. USFWS is furnishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions and obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental review. Public and regulated community responses will be used to improve and make more efficient the permitting process for incidental take of eagles in a manner that is compatible with the preservation of bald and golden eagles. The public may submit comments on or before October 29, 2021.
  • USFWS – Threatened Status With Section 4(d) Rule for the Dolphin and Union Caribou and 12-Month Finding for the Peary Caribou
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Peary caribou (Rangifer tarandus pearyi) (a caribou subspecies) and the Dolphin and Union caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus x peary) as endangered or threatened subspecies under the Endangered Species Act. Both Peary caribou and Dolphin and Union caribou are native only to Canada. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that it is not warranted at this time to add the Peary caribou to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. USFWS finds that listing the Dolphin and Union caribou as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the barren-ground caribou subspecies (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list this DPS with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”). To ensure that subsequent rulemaking resulting from this proposed rule is as accurate and effective as possible, USFWS is soliciting information from the public, other governmental agencies, the Government of Canada and its provincial governments, the scientific community, industry, and any other interested parties. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 1, 2021.
  • USFWS – Draft Recovery Plan for Umtanum Desert Buckwheat
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Umtanum Desert buckwheat (Eriogonum codium), listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and endemic to Benton County, Washington. USFWS requests review and comment on this draft recovery plan from Federal, State, and local agencies; Native American Tribes; and the public. Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before November 1, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Miami Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidia Floridana)
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the Miami tiger beetle (Cicindelidia floridana) under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 1,977 acres (ac) (800 hectares (ha)) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species’ critical habitat. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Miami tiger beetle. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 8, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Pyramid Pigtoe
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces thier 12-month finding on a petition to list the pyramid pigtoe (Pleurobema rubrum), a freshwater mussel species from Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia, as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the pyramid pigtoe as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”). If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 8, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings for Two Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 90-day findings on two petitions to add species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. Based on our review, USFWS 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, USFWS announces that they plan to initiate status reviews of the Temblor legless lizard (Anniella alexanderae) and Santa Ana speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus) to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that the status reviews are comprehensive, USFWS is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species and factors that may affect their status. Based on the status reviews, USFWS will issue 12-month petition findings, which will address whether or not the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. As USFWS 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 our status reviews will be considered.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings for Three Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 90-day findings on two petitions to add species to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and one petition to remove a species under the Endangered Species Act. Based on thier review, USFWS finds that the petitions to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) and western ridged mussel (Gonidea angulata) present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this document, USFWS announces that they plan to initiate status reviews of these species to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. USFWS finds that the petition to delist the golden-cheeked warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating the petitioned action may be warranted. Therefore, USFWS is not initiating a status review of the species. To ensure that the status reviews are comprehensive, USFWS are requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species and factors that may affect their status. Based on the status reviews, USFWS will issue 12-month petition findings, which will address whether or not the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. As USFWS commence thier status reviews, we seek any new information concerning the status of, or threats to, the species or their habitats. Any information they receive during the course of our status reviews will be considered.
  • USFWS – Review of Foreign Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
    In this candidate notice of review (CNOR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presents an updated list of foreign plant and animal species that we regard as candidates for or have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (Lists) under the Endangered Species Act. This document also includes their findings on resubmitted petitions and describes our progress in revising the Lists during the period October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020. Combined with other decisions for individual species that were published separately from this CNOR in the past 2 years, the current number of foreign species that are candidates for listing is 19. Identification of candidate species can assist environmental planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings, and by allowing landowners, resource managers, range countries, and other stakeholders to take actions to alleviate threats and thereby possibly remove the need to list species as endangered or threatened. Even if USFWS subsequently lists a candidate species, the early notification provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting earlier candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species. USFWS will accept information on any of the species in this document at any time.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding for Two Petitions To List the Gray Wolf in the Western United States
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a 90-day finding on a petition to add the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the Northern Rocky Mountains and a petition to add the gray wolf in western North America to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. Based on their review, USFWS 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, USFWS announces that they plan to initiate a status review to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, USFWS is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species and factors that may affect its status. Based on the status review, USFWS will issue a 12-month petition finding, which will address whether or not the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. As they commence thier status review, USFWS seeks any new information concerning the status of, or threats to, the gray wolf, or its habitats in the Northern Rocky Mountains and/or Western United States.

 

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