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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:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers – Solicitation of Applications for Stakeholder Representative Members of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee
    The Commander of the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting applications to fill vacant stakeholder representative member positions on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC). Members are sought to fill vacancies on a committee to represent various categories of interests (including environmental/conservation organizations, fish and wildlife, and water quality) within the Missouri River basin. The MRRIC was formed to advise the Corps on a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries and to provide guidance to the Corps with respect to the Missouri River recovery and mitigation activities currently underway. The Corps must receive completed applications and endorsement letters no later than July 26, 2019.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – Draft 2018 Wetland Plant List
    Along with federal agency partners, the Army Corps of Engineers is announcing the availability of the draft 2018 National Wetland Plant lists. Comments on the proposed update must be submitted on or before August 9, 2019.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – Collier County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Feasibility Study
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to prepare a Feasibility Study with an integrated Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives to protect nearshore areas of Collier County, Florida, from hurricanes and other storms with their associated wind, storm surge, and coastal flooding. Scoping comments may be submitted until August 23, 2019.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers -Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to prepare a Feasibility Study with an integrated Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives to protect low-lying and flood-prone areas of Miami-Dade County, Florida, from hurricanes and other coastal storms with their associated wind, storm surge, and coastal flooding. Scoping comments may be submitted until August 23, 2019.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – Intent To Prepare a Draft NEPA Document for the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Disposition Study, Hennepin County, Minnesota
    The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study regarding the disposition of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam located at river mile 853.9 on the Upper Mississippi River, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The study will include an environmental assessment and consider modifications that could improve the overall quality of the environment in the public interest, including removal of federally-owned facilities. The study will evaluate three types of alternatives: (1) No action; (2) de-authorization and disposal of all federally-owned and operated facilities; and (3) partial de-authorization and disposal of features or separable elements not required for flood mitigation operations. The study will also explore opportunities to improve the overall quality and health of the environment and/or enhance recreation. It is anticipated that a preliminary draft report of the integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for a minimum 30-day public comment period in the Spring of 2020. The Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting public comments on the scope of the proposed study and significant issues that should be analyzed in the EA. The agency will hold scoping meetings August 13 and 19 in Minneapolis. The Corps will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 20, 2019.
  • USDA APHIS – Recognition of Freedom From Citrus Longhorned Beetle and Asian Longhorned Beetle in Certain European Union Countries
    USDA APHIS proposes to update the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plants for Planting Manual by recognizing 22 European Union Member States as being free from citrus longhorned beetle (CLB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) and removing them from the list of countries where CLB and ALB are present. APHIS would also change the entry conditions in the manual for imports of certain host plant taxa of CLB and ALB from four of these countries (Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) because they have previously approved genera exempted from the category of plants Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis. APHIS will consider all comments that we receive on or before September 16, 2019.
  • BLM – Call for Nominations and Comments for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
    The Bureau of Land Management Alaska State Office is issuing a call for nominations and comments on all available unleased tracts for the upcoming National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska (NPR-A) 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. Requested comments include information on tracts that should receive special consideration or analysis. BLM Alaska must receive all nominations and comments on these tracts for consideration on or before July 22, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Walker Ridge Wind Energy Project and a Potential Amendment to the Ukiah Resource Management Plan
    The Bureau of Land Management in California intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and a potential Resource Management Plan amendment for the Ukiah Resource Management Plan . The EIS will analyze the impacts of a proposal by Colusa Wind LLC to build a Type III wind energy project called the Walker Ridge Wind Energy Project in Colusa and Lake counties. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until July 22, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan Amendment for the Cotoni-Coast Dairies Unit of the California Coastal National Monument
    The BLM in California intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) for the California Coastal National Monument RMP. This RMP amendment will provide management direction for the Cotoni-Coast Dairies Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. This 5,840 acre area was donated to the BLM by the Trust for Public Land in 2014 and has been accessible to the public for guided tours only since then. The purpose of the RMP amendment and associated EA is to establish land use decisions, management actions, and allowable uses for the Cotoni-Coast Dairies Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until July 24, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Haines Amendment to the Ring of Fire Resource Management Plan
    The Bureau of Land Management is issuing for public comment the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Haines Amendment to the Ring of Fire Resource Management Plan. BLM Alaska will hold a public meeting in Haines to receive comments on the Haines Amendment Supplemental Draft EIS. The Supplemental Draft EIS will supplement the December 2012 Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Haines Planning Area that originally analyzed which, if any, designations and associated management practices best fulfill the resource needs and multiple use demands within the Haines Planning Area. Comments on the draft EIS are due August 1, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin (ID, WA, OR, CA, NV and UT) 
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin and is announcing the opening of the comment period. The intended purpose of this system of strategically placed fuel breaks in the Great Basin region is to slow the spread of wildfires and provide firefighters with the best opportunity to catch rapidly moving fires and establish an anchor point, thereby reducing wildfire size and improving firefighter safety while engaging in fire suppression. Fuel breaks would also offer greater protection of human life and property, sagebrush communities, and habitat restoration investments. Reducing fire size helps to reduce the expansion of invasive species, such as cheatgrass and medusahead. Comments may be submitted through Aug 5, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Domestic Sheep Grazing Permit Renewals, Gunnison Field Office (Colorado)
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Domestic Sheep Grazing Permit Renewals in the Gunnison Field Office. This EIS assesses domestic sheep grazing for nine grazing allotments on 65,710 acres in Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Ouray counties. Comments are due August 11, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Lewistown Resource Management Plan Revision and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (MT)
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan with an associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement for BLM public lands and resources managed by the Lewistown Field Office and a portion of the Butte Field Office in northern Lewis and Clark County, Montana, and by this notice are announcing the opening of the comment period. Comments are due August 15, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Missoula Resource Management Plan and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (MT)
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan with an associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement for BLM public lands and resources managed by the Missoula Field Office and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. Comments are due August 15, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Potential Amendment for the Approved Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field Office (WY)
    The Bureau of Land Management is preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2015 Buffalo Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan. This effort is in response to a United States District Court of Montana opinion and order (Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al. v. BLM). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of the public comment period on the Draft Supplemental EIS. Comments are due August 15, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Amendment to the Approved Resource Management Plan for the Miles City Field Office (MT) and Associated Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 2015 Miles City Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan. This effort is in response to a United States District Court of Montana opinion and order (Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al. v. BLM). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of the comment period. Comments are due August 15, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability for the Draft Four Rivers Field Office Resource Management Plan and Associated Environmental Impact Statement
    The BLM Four Rivers Field Office in Boise, Idaho, has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement and is announcing the release of the Draft RMP. Comments are due August 22, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Malheur Field Office (OR)
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Malheur Field Office of the Vale District. Comments due August 29, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the United States Gypsum Company Mine Expansion/Modernization Project, California
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the United States Gypsum Company Mine Expansion/Modernization Project. United States Gypsum Company proposes to expand mining operations at its Plaster City Quarry. Comments are due September 3, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Gemini Solar Project in Clark County, NV
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gemini Solar Project and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. Comments due September 5, 2019.
  • BLM – Draft Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Royal Gorge Field Office. Public comments can be submitted through September 20, 2019.
  • Council on Environmental Quality – Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    This draft guidance from the White House instructs agencies how to address greenhouse gas emissions in National Environmental Policy Act analysis and documentation. If finalized, this document would replace the final guidance CEQ issued on August 1, 2016, titled “Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews,” which was withdrawn effective April 5, 2017. Comments should be submitted on or before August 26, 2019.
  • EPA – Draft Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides; Notice of Availability and Public Meeting
    The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a draft revised method for conducting national level threatened and endangered species biological evaluations for pesticides. The EPA is also announcing a public meeting on June 10, 2019, where EPA will present the draft revised method and provide an additional opportunity for the public to provide feedback. Comments must be received on or before August 15, 2019.
  • Forest Service – Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
    The USDA Forest Service is revising the Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) for the Lincoln National Forest and preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS). This notice describes the documents available for review and how to obtain them; summarizes the needs for change to the existing Forest Plan; identifies where a Preliminary Draft Forest Plan (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 due July 31, 2019.
  • Forest Service  – Call for Nominations for the Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees
    The US Forest Service is seeking nominations for the Secure Rural School Resource Advisory Committees. The committees advise national forests across the country. Membership categories include national and regional environmental organizations, watershed associations and the public at-large. Nominations must be received by July 26, 2019.
  • Forest Service –  South Revillagigedo Integrated Resource Project Environmental Impact Statement (Tongass National Forest, Alaska)
    The Forest Service is issuing this notice to update information included in the original Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South Revillagigedo Integrated Resource Project (South Revilla IRP) and to reopen the public scoping period. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2018 (83 FR 39050). This revised NOI modifies the Proposed Action, including replacing timber volume projections with proposed harvest acres to evaluate harvest potential; adds a young-growth component; revises road requirements for access; and modifies the anticipated publication dates of the Draft and Final EIS. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by July 31, 2019. The Draft EIS is expected to be published in September 2019 and the Final EIS is expected in September 2020.
  • Forest Service – National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance Proposed Rule
    The US Forest Service is proposing revising to its National Environmental Policy Act regulations. The Agency is now requesting public comment on the revisions in the proposed rule. The Agency will carefully consider all public comments in preparing the final rule. Comments are due Aug. 5, 2019.
  • Forest Service – Austin Restoration Project – Malheur & Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (OR)
    The U.S. Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to disclose the environmental effects of watershed and fisheries restoration, upland restoration activities, unique habitat restoration, hazardous fuels buffer treatments, prescribed burning and unplanned ignitions, road activities, and recreation system changes in the Austin planning area. The Forest Service identified the potential need for a project-specific Forest Plan amendment. This notice identifies the Planning Rule provisions likely to be directly related to the plan amendments. The draft EIS is expected in the spring of 2020 and the final EIS is expected in the fall of 2020. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by August 7, 2019.
  • NOAA – Solicitation for Applications for Advisory Councils Established Pursuant to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and Executive Orders
    The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will solicit applications to fill seats on its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils), under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Executive Order, respectively. Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary and alternate), for each of the advisory councils will be advertised differently at each site in accordance with the information provided in this notice.
  • NOAA – Revision of Management Plan for the Wells National Estuarine Reseach Reserve (Maine)
    NOAA is announcing a thirty-day public comment period for the revised management plan for Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve management plan revision. The reserve has outlined how it will manage administration and its core programs, providing detailed actions that will enable it to accomplish specific goals and objectives. Comments are due July 31, 2019.
  • NOAA – Draft Environmental Assessment of a Proposed Boundary Expansion of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (FL)
    NOAA is soliciting comments from the public on a draft environmental assessment for a proposed boundary expansion of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Comments are due August 9, 2019.
  • NOAA – Public Comment for the NOAA Research and Development Plan
    NOAA is soliciting comments on its Research and Development (R&D) Plan set for release in 2019. The R&D strategic plan will provide a common understanding among NOAA’s leadership, workforce, partners, and constituents on the value and direction of NOAA R&D activities. Comment are due August 26, 2019
  • NOAA NMFS – Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project in Cook Inlet
    NMFS has received a request from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Alaska LNG Project in Cook Inlet, over the course of five years (2020-2025). Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take, and requests comments on the proposed regulations. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorization, and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of their decision. Comments and information must be received no later than July 29, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Construction and Operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island, Beaufort Sea, AK
    NMFS has received a request from Hilcorp Alaska for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to construction and operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island, over the course of five years. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take, and requests comments on the proposed regulations. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorization and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision. The comment period has been extended and comments are now due July 31, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Spatial Fisheries Management for Highly Migratory Atlantic Species – Intent to prepare EIS for research and data collection
    NMFS announces its intent to prepare a draft environmental impact analysis for an action to consider options to perform research and collect data in areas closed to or restricting fishing and gear types for highly migratory species (HMS) in support of and to evaluate spatial fisheries management. Strategies to facilitate research and data collection in these areas could improve the sustainable management of HMS. This action will consider ways to perform such research and data collection. To gather input from the public, NMFS also announces the availability of an Issues and Options Paper for Research and Data Collection in Support of Spatial Fisheries Management that outlines possible strategies to perform research and collect data in areas that currently prohibit or restrict commercial and/or recreational fishing for HMS. Fishery-dependent data is vital in informing and supporting effective fisheries management, and areas that restrict fishing effort often have a commensurate decrease in fishery-dependent data collection. In addition, NMFS will hold scoping meetings to gather public comment on potential research and data collection options. NMFS requests comments on the approaches presented in the Issues and Options Paper as well as comments on or identification of other approaches that may warrant consideration. Comments are due July 31, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Amendment 13 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan
    NMFS will prepare an environmental impact analysis and prepared an Issues and Options Paper for Amendment 13 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan. This notice announces the start of a public process for determining the scope of significant issues related to the management of Atlantic bluefin tuna, and addressing issues identified by considering modification of bluefin regulations. The catalysts for beginning this regulatory process are the release of the Draft Three-Year Review of the IBQ Program, recent changes in the bluefin fishery, and advice and input from the HMS Advisory Panel and the public. NMFS is requesting comments on this NOI and the management options described in the Issues and Options Paper, and other potential regulatory provisions regarding the bluefin directed fisheries and incidental pelagic longline fishery that would meet the purpose and need for this action. NMFS is accepting comments through July 31, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Strategy Evaluation Debrief
    The New England Fishery Management Council seeks public comment on the Management Strategy Evaluation process used to develop and analyze Acceptable Biological Catch control rule alternatives in Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. Written and electronic scoping comments must be received on or before 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday, August 9, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Amendment 42 to the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. If approved b, Amendment 42 would add three new devices as options for fishermen with Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permits for South Atlantic snapper-grouper to meet existing requirements for sea turtle release gear, and would simplify and clarify the requirements for other sea turtle release gear. Amendment 42 would also modify the FMP framework procedure to allow for future changes to release gear and handling requirements for sea turtles and other protected resources. The purpose of Amendment 42 is to allow the use of new devices to safely handle and release incidentally captured sea turtles, clarify existing requirements, and streamline the process for making changes to the release devices and handling procedures for sea turtles and other protected species. Written comments on Amendment 42 must be received by August 12, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Public Meetings and Public Comments on Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management Plan
    The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting a review of the groundfish sector system, which is a catch share program under the Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management Plan. The evaluation period for this review is focused strictly on fishing years 2010 to 2015, spanning from May 2010 through April 2016. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will hold a series of meeting in relevant ports July 18 – August 16, see the Federal Register Notice for locations and dates. Written public comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST, Monday, August 19, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Pelagic Longline Fishery Management for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
    NMFS is proposing to adjust regulatory measures put in place to manage bluefin tuna bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS), specifically addressing the Northeastern United States Closed Area, the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area, and the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Area as well as the weak hook requirement in the Gulf of Mexico. Several of the proposed measures would have an evaluation period component to determine whether the current area-based management measure remains necessary to reduce and/or maintain low numbers of bluefin tuna discards and interactions in the pelagic longline fishery. Other proposed measures would eliminate the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area and would adjust the requirement to use weak hooks from a year-round requirement to a seasonal (January-June) requirement. The proposed measures would affect the HMS pelagic longline fishery in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Written comments must be received by September 30, 2019. Public hearings dates: July 16, 24 and August 13. Webinar/conference call dates are July 19 and July 31.
  • NSF – Comment Request Concerning Draft Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide
    Intent to seek approval to extend with revision an information collection for three years. The primary purpose of this revision is to update the PAPPG to incorporate a number of policy-related changes and clarifications of language. The draft NSF PAPPG is now available for your review and consideration on the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/​bfa/​dias/​policy/​. To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document to identify significant changes. A brief comment explanation of the change also is provided. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
  • NSF – Request for Recommendations for Membership on Directorate and Office Advisory Committees
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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. If you would like to make a membership recommendation for any of the NSF scientific and technical Federal advisory committees, please send your recommendation to the appropriate committee contact person listed in the chart.
  • Interior Department – Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan – Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group
    The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group (Mississippi TIG) have prepared a Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group 2019 Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan: Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management (SRP) to evaluate funding additional land acquisition from willing sellers and habitat management within the Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management project (Grand Bay Project) footprint. The Mississippi TIG originally evaluated and selected the Grand Bay Project as part of the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group 2016-2017 Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment. The SRP provides for an additional $10,000,000 for the Grand Bay Project. The Grand Bay Project would continue the process of conserving and restoring wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agencies invite comments on the SRP – comments must be submitted by August 1, 2019.
  • USFWS  – Categorical Exclusion for 93-129 Ltd, Orange County, CA
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received an application from 93-129 Ltd for a 10-year incidental take permit for the coastal California gnatcatcher pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. USFWS is requesting comments on the permit application and on the preliminary determination that the applicant’s accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan qualifies as low effect, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. The basis for this determination is discussed in the environmental action statement and associated low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review. The proposed home-building project will impact an estimated 4.3 acres of coastal sage scrub and up to two pairs of gnatcatchers. Written comments should be received on or before July 19, 2019.
  • USFWS – Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Neuse River Waterdog and Endangered Species Status for Carolina Madtom and Proposed Designations of Critical Habitat
    USFWS announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list two North Carolina species, the Neuse River waterdog (Necturus lewisi) and the Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus), as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Neuse River waterdog is an aquatic salamander. The Carolina madtom is a freshwater fish. After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS found that listing both species is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the Neuse River waterdog as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”) and the Carolina madtom as an endangered species under the Act. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to both species. USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for both species under the Act. In total, approximately 738 river miles fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for the Neuse River waterdog. Approximately 257 river miles are being proposed as critical habitat for the Carolina madtom. Comments are due July 22, 2019.
  • USFWS – 29 Draft Recovery Plan Revisions for 43 Species in the Pacific, Southwest, and Southeast Regions of the United States
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability for public review and comment of 29 draft recovery plan revisions, which update recovery criteria for 43 endangered or threatened species located in 16 States (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas), two unincorporated territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the French West Indies, and Mexico. USFWS is updating recovery criteria to better assist in determining when an endangered species has recovered to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act of are no longer necessary and the species may be removed from the Act’s protections. USFWS requests review of these draft recovery plan revisions and invites comments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. In order to be considered, comments on the draft recovery plan revisions must be received on or before July 29, 2019.
  • USFWS – 29 Draft Recovery Plan Revisions for 42 Species Across the United States
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces for public review and comment the availability of 29 draft recovery plan revisions, which update recovery criteria for 42 endangered or threatened species located in 11 States (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and 4 unincorporated territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands). USFWS is updating recovery criteria to better assist in determining when an endangered species has recovered to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act are no longer necessary and the species may be removed from the Act’s protections. USFWS requests review of these draft recovery plan revisions and comments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. In order to be considered, comments on the draft recovery plan revisions must be received on or before July 29, 2019.
  • USFWS – Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Desert Tortoise, Nye County, NV
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from Canyon Mesa Solar, LLC for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The requested permit would authorize take of the Mojave desert tortoise resulting from the construction, operation, and maintenance of a solar photovoltaic facility in Pahrump, Nevada. The permit application includes a proposed low-effect habitat conservation plan (HCP). In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), USFWS has prepared a draft low-effect screening form supporting our preliminary determination that the proposed action qualifies as a categorical exclusion under NEPA. USFWS is accepting comments on the permit application, proposed low-effect HCP, and draft NEPA compliance documentation. Written comments are due August 1, 2019.
  • USFWS – Enhanced of Survival Permit Applications for the Fisher in Oregon
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received five enhancement of survival permit applications pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The requested permits would authorize incidental take of the fisher (Pekania pennanti) during the applicants’ routine forest-related management activities until June 20, 2048, or the remaining duration of the CCAA, should the fisher become federally listed in the future under the ESA. To ensure consideration, written comments must be received from interested parties no later than August 2, 2019.
  • USFWS – Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2019-20 Season
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2019-20 migratory bird hunting season. Comments must be submitted on the proposed regulation by August 7, 2019.
  • USFWS – 2019-2020 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose to open seven National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) that are currently closed to hunting and sport fishing. In addition, USFWS proposes to expand hunting and sport fishing at 67 other NWRs, and add pertinent station-specific regulations for other NWRs that pertain to migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting, big game hunting, and sport fishing for the 2019-2020 season. USFWS also proposes to formally open 15 units of the National Fish Hatchery System (NFHs) to hunting and sport fishing. USFWS also proposes to add pertinent station-specific regulations that pertain to migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting, big game hunting, and sport fishing at these 15 NFHs for the 2019-2020 season. This proposed rule includes global administrative updates to every NWR entry in our refuge-specific regulations and the reorganization of general public use regulations. USFWS proposes to remove approximately 2,100 regulations that will have no impact on the administration of hunting and sport fishing within the National Wildlife Refuge System. USFWS also proposes to simplify over 2,900 refuge-specific regulations to comply with a Presidential mandate to adhere to plain language standards and to reduce the regulatory burden on the public. Lastly, USFWS proposes to amend certain provisions of the regulations specific to Alaska NWRs. The proposed amendments include the removal of the regulations concerning same-day airborne hunting. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 12, 2019.
  • USFWS – Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews for 91 Species in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and American Samoa
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating 5-year status reviews for 91 species in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and American Samoa under the Endangered Species Act. Three of these species also occur outside U.S. jurisdiction in Canada and the South Pacific. 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. For best consideration, information should be submitted by August 12, 2019.
  • USFWS – Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews for 53 Southeastern Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating 5-year status reviews of 53 species (plants and animals) under the Endangered Species Act. 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. To allow USFWS adequate time to conduct these reviews, USFWS must receive your comments or information on or before August 19, 2019. However, USFWS will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.
  • USFWS – Joint Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan – Placer County, CA
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a joint draft environmental impact statement and draft environmental impact report under the National Environmental Policy Act. USFWS also announces receipt of applications for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act and receipt of a draft habitat conservation plan and natural community conservation plan. Local government entities in are requesting a 50 year incidental take permit for 14 covered species. To ensure consideration, written comments must be received by August 20, 2019.
  • USFWS – Regulations for Managing Resident Canada Goose Populations
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to amend the depredation order that allows take of resident Canada geese at agricultural facilities by authorized personnel between May 1 and August 31. This time period is too restrictive in portions of the Atlantic Flyway where specific crops are now being planted and depredated prior to May 1. Under this proposal, USFWS would allow take of resident Canada geese at agricultural facilities in the Atlantic Flyway States (CT, DE, FL, GA, ME, MD, MA, NH,NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT and WV) between April 1 and August 31. Comments on this proposed rule must be received by August 26, 2019.
  • USFWS – Draft Recovery Plan for Short’s Bladderpod
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the draft recovery plan for the endangered Short’s bladderpod, a federally endangered plant found in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. The draft recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria that must be met in order for USFWS to recover and ultimately delist the species under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS requests review and comment on this draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal agencies and the public. In order to be considered, comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before September 16, 2019.

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