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95 / Thursday, May 17, 2007 / Notices 27839

dependent recreational opportunities. Public Review and Comment Applicant’s Proposal


Finally, the CCP places high importance
on the protection of cultural and Please reference permit number The applicant is requesting take of
historical resources. TE151083–0 for Parrish Medical Center approximately 6.93 ac of occupied
in all requests or comments. Please scrub-jay habitat incidental to the
Dated: January 17, 2007. construction of a health center. The
include your name and return address
James J. Slack, project is located within Section 26 and
in your e-mail message. If you do not
Deputy Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, 27, Township 23 South, Range 35 East,
receive a confirmation from us that we
Colorado. Port St. John, Brevard County, Florida,
have received your e-mail message,
[FR Doc. E7–9493 Filed 5–16–07; 8:45 am] on the south side of the Port St. John
contact us directly at the telephone
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number listed under FOR FURTHER Interchange, west of Grissom Parkway.
INFORMATION CONTACT. Our practice is to Development of the project, including
make comments, including names and infrastructure, parking areas and
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
home addresses of respondents, landscaping, preclude retention of
Fish and Wildlife Service available for public review during scrub-jay habitat onsite. Therefore, the
regular business hours. We will make all applicant proposes to mitigate for the
Construction of a Health Center in submissions from organizations or loss of 6.93 ac of occupied scrub-jay
Brevard County, FL businesses, and from individuals habitat by donating $254,051 to the
identifying themselves as Florida Scrub-jay Fund administered by
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy. Funds in this
Interior. representatives or officials of
organizations or businesses, available account are earmarked for use in the
ACTION: Notice: receipt of application for conservation and recovery of scrub-jays
an incidental take permit; request for for public inspection in their entirety.
Before including your address, phone and may include habitat acquisition,
comments. restoration, and/or management. The
number, e-mail address, or other
SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife personal identifying information in your applicant also proposed to preserve and
Service (Service), announce the comment, you should be aware that manage 6 ac of scrub habitat for scrub-
availability of an incidental take permit your entire comment—including your jays on site as described in their HCP.
(ITP) application and Habitat personal identifying information—may We have determined that the
Conservation Plan (HCP). Parrish be made publicly available at any time. applicant’s proposal, including the
Medical Center (applicant) requests an While you can ask us in your comment proposed mitigation and minimization
incidental take permit (ITP) for a to withhold your personal identifying measures, would have minor or
duration of 2 years pursuant to section information from public review, we negligible effects on the species covered
10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species cannot guarantee that we will be able to in the HCP. Therefore, the ITP is a ‘‘low-
Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The do so. effect’’ project and qualifies for
applicant anticipates taking categorical exclusions under the
approximately 6.93 acre (ac) of Florida Background National Environmental Policy Act
scrub-jay (Alphelocoma coerulescens)— (NEPA), as provided by the Department
occupied habitat incidental to The Florida scrub-jay (scrub-jay) is of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2
constructing a health center in Brevard found exclusively in peninsular Florida Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 Appendix 1).
County, Florida (project). The and is restricted to xeric uplands This preliminary information may be
applicant’s HCP describes the mitigation (predominately in oak-dominated revised based on our review of public
and minimization measures the scrub). Increasing urban and agricultural comments that we receive in response to
applicant proposes to address the effects development has resulted in habitat loss this notice. A low-effect HCP is one
of the project to the scrub-jay. and fragmentation, which have involving (1) Minor or negligible effects
DATES: We must receive any written adversely affected the distribution and on federally listed or candidate species
comments on the ITP application and numbers of scrub-jays. and their habitats, and (2) minor or
HCP on or before June 18, 2007. The total estimated population is negligible effects on other
ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the between 7,000 and 11,000 individuals. environmental values or resources.
application and HCP, you may write the The decline in the number and We will evaluate the HCP and
Field Supervisor at our Jacksonville distribution of scrub-jays in east-central comments submitted thereon to
Field Office, 6620 Southpoint Drive Florida has been exacerbated by determine whether the application
South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL, tremendous urban growth in the past 50 meets the requirements of section 10(a)
32216, or make an appointment to visit years. Much of the historic commercial of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we
during normal business hours. If you and residential development has determine that the application meets
wish to comment, you may mail or hand occurred on the dry soils which those requirements, we will issue the
deliver comments to the Jacksonville previously supported scrub-jay habitat. ITP for incidental take of the Florida
Field Office, or you may e-mail Much of this area of Florida was settled scrub-jay. We will also evaluate whether
comments to erin_gawera@fws.gov. For early because few wetlands restricted issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP
more information on reviewing urban and agricultural development. complies with section 7 of the Act by
documents and public comments and Due to the effects of urban and conducting an intra-Service section 7
submitting comments, see agricultural development over the past consultation. We will use the results of
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. 100 years, much of the remaining scrub- this consultation, in combination with
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin jay habitat is now relatively small and the above findings, in our final analysis
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Gawera, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, isolated. What remains is largely to determine whether or not to issue the
Jacksonville Field Office (see degraded due to the exclusion of fire, ITP.
ADDRESSES); telephone: 904/232–2580, which is needed to maintain xeric Authority: We provide this notice under
ext. 121. uplands in conditions suitable for scrub- Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jays. and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

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27840 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 95 / Thursday, May 17, 2007 / Notices

Dated:April 17, 2007. personal identifying information in your will include incorporation of a natural
David L. Hankla, comment, you should be aware that path with educational signage, to serve
Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office. your entire comment—including your as an educational tool for the
[FR Doc. E7–9481 Filed 5–16–07; 8:45 am] personal identifying information—may elementary school students. The
BILLING CODE 4310–55–P be made publicly available at any time. conservation areas are expected to
While you can ask us in your comment increase the overall functional value of
to withhold your personal identifying the habitat given the existing conditions
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR information from public review, we versus the proposed conditions of these
cannot guarantee that we will be able to conservation areas.
Fish and Wildlife Service do so. We have determined that the
Please reference permit number applicant’s proposal, including the
Construction of an Elementary School TE132192–0 for the Lake County School proposed mitigation and minimization
in Lake County, FL Board Project in all requests or measures, would have minor or
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, comments. Please include your name negligible effects on the species covered
Interior. and return address in your e-mail in the HCP. Therefore, the ITP is a ‘‘low-
message. If you do not receive a effect’’ project and qualifies for
ACTION: Notice: receipt of application for
confirmation from us that we have categorical exclusions under the
an incidental take permit; request for
received your e-mail message, contact National Environmental Policy Act
comments.
us directly at the telephone number (NEPA), as provided by the Department
SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2
Service (Service), announce the CONTACT.
Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 Appendix 1).
availability of an Incidental Take Permit Background This preliminary information may be
(ITP) Application and Habitat revised based on our review of public
Conservation Plan (HCP). The Lake The sand skink is known to occur in
Lake County, primarily within the Lake comments that we receive in response to
County School Board (applicant) this notice. A low-effect HCP is one
requests an ITP for a duration of 20 Wales Ridge, and much less frequently
within the Mt. Dora Ridge. Although involving (1) Minor or negligible effects
years under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the on federally listed or candidate species
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as originally thought to inhabit xeric, scrub
habitat exclusively, the sand skink is and their habitats, and (2) minor or
amended (Act). The applicant negligible effects on other
anticipates taking approximately 0.48 currently being identified in non-
traditional areas with sub-marginal environmental values or resources.
acre (ac) of sand skink (Neoseps We will evaluate the HCP and
habitat, including pine plantation,
reynoldsi)—occupied habitat incidental comments submitted thereon to
abandoned citrus groves, and disturbed
to constructing a two-story elementary determine whether the application
areas. Sand skinks require soil moisture
school and accessory structures, play meets the requirements of section 10(a)
for thermoregulation, egg incubation,
areas, and infrastructure in Lake of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we
and prey habitat. High activity periods,
County, Florida (Project). The determine that the application meets
which have been associated with the
applicant’s HCP describes the mitigation those requirements, we will issue the
breeding season for this species, range
and minimization measures the ITP for incidental take of the sand skink.
from mid-February to early May, with
applicant proposes to address the effects We will also evaluate whether issuance
egg-hatching typically occurring from
of the Project to the sand skink. of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies
June through July. Due to the reduction
DATES: We must receive any written in quality and acreage and the rapid with section 7 of the Act by conducting
comments on the ITP application and development of xeric upland an intra-Service section 7 consultation.
HCP on or before June 18, 2007. communities, the sand skink is We will use the results of this
ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the reportedly declining throughout most of consultation, in combination with the
application and HCP, you may write the its range. However, biological above findings, in the final analysis to
Field Supervisor at our Jacksonville information regarding the sand skink is determine whether or not to issue the
Field Office, 6620 Southpoint Drive limited, due to the cryptic nature of the ITP.
South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL species. Authority: We provide this notice under
32216, or make an appointment to visit Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act
during normal business hours. If you Applicant’s Proposal
and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).
wish to comment, you may mail or hand The applicant is requesting take of
Dated: May 10, 2007.
deliver comments to the Jacksonville approximately 0.48 acres of occupied
Field Office, or you may e-mail David L. Hankla,
sand skink habitat incidental to the
comments to paula_sisson@fws.gov. For Project. The ±19.1 acre Project currently Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office.
more information on reviewing includes an elementary school site and [FR Doc. E7–9482 Filed 5–16–07; 8:45 am]
documents and public comments and accessory structures, play areas, and BILLING CODE 4310–55–P
submitting comments, see infrastructure encompassing ±16.0
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. acres. In order to mitigate for the loss of
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 0.48 acres of sand skink habitat, the DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Paula Sisson, Fish and Wildlife Applicant proposes to restore and
Fish and Wildlife Service
Biologist, Jacksonville Field Office (see manage ±2.14 acres of occupied sand
ADDRESSES); telephone: 904/232–2580, skink habitat to remain on-site, as well Receipt of Applications for Incidental
ext. 126. as a ±0.96 acre mitigation area (currently
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Take Permit for Four Condominium


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: unoccupied by the species). Restoration Complexes in Escambia County,
will be achieved through a combination Florida
Public Availability of Comments of tree removal (planted pine and citrus)
Before including your address, phone and a planting effort of scrub oak AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service,
number, e-mail address, or other species. Additional mitigation measures Interior.

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