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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR on how to submit electronic filing of improved or modified in any way to
comments, see the ‘‘Public Comments provide for greater public participation
Fish and Wildlife Service Solicited’’ section below. and understanding, or to assist us in
5. You may submit comments via the accommodating public concerns and
50 CFR Part 17 Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// comments.
www.regulations.gov. Follow the Our practice is to make comments,
RIN 1018–AU50 including names and home addresses of
instructions for submitting comments.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife The proposed rule is available on the respondents, available for public review
and Plants; Designation of Critical Internet at http://carlsbad.fws.gov or in during regular business hours.
Habitat for the Laguna Mountains hard copy form by contacting the Individual respondents may request that
Skipper Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office. we withhold their home address, which
Comments and materials received, as we will honor to the extent allowable by
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, well as supporting documentation used law. There also may be circumstances in
Interior. in preparation of the proposed critical which we would withhold a
ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of habitat rule for the Laguna Mountains respondent’s identity, as allowable by
public comment period and notice of skipper, will be available for public law. If you wish us to withhold your
public hearing. inspection, by appointment, during name and/or address, you must state
normal business hours at the Carlsbad this prominently at the beginning of
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Fish and Wildlife Office. your comment, but you should be aware
Wildlife Service (Service), announce the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
that the Service may be required to
reopening of the public comment period Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and disclose your name and address
on the proposed rule to designate pursuant to the Freedom of Information
Wildlife Office, at the above address
critical habitat for the Laguna Act (5 U.S.C. 552). We will not consider
(telephone 760–431–9440; facsimile
Mountains skipper (Pyrgus ruralis anonymous comments. To the extent
760–431–9624).
lagunae) under the Endangered Species consistent with applicable law, we will
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: make all submissions from
Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This
action will provide all interested parties Public Comments Solicited organizations or businesses, and from
with an additional opportunity to individuals identifying themselves as
We intend that any final action representatives or officials of
submit written comments on the
resulting from the proposal will be as organizations or businesses, available
proposed designation. Comments
accurate and as effective as possible. for public inspection in their entirety.
previously submitted need not be
Therefore, we solicit comments or Comments received will be available for
resubmitted as they have already been
suggestions from the public, other public inspection, by appointment,
incorporated into the public record and
concerned governmental agencies, during normal business hours at the
will be fully considered in any final
Tribes, the scientific community, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (see
decision. We also will hold two public
industry, or any other interested parties ADDRESSES section).
hearings on this proposed designation of
concerning our proposed designation of All previous comments and
critical habitat.
critical habitat for the Laguna information submitted during the initial
DATES: We will accept comments and Mountains skipper. We particularly seek comment period on the proposed rule
information until 5 p.m. on May 15, comments concerning: need not be resubmitted. Please submit
2006, or at the public hearings. Any (1) The reasons why any habitat electronic comments in ASCII file
comments received after the closing should or should not be determined to format, and avoid the use of any special
date may not be considered in the final be critical habitat for the Laguna characters or any form of encryption.
decision on the proposed designation of Mountains skipper as provided by Also, please include ‘‘Attn: RIN 1018–
critical habitat. section 4 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et AU50’’ in the subject line, and your
The public hearings will take place on seq.), including whether the benefit of name and return address in your e-mail
April 27, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. designation will outweigh any threats to message. If you do not receive a
and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Carlsbad, the species due to designation; confirmation from the system that we
California. (2) Specific information on the have received your e-mail message,
ADDRESSES: Hearings: The public amount and distribution of Laguna please contact the Carlsbad Fish and
hearings will be held at the Carlsbad Mountains skipper habitat; which areas Wildlife Office at telephone number
Fish and Wildlife Office, 6010 Hidden should be included in the designation 760/431–9440.
Valley Road, Carlsbad, California. that contain the physical and biological
Comments: Written comments and features that are essential to the Background
materials may be submitted to us by any conservation of the species and why; On December 13, 2005, we published
one of the following methods: and which areas not occupied at the a proposed rule in the Federal Register
1. You may submit written comments time of listing are essential to the (70 FR 73699) to designate critical
and information to the Field Supervisor, conservation of the species and why; habitat for the Laguna Mountains
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 6010 (3) Land use designations and current skipper on approximately 6,662 acres
Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad, CA or planned activities in the subject areas (2,696 hectares) of land in two units,
92011. and their possible impacts on proposed divided into a total of seven subunits,
2. You may hand-deliver written critical habitat; on Laguna and Palomar Mountains in
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comments and information to our Office (4) Any foreseeable economic, San Diego County, California. The
at the above address. national security, or other potential initial public comment period for the
3. You may fax your comments to impacts resulting from the proposed proposal was open for 60 days, ending
760–431–9624. designation and, in particular, any February 13, 2006.
4. You may send comments by impacts on small entities; and Critical habitat identifies specific
electronic mail (e-mail) to: (5) Whether our approach to areas containing features essential to the
FW8pchskipper@fws.gov. For directions designating critical habitat could be conservation of a listed species and that

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may require special management DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR All comments and materials received,
considerations or protection. If the as well as supporting documentation
proposed critical habitat designation is Fish and Wildlife Service used in preparation of the proposed
finalized, section 7(a)(2) of the Act rule, will be available for public
would require that Federal agencies 50 CFR Part 17 inspection, by appointment, during
ensure that actions they fund, authorize, normal business hours at the Utah Field
RIN 1018–AU49
or carry out are not likely to jeopardize Office.
the continued existence of the species or Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Public Hearing: The public hearing
result in the destruction or adverse and Plants; Proposed Threatened will be held at the Uintah County
modification of critical habitat. Status for Penstemon grahamii Building, 152 East 100 North, Vernal,
Section 4(b)(2) of the Act requires that (Graham’s beardtongue) With Critical Utah.
we designate or revise critical habitat on Habitat FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John
the basis of the best scientific and L. England, Utah Field Office (address
commercial data available, after taking AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service,
above), telephone 801–975–3330,
into consideration economic, and any Interior.
extension 138.
other relevant, impacts of specifying any ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
particular area as critical habitat. public comment period and notice of
public hearing. Public Comments Solicited
Public Hearings
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and We expect any final rule resulting
Section 4(b)(5)(E) of the Act requires Wildlife Service (Service), announce the from the proposal to be as accurate and
one public hearing be held if any person reopening of the public comment period effective as possible. Therefore, we are
requests a hearing within 45 days of the on the proposed rule to determine soliciting comments from the public,
publication of a proposed rule. In threatened status and to designate other concerned governmental agencies,
response to a request from the U.S. critical habitat for Penstemon grahamii the scientific community, industry, or
Forest Service’s Cleveland National (Graham’s beardtongue) under the any other interested party concerning
Forest, the Service will conduct two Endangered Species Act of 1973 as the proposed rule. Comments
public hearings on the date and at the amended (Act). Reopening the public particularly are sought concerning:
address provided in the DATES and comment period will allow an Critical Habitat
ADDRESSES sections above. additional opportunity for interested
We seek specific information on:
Anyone wishing to make an oral parties to comment on the proposed
(1) Biological, commercial trade, or
statement for the record is encouraged rule. Comments previously submitted
other relevant data concerning any
to provide a written copy of their on the proposed rule need not be
threat (or lack thereof) to this species;
statement and present it to us at the resubmitted as they have already been
(2) Additional information concerning
hearings. In the event there is a large incorporated into the public record and
the range, distribution, and population
attendance, the time allotted for oral will be fully considered in any final
size of this species, including the
statements may be limited. Oral and decision. We will also hold a public
locations of any additional populations
written statements receive equal hearing on the proposed rule.
of this species;
consideration. There are no limits on DATES: Comments: We will accept (3) Current or planned activities in the
the length of written comments written comments on the proposed rule subject area and their possible impacts
submitted to us. If you have any until May 19, 2006. Any comments on this species;
questions concerning the public received after the closing date may not (4) Reasons why any habitat should or
hearings, please contact the Carlsbad be considered in the final determination should not be determined to be critical
Fish and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES on the proposal. Public Hearing: The habitat for this species pursuant to
section). public hearing will be held on section 4 of the Act; and
Persons needing reasonable Wednesday, April 26, 2006, from 7 p.m. (5) Any foreseeable economic or other
accommodations in order to attend and to 9 p.m. impacts resulting from the proposed
participate in the public hearings ADDRESSES: Comments: If you wish to designation of critical habitat.
should contact Patti Carroll at 503–231– comment, you may submit your It is our practice to make all
2080 as soon as possible. In order to comments and materials by any one of comments, including names and
allow sufficient time to process several methods: addresses of respondents who provide
requests, please call no later than one 1. You may submit written comments that information, available for public
week before the hearing date. and information by mail or hand- review following the conclusion of the
Information regarding this notice is delivery to Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish rulemaking process. Individuals may
available in alternative formats upon and Wildlife Service, Utah Field Office, request that we withhold their name
request. 2369 West Orton Circle, Suite 50, West and/or address from public disclosure.
Valley City, Utah 84119. If you wish to do this, you must state
Authority 2. You may fax your comments to this prominently at the beginning of
The authority for this action is the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife your comment. We will honor such
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 Service, Utah Field Office at 801–975– requests to the extent allowable by law,
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). 3331. but you should be aware that we may
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3. You may send comments by still be required to disclose your name


Dated: April 7, 2006. electronic mail (e-mail) to and address pursuant to the Freedom of
Matt Hogan, fw6_penstemongrahamii@fws.gov. Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). We will
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Please see the Public Comments make all submissions from
Wildlife and Parks. Solicited section below for file format organizations or businesses, and from
[FR Doc. 06–3577 Filed 4–11–06; 10:06 am] and other information about electronic individuals identifying themselves as
BILLING CODE 4310–55–P filing. representatives or officials of

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