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Federal Register / Vol. 70, No.

73 / Monday, April 18, 2005 / Notices 20163

other in writing to terminate or modify normal business hours at the Regional The Service has evaluated the impacts
the agreement. Office, 134 Union Boulevard, Denver of this action under NEPA and
Dated: April 8, 2005. Colorado 80228–1807, or the Utah Field determined that it warrants categorical
Lisa Schlosser,
Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, exclusion as described in 516 DM 8.5
2369 West Orton Circle, West Valley C.(1). The Service will evaluate whether
Chief Information Officer.
City, Utah 84119. Written data or the issuance of the ESP complies with
[FR Doc. E5–1800 Filed 4–15–05; 8:45 am] comments concerning the SHA or ESP section 7 of the Act by conducting an
BILLING CODE 4210–27–P application should be submitted to the intra-Service section 7 consultation on
Regional Office and must be in writing the issuance of the permit. The result of
to be processed. Comments must be the biological opinion, in combination
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR submitted in writing to be adequately with the above finding and any public
considered in the Service’s decision- comments will be used in the final
Fish and Wildlife Service making process. Please reference permit analysis to determine whether or not to
number TE098809–0 in your comments, issue the requested ESP, pursuant to the
Safe Harbor Agreement and Receipt of
or in the request for the documents regulations that guide issuance of the
Application for an Enhancement of
discussed herein. type of permit.
Survival Permit Associated With the
Restoration of Habitat and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pat Authority: The authority for this action is
Reintroduction of Utah Prairie Dogs on the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
Mehlhop, Regional Safe Harbor amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the
a Ranch in Garfield County, UT Coordinator (see ADDRESSES), telephone, National Environmental Policy Act of 1969,
303–236–4215, or Henry Maddux, Utah as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service,
Field Supervisor (see ADDRESSES),
Interior. Dated: March 25, 2005.
telephone 801–975–3330.
ACTION: Notice of availability. Elliott Sutta,
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Utah Acting Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
SUMMARY: Mr. Allen Henrie (Applicant) prairie dog (UPD) is the westernmost [FR Doc. 05–7676 Filed 4–15–05; 8:45 am]
has applied to the Fish and Wildlife member of the genus Cynomys. The BILLING CODE 4310–55–P
Service (Service) for an Enhancement of species’ range, which is limited to the
Survival Permit (ESP) for the Utah southwestern quarter of Utah, is the
prairie dog pursuant to section 10(a)1(A) most restricted of all prairie dog species DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 in the United States. Distribution of the
(U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), as amended (Act). UPD has been greatly reduced due to Fish and Wildlife Service
This permit application includes a Safe disease (plague), poisoning, drought,
Harbor Agreement (SHA) between the and human-related habitat alteration. Endangered Species Recovery Permit
Applicant, the Utah Division of Wildlife Protection of this species and Applications
Resources (UDWR), and the Service. enhancement of its habitat on private AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service,
The proposed SHA and permit would land will benefit recovery efforts. Interior.
become effective upon signature of the The primary objective of this SHA is ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit
SHA and issuance of the permit and to encourage voluntary conservation applications.
would remain in effect for 40 years. We measures and translocation efforts to
have made the determination that the benefit the species and the landowner. SUMMARY: The following applicants have
proposed activities described in the Through this agreement, the landowner applied for a scientific research permit
application and SHA will improve will receive relief from any additional to conduct certain activities with
prairie dog habitat and potentially section 9 liability under the Act beyond endangered species pursuant to section
establish a colony of prairie dogs on that which exists at the time the 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species
private land and that, therefore, it is agreement is signed (‘‘regulatory Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The U.S.
categorically excluded under 516 DM baseline’’). To benefit the UPD, foraging Fish and Wildlife Service (‘‘we’’) solicits
8.5 C. (1) of the Department of the and visual surveillance habitat will be review and comment from local, State,
Interior’s Manual. This notice is enhanced by thinning decadent stands and Federal agencies, and the public on
provided pursuant to the National of brush and by increasing forage the following permit requests.
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and quantity and quality using mechanical DATES: Comments on these permit
section 10 of the Act and the Service’s and herbicidal treatments and reseeding applications must be received on or
Safe Harbor Policy (64 FR 32717). The native grasses and forbs. In cooperation before May 18, 2005.
Service requests information, views, and with the UDWR, UPDs will be released ADDRESSES: Written data or comments
opinions from the public via this notice. on the property after the habitat should be submitted to the U.S. Fish
Further, the Service is soliciting improvements have been completed. and Wildlife Service, Chief, Endangered
information regarding the adequacy of The habitat improvements will be Species, Ecological Services, 911 NE.
the SHA as measured against the maintained throughout the term of the 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232–
Service’s Safe Harbor Policy and the permit through managed grazing, 4181 (fax: 503–231–6243). Please refer
regulations that implement it. additional brush treatments if necessary, to the respective permit number for each
DATES: Written comments on the permit and to some degree by the UPDs application when submitting comments.
application must be received on or themselves. The Cooperator will receive All comments received, including
before July 18, 2005. an ESP that authorizes implementation names and addresses, will become part
ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review of the conservation actions and other of the official administrative record and
the SHA and the ESP application may provisions of this Agreement and may be made available to the public.
obtain a copy by writing the Service’s authorizes incidental take and limited FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mountain-Prairie Regional Office, direct take of the covered species above Documents and other information
Denver, Colorado. Documents also will the Cooperator’s baseline submitted with these applications are
be available for public inspection during responsibilities, as defined in the SHA. available for review, subject to the

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