Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications


Federal Register, Volume 83 Issue 221 (Thursday, November 15, 2018)

Federal Register Volume 83, Number 221 (Thursday, November 15, 2018)


Pages 57500-57502

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2018-24963




Fish and Wildlife Service

FWS-R3-ES-2018-N115; FXES11130300000-189-FF03E00000

Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before December 17, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: You may, within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice (see DATES), submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents, and submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TEXXXXXX):

Email: email protected. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message.

U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlita Payne, 612-713-5343; email protected. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permits will allow the applicants to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA.


With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activity. The ESA's definition of ``take'' includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.

A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing such permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are those supported by quantitative information or studies.


Application No. Applicant Species Location Activity Type of take Permit action


TE99650C....................... Dale Dunford II, Clubshell (Pleurobema IN, KY, MI, NY, Conduct presence/ Capture, handle, New.

Rome, OH. clava), fanshell OH, PA, WV. absence surveys, temporary hold,

(Cyprogenia stegaria), document habitat tag, release,

pink mucket (pearly- use, conduct relocate.

mussel) (Lampsilis population

abrupta), northern monitoring,

riffleshell evaluate impacts.

(Epioblasma torulosa

rangiana), purple

cat's paw pearlymussel

(E. obliquata

obliquata), snuffbox

mussel (E. triquetra),

rabbitsfoot (Quadrula


cylindrica), sheepnose

mussel (Plethobasus

cyphyus), rayed bean

(Villosa fabalis).

TE01835D....................... Mariah Scott, Snuffbox mussel MI................ Study growth rate Collect dead New.

Chicago, IL. (Epioblasma triquetra). ontogenetic shells, hold,

changes, male and biosample.

female morphology.


Public Availability of Comments

Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--

including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety.

Next Steps

If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

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Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Dated: August 30, 2018.

Lori H. Nordstrom,

Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.

FR Doc. 2018-24963 Filed 11-14-18; 8:45 am