Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Umtanum Desert Buckwheat

CourtFish And Wildlife Service,Interior Department
Citation86 FR 49045
Publication Date01 Sep 2021
Record Number2021-18806
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 167 / Wednesday, September 1, 2021 / Notices
Description of the need for the
information and proposed use: The
Housing and Community Development
Act of 1974, as amended (the Act), at
sections 102(a)(6) and 102(e) requires
that any county seeking qualification as
an urban county notify each unit of
general local government within the
county that such unit may elect to have
its population excluded from that of the
urban county. Section 102(d) of the Act
specifies that the period of qualification
will be three years. Based on these
statutory provisions, counties seeking
qualification or requalification as urban
counties under the CDBG program must
provide information to HUD every three
years identifying the units of general
local governments (UGLGs) within the
county participating as a part of the
county for purposes of receiving CDBG
funds. The population of UGLGs for
each eligible urban county is used in
HUD’s allocation of CDBG funds for all
entitlement and State CDBG grantees.
New York Towns may qualify as
metropolitan cities if they are able to
secure the participation of all of the
villages located within their boundaries.
Any New York Town that is located in
an urban county may choose to leave
that urban county when that county is
requalifying. That New York Town will
be required to notify the urban county
in advance of its decision to decline
participation in the urban county’s
CDBG program and complete the
metropolitan city qualification process.
Respondents: (i.e., affected public):
Urban counties that are eligible as
entitlement grantees of the CDBG
Estimation Number of Respondents:
There are currently 192 qualified urban
counties participating in the CDBG
program that must requalify every three
Frequency of Response: On average,
two new counties qualify each year. The
burden on new counties is greater than
for existing counties that requalify. The
Department estimates new grantees use,
on average, 115 hours to review
instructions, contact communities in the
county, prepare and review agreements,
obtain legal opinions, have agreements
executed at the local and county level,
and prepare and transmit copies of
required documents to HUD. The
Department estimates that counties that
are requalifying use, on average, 67
hours to complete these actions. The
time savings on requalification is
primarily a result of a grantee’s ability
to use agreements with no specified end
date. Use of such ‘‘renewable’’
agreements enables the grantee to
merely notify affected participating
UGLGs in writing that their agreement
will automatically be renewed unless
the UGLG terminates the agreement in
writing, rather than executing a new
agreement every three years.
Average of 2 new urban counties qualify
per year: 2 × 115 hrs = 230 hrs.
192 grantees requalify on triennial basis;
average annual number of
respondents = 63: 63 × 67 hrs. =
4,221 hrs.
Total combined burden hours: 4,451
This total number of combined
burden hours can be expected to
increase annually by 1,200 hours, given
the average of two new urban counties
becoming eligible entitlement grantees
each year.
B. Solicitation of Public Comment
This notice is soliciting comments
from members of the public and affected
parties concerning the collection of
information described in Section A on
the following:
(1) Whether the proposed collection
of information is necessary for the
proper performance of the functions of
the agency, including whether the
information will have practical utility;
(2) The accuracy of the agency’s
estimate of the burden of the proposed
collection of information;
(3) Ways to enhance the quality,
utility, and clarity of the information to
be collected; and
(4) Ways to minimize the burden of
the collection of information on those
who are to respond; including through
the use of appropriate automated
collection techniques or other forms of
information technology, e.g., permitting
electronic submission of responses.
HUD encourages interested parties to
submit comment in response to these
C. Authority
Section 3507 of the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C.
Chapter 35.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Community Planning and
Development, James Arthur Jemison II,
having reviewed and approved this
document, is delegating the authority to
electronically sign this document to
submitter, Aaron Santa Anna, who is
the Federal Register Liaison for HUD,
for purposes of publication in the
Federal Register.
Aaron Santa Anna,
Federal Liaison for the Department of Housing
and Urban Development.
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Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for
Umtanum Desert Buckwheat
: Fish and Wildlife Service,
: Notice of availability; request
for review and public comment.
: We, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, announce the
availability of the Draft Recovery Plan
for Umtanum Desert buckwheat
(Eriogonum codium), listed as
threatened under the Endangered
Species Act, and endemic to Benton
County, Washington. We request review
and comment on this draft recovery
plan from Federal, State, and local
agencies; Native American Tribes; and
the public.
: To ensure consideration,
comments on the draft recovery plan
must be received on or before November
1, 2021. However, we will accept
information about any species at any
Document availability: Obtain the
recovery plan on the internet at http://
recovery-plans.html or http://
Comment submission: You may
submit written comments and materials
by one of the following methods:
U.S. Mail: Jeff Krupka, Central
Washington Fish and Wildlife Office,
215 Melody Lane, Suite 103,
Wenatchee, WA 98801–8122.
Email: WFWO_LR@fws.gov.
: Brad
Thompson, State Supervisor, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish
and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive
SE, Suite 101, Lacey, WA 98502;
telephone 360–753–9440. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf,
call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–
: We, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service),
announce the availability of the Draft
Recovery Plan for Umtanum Desert
Buckwheat (Eriogonum codium). The
species, listed as threatened under the
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.),
is a plant endemic to Umtanum Ridge
of Benton County, Washington. The
draft recovery plan includes specific
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goals, objectives, and criteria that
should be met prior to our consideration
of removing the species from the
Federal List of Endangered and
Threatened Plants. We request review
and comment on this draft recovery
plan from Federal, State, and local
agencies; Native American Tribes; and
the public.
The Umtanum desert buckwheat is a
long-lived perennial that occurs in a
narrow, discontinuous band on
Umtanum Ridge at least 1.6 kilometers
(1 mile) long. This plant is closely
associated with Lolo Flow lithosol soils
in the Lower Columbia River Basin in
the State of Washington. In April 2013
and as reaffirmed in December 2013, the
Umtanum desert buckwheat found
along sparsely vegetated, north-facing
basalt cliff of Umtanum Ridge in central
Washington State, was listed as a
threatened species pursuant to the Act
(78 FR 23983; April 23, 2013; 78 FR
76995; December 20, 2013).
Recovery Planning Process
Recovery of endangered and
threatened animals and plants is a
primary goal of our endangered species
program. To help guide the recovery
effort, we prepare recovery plans for
most listed species. Recovery plans
describe actions considered necessary
for conservation of the species, establish
criteria for downlisting or delisting, and
estimate time and cost for implementing
recovery measures.
Recovery Planning and Implementation
The Service has recently revised its
approach to recovery planning and is
now using a new process termed
recovery planning and implementation
(RPI) (see https://www.fws.gov/
The RPI approach is intended to reduce
the time needed to develop and
implement recovery plans, increase
recovery plan relevancy over a longer
timeframe, and add flexibility to
recovery plans so they can be adjusted
to address new information or
circumstances. Under RPI, a recovery
plan includes the statutorily required
elements under section 4(f) of the Act
(i.e., objective and measurable recovery
criteria, site-specific management
actions, and estimates of time and
costs), along with a concise introduction
and our strategy for how we plan to
achieve species recovery. The RPI
recovery plan is supported by two
supplementary documents: A species
status assessment or biological species
report, which describes the best
available scientific information related
to the biological needs of the species
and assessment of threats; and the
recovery implementation strategy,
which details the particular near-term
activities needed to implement the
recovery actions identified in the
recovery plan. Under this approach, we
can incorporate new information on
species biology or details of recovery
implementation by updating these
supplementary documents without
concurrent revision of the entire
recovery plan, unless changes to
statutorily required elements are
Recovery Plan Components
The primary recovery strategy for the
Umtanum desert buckwheat is to
increase the capability of the single
population to withstand stochastic
events, establish new populations to
provide a safety margin against
catastrophic events, and to increase the
ecological and/or genetic diversity of
the species. Recovery will hinge on
establishing self-sustaining populations,
improving habitat, reducing threats, and
preserving or enhancing the ability of
individuals to survive and reproduce in
the range of conditions they are likely
to experience.
We may initiate an assessment of
whether recovery has been achieved and
delisting is warranted when the
recovery criteria have been met,
including once a sixth population has
been discovered or established on
conserved lands and is managed in a
way that is compatible with Umtanum
desert buckwheat conservation.
Request for Public Comments
Section 4(f) of the Act requires us to
provide public notice and an
opportunity for public review and
comment during recovery plan
development. It is also our policy to
request peer review of recovery plans
(59 FR 34270; July 1, 1994). In an
appendix to the approved final recovery
plan, we will summarize and respond to
the substantive comments raised during
public comment and peer review.
Substantive comments may or may not
result in changes to the recovery plan.
Comments regarding recovery plan
implementation will be forwarded as
appropriate to Federal or other entities
so that they can be taken into account
during the course of implementing
recovery actions.
We will consider all comments we
receive by the date specified in
prior to final approval of the plan.
Public Availability of Comments
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 ask us in your comment
to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to
do so.
The authority for this action is section
4(f) of the Endangered Species Act of
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et
Robyn Thorson,
Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
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Bureau of Indian Affairs
Indian Gaming; Approval of Tribal-
State Class III Gaming Compact in the
State of Washington
: Bureau of Indian Affairs,
: Notice.
: This notice publishes the
approval of Third Amendment to the
Tribal-State Compact (Amendment) for
Class III Gaming between the Spokane
Tribe (Tribe) and the State of
Washington (State).
: The amendment takes effect on
September 1, 2021.
: Ms.
Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian
Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant
Secretary—Policy and Economic
Development, Washington, DC 20240,
paula.hart@bia.gov, (202) 219–4066.
: Under
section 11 of the Indian Gaming
Regulatory Act (IGRA), Public Law 100–
497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the
Secretary of the Interior shall publish in
the Federal Register notice of approved
Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of
engaging in Class III gaming activities
on Indian lands. As required by 25 CFR
293.4, all compacts and amendments are
subject to review and approval by the
Secretary. The Amendment authorizes
the Tribe to engage in sports wagering
at the Tribe’s class III gaming facility,
updates the Compact to reflect this
change in various sections, and
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