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Open For Comment Concerning Arizona

The following proposals concerning Arizona are open for comment. By following the links to the Federal Register, you can read more about each submission. Each listing will contain information on how to comment. It’s essential to read the documents before submitting your comment. You may be required to send your comments via email, or you may be directed to a project website to submit your comments using a form.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Gila Trout

Notice Published on 2021-07-12

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of our draft revised recovery plan for the Gila trout, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This fish species is endemic to mountain streams within the upper Gila River basin in New Mexico and Arizona. We provide this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit Applications

Notice Published on 2021-08-16

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to recover and enhance endangered species survival. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), prohibits certain activities that may impact endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the Razorback Sucker From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule

Proposed Rule Published on 2021-07-07

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to reclassify the razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) from an endangered species to a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The proposed downlisting is based on our evaluation of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the species' status has improved due to conservation actions and partnerships, and the threats to the razorback sucker identified at the time of listing in 1991 have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species is no longer currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but it is still likely to become so within the foreseeable future without current active and intensive management. We also propose a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of the razorback sucker.

Open For Comment Nationwide

Below you will find policy proposals that take effect nationwide. These proposals will affect all public lands.

Agency Information Collection Activities; Federal Fish and Wildlife Applications and Reports-Law Enforcement

Notice Published on 2021-09-27

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for Thurston County, Washington

Notice Published on 2021-09-24

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a habitat conservation plan developed by Thurston County, Washington (applicant), in support of an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant is seeking authorization for the incidental take of six species, expected to result from various County-permitted development activities, as well as construction and maintenance of County-owned or County-managed infrastructure, over the next 30 years. The incidental take and other impacts would occur in Thurston County. This notice also announces the availability of the Service's draft environmental impact statement and the opening of the public comment period, which is intended to satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act requirement to evaluate the impacts of the proposed action on the human environment. We are seeking public comments on the habitat conservation plan and draft environmental impact statement.

National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions

Notice Published on 2021-09-21

The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before September 11, 2021, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.

Extension of Public Comment Period for the Notice of Intent To Conduct a Review of the Federal Coal Leasing Program and To Seek Public Comment

Notice Published on 2021-09-20

On August 20, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Intent to Conduct a Review of the Federal Coal Leasing Program in the Federal Register and requested public comments. This notice extends the public comment period for 15 days to allow for further public comment and consideration to occur.

Agency Information Collection Activities; Onshore Oil and Gas Operations and Production

Notice Published on 2021-09-17

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to renew an information collection.

National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions

Notice Published on 2021-09-16

The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before September 4, 2021, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Enhancement of Survival Permit Application; Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement and Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for 14 Aquatic Species and Associated Categorical Exclusion; State of Kansas

Notice Published on 2021-09-15

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are announcing the availability of documents related to an application for an enhancement of survival permit (permit) under the Endangered Species Act. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has applied for a permit associated with the implementation of a programmatic safe harbor agreement (SHA) and candidate conservation agreement with assurances (CCAA) for 14 aquatic species in Kansas. The documents available for review and comment are the applicant's programmatic SHA/CCAA, which is part of the permit application, and our draft environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which support a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. We invite comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments.

Draft Environmental Assessment; Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit and Habitat Conservation Plan for Five Bat Species, Missouri

Notice Published on 2021-09-15

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from the Missouri Department of Conservation (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. If approved, the permit would be for a 50-year period and would authorize the incidental take of two endangered species, the Indiana bat and the gray bat; one threatened species, the northern long-eared bat; and two species petitioned for Federal listing, the little brown bat and the tricolored bat. The applicant has prepared a habitat conservation plan (HCP) to cover a suite of activities associated with continued forest and habitat management within the State of Missouri.

Information Collection: Urban Forest Engagement in Atlanta, GA

Notice Published on 2021-09-14

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the USDA Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revisions of a currently approved information collection, Urban Forest Engagement in Atlanta, Georgia.

Eagle Permits; Incidental Take

Proposed Rule Published on 2021-09-14

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, or we) seeks public and regulated-community input on potential approaches for further expediting and simplifying the permit process authorizing incidental take of eagles. This document also advises the public that the Service may, as a result of public input, prepare a draft environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. We are furnishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions and obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental review. Public and regulated community responses will be used to improve and make more efficient the permitting process for incidental take of eagles in a manner that is compatible with the preservation of bald and golden eagles.

Information Collection: Appeal of Decisions Relating to Occupancy or Use of National Forest System Lands and Resources

Notice Published on 2021-09-13

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the renewal of a currently approved information collection, Appeal of Decisions Relating to Occupancy or Use of National Forest System Lands and Resources.

Agency Information Collection Activities; Application for Land for Recreation or Public Purposes

Notice Published on 2021-09-13

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to renew an information collection.

Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Wild Bird Protection Act; Receipt of Permit Applications

Notice Published on 2021-09-10

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), invite the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with foreign species that are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), foreign or native species for which the Service has jurisdiction under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and foreign bird species covered under the Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA). With some exceptions, the ESA, MMPA, and WBCA prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is issued that allows such activities. These Acts also require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for any activity they otherwise prohibit with respect to any species.

National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions

Notice Published on 2021-09-10

The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before August 28, 2021, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.

Agency Information Collection Activities; Desert Land Entry Application

Notice Published on 2021-09-07

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to renew an information collection.

Agency Information Collection Activities; Color-of-Title Application

Notice Published on 2021-09-07

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to renew an information collection.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Miami Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidia Floridana)

Proposed Rule Published on 2021-09-07

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the Miami tiger beetle (Cicindelidia floridana) under the Endangered Species Act (Act). In total, approximately 1,977 acres (ac) (800 hectares (ha)) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species' critical habitat. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Miami tiger beetle.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Pyramid Pigtoe

Proposed Rule Published on 2021-09-07

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 12-month finding on a petition to list the pyramid pigtoe (Pleurobema rubrum), a freshwater mussel species from Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia, as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, we propose to list the pyramid pigtoe as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (``4(d) rule''). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act's protections to the species.

Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

Notice Published on 2021-09-03

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.

Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

Notice Published on 2021-09-03

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation and survival of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period.

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