Mar 062015

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On Public Inspection today

FWS releases final recovery plan for the four subspecies of island fox (Urocyon littoralis). Each of the four subspecies, San Miguel Island fox (Urocyon littoralis littoralis), Santa Rosa Island fox (U. l. santarosae), Santa Cruz Island fox (U. l. santacruzae), and Santa Catalina Island fox (U. l. catalinae), is endemic to the Channel Islands off southern California (to be published 3/9) Plan not available till Monday, when notice is officially published in FR

FHWA: Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period for the Cross Harbor Freight Program, Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (to be published 3/9)

EPA asks for public input on the agency’s periodic retrospective review of its regulations :: Docket

Central Utah Project Completion Act Office in DOI releases final Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Olmsted Hydroelectric Power Plant Replacement Project  | More here

NMFS reschedules hearing on Large Coastal and Small Coastal Atlantic Shark Management Measures. Now March 18 in Manteo, NC

Published in today's FR

Friday, March 6, 2015

EPA receives EIS's for review

FERC releases EA for the Ozark Abandonment Project proposed by Ozark Gas Transmission

FERC to prepare EIS on impacts of the Supply Header Project (SHP) involving construction and operation of facilities by Dominion Transmission, Inc. in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project, involving construction and operation of facilities by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina

Forest Service is preparing the Flathead National Forest’s revised land management plan (forest plan) and an amendment to provide relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark and Lolo National Forests. The Forest Service will prepare a single EIS for its revised forest plan and the amendment.

BLM releases Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) for the West Mojave (WEMO) Planning Area of the California Desert Conservation Area | More here

BLM's Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office, Palm Springs, California, together with Riverside County, California, intend to prepare a joint EIS/R, which may include an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, for the Desert Quartzite Solar Project | More here

NOAA publishes effective date for expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA submits ICR to OMB for review. On March 28, 2003, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Services) announced a final policy on the criteria the Services will use to evaluate conservation efforts by states and other non-Federal entities (68 FR 15100). The services take these efforts into account when making decisions on whether to list a species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

NMFS releases final recovery plan for elkhorn coral and staghorn coral | Plan is here

BOEM has prepared a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sales 246 and 248, which are tentatively scheduled to be held in August 2015 and 2016, respectively, in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Western Planning Area (WPA) offshore the States of Texas and Louisiana.

BOEM announces three additional public scoping meetings for the EIS on the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Mar 032015

Forest Service will prepare EIS on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and areas on National Forest System lands within the Eldorado National Forest; and to identify snow trails for grooming. In addition, FS proposes to: (1) formally adopt California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division snow depth standards for grooming to occur; (2) implement a forest-wide snow depth requirement for OSV use that would provide for public safety and natural and cultural resource protection by allowing off-trail, crosscountry OSV use in designated Areas when there is a minimum of 12 inches of continuous and supportable snow covering the landscape; (3) allow OSV use on designated National Forest System snow trails when there is a
minimum of 6 inches of snow, regardless of the underlying surface; and (4) prohibit OSV use in selected Areas and on non-motorized trails.| More here

NMFS sends ICR to OMB for approval. "This action would continue the reporting measure requiring all Virginia Chesapeake Bay pound net fishermen to report interactions with endangered and threatened sea turtles, found both
live and dead, in their pound net operations"

Takes of marine mammals

BLM, NPS release FEIS for the Wilderness Management Plan for the Jimbilnan, Pinto Valley, Black Canyon, Eldorado, Ireteba Peaks, Nellis Wash, Spirit Mountain, and Bridge Canyon Wilderness Areas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and adjacent public lands. | More here at Lake Mead planning page