Federal Register: August 7, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 152)
DOCID: FR Doc 01-19694
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Service
ACTION: Endangered and threatened species:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of availability.
Receipt of a Permit Application (Reames) for Incidental Take of the Houston Toad
DATES: Written comments on the application should be received on or before September 6, 2001.
Hal Reames (Applicant) has applied for an incidental take permit (TE0427310) pursuant to section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). The requested permit would authorize the incidental take of the endangered Houston toad. The proposed take would occur as a result of the construction and operation of a singlefamily residence on approximately 0.5 acres of a 20.0acre property on Southshore Road, Bastrop County, Texas.
Incidental take permits—; Bastrop County, TX; Houston toad,
Section 9 of the Act prohibits the ``taking'' of endangered species such as the Houston toad. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), under limited circumstances, may issue permits to take endangered wildlife species incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. Regulations governing permits for endangered species are at 50 CFR 17.22.
The Service has prepared the Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) for the incidental take application. A determination of jeopardy to the species or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will not be made until at least 30 days from the date of publication of this notice. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the Act and National Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).
Applicant: Hal Reames plans to construct a singlefamily residence,
within 8 years, on approximately 0.5 acres of a 20.0acre property on
Southshore Road, Bastrop County, Texas. This action will eliminate 0.5
acres or less of Houston toad habitat and result in indirect impacts
within the lot. The Applicant proposes to compensate for this
incidental take of the Houston toad by providing $2,000.00 to the
Houston Toad Conservation Fund at the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation for the specific purpose of land acquisition and management within Houston toad habitat.
Acting Regional Director, Region 2.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Clayton Napier at the above U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin Office.