January 2018 News & Announcements

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Announcements

See the new webpage for PARC’s Federal Agencies Steering Committee!

Arizona Game and Fish Department Summer Internships

Are you in college pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, or closely related field? Do you want to improve your knowledge and field experience in these areas, and can endure long days in the field under potentially adverse conditions? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is currently accepting applications for 3-month internships focusing on a variety of game, nongame, fish, and habitat management and conservation efforts in Arizona.

Learn more about these exciting internships and how you can apply! Applications DUE February 9, 2018.

Grants & Awards

The City of Austin is requesting applications to the Barton Springs Salamander Conservation Fund. We are looking to fund conservation and research projects on Barton Springs and/or Austin Blind salamanders (endemic to Austin, Texas), as well as their habitat and ecosystems (e.g., Barton Springs and the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer). Proposed projects may also include education and habitat restoration, as the scope is fairly broad. Please see the link below for complete details and feel free to email me if you have any questions. Proposals should be submitted to BSSCF@austintexas.gov by January 30th.

Herp Conservation News

Federal Register Announcements

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Washington, DC. Open to the public, and attendees may also listen via webinar and/or conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information relating to the Committee, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee’s website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ planningrule/committee. DATES: The meetings will be held in person and streamed via webinar/ conference call on the following dates and times: (1) Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) (2) Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (3) Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal ofthe Monito Gecko (Sphaerodactylusmicropithecus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The US Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) must receive your comments on or before March 12, 2018. The Service must receive requests for public hearings in writing, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, by February 26, 2018.
  • Endangered Species Receipt of Permit Applications. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with foreign endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. We must receive comments by February 5, 2018.
    • Applicant: Federico Zannini, Royal Oak, MI; PRT–58261C The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) to enhance propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
    • Applicant: Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, MO; PRT–62698C The applicant requests a permit to import blood and swab samples from Galapagos tortoises from three locations in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, for scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 3-year period.
    • Applicant: Lolo Kwong, Temple City, CA; PRT–60612C The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) to enhance species propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5- year period.
  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Black Warrior Waterdog and Designation of Critical Habitat. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended for the Black Warrior waterdog (Necturus alabamensis) and designate critical habitat. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and designate critical habit for this species. In total, approximately 673 kilometers (420 miles) of streams and rivers in Blount, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marshall, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston Counties, Alabama, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. This rule is effective February 2, 2018.
  • National Environmental Policy Act Compliance. The Forest Service is proposing to revise its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures with the goal of increasing efficiency of environmental analysis. This will help the Forest Service implement its core mission by increasing the health and productivity of our Nation’s forests for the benefit of all Americans, and in turn foster productive and sustainable use of National Forest System lands. The Agency’s NEPA procedures are a key component of its overall environmental analysis and decision-making process. The Agency is seeking comments from the public on ways it can achieve the goals of increased efficiency of environmental analysis. Comments must be received in writing by February 2, 2018.