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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 April

    Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on the Roadmap for Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics Office, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period for written stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The Research, Education, and Extension Office (REEO) of the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting written stakeholder input on the preparation of a roadmap for agricultural research, education, and extension at USDA. The preparation of the Roadmap is mandated by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (FCEA) of 2008. By this notice, the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics has been designated to act on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) in soliciting public comment from interested parties regarding the preparation of the Roadmap.

    DATES: All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST, May 31, 2009, to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by REE-2009-0001, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: Roadmap@osec.usda.gov. Include REE-2009-0001 in the subject line of the message. Fax: (202) 690-1677. Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to: Michele Simmons; Research, Education, and Extension Office (REEO); U.S. Department of Agriculture; Mail Stop 0114; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-0114. Hand Delivery/Courier: Michele Simmons; Research, Education, and Extension Office (REEO); U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 3858-S; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-0114. Instructions: All submissions received must include the title "Roadmap" and REE-2009-0001. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Simmons, (202) 720-1777 (phone), (202) 690-1677 (fax), or Roadmap@osec.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7252.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture

    AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App., the Agricultural Research Service is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The charge for the AC21 is two-fold: To examine the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and USDA; and to provide guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the application of biotechnology in agriculture.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or before April 29, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 720-3817.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6884.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Annapolis, Maryland.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3100 x136, Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7234.htm

  • Unified Synthesis Product Development Committee

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: A major activity of the Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is the production of a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) that are designed to inform and aid decision making by policy makers, resource managers, stakeholders, the media, and the general public on issues related to global climate change. The Unified Synthesis Product (USP) Development Committee (USPDC), established by a Decision Memorandum on February 29, 2008, is the Federal Advisory Committee charged with responsibility to develop a draft USP that will synthesize the information contained in the 21 SAPs in the context of other recent climate and global change scientific studies and formal assessments. Please note that meeting location, times, and agenda topics described here are subject to change. Meeting information will be available online on the USPDC website: http://www.climate.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=./ccsp/unified_synthesis.jsp

    DATES: The meeting will convene at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2009 and adjourn at 5:30 p.m. on that day. The location will be the US Climate Change Science Program Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher D. Miller, USPDC DFO and the Program Manager, NOAA/OAR/Climate Program Office, Climate Change Data and Detection Program Element, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 12239, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone 301-734-1241, e-mail: Christopher.D.Miller@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7201.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Availability of Department of the Navy Report to the Council on Environmental Quality on the Use of Alternative Arrangements

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Navy (Navy) announces the availability of its report to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on the value and effectiveness of the Alternative Arrangements for the U.S. Navy's Composite Training Unit Exercises (COMPTUEXs) and Joint Task Force Exercises (JTFEXs) that occurred between January 15, 2008 and January 23, 2009, in the Southern California (SOCAL) Operating Area. The full text of the Navy's report to the CEQ is available for public viewing on the Web site established for the SOCAL Range Complex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) at http://www.socalrangecomplexeis.com.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7049.htm

  • Education

  • Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.120A.

    Dates: Applications Available: April 1, 2009. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 1, 2009. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 30, 2009.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The MSEIP is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers.

    Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), these priorities are from allowable activities specified in section 352 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1067b(b)).

    Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2009, three priorities are competitive preference priorities based on 34 CFR 637.31(c). Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award an additional five (5) points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 1. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii) we give preference to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 2 and Competitive Preference Priority 3 over an application of comparable merit that does not meet these priorities.

    These priorities are:

    Competitive Preference Priority 1. Applications from institutions that have not received a MSEIP grant within five years prior to this competition.

    Competitive Preference Priority 2. Applications from previous grantees with a proven record of success.

    Competitive Preference Priority 3. Applications that contribute to achieving balance among funded projects with respect to--(a) geographic region; (b) academic discipline; and (c) project type. Invitational Priorities: For FY 2009, three priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    These priorities are:

    Invitational Priority 1. Applications that focus on the development of bridge or articulation programs that target pre-freshmen entering into the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

    Invitational Priority 2. Applications that focus directly on student learning and encourage and facilitate implementation of pedagogical approaches that have been proven effective in increasing student retention and achievement in STEM fields.

    Invitational Priority 3. Applications that focus on mentoring programs designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who graduate with STEM undergraduate degrees.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1067-1067k. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 637.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7306.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and EPA Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is soliciting nominations for consideration of membership on EPA's Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (Council), EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), and EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB subcommittees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 4, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below, may submit a paper copy by contacting Ms. Wanda Bright, U.S. EPA SAB Staff Office (Mail Code 1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460 (FedEx/ Courier address: US EPA SAB, Suite 3600, 1025 F Street, NW., Washington DC 20004), (202) 343-9986 (telephone), (202) 233-0643 (fax), or via e- mail at bright.wanda@epa.gov. General inquiries regarding the work of the Council, CASAC and SAB may be directed to Dr. Anthony F. Maciorowski, Deputy Director, US EPA SAB Staff Office, (202) 343-9983 (telephone), or via e-mail at maciorowski.anthony@epa.gov. Background: Established by statute, the Council (42 U.S.C 7612), the CASAC (42 U.S.C. 7409) and SAB (42 U.S.C. 4365) are EPA's chartered Federal Advisory Committees that provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice and recommendations directly to the EPA Administrator on a wide variety of EPA science activities. As Federal Advisory Committees, the Council, CASAC, and SAB conduct business in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. C) and related regulations. Generally, Council, CASAC and SAB meetings are announced in the Federal Register, conducted in public view, and provide opportunities for public input during deliberations. Additional information about these Federal Advisory Committees may be found at http://www.epa.gov/advisorycouncilcaa, http://www.epa.gov/casac and http://www.epa.gov/sab. Members of the Council, CASAC, the SAB, and subcommittees constitute a distinguished body of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and social scientists that are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a period of three years, with the possibility of re-appointment to a second three year term. This notice specifically requests nominations for the chartered Council, the chartered CASAC, the chartered SAB and SAB subcommittees. Expertise Sought: The Council was established in 1990 pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments of 1990 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on technical and economic aspects of the impacts of the Clean Air Act (CAA) on the public health, economy, and environment of the United States. The SAB Staff office is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Council with demonstrated expertise in air pollution issues. A nominee's expertise may include the following disciplines: environmental economics; economic modeling; air quality modeling; atmospheric science and engineering; ecology and ecological risk assessment; epidemiology; environmental health sciences; statistics; and human health risk assessment.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7432.htm

  • Guidance on the Development, Evaluation, and Application of Environmental Models

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Document Availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final "Guidance Document on the Development, Evaluation, and Application of Regulatory Environmental Models," EPA/ 100/K-09/003 (hereinafter "Models Guidance"). EPA's Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling (CREM) developed the Models Guidance and its companion product, the "Models Knowledge Base" (hereinafter "Models KBase," http://cfpub.epa.gov/crem/knowledge_base/ knowbase.cfm), to improve the practices associated with the development, evaluation, and application of models for environmental decision making. Furthermore, by providing access to its tools and methods, EPA increases transparency and can improve the public's understanding of how science is used to make environmental decisions. While the Models Guidance does not impose legally binding requirements on EPA or the public, it provides recommendations on the principles of good modeling practice, stressing the importance of model quality, documentation, and transparency with the aim of helping to determine when and how a model can be used to inform a decision.

    ADDRESSES: The Models Guidance is available electronically through the CREM Web site: http://www.epa.gov/crem. A limited number of paper copies will be available from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone 1-800-490-9198 or 513-489-8190; facsimile: 301-604- 3408; e-mail: NSCEP@bps-lmit.com. Please provide your name, mailing address, title, and EPA number (as given above) of the requested publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Noha Gaber, Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling, Office of the Science Advisor, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW., Mail Code: 8105R, Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail at 202-564-2179; Fax: 202-564-2070; or via e-mail at gaber.noha@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7183.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Expert Elicitation Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Expert Elicitation Advisory Panel to discuss a draft report reviewing EPA's draft Expert Elicitation Task Force White Paper.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this teleconference may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 343-9981; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7298.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established NSABB to provide advice, guidance and leadership regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research with legitimate scientific purposes that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public, however pre-registration is strongly recommended due to space limitations. Persons planning to attend should register online at http://www.biosecurityboard.gov or by calling Capital Consulting Corporation (Contact: Saundra Bromberg at 301-468-6004, ext. 406). Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: April 29, 2009.

    Open: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) Strategies for a personnel reliability program for individuals with access to Select Agents and Toxins; (2) overview of Public Consultation meeting on April 3, 2009 on proposed optimal characteristics of individuals with access to Select Agents; (3) public comments; and (4) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Wilson Hall, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    Contact Person: Ronna Hill, NSABB Program Assistant, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301)-496-9838.

    This meeting will also be Web cast. The draft meeting agenda and other information about NSABB, including information about access to the Web cast and pre-registration, will be available at http:// www.biosecurityboard.gov. Please check this Web site for updates. Times are approximate and subject to change.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7199.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Scientific Management Review Board.

    The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices within the Office of the Director, NIH, including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize, divisions, centers, or other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or national center including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The purpose of the Scientific Management Review Board (also referred to as SMRB or Board) is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons underlying the recommendations.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board.

    Date: April 27-28, 2009.

    Open: April 27, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Presentation and discussion will include an overview of NIH mission, structure, budget, perspectives on how science has shaped the NIH organization, and future directions. There will also be time allotted on the agenda for public comment. Sign up for public comment will begin at approximately 8 a.m. on both April 27 and 28. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, anyone may file written comments using the address below.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: April 28, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Continuation of April 27th meeting.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Dr. Lyric Jorgenson, PhD, NIH-AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, Building 1 Room 218 MSC 0166, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892. smrb@mail.nih.gov. (301) 496-6837.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    The meeting will also be Web cast. The draft meeting agenda and other information about the SMRB, including information about access to the Web cast, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7200.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn--Bozeman, 5 Baxter Lane, Bozeman, MT 59715 (406-587-4561). You may inspect minutes of the meeting at the office of the Chief, Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. You may also view the minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http://anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Mangin, ANS Task Force, Executive Secretary, at (703) 358-2466, or by e-mail at Susan_ Mangin@fws.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7427.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Rule To Identify the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: Under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), identify a distinct population segment (DPS) of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) of the United States and revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife by removing gray wolves within NRM DPS boundaries, except in Wyoming. The NRM gray wolf DPS encompasses the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon, a small part of north-central Utah, and all of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Our current estimate for 2008 indicates the NRM DPS contains approximately 1,639 wolves (491 in Montana; 846 in Idaho; 302 in Wyoming) in 95 breeding pairs (34 in Montana; 39 in Idaho; 22 in Wyoming). These numbers are about 5 times higher than the minimum population recovery goal and 3 times higher than the minimum breeding pair recovery goal. The end of 2008 will mark the ninth consecutive year the population has exceeded our numeric and distributional recovery goals. The States of Montana and Idaho have adopted State laws, management plans, and regulations that meet the requirements of the Act and will conserve a recovered wolf population into the foreseeable future. In our proposed rule (72 FR 6106, February 8, 2007), we noted that removing the Act's protections in Wyoming was dependant upon the State's wolf law (W.S. 11-6-302 et seq. and 23-1-101, et seq. in House Bill 0213) and wolf management plan adequately conserving Wyoming's portion of a recovered NRM wolf population. In light of the July 18, 2008, U.S. District Court order, we reexamined Wyoming law, its management plans and implementing regulations, and now determine they are not adequate regulatory mechanisms for the purposes of the Act. We determine that the best scientific and commercial data available demonstrates that (1) the NRM DPS is not threatened or endangered throughout ``all'' of its range (i.e., not threatened or endangered throughout all of the DPS); and (2) the Wyoming portion of the range represents a significant portion of range where the species remains in danger of extinction because of inadequate regulatory mechanisms. Thus, this final rule removes the Act's protections throughout the NRM DPS except for Wyoming. Wolves in Wyoming will continue to be regulated as a non-essential, experimental population per 50 CFR 17.84(i) and (n).

    DATES: This rule becomes effective on May 4, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule is available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Comments and materials received, as well as supporting documentation used in preparation of this final rule, are available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at our Montana office, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, Montana 59601. Call (406) 449-5225, extension 204 to make arrangements.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward E. Bangs, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at our Helena office (see ADDRESSES) or telephone (406) 449-5225, extension 204. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-5991.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Rule To Identify the Western Great Lakes Populations of Gray Wolves as a Distinct Population Segment and To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or USFWS) identify the Western Great Lakes (WGL) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the gray wolf (Canis lupus). The geographic extent of this DPS includes all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; the eastern half of North Dakota and South Dakota; the northern half of Iowa; the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana; and the northwestern portion of Ohio. We also revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife established under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) by removing gray wolves within the WGL DPS. We are taking these actions because available data indicate that this DPS no longer meets the definitions of threatened or endangered under the Act. The threats have been reduced or eliminated, as evidenced by a population that is stable or increasing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and greatly exceeds the numerical recovery criteria established in its recovery plan. Completed State wolf management plans will provide adequate protection and management of the WGL DPS after this revision of the listing. This final rule removes this DPS from the lists of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife, removes the currently designated critical habitat for the gray wolf in Minnesota and Michigan, and removes the current special regulations for gray wolves in Minnesota. On April 16, 2007, three parties filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) and the Service, challenging the Service's February 8, 2007 (72 FR 6052), identification and delisting of the WGL DPS. On September 29, 2008, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (Humane Society of the United States v. Kempthorne, No. 1:07-CV-00677 (D.D.C.). In that ruling the court vacated and remanded the Service's application of the February 8, 2007 (72 FR 6052), final delisting rule for the WGL DPS of the gray wolf. On remand, the Service was directed to provide an explanation as to how simultaneously identifying and delisting a DPS is consistent with the Act's text, structure, policy objectives, legislative history, and any relevant judicial interpretations. This final rule addresses the September 29, 2008, court ruling.

    DATES: This rule becomes effective on May 4, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The complete file for this rule is available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at our Midwest Regional Office: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota 55111-4056. Call 612-713-5350 to make arrangements. The comments and materials we received during the comment period on the proposed rule also are available for public inspection and by appointment during normal business hours at this Regional Office and at our Ecological Services Field Offices in Bloomington, Minnesota (612-725-3548); New Frankin, Wisconsin (920-866-1717); and East Lansing, Michigan (517-351-2555). Call those offices to make arrangements.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Ragan, 612-713-5350. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: GRAY WOLF QUESTIONS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota 55111-4056. Additional information is also available on our World Wide Web site at http://www.fws.gov/ midwest/wolf. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-5981.htm

  • Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC); Announcement of Plenary Session

    AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The OCS Scientific Committee will meet at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, AK.

    DATES: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, April 30, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, May 1, 2009, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. 6th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, telephone (907) 276-8700.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the agenda may be requested from MMS by calling Ms. Carolyn Beamer at (703) 787-1211. Other inquiries concerning the OCS SC meeting should be addressed to Dr. James Kendall, Executive Secretary to the OCS SC, Minerals Management Service, 381 Elden Street, Mail Stop 4043, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817 or by calling (703) 787-1656.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-7060.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Dates: April 27, 2009, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 28, 2009, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Alan Tessier, National Science Foundation, Suite 635, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703-292- 7198.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda:

    April 27

    Introduction of new members. Update on budget and recent NSF environmental activities. Discussion with Dr. Timothy L. Killeen, NSF Assistant Director for Geosciences. Presentation by Dr. Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College. Discussion with Dr. Arden L. Bement, NSF Director.

    April 28

    Discussion of the Committee's report: Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems. Discussion of future AC/ERE activities.

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