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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 August

    Agriculture

  • Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

    AGENCY: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Request for applications


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non- forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

    Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest land that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.

    DATES: Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All applications must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 15, 2014. State Foresters or Tribal government officials must forward applications to the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area or International Institute of Tropical Forestry by February 17, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All Indian tribal applications must be submitted to the Tribal government officials of the Indian tribe. Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and the State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe when developing their proposal. The State Forester's contact information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.

    State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit applications to the appropriate Forest Service Regional/Area/Institute contact noted below.

    Northern and Intermountain Regions

    Regions 1 and 4, (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)

    Janet Valle, U.S. Forest Service, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401, 801- 625-5258 (phone), 801-625-5716 (fax), jvalle@fs.fed.us.

    Rocky Mountain Region

    Region 2, (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)

    Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401, 303-275-5178 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), claireharper@fs.fed.us.

    Southwestern Region

    Region 3, (AZ, NM)

    Margee Haines, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3881 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), mhaines@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Southwest Region

    Region 5, (CA, HI, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and other Pacific Islands,)

    Dan McKeague, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592, 707-562-8875 (phone), 707-562-9054 (fax), dmckeague@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Northwest, and Alaska Regions

    Regions 6 and 10, (AK, OR, WA)

    Brad Siemens, U.S. Forest Service, 120 Southwest 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204 (or), P.O. Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208-3623, 503-808-2353 (phone), 503-808-2469 (fax), btsiemens@fs.fed.us.

    Southern Region

    Region 8, (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA)

    Mike Murphy, U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW., Suite 700B 850S North, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-347-5214 (phone), 404-347-2776 (fax), mwmurphy@fs.fed.us.

    International Institute of Tropical Forestry

    (PR, VI)

    Connie Carpenter, U.S. Forest Service, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba, San Juan, PR 00926-1119, 787-766-5335 x 222 (phone), 787-766- 6263 (fax), conniecarpenter@fs.fed.us.

    Northeastern Area

    (CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV)

    Neal Bungard, U.S. Forest Service, 271 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824- 4600, 603-868-7719 (phone), 603-868-7604 (fax), nbungard@fs.fed.us.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant application or administrative regulations, contact Scott Stewart, Program Manager, 202-205-1618, sstewart@fs.fed.us or Maya Solomon, Program Coordinator, 202-205-1376, mayasolomon@fs.fed.us.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-27/html/2013-20838.htm

  • Science-Based Methods for Entity-Scale Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks From Agriculture and Forestry Practices

    AGENCY: Office of the Chief Economist, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a report containing methods for quantifying entity-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from the agriculture and forestry sectors. The purpose of this notice is to seek input from the public on the proposed methods. This report was prepared in part to meet requirements of Section 2709 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The report was prepared by 38 technical experts and reviewed by 29 scientific reviewers. USDA anticipates that the methods will be used by landowners and USDA to improve management practices and identify actions to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The guidelines and methods could also be used by farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to facilitate their participation in voluntary state and regional GHG registries and programs. Notice of the project was announced in the Federal Register in February, 2011 (FR Doc. 2011-3731, p. 9534, Feb 18 2011). Comments received under this notice will be used to further refine the methods report in preparation for publication as a USDA Technical Bulletin. Comments submitted will help USDA to gauge the appropriateness and completeness of the proposed methods as well as methodological or data concerns that should be considered. A series of questions have been provided in the supplementary information below to aid review.

    When submitting responses, please annotate comments using the report section number designations. All information received will be included in the public docket and made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Do not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

    DATES: Responses to this notice should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 11, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The report is available for download from the project Web site at www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/estimation.htm, and within the Federal Docket as noted below. If you are unable to access the report from one of these Web sites, contact the Climate Change Program Office via the contact details below.

    Responses to this notice must be submitted electronically through the regulations.gov portal at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket USDA-2013-0003. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Http://www.regulations.gov is an "anonymous access'' system, which means USDA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you are unable to submit your responses through the web portal, consider these alternative submission methods:

    Via email to techguide@oce.usda.gov;

    Via fax to 202-401-1176; or,

    Via courier delivery to Marlen Eve, USDA Climate Change Program Office, 1400 Independence Ave SW., Room 4407 South Bldg, Washington, DC 20250.

    Responses submitted through email, fax or courier will be recorded in full, including any identity and contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this notice should be sent to Marlen Eve, USDA Climate Change Program Office, via Email techguide@oce.usda.gov, Telephone 202-401-0979, or Fax 202-401-1176. Additional information on the project can be found at www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/estimation.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-27/html/2013-20701.htm

  • Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Delist the North Pacific Population of the Humpback Whale and Notice of Status Review

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: 90-day petition finding, request for information, and initiation of status review.


    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to identify the North Pacific population of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The humpback whale was listed as an endangered species in 1970 under the Endangered Species and Conservation Act of 1969, which was later superseded by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). We find that the petition viewed in the context of information readily available in our files presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted.

    We are hereby initiating a status review of the North Pacific population of the humpback whale to determine whether the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to this population from any interested party.

    DATES: Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action must be received by October 28, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit information or data, identified by "NOAA-NMFS-2013-0106,'' by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic information via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. To submit information via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the "submit a comment'' icon, then enter "NOAA-NMFS-2013-0106'' in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to provide information on from the resulting list and click on the "Submit a Comment'' icon to the right of that line.

    Mail or Hand-Delivery: Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: All information received is a part of the public record and may be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personally identifiable information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept information from anonymous sources. Attachments to electronic submissions will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, Corel WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 427-8469.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-29/html/2013-21066.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals

    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing guidance to Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions on implementation of the revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals ("Guiding Principles''). The NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the revised Guiding Principles.

    DATES: Public concerns regarding the revised Guiding Principles must be submitted electronically at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=35 by September 30, 2013 in order to be considered.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, Suite 360, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982, phone: 301-496- 7163, email: olaw@od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-26/html/2013-20740.htm

  • Meetings of the National Biodefense Science Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public meeting on September 12, 2013.

    DATES: The September 12, 2013, NBSB public meeting is tentatively scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST, both in-person in Washington, DC and with teleconference connectivity. The agenda for the September 12, 2013 public meeting is subject to change as priorities dictate. Please check the NBSB Web site at www.phe.gov/nbsb for the most up-to-date information and for all attendance information.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Pre-registration is required for all members of the public wishing to attend this meeting in-person by September 5, 2013; all attendees must be signed in by a federal staff member. To attend either in-person or by teleconference, please refer to the NBSB Web site for further instructions at www.phe.gov/nbsb. Please arrive, or call in, 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting to facilitate attendance.

    Additional Information for Public Participants: These meetings are open to the public and are limited only by the space available. Meeting rooms will accommodate up to 25 people. Pre-registration is required for in-person attendance. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting in-person should send an email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with "NBSB Registration'' in the subject line by no later than Thursday, September 5, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The National Biodefense Science Board mailbox: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-27/html/2013-20793.htm

  • Meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) will hold a meeting. The meeting is open to the public. Pre-registration is required for both public attendance and comment. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or participate in the public comment session should register at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac, email nvpo@hhs.gov, or call 202-690-5566 and provide name, organization, and email address.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 10-11, 2013. The meeting times and agenda will be posted on the NVAC Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac as soon they become available.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715-H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; Fax: (202) 690-4631; email: nvpo@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-27/html/2013-20797.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Impact Analyses of Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the "Services'' or "we''), are finalizing a revision to our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). This regulation is being finalized as directed by the President's February 28, 2012, memorandum, which directed us to take prompt steps to revise our regulations to provide that the economic analysis be completed and made available for public comment at the time of publication of a proposed rule to designate critical habitat.

    DATES: This final rule is effective on October 30, 2013.

    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 preparing this final regulation, are available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 4401 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 420, Arlington, VA 22203, telephone 703/358-2171; facsimile 703/358-1735.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Krofta, Chief, Endangered Species Branch of Listing, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 420, Arlington, VA 22203, telephone 703/358-2171; facsimile 703/358-1735; or Marta Nammack, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone 301/427-8469; facsimile 301/713-0376. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-28/html/2013-20994.htm

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