[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 190 (Thursday, October 1, 1998)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 52632-52638]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-25763]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Parts 2, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23

RIN 1080-AF07


An Update of Addresses and OMB Information Collection Numbers for 
Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) amends the 
regulations for wildlife and plant permits to update the addresses for 
submission of permit applications. Recently revised Office of 
Management and Budget information collection numbers also are provided.

DATES: This rule is effective October 1, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine Enright, Division of 
Endangered Species, (703) 358-2106.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this rule is to update the 
addresses to send wildlife and plant permit applications for processing 
by the Service. The Service has variously moved office locations, 
transferred program responsibility to other Service offices, or 
delegated authority from the Washington office to its regional offices. 
We have delegated some permits for native species listed under the 
Endangered Species Act to the Regional Directors. Regional offices 
handle migratory bird permits, bald and golden eagle permits, import/
export licenses, and permits for exception to designated ports. Permits 
for international movement of all endangered and threatened species and 
all activities affecting nonnative endangered and threatened species, 
permits under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered 
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), injurious wildlife permits, 
and permits under the Wild Bird Conservation Act remain with the Office 
of Management Authority in Washington.

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    This document was not subject to Office of Management and Budget 
review under Executive Order 12866. This rule itself does not contain 
any information collection requirements that require approval by the 
Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq. However, this rule documents revised control 
numbers assigned by OMB for the information collected pursuant to the 
rules in 50 CFR parts 13-23.
    For those rules promulgated before OMB clearance was required, 
language has been added to advise the public that such clearance has 
been obtained. Since this rule merely reflects changes made to 
addresses used to receive wildlife and plant permit applications, 
impacts on small business entities are minimal. Therefore, this rule 
will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of 
small entities as defined under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 
U.S.C. 601 et seq.). We have determined and certify pursuant to the 
Unfunded Mandates Act, 2 U.S.C. 1502 et seq., that this rule will not 
impose a cost of $100 million or more in any given year on local or 
State governments or private entities. In accordance with Executive 
Order 12630, this rule does not have significant takings implications. 
In accordance with Executive Order 12612, this rule does not have 
significant Federalism effects. The Department has determined that 
these final regulations meet the applicable requirements provided in 
Section 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice 
Reform). We have reviewed this rule under E.O. 12372 (Intergovernmental 
Review of Federal Programs) and the Presidential Memorandum of April 
29, 1994 (Government-to-Government Relations with Native American and 
Tribal Governments), and find such consultations unnecessary as this 
rule only updates mailing addresses and OMB control numbers for 
information collection. This action is categorically excluded from NEPA 
documentation by 516 DM 2, Appendix 1.10 in the Department of the 
Interior Manual. This action is not likely to adversely affect species 
listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.).
    This is an agency organization matter that reflects the physical 
and mailing addresses of Service administrative offices for different 
classes of permits, therefore, the Service, for good cause, finds that 
notice and public comment are unnecessary and for similar reason is 
waiving the 30-day effective date under 5 U.S.C. 553(d).

List of Subjects

50 CFR Part 2

    Organization and functions (Government agencies).

50 CFR Part 10

    Exports, Fish, Imports, Law enforcement, Plants, Transportation, 
Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 13

    Administrative practice and procedure, Exports, Fish, Imports, 
Plants, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, 
Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 14

    Animal welfare, Exports, Fish, Imports, Labeling, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 15

    Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, 
Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 16

    Fish, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Transportation, Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 17

    Endangered and threatened species, Exports, Imports, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

50 CFR Part 21

    Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Transportation, Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 22

    Exports, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Transportation, Wildlife.

50 CFR Part 23

    Endangered and threatened species, Exports, Imports, Treaties.

Regulation Promulgation

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Service amends title 
50, chapter 1, subchapters A and B of the Code of Federal Regulations 
as set forth below:

SUBCHAPTER A--GENERAL PROVISIONS

PART 2--FIELD ORGANIZATION

    1. The authority citation for part 2 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301.

    2. Section 2.2 is amended by revising paragraphs (a), (c), (d), and 
(e) to read as follows:


Sec. 2.2  Locations of regional offices.

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    (a) Portland Regional Office (Region 1--comprising the States of 
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington; the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and American Samoa, Guam 
and other Pacific possessions), Eastside Federal Complex, 911 N.E. 11th 
Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232.
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    (c) Twin Cities Regional Office (Region 3--comprising the States of 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and 
Wisconsin), One Federal Drive, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, 
Fort Snelling, MN 55111.
    (d) Atlanta Regional Office (Region 4--comprising the States of 
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, 
North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; the Commonwealth of 
Puerto Rico; and the Virgin Islands and Caribbean possessions), 1875 
Century Center Boulevard, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 30345.
    (e) Hadley Regional Office (Region 5--comprising the States of 
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, 
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, 
and West Virginia; and the District of Columbia), 300 Westgate Center 
Drive, Hadley, Massachusetts 01035.
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SUBCHAPTER B--TAKING POSSESSION, TRANSPORTATION, SALE, PURCHASE, 
BARTER, EXPORTATION AND IMPORTATION OF WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

PART 10--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    3. The authority citation for part 10 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 18 U.S.C. 42; 16 U.S.C. 703-712; 16 U.S.C. 668a-d; 19 
U.S.C. 1202; 16 U.S.C. 1531-1543; 16 U.S.C. 1361-1384, 1401-1407; 16 
U.S.C. 742a-742j-l; 16 U.S.C. 3371-3378.

    4. Section 10.21 is amended by revising paragraph (b) to read as 
follows:


Sec. 10.21  Director.

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    (b) Mail sent to the Director regarding permits for the Convention 
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Fauna 
(CITES), injurious wildlife, Wild Bird Conservation Act species, 
international movement of all ESA-listed endangered or threatened 
species, and scientific research on, exhibition of, or interstate 
commerce in nonnative ESA-listed

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endangered and threatened species should be addressed to: Director, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (Attention: Office of Management 
Authority), 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203. 
Address mail for the following permits to the Regional Director. In the 
address include one of the following: for import/export licenses and 
exception to designated port permits (Attention: Import/export 
license); for native endangered and threatened species (Attention: 
Endangered/threatened species permit); and for migratory birds and 
eagles (Attention: Migratory bird permit office). You can find 
addresses for regional offices at 50 CFR 2.2.

PART 13--GENERAL PERMIT PROCEDURES

    5. The authority citation for part 13 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 668a, 704, 712, 742j-l, 1382, 1538(d), 
1539, 1540(f), 3374. 4901-4916; 18 U.S.C. 42; 19 U.S.C. 1202; E.O. 
11911, 41 FR 15683, 31 U.S.C. 9701.

    6. Section 13.5 is revised to read as follows:


Sec. 13.5  Information collection requirements.

    (a) The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 13 under 44 U.S.C. and 
assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0092. The Service may not conduct or 
sponsor, and you are not required to respond, to a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We 
are collecting this information to provide information necessary to 
evaluate permit applications. We will use this information to review 
permit applications and make decisions, according to criteria 
established in various Federal wildlife conservation statutes and 
regulations, on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial 
permits. You must respond to obtain or retain a permit.
    (b) We estimate the public reporting burden for these reporting 
requirements to vary from 15 minutes to 4 hours per response, with an 
average of 0.803 hours per response, including time for reviewing 
instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing and 
reviewing the forms. Direct comments regarding the burden estimate or 
any other aspect of these reporting requirements to the Service 
Information Collection Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 20240, or the Office of Management 
and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0092), Washington, D.C. 
20603.

PART 14--IMPORTATION, EXPORTATION, AND TRANSPORTATION OF WILDLIFE

    7. The authority citation for part 14 is amended to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 704, 712, 1382, 1538(d)-(f), 1539, 1540(f), 
3371-3378, 4223-4244, and 4901-4916; 18 U.S.C. 42; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

    8. Section 14.3 is revised to read as follows:


Sec. 14.3  Information collection requirements.

    The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 14 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 
and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0092. The Service may not conduct 
or sponsor, and you are not required to respond, to a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We 
are collecting this information to provide information about wildlife 
imports or exports, including product and parts, and to facilitate 
enforcement of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as amended (16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.) and to carry out the provisions of the convention on 
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. We 
estimate the public reporting burden for these reporting requirements 
to vary from 10 to 15 minutes per response. Direct comments regarding 
the burden estimate or any other aspect of these reporting requirements 
to the Service Information Collection Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC 20240, or the Office of 
Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0092), 
Washington, DC 20603.

PART 15--WILD BIRD CONSERVATION ACT

    9. The authority citation for part 15 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 61 U.S.C. 4901-4916.

    10. A new section 15.4 is added to subpart A to read as follows:


Sec. 15.4  Information collection requirements.

    (a) The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 15 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 
and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0093. The Service may not conduct 
or sponsor, and you are not required to respond, to a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We 
are collecting this information to provide information necessary to 
evaluate permit applications. We will use this information to review 
permit applications and make decisions, according to criteria 
established in various Federal wildlife conservation statutes and 
regulations, on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of 
permits. You must respond to obtain or retain a permit.
    (b) We estimate the public reporting burden for these reporting 
requirements to vary from 1 to 4 hours per response, with an average of 
2 hours per response, including time for reviewing instructions, 
gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the forms. 
Direct comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of 
these reporting requirements to the Service Information Collection 
Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Washington, DC 20240, or the Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork 
Reduction Project (1018-0093), Washington, DC 20603.
    11. Section 15.21 is amended by revising paragraph (c) to read as 
follows:


Sec. 15.21  General application procedures.

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    (c) A person wishing to obtain a permit under this subpart or 
approval of cooperative breeding programs under this subpart submits an 
application to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Attention: 
Office of Management Authority), 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 700, 
Arlington, VA 22203. Each application must contain the general 
information and certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this 
subchapter, and all of the information specified in the applicable 
section Secs. 15.22 through 15.26.

PART 16--INJURIOUS WILDLIFE

    12. The authority citation for part 16 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 18 U.S.C. 42.

    13. Section 16.22 is amended by revising paragraphs (a) and (d) to 
read as follows:


Sec. 16.22  Injurious wildlife permits.

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    (a) Application requirements. Submit applications for permits to 
import, transport or acquire injurious wildlife for such purposes to 
the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (Attention: Office of 
Management Authority), 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 
22203. Submit applications in writing on a Federal Fish and Wildlife 
License/Permit application (Form 3-

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200) and attach all of the following information:
* * * * *
    (d) The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 16 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 
and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0093. The Service may not conduct 
or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We 
are collecting this information to provide information necessary to 
evaluate permit applications. We will use this information to review 
permit applications and make decisions, according to criteria 
established in various Federal wildlife conservation statutes and 
regulations, on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of 
permits. You must respond to obtain or retain a permit. We estimate the 
public reporting burden for these reporting requirements to average 2 
hours per response, including time for reviewing instructions, 
gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the forms. 
Direct comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of 
these reporting requirements to the Service Information Collection 
Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Washington, D.C. 20240, or the Office of Management and Budget, 
Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0093), Washington, D.C. 20603.

PART 17--ENDANGERED AND THREATENED WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

    14. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361-1407; 16 U.S.C. 1531-1544; 16 U.S.C. 
4201-4245; Pub. L. 99-625, 100 Stat. 3500; unless otherwise noted.

    15. Subpart A is amended by adding a new section 17.8 to read as 
follows:


Sec. 17.8  Permit applications and information collection requirements.

    (a) Address permit applications for activities affecting species 
listed under the Endangered Species Act, as amended, as follows:
    (1) Address activities affecting endangered and threatened species 
that are native to the United States to the Regional Director for the 
Region in which the activity is to take place. You can find addresses 
for the Regional Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Send applications for 
interstate commerce in native endangered and threatened species to the 
Regional Director with lead responsibility for the species. To 
determine the appropriate region, call the nearest Regional Office:

Region 1 (Portland, OR): 503-231-6241
Region 2 (Albuquerque, NM): 505-248-6920
Region 3 (Twin Cities, MN): 612-713-5343
Region 4 (Atlanta, GA): 404-679-7313
Region 5 (Hadley, MA): 413-253-8628
Region 6 (Denver, CO): 303-236-8155, ext 263
Region 7 (Anchorage, AK): 907-786-3620
Headquarters (Washington, D.C.): 703-358-2106

    (2) Submit permit applications for activities affecting native 
endangered and threatened species in international movement or 
commerce, and all activities affecting nonnative endangered and 
threatened species to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
(Attention Office of Management Authority), 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 
700, Arlington, VA 22203.
    (b) The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 17 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 
and assigned OMB Control Numbers 1018-0093 and 1018-0094. The Service 
may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a 
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number. We are collecting this information to provide 
information necessary to evaluate permit applications. We will use this 
information to review permit applications and make decisions, according 
to criteria established in various Federal wildlife conservation 
statutes and regulations, on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or 
denial of permits. You must respond to obtain or retain a permit. We 
estimate the public reporting burden for these reporting requirements 
to vary from 2 to 2\1/2\ hours per response, including time for 
reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing 
and reviewing the forms. Direct comments regarding the burden estimate 
or any other aspect of these reporting requirements to the Service 
Information Collection Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 20240, or the Office of Management 
and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0093/0094), Washington, 
D.C. 20603.
    16. Section 17.22 is amended by removing paragraphs (a)(1)(ix) and 
(b)(1)(iv), and revising the introductory texts of paragraphs (a)(1) 
and (b)(1) to read as follows:


Sec. 17.22  Permits for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation 
or survival, or for incidental taking.

* * * * *
    (a)(1) Application requirements for permits for scientific purposes 
or for the enhancement of propagation or survival. A person wishing to 
get a permit for an activity prohibited by Sec. 17.21 submits an 
application for activities under this paragraph. The Service provides 
Form 3-200 for the application to which all of the following must be 
attained:
* * * * *
    (b)(1) Application requirements for permits for incidental taking. 
A person wishing to get a permit for an activity prohibited by 
Sec. 17.21(c) submits an application for activities under this 
paragraph. The Service provides Form 3-200 for the application to which 
all of the following must be attached:
* * * * *
    17. Section 17.32 is amended by removing paragraphs (a)(1)(ix) and 
(b)(1)(iv), and by revising paragraphs (a)(1) introductory text and 
(b)(1)(i) to read as follows:


Sec. 17.32  Permits--general.

* * * * *
    (a)(1) Application requirements for permits for scientific 
purposes, or the enhancement of propagation or survival, or economic 
hardship, or zoological exhibition, or educational purposes, or special 
purposes consistent with the purposes of the Act. A person wishing to 
get a permit for an activity prohibited by Sec. 17.31 submits an 
application for activities under this paragraph. The Service provides 
Form 3-200 for the application to which as much of the following 
information relating to the purpose of the permit must be attached:
* * * * *
    (b)(1) Application requirements for permits for incidental taking. 
(i) A person wishing to get a permit for an activity prohibited by 
Sec. 17.31 submits an application for activities under this paragraph.
* * * * *
    18. Section 17.62 is amended by removing paragraph (a)(3)(iii), and 
by revising paragraphs (a) introductory text and (a)(4) to read as 
follows:


Sec. 17.62  Permits for scientific purposes or for the enhancement of 
propagation or survival.

* * * * *
    (a) Application requirements. A person wishing to get a permit for 
an activity prohibited by Sec. 17.61 submits an application to conduct 
activities under this paragraph. For interstate

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commerce activities the seller gets the permit for plants coming from 
cultivated stock and the buyer gets the permit if the plants are taken 
from the wild. The Service provides application Form 3-200, or you may 
submit the general information and certification required by 
Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter. Application requirements differ for 
permits issued for plants taken from the wild (excluding seeds), seeds 
and cultivated plants, or herbarium specimens. You must attach the 
following information and any other information requested by the 
Director.
* * * * * * *
    (4) When the activity applied for involves a species also regulated 
by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild 
Fauna and Flora, additional requirements of Sec. 23.15(c) of this 
subchapter must be met. For your convenience, Sec. 23.15(c) is repeated 
here.

    Application requirements for permits or certificates to import, 
export or re-export wildlife or plants listed in appendix I, II or 
III that are not subject to the regulations in part 17 or part 18 of 
this subchapter. Any person subject to the jurisdiction of the 
United States who wishes to get such a permit or certificate submits 
an application under this section to the Director, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, (Attention: Office of Management Authority), 4401 
N. Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203. The Service 
provides Form 3-200 for the application to which as much of the 
following information relating to the purpose of the permit or 
certificate must be attached.
    (1) The scientific and common names of the species (or taxa to 
the rank listed in Appendix I, II, or III) sought to be covered by 
the permit. the number of wildlife or plants, and the activity 
sought to be authorized (such as importing, exporting, re-exporting, 
etc.);
    (2) A statement as to whether the wildlife or plant, at the time 
of application, (i) is living in the wild, (ii) is living, but not 
in the wild, or (iii) is dead;
    (3) A description of the wildlife or plant, including (i) size, 
(ii) sex (if known), and (iii) type of goods, if it is a part or 
derivative;
    (4) In the case of living wildlife or plants, (i) a description 
of the type, size, and construction of any container the wildlife or 
plant will be placed in during transportation, and (ii) the 
arrangements for watering and otherwise caring for the wildlife or 
plant during transportation;
    (5) The name and address of the person in a foreign country to 
whom the wildlife or plant is to be exported from the United States, 
or from whom the wildlife or plant is to be imported into the United 
States;
    (6) The country and place where the wildlife or plant was or is 
to be taken from the wild;
    (7) In the case of wildlife or plants listed in Appendix I to be 
imported into the United States, (i) a statement of the purposes and 
details of the activities for which the wildlife or plant is to be 
imported; (ii) a brief resume of the technical expertise of the 
applicant or other persons who will care for the wildlife or plant; 
(iii) the name, address, and description, including diagrams or 
photographs, of the facility where the wildlife or plant will be 
maintained; and (iv) a description of all mortalities, in the two 
years preceding the date of this application, including any wildlife 
species covered in the application (or any species of the same genus 
or family) held by the applicant, including the causes and steps 
taken to avoid such mortalities; and
    (8) Copies of documents, sworn affidavits, or other evidence 
showing that either (i) the wildlife or plant was acquired prior to 
the date the Convention applied to it, or (ii) the wildlife or plant 
was bred in captivity, or artificially propagated, or was part of or 
derived therefrom, or (iii) the wildlife or plant is an herbarium 
specimen, or live plant material to be imported, exported, or re-
exported as a noncommercial loan, donation, or exchange between 
scientists or scientific institutions.

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    19. Section 17.72 is amended by removing paragraph (a)(3)(iii), and 
by revising paragraphs (a) introductory text and (a)(4) to read as 
follows:


Sec. 17.72  Permits--general.

* * * * *
    (a) Application requirements. A person wishing to get a permit for 
an activity prohibited by Sec. 17.71 submits an application to conduct 
activities under this paragraph. For interstate commerce activities the 
seller gets the permit for plants coming from cultivated stock and the 
buyer gets the permit if the plants are taken from the wild. The 
Service provides Form 3-200 for the application or you may submit the 
general information and certification required by Sec. 13.12(a) of this 
subchapter. Application requirements differ for permits issued for 
plants taken from the wild (excluding seeds), seeds and cultivated 
plants, or herbarium specimens. You must attach the following 
information and any other information requested by the Director.
* * * * *
    (4) When the activity applied for involves a species also regulated 
by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild 
Fauna and Flora, additional requirements of Sec. 23.15(c) of this 
subchapter must be met. For your convenience, Sec. 23.15(c) is repeated 
here.
    Application requirements for permits or certificates to import, 
export or re-export wildlife or plants listed in Appendix I, II or III 
that are not subject to the regulations in part 17 or part 18 of this 
subchapter. Any person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States 
who wishes to get such a permit or certificate submits an application 
under this section to the Director, Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Attention: Office of Management Authority), 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, 
Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203. The Service provides Form 3-200 for the 
application to which as much of the following information relating to 
the purpose of the permit or certificate must be attached:
    (1) The scientific and common names of the species (or taxa to the 
rank listed in Appendix I, II, or III) sought to be covered by the 
permit, the number of wildlife or plants, and the activity sought to be 
authorized (such as importing, exporting, re-exporting, etc.);
    (2) A statement as to whether the wildlife or plant, at the time of 
application, (i) is living in the wild, (ii) is living, but not in the 
wild, or (iii) is dead;
    (3) A description of the wildlife or plant, including (i) size, 
(ii) sex (if known), and (iii) type of goods, if it is a part or 
derivative;
    (4) In the case of living wildlife or plants, (i) a description of 
the type, size, and construction of any container the wildlife or plant 
will be placed in during transportation, and (ii) the arrangements for 
watering and otherwise caring for the wildlife or plant during 
transportation;
    (5) The name and address of the person in a foreign country to whom 
the wildlife or plant is to be exported from the United States, or from 
whom the wildlife or plant is to be imported into the United States;
    (6) The country and place where the wildlife or plant was or is to 
be taken from the wild;
    (7) In the case of wildlife or plants listed in Appendix I to be 
imported into the United States, (i) a statement of the purposes and 
details of the activities for which the wildlife or plant is to be 
imported; (ii) a brief resume of the technical expertise of the 
applicant or other persons who will care for the wildlife or plant; 
(iii) the name, address, and description, including diagrams or 
photographs, of the facility where the wildlife or plant will be 
maintained; and (iv) a description of all mortalities, in the two years 
preceding the date of this application, including any wildlife species 
covered in the application (or any species of the same genus or family) 
held by the applicant, including the causes and steps taken to avoid 
such mortalities; and
    (8) Copies of documents, sworn affidavits, or other evidence 
showing that either (i) the wildlife or plant was acquired prior to the 
date the Convention applied to it, or (ii) the

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wildlife or plant was bred in captivity, or artificially propagated, or 
was part of or derived therefrom, or (iii) the wildlife or plant is an 
herbarium specimen, or live plant material to be imported, exported, or 
re-exported as a noncommercial loan, donation, or exchange between 
scientists or scientific institutions.
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PART 21--MIGRATORY BIRD PERMITS

    20. The authority citation for part 21 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: Pub. L. 95-616, 92 Stat. 3112 (16 U.S.C. 712(2)).

    21. Section 21.4 is revised to read as follows:


Sec. 21.4  Information collection requirements.

    (a) The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 21 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 
and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0022. The Service may not conduct 
or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We 
are collecting this information to provide information necessary to 
evaluate permit applications. We will use this information to review 
permit applications and make decisions, according to criteria 
established in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. 703-712 and its 
regulations, on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of 
permits. You must respond to obtain or retain a permit.
    (b) We estimate the public reporting burden for these reporting 
requirements to vary from 15 minutes to 4 hours per response, with an 
average of 0.803 hours per response, including time for reviewing 
instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing and 
reviewing the forms. Direct comments regarding the burden estimate or 
any other aspect of these reporting requirements to the Service 
Information Collection Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 20240, or the Office of Management 
and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0022), Washington, D.C. 
20603.
    22. Section 21.23 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 21.23  Scientific collecting permits.

* * * * *
    (b) Application procedures. Submit applications for scientific 
permits to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: Migratory bird 
permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 
CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the general information and 
certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the 
following additional information:
* * * * *
    23. Section 21.24 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 21.24  Taxidermist permits.

* * * * * *
    (b) Application procedures. Submit application for taxidermist 
permits to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: Migratory bird 
permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 
CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the general information and 
certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the 
following additional information:
* * * * *
    24. Section 21.25 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 21.25  Waterfowl sale and disposal permits.

* * * * *
    (b) Application procedures. Submit application for waterfowl sale 
and disposal permits to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: 
Migratory bird permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional 
Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the general 
information and certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this 
subchapter, and the following additional information:
* * * * *
    25. Section 21.27 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 21.27  Special purpose permits.

* * * * *
    (b) Application procedures. Submit application for special purpose 
permits to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: Migratory bird 
permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 
CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the general information and 
certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the 
following additional information:
* * * * *
    26. Section 21.30 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 21.30  Raptor propagation permits.

* * * * *
    (b) Application procedures. Submit application for raptor 
propagation permits to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: 
Migratory bird permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional 
Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the general 
information and certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this 
subchapter, and the following additional information:
* * * * *
    27. Section 21.41 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 21.41  Depredation permits.

* * * * *
    (b) Application procedures. Submit application for depredation 
permits to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: Migratory bird 
permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 
CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the general information and 
certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the 
following additional information:
* * * * *

PART 22--EAGLE PERMITS

    28. The authority citation for part 22 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: Sec. 2, Eagle Protection Act of June 8, 1940, Chapter 
278, 54 Stat. 251; Pub. L. 87-884, 76 Stat. 1246; sec. 2, Pub. L. 
92-535, 86 Stat. 1065; sec. 9, Pub. L. 95-616, 92 Stat. 3114 (16 
U.S.C. 668a).

    29. A new section 22.4 is added to subpart A to read as follows:


Sec. 22.4  Information collection requirements.

    (a) The Office of Management and Budget approved the information 
collection requirements contained in this part 22 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 
and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0022. The Service may not conduct 
or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We 
are collecting this information to provide information necessary to 
evaluate permit applications. We will use this information to review 
permit applications and make decisions, according to criteria 
established in the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and its 
regulations, on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of 
permits. You must respond to obtain or retain a permit.
    (b) We estimate the public reporting burden for these reporting 
requirements to vary from 1 to 4 hours per response, with an average of 
1 hour per response, including time for reviewing instructions, 
gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the forms. 
Direct comments regarding the

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burden estimate or any other aspect of these reporting requirements to 
the Service Information Collection Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC 20240, or the Office of 
Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0022), 
Washington, DC 20603.
    30. Section 22.21 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 22.21  Permits for scientific or exhibition purposes.

* * * * *
    (a) Application procedures. Submit applications for permits to 
take, possess, or transport bald or golden eagles, their parts, nests 
or eggs for scientific or exhibition purposes to the appropriate 
Regional Director (Attention: Migratory bird permit office). You can 
find addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Each 
application must contain the general information and certification 
required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the following 
additional information:
* * * * *
    31. Section 22.22 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 22.22  Permits for Indian religious purposes.

* * * * *
    (a) Application procedures. Submit applications for permits to 
take, possess, or transport bald or golden eagles, their parts, nests 
or eggs for the religious use of Indians to the appropriate Regional 
Director (Attention: Migratory bird permit office). You can find 
addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Only applications 
from individual Indians will be accepted. Each application must contain 
the general information and certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of 
this subchapter, and the following additional information.
* * * * *
    32. Section 22.23 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 22.23  Permits to take depredating eagles.

* * * * *
    (a) Application procedures. Submit applications for permits to take 
depredating bald or golden eagles to the appropriate Regional Director 
(Attention: Migratory bird permit office). You can find addresses for 
the Regional Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Each application must contain the 
general information and certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this 
subchapter, and the following additional information:
* * * * *
    33. Section 22.24 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 22.24  Permits for falconry purposes.

* * * * *
    (a) Application procedures. Submit applications for permits to 
possess and transport golden eagles for falconry purposes to the 
appropriate Regional Director (Attention: Migratory bird permit 
office). You can find addresses for the Regional Directors in 50 CFR 
2.2. Each application must contain the general information and 
certification required in Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the 
following additional information:
* * * * *
    34. Section 22.25 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory 
text to read as follows:


Sec. 22.25  Permits to take golden eagle nests.

* * * * *
    (a) Application procedures. Submit applications for permits to take 
golden eagle nests to the appropriate Regional Director (Attention: 
Migratory bird permit office). You can find addresses for the Regional 
Directors in 50 CFR 2.2. Applications are accepted only from persons 
engaged in a resource activity or recovery operation, including the 
planning and permitting stages of an operation. Each application must 
contain the general information and certification required in 
Sec. 13.12(a) of this subchapter, and the following additional 
information:
* * * * *

PART 23--ENDANGERED SPECIES CONVENTION

    35. The authority citation for part 23 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority. Sec. 2, Eagle Protection Act of June 8, 1940, Chapter 
278, 54 Stat. 251; Pub. L. 87-884, 76 Stat. 1246; sec. 2, Pub. L. 
92-535, 86 Stat. 1065; sec. 9, Pub. L. 95-616, 92 Stat. 3114 (16 
U.S.C. 668a); and Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, 16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    36. Section 23.15 is amended by revising paragraph (c) introductory 
text and adding a new paragraph (g) to read as follows:


Sec. 23.15  Permits and certificates.

* * * * *
    (c) Application requirements for permits or certificates to import, 
export or reexport wildlife or plants listed in appendix I, II or III 
that are not subject to the regulations in part 17 or part 18 of this 
subchapter. Any person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States 
who wishes to get such a permit or certificate submits an application 
under this section to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
(Attention: Office of Management Authority), 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, 
Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203 by any person subject to the jurisdiction 
of the United States who wishes to get a permit for the activity. The 
Service provides Form 3-200 for the application to which as much of the 
following information relating to the purpose of the permit or 
certificate must be attached.
* * * * *
    (g) Information collection requirements. The Office of Management 
and Budget approved the information collection requirements contained 
in this part 23 under 44 U.S.C. 3507 and assigned OMB Control Number 
1018-0093. The Service may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number. We are collecting this 
information to provide information necessary to evaluate permit 
applications. We will use this information to review permit 
applications and make decisions, according to criteria established in 
various Federal wildlife conservation statutes and regulations, on the 
issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of permits. You must 
respond to obtain or retain a permit. We estimate the public reporting 
burden for these reporting requirements to vary from 20 minutes to 2 
hours per response, with an average of 1 hour per response, including 
time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and 
completing and reviewing the forms. Direct comments regarding the 
burden estimate or any other aspect of these reporting requirements to 
the Service Information Collection Control Officer, MS-222 ARLSQ, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC 20240, or the Office of 
Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (1018-0093), 
Washington, DC 20603.

    Dated: September 16, 1998.
Donald Barry,
Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
[FR Doc. 98-25763 Filed 9-30-98; 8:45 am]
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