[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 108 (Tuesday, June 5, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 33142-33143]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13487]



Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2010-0049; 4500030113]
RIN 1018-AX89

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Petition 
Finding and Proposed Listing of Arctostaphylos franciscana as 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
reopening of the public comment period on our September 8, 2011, 
combined 12-month petition finding and proposed rule to list 
Arctostaphylos franciscana (Franciscan manzanita) as endangered and 
designate critical habitat under the Endangered species Act of 1973, as 
amended (Act). In the proposed rule, we found that critical habitat was 
not determinable at the time because we did not have sufficient 
information on what physical and biological features would be essential 
to the conservation of the species, or what other areas outside the 
known occupied site may be essential for the conservation of the 
species. The Service seeks data and comments from the public on this 
proposed listing rule and whether the designation of critical habitat 
for the species is prudent and determinable. We are reopening the 
comment period to allow all interested parties an additional 
opportunity to comment on the proposed rule and to submit information 
on the status of the species. Comments previously submitted need not be 
resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the 
final rule.

DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 
20, 2012. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by 
11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.

ADDRESSES: Document availability: You may obtain copies of the proposed 
rule on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number 
FWS-R8-ES-2010-0049, or by mail from the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife 
    Comment submission: You may submit written comments by one of the 
following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-ES-2010-0049, 
which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, on the left side 
of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed 
Rules link to locate this document and submit a comment.
    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public 
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0049; Division of Policy and 
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax 
Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
    We request that you send comments only by the methods described 
above. We will post all information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any 
personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section 
below for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Leyse, Listing Coordinator, 
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, 
Sacramento, CA 95825; by telephone at 916-414-6600; or by facsimile at 
916-414-6712. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD), please call the Federal

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Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.



    On September 8, 2011 (76 FR 55623), we published in the Federal 
Register a combined 12-month finding and proposed rule to list 
Arctostaphylos franciscana as endangered. That proposal had a 60-day 
comment period, ending November 7, 2011. We received no requests for a 
public hearing; therefore, no public hearing will be held.

Public Comments

    We will accept written comments and information during this 
reopened comment period on our proposed listing for Arctostaphylos 
franciscana that published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2011 
(76 FR 55623). We will consider information and recommendations from 
all interested parties. We intend that any final action resulting from 
this proposal be as accurate as possible and based on the best 
available scientific and commercial data. For more information on the 
specific information we are seeking, please see the September 8, 2011, 
proposed listing rule (76 FR 55623).
    If you previously submitted comments or information on the proposed 
rule, please do not resubmit them. We have incorporated them into the 
public record, and we will fully consider them in the preparation of 
our final determination. Our final determination concerning this 
proposed listing and critical habitat will take into consideration all 
written comments and any additional information we receive.
    You may submit your comments and materials concerning the proposed 
rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We request that you 
send comments only by the methods described in ADDRESSES.
    If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire 
comment--including any personal identifying information--will be posted 
on the Web site. We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov as well. If you submit a hardcopy comment that 
includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top 
of your document that we withhold this information from public review. 
However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting 
documentation we used in preparing the proposed rule, will be available 
for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-
R8-ES-2010-0049, or by appointment, during normal business hours, at 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office 
(see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may obtain copies of the 
proposed rule on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket 
No. FWS-R8-ES-2010-0049, or by mail from the Sacramento Fish and 

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: May 23, 2012.
Gregory E. Siekaniec,
Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-13487 Filed 6-4-12; 8:45 am]