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November 30, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 230)] [Notices] [Page 69215-69216]
Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Oakmont Industrial Group Development, City of Ontario, San Bernardino County, CA
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability and receipt of application.
SUMMARY: The Oakmont Industrial Group (Applicant) has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an incidental take permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended. The Service is considering issuing a 5-year permit to the Applicant that would authorize take of the federally endangered Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis; DSF). The proposed permit would authorize the incidental taking of individual DSF. The permit is needed by the Applicant because take of DSF could occur during the proposed construction of a commercial development on a 19-acre site in the City of Ontario, San Bernardino County, California.
application includes the proposed Habitat
Conservation Plan (Plan), which describes the
proposed action and the measures that the
Applicant will undertake to minimize and mitigate
the impact of the take of the DSF.
The Applicant is proposing development of commercial facilities on 19 acres of land in the City of Ontario, San Bernardino County, California. The project site is located south of Greystone Drive, north of Brentstone Street, and west of Stanford Avenue. The proposed project site is bordered by existing commercial facilities to the east and west, State Route 60 to the south, and approximately 13 acres of open space to the north. Over the past several years, the site has experienced heavy use by off-highway vehicles.
Approximately 10 acres of the site are considered occupied by the DSF. The Service has determined that the proposed development would result in incidental take of the DSF. No other federally listed species are known to utilize the site.
To mitigate take of DSF on the project site, the Applicant proposes to purchase credits towards conservation in perpetuity of 10 acres of occupied DSF habitat at the Colton Dunes Conservation Bank in eastern San Bernardino Valley. The conservation bank collects fees that fund a management endowment to ensure the permanent management and monitoring of sensitive species and habitats, including the DSF.
The Service's Environmental Assessment
considers the environmental consequences of three
alternatives, including: (1) The Proposed Project
Alternative, which consists of issuance of the
incidental take permit and implementation of the
Plan; (2) the Alternative Site Layout, which would
consist of DSF conservation on the project site
and no offsite conservation; and (3) the No Action
Alternative, which would result in no impacts to
DSF and no conservation.
This notice is provided pursuant to section
10(a) of the Act and the regulations for
implementing NEPA, as amended (40 CFR 1506.6). We
will evaluate the application, associated
documents, and comments submitted thereon to
determine whether the application meets the
requirements of NEPA regulations and section 10(a)
of the Act. If we determine that those
requirements are met, we will issue a permit to
the Applicant for the incidental take of the DSF.
We will make our final permit decision no sooner
than 60 days after the date of this notice.
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