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FWS notices two more scrub jay HCPs in Florida

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73 Fed. Reg. 33105 (Wednesday, June 11, 2008) DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Construction of Two Single-Family Homes in Volusia County, FL; Notice: receipt of application for an incidental take permit; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of two Incidental Take Permit (ITP) Applications and Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). Today Homes Development, Inc. (applicant) requests two ITPs for a 1-year duration under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant anticipates taking approximately 0.38 acre of Florida scrub-jay (Alphelocoma coerulescens)-occupied habitat incidental to construction of two single family homes in Volusia County, Florida (projects). The applicant’s HCPs describe the mitigation and minimization measures the applicant proposes to address the effects of the projects to the scrub-jay.