FWS Announces Reopening of Comment Period for Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

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April 10, 2014 9:03 AM

FWS Announces Reopening of Comment Period for Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), has announced that they are reopening the public comment period on the October 28, 2013, proposed rule to list the Bi-State distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The FWS is reopening the comment period on the October 28, 2013, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for this DPS for an additional 60 days. They have announced the location and time of public hearings to receive public comments on the proposals and a six month extension of the final determination on whether or not to list the Bi-State DPS as a threatened species. The listing determination will now be published on or before April 28, 2015. Read the Federal Register notice here.

There will be two public hearings on these proposed rules:

April 29, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. (Pacific Time), Carson Valley Inn, Valley Ballroom, 1627 U.S. Highway 395 North, Minden, Nevada 89423.

April 30, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m., Tri-County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building, Sierra Street and Fair Drive, Bishop, CA 93514.

People needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in the public hearing should contact Edward D. Koch, State Supervisor, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, as soon as possible.

Copies of the proposed rules are available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072 (proposed listing with special rule) and Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 (proposed critical habitat), or contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office or Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (see contact information below).

Comments regarding these proposals will now be accepted until June 9, 2014, and may be submitted 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-2013-0072 (proposed listing) or FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 (proposed critical habitat), which are the docket numbers for these rulemakings. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate the document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!"
     
  2. By hard copy for the proposed listing: Submit by U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203. By hard copy for the proposed critical habitat: Submit by U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

For information on the proposed listing rule, proposed special rule, and proposed critical habitat designation, contact Edward D. Koch, State Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502; telephone 775-861-6300; or facsimile 775-861-6301. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

Thanks for your review of this all too important matter.

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc.
 

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