News Release

Critical Habitat Designated for Franciscan Manzanita

December 13, 2013

Media Contact:
Sarah Swenty, Sarah_Swenty@fws.gov, (530) 665-3310

Sacramento, Calif – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has designated approximately 230 acres in San Francisco County as critical habitat for the endangered Franciscan manzanita. With the final rule, the Service has also released the final economic analysis of the estimated incremental impact of critical habitat designation. The direct incremental cost of the critical habitat designation is projected to be approximately $31,435 over the next 20 years, due to additional consultation costs.

In the fall of 2012, the Service listed the Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) as endangered and proposed to designate 11 units as critical habitat for the species. The acreage originally reported was not correct due to a mapping error and was corrected to 197 acres. An additional 2 units, totaling 73 acres, were proposed in June, 2013, bringing the total proposed critical habitat to 13 units comprising approximately 270 acres. Input from the public, affected agencies, and species experts has helped the Service refine the designation by removing areas, such as roadways and parking lots, that do not contain the physical and biological features needed by the plant and by removing other areas that are not essential to the species’ conservation. The final designation identifies 12 units, totaling 230.2 acres, as essential to the species’ recovery.

Critical habitat does not create a refuge, or change land use or ownership. Activities on private lands that don't require Federal permits or funding are not affected by a critical habitat designation. Critical habitat contains the physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species, or is otherwise essential to the conservation of the species. A critical habitat designation requires Federal agencies to consider the needs of the species when they fund or permit a project within the designation.

View the final critical habitat designation and economic analysis, and maps and more at www.fws.gov/sacramento and at www.regulations.gov: search Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2012–0067.

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