U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Economic Analysis, Re-opens Comment Period on Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for Three Caribbean Plants
May 20, 2014
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks additional public comment on a proposed critical habitat designation for three plants found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
All three plants are known by their scientific names, and don’t have common names. About 51 acres of critical habitat is proposed for Agave eggersiana in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; 198 acres for Gonocalyx concolor in Puerto Rico; and 6,547 acres for Varronia rupicola in southern Puerto Rico and Vieques Island. This is the second appeal for public comments on the critical habitat designation.
At the same time, the Service is asking for public comment on a draft economic analysis that considers the cost of the critical habitat designation to Commonwealth, territorial, state, and local governments. This evaluation of economic impacts indicates the proposed critical habitat designation for these three Caribbean plants will not result in a significant economic impact in any given year or result in greater economic impacts to any particular sector. Conservation related efforts and activities will result from the protections afforded to the species through Commonwealth, territory, and federal laws if the species are federally listed. Read full press release>>
*For more information and how to submit comments click on the following links:
May 20, 2014 Press Release PDF ver. (68KB)
Comunicado de Prensa 20 de mayo de 2014 versión PDF (71KB)
Federal Register Notice PDF ver. (212KB)
Questions and Answers for Proposed Critical Habitat Designation PDF ver. (166KB)
How to Submit Comments PDF ver. (90KB)
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