Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service to Hold Public Meetings on Proposed Revised Critical Habitat Designation for the Northern Spotted Owl

May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012                                                                                                              

Contact: Sarah Swenty 503-231-6951

 

Service to Hold Public Meetings and a Hearing on Proposed Revised Critical Habitat Designation for the Northern Spotted Owl
Comments accepted until July 6, 2012 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold seven public meetings and a hearing on the recently released proposed revised critical habitat for the northern spotted owl, a threatened species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.  

The proposed revised critical habitat is available for download from http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/Species/Data/NorthernSpottedOwl/CriticalHabitat/default.asp or by contacting the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266, 503-231-6179. 

Comments on the proposed critical habitat revision released in March will be accepted until July 6, 2012. Comments already submitted on the critical habitat proposal do not need to be resubmitted. The type of information being sought can be found at http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/

The Service has scheduled seven public meetings and a public hearing on the critical habitat proposal. 

  • Monday, June 4, 2012 in Redding, CA: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT, Redding Convention Center, 700 Auditorium Drive Redding, California 96001; 530-229-0036.
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Tacoma, WA: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT, University of Washington, Tacoma Campus, 1900 Commerce St., Jane Russell Commons, Tacoma, Washington; 253-692-4306.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Portland, OR: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT, Oregon Convention Center, Room C-120, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon; 503-235-7575. This meeting will precede the public hearing at the same location and on the same date.
  • Also on Wednesday June 20, 2012 in Portland, OR: a public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT directly following the public meeting. The  public hearing will be held in Room C-120 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon; 503-235-7575.
  • June 27, 2012 in Roseburg, OR:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT, Douglas County Library, Ford Community Room, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, Oregon; 541-440-4305. 

Comments can be provided either of the following ways: 

  • In Person:  Comment cards will be available at each of the meetings and the hearing and can be submitted at that time.
  • Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Keyword box, enter Docket No. [FWS–R1–ES–2011–0112], which is the docket number for this rulemaking. 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 this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Send a Comment or Submission.”
  • By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS–R1–ES–2011–0112]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203. 

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