Pacific Southwest Region
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Draft Economic Analysis Available on Proposed Critical Habitat for Vandenberg Monkeyflower

May 05, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014
Media Contact: 
Jeff Phillips, 805-644-1766, ext. 285 or jeff_phillips@fws.gov

Draft Economic Analysis Available on Proposed Critical Habitat for Vandenberg Monkeyflower
 Revision of Proposed Critical Habitat Rule and Reopening of Comment Period

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the availability of a draft economic analysis on the proposal to designate 5,809 acres of critical habitat for Vandenberg monkeyflower in Santa Barbara County, California.

On October 28, 2013, the Service published proposals in Federal Register to list Vandenberg monkeyflower as an endangered species and a proposal to designate critical habitat.  At that time, the Service proposed one unit (comprising four subunits), consisting of approximately 5,785 acres.  The Service is proposing to correct the boundary in one of those subunits based on new information received from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, better defining the physical and biological features along the boundaries.  This boundary correction will increase the proposed designation of critical habitat by 24 acres bringing the total number of acres of proposed as critical habitat from 5,785 to 5,809 acres.
The release of the draft economic analysis opens a new 30-day comment period that will close June 5, 2014.  The public is invited to submit information on the draft economic analysis as well as the proposal to designate critical habitat.

“Comments from the public help the Service make a final decision that reflects the best information available,” said Steve Henry, Field Supervisor for the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office.  “We especially want to invite businesses and economic stakeholders who operate in and around proposed critical habitat areas to carefully review and submit comments on the draft economic analysis.”

Comments may be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.  Look for the Search box and enter the Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2013-0049.
 
Submit comments by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2013–0049; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA, 22203.

For more information about the proposed rules for Vandenberg monkeyflower, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/ventura.

Photos of Vandenberg monkeyflower are available at the Service’s Flickr site here.

The Service is working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/

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