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Public Hearings Rescheduled on Proposals to Protect Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

May 08, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Date: May 8, 2014
Contact:  Dan Balduini (702) 515-5480
daniel_balduini@fws.gov

Public Hearings Rescheduled on Proposals to Protect
Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it has rescheduled public hearings on proposals to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The new hearing dates will be published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2014, and are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014     6 to 9 p.m.
Carson Valley Inn
Valley Ballroom
1627 U.S. Highway 395 North
Minden, NV 89423 

Thursday, May 29, 2014     6 to 9 p.m.
Tri-County Fairgrounds
Home Economics Building
Sierra Street & Fair Drive
Bishop, CA 93514

On April 8, 2014, the Service announced a 60-day extension of the comment period on the proposals, which include listing the bird as a threatened species, designating approximately 1.86 million acres of critical habitat for the species, and a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse. The extended comment period closes on June 9, 2014.

Additionally, the Service extended, by six months, the final determination of whether or not to list the Bi-State DPS as a threatened species. The final listing determination will be published on or before April 28, 2015.

Scientific information regarding these proposals will be accepted until at 11:59 p.m., on June 9, 2014, and may be submitted at the public hearings and by one of the following methods:

• Electronically, via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, at www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R8–ES–2013–0042 and FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072, 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 this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”


• Hard copy, via U.S. mail or hand delivery, to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2013–0042 and 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.

A copy of the proposed rules that were published on October 28, 2013, and other information about the Bi-State DPS of greater sage-grouse are available at www.fws.gov/nevada/, www.regulations.gov, or through the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office at 775-861-6300.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. This landmark conservation law has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species across the nation and promoted the recovery of many others.

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