Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification
The proposed revised definition of "destruction or adverse modification" focuses the Services' review of federal actions on how they would affect the designated critical habitat's ability to support recovery of species protected by the ESA. In this review, we look at how the action may affect the quantity and quality of habitat features, the ability of that habitat to support the species throughout its life cycle, and the ability of the habitat to meet the species' recovery needs; in other words, how the "conservation value" of the critical habitat is being affected.
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On May 12, 2014, the Service published the proposed rule in the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period. The Service is extending the comment period until October 9, 2014. Information already submitted does not need to be resubmitted. Written comments and information can be submitted by one of the following methods:
- Electronically: Use the federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to docket number [FWS-R9-ES-2011-0072]
- U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS-R9-ES-2011-0072]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.