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Oklahoma Grass Pink: Federal Register Notice of 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List

 

Below are the Summary and Request For Information sections. Click here to download the complete 6-page PDF file of the 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Oklahoma grass pink.

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-R3-ES-2010-0034]

[MO 92201-0-0008]

 

Endangered and Threatened Wildlifeand Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Oklahoma GrassPink Orchid as Endangered or Threatened

 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

 

ACTION: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.

 

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish andWildlife Service (Service), announce a 90–day finding on a petition to list Calopogon oklahomensis (Oklahoma grass pink orchid) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Based on our review, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the plant species, C.oklahomensis, as endangered or threatened may be warranted. Therefore,with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a review of the status of the species to determine if listing C.oklahomensis as endangered or threatened is warranted. To ensure that this status review is comprehensive, weare requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding this species. Based on the status review,we will issue a 12–month finding on the petition, which will address whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act.

 

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that we receive information on or before October 25, 2010. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal(see ‘‘ADDRESSES’’ section, below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is midnight Eastern Standard Time on this date.

 

ADDRESSES: You may submit information by one of the following methods:

 

• Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the box that reads ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ enter the docket number for this finding, which is FWS-R3-ES-2010-0034. Check the box that reads ‘‘Open for Comment/Submission,’’ and then click the Search button. You should then see an icon that reads ‘‘Submit a Comment.’’ Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting yourcomment.

 

• U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0034; Division of Policy andDirectives Management; U.S. Fish andWildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive,Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

 

We will post all information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Request for Information section below for more details). After the date specified above in DATES, you must submit information directly to the Field Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below). Please note that we might not be able to address or incorporate information that we receive after the date noted above.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janice C. Engle, Field Supervisor, Chicago, Illinois Ecological Services Field Office, 1250 South Grove, Suite 103, Barrington, IL 60010, by telephon e(847–381–2243), or by facsimile (847–381–2285). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800–877–8339.

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Information

When we make a finding that a petition presents substantial information indicating that listing aspecies may be warranted, we are required to promptly review the status of the species (status review). For the status review to be complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we request information on Calopogon oklahomensis (Oklahoma grass pinkorchid) from governmental agencies, Native American Tribes, the scientific community, industry, and any other interested parties. We seek informationon:

 

(1) The species’ biology, range, and population trends, including:

 

(a) Habitat requirements;

 

(b) Genetics and taxonomy;

 

(c) Historical and current range, including distribution patterns;

 

(d) Historical and current population levels, and current and projected trends; and

 

(e) Past and ongoing conservation measures for the species, its habitat, orboth.

 

(2) The factors that are the basis for making a listing determination for a species under section 4(a) of the Act (16U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), which are:

 

(a) The present or threatened destruction, modification, orcurtailment of its habitat or range;

 

(b) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes;

 

(c) Disease or predation;

 

(d) The inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or

 

(e) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence.

 

(3) The potential effects of climate change on this species and its habitat.

 

If, after the status review, we determine that listing Calopogon oklahomensis is warranted, we will propose critical habitat (see definitionin section 3(5)(A) of the Act), in accordance with section 4 of the Act, to the maximum extent prudent and determinable at the time we propose to list the species. Therefore, within the geographical range currently occupied by C. oklahomensis, we request data and information on:

 

(1) What may constitute ‘‘physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species’’;

 

(2) Where these features are currently found; and

 

(3) Whether any of these features may require special management considerations or protection, including managing for the potential effects of climate change.

 

In addition, we request data and information on ‘‘specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species’’ that are ‘‘essential to theconservation of the species.’’ Please provide specific comments and information as to what, if any, critical habitat you think we should propose for designation if the species is proposed for listing, and why such habitat meets the requirements of section 4 of the Act.

 

Please include sufficient information with your submission (such as scientific journal articles or other publications) to allow us to verify any scientific or commercial information you include.

 

Submissions merely stating support for or opposition to the action under consideration without providing supporting information, although noted, will not be considered in making a determination. Section 4(b)(1)(A) of the Act directs that determinations as to whether any species is an endangered or threatened species must be made ‘‘solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available.’’

 

You may submit your information concerning this status review by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. If you submit information via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire submission—including any personal identifying information—will be posted on the website. If you submit a hardcopy that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this personal identifying information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will post all hardcopy submissions on http://www.regulations.gov.

 

Information and supporting documentation that we received and used in preparing this finding will be available for you to review at http://www.regulations.gov, or you may make an appointment during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago, Illinois Ecological Services Field Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

 

Below are the Summary and Request For Information sections. Click here to download the complete 6-page PDF file of the 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Oklahoma grass pink.

 

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Last updated: September 13, 2010