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Hine's Emerald Dragonfly

Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly; Federal Register Notice - 50 CFR Part 17 July 26, 2006

 

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 27,689 acres (ac) (11,205 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation in 49 units located in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties in Illinois; Alpena, Mackinac, and Presque Isle Counties in Michigan; Dent, Iron, Morgan, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Washington, and Wayne Counties in Missouri; and Door and Ozaukee Counties in Wisconsin. We are, however, considering excluding all 26 units in Missouri and 2 units in Michigan from the critical habitat designation. If made final, this proposal may result in additional requirements under section 7 of the Act for Federal agencies. No additional requirements are expected for non-Federal actions. The Service seeks comments on all aspects of this proposal from the public.

 

DATES: Comments: We will accept comments from all interested parties until September 25, 2006. Public Hearing: We have scheduled one informational meeting followed by a public hearing for August 15, 2006. The informational meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a public hearing from 7:15 to 9 p.m.

 

ADDRESSES:

Comments: If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposal by any one of several methods:

 

1. You may submit written comments and information to John Rogner, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago, Illinois Ecological Services Field Office, 1250 S. Grove, Suite 103, Barrington, Illinois 60010.

 

2. You may hand-deliver written comments to our office, at the above address.

 

3. You may send your comments by electronic mail (e-mail) directly to the Service at hedch@fws.gov or to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov.

 

4. You may fax your comments to (847) 381–2285.

 

Comments and materials received, as well as supporting documentation used in the preparation of this proposed rule will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Chicago, Illinois Ecological Services Field Office at the above address (telephone (847) 381–2253 extension 233).

 

Public Hearing: The August 15, 2006, informational meeting and public hearing will be held in Romeoville, Illinois at the Drdak Senior/Teen Center at the Romeoville Recreation Center at 900 West Romeo Road.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rogner, Field Supervisor, Chicago Illinois Ecological Services Field Office, 1250 S. Grove, Suite 103, Barrington, Illinois 60010 (telephone (847) 381– 2253, extension 233; facsimile (847) 381–2285).

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Public Comments Solicited We are seeking public comments on all aspects of this proposed rule. We intend that any final action resulting from this proposal will be as accurate and as effective as possible. Therefore, comments or suggestions from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested party concerning this proposed rule are hereby solicited.

 

Comments particularly are sought concerning:

 

(1) The reasons any habitat should or should not be determined to be critical habitat as provided by section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), including whether it is prudent to designate critical habitat.

 

(2) Specific information on the amount and distribution of Hine’s emerald dragonfly habitat; what areas should be included in the designations that were occupied at the time of listing and that contain the features essential for the conservation of the species; and what areas that were not occupied at the time of listing are essential to the conservation of the species. Information submitted should include a specific explanation as to why any area is essential to the conservation of the species;

 

(3) Land use designations and current or planned activities in the subject areas and their possible impacts on proposed critical habitat;

 

(4) Any foreseeable economic, national security, or other potential impacts resulting from the proposed designation and, in particular, any impacts on small entities;

 

(5) Whether our approach to designating critical habitat could be improved or modified in any way to provide for greater public participation and understanding, or to assist us in accommodating public concerns and comments;

 

(6) Comments or information that would add further clarity or specificity to the physical and biological features determined to be essential for the conservation of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (i.e., primary constituent elements);

 

(7) We are considering excluding areas under the jurisdiction of the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan, the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Conservation and units under private ownership in Missouri from the final designation of critical habitat under section 4(b)(2) of the Act on the basis of conservation programs and partnerships. We will also review other relevant information for units being proposed in this rule as we receive it to determine whether other units may be appropriate for exclusion from the final designation under section 4(b)(2) of the Act. We specifically solicit comment on the inclusion or exclusion of such areas and:

 

(a) Whether these areas have features that are essential to the conservation of the species or are otherwise essential to the conservation of the species;

 

(b) Whether these, or other areas proposed, but not specifically addressed in this proposal, warrant exclusion;

 

(c) Relevant factors that should be considered by us when evaluating the basis for not designating these areas as critical habitat under section 4(b)(2) of the Act;

 

(d) Whether management plans in place adequately provide conservation measures and protect the Hine’s emerald dragonfly and its habitat;

 

(e) Whether designation would assist in the regulation of any threats not addressed by existing management plans; and

 

(f) Whether designating these lands may result in an increased degree of threat to the species on these lands;

 

(8) Whether lands not currently occupied by the species should be included in the designation, and if so, the basis for such an inclusion (this rule proposes to designate only lands currently occupied by the Hine’s emerald dragonfly);

 

(9) Whether the methodology used to map critical habitat units captures all of the biological and physical features essential to the conservation of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly;

 

(10) Whether the benefit of exclusion in any particular area outweigh the benefits of inclusion under Section 4(b)(2) of the Act;

 

(11) Whether the primary constituent elements as described fulfill the needs for the various life stages of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly. Specifically, whether old fields adjacent to and in near proximity to larval areas are essential features; and

 

(12) Whether the small areas of private land within the Hiawatha National Forest, which is proposed for exclusion, are essential for the conservation of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly.

 

When submitting electronic comments, your submission must include ‘‘Attn: Hine’s emerald dragonfly’’ in the beginning of your message, and you must not use special characters or any form of encryption. Electronic attachments in standard formats (such as .pdf or .doc) are acceptable, but please name the software necessary to open any attachments in formats other than those given above. Also, please include your name and return address in your e-mail message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we have received your e-mail message, please submit your comments in writing using one of the alternate methods described in the ADDRESSES section. In the event that our internet connection is not functional, please submit your comments by one of the alternate methods mentioned in the ADDRESSES section.

 

Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. We will not consider anonymous comments, and we will make all comments available for public inspection in their entirety. Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address in the ADDRESSES section.

 

Go here to view the entire Federal Register Proposed Rule to Designate Critical Habitat for the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly. The PDF document is 79 pages and 6.7 MB in size.

 

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Last updated: June 30, 2014