Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2013

Contact: Steve Segin, 303-236-4578, robert_segin@fws.gov

 


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Extend Public Comment Period for Black-footed Ferret Safe Harbor Agreement

 

Black-footed Ferret. Credit: Kimberly Tamkum / USFWS
Black-footed Ferret. Credit: Kimberly Tamkum / USFWS

DENVER, Colo. –The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has extended the public comment period for the Black-footed Ferret programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) an additional 30 days.  The new public comment period will be from January 23, 2013 to February 22, 2013.

The Service, in partnership with the other agencies, has developed a draft SHA that provides opportunities for landowners to allow reintroductions of the ferret on their property.  Landowners can receive regulatory assurances from the Service from this new recovery initiative. Landowners who sign a SHA can be confident that no additional regulatory restrictions or commitments related to black-footed ferrets will be imposed on their land.

The Service delivered a notice of availability (NOA) of a draft SHA and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to the Federal Register for the original 30 day public review and comment on December 19, 2012.   The extension of the comment period and availability of the documents for public review and contact information will be announced in the Federal Register on January 23, 2013.

The draft SHA and EA will be available on-line at www.blackfootedferret.org.  Anyone needing a printed or electronic copy of the draft SHA and EA or the NOA published in the Federal Register should contact the Service at 970-897-2730 or request a printed or electronic copy by e-mailing kimberly_tamkun@fws.gov.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

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