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

March 7, 2013

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


 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Comment Period for Proposed Listing of Gunnison Sage-Grouse and Critical Habitat DesignationUnder Endangered Species Act

Agency seeks information from public, scientific community to inform final decisions

 

Gunnison Sage-Grouse by Gary Kramer / USFWS
Gunnison Sage-Grouse Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS

On January 11, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered, and a proposed rule to designate approximately 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.  Each proposed rule has a 60-day comment period, ending March 12, 2013.  We received several requests from the public to extend the comment period for these proposals.  To ensure the public has an adequate opportunity to review and comment on these proposed rules, we are extending the comment period an additional 21 days.

Details on the kinds of information the Service is seeking are available in the proposed rules.  You may obtain copies of the proposed rules on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2012-0108 for the proposed endangered status for Gunnison sage-grouse; or Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2011-0111 for the proposed designation of critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse.  Copies of the proposed rules are also available at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/birds/gunnisonsagegrouse/.

We will accept written comments and information during this extended comment period and will consider information and recommendations from all interested parties.  If you previously submitted comments or information on the proposed rules, please do not resubmit them.  We have incorporated them into the public record, and we will fully consider them in the preparation of our final determinations.  We intend that any final action resulting from these proposals be based on the best scientific and commercial data available and be as accurate and as effective as possible.  You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

(1) Electronically:

Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.  In the Keyword box, enter the appropriate Docket No.:  Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2012-0108 for the proposed endangered status for Gunnison sage-grouse; or Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2011-0111 for the proposed designation of critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse.  Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, check on the Proposed Rules link to locate the proposed rule.  You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”

(2) By hard copy:

For the proposed endangered status for Gunnison sage-grouse, submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:  Public Comments Processing, Attn:  FWS-R6-ES-2012-0108; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

For the proposed designation of critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse, submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:  Public Comments Processing, Attn:  FWS-R6-ES-2011-0111; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

We request that you send comments only by the methods described above.  We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov.  This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us.

The Endangered Species Act provides an important 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. The Service is working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.

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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