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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revises Critical Habitat for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

For Immediate Release

May 5, 2014


A Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. Credit: USFWS.
A Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. Credit: USFWS.

DENVER - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today a final revision of critical habitat for the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana), which was listed as endangered in 2005 under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  While only a few hundred beetles remain in three small populations in Nebraska on less than 35 acres, this revision will guide conservation efforts for the species, which includes critical habitat on 1,110 acres of saline wetlands. 

The beetle is unique to Nebraska’s eastern saline wetlands, the most limited and endangered wetland type in the state.  Habitat loss associated with urbanization, road construction, stream channelization, and agricultural development has greatly reduced species’ numbers and distribution, making it vulnerable to extinction.

In 2010, the Service designated 1,933 acres of critical habitat for the beetle along Little Salt Creek and Rock Creek in Lancaster County.  As a result of a 2011 settlement agreement, on June 3, 2013, the Service proposed to revise critical habitat to include saline wetlands along Little Salt Creek, Rock Creek, Oak Creek, and Haines Branch Creek, all of which are functioning saline wetlands or have the potential to be restored to that capacity.  The Service sought public comment on that proposal, and conducted an economic screening analysis on its potential impacts and is in the process of finalizing proposed designation. 

This designation of 1,110 acres is smaller than the previous designation, but contains sufficient suitable habitat to support recovery of the species.  It includes two additional stream corridors that were not previously included, which could support Salt Creek tiger beetle populations in the future. The goal of this designation is to support at least six populations of Salt Creek tiger beetle in the future.  This designation will accommodate growth of existing populations and reintroduction of additional tiger beetle populations, as well as protect dispersal corridors and support sufficient prey insects to ensure adequate food for the species.

A copy of the final rule and more information about the Salt Creek tiger beetle can be found at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/invertebrates/saltcreektiger/index.htm  or by contacting the Nebraska Ecological Services Field Office 203 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 (telephone 308–382–6468).

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. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

303-236-3815 FAX

www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/



Contacts

Eliza Hines
308-382-6468 Ext. 18
eliza_hines@fws.gov

Steve Segin
303-236-4578
robert_segin@fws.gov



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