Jane Hendron, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office ( ; 760) 431-9440 ext. 205
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in todays Federal Register announcing the availability of the draft economic analysis for the February 6, 2007, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for Nevin?s barberry, a federally endangered plant in Riverside County, California.
Concurrent with the notice of availability, the Service is publishing revisions to proposed subunits 1B, 1D, and 1E as described in the February 6, 2007, proposed critical habitat designation. The revisions have resulted in a reduction of 56 acres from what the proposed rule identified as meeting the definition of critical habitat. Of the 361 acres that do contain the features essential to the conservation of Nevin?s barberry, we are proposing to exclude 344 acres from the final designation.
The draft economic analysis reflects the most recent revisions to the proposed rule. For the areas proposed for exclusion from the final designation, potential costs associated with conservation activities could range from approximately $1.7 to $434 million and costs for the areas proposed for designation are estimated to range from $169,000 to $172,000 (undiscounted) over the next 20 years.
Comments and information on the draft economic analysis and revised proposed rule will be accepted until November 16, 2007. Written comments may be submitted to the Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/pdf/07-5063.pdf
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