Threatened and Endangered Species: Comment Period Closes for the Critical Habitat designation
Comment period closes for Service's draft economic analysis for Coastal Beach Critical Habitat previously proposed for the Recovery
of Northwest Atlantic Population of Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Nesting loggerhead sea turtle
Earlier this yeat the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the estimated cost and economic impacts of its proposal to designate terrestrial critical habitat for the Northwest Atlantic population of loggerhead sea turtles in coastal areas of six southeastern U.S. states.
In association with the Notice of Availability, which published in the Federal Register July 18, 2013, the Service also held three public hearings: August 6 in Charleston, SC; August 7 in Wilmington, NC and August 8 in Morehead City, NC. Transcripts for those hearings are available on this site, as well as http://www.regulations.gov - public comments for docket # FWS-ES-2012-0103.
The public comment period closed September 16, 2013. All comments and supporting information submitted are available at http://www.regulations.gov [Docket # FWS-ES-2012-0103].
Federal Register Notice of Availability for Draft Economic Analysis
Transcript from Charleston, SC Public Hearing held 8/6/2013 - PDF - 585KB
Transcript from Wilmington, NC Public Hearing held 8/7/2013 - PDF - 115KB
Transcript from Morehead City, NC Public Hearing held 8/8/2013 - PDF - 205KB
Threatened and Endangered Species: Agreement Aims to Improve Cooperative Conservation
Service and Florida FWC jointly respond to Tampa Bay Times Editorial
This is in response to a March 31 editorial “Deck stacked for developers.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took an important step last year to streamline and simplify a process to protect threatened and endangered species.
The amendment to our long-standing cooperative agreement — the first of its kind — represents a cooperative, load-sharing arrangement that consolidates two permitting processes into one, serves our citizens more efficiently and enhances our conservation work to protect imperiled species.
All existing Endangered Species Act requirements remain in place. It represents our strong partnership and the belief that the agreement will allow both agencies to concentrate our resources on what matters most: conserving Florida’s unique fish and wildlife for the continuing benefit of Floridians from the Panhandle to the Keys.
Here’s how the cooperative agreement works: The commission’s biologists, working with the service, will produce permitting guidelines, or plans, for any species it wishes to include under the agreement. The plans will outline the condition of the species and prescribe ground rules for the commission’s issuance of permits authorizing direct or incidental take of the species...
Go here to read entire response.
Link to Column as it appeared in the April 12, 2013, online edition of Tampa Bay Times
Threatened and Endangered Species: Update Permit Conditions
Service posts updated permit conditions for captive sea turtles
Hawksbill sea turtle
Individuals and institutions possessing a Service permit to hold captive sea turtles must meet new permit conditions.
The updated Standard Permit Conditions encompass the transport, rehabilitation, and disposition of sea turtles.
Details for the new conditions can be found on the Landowner/Consultant Tools and Sea Turtle information pages.
Frequently Asked Questions on Sea Turtle Permits
Service makes updated Skink Guidance Available
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has revised the conservation guidelines and survey protocol for the threatened sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) and blue-tailed mole skink (Eumeces egregius lividus). The updated information is available via the link below and on our Consultant/Landowner Tools reference page.
Eastern Indgio Snake
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service's North Florida Ecological Services Office (NFESO) updated its Eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) protocols. The updated survey protocols provide consultants and landowners a project planning tool to improve the Service's review of permit applications and proposed land clearing activities for potential effects on the federally-threatened eastern indigo snake. The tool is applicable to the NFESFO geographic area of responsibility, which includes the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, St. Johns, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, and Volusia.
Click here for to review the new information