Two Black-backed Woodpecker Populations to Be Considered for Federal Protection
Two populations of the black-backed woodpecker may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has determined. This decision was made following a review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act. The USFWS will conduct a comprehensive status review of the populations petitioned when funding becomes available. We have opened a 60-day comment period to gather more information, and are requestiong that information regarding these populations be submitted on or before June 10, 2013. Read more>
USFWS Identifies Habitat to Support Northern Spotted Owl Recovery
In compliance with an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a science-based proposal identifying lands in the Pacific Northwest that are essential to the survival and recovery of the northern spotted owl.
The final designation, based on the best available science and including feedback from experts, regional stakeholders, land management agencies and public comment, reduces the amount of critical habitat in California, Oregon and Washington that was proposed last February by 4.2 million acres. All private lands and the significant majority of state lands identified in the proposal have been excluded from the final rule. Read more>
USFWS Re-Opens Comment Periods for Three Prairie Species in Oregon and Washington
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-opening the comment period on its proposal to list the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, the streaked horned lark in Oregon and Washington, and four subspecies of Mazama
pocket gophers in Washington, for protection under the Endangered Species Act and to designate critical habitat for the group of prairie species. A draft economic analysis of the potential economic effects of the critical habitat proposal is also available for comment. Public information workshops are scheduled for:
April 16 in Lacey, Washington;
April 17 in Salem, Oregon.
A public hearing is set for April 18 in Olympia, Washington. Federal Register Notice> News Release> Streaked Horned Lark - Species Profile Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly - Species Profile