USFWS Proposes Conservation Agreement to Conserve Sage-Grouse and Maintain Ranching Way of Life
A partnership effort among diverse interests in eastern Oregon has resulted in a draft Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) to conserve greater sage-grouse and their habitats on private rangelands in Harney County. The USFWS worked with the Harney Soil and Water Conservation District and a steering committee comprised of local private landowners and representatives from Harney SWCD, Harney County Court, Oregon State University Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center as well as numerous state and federal agencies to develop this agreement.. Read more>
Oregon Chub Proposed as First Fish to Be Removed from Endangered Species List Due to Recovery
Culminating a 20-year partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps of Engineers and private landowners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove the Oregon chub from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. If finalized, the chub would be the first fish delisted due to recovery. “This is an excellent example of how the Endangered Species Act is intended to function – partners working together to recover an endangered species,” said. Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more>
The USFWS now has up to one year to determine whether the proposal should become final. A 60-day public comment period. which started on Feb. 6, 2014, is now closed.
USFWS Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposal to List Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo as Threatened Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period for 15 days for the proposal to list the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is seeking information regarding any threats to the species and regulations that may address those threats.
In the U.S., the western yellow-billed cuckoo is known to occur in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Comments will be accepted through April 25, 2014. Read more>