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>
The USFWS is seeking public input on the CCAA and the
associated Environmental Assessment. Comments will be accepted until February 14, 2014.
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 starts on Feb. 6, 2014, to allow the public to review and comment on the proposal and provide additional information.Comments must be received by April 7, 2014.
The proposed rule will publish in the Federal Register on Thursday February 6, 2014. .
USFWS DOI Secretary, FWS Director Announce Coastal Wetlands Grants
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced $16.5 million in grants to support 21 critical coastal wetland projects in 12 states and Puerto Rico under the National Coastal Grants Wetlands Conservation Grants Program. State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners will contribute an additional $18.2 million to these projects, which include acquiring, restoring or enhancing coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats. Read more>
Blue Butterfly (USFWS), Bald Eagle (USFWS), Autumn Landscape (USFWS),
Bull Trout (Courtesy of Rebekah Dodson, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs),
Salamander (USFWS),Oregon Spotted Frog (Courtesy of Al St. John), Pygmy Rabbit (USFWS), Tidal wetlands on Waite Ranch in Oregon (C. Swenson, USFWS).