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USFWS Seeking Information on Proposal to List West Coast Population of Fisher as Threatened

photo of fisher (courtesy of Brian Boroski)

The proposed rule published on Oct. 7 in the Federal Register, opening a 90-day comment period.

We seek information and comments from the public, stakeholders, and the scientific community on a number of topics, including the designation of the West Coast Distinct Population Segment (DPS) as a threatened species and also on two DPS alternatives described in the Federal Register notice starting on page 60438.

A public information meeting will be held in Medford, Oregon, on November 17 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road. See the news release for the complete schedule of informational meetings and one public hearing.

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Available for Public Comment:
Assessment Plan to Conduct Natural Resource Assessment for 1999 Oregon/Washington Oil Spill

Photo - Oiled crested auklet (USFWS).

Federal and state officials responsible for restoring natural resources from a 1999 mystery oil spill along
the Oregon and Washington Coast are announcing the release of two documents: 1) Notice of Intent to conduct a Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and 2) the 1999 Oregon/Washington Coast Mystery Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan and Claim for Past and Future Assessment Costs. (View the documents.)

The trustees, which includie the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, are asking the public to review and provide any general or technical comments on the proposed plan. The comment period is open for 30 days and comments will be accepted until December 17, 2014. Learn more>

Western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo receives protection under the ESA

photo- Yellow-billed cuckoo (Wikipedia)

Final Listing: On November 3, 2014, the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo became listed as a threatened species across its range which covers portions of 12 western states, including Oregon. The cuckoo requires dense riparian forest and remaining habitat in Oregon exists primarily along the Willamette and lower Columbia Rivers.

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Proposed critical habitat does not include Oregon. The public comment period has been reopened for 60 days for the proposal to designate critical habitat in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Comments will be accepted through January 12, 2015. Read more>


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