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USFWS Announces 30-Day Extension of Public Comment Period on Proposal to List West Coast Population of Fisher as Threatened

Photo - Fisher (Courtesy of Brian Boroski, US Forest Service).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the public comment period on its proposal to list the West Coast population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act by 30 days.  The new comment deadline will be February 5, 2015. (The original comment period was open from Oct. 7 through January 5, 2015.)

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.

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Availability of Landmark Draft Conservation Agreement Between USFWS and Local Governments to Benefit Ranchers and Sage-Grouse

Photo - Male Greater Sage-Grouse (USFWS).

Now private landowners in all 8 Oregon counties with greater sage-grouse will soon have the opportunity to protect their economic livelihoods while furthering conservation for the greater sage-grouse.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts from Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Lake, Malheur, and southern Union Counties have developed a Multi-County SWCD Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances with the USFWS.  The Notice of Availability for this Multi-County Agreement will be published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2014, when a 30-day public comment period will open. Comments will be accepted through January 2, 2015. Learn more>

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

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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. Learn more>

Public Hearing Announcement:
A Public Hearing for the Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo will be held in Sacramento, California on December 18, 2014. See details>

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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