USFWS Extends Comment Period for Oregon Spotted Frog Proposal
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the 60-day public comment period associated with its August 29, 2013 proposal to list the Oregon spotted frog as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The extension allows all interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule and proposed designation of critical habitat until November 12, 2013. Comments previously submitted on these proposed actions do not need to be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rules.
Public informational meetings on the proposal have been rescheduled in Sunriver and La Pine, Oregon on December 3 and 4 respectively. Read more>
Columbian White-Tailed Deer on the Road to Recovery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a five-year status review for the Lower Columbia River population of Columbian white-tailed deer. (Periodic status reviews are conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species as threatened or endangered is accurate.) The review determined that Columbian white-tailed deer have met the USFWS' criteria for downlisting from endangered to threatened.
Dirk Renner of the USFWS Office in Bend, Oregon Is a Finalist for President Obama's SAVE Award
Dirk Renner's SAVE recommendation is to allow comparable agency certifications to transfer from agency to agency or between departments. This change would save time and reduce duplicative training and travel costs across the government.
You can support Dirk by voting by Dec. 20 at the link below.
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), Columbian white-tailed deer (USFWS), Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (USFWS).