BULL TROUT PROPOSED CRITICAL HABITAT REVISION, 2010
Illustration by J. Tomelleri
Click here for 2010 Bull Trout Proposed Critical Habitat Rangewide Map
On January 13, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to revise its 2005 designation of critical habitat for the bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus), a threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
In total, the Service proposes to designate approximately 22,679 miles of streams and 533,426 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Nevada as critical habitat for the wide-ranging fish. The proposal includes 985 miles of marine shoreline in Washington.
The proposed revision is the result of extensive review of our earlier bull trout critical habitat proposals and 2005 designation, public comments and new information. The Service voluntarily embarked on this re-examination to ensure that the best science was used to identify the features and areas essential to the conservation of the species.
Bull trout depend on cold, clear water and are excellent indicators of water quality. Protecting and restoring their habitat contributes to the water quality of rivers and lakes throughout the Northwest.
Proposed Critical Habitat Revision Documents (2010)
Critical Habitat Maps by Unit
A draft economic analysis estimates the potential incremental cost of the proposed revised critical habitat at approximately $5 to $7 million a year over the next 20 years.
Draft Economic Analysis
• Public Comment
Comments on the proposed critical habitat revision and the draft economic analysis will be accepted until March 15th, 2010.
Written comments on the proposed critical habitat revision and on the draft economic analysis can be submitted by one of the following methods:
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
In the box that reads “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter the docket number for this proposed rule, which is FWS-R1-ES-2009-0085. Check the box that reads “Open for Comment/Submission,” and then click the Search button. You should then see an icon that reads “Submit a Comment.” Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.
• U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AW88; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.
• Hand deliver written comments at a public informational meeting.
We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide.
• Public Informational Meetings
The Service has scheduled a series of public informational meetings to enable people to learn more about the critical habitat proposal and to submit written comments. The following meetings are planned:
• February 2, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Bend, Oregon: Hollingshead Barn, 1235 NE Jones Road
• February 3, 2010, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Chiloquin, Oregon: Chiloquin Community Center, 140 S.1st Street
• February 4, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: LaGrande, Oregon: Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th Street
• February 11, 2010, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Post Falls, Idaho: Red Lion Templins Inn, 414 East 1st Avenue
• February 16, 2010, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Missoula, Montana: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters, 3201 Spurgin Road
• February 17, 2010, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Elko, Nevada: Elko Convention Center, Gold Room, 700 Moren Way
• February 23, 2010, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Wenatchee, Washington: Wenatchee-Okanogon National Forest Headquarters, 215 Melody Lane
• February 25, 2010, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Boise, Idaho: Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front Street (followed by Public Hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.).
• Public Hearing
• February 25, 2010, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Boise, Idaho: Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front Street.
Oral testimony will be accepted during the public hearing. Anyone wishing to make oral comments for the record at the public hearing is encouraged to provide a written copy of their statement at the public hearing.
Requests for additional public hearings must be received by INSERT DATE (45 days after the Federal Register publication). Send requests to: Idaho State Supervisor, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Room 368, Boise, Idaho 83709.