Proposed rule to List Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly as Endangered and Streaked Horned Lark as threatened and Propose the Designation of Critical Habitat
About the Document
Title: Proposed rule to List Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly as Endangered and Streaked Horned Lark as Threatened and Propose the Designation of Critical Habitat
Estimated Dissemination Date of the Proposed Rule: October 15, 2012
Estimated Peer Review Timeframe: October 15 to December 1, 2012
Type of review: Influential
About the Peer Review Process
In accordance with the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget's Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review and the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service's interagency peer review policy, we will initiate peer review of the science relevant to the proposed rule to list the Taylors checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha taylori) as endangered and the streaked horned lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Concurrent with the listing, we are also proposing to designate critical habitat for these two species throughout their range in Washington and Oregon. The Service will solicit comments from at least three (and up to six) independent scientific reviewers who will submit individual comments in written form. Peer reviewers will be selected by the Service. The scientific peer review will run concurrently with public review and the open comment period. We will solicit reviews from experts who are willing to commit to providing an objective review within the needed time frame. Reviewers will be selected by the Service from specialists in the relevant areas of expertise. We will strive to strike a balance between reviewers on one side of the decision with those on the other side and will avoid selecting peer reviewers who are likely to experience personal gain or loss as a result of the Service's decision. Service employees will not be used for this peer review. The primary disciplines or expertise needed in the peer review include expertise and knowledge of the biology and habitat needs of the species including butterfly and bird conservation, prairie and grassland ecosystems, and conservation biology. We anticipate soliciting comments from 4-10 peer reviewers for this review. The Service will provide each peer reviewer with information necessary to complete the peer review. Because the peer review comment period will run concurrently with the public comment period, we cannot provide them with public comments prior to their review. However, we will ask the peer reviewers to determine whether the relevant data were considered and whether they were considered appropriately. We will also ask them to evaluate uncertainty and the strength of the data and conclusions. Deadline for receipt of reviews will be clearly stated. Peer review comments will be public documents.
Will the public and/or scientific or professional societies be asked to
nominate peer reviewers?: NO.
Are waivers or deferrals being invoked? NO
Estimated Start Date of Peer Review: October 15, 2012]
About Public Participation
The public is invited to comment on this plan and on the proposed rule during the public comment period on the proposed rule. We expect the public comment period to be open from October 15 to December 15, 2012, however these dates are subject to change and are dependent upon publication of the proposed rule.
Call Jodi Bush at 360.753.6046 for additional information regarding this peer review plan.