Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet
About the Document
Title: Marbled Murrelet Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat
About the Peer Review Process
We originally designated critical habitat for the marbled murrelet in Washington, Oregon, and California on May 24, 1996 (61 FR 26256). In 1997, we completed a recovery plan for the species, and in 2003, we completed a 5-Year Status Review of the species. The revision of critical habitat proposal is in response to a settlement agreement with the American Forest Resource Council reached on January 13, 2003, and incorporates the latest information about the marbled murrelet, its habitat and regulatory and voluntary efforts that provide protection to the species and its habitat. The purpose of the proposed rule is to identify areas to be included within a critical habitat designation for marbled murrelet, in accordance with section 3 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The proposed rule contains descriptions of the life history, threats, primary constituent elements (PCEs), and areas proposed for inclusion and exclusion in the critical habitat designation.
Process: The Service will conduct external peer review of this document through electronic letters sent to three or more independent scientific reviewers with expertise in marbled murrelet or similar species biology; conservation biology; population dynamics and extinction risk analysis; land development and use, invasive species, and other environmental pressures within the range of these species; land planning and management; modeling; and/or evaluation of biological plausibility.
Estimated Peer Review Timeline:Estimated dissemination date: January 2007
Peer review initiated: January 23, 2007
Peer review to be completed by: February 23, 2007
Estimated Dissemination Date of the Final Review Document: August 2007
About Public Participation
Public comments on the Proposed Rule for Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet were sought with a Federal Register announcement on September 13, 2006, and the distribution by mail and press release of that announcement to interested parties.
Jodi Bush, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Services Office, 360-753-6046.