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ESA Comment Period Extension

Umtanum Desert Buckwheat & White Bluffs BladderpodNew comment period opening for the Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Office in Lacey, Washington, is suspending the scheduled effective date for the final rule listing the Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod as threatened species, with proposed critical habitat, for six months. The FWS is also re-opening the comment period for both proposed listings, with accompanying critical habitat designations and the economic analysis. The FWS is working with the affected counties to provide additional notification to the counties and landowners in the areas that are considered as critical habitat for the species.

Endangered species listings are not addressed by the Monument itself; refuges (including the Monument) are in a different branch of the FWS than Ecological Services. Comments and questions should be directed to the Lacey Office, not the Monument. The mailing address is 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 102, Lacey, WA 98503. The FWS will accept public comments on all of the proposed actions until midnight, EDT, July 22, 2013.

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Page Photo Credits — Umtanum Desert Buckwheat - Ted Thomas FWS; White Bluffs Bladderpod - Tim McCracken FWS
Last Updated: May 22, 2013
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