Conserving the Nature of America
Service Announces Draft Conservation Agreements to Aid the Texas Hornshell
Agreement Would Benefit Other Species and Provide Certainty to Landowners in N.M. and Texas

July 7, 2017


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Texas hornshell. Credit: Joel Lusk, NMESFO.

Texas hornshell. Credit: Credit: Joel Lusk, NMESFO, USFWS.

Landowners and managers in southeast New Mexico and the Trans-Pecos region of Texas have agreed to restore, maintain and create riverine habitat for five native animals and are inviting neighbors to participate. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), is announcing the availability of a draft Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA), draft Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) and draft environmental assessment for the Texas hornshell and four other aquatic species that are found in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The Texas hornshell, a four-inch mussel, has been proposed for federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection.

The Service encourages the public to review and provide comments on the documents during the 30-day public comment period. Written comments must be received by August 7, 2017. Information on how to obtain or review copies of these documents, or how to provide comments can be found on the New Mexico Ecological Services website.

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