[Federal Register: April 19, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 74)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 19108]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018-AF35

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Extension of 
Comment Period and Announcement of Public Hearings on Proposal To List 
the Mountain Plover as a Threatened Species

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; public hearings and extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: On February 16, 1999, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed 
listing the mountain plover as a threatened species, without critical 
habitat, under authority of the Endangered Species Act (64 FR 7587). 
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) gives notice that five public 
hearings will be held on the proposal, and that the comment period will 
be extended 60 days. During the breeding season, the mountain plover is 
widely distributed in shortgrass prairie, shrub steppe, and cultivated 
landscapes from Montana south to Texas. Most breeding birds occur in 
Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming; fewer breeding birds occur in Arizona, 
Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Wintering plovers are 
most numerous in California; some winter in Arizona, Texas, and Mexico.

DATES: The comment period on the proposal is extended to June 21, 1999. 
The public hearings will be held at the following cities, dates, and 

Malta, Montana: Tuesday, May 25, 1999; 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Billings, Montana: Wednesday, May 26, 1999; 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and 
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Casper, Wyoming: Wednesday, June 2, 1999; 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and 6:00 
p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Greeley, Colorado: Tuesday, May 25, 1999; 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Lamar, Colorado: Wednesday, May 26, 1999: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The following lists the locations of the meetings cited 

Malta, Montana: Malta High School, #1 High School Lane.
Billings, Montana: MSU-Billings, 1500 N. 30th Street, Ballroom.
Casper, Wyoming: Holiday Inn, I-25 and Center Street.
Greeley, Colorado: Weld County Centennial Center, 915 10th Street.
Lamar, Colorado: Lamar Community College, 2401 South Main Street, 
Bowman 138 Lecture Hall.

    Written comments and materials should be sent to the Assistant 
Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 764 Horizon Drive, 
South Annex A, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506-3946. We will make 
comments and materials we receive available for public inspection, by 
appointment, during normal business hours at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Leachman at the above address, 
telephone 970-243-2778; facsimile 970-245-6933.



    Section 4(b)(5)(E) of the Endangered Species Act requires that 
public hearings regarding proposals for listing be held promptly when 
requested by the public within 45 days of the proposal's publication in 
the Federal Register. Public hearing requests were received during the 
allotted time period from Ken Blunt, Phillips County Prairie Ecosystem 
Action Council (Montana); Francis V. Jacobs, Board of County 
Commissioners, Phillips County, Montana; John Sidle, USDA Forest 
Service, Nebraska; and Park County Wyoming County Commissioners. While 
we received no formal requests for hearings in Colorado, we have had 
numerous discussions with interested parties in Colorado who have asked 
that meetings occur. Therefore we have scheduled the five hearings 
listed above in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
    Anyone expecting to make an oral presentation at these hearings is 
encouraged to provide a written copy of their statement to the hearing 
officer prior to the start of the hearing. In the event there is a 
large attendance, the time allotted for oral statements may have to be 
limited. Oral and written statements receive equal consideration. There 
are no limits to the length of written comments presented at these 
hearings or mailed to us.
    Author: The primary author of this notice is Robert Leachman (see 
ADDRESSES section).

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered 
Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544).

    Dated: April 13, 1999.
Ralph O. Morgenwech,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 99-9664 Filed 4-16-99; 8:45 am]