[Federal Register: March 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 41)]
[Page 10703]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Draft Recovery Plan for the Carson Wandering Skipper 
(Pseudocopaeodes eunus obscurus)

AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') announces the 
availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for the Carson Wandering 
Skipper for public review and comment.

DATES: Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or 
before May 31, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft recovery plan are available for 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the 
following location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Fish and 
Wildlife Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Suite 234, Reno, Nevada 
89502 (telephone: 775-861-6300). Requests for copies of the draft 
recovery plan and written comments and materials regarding this plan 
should be addressed to Robert Williams, Field Supervisor, at the above 
Reno address. An electronic copy of the draft recovery plan is also 
available at: http:// endangered.fws.gov/ recovery/index. html#plans.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcy Haworth, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, at the above Reno address.



    Restoring endangered or threatened animals and plants to the point 
where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their 
ecosystems is a primary goal of our endangered species program. The 
Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA) requires the 
development of recovery plans for listed species unless such a plan 
would not promote the conservation of a particular species. Recovery 
plans help guide the recovery effort by describing actions considered 
necessary for the conservation of the species, establishing criteria 
for downlisting or delisting listed species, and estimating time and 
cost for implementing the measures needed for recovery.
    Section 4(f) of the ESA requires that public notice and an 
opportunity for public review and comment be provided during recovery 
plan development in fulfillment of this requirement. We will consider 
all information presented during the public comment period prior to 
approval of each new or revised recovery plan. Substantive technical 
comments may result in changes to the recovery plan. Substantive 
comments regarding recovery plan implementation may not necessarily 
result in changes to the recovery plan, but will be forwarded to 
appropriate Federal or other entities so that they can take these 
comments into account during the course of implementing recovery 
actions. Individual responses to comments will not be provided.
    The Carson wandering skipper (Pseudocopaeodes eunus obscurus) is a 
small butterfly in the subfamily Hesperiinae (grass skippers). This 
subspecies is federally listed as endangered. Only three extant 
populations are known from Washoe County and Douglas County, Nevada, 
and Lassen County, California. A fourth known population of the 
subspecies, from Carson City, Nevada, is considered extirpated as of 
    The goal for this subspecies is to recover it to point where 
downlisting and eventually delisting would be appropriate. Recovery 
criteria include protection and management in perpetuity of the 
existing populations without downward population trends, development 
and implementation of adaptive management plans, and discovery or 
establishment of one or more additional populations.

Public Comments Solicited

    We solicit written comments on the draft recovery plan described. 
All comments received by the date specified above will be considered in 
developing a final recovery plan.


    The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered 
Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f).

    Dated: December 8, 2005.
Steve Thompson,
Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
[FR Doc. E6-2964 Filed 3-1-06; 8:45 am]