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Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the endangered plant Carex lutea (Golden sedge)

About the Document

Title: Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the endangered plant Carex lutea (Golden sedge)

Purpose: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is preparing a proposal to designate 189 acres of public and private land in Onslow and Pender Counties in North Carolina as critical habitat for the endangered Golden sedge. A proposed regulation will be published in the Federal Register for review and comments.

About the Peer Review Process

Type of Review: Influential

Date of Peer Review: Peer review will occur between March 10, 2010 and May 10, 2010.

Estimated Dissemination Date of the Final Rulemaking Document: March 10, 2011.

Process: The Service will conduct external peer review of this document through formal requests for peer review from five independent scientific reviewers experienced with the biology and ecology of the species at the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Environmental Studies Department). Peer review of the scientific information used in our analysis of the status of the species and the validity of the data will be requested, but peer reviewers will not be asked to provide recommendations on the proposed legal status of the species. The Service will use the information received from the peer review, as appropriate, in the final determination of critical habitat designation for the Golden sedge.

About Public Participation

Public comments on the proposed critical habitat designation will be sought with a proposed rule published in the Federal Register and by mail to interested parties, a press release of the availability of the proposal to interested parties, and a public hearing if requested. The Service will consider all comments received prior to publishing a final determination.

The Service will publish a notice in the Federal Register of the designation of critical habitat for Carex lutea, including a summary of the results of the peer review.

This peer review plan is made available on this website to allow the public to monitor our compliance with the Office of Management and Budget’s Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.



Dale Suiter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh Ecological Services Office, 919-856-4520 extension 18.


Last updated: March 10, 2010