SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the reopening
of the public comment period on the December 14, 2010, proposed rule to
list the dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) under the
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are reopening the
comment period to allow all interested parties another opportunity to
comment on the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be
resubmitted and will be fully considered in preparation of the final
rule. We will also hold two public informational sessions and hearings
(see DATES and ADDRESSES sections).
DATES: We will consider comments received on or before May 9, 2011.
Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing
date. Any comments that we receive after the closing date may not be
fully considered in the final decision on this action.
We will hold a public informational session from 3:30 p.m. to 5
p.m., followed by a public hearing from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on each of
the following dates:
1. April 27, 2011: Midland, Texas.
2. April 28, 2011: Roswell, New Mexico.
It is our intent to discuss only those topics directly relevant to
the proposed rule to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered in
On December 14, 2010, we published a proposed rule (75 FR 77801) to
list the dunes sagebrush lizard, a lizard known from southeastern New
Mexico and adjacent west Texas, as endangered under the Act. For a
description of previous Federal actions concerning the dunes sagebrush
lizard (formerly known as the sand dunes lizard), please refer to the
proposed rule. In response to comments received during the initial
public comment period, we have decided to allow the public more time to
submit comments and to hold informational sessions as described
If we finalize the rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's
protections to this species. We have determined that critical habitat
for the dunes sagebrush lizard is prudent but not determinable at this
time. The final decision on whether to list the dunes sagebrush lizard
as endangered will be based on the best scientific data available,
including information obtained during the comment period.
For the full document please check http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7339.htm