SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to designate
critical habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). If we
finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections
to this species' critical habitat. The effect of this regulation is to
designate critical habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse under the Act.
In total, approximately 689,675 hectares (ha) (1,704,227 acres (ac))
are being proposed for designation as critical habitat in Chaffee,
Delta, Dolores, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache,
and San Miguel Counties in Colorado, and in Grand and San Juan Counties
DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 12, 2013
. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by
11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. We must receive requests
for public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by February 25, 2013.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
. In the Keyword box, enter Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-
2011-0111, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the
Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type
heading, check on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You
may submit a comment by clicking on ``Comment Now!''
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0111; Division of Policy and
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax
Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
We request that you send comments only by the methods described
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide
us (see the Information Requested section below for more information).
The coordinates or plot points or both from which the critical
habitat maps are generated are included in the administrative record
for this rulemaking and are available at http://www.fws.gov/coloradoES/
at Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2011-0111, and at
the Western Colorado Field Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT). Any additional tools or supporting information that we may
develop for this rulemaking will also be available at the Fish and
Wildlife Service Web site and Field Office set out above, and may also
be included in the preamble and/or at http://www.regulations.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Gelatt, Western Colorado
Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Colorado Field
Office, 764 Horizon Drive, Building B, Grand Junction, CO 81506-3946;
telephone 970-243-2778; facsimile 970-245-6933. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.To read the complete notice....http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-11/html/2012-31666.htmRead also.. http://www.ufwda.org/smf/index.php?topic=3765.0