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« on: October 28, 2013, 07:37:56 pm »

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of
Critical Habitat for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of
Greater Sage-Grouse

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to designate
critical habitat for the the Bi-State distinct population segment (DPS)
of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) under the Endangered
Species Act (Act). In total, approximately 755,960 hectares (1,868,017
acres
) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat
designation in Carson City, Lyon, Douglas, Mineral, and Esmeralda
Counties, Nevada, and Alpine, Mono, and Inyo Counties, California. If
we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's
protections to this DPS's critical habitat.

DATES: Comment Submission: We will accept comments received or
postmarked on or before December 27, 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 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by December 12,
2013. Public Meeting: Two public meetings will be held on this proposed
rule: (1) November 5, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time);
and (2) November 6, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).
People needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and
participate in the public hearing should contact Jeannie Stafford,
Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, as soon as possible (see FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT).

ADDRESSES: Comment Submission: You may submit comments by one of the
following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal:
    http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-ES-
2013-0042
, 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, click 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-R8-ES-2013-0042; 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. This
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide
us (see the Information Requested section below for more information).
    Public Meetings: The November 5, 2013, public meeting will be held
at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Room, Sierra Street and
Fair Drive, Bishop, CA 93514. The November 6, 2013, public meeting will
be held at the Smith Valley Community Center, 2783 State Route 208,
Wellington, NV 89444.
    Details of Units: The coordinates or plot points or both from which
the maps are generated are included in the administrative record for
this critical habitat designation and are available at
www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042, the Reno Fish
and Wildlife Office or on their Web site at http://www.fws.gov/nevada/,
and at the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office or on their Web site at
http://www.fws.gov/ventura/ (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Any
additional tools or supporting information that we may develop for this
critical habitat designation will also be available at the Fish and
Wildlife Service Web sites and Field Offices set out above, and may
also be included in the preamble or at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information on the
proposed critical habitat designation as well as information about the
proposed critical habitat specific to Nevada (Carson City, Lyon,
Douglas, Mineral, and Esmeralda Counties), contact Edward D. Koch,
State Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Fish and
Wildlife Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502;
telephone 775-861-6300; or facsimile 775-861-6301. For information
about the proposed critical habitat specific to California (Alpine,
Mono, and Inyo Counties), contact Diane Noda, Field Supervisor, or Carl
Benz, Assistant Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA
93003; telephone 805-644-1766; facsimile 805-644-3958. Persons who use
a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-28/html/2013-24305.htm
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