Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Status
for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse
With Special Rule
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to
list the Bi-State distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-
grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered
Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also propose a special rule
under section 4(d) of the Act to provide for the conservation of the
Bi-State DPS of greater sage-grouse. If finalized, the effect of this
regulation would be to add the Bi-State DPS of greater sage-grouse to
the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, extend the Act's
protections to this DPS, and establish a 4(d) special rule for the
conservation of this DPS. Elsewhere in today's Federal Register, we
propose to designate critical habitat under the Act for the Bi-State
DPS of greater sage-grouse.
DATES: Comment Sub We will accept comments received or
postmarked on or before December 27, 2013
mission:. 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 Meetings:
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
ADDRESSES: Comment Submission: You may submit comments by one of the
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
. In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-ES-
2013-0072, 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-2013-0072; 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). 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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information on the
proposed listing and information about the proposed listing specific to
Nevada (Carson City, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, and Mineral Counties),
contact Edward D. Koch, State Supervisor, Nevada Fish and Wildlife
Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Suite
234, Reno, NV 89502; telephone 775-861-6300; facsimile 775-861-6301.
For specific information related to California (Alpine, Inyo, and Mono
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.
Why we need to publish a rule. Under the Act, if a species is
determined to be an endangered or threatened species throughout all or
a significant portion of its range, we are required to promptly publish
a proposal in the Federal Register and make a determination on our
proposal within 1 year. Listing a species as an endangered or
threatened species can only be completed by issuing a rule.For the full notice ,,,, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-28/html/2013-24307.htm