Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of
Critical Habitat for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: On April 8, 2014, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(Service), announced a reopening of the public comment period on the
October 28, 2013, proposal to list the Bi-State
distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse (Bi-State DPS;
Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered Species
Act of 1973, as amended, with a special rule, and the proposed
designation of critical habitat. This document announces an extension
of the comment period on the proposed critical habitat rule. We also
announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the
proposed designation of critical habitat for the Bi-State DPS and an
amended required determinations section of the proposal. We are
extending the comment period to allow all interested parties an
opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed critical habitat
rule, the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations
section. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they
will be fully considered in preparation of the final critical habitat
rule. The comment period on the associated proposed listing rule is not
being extended and closes on June 9, 2014.
DATES: For the proposed rule published on October 28, 2013
64328), the comment period is extended. In order to fully consider and
incorporate public comment, the Service requests submittal of comments
by close of business July 3
, 2014. Comments submitted electronically
using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be
received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.
ADDRESSES: Document availability: You may obtain copies of the proposed
rule and the draft economic analysis (IEc 2014) on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov
at Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042
or by mail
from the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Written Comments: You may submit written comments by one of the
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
. Submit comments on the critical habitat proposal
and associated draft economic analysis by searching for FWS-R8-ES-2013-
0042, which is the docket number for this rulemaking.
(2) By hard copy: Submit comments on the critical habitat proposal
and associated draft economic analysis 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
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide
us (see the Information Requested section below for more information).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 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. Persons who use a telecommunications device
for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service
(FIRS) at 800-877-8339.
We will accept written comments and information during this comment
period on our proposed designation of critical habitat for the Bi-State
DPS that was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2013 (78
FR 64328), our DEA of the proposed designation (IEc 2014), and the
amended required determinations provided in this document. We will
consider information and recommendations from all interested parties.
We are particularly interested in comments concerning:To read the full notice,,,, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-03/html/2014-12858.htm