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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of
Critical Habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog, the Northern
DPS of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog, and the Yosemite Toad


AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate
critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana
sierrae), the northern distinct population segment (DPS) of the
mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), and the Yosemite toad
(Anaxyrus canorus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended
(Act). There is significant overlap in the critical habitat
designations for these three species. The designated area, taking into
account overlap in the critical habitat designations for these three
species, is in total approximately 733,357 hectares (ha) (1,812,164
acres (ac)) in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo,
Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Tulare,
and Tuolumne Counties, California. All critical habitat units and
subunits are occupied by the respective species. The effect of this
rule is to designate critical habitat under the Act for the
conservation of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern DPS
of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad.

DATES: This rule is effective September 26, 2016.

ADDRESSES: This final rule is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fws.gov/sacramento. Comments and
materials we received, as well as supporting documentation we used in
preparing this final rule, are available for public inspection at
http://www.regulations.gov. All of the comments, materials, and
documentation that we considered in this rulemaking are available by
appointment, during normal business hours, at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W-2605,
Sacramento CA 95825; telephone 916-414-6600; facsimile 916-414-6612.
    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 http://www.regulations.gov at
Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2012-0074, and at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife
Office (http://www.fws.gov/sacramento; see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT, below). Any additional tools or supporting information that we
developed for this critical habitat designation 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 of this rule and at
http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office,
2800 Cottage Way, W-2605, Sacramento CA 95825; telephone 916-414-6700;
facsimile 916-414-6612. If you use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-
877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Summary

    Why we need to publish a rule. This is a final rule to designate
critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern
DPS of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad. Under
the Endangered Species Act, any species that is determined to be an
endangered or threatened species requires critical habitat to be
designated, to the maximum extent prudent and determinable.
Designations and revisions of critical habitat can only be completed by
issuing a rule.
    We listed the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern DPS
of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered species, and the
Yosemite toad as a threatened species, on April 29, 2014 (79 FR 24256).
On April 25, 2013, we published in the Federal Register a proposed
critical habitat designation for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog,
the northern DPS of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite
toad (78 FR 24516). Section 4(b)(2) of the Act states that the
Secretary shall designate critical habitat on the basis of the best
available scientific data after taking into consideration the economic
impact, national security impact, and any other relevant impact of
specifying any particular area as critical habitat.
    The critical habitat areas we are designating in this rule
constitute our current best assessment of the areas that meet the
definition of critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged
frog, the northern DPS of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the
Yosemite toad. Here we are designating:
     Approximately 437,929 ha (1,082,147 ac) for the Sierra
Nevada yellow-legged frog in Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El
Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Mariposa, Mono, Madera, Tuolumne,
Fresno, and Inyo Counties, California;
     Approximately 89,637 hectares (221,498 acres) for the
northern DPS of the mountain yellow-legged frog in Fresno, Inyo and
Tulare Counties, California; and
     Approximately 303,889 hectares (750,926 acres) for the
Yosemite toad in Alpine, Tuolumne, Mono, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, and
Inyo Counties, California.
    This rule is a final rule designating critical habitat for the
Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern DPS of the mountain
yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad. This rule designates
critical habitat necessary for the conservation of these listed
species.

Read the full notice https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/html/2016-20352.htm
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