Author Topic: Proposed Critical Habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse  (Read 2474 times)

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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed
Designation of Critical Habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to
designate critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse
(Zapus hudsonius luteus) under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we
finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections
to this subspecies' critical habitat. The effect of these regulations
will be to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse's habitat under
the Act.

DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before
August 19, 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 August 5, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the Search box, enter FWS-R2-ES-2013-0014,
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-R2-ES-2013-0014; 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 This
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide
us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).
    The coordinates or plot points or both from which the proposed
critical habitat maps are generated are included in the administrative
record for this rulemaking and are available at, at at Docket No.
FWS-R2-ES-2013-0014, and at the New Mexico Ecological Services 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 at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wally ``J'' Murphy, Field Supervisor,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field
Office, 2105 Osuna NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113, by telephone 505-346-
2525 or by facsimile 505-346-2542. Persons who use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay
Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

 Activities that may affect critical habitat, when carried out,
funded, or authorized by a Federal agency, should result in
consultation for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. These activities
include, but are not limited to:
    (1) Any activity that destroys, modifies, alters, or removes the
herbaceous riparian vegetation that comprises the species' habitat, as
described in this proposed rule or within the May 2013 SSA Report,
especially if these activities occur during the New Mexico meadow
jumping mouse's active season. Such activities could include, but are
not limited to: Domestic livestock grazing; land clearing or mowing;
activities associated with construction for roads, bridges, pipelines,
or bank stabilization; residential or commercial development; channel
alteration; timber harvest; prescribed fires; off-road vehicle
activity; recreational use;
the removal of beaver (excluding irrigation
ditches and canals); and other alterations of watersheds and
floodplains. These activities may affect the physical or biological
features of critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse,
by removing sources of food, shelter, nesting or hibernation sites, or
otherwise impacting habitat essential for completion of its life

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