Monthly Archives: August 2013

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Listing the Oregon Spotted Frog as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has proposed (pdf) listing the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  In addition, the Service has proposed (pdf) designating over 68,000 acres throughout Washington and Oregon as critical habitat for the species. The Service cited ongoing habitat destruction as the … Continue Reading

Mexican Gray Wolves Benefit From Two Recent Settlement Agreements

In a recently issued press release, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) announced that it and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had entered into two settlement agreements that would increase protection for the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in Arizona and New Mexico.  The press release states that under the two agreements the Fish and Wildlife Service will … Continue Reading

Federal Wildlife Agencies Issue Final Rule Adopting “Incremental” Approach to Economic Impact Analyses Conducted for Critical Habitat Designations under the Endangered Species Act

On August 28, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule (pdf) adopting an “incremental” approach to preparing an economic impact analysis required for a critical habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a practical matter, this assessment will primarily consist of … Continue Reading

Endangered Species Act Working Group to Hold Field Hearings in Wyoming and Montana

On August 22, 2013, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) and the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings (R-Wash), announced that the Congressional Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group will be holding field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana to find ways to improve the ESA for both species and people. The … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Two Species of Salamanders and Proposes Listing Two Species of Minnows Endemic to Texas

On August 19, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced (pdf) its decision to list the Austin blind salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis) as endangered and the Jollyville Plateau salamander (Eurycea tonkawae) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While the Service’s proposed listing of the two species designated both as endangered, the Service’s … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Listing Two Species of Rare Utah Plants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has proposed (pdf) listing the Graham’s beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii) and White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus albifluvis) as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. In addition, the Service has proposed designating a combined 83,000 acres in Uintah County, Utah as critical habitat for the rare plants. The two … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Listing Rare Desert Rose Under the Endangered Species Act

On August 2, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposed (pdf) listing Webber’s ivesia (Ivesia webberi) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also proposed (pdf) designating approximately 2,011 acres of critical habitat for the species in Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra Counties in northeastern California, and Washoe and Douglas … Continue Reading

Butterflies, Plants and Herring – Recent Listing Decisions and Proposed Listings

On August 12, 2013, the National Marine Fisheries Service refused to list the alewife herring (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), concluding that based on the best scientific and commercial data available, neither species warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act.  The determinationn was in response to a petition submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The news was … Continue Reading

Critical Habitat Proposed for Rockfish

Yesterday, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a notice of proposed rule to designate approximately 1,184 square miles of marine habitat in the Puget Sound as critical habitat for the threatened distinct population segment of yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberriums), the threatened distinct population segment of canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger), and the endangered distinct population segment of … Continue Reading
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