Steve Davies

May 092012
 

Leapin' lizards, batman: The dunes sagebrush variety of this particular reptile is getting a lot of attention.

Make up your minds, already (Photo courtesy FWS)

The Washington Post's Energy and Environment page has coverage of DOI's approval of "a major natural gas project in Utah’s Uinta Basin that could develop more than 3,600 new wells over the next decade, while safeguarding air quality and assuring the protection of critical wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation values. The project will support up to 4,300 jobs during development."

The quote is not from the Post's story, but from DOI's news release. issued yesterday (and reprinted below). In the Post, Steven Mufson writes that "the action doesn’t open any new land for production, because the drilling will take place on leases­ already owned by Anadarko. But the step by Interior assuaged some in Utah, where shortly after taking office President Obama had canceled 77 leases issued by President George W. Bush."

In its Biological Opinion, FWS made a number of conservation recommendations regarding protection of -- or avoidance of jeopardy to -- four endangered Colorado River fishes. Or as they've been known all the years they've been swimming in endangered waters together, the Colorado River Endangered Fishes -- Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, bonytail, and humpback chub by, which will be adversely affected by water depletions of up to 757 acre-feet per year.

One apparent difference between the DOI release and the Post story is the estimate of jobs created. DOI says 4,300, the Post quotes Anadarko as claiming creation of "as many as 2,900 jobs, directly and indirectly, during construction."

But here's DOI's full explanation: "The new gas wells proposed under the plan would support an annual average of 1,709 jobs directly and 1,212 jobs indirectly. At peak development, the project would support 4,302 short-term jobs, and support an average of 875 long-term jobs over the production life of the project."

It's all in how you look at it.

Oddly, if you look at the Post's E&E page, you won't find a link to Juliet Eilperin's story from just three days ago on the fight over the lizard's conservation status: FWS is scheduled to decide in June whether to list it as threatened or endangered under the ESA. Mufson's story, done from a political/economic point of view (and posted on the business page), doesn't mention the lizard. Eilperin explores the lizard listing decision's impact on a settlement the service reached with environmental groups to make decisions on hundreds of candidate species, including the lizard.

Here are the story's first three paragraphs:

It wasn’t too hard for the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide the fate of 92 freshwater snails, or 17 dragonflies, or indeed more than 500 species over the past year. But when it comes to the dunes sagebrush lizard, trouble looms.

The small spiny reptile seeks refuge from the hot sun and potential predators in the shinnery oak dunes of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Ranchers have been clearing the oak shrubs, and oil and gas companies are drilling in the dunes. If the lizard is designated as an endangered species, some of those activities could be in jeopardy.

The lizard’s future is among the first in a series of wrenching tests threatening what has been a year-long cease-fire in the fight over endangered-species listings.

The article frames the upcoming deadlines -- reached with Wild Earth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity in settlements agreed to last year -- in the context of the big election in November.

The storm may start with the dunes sagebrush lizard, first listed as a candidate for federal protection in 1982. Since then its habitat has been reduced by 40 percent. Fish and Wildlife proposed listing the animal, also known as the sand dunes lizard, as endangered in December 2010.

The agency was set to issue a final decision a year later but delayed doing so by six months in the face of fierce congressional resistance. Now it must decide by mid-June what to do about the lizard. Some of its habitat overlaps with the oil-rich Permian Basin, which produces 17 percent of the nation’s annual onshore oil supply.

Permian Basin Petroleum Association President Ben Shepperd, whose group represents 900 oil and gas producers in New Mexico and Texas, estimates that the association has spent between $500,000 and $1 million on consultants who have conducted their own census of the lizard and challenged several aspects of agency’s listing proposal.

“The evidence does not point to a threat to this species,” Shepperd said, adding that his members fear this decision — along with ones on the lesser prairie chicken and spot-tailed earless lizard, also mandated under the settlement agreement — could restrict oil and gas drilling. “We think the impact is in the billions of dollars.”

In all, the settlements apply to more than 800 species, but the deadlines are spaced out over five years.

More lizard and settlement-related links

Snails, mentioned above

Final listing rules from 2011 and from this year

Proposed listings and petition findings for this year (but don't forget the March 21, 2012, reopening of the public comment period and announcement of a public hearing on proposed designation of critical habitat for the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou)

Below (just because we can do it) is a screenshot of proposed actions for this year. Click here to access that page with working links.

Some more recent news:

The proposed regulation is intended to address sea turtle captures in skimmer trawls — fishing equipment, used primarily in bays and estuaries, that are currently exempt from using TEDs. TEDs prevent turtles from drowning in nets, but limited applicability and lax enforcement are thought to have led to thousands of deaths in 2010 and 2011. Currently, skimmer trawls can use tow-time restrictions instead of TEDs. Tow times limit the amount of time shrimpers can keep their trawls in the water, but evidence is mounting that even when these restrictions are followed, skimmers drown turtles. The proposed rule would abandon the tow time restrictions and require skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls and wing nets to use TEDs.

  • May 3: Seahorse moves toward protection (Ctr. for Biological Diversity) Excerpt:  "In response to an April 2011 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that the dwarf seahorse may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The one-inch-long seahorse, found in seagrass beds in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean, is threatened with extinction due to decline of seagrass, commercial collection and lingering pollution from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Today’s announcement kicks off a one-year review of its status to determine if federal protection will be granted."

Here's the DOI press release on the Salazar/Abbey/Ashe visit to the Permian Basin:

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Salazar, Ashe Emphasize Importance of Texas Energy Development;
Highlight Conservation Agreement for Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

Meet with Industry Officials in Permian Basin

May 8, 2012

MIDLAND, Texas – A day after showcasing a successful partnership in Utah between industry and the conservation community to protect environmentally sensitive areas while developing America’s energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe today met with oil and gas industry representatives to emphasize the importance of energy development in the Permian Basin and to highlight expanding voluntary conservation efforts for the dunes sagebrush lizard on the part of ranchers and the oil and gas industry.

“Expanding responsible oil and gas development is a top priority for President Obama and his administration as part of an all-of-the-above approach to American energy,” Salazar said during the meeting at a ConocoPhillips site outside Midland. “As we pursue this goal, I commend oil and gas operators in Texas and New Mexico for their voluntary participation in conservation agreements to protect this ancient landscape and I encourage their continued stewardship efforts as we pursue balanced energy development.”

In New Mexico, which contains 73 percent of the lizard’s habitat, 29 oil and gas companies and 39 ranchers are participating in a voluntary project to help conserve the dunes sagebrush lizard, which has been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If science shows that the lizard requires listing under the Endangered Species Act, landowners who have entered into a voluntary conservation agreement will receive assurances that no additional conservation steps above and beyond those contained in the agreement will be required. These conservation efforts now encompass more than 95 percent of the habitat area in New Mexico, with no known adverse impacts on energy development.

In February, the Fish and Wildlife Service signed an agreement (‘Texas Plan’) with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts that allows landowners – oil and gas companies and ranchers – to enter into voluntary conservation agreements that help provide certainty for development and protect the shinnery oak dunes that the lizard inhabits and that are characteristic of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Individual shinnery oak plants are known to extend over dozens of acres and can achieve ages of more than 13,000 years. Approximately 70 percent of the habitat area for the dunes sagebrush lizard in Texas, which contains 27 percent of the lizard’s total habitat, has already been enrolled in the voluntary conservation agreements.

The Texas Plan was developed locally in collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M University, the Texas Oil and Gas Association, other state and county government agencies, local landowners, representatives from the ranching community and oil and gas operators and development companies in the area.

“It is good to see so many members of the oil and gas industry step up to the plate to voluntarily conserve this unique portion of the southern Great Plains,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “The scientists and professionals in the Fish and Wildlife Service will take these early, proactive measures into consideration in any final listing decision.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered in 2010 and is currently reviewing and analyzing public comment on the proposal in anticipation of a final decision in June. Under the law, the agency must make listing decisions based upon the best available science. The Fish and Wildlife Service had extended the timeline for a final decision to six months to allow the maximum time for scientific study and voluntary conservation efforts.

If the dunes sagebrush lizard is listed as endangered or threatened, the Texas Plan would act as a Habitat Conservation Plan for those companies and other landowners who participate, enabling them to continue to develop oil and gas while ensuring the long-term health of lizard populations.

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Greater Natural Buttes Project-BiOp.pdf

Feb 092012
 

Here's the text of an FWS press release that just came out:

Contacts: Tom Buckley, (505) 248-6455, Tom_Buckley@fws.gov
Bruce Sitko, (928) 367-4281, bsitko@azgfd.gov

Necropsy Results Show Mexican Wolf Died From Illegal Gunshot;
Reward Offered for Information

The National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, has determined that Mexican wolf mp1242 died as the result of a gunshot wound.

On November 23, 2011, Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) personnel on the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) were contacted by a member of the public who reported seeing an injured Mexican wolf in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests south of Big Lake, Ariz. The IFT located and observed the wolf the next day by tracking its radio collar signal. They identified it as mp1242, a young male that was born earlier in 2011 into the Bluestem Pack. After confirming the wolf was injured, the IFT initiated efforts to capture the animal and evaluate its injury.

The IFT captured mp1242 on December 3 and found that it had an injured rear leg and was in poor body condition. In phone consultation with a veterinarian, project personnel attempted to implement life-saving measures en route to the veterinarian office, but the wolf died of its injuries.

"I am disappointed and concerned by this news of another wolf dying due to gunshot wounds," said Benjamin Tuggle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southwest Regional Director. "It is hard for me to rationalize the illegal killing of these wolves or any other endangered species. They are the natural heritage we are hoping to leave to future generations."

"We are bringing the full weight of the law to bear on these illegal activities and will continue to focus on this impediment to recovery," said Tuggle.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) law enforcement agents, in collaboration with the AGFD have opened an investigation. All of the Service's available regional law enforcement resources are being utilized.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for any information leading to the apprehension of the individual or individuals who may be responsible for the death of this wolf. Individuals who have information are urged to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Albuquerque, New Mexico at (505) 346-7828 or in Alpine, Arizona. at (928) 339-4232, or AGFD Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700. Killing a Mexican gray wolf is a violation of the Endangered Species Act, punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and/or up to a year in prison.

Mexican wolf reintroduction is a joint effort by the Service, AGFD, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services, and other stakeholders, including Graham, Greenlee and Navajo Counties in Arizona.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works cooperatively with the American public to continue the conservation legacy of America's great outdoors. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

Feb 082012
 

Latest issue is here

Recent news links:

  • GAO releases report on "quantity, quality, and management of water produced during oil and gas production (full report in PDF)
  • In 2-1 ruling, Ninth Circuit orders Forest Service to take another look at Sierra Nevada plan (2/3)
  • Budget released: Obama Administration keeps FWS funding steady, proposes hike in listing, cut in critical habitat (entire Greenbook)
    • Excerpt from Endangered Species section, page 9: "In addition to the $2,932,000 that would be shifted to listing from within the subcap for critical habitat designation for already listed species, the service is requesting an increase of $1,500,000. Settlement agreements and a multi-year work plan approved by a federal district court in 2011 have allowed the service to address our backlog of listing determinations for candidate species, including critical habitat designations concurrent with the listing. This redistribution and increase of funding for listing will be used to meet the terms and conditions of these settlements and allow the service to address the highest biological priorities of the listing program for the years ahead. The funding increase in listing will allow the service to publish approximately 13 additional proposed or final rules in FY 2013."

KESSLER TOSSES COUNTERPART NFP REGS

A federal judge has invalidated regulations from 2003 designed to "streamline consultation on proposed projects that support the National Fire Plan" (Defenders of Wildlife v. Salazar, 04-1230 GK, D.D.C.). (Opinion and order here.) The "joint counterpart" regulations were issued by six federal agencies -- BLM, the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior; the Forest Service (in USDA), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (or NOAA Fisheries) in the Department of Commerce. Ruling on a motion for reconsideration of her 2006 opinion, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington, D.C., concluded that "there is no evidence" to support either of the rationales offered in the final adoption of the regulations. (Here are Kessler's 2006 opinion and order.)

She said the government "seemed to recognize" that its argument that fire consultations were taking too long was unjustified.

"There is simply no evidence in the record that the Section 7 consultation process actually resulted in any delay to any National Fire Plan project," she said. "The government itself seemed to recognize that fact in its Final Rule when it said that 'the issue is not whether the regulatory process has delayed NFP projects, but rather whether it can be streamlined so as to expedite the projects."

In fact, she said, "there is undisputed evidence in the record that the pre-existing consultation procedures had, in the very recent past, been streamlined so as to expedite the processing of NFP projects without sacrificing the safeguards contained in those procedures."

"By the time the Government adopted the final Regulations, it conceded that the preexisting, recently streamlined, Section 7 consultation processes were working: that streamlined process significantly improved coordination between the consulting agencies, and that '[t]hese types of streamlining processes can work well to meet statutory timelines.' 68 Fed. Reg at 68259."

Jan 112012
 

Ed. note: There's more coming on this, including audio from the Supreme Court press conference and the GU Law Center forum. Below is the video clip posted by Pacific Legal Foundation on YouTube of the post-argument press conference. It ends before reporters began asking questions.

When you finally get around to covering a Monday story on Wednesday, you have to come up with a new hook. Fortunately, there's one staring me in the face (and reliably recorded on my beat-up Olympus--at least it better be).

At a Georgetown University Law Center forum a few hours after the arguments in Sackett v. EPA had ended, Professors Richard Lazarus of Harvard and Richard Frank of UC-Davis confidently predicted an overwhelming victory for Chantell and Michael Sackett. (To be fair, Frank has already shared his views on Legal Planet, so my hook isn't unique. But unlike Frank, I'm sticking his prediction a bit higher up in the narrative.)

"This case makes me uncomfortable," Frank started off, before launching into his analysis of the case and the arguments conducted by Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Damien Schiff and Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart -- and, of course, his assessment of the attitudes expressed by the eight Supreme Court justices who questioned the lawyers.

He praised Schiff, both for "a very powerful brief; he told a story" and for his performance before the high court, the first time the thirtysomething lawyer has appeared on the biggest legal stage in the U.S.

"The Sacketts are likely to prevail by 7-2 or 8-1," Frank said. He said it's possible that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be the only holdout, but also that she might join a unanimous court in order to have some say over the content of the opinion.

Lazarus, an acknowledged Supreme Court expert who has participated in 40 cases before the court, agreed with Frank's assessment and said Chief Justice John Roberts might very well assign the opinion to Ginsburg, because he likes to assign liberals to 9-0 decisions. That might provide the government with a "soft landing."

"He's going to have an institutional bias to giving this to a liberal justice," Lazarus said.

But if for some reason the opinion goes to Justice Antonin Scalia, watch out, Lazarus said. In that case, there could be "a lot of dumping on the Clean Water Act and the Corps of Engineers."

Lazarus called the eventual Supreme Court decision "potentially unanimous" and said he did not think the verdict would be closer than 8-1.

"It's just a question of how sweeping the ruling is," Lazarus said.

More coverage and commentary

Dec 232011
 

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has declined to order the Interior Department to withdraw its legal filings in a case in Oregon challenging the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) on BLM lands (Douglas Timber Operators v. Salazar, 09-1704 JDB, D.D.C.).

U.S. District Judge John Bates previously found that DOI Secretary Ken Salazar's withdrawal of the Bush Administration WOPR was illegal.

Pacific Rivers Council, which has sued BLM in Oregon over the revisions, asked Bates to issue an order under the All Writs Act "to enjoin the Secretary from making similar filings relying on the vacated and remanded withdrawal." PRC argued that "Interior seeks to
frustrate this Court's order with filings in the Oregon case that rely on the vacated and remanded withdrawal."

Here's some background from the opinion, issued today (Dec. 23). The first paragraph discusses Bates' previous opinion.

After considering the parties' cross-motions for summary judgment, the court rejected the Department's argument. The Court concluded that "the Secretary lacked inherent authority to withdraw the 2008 ROD without following the procedures required under the FLPMA, and his decision to do so violated the APA." Id. at 259. The court therefore granted the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment with respect to the withdrawal of the ROD, vacating and remanding the withdrawal back to the Department.

In so holding, the court stated that "the legal issue of whether the Secretary's failure to consult under the ESA prior to approving the ROD in December 2008 'was erroneous' is not properly before this Court." Id. at 258. Rather, the court stated that the question before it was "whether the Secretary's decision to withdraw the ROD without formal proceedings under the FLPMA or the APA based on his conclusion of 'legal error' was arbitrary and capricious or in excess of statutory authority." Id. at 258 n.1. The court also noted that "three challenges to the BLM's alleged failure to consult under the ESA were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon shortly after the December 2008 approval of the ROD." Id. (citing Oregon Wild v. Shepard, Civ. No. 3:09–00060 (D. Or. filed Jan. 15, 2009); Pacific Rivers Council v. Shepard, Civ. No. 3:09–00058 (D. Or. filed Jan. 15, 2009); Forest Serv. Emp. for Env't Ethics v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv., 09–6019 (D. Or. filed Jan. 22, 2009)). Finally, the court noted that "because this court is remanding the Secretary's withdrawal decision, the future record may shed additional light on the reasoning of the Secretary regarding the Western Oregon Plan Revisions ROD." Douglas Timber, 774 F. Supp. 2d at 261.

 

Dec 212011
 

Press release is here and below.

Final rule from FWS Midwest Region wolf page

Salazar Announces Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes, Removal from Threatened and Endangered Species List

States, tribes to assume management responsibility

12/21/2011

Contact: Adam Fetcher, (DOI) 202-208-6416
Georgia Parham, (FWS) 812-334-4261 x 1203
Laura Ragan, (FWS) 612-713-5157
 

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register removing wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in portions of adjoining states, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.

From FWS Midwest wolf page

“Once again, the Endangered Species Act has proved to be an effective tool for bringing species back from the brink of extinction,” Secretary Salazar said. “Thanks to the work of our scientists, wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are now fully recovered and healthy.”

The rule removing ESA protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes becomes effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

“Gray wolves are thriving in the Great Lakes region, and their successful recovery is a testament to the hard work of the Service and our state and local partners,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “We are confident state and tribal wildlife managers in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will effectively manage healthy wolf populations now that federal protection is no longer needed.”

Wolves total more than 4,000 animals in the three core recovery states in the western Great Lakes area and have exceeded recovery goals. Minnesota’s population is estimated at 2,921 wolves, while an estimated 687 wolves live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and another 782 in Wisconsin. Each state has developed a plan to manage wolves after federal protection is removed.

Wolf populations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan will be monitored for at least five years to ensure the species continues to thrive. If it appears, at any time, that the gray wolf cannot sustain itself without the protections of the ESA, the Service can initiate the listing process, including emergency listing.

In the Service’s May 5, 2011, proposal to delist western Great Lakes wolves, the agency also proposed accepting recent taxonomic information that the gray wolf subspecies Canis lupus lycaon should be elevated to the full species Canis lycaon, and that the population of wolves in the Western Great Lakes is a mix of the two full species, Canis lupus and Canis lycaon. Based on substantial information received from scientists and others during the public comment period, the Service has re-evaluated that proposal, and the final rule considers all wolves in the Western Great Lakes DPS to be Canis lupus.

The Service also previously proposed delisting gray wolves in all or parts of 29 states in the eastern half of the United States. The Service continues to evaluate that portion of the May 5, 2011, proposal and will make a final separate determination at a later date.

Gray wolves were originally listed as subspecies or as regional populations of subspecies in the lower 48 states and Mexico under the ESA in 1973 and its predecessor statutes before that. In 1978, the Service reclassified the gray wolf as an endangered species across all of the lower 48 states and Mexico, except in Minnesota where the gray wolf was classified as threatened.

More information on the recovery of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes can be found at www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf/

The ESA provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. The Service works to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.

To learn more about the Endangered Species Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.

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FWS proposed listing and other rules, 2011

 Posted by on December 21, 2011
Dec 212011
 

http://www.eswr.com/docs/listing/proposedlistings.htm and below, as of Dec. 19.

Official Web page of the U S Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal Register Documents - Division of Policy and Directives Management
Quick Search:
2011 Federal Register Index
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants
Subtitle Text PDF
90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Western Glacier Stonefly as Endangered With Critical Habitat, 78601-78609
12/19/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0102
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
Text PDF
Designation of Critical Habitat for Lost River Sucker and Shortnose Sucker, 76337-76358 12/7/2011 RIN 1018-AX41 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0097
Action: Proposed rule; reproposal.
Text PDF
6-Month Extension of Final Determination for the Proposed Listing of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard as Endangered, 75858-75859 
12/5/2011 RIN 1018-AV97 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0041
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
Text PDF
Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), 74018-74038
11/30/2011 RIN 1018-AX38 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2011-0096
Action: Proposed rule.
Text PDF
Listing and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Three Forks Springsnail and San Bernardino Springsnail, 71300-71306                                                                                        
11/17/2011 RIN 1018-AV84 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0083
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
Text PDF
Termination of the Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program; Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental, 68393-68394
11/4/2011
RIN 1018-AX51 Docket ID: FWS-R8-FHC-2011-0046
Action: Proposed rule; notice of availability and reopening of public comment period.
Text PDF
90-Day Finding on a Petition To List All Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as Endangered, 67401   11/1/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review; correction, availability of supporting documents, and reopening of public comment period.
Text PDF
90-Day Finding on a Petition to Delist the Coastal California Gnatcatcher as Threatened, 66255-60
10/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0066
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
Text PDF
Designation of Critical Habitat for Lepidium papilliferum (Slickspot Peppergrass), 66250-66255
10/26/2011
RIN 1018-AX16 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0071
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
Text PDF
Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions, 66370-66439
10/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0061
Action: Notice of review.
Text PDF
Delisting of the Plant Frankenia johnstonii (Johnston's frankenia), 66018-66021  
10/25/2011 RIN 1018-AH53 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0084
Action: Proposed rule; notice of document availability.
Text PDF
Designation of Revised Critical Habitat for the Tidewater Goby, 64996-65060
10/19/2011 RIN 1018-AX39 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0085
Action: Proposed rule. NOTE: Large file - PDF is 7M
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List a Distinct Population Segment of the Red Tree Vole as Endangered or Threatened, 63720-63762
10/13/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2008-0086
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Northern Leatherside Chub as Endangered or Threatened, 63444-63478
10/12/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0092
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Two South American Parrot Species, 63480-63508
10/12/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0071
Action: 12-month finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Petition Finding, Proposed Listing of Coqui Llanero as Endangered, and Designation of Critical Habitat for Coqui Llanero, 63420-63442
10/12/2011 RIN 1018-AX68 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2009-0022
Action: Proposed rule; 12-month finding.
Text PDF
Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Cumberland Darter, Rush Darter, Yellowcheek Darter, Chucky Madtom, and Laurel Dace, 63360-63418
10/12/2011 RIN 1018-AX76 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0074
Action: Proposed rule. NOTE: Large file - PDF is 7M
Text PDF
12-Month Finding for a Petition To List the California Golden Trout as Endangered, 63094-63115
10/11/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0089
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition and Proposed Rule To List the Yellow-Billed Parrot, 62740-62754
10/11/2011 RIN 1018-AY28 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0075
Action: Proposed rule; 12-month finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Amoreuxia gonzalezii, Astragalus hypoxylus, and Erigeron piscaticus as Endangered or Threatened, 62722-62740
10/11/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0081
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Tehachapi Slender Salamander as Endangered or Threatened, 62900-62926
10/11/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2008-0087
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Black-footed Albatross as Endangered or Threatened, 62504-62565
10/7/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2007-0004
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Texas Fatmucket, Golden Orb, Smooth Pimpleback, Texas Pimpleback, and Texas Fawnsfoot as Threatened or Endangered, 62166-62212
10/6/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0079
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Mohave Ground Squirrel as Endangered or Threatened, 62214-62258
10/6/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0006
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
Text PDF
Partial 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 404 Species in the Southeastern United States as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat, 62260-62280
10/6/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0091
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
Text PDF
Red-Crowned Parrot, 62016-62034
10/6/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0082
Action: Notice of 12-month finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat, 61856-61894
10/5/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0086
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Northern Leopard Frog in the Western United States as Threatened, 61896-61931
10/5/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0030
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 29 Mollusk Species as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat, 61826-61853
10/5/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0076
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Removal of the Gray Wolf in Wyoming From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of the Wyoming Wolf Population's Status as an Experimental Population, 61782-61823
10/5/2011 RIN 1018-AX94 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0039
Action: Proposed rule; notice of a public hearing.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Calopogon oklahomensis as Threatened or Endangered,
61307-61321
10/4/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0034
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Amargosa River Population of the Mojave Fringe-Toed Lizard as an Endangered or Threatened Distinct Population Segment, 61321-61330
10/4/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2007-0023
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Population of Oncorhynchus nerka as an Endangered or Threatened Distinct Population Segment, 61298-61307
10/4/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2008-0048
Action: Notice of a 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 10 Subspecies of Great Basin Butterflies as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat, 61532-61554
10/4/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0097
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Endangered Status and Designation of Critical Habitat for Spikedace and Loach Minnow; Revised Proposed Rule, 61330-61339
10/4/2011 RIN 1018-AX17 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0072
Action: Proposed rule; revision and reopening of the comment period.
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Endangered Status for the Alabama Pearlshell, Round Ebonyshell, Southern Sandshell, Southern Kidneyshell, and Choctaw Bean, and Threatened Status for the Tapered Pigtoe, Narrow Pigtoe, and Fuzzy Pigtoe; With Critical Habitat, 61482-61529
10/4/2011 RIN 1018-AW92 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0050
Action: Proposed rule.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the American Eel as Threatened, 60431-60444          9/29/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R5-ES-2011-0067
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Revised Endangered Status, Revised Critical Habitat Designation, and Taxonomic Revision for Monardella linoides ssp. viminea, 59990-59996  
9/28/2011 RIN 1018-AX18 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0076
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Tamaulipan Agapema, Sphingicampa blanchardi (No Common Name), and Ursia furtiva (No Common Name) as Endangered or Threatened, 59623-59634
9/27/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0078
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Mississippi Gopher Frog, 59774-59802
9/27/2011 RIN 1018-AW89 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0024
Action: Revised proposed rule; availability of draft economic analysis; and reopening of comment period.
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Partial 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 404 Species in the Southeastern United States as Endangered or Threatened With Critical Habitat, 59836-59862
9/27/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0049
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Van Rossem's Gull-billed Tern as Endangered or Threatened, 58650-58680
9/21/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0035

Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Listing and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Chiricahua Leopard Frog, 58441-58455
9/21/2011 RIN 1018-AX12 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0085
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
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U.S. Captive-Bred Inter-subspecific Crossed or Generic Tigers, 58455  
9/21/2011 RIN 1018-AW81 Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027
Action: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.
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Revising the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Eastern United States, 57943-57944                                                                                         9/19/2011 RIN 1018-AX57 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029
Action: Proposed rule; supplementary materials.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 42 Great Basin and Mojave Desert Springsnails as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat, 56608-56630  
9/13/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0001
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status reviews.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Franklin's Bumble Bee as Endangered, 56381-56391  
9/13/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2011-0065
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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12-Month Petition Finding and Proposed Listing of Arctostaphylos franciscana as Endangered (Franciscan manzanita), 55623-55638  
9/8/2011 RIN 1018-AX89 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0049
Action: Proposed rule; 12-month finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Snowy Plover and Reclassify the Wintering Population of Piping Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)(Charadrius melodus), 55638-55641
9/8/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0059 Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on Five Petitions To List Seven Species of Hawaiian Yellow-faced Bees as Endangered, 55170-55203
9/6/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0012
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List All Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as Endangered, 54423-54425 9/1/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Revising the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Eastern United States, 53379-53381
8/26/2011 RIN 1018-AX57 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029
Action: Proposed rule; correction and reopening of comment period.
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Termination of the Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program, 53381-53396  
8/26/2011 RIN 1018-AX51 Docket ID: FWS-R8-FHC-2011-0046
Action: Proposed rule; notice of availability.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Astragalus lentiginosus var. coachellae, 53224-53254  
8/25/2011 RIN 1018-AX40 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0064
Action: Proposed rule.
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U.S. Captive-Bred Inter-Subspecific Crossed or Generic Tigers, 52297-52301  
8/22/2011 RIN 1018-AW81 Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027
Action: Proposed rule.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To Delist the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, 51929-51931
8/19/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0063Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Leona's Little Blue Butterfly as Endangered or Threatened (Philotiella leona), 50971-50979                                                                                 8/17/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0055
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Designation of Revised Critical Habitat for Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, 50542-50629  
8/15/2011 RIN 1018-AX43 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0053
Action: Proposed rule. (Note: Large file size - PDF is 10 MB)
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Saltmarsh Topminnow as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (Fundulus jenkinsi), 49412-49417  
8/10/2011 RIN 0648-XA144 Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0205
Action: 90-day petition finding; request for comments, and initiation of a status review.
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Miami Blue Butterfly as Endangered, and Proposed Listing of the Cassius Blue, Ceraunus Blue, and Nickerbean Blue Butterflies as Threatened Due to Similarity of Appearance to the Miami Blue Butterfly, 49408-49412  
8/10/2011 RIN 1018-AX83 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0043
Action: Proposed rule; request for public comments.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Nueces River and Plateau Shiners as Threatened or Endangered (Cyprinella lepida), 48777-48788  
8/9/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0057Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Four Foreign Parrot Species, 49202-49236  
8/9/2011 RIN 1018-AX50 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0099
Action: Proposed rule; 12-month finding.
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90-Day Finding and 12-Month Determination on a Petition To Revise Critical Habitat for the Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), 47133-47139  
8/4/2011 Docket ID:
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding and notice of 12-month determination.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Six Sand Dune Beetles as Endangered or Threatened, 47123-47133  
8/4/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0041
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status reviews.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Redrock Stonefly as Endangered or Threatened (Anacroneuria wipukupa), 46251-46266  
8/2/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0047
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the (Capnia lineata) and Idaho snowfly (Capnia zukeli) as Endangered, 46238-46251
8/2/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2011-0048                             
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Nine Bexar County Invertebrates, 46234-46238                       8/2/2011 RIN 1018-AX11 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0091
Action: Proposed Rule; reopening of comment period.
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Listing 23 Species on Oahu as Endangered and Designating Critical Habitat for 124 Species, 46362-46594  
8/2/2011 RIN 1018-AV49 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0043
Action: Proposed rule. NOTE: Large file - PDF is 24M
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Proposed Endangered Status for the Chupadera Springsnail (Pyrgulopsis chupaderae) and Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat, 46218-46234  
8/2/2011 RIN 1018-AV86 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0042
Action: Proposed rule.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Gopher Tortoise as Threatened in the Eastern Portion of Its Range, 45130-45162  
7/27/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2009-0029
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding. NOTE: This document was published in the "Rules" section of the Federal Register.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Ipomopsis polyantha (Pagosa skyrocket), Penstemon debilis (Parachute beardtongue), and Phacelia submutica (DeBeque phacelia), 45078-45128  
7/27/2011 RIN 1018-AX75 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0040
Action: Proposed rule. NOTE: Large file - PDF is 13M
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Frigid Ambersnail as Endangered (Catinella
gelida), 44566-44569
7/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0025
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Giant Palouse Earthworm (Drilolerius americanus) as Threatened or Endangered, 44547-44564
7/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0023
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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5-Year Status Reviews of Seven Listed Species, 44564-44566  
7/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-N107 / FWS-R9-ES-2011-0061
Action: Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.
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Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of American Burying Beetle in Southwestern Missouri (Nicrophorus americanus, ABB), 43973-43980  
7/22/2011 RIN 1018-AX79 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0034
Action: Proposed rule.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Pinus albicaulis as Endangered or Threatened With Critical Habitat (whitebark pine), 42631-42654  
7/19/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2010-0047
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on Petition To List Grand Canyon Cave Pseudoscorpion, 42654-42658  
7/19/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0044
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Bay Skipper as Threatened or Endangered (Euphyes bayensis), 40868-40871  
7/12/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0012
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Lepidium papilliferum (Slickspot Peppergrass), 39807-39808  
7/7/2011 RIN 1018-AX16 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0071
Action: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.
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Removal of the Regulation That Excludes U.S. Captive-Bred Scimitar-Horned Oryx, Addax, and Dama Gazelle From Certain Prohibitions, 39804-39807
7/7/2011 RIN 1018-AX29 Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2010-0056
Action: Proposed rule.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List a Distinct Population Segment of the Fisher in Its United States Northern Rocky Mountain Range as Endangered or Threatened With Critical Habitat, 38504-38532  
6/30/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2010-0017
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Eastern Small-Footed Bat and the Northern Long-Eared Bat as Threatened or Endangered (Myotis leibii)(Myotis septentrionalis), 38095-38106  
6/29/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R5-ES-2011-0024
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Castanea pumila (Ozark chinquapin), 37706-37716  
6/28/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2009-0020
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Eskimo Curlew; Initiation of 5-Year Status Review, 36491-36493  
6/22/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R7-ES-2011-N086
Action: Initiation of 5-year status review and request for information.
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Proposed Rule To Establish a Manatee Refuge in Kings Bay, Citrus County, FL, 36493-36508
6/22/2011 RIN 1018-AX27 strong>Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0079
Action: Proposed rule; availability of supplemental information.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Utah Population of the Gila Monster as an Endangered or a Threatened Distinct Population Segment (Heloderma suspectum), 36049-36053  
6/21/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0036
Action: Notice of a 90-day petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To Reclassify the Utah Prairie Dog From Threatened to Endangered (Cynomys parvidens), 36053-36068
6/21/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0037
Action: Notice of revised 90-day petition finding.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for the Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense), 36068-36071
6/21/2011 RIN 1018-AW86 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0044
Action: Proposed rule; revision and reopening of comment period.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Abronia ammophila, Agrostis rossiae, Astragalus proimanthus, Boechera (Arabis) pusilla, 33924-33965
6/9/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0023
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Revised Endangered Status, Revised Critical Habitat Designation, and Taxonomic Revision for Monardella linoides, 33880-33921
6/09/2011 RIN 1018-AX18 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0076
Action: Proposed rule.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Striped Newt as Threatened (Notophthalmus
perstriatus), 32911-32929  
6/7/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0007
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Golden-Winged Warbler as Endangered or Threatened (Vermivora chrysoptera), 31920-31926  
6/2/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0028
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition to Reclassify the Straight-Horned Markhor (Capra falconeri jerdoni), 31903-31906  
6/2/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0003
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Revising the Special Rule for the Utah Prairie Dog (Cynomys parvidens), 31906-31920  
6/2/2011 RIN 1018-AW02 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030
Action: Proposed rule.
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Revised Critical Habitat for the Riverside Fairy Shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni), 31686-31747  6/1/2011 RIN 1018-AX15 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0013
Action: Proposed rule.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly as Endangered (Atlantea tulita), 31282-31294
5/31/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0026
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Spot-Tailed Earless Lizard as Endangered or Threatened (Holbrookia lacerata), 30082-30087  
5/24/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0017
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Revised Implementing Regulations for requirements To Publish Textual Descriptions of Boundaries of Critical Habitat, 28405-28413  
5/17/2011 RIN 1018-AX44 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0073
Action: Proposed rule.
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Listing of the Altamaha Spinymussel and Designation of Critical Habitat (Elliptio
spinosa), 27629-27632  
5/12/2011 RIN 1018-AV88 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2008-0107                                    
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period, notice of availability of draft economic analysis, and amended required determinations.
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Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule To List the Mountain Plover as Threatened (Charadrius montanus), 27756-27799                                                                                                                5/12/2011 RIN 1018-AX26 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2010-0038
Action: Proposed rule; withdrawal.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Lepidium papilliferum (Slickspot Peppergrass), 27184-27215  
5/10/2011 RIN 1018-AX16 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0071
Action: Proposed rule.
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Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Eastern United States, Initiation of Status Reviews for the Gray Wolf and for the Eastern Wolf (Canis lycaon), 26086-26145  
5/5/2011 RIN 1018-AX57 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029
Action: Proposed rule, initiation of status reviews.
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Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions for Foreign Species; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions, 25150-25176  
5/3/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0053
Action: Notice of review.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for the Buena Vista Lake Shrew (Sorex ornatus relictus), 23781-23786
4/28/2011 RIN 1018-AW85 Docket ID: FWS-R8-S-2009-0062
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition and Proposed Rule To Remove the Morelet's Crocodile From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, 23650-23683                                          4/27/2011 RIN 1018-AV22 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0030
Action: Proposed rule.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Arapahoe Snowfly as Endangered or Threatened (Capnia arapahoe), 23256-23265  
4/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0019
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Smooth-Billed Ani as Threatened or Endangered (Crotophaga ani), 23265-23271  
4/26/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0007
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Hermes Copper Butterfly as Endangered or Threatened (Hermelycaena [Lycaena] hermes), 20918-20939  
4/14/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0031
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Prairie Chub as Threatened or Endangered (Macrhybopsis
australis), 20911-20918  
4/14/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0018
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Spring Mountains Acastus Checkerspot Butterfly as Endangered (Chlosyne acastus robusta), 20613-20622
4/13/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0077
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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Proposed Endangered Status for the Three Forks Springsnail and San Bernardino Springsnail, and Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat (Pyrgulopsis trivialis) (Pyrgulopsis bernardina), 20464-20488  
4/12/2011 RIN 1018-AV84 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0083
Action: Proposed rule.
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Endangered Status for Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus), 19304-19305  
4/7/2011 RIN 1018-AV97 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0041
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period and announcement of public hearings.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Bearmouth Mountainsnail, Byrne Resort Mountainsnail, and Meltwater Lednian Stonefly as Endangered or Threatened, 18684-18701  
4/5/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0016
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Peary Caribou and Dolphin and Union Population of the Barren-Ground Caribou as Endangered or Threatened (Rangifer tarandus pearyi)(R. t.
groenlandicus x pearyi), 18701-18706  
4/5/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0001
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Spring Pygmy Sunfish as Endangered (Elassoma alabamae),18138-18143
4/1/2011
Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0084
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Berry Cave Salamander as Endangered (Gyrinophilus gulolineatus), 15919-15932  
3/22/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0011
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Proposed Listing of Nine Distinct Population Segments of Loggerhead Sea (Caretta caretta), 15932-15933
3/22/2011 Docket ID: NOAA - 100104003-1195-02
Action: Proposed rule; 6-month extension of the deadline for a final listing decision.
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Revised Critical Habitat for the Pacific Coast Population of the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), 16046-16165  
3/22/2011 RIN 1018-AX10 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0070
Action: Proposed rule. (Note: Large file size - PDF is 16 MB)
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Listing and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis), 14126-14207  
3/15/2011 RIN 1018-AX12 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0085
Action: Proposed rule.
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Withdrawal of Proposed Rule To List the Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard as Threatened (Phrynosoma mcallii), 14210-14268
3/15/2011 RIN 1018-AX07 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0008
Action: Proposed rule; withdrawal.
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Initiation of Status Review for Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys), 13121-13122  
3/10/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0008
Action: Initiation of status review and solicitation of new information.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Mt. Charleston Blue Butterfly as Endangered or Threatened - (Plebejus shasta charlestonensis), 12667-12683  
3/8/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0028
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Texas Kangaroo Rat as Endangered or Threatened -(Dipodomys elator), 12683-12690  
3/8/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0011
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Unsilvered Fritillary Butterfly as Threatened or Endangered (Speyeria adiaste), 10310-10319  
2/24/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0078Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Wild Plains Bison or Each of Four Distinct Population Segments as Threatened (Bison bison bison), 10299-10310
2/24/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2010-0095
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Thorne's Hairstreak Butterfly as Endangered, 9991-10003  
2/23/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0016
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Solanum conocarpum (marron bacora) as Endangered, 9722-9733
2/22/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0092
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Nine Bexar County, Texas, Invertebrates, 9872-9937  
2/22/2011 RIN 1018-AX11 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0091
Action: Proposed rule. (Note: Large file size - PDF is 9 MB)
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Sand Verbena Moth as Endangered or Threatened (Copablepharon fuscum), 9309-9318  
2/17/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2010-0096
Action: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.
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Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Roswell Springsnail, Koster's Springsnail, Noel's Amphipod, and Pecos Assiminea, 9297-9309  
2/17/2011 RIN 1018-AW50 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0014
Action: Proposed rule; revision and reopening of comment period.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Pacific Walrus as Endangered or Threatened (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), 7634-7679  
2/10/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R7-ES-2009-0051
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To Revise Critical Habitat for Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp and Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi)(Lepidurus packardi), 7528-7530
2/10/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0093Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding to revise critical habitat.
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Reclassifying the Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae), 6734-6754
2/8/2011 RIN 1018-AI83 Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123
Action: Proposed rule and notice of 12-month petition finding.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition To Delist or Reclassify From Endangered to Threatened Six California Species, 3069-3074  
1/19/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2011-0005
Action: Notice of 90-day petition findings and initiation of status reviews.
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Endangered Status for the Sheepnose and Spectaclecase Mussels (Cumberlandia
monodonta) (Plethobasus cyphyus), 3392-3420  
1/19/2011 RIN 1018-AV93 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0050
Action: Proposed rule.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for the Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense), 2863-2871  
1/18/2011 RIN 1018-AW86 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0044
Action: Revised proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Tumbling Creek Cavesnail (Antrobia culveri), 2076-2080  
1/12/2011 RIN 1018-AW90 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0042
Action: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
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90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Red Knot subspecies Calidris canutus roselaari as Endangered, 304-311
1/4/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R7-ES-2010-0061
Action: Notice of 90-day petition finding.
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FWS final listing rules, 2011

 Posted by on December 19, 2011
Dec 192011
 

Go to this FWS page for proposed rules, 90-day findings, etc.


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Removal of the Concho Water Snake From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of Designated Critical Habitat
66780-66804 10/27/2011 RIN 1018--AU97 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2008-0080
Action: Final rule.
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Endangered Status for the Altamaha Spinymussel and Designation of Critical Habitat
62928-62960 10/11/2011 RIN 1018-AV88 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2008-0107
Action: Final rule.
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Endangered Status for the Ozark Hellbender Salamander
61956-61978 10/06/2011 RIN 1018-AV94 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2009-0009
Action: Final rule.
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Revised Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet
61599-61621 10/05/2011 RIN 1018-AW84 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2008-0079
Action: Final rule.
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Determination of Endangered Status for Casey's June Beetle and Designation of Critical Habitat
58954-58998 09/22/2011 RIN 1018-AV91 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0019
Action: Final rule.
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Determination of Nine Distinct Population Segments of Loggerhead Sea Turtles as Endangered or Threatened
58868-58952 09/22/2011 RIN 0648-AY49 Docket ID: 100104003-1068-02
Action: Final rule.
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Bald Eagles Nesting in Sonoran Desert Area of Central Arizona Removed From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
54711-54713 09/02/2011 RIN 1018-AX08 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0069
Action: Final rule.
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Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment of California Tiger Salamander
54346-54372 08/31/2011 RIN 1018-AW86 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0044
Action: Final rule.
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Removal of the Lake Erie Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon insularum) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
50680-50702 08/16/2011 RIN 1018-AW62 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0039
Action: Final rule; notice of availability of final post-delisting monitoring plan.
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Listing Six Foreign Birds as Endangered Throughout Their Range
50052-50080 08/11/2011 RIN 1018-AW39 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2009-0084
Action: Final rule.
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Emergency Listing of the Miami Blue Butterfly as Endangered, and Emergency Listing of the Cassius Blue, Ceraunus Blue, and Nickerbean Blue Butterflies as Threatened Due to Similarity of Appearance to the Miami Blue Butterfly
49542-49567 08/10/2011 RIN 1018-AX83 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0043
Action: Emergency rule.
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Endangered Status for the Cumberland Darter, Rush Darter, Yellowcheek Darter, Chucky Madtom, and Laurel Dace
48722-48741 08/09/2011 RIN 1018-AV85 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2011-0027
Action: Final rule.
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Reinstatement of Listing Protections for the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei)
47490-47491 08/05/2011 RIN 1018-AX93 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0062
Action: Final rule.
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Removal of Echinacea tennesseensis (Tennessee Purple Coneflower) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants
46632-46650 08/03/2011 RIN 1018-AW26 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0059
Action: Final rule; availability of final post-delisting monitoring plan.
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Determination of Endangered Status for Ipomopsis polyantha (Pagosa Skyrocket) and Threatened Status for Penstemon debilis (Parachute Beardtongue) and Phacelia submutica (DeBeque Phacelia)
45054-45075 07/27/2011 RIN 1018--AV83 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2010-0015
Action: Final rule.
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Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
38575-38576 07/01/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2011-N020
Action: Notice of document availability: revised recovery plan.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Tumbling Creek Cavesnail (Antrobia culveri)
37663-37677 06/28/2011 RIN 1018-AW90 Docket ID: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0042
Action: Final rule.
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Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Bull Trout in the Clackamas River Subbasin, OR (Salvelinus confluentus)
35979-35995 06/21/2011 RIN 1018-AW60 Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2009-0050
Action: Final rule.
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Reinstatement of Listing Protections for the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel in Compliance With a Court Order
35349-35350 06/17/2011 RIN 1018-AX80 Docket ID: FWS-R5-ES-2011-0035
Action: Final rule.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Roswell Springsnail, Koster's Springsnail, Noel's Amphipod, and Pecos Assiminea
33036-33064 06/07/2011 RIN 1018-AW50 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0014
Action: Final rule.
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Reclassification of the Tulotoma Snail From Endangered to Threatened (Tulotoma magnifica)
31866-31874 06/02/2011 RIN 1018-AX01 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2008-0119
Action: Final rule.
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Listing the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo as Threatened Throughout its Range with Special Rule (Cacatua moluccensis)
30758-30780 05/26/2011 RIN 1018-AW00 Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2009-0056
Action: Final rule.
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Final Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for Astragalus Jaegerianus (Lane Mountain Milk-Vetch)
29108-29129 05/19/2011 RIN 1018-AW53 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0078
Action: Final rule.
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Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Sonoran Pronghorn in Southwestern Arizona
25593-25611 05/05/2011 RIN 1018-AW63 Docket ID: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0077
Action: Final rule.
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Reissuance of Final Rule To Identify the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
25590-25592 05/05/2011 RIN 1018-AX81 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0032
Action: Final rule.
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44 Marine and Anadromous Taxa: Adding 10 Taxa, Delisting 1 Taxon, Reclassifying 1 Taxon, and Updating 32 Taxa on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
20558-20567 04/13/2011 RIN 1018-AW09 Docket ID: FWS-R9-ES-2008-0125
Action: Final rule.
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Reclassification of the Okaloosa Darter From Endangered to Threatened and Special Rule (Etheostoma okaloosae)
18087-18103 04/01/2011 RIN 1018--AW95 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2008-0071
Action: Final rule.
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Designation of Critical Habitat for Carex lutea (Golden Sedge)
11086-11111 03/01/2011 RIN 1018-AW55 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0003
Action: Final rule.
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12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Astragalus hamiltonii, Penstemon flowersii, Eriogonum soredium, Lepidium ostleri, and Trifolium friscanum as Endangered or Threatened
10166-10203 02/23/2011 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2010-0087
Action: Notice of 12-month petition finding.
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Determination of Threatened Status for the New Zealand-Australia Distinct Population Segment of the Southern Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome)
9681-9692 02/22/2011 RIN 1018-AV73 Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0069
Action: Final rule.
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Revised Critical Habitat for the Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus, Bufo californicus).
7246-7467 02/09/2011 RIN 1018-AV89 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0069
Action: Final rule. (Note: Large file size - PDF is 6 MB)
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Final Revised Critical Habitat for Brodiaea filifolia (Thread-Leaved Brodiaea)
6848-6925 02/08/2011 RIN 1018-AW54 Docket ID: FWS-R8-ES-2009-0073
Action: Final rule. (Note: Large file size - PDF is 4.5 MB)
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Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Endangered Whooping Cranes in Southwestern Louisiana (Grus americana)
6066-6082 02/03/2011 RIN 1018-AX23 Docket ID: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0057
Action: Final rule.
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Removal of Erigeron maguirei (Maguire Daisy)
3029-3044 01/19/2011 RIN 1018-AU67 Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2008-0001
Action: Final rule.
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Dec 172011
 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued conditional approval to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s revised Exploration Plan under leases in the Chukchi Sea Planning Area.

"In its Exploration Plan, Shell proposes drilling up to six exploration wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea beginning in the 2012 drilling season," BOEM said in a news release:

Among the conditions of approval is a measure designed to mitigate the risk of an end-of-season oil spill by requiring Shell to leave sufficient time to implement cap and containment operations as well as significant clean-up before the onset of sea ice, in the event of a loss of well control. Given current technology and weather forecasting capabilities, Shell must cease drilling into zones capable of flowing liquid hydrocarbons 38 days before the first-date of ice encroachment over the drill site. Based on a 5-year analysis of historic weather patterns, BOEM anticipates November 1 as the earliest anticipated date of ice encroachment. The 38-day period would also provide a window for the drilling of a relief well, should one be required.

Approval is also conditioned on a series of other measures to increase safety and confirm the availability of response equipment, including a well capping and containment system, and to ensure that Shell takes important steps to avoid conflicts with subsistence activities. In addition to BSEE approvals, Shell must also obtain necessary permits from other agencies — the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dec 172011
 

Here's an interesting story on the Web: The Casper Star-Tribune is reporting that the White House prevailed upon congressional negotiators to remove a provision in the recently agreed-to budget package that would have prohibited lawsuits challenging a pending gray wolf agreement between Wyoming and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis was the key source for Jeremy Pelzer's article, which notes:

Under the agreement, negotiated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and Gov. Matt Mead, the state’s roughly 243 wolves living outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation could be killed on sight in all but the northwest part of the state, where they would be designated as trophy game and could only be hunted with a license.

The plan also establishes a flex zone covering northern Sublette and Lincoln counties, as well as southern Teton County, in which wolves would be protected only from Oct. 15 until the end of the following February.

A spokesman for Mead told Pelzer the governor was “disappointed” by the news. But Renny MacKay "said Mead is confident Wyoming’s congressional delegation will try again for a no-sue clause, possibly as a stand-alone bill. (Mead) will keep supporting any effort to get that legislation through, and he knows that the congressional delegation will too,” MacKay said.

Chances of a stand-alone bill succeeding are remote, however, as a spokesman for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) told the newspaper.

Editor's note: The way these things usually get done is through an appropriations rider.

Lummis issued a statement yesterday, which is reprinted below.

“The decision to pull the wolf language was based on politics, not policy. Radical environmentalists have the ear of many in Washington and their considerable sway in the White House is the reason for the removal of this important language. When the deal that gives Wyoming the ability to manage wolves is complete, environmental groups will resume their relentless lawsuits. Governor Mead’s successful negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will ensure that wolf management in our state is returned to the most capable managers: Wyoming’s on the ground experts. I will fight tooth and nail to protect Wyoming’s right to manage wolves and all wildlife within our borders. ”