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Revised Critical Habitat for Northern Spotted Owl Released

Revised Critical Habitat Designated for Northern Spotted Owl

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a final revised designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) totaling approximately 5.3 million acres of federal land in the northwest United States. This includes the designation of approximately 1.8 million acres in Washington, 2.3 million acres in Oregon and 1.2 million acres in California.

The critical habitat designation is based on the draft and final recovery plans for the northern spotted owl. The resulting network of conservation areas is designed to support a stable number of breeding pairs of northern spotted owls over time and to allow for their movement across the network.
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Question: How can I find wetland maps?

Question: How can I find wetland maps?

Answer:

Wetland mapping information is available from the National Wetlands Inventory Center of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Telephone: 727-570-5420
FAX: 727-570-5420
URL: http://www.fws.gov/nwi/

Digital wetland data are available through the Wetlands Mapper. Paper copies of wetland maps are available from various state sources.

 

Source of this FAQ:
http://library.usgs.gov/faq.html

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Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Mojave Population of the Desert Tortoise Released

[Federal Register: August 4, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 150)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - Fish and Wildlife Service

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Mojave Population of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment.

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SUMMARY: We, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Mojave population of the desert tortoise for public review and comment.

DATES: We must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or before November 3, 2008.

ADDRESSES: The draft recovery plan and reference materials are available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the following location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502 (telephone: 775-861-6300). Submitted comments regarding the draft revised recovery plan will also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours following the public review and comment period. Requests for copies of the draft revised recovery plan and submission of written comments or materials regarding the plan should be addressed to the Field Supervisor at the above address. You may also submit electronic comments on the recovery plan to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An electronic copy of the draft recovery plan is available at: http://endangered.fws.gov/recovery/index.html#plans

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roy Averill-Murray, Desert Tortoise Recovery Coordinator, at the above address or telephone number.
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ROD for Truckhaven Geothermal EIS Released

[Federal Register: August 1, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 149)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - Bureau of Land Management
 
Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area Final Environmental Impact Statement, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management policies, the BLM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area, Imperial County, managed by the El Centro Field Office. The El Centro Field Manager has signed the ROD, which constitutes the final decision of the BLM.
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USGS Releases Assessment of Arctic Energy Potential

90 Billion Barrels of Oil and 1,670 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Assessed in the Arctic

The area north of the Arctic Circle has an estimated 90 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil, 1,670 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas, and 44 billion barrels of technically recoverable natural gas liquids in 25 geologically defined areas thought to have potential for petroleum.

The U.S. Geological Survey assessment released today is the first publicly available petroleum resource estimate of the entire area north of the Arctic Circle.

These resources account for about 22 percent of the undiscovered, technically recoverable resources in the world. The Arctic accounts for about 13 percent of the undiscovered oil, 30 percent of the undiscovered natural gas, and 20 percent of the undiscovered natural gas liquids in the world. About 84 percent of the estimated resources are expected to occur offshore.

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Carbon Farm Project will study ways to capture atmospheric CO2

"Carbon farm" project will study ways to capture atmospheric CO2


from USGS Newsroom by Office of Communications Web Group

A video, maps, photos and a briefing paper on carbon-capture farming are available at the USGS California Water Science Center Web site at http://ca.water.usgs.gov/news/ReleaseJuly23_2008.html.

Imagine a new kind of farming in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta - "carbon-capture" farming, which traps atmospheric carbon dioxide and rebuilds lost soils.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the University of California, Davis plan to make it happen.

DWR has awarded USGS and UC Davis a three-year, $12.3 million research grant to take the concept of carbon-capture farming to full-scale in a scientifically and environmentally sound way.

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