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BLM Updates ESA Guidance

BLM Announces New Guidance Enhancing the Protection and Recovery of Rare Species on 258 Million Acres of Federal Lands 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced new guidance for its management of federally threatened, endangered, or otherwise rare species and the ecosystems upon which they depend on BLM-administered lands. 

After a two-year process, the BLM has completed a revision to its 6840 Manual for Management of Special Status Species, providing further policy and guidance for the conservation of BLM special status species and their habitats.  Last updated in 2001, the Manual supports the BLM’s broad conservation authorities and duties pertaining to fish, wildlife and plant conservation pursuant to multiple statutes including the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Sikes Act, and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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Interior Publishes Changes to Consultation Rule

Interior Publishes Final Narrow Changes to Regulations, Clarifies Role of Global Processes in Consultation
Final regulations have been narrowed from those proposed in August based on public comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec 11, 2008) – The Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce today sent joint final regulations to the Federal Register to clarify the consultation process under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final regulations, which take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, represent a narrow update of existing regulations and incorporate changes based on comments received from the public after proposed regulations were published in August.

“The rule strengthens the regulations so the government can focus on protecting endangered species as it strives to rebuild the American economy,” said Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. “The rule has been revised since it was proposed in August because the public made suggestions we could use to improve it.”

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Draft EA on Proposed Section 7 Regulations Available

Draft Environmental Assessment on Proposed Revisions to ESA Section 7 Consultation Regulations Available for Public Review and Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2008) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service today announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment that analyzes a limited set of proposed revisions to regulations that apply to interagency consultation procedures under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. The Services are seeking public review and comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment that was shared with the public today.

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Reliance on unverifiable observations hinders successful conservation of rare, elusive wildlife species

Reliance on unverifiable observations hinders successful conservation of rare, elusive wildlife species


PORTLAND, Ore. and FORT COLLINS, Colo. June 23, 2008. Nearly any evidence of the occurrence of a rare or elusive wildlife species has the tendency to generate a stir. Case in point: in February 2008, remote cameras unexpectedly captured the images of a wolverine in the central Sierra Nevada, an area from which the species was believed to be extinct since 1922. But frustratingly few observations prove to be so conclusive. So what, then, are managers to make of unverifiable observations, especially those that are not diagnostic

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USGS Model Helps Explain Trends in Greater Sage-Grouse Range Reduction

USGS Model Helps Explain Trends in Greater Sage-Grouse Range Reduction

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Long-term trends in landscape conditions have significantly reduced sagebrush habitat and populations of greater sage-grouse, according to a new study examining the bird's chances of survival.

The species, which is being considered for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act, has experienced significant population declines in recent decades and currently occupies just over half of its historical range.

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Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications - 2/13/2008

[Federal Register: February 13, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 30)][Notices] [Page 8344-8345]From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov][DOCID:fr13fe08-113] -----------------------------------------------------------------------DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORFish and Wildlife Service[FWS-R8-ES-2008-N0022; 80221-1113-0000-F5] Endangered Species Recovery Permit ApplicationsAGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comment.-----------------------------------------------------------------------SUMMARY: We invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species.DATES: Comments on these permit applications must be received on or before March 14, 2008.ADDRESSES: Written data or comments should be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Program Manager, Region 8, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2606, Sacramento, CA, 95825 (telephone: 916-414-6464; fax: 916-414-6486). Please refer to the respective permit number for each application when submitting comments. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the official administrative record and may be made available to the public.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Marquez, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, see ADDRESSES, (telephone: 760-431-9440; fax: 760-431-9624).SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following applicants have applied for scientific research permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (``we'') solicits review and comment from local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public on the following permit requests. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.Permit No. TE-815214 Applicant: Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, Arroyo Grande, California. The applicant requests an amendment to take (salvage, replace, and transfer non-viable eggs) the California Least Tern (Sterna antillarum browni) in conjunction with surveys and population monitoring in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, California, for the purpose of enhancing its survival.Permit No. TE-170381 Applicant: William F. Stagnaro, San Francisco, California. The applicant requests a permit to take (harass by survey, capture, mark, and monitor) the San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia), and the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) in conjunction with surveys and population monitoring activities throughout the range of each species in California, for the purpose of enhancing their survival.Permit No. TE-084606 Applicant: David F. Moskovitz, Diamond Bar, California. The applicant requests an amendment to take (capture, collect, and kill) the Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), the longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), the Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus wootoni), the San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), and the vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) in conjunction with surveys throughout the range of each species in California, for the purpose of enhancing their survival.Permit No. TE-170389 Applicant: Travis B. Cooper, San Juan Capistrano, California. The applicant requests a permit to take (harass by survey, and nest monitor) the least Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), and the Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) in conjunction with surveys and monitoring throughout the range of each species in California, for the purpose of enhancing its survival.Permit No. TE-004939 Applicant: Gordon F. Pratt, Riverside, California. The applicant requests an amendment to take (capture, release, remove from the wild, and captive breed) the El Segundo Blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni) in conjunction with genetic research at Vandenberg Air Force base, Santa Barbara County, California, for the purposes of enhancing its survival.Permit No. TE-170403 Applicant: Melissa A. Amarello, Carbondale, California. The applicant requests a permit to take (harass by survey, capture, mark, and monitor) the San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) in conjunction with population monitoring and research activities at the Cloverdale Ranch, San Mateo County, California, for the purpose of enhancing their survival.Permit No. TE-795930 Applicant: Helm Biological Consulting, Lincoln, California. The permittee requests an amendment to take (harass by survey, capture, handle, and release) the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) in conjunction with surveys throughout the range of the species in California, for the purpose of enhancing its survival.Permit No. TE-168282 Applicant: Normandeau Associates, Inc., Stevenson Washington. The permittee request a permit to take (harass by survey) the razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) and bonytail chub (Gila elegans) in conjunction with surveys and backwater inventories along the lower Colorado river in Imperial County, California, for the purpose of enhancing their survival.Permit No. TE-170681 Applicant: Stanley C. Spencer, Riverside, California. The applicant requests an amendment to take (survey by pursuit) the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) and Delhi sands flower loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis), and take (capture, collect, and kill) the Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio), the longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna), the Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus wootoni), the San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis), and the vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) in conjunction with surveys throughout the range of each species in California, for the purpose of enhancing their survival.Permit No. TE-053085 Applicant: Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, Navada. The permittee request a permit to take (harass by survey, electroshock, capture, collect, mark, transport, captive rear, captive propagate, reintroduce) the razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) and bonytail chub (Gila elegans) in conjunction with surveys, population monitoring, and research along the Colorado river in Clark County, Nevada, and San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial County, California, for the purpose of enhancing their survival. We solicit public review and comment on each of these recovery permit applications. Comments and materials we receive will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Dated: February 6, 2008.Michael Fris,Acting Regional Director, Region 8, Sacramento, California.[FR Doc. E8-2586 Filed 2-12-08; 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4310-55-P

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