Fish and Wildlife Service to Provide Additional
Opportunity to Comment on Proposal to Revise Critical Habitat for
the Canada Lynx in July 2008
4/30/08 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expects to release by July 2008
a draft economic analysis that will estimate the potential costs
for conservation actions associated with the proposal to revise
the amount of critical habitat designated under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA) for the federally threatened Canada lynx. At
that time, the Service will also reopen the public comment period
on the proposed revised critical habitat rule. The new 30-day
comment period will give interested parties an opportunity to
comment on the draft economic analysis as well as provide
information pertinent to the critical habitat proposal.
Public hearings requested during the initial public comment period
will be conducted during the reopened public comment period. The
dates, times, and places of those hearings will be announced in
the Federal Register and local newspapers at least 15 days before
the first hearing.
In total, the Service is proposing to designate approximately
42,753 square miles of habitat in portions of northern Maine,
northeastern Minnesota, the Northern Rocky Mountains (northwestern
Montana and northeastern Idaho), the Northern Cascades
(north-central Washington), and the Greater Yellowstone Area
(southwestern Montana and northwestern Wyoming).
Critical habitat, under the ESA includes the specific areas within
the range of the species that contain physical or biological
features essential for the conservation of a threatened or
endangered species and that may require special management or
protection. The designation of critical habitat does not affect
land ownership or establish a refuge, wilderness, reserve,
preserve, or other conservation area. It does not allow government
or public access to private lands. Federal agencies are required
to consult with the Service on actions they carry out, fund or
authorize that might affect critical habitat.
The Service listed the contiguous United States Distinct
(DPS) of Canada lynx in 2000 as a threatened species under the ESA.
The DPS includes forested portions of 14 States. Critical habitat
for the Canada lynx was initially designated on November 8, 2006,
and the proposed revision to that critical habitat designation was
published on February 28,
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