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DESIGNATION OF CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE CONTIGUOUS U.S. DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT OF THE CANADA LYNX

[Federal Register: September 11, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 175)] [Proposed Rules] [Page 53355-53361] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr11se06-25]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Service
50 CFR Part 17
RIN 1018-AU52

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Contiguous United States Distinct Population Segment of the Canada Lynx

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of public comment period, notice of availability of draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment, and amended Required Determinations.
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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the proposal to designate critical habitat for the Contiguous United States Distinct Population Segment of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), the availability of the draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment of the proposed designation of critical habitat, and an amended Required Determinations section of the proposal. The draft economic analysis estimates the potential total future costs to range from $175 million to $889 million in undiscounted dollars over the next 20 years. Discounted future costs are estimated to be from $125 million to $411 million over 20 years ($8.38 million to $27.6 million annually) using a
3 percent discount rate, or $99.9 million to $259 million over 20 years
($9.43 million to $24.4 million annually) using a 7 percent discount rate. The amended Required Determinations section provides our determination concerning compliance with applicable statues and Executive Orders that we have deferred until the information from the draft economic analysis of this proposal was available. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties to comment simultaneously on the proposed rule, the associated draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment, and the amended Required Determinations section.

DATES: We will accept public comments until October 11, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and materials may be submitted to us by any one of the following methods:
(1) E-mail: You may send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to fw6_lynx@fws.gov. For directions on how to submit e-mail comments, see

the ``Public Comments Solicited'' section.
(2) Mail or hand delivery/courier: You may submit written comments and information to Field Supervisor, Montana Ecological Services Field Office, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT, 59601.
(3) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Nordstrom, Montana Ecological Services Field Office, at the address listed in ADDRESSES (telephone,
406-449-5225 extension 208).

 
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