FWS seeks comment on southwestern willow flycatcher

Credit Jim Rorabaugh/USFWS

As we posted on the KUNM website this morning, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting public comment on its plans to revise critical habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher.

In 2005, FWS designated 737 river miles of flycatcher critical habitat, after initially proposing 1,556 river miles. Now, they’re revising that designation, due to legal challenges.

I just emailed Tom Buckley, over at the Fish and Wildlife Service office here in Albuquerque, asking him how people can submit their comments. He sent this information along:

The proposed rule, revision, maps, draft economic analysis, and draft environmental assessment and other information about the southwestern willow flycatcher are available on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/arizona/ or http://www.regulations.gov, or by contacting the Service’s Arizona Ecological Service Office at (602) 242-0210. Comments on the proposal and related documents will be accepted through September 10, 2012, and can be submitted electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: http://www.regulations.gov, or can be mailed or hand delivered to Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R2-ES-2011-0053; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.


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