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See below for upcoming meetings and current public comment opportunities on issues relevant to ecology.

Upcoming Public Meetings:

Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:

  • Army Corps of Engineers – Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Haile Gold Mine in Lancaster County, South Carolina
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District intends to prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to assess the likely social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed expansion of an existing gold mine with the potential to impact Waters of the United States near Kershaw in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The DSEIS will assess potential effects of a range of alternatives.
  • BLM – Notice of Realty Action: Recreation and Public Purposes Act Classification; Arizona
    The Bureau of Land Management has examined certain public lands in Pinal County, Arizona, and has found them suitable for classification for lease or conveyance to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purpose Act, as amended, the Taylor Grazing Act, and Executive Order No. 6910. The lands will be used as a regional park. The lands consist of approximately 498.04 acres, must conform to the official plat of survey, and are legally described below. Comments are due Jan. 28 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting for the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
    The Secretary of the Interior proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 5683 for an additional 40-year term. PLO No. 5683 withdrew 37.50 acres of public land from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the general land laws, including the mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws and reserved under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior as part of the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This Notice gives an opportunity for the public to comment on the petition/application for the proposed withdrawal extension and to request a public meeting. Comments are due February 11, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for the Public Meeting, Lake Pleasant Expansion Area, Arizona
    The Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 7384 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 7384 withdrew 1,988.27 acres of public lands from surface entry and mining to protect the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lake Pleasant expansion area. The lands have been and will remain open to mineral leasing. Comments are due March 28, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Announcement of Public Subsistence-Related Hearings
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, is issuing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and by this notice is announcing the opening of the public comment period. The BLM is also announcing that it will hold public meetings on the Draft EIS and subsistence-related hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS and the program’s potential to impact subsistence resources and activities. Public meetings are postponed due to the federal government shutdown.
  • BOEM – Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is announcing the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operation Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC. The Draft EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action described in the Vineyard Wind COP and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. This Notice of Availability announces the start of the public review and comment period, as well as the dates and locations of public hearings on the Draft EIS. After BOEM holds the public hearings and addresses comments on the Draft EIS, BOEM will prepare a Final EIS. Comments are due on or before Jan. 22 2019.
  • BOEM – Outer Continental Shelf, Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2019-2024
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is issuing a Call for Information and Nominations covering up to ten proposed Region-wide oil and gas lease sales in the available portions of the Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas. BOEM is looking for information on the Call Area for consideration in planning for these proposed OCS oil and gas lease sales, including geological conditions, archaeological sites, potential use conflicts in the Call Area, areas of special concern and analysis, and other socioeconomic, biological and environmental information. Information must be sent by Jan. 25, 2019.
  • BOEM – Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore California-Call for Information and Nominations 
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) invites the submission of information and nominations for commercial wind leases that would allow a lessee to propose the construction of a wind energy project on the OCS offshore California, and to develop one or more projects, if approved, after further environmental review. This Call also requests comments and information regarding site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the Call Areas that would be relevant to BOEM’s review of the nominations or to any subsequent decision whether to offer all or part of the Call Areas for commercial wind leasing.  Information is due January 29, 2019.
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement – Request for Information Regarding Potential Impacts of Decommissioning-in-Place of Pipeline-Related Infrastructure in Deepwater
    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is soliciting information and public comments regarding potential impacts (including impacts on future use of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)) related to decommissioning-in-place (DIP) of certain pipeline-related infrastructure in deepwater (i.e., depths of at least 600 feet) on the OCS. Responses to this Request for Information will help identify technical, safety and environmental factors, as well as potential impacts to other uses of the OCS, that will inform BSEE’s consideration of requests to allow DIP of such pipeline-related infrastructure in deepwater in lieu of decommissioning by removal. Comments are due Feb. 26, 2018.
  • Department of Army – Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Dam Safety Modification Study for the Cherry Creek Project, Arapahoe County, Colorado
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Federal action to remediate dam safety concerns at Cherry Creek Dam. The dam safety concerns are primarily related to a hydrologic deficiency resulting from an extreme precipitation event and the large population that could be affected by such an event. Cherry Creek Dam and Lake is located on Cherry Creek, 11.4 miles upstream of its confluence with the South Platte River, in Aurora, Colorado (southeast Denver metropolitan area). The remediation actions will be identified through a Dam Safety Modification Study being conducted in accordance with Corps policy as described in Engineering Regulation 1110-2-1156 “Safety of Dams—Policy and Procedures.” Comments are due Jan. 28, 2019.
  • EPA – Proposed Modification to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
    All ten Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions today are proposing for public comment a modification to the 2017 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities, also referred to as the “2017 Construction General Permit (CGP)” which became effective on February 16, 2017. The EPA is proposing a modification to the 2017 CGP that is limited to clarifying the intent of several requirements and ensuring consistency with the Construction and Development Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards. This action is hereafter referred to as the “proposed modification” or “draft modified permit.” The proposed modification, if finalized, would replace several existing conditions in the 2017 CGP and relevant fact sheet sections subject to modification, but would not affect any other terms and conditions of the existing permit, including: The eligible coverage area; the number or type of entities eligible to be covered by the permit; nor the five-year permit term of the current 2017 CGP, which will expire on February 16, 2022. The current 2017 CGP remains in effect while the EPA pursues this action. Comments are due Jan. 28 2019.
  • EPA – Registration Review; Draft Human and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of amitraz, bispyribac-sodium, bromoxynil, captan, chloropicrin, dazomet, diclosulam, florasulam, flucarbazone-sodium, fluroxypyr, formetanate, imazalil, imazamox, imazapic, imazaquin, imazethapyr, MCPA, metam sodium, metam potassium, methyl isothiocyanate (MITC), o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol, starlicide, tri-n butyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride (TTPC), triphenyltin hydroxide (TPTH), and zinc salts. This notice also announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health risk assessments for the registration review of para-dichlorobenzene and penoxsulam. Comments are due by Jan. 29, 2019.
  • EPA – Petition Seeking Rulemaking or a Formal Agency Interpretation for Planted Seeds Treated With Systemic Insecticides; Request for Comment
    EPA is seeking public comment on a petition from the Center for Food Safety (CSF) requesting that the Agency either initiate a rulemaking or issue a formal Agency interpretation for planted seeds treated with systemic insecticides. CSF believes that the Agency has improperly applied the treated article exemption in exempting these products from registration and labeling requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Comments are due March 26, 2019.
  • EPA – Request for Nominations to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2019.
  • FEMA – Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations – Georgia & Texas
    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation, base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. Comments are due Feb. 21, 2019.
  • FEMA – Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations – Arizona & Iowa
    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation, base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. Comments are due Feb. 21, 2019.
  • FEMA – Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations – Alabama
    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation, base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. Comments are due March 4, 2019.
  • FEMA – Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations – Texas
    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation, base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. Comments are due March 4, 2019.
  • FEMA – Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations – Missouri & Michigan
    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation, base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. Comments are due March 28, 2019.
  • Interior Department – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Restoration Plan #1.1 and Environmental Assessment; Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
    The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has prepared Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Restoration of Queen Bess Island (Draft RP/EA #1.1), describing and proposing construction activities for the restoration of Queen Bess Island. The Queen Bess Island Restoration Project was approved for engineering and design in a 2016 restoration plan entitled Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds (RP 1). The Queen Bess Island Restoration Project would continue the process of restoring birds injured as a result of the  2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Public comments on the Enviromental Assesments are due Jan. 20, 2019.
  • NOAA – Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the Rhode Island Coastal Management Program. Meeting is Feb. 15 2019. Written comments are due Feb. 15 2019.
  • NOAA Office of Atmospheric and Oceanic Research – Public Comment for the NOAA Research and Development Plan
    NOAA seeks public comments on its Research and Development Plan set for release in 2019. The R&D strategic plan will provide a common understanding among NOAA’s leadership, workforce, partners, and constituents on the value and direction of NOAA R&D activities. The previous NOAA R&D plan is available at: https://nrc.noaa.gov/​CouncilProducts/​ResearchPlans.aspx. Comments are due Feb. 9, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans
    NMFS has announced that the Proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Plan for Puget Sound Steelhead (Proposed Plan) is available for public review and comment. The Proposed Plan addresses the Puget Sound Steelhead Distinct Population Segment, which was listed as threatened under the ESA on May 11, 2007. As required under the ESA, the Proposed Plan contains objective, measurable delisting criteria, site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the Proposed Plan’s goals, and estimates of the time and cost required to implement recovery actions. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Proposed Plan. Comments are due Feb. 11 2019.
  • USGS – Notice of Request for Nominees for the Advisory Committee on Water Information
    The U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered as Committee members and/or alternates to serve on the Advisory Committee on Water Information.
  • USFS – Forest Plan Development – Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho
    The Salmon-Challis National Forest is initiating the land management planning process pursuant to the 2012 Planning Rule. This process will result in a revised land management plan that describes the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next 10 to 15 years on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. From November 2018 through February 2019, the public is invited to engage in a collaborative process to identify the primary concepts to be considered for the proposed action and associated plan components. More information is at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/scnf/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd544724.
  • USFS and BLM – Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Dairy Syncline Mine and Reclamation Plan, Caribou County, Idaho
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy Management Act, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service Caribou-Targhee National Forest, have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine Project, and by this Notice announce the opening of the comment period. Comments on the draft EIS are due Feb. 21 2019.
  • USFWS – Designation of Critical Habitat for the Candy Darter
    USFWS is proposing designating critical habitat for the candy darter (Etheostoma osburni) under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 596 stream kilometers (370 stream miles), in Virginia and West Virginia, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species’ critical habitat. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the candy darter. Comments are due Jan. 22, 2019.
  • USFWS – Capitol Boulevard Infrastructure Improvements Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Olympia Subspecies of the Mazama Pocket Gopher, Thurston County, WA
    USFWS received an application from the City of Tumwater Public Works Department for an incidental take permit (ITP) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The application includes a habitat conservation plan (HCP), which describes the actions the applicant will take to minimize and mitigate the impacts of the taking of the threatened Olympia subspecies of the Mazama pocket gopher that may occur incidental to the otherwise lawful activities during construction of safety and infrastructure improvements at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Tumwater Boulevard in Tumwater, WA. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment addressing the HCP and proposed permit. USFWS invites the public to review and comment on the documents. Comments are due Jan. 25, 2019.
  • USFWS – Proposed Crestmont Farm Safe Harbor Agreement for the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly in Benton County, OR
    USFWS has received an enhancement of survival permit application from Crestmont Farm pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The permit application includes a draft safe harbor agreement (SHA) developed for the conservation of the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. The permit would authorize the incidental take of the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly associated with habitat management actions intended to benefit the butterfly. USFWS has prepared a draft environment action statement (EAS) for their preliminary determination that the SHA and permit decision may be eligible for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. USFWS is making the permit application package, including the proposed SHA and draft EAS, available for public review and comment. Comments are due Jan. 25, 2019.
  • USFWS – CITES Eighteenth Regular Meeting: Taxa Being Considered for Amendments to the CITES Appendices and Proposed Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items Being Considered; Observer Information
    The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may propose amendments to the CITES Appendices for consideration at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. The eighteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18) is scheduled to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 23 to June 3, 2019. With this notice, USFWS describes proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals) as well as proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items that the United States might submit for consideration at CoP18; invite your comments and information on these proposals; and provide information on how U.S. nongovernmental organizations can attend CoP18 as observers. Organizations requesting approval to attend CoP18 as an observer must send their request by February 15, 2019.
  • USFWS – Revised List of Migratory Birds
    USFWS is proposing to revise the List of Migratory Birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by both adding and removing species. Reasons for the changes to the list include adding species based on new taxonomy and new evidence of natural occurrence in the United States or U.S. territories, removing species no longer known to occur within the United States or U.S. territories, and changing names to conform to accepted use. The net increase of 59 species (66 added and 7 removed) would bring the total number of species protected by the MBTA to 1,085. USFWS regulates the taking, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, barter, exportation, and importation of migratory birds. An accurate and up-to-date list of species protected by the MBTA is essential for public notification and regulatory purposes. Comments are due Jan. 28, 2019.
  • USFWS – Draft List of Bird Species to Which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Apply
    USFWS is publishing a draft list of the nonnative bird species that have been introduced by humans into the United States or U.S. territories and to which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not apply. The Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act amends the MBTA by stating that the MBTA applies only to migratory bird species that are native to the United States or U.S. territories, and that a native migratory bird species is one that is present as a result of natural biological or ecological processes. The MBTRA requires that we publish a list of all nonnative, human-introduced bird species to which the MBTA does not apply. USFWS published that list in 2005, and USFWS is starting the process to update it with this notice. This notice identifies those species that are not protected by the MBTA, even though they belong to biological families referred to in treaties that the MBTA implements, as their presence in the United States or U.S. territories is solely the result of intentional or unintentional human-assisted introductions. This notice presents a draft list of species that are not protected by the MBTA to reflect current taxonomy, to remove one species that no longer occurs in a protected family, and to remove one species as a result of new distributional records documenting its natural occurrence in the United States. Comments are due Jan. 28, 2019.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Sonoyta Mud Turtle
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale) under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 12.28 acres (4.97 hectares) in Pima County, Arizona, located entirely within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If the rule is finalized as proposed, it would extend ESA protections to this subspecies’ critical habitat. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle. Comments are due on or before Feb. 4 2019.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Franciscan Manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana)
    USFWS announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Franciscan Manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) for public review and comment. The draft recovery plan includes objective, measurable criteria for downlisting the species to threatened, and site-specific actions necessary to reclassify the species from endangered to threatened on the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Comments are due Feb. 25, 2019.
  • USFWS – Designation of Critical Habitat for Trispot Darter & Proposed Section 4(d) Rule
    USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for the trispot darter (Etheostoma trisella) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In total, approximately 181 river miles (291 kilometers) and 16,735 acres (6,772 hectares) in the Coosa River system in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the ESA’s protections to this species’ critical habitat. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation and proposes a 4(d) rule for the species to allow stream restoration projects. Comments on the critical habitat, DEA and 4(d) rule are due Feb. 26, 2019.
  • USFWS – Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project for Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia
    The Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to prepare digital versions of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) maps. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have prepared proposed digital boundaries for the second batch of CBRS units included in the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project. This second batch of the project includes a total of 310 CBRS units (256 existing units and 54 proposed new units) located in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York (Long Island), Rhode Island, and Virginia. This notice announces the availability of the proposed boundaries for public review and comment, and also advises the public of upcoming public meetings that will be held via webcast and teleconference. Virtual public meetings will be held on Jan. 29 (Connecticut and Rhode Island), Jan. 30 (New York) and Jan. 31 (Maryland and Virginia). Comments are open through April 17, 2019.
  • USFWS -12-Month Findings on Petitions to List 13 Species as Endangered or Threatened Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 12-month findings on petitions to list 13 species as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS found that it is not warranted at this time to list the Cedar Key mole skink, Florida sandhill crane, Fremont County rockcress, Frisco buckwheat, Ostler’s peppergrass, Frisco clover, MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow, Ozark pyrg, pale blue-eyed grass, San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly, striped newt, Tinian monarch, and Tippecanoe darter. However, USFWS asks the public to submit to us at any time any new information that becomes available relevant to the status of any of the species mentioned above or their habitats.

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