Federal Register Opportunities

The Federal Register is a daily publication by the United States Government, known as the newspaper of the federal government. It includes executive orders, public notices, proclamations, and proposed and final administrative regulations for federal agencies. It also provides opportunities for the public to comment on proposed rules before they are finalized. Public comments can be submitted in writing, orally at a hearing, or, in some cases, online via e-mail.  Comment periods are typically between 30 and 90 days, though they do vary. Instructions on how, when, and where to submit comments for each proposed regulation are available in the Register and agencies are required to list the name and telephone number of a spokesperson to contact for more information. Agencies are also required to address significant issues introduced in comments and publicize changes made in response.

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

Upcoming Public Meetings:

Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:

  • USDA APHIS – Deregulation of Pine Shoot Beetle
    USDA APHIS is proposing to amend its regulations to remove the domestic pine shoot beetle (PSB) quarantine and to eliminate the restrictions that apply to the importation of PSB host material from Canada. The agency has prepared an analysis of regulatory options, which has been made available for public review and comment, that evaluates the effectiveness of the regulatory program in slowing the spread of the pest and reducing damages. USDA APHIS will consider all comments received on or before Nov. 22, 2019.
  • BEA – Request for Comments on Developing State-Level Statistics for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is soliciting comments from the public about new prototype statistics on the economic activity generated by outdoor recreation in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Following the public comment period, BEA will evaluate feedback, finalize the methodology and related materials, and begin publishing this data series annually in the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA). Comments must be received no later than March 31, 2020.
  • BLM- Draft Enviornmental Impact Statement – Tri-State Fuel Breaks Project (Idaho, Oregon, Nevada)
    The BLM in Idaho and Oregon prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) titled Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a fuel and wildfire management project in Greater-sage grouse habitat. Comments on the draft EIS are due November 25, 2019.
  • BLM – Notice of Intent To Prepare Resource Management Plan Amendments for 9 BLM-Wyoming Resource Management Plans and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze potential Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendments for BLM Wyoming’s Cody, Worland, Buffalo, Casper, Lander, Pinedale, Kemmerer, Rawlins and Rock Springs field offices. The proposed amendments would designate pipeline corridors as part of the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) proposed by the State of Wyoming. By this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. Comments on the RMP amendments and associated EIS may be submitted in writing until December 16, 2019.
  • BLM – Proposed Rule: Non-Energy Solid Leasable Minerals Royalty Rate Reduction Process
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to amend its regulations to revise the process for lessees to seek and for the BLM to grant reductions of rental fees, royalty rates, and/or minimum production requirements associated with non-energy solid leasable minerals. The proposed rule would streamline the process for such reductions for non-energy solid minerals leased by the Federal Government and would codify the BLM’s authority to issue an area- or industry-wide reduction on its own initiative. The BLM claims that existing regulatory requirements are overly restrictive, inflexible, and burdensome. A report from the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the 2019 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill encouraged the BLM to work with soda ash producers to reduce the Federal royalty rate, as appropriate. The proposed rule would give the BLM more flexibility to respond to changing market dynamics by improving the BLM’s ability to boost production and support development of the Federal mineral estate when deemed necessary. Please submit comments on or before December 17, 2019.
  • Commerce Department – Call for Nominations: Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building
    Notice is hereby given that the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building will be established and will terminate not later than two years after the date of the first meeting. The Advisory Committee will review, analyze, and make recommendations on how to promote the use of Federal data for evidence building. This notice also requests nominations for non-Federal members of the Advisory Committee to ensure a wide range of member candidates and a balanced Advisory Committee. Nominations must be received on or before midnight EST on December 4, 2019. The Department encourages nominations submitted any time before the deadline. After that date, the Department will continue to accept nominations under this notice to fill any vacancies that may arise.
  • EPA – Water Quality Trading Under The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program
    The EPA is requesting comment on policy approaches for addressing “baseline” issues in watersheds with EPA-approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) where policymakers would like to pursue water quality trading as a regulatory option for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance. These policy approaches may also be of interest to stakeholders pursuing market-based water quality improvement programs outside of the NPDES permit program. Comments must be received on or before November 18, 2019.
  • EPA -Reopening of Comment Period on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review
    The EPA is reopening the comment period on a proposed a rule titled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review.” The comment period on the proposed rule originally closed on September 30, 2019, but is now reopening until November 30, 2019. The comment period will remain open to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposal.
  • EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients (September 2019)
    The EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received on or before November 25, 2019.
  • EPA – Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides
    This notice announced the availability of the EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of alkylbenzene sulfonates, cyproconazole, etoxazole, fenamidone, fenbutatin-oxide, fluazifop-p-butyl, flumetralin, MCPB and salts, mecoprop (MCPP-p), oxyfluorfen, pinoxaden, pyraclostrobin, and pyraflufen-ethyl. Comments must be received on or before November 29, 2019.
  • EPA – Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (External Review Draft)
    The EPA is announcing a public comment period for the draft document titled, “Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants”. The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA’s Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The Integrated Science Assessment (ISA), in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provides the scientific basis for EPA’s decisions on the adequacy of the current review of the ozone NAAQS and the appropriateness of possible alternative standards. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public. Comments must be received on or before December 2, 2019.
  • EPA – Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-4.F)
    EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 26 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Five of these chemical substances are subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to TSCA, and the remaining 21 of these chemical substances received a “not likely to present an unreasonable risk” determination pursuant to TSCA. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture or process any of these 26 chemical substances for an activity that is proposed as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification initiates EPA’s evaluation of the use, under the conditions of use for that chemical substance, within the applicable review period. Comments must be received on or before December 4, 2019.
  • EPA – Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Paraquat Dichloride
    The EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice of availability, for interested parties to provide comments and input concerning the Agency’s draft human health and ecological risk assessments for paraquat dichloride. The Agency will consider all comments received during the public comment period and make changes, as appropriate, to the draft human health and/or ecological risk assessment. EPA may then issue a revised risk assessment, explain any changes to the draft risk assessment, and respond to comments. Comments must be received on or before December 16, 2019
  • EPA – Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan
    The EPA is requesting public comment on a draft National Water Reuse Action Plan. This draft Action Plan seeks to foster greater consideration of water reuse across the water sector, such as agriculture, industry, potable water and more. To accelerate the consideration of water reuse approaches and build on existing science, research, policy, technology, and both national and international experiences, the EPA has facilitated development of this draft National Water Reuse Action Plan across the water sector and with federal, state, and tribal partners. The draft Action Plan is intended to seek commitments and drive action across the various stakeholder groups and the Nation. The plan consists of 46 proposed actions that support consideration and implementation of water reuse applications across ten strategic objectives. Comments must be received on or before December 16, 2019.
  • EPA – Clean Water Act Methods Update Rule for the Analysis of Effluent
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to its test procedures required to be used by industries and municipalities when analyzing the chemical, physical, and biological properties of wastewater and other environmental samples for reporting under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Comments must be received by December 23, 2019.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review on Anthraquinone; Docket Opened for Review and Comment
    The EPA is opening the public comment period for review of anthraquinone. Registration review is the EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, the EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. Comments must be received on or before December 30, 2019.
  • EPA – Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) Notice of Membership Solicitation
    The EPA is inviting nominations for membership on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC). The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. Nominations should be submitted no later than December 31, 2019.
  • EPA – Draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation and TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) Meeting and public comment request regarding N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP)
    EPA is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on the draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation of N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The purpose of the risk evaluation process under TSCA is to determine, upon issuance of a final risk evaluation, whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment under the conditions of use, including an unreasonable risk to a relevant potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation. EPA is also submitting the same document to the TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) for peer review and is announcing that there will be an in-person public meeting of the TSCA SACC to consider and review the draft risk evaluation. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a preparatory virtual public meeting for the panel to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the peer review. The in-person meeting will be held on December 5-6, 2019. All comments on the draft risk evaluation must be received on or before January 6, 2020.
  • EPA – National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
    The EPA proposed regulatory revisions to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for lead and copper under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The EPA argues this proposed rule provides more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. They argue this proposed rule also strengthens procedures and requirements related to health protection and the implementation of the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: Lead tap sampling; corrosion control treatment; lead service line replacement; consumer awareness; and public education. This proposal does not include revisions to the copper requirements of the existing LCR. In addition, this proposal includes new requirements for community water systems to conduct lead in drinking water testing and public education in schools and child care facilities. Comments must be received on or before January 13, 2020.
  • EPA – Good Neighbor Environmental Board Nominations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Vacancies are expected to be filled by March 31, 2020. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. Submit nominations to Eugene Green, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Resources and Business Operations, Federal Advisory Committee Management Division (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. You may also email nominations with the subject line COMMITTEE APPLICATION PACKAGE 2020 for (Name of Nominee) to green.eugene@epa.gov.
  • Forest Service – Proposed Exemption of Tongass National Forest from Roadless Area Conservation Rule
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which prohibits tree harvest and road construction/reconstruction within inventoried roadless areas with certain limited exceptions. In addition, the proposed rule would provide an administrative procedure for correcting and modifying inventoried roadless area boundaries on the Chugach National Forest. The USDA invites written comments on the proposed rule and the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The proposed rule would not directly authorize any ground-disturbing activities. Comments must be received in writing by December 16, 2019.
  • Forest Service – Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Curlew National Grassland Integrated Weed Management Analysis
    The Caribou-Targhee National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for invasive plant management. Invasive plants are a major threat to the biological diversity and ecological integrity within and outside the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the Curlew National Grassland (Forests). The Forests propose to implement adaptive and integrated invasive plan management on current and potential infested areas forest-wide. A clear and comprehensive integrated invasive plant management strategy would allow for the implementation of timely and effective invasive plant management and prevention projects and programs on the Forests. In the absence of an aggressive invasive plant management program, the number, density, and distribution of invasive plants on both Forests is expected to increase.Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by December 23, 2019. The draft EIS is expected in May 2020 and the final EIS is expected in November 2020.
  • Forest Service – Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
    The US Forest Service requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian Tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access. Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All applications, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 6th, 2020.
  • Interior Department – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan 1.2 and Environmental Assessment: Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project Spanish Pass Increment and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project Increment One; Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
    The Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) have prepared a Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.2: Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project Spanish Pass Increment and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project Increment One (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2), proposing construction activities for the restoration of wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats injured in the Louisiana Restoration Area as a result of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. The two projects are components of larger marsh restoration strategies, and were approved for engineering and design (E&D) in a 2017 restoration plan entitled Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds (Phase 1 RP #1). The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 analyzes design alternatives for the two projects, and proposes a preferred design alternative for construction of each. We invite comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2. The Interior Department will consider public comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 received on or before November 18, 2019.
  • Interior Department – Rabbit Island Restoration and Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve
    The Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) have prepared the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.3:Rabbit Island Restoration and Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3). The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3 proposes construction activities to help restore injured resources under two restoration types identified in the Final PDARP/PEIS — bird and habitat projects on federal lands. The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3 analyzes design alternatives for the two projects and proposes a preferred design alternative for construction of each. The LA TIG invites comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3. Comments must be submitted on or before December 20, 2019.
  • NOAA – Initiation of Review of Management Plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
    NOAA is initiating a review of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary management plan, to evaluate substantive progress toward implementing the goals of the sanctuary, and to make revisions to the management plan as necessary to fulfill the purposes and policies of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. NOAA anticipates management plan changes will require preparation of an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. NOAA will conduct public scoping meetings to gather information and other comments from individuals, organizations, tribes and government agencies on the scope, types, and significance of issues related to the CINMS management plan and the proper scope of environmental analysis for the management plan review. Written comments should be received on or before November 15, 2019.
  • NOAA – Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Public Comment for a Proposed Boundary Expansion for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering a request to amend the boundary of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Elkhorn Slough NERR or the Reserve) and is soliciting comments from the public on the proposed boundary expansion. The public is also invited to comment on the draft environmental assessment for the proposed boundary expansion. Any person wishing to comment on the proposed boundary expansion or the environmental assessment may submit comments. Written comments must be received on or before November 27, 2019.
  • NOAA –  Availability of a Draft Revised Management Plan for the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting comments from the public on a draft revised management plan for the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The revision of the existing plan is necessitated by the applicable requirements of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The North Carolina Research Reserve revised plan is intended to replace the plan approved in 2009. Comments must be received on or before November 27, 2019.
  • NOAA – Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint and Announcement of Public Meetings
    NOAA has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to evaluate a range of alternatives for changes to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) to expand the boundary of the sanctuary, update sanctuary-wide regulations, update the individual marine zones and their associated regulations, and revise the sanctuary management plan. FKNMS protects 3,800 square miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys, from south of Miami westward to the Dry Tortugas. Within the boundary of the sanctuary lie spectacular, unique, and nationally significant marine resources including North America’s only coral barrier reef, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove-fringed islands, and more than 6,000 species of marine life. The sanctuary also protects pieces of our Nation’s history such as shipwrecks and other archeological resources. The DEIS includes a proposed action and a range of alternatives that would help improve the condition of resources in the Florida Keys through a series of regulatory and management measures designed to reduce threats and, where appropriate, restore coral reefs, seagrasses, and other important habitats. NOAA is soliciting public comment on the DEIS, also referred to as the Restoration Blueprint. Comments on this DEIS will be considered if received by January 31, 2020. Public meetings will be held December 10 (Marathon, FL).
  • NOAA NMFS – Proposed Rule for Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Implementation of Regulatory Amendment 27 for Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
    NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27 (Regulatory Amendment 27) to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this proposed rule would modify commercial fishing seasons, trip limits, and minimum size limits for selected snapper-grouper species in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The purpose of this proposed rule is to improve equitable access for commercial fishermen in the snapper-grouper fishery, minimize discards to the extent practicable, and improve marketability within the snapper-grouper fishery.Written comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 18, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Habitat Clam Dredge Exemption Framework
    NMFS reopened the comment period on the proposed rule to implement the New England Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Clam Dredge Exemption Framework Adjustment to its Fishery Management Plans published on September 17, 2019. The New England Fishery Management Council requested the comment period be reopened due to concerns that an error in a URL in the proposed rule may have prevented some individuals from submitting comments. Reopening the comment period through November 18, 2019, and including the correct URL should ensure all interested parties are able to comment on the proposed action.
  • NOAA NMFS – International Fisheries; Eastern Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Area of Overlap Between the Convention Areas of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
    NMFS seeks comments on this proposed rule issued under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFCIA) and the Tuna Conventions Act. The proposed rule would revise the management regime for fishing vessels that target tunas and other highly migratory fish species (HMS) in the area of overlapping jurisdiction in the Pacific Ocean between the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC). The proposed rule would apply all regulations implementing IATTC resolutions in the area of overlapping jurisdiction. Under this proposed rule, regulations implementing WCPFC decisions on catch and fishing effort limits, bycatch mitigation measures, and associated reporting requirements would no longer apply in the area of overlapping jurisdiction. However, regulations implementing WCPFC management measures related to monitoring, control, and surveillance would continue to apply in the area of overlapping jurisdiction. NMFS is undertaking this action based on an evaluation of the management regime in the area of overlapping jurisdiction, in order to satisfy the obligations of the United States as member of the IATTC and the WCPFC, pursuant to the authority of the WCPFCIA and the Tuna Conventions Act. Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by November 22, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 8
    The NMFS  proposes regulations to implement Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. The New England Fishery Management Council developed Amendment 8 to specify a long-term acceptable biological catch control rule for Atlantic herring and address localized depletion and user group conflict. This amendment would establish an acceptable biological catch control rule that accounts for herring’s role in the ecosystem and prohibit midwater trawling in inshore Federal waters from the U.S./Canada border to the Rhode Island/Connecticut border. Amendment 8 is intended to support sustainable management of the herring resource and help ensure that herring is available to minimize possible detrimental biological impacts on predators of herring and associated socioeconomic impacts on other user groups. Public comments must be received by November 25, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Coral and Coral Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 9
    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coral and Coral Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 9) to the FMP for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. Amendment 9, if approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and an associated framework action to the FMP would establish new habitat areas of particular concern, some of which include a prohibition of the deployment of bottom-tending gear, and modify current fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of Amendment 9 and the framework action is to protect coral essential fish habitat in the Gulf. Written comments on Amendment 9 must be received by November 25, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Availability of a fishery evaluation and management plan for endangered and threatened species and take of anadromous fish
  • Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has provided a Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan (FMEP) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FMEP specifies the implementation of fisheries targeting Coho salmon and resident trout in Oregon waters of the Snake River Basin. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the FMEP for comment prior to a decision by NMFS on whether to approve the proposed fisheries. Comments must be received at the appropriate address no later than 5 p.m. Pacific time on November 25, 2019. Comments received after this date may not be accepted.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region; Regulatory Amendment 26
    The NMFS proposes to implement recreational sector management measures described in Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26 (Regulatory Amendment 26) to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). For the recreational sector, this proposed rule would remove the minimum size limits for queen snapper, silk snapper, and blackfin snapper, reduce the minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the east coast of Florida, and modify the 20-fish snapper-grouper aggregate bag limit. The purpose of this proposed rule is to minimize regulatory discards to the extent practicable, improve regulatory compliance among fishers, and increase consistency among regulations. Written comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 25, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Proposed Rule To Designate Critical Habitat for the Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales
    The NMFS proposes to designate critical habitats for the endangered Western North Pacific distinct population segment (DPS), the endangered Central America DPS, and the threatened Mexico DPS of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Areas proposed as critical habitat include specific marine areas located off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Based on consideration of national security and economic impacts, they also propose to exclude multiple areas from the designation for each DPS. The NMFS is soliciting comments on all aspects of the proposed critical habitat designations. Comments must be received by December 9, 2019. Requests for public hearings must be made in writing by November 25, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; IFQ Program; Modify Medical and Beneficiary Transfer Provisions
    The NMFS proposes regulations to modify the medical and beneficiary transfer provisions of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries. This proposed rule is intended to simplify administration of the medical and beneficiary transfer provisions while promoting the long-standing objective of maintaining an owner-operated IFQ fishery. This proposed rule would also make minor technical corrections to regulations for improved accuracy and clarity. This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the IFQ Program, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, and other applicable laws.Submit comments on or before November 25, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS -Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region; Regulatory Amendment 30
    NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Regulatory Amendment 30 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). For red grouper, this proposed rule would modify the spawning season closures for the commercial and recreational sectors in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off North Carolina and South Carolina and establish a commercial trip limit. Additionally, Regulatory Amendment 30 would revise the rebuilding schedule for red grouper. The purpose of this proposed rule and Regulatory Amendment 30 is to modify the rebuilding schedule and extend protections for red grouper. Comments must be received by November 29, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Nominations for the Advisory panel on Atlantic Highly Migratory Species
    NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (10) of the seats on the HMS AP for 3-year appointments. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS A . Nominations must be received on or before November 29, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
    NMFS is extending the public comment period on the proposed Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (DBHCP) developed by the Deschutes Basin Board of the Control and the City of Prineville (applicants) in support of their application for an incidental take permit from NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The USFWS prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NMFS is a cooperating agency under NEPA for this action. The comment period is now extended 15 days and will close on December 3, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Red Snapper Management Measures
    The NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would modify the red snapper Federal charter vessel/headboat (for-hire) component’s annual catch target (ACT) for the 2020 and subsequent fishing years. The purpose of the framework action is to allow for greater harvest of red snapper by the Federal for-hire component. Written comments must be received by December 12, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Announcement of a Recovery Planning Workshop and Request for Information To Inform Recovery Planning for the Oceanic Whitetip Shark
    The NMFS is convening a workshop to solicit facts and information from experts to inform recovery planning for the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus). They will not be asking for a consensus recommendation on how to recover the oceanic whitetip shark. The NMFS is seeking comments that might inform the development of the recovery plan. Please submit information to inform recovery planning by December 16, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Inspection and Certification of Establishments and Fishery Products for Human Consumption
    The NMFS Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection intends to revise regulations at 50 CFR parts 260 and 261 to improve the uniformity and reliability of voluntary seafood inspection services by adopting recognized best practices for inspection. The existing regulations have not been significantly revised or updated since NMFS first issued them in 1971. NMFS is issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking requesting input from stakeholders and interested parties on focused areas of the Seafood Inspection Program regulations. Based on comments received and NMFS’ overall assessment, NMFS expects to comprehensively overhaul the regulations. Written comments must be received on or before December 16, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Public Comment for the Four Draft NOAA Science and Technology Strategies: NOAA Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence, `Omics, and Cloud Strategies
    The NOAA nnnounces the availability for public comment of its Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence, `Omics, and Cloud draft strategies. These strategies are intended to dramatically expand our application of these four emerging science and technology focus areas by improving the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of their development and usage across the agency. Comments must be received by December 16, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Coral and Coral Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 9
    The NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coral and Coral Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 9) and an associated framework action to the FMP, as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would establish new habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), some of which include a prohibition of the deployment of bottom-tending gear, and modify current fishing regulations for the other existing HAPCs in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). Additionally, this proposed rule would implement complementary management measures for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) in the Gulf. The purpose of this proposed rule is to protect coral essential fish habitat in the Gulf. Written comments must be received by December 16, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Proposed Rule To Revise Critical Habitat for the Southern Resident Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment
    The NMFS proposes to  revise the critical habitat designation for the Southern Resident killer whale DPS (Orcinus orca) under the ESA. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), propose to revise the critical habitat designation for the Southern Resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by designating six new areas along the U.S. West Coast. Specific new areas proposed along the U.S. West Coast include 15,626.6 square miles (mi2) (40,472.7 square kilometers (km2)) of marine waters between the 6.1-meter (m) (20 feet (ft)) depth contour and the 200-m (656.2 ft) depth contour from the U.S. international border with Canada south to Point Sur, California. We solicit comments from the public on all aspects of the proposal, including information on the economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of the proposed revision to the critical habitat designation. Comments on this proposed rule and supporting documents must be received by December 18, 2019
  • NOAA NMFS – Scoping Meeting for Protective Regulations for Killer Whales in the Inland Waters of Washington State
    The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to revise the critical habitat designation for the Southern Resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act by designating six new areas along the U.S. West Coast. Specific new areas proposed along the U.S. West Coast include 15,626.6 square miles (mi2) of marine waters between the 6.1-meter (m) (20 feet (ft)) depth contour and the 200-m (656.2 ft) depth contour from the U.S. international border with Canada south to Point Sur, California. NMFS solicits comments from the public on all aspects of the proposal, including information on the economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of the proposed revision to the critical habitat designation. Comments on this proposed rule and supporting documents must be received by December 18, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Whiting; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 21-4; Catch Share Program, 5-Year Review, Follow-on Actions
    This notice informs the public of an upcoming scoping process, including a scoping meeting, to solicit public comments on whether, based on best available information, existing National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations and other measures adequately protect killer whales from the impacts of vessels and noise in the inland waters of Washington State and, if not, what actions NMFS should take. Written or electronic scoping comments must be received by December 23, 2019.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
    The NMFS, announced the extension of the comment period for the receipt of 14 applications for enhancement of survival permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended, and proposed entry into an associated Template Safe Harbor Agreement between the applicants and NMFS. The Notice of Receipt for the 14 applications published on October 15, 2019. The proposed enhancement of survival permits and Agreement are intended to promote the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU), which is listed as threatened under the ESA. They are soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the applications and associated documents. The close of the comment period is being extended—from November 15, 2019, to December 31, 2019—to provide additional opportunity for public comment.
  • NOAA NMFS – Initiation of 5-Year Reviews for 28 Listed Species of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead
    NMFS is announcing 5-year reviews of 28 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The listed species comprise 17 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) and 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The purpose of these reviews is to ensure the accuracy of their listing classifications. The 5-year reviews will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the reviews; therefore, NMFS is requesting that interested parties submit new relevant information on these ESUs and DPSs that has become available since the last species status reviews in 2016. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, NMFS will make the requisite determinations under the ESA. To allow NMFS adequate time to conduct these reviews, the agency must receive the new relevant information by close of business on March 27, 2020.
  • USFWS – Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan – San Luis Obispo County, California
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application from the County of San Luis Obispo for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The permit, if issued, would authorize take of the federally endangered Morro shoulderband snail (Helminthoglypta walkeriana) and Morro Bay kangaroo rat (Dipodomys heermanni morroensis) and provide assurances for the federally endangered Indian Knob mountainbalm (Eriodictyon altissimum) and federally threatened Morro manzanita (Arctostaphylos morroensis). USFWS invites public comment on the draft habitat conservation plan and a draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. USFWS will receive public comments on the draft habitat conservation plan and draft environmental assessment until November 18, 2019.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Blue-Tailed Mole Skink, and Florida Scrub-Jay, Highlands County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from Palmetto Lake Placid-Lakes Blvd., LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests an ITP to take the federally listed sand skink, blue-tailed mole skink, and Florida scrub-jay incidental to construction in Highlands County, Florida. The FWS request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, the organization used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments by November 21, 2019.
  • US FWS – Draft Environmental Assessment for an Application for an Incidental Take Permit; Diamond Spring Wind Project Habitat Conservation Plan for the Endangered American Burying Beetle in Pontotoc and Johnston Counties, Oklahoma
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from Diamond Spring Wind, LLC for an ITP pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The application includes habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the American burying beetle (ABB) in Pontotoc and Johnston Counties, Oklahoma. The HCP and associated incidental take permit (ITP) would authorize incidental take resulting from activities covered by the HCP (e.g., construction, infrastructure, maintenance and habitat restoration). We also announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment (dEA) that has been prepared to evaluate the ITP application in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.The FWS is making the permit application package, including the HCP and dEA, available for public review and comment. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 21, 2019.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Blue-Tailed Mole Skink, and Florida Scrub-Jay, Highlands County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from Palmetto Lake Placid-Lakes Blvd., LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests an ITP to take the federally listed sand skink, blue-tailed mole skink, and Florida scrub-jay incidental to construction in Highlands County, Florida. The FWS request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, the organization used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments by November 21, 2019.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Amendment to the Recovery Plan for the Rough Popcornflower
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft amendment updating the recovery criteria in the Recovery Plan for the Rough Popcornflower (Plagiobothrys hirtus). Rough popcornflower, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), is an annual herb in the borage family (Boraginaceae), endemic to wet swales and meadows in Douglas County, Oregon. USFWS is updating recovery criteria to better assist in determining when the species has recovered to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the protections afforded by the ESA are no longer necessary and the species may be removed from the ESA’s protections. USFWS requests review of this draft recovery plan amendment and invite comments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. written comments must be received on or before November 25, 2019.
  • USFWS – Proposed 2020-21 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals; Notice of Meetings
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to establish annual hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds for the 2020-21 hunting season. This proposed rule provides the regulatory schedule, announces the Service Migratory Bird Regulations Committee (SRC) meetings, describes the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2020-21 duck hunting seasons, and requests proposals from Indian tribes that wish to establish special migratory game bird hunting regulations on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. Interested parties may comment on the general harvest strategy and the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2020-21 season until November 15, 2019. Following subsequent Federal Register documents, they will be given an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed frameworks by January 15, 2020. Tribes must submit proposals and related comments on or before December 1, 2019.
  • USFWS – Removal of Howellia aquatilis (Water Howellia) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove the plant Howellia aquatilis (water howellia) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. The best available scientific and commercial data indicate that threats to water howellia identified at the time of listing in 1994 are not as significant as originally anticipated and are being adequately managed. Therefore, the species no longer meets the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This determination is based on a thorough review of all available information, which indicates that this species’ population and distribution are much greater than was known at the time of listing in 1994 and that threats to this species have been sufficiently minimized. USFWS is seeking information and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule and the draft post-delisting monitoring plan for water howellia. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 6, 2019.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status for West Coast Distinct Population Segment of Fisher With Section 4(d) Rule
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, notify the public that they are making changes to their October 7, 2014, proposed rule to list the West Coast Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of fisher (Pekania pennanti) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). Based on new information since 2014 and a reconsideration of the best available information in their files, the USFWS is revising the proposed rule to list the DPS as a threatened species under the Act. They propose a concurrent rule under section 4(d) of the Act for this DPS. They are reopening the comment period to allow comments on the new information presented in this document relevant to the changes and proposed 4(d) rule described below. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 9, 2019.
  • USFWS – General Provisions; Revised List of Migratory Birds
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes additions to the November 28, 2018, proposed rule to update the List of Migratory Birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The proposed revisions in this document consist of further updates to taxonomy and distribution published in 2019. The net increase of 8 additional species to the November 28, 2018, proposed rule would bring the total number of species protected by the MBTA to 1,093. They request public comments on the revisions described in this document, as well as on their November 28, 2018, proposed rule. If you previously submitted comments on our November 28, 2018, proposed rule, please do not resubmit them, as the USFWS will fully consider those comments when preparing our final rule.The comment period for the November 28, 2018, proposed rule (83 FR 61288) is reopened. The USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 12, 2019.
  • USFWS – Habitat Conservation Plan for the Smith’s Blue Butterfly, Monterey Spineflower, and Monterey Gilia; Categorical Exclusion for the South of Tioga Project
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) received an application for an incidental take permit for the federally endangered Smith’s blue butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. DBO Development #30, LLC, submitted an application for a permit, which, if issued, would authorize take incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the South of Tioga Project draft habitat conservation plan. USFWS is invitig public comments. Written comments should be received on or before December 12, 2019.
  • USFWS – Removal of the Interior Least Tern From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
    The USFWS proposes to remove the inland population of the least tern (Interior least tern) (Sterna (now Sternula) antillarum), from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The Interior least tern is a bird that nests adjacent to major rivers of the Great Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. This proposed action is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the Interior least tern has recovered and no longer meets the definition of an endangered or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Their review shows that threats identified for the species at the time of listing, i.e., habitat loss, curtailment of range, predation, and inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms, have been eliminated or reduced, and the Interior least tern has increased in abundance and range. They also announced the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the Interior least tern. We seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule and the associated draft PDM plan. The USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 23, 2019.
  • USFWS – Draft Recovery Plan for the Streaked Horned Lark
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for the Streaked Horned Lark under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The draft recovery plan includes specific goals, objectives, and criteria that should be met to remove the species from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. They request review and comment on this draft recovery plan from Federal, State, and local agencies; Native American Tribes; and the public.In order to be considered, comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before December 30, 2019.
  • USFWS – 90-Day Findings for Gila topminnow, lake sturgeon and Siskiyou Mountains salamander 
    In response to stakeholder petitions, USFWS has determined that a reclassification of the status of the Gila topminnow from endangered to threatened species status may be warranted. USFWS has also determined that listing the lake sturgeon as endangered or threatened may be warranted and that listing the Siskiyou Mountains salamander is not warranted. The agency seeks any new information concerning the statuses of, or threats to, these species or their habitats and will consider any relevant information received during work on the status reviews.
  • USFWS – 12-Month Findings on Petitions To List Eight Species as Endangered or Threatened Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 12-month findings on petitions to list eight species as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS found that it is not warranted at this time to list the Arapahoe snowfly, brook floater, golden orb, Joshua tree, seaside alder, smooth pimpleback, tricolored blackbird, and yellow-banded bumblebee. However, USFWS asks the public to submit at any time any new information that becomes available relevant to the status of any of the species mentioned above or their habitats.
  • USFWS – 90-Day Findings for Three Species
    Based on a review of petitions submitted to USFWS, USFWS has determined that threatened or endangered species status may be warranted for the Mojave poppy bee (Perdita meconis) and the Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis). USFWS has also determined threatened or endangered species status is not warranted for the Yellowstone National Park bison (population of Bison bison bison). USFWS seeks any new information concerning the status of, or threats to, the species or its habitat. Any information received during the agency’s work on the status review will be considered.
  • USFWS – Twelve Species Not Warranted for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces findings that 12 species are not warranted for listing 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 Berry Cave salamander, cobblestone tiger beetle, Florida clamshell orchid, longhead darter, Ocala vetch, Panamint alligator lizard, Peaks of Otter salamander, redlips darter, Scott riffle beetle, southern hognose snake, yellow anise tree, and yellow-cedar. However, USFWS asks the public to submit to us at any time any new information relevant to the status of any of the species mentioned above or their habitats.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding for the Bone Cave Harvestman
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announces a plan to initiate a review of the status of the Bone Cave harvestman to determine whether delisting the species from the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is warranted. This announcement followed a 90-day finding on a petition to delist the Bone Cave Harvestman, which presented substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that delisting the Bone Cave Harvestman may be warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, the USFWS is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species. Based on the status review, they will issue a 12-month finding that will address whether or not delisting the Bone Cave harvestman is warranted, in accordance with the Act. The USFWS seeks any new information concerning the status of, or threats to, the species or its habitat and relevant conservation measures in place. it will consider any relevant information received during their work on the status review.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Domestic and Foreign Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notification of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
    In this candidate notice of review (CNOR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), presents an updated list of plant and animal species they regard as candidates for or have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting earlier candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species. This document also includes USFWS’ findings on resubmitted petitions and describes their progress in revising the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (Lists) during the period October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018. They request any additional status information that may be available for the candidate species identified in this CNOR at any given time.
  • State Department – Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline
    The State Department announces the availability for public review and comment of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The Draft SEIS—consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act —updates the 2014 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, analyzes the impacts related to changes in the Project since 2014, and incorporates current information and new studies, as applicable. The Department invites members of the public, government agencies, tribal governments, and all other interested parties to comment on the Draft SEIS during the 45-day public comment period, ending on November 18, 2019.

 

 

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