COMMENTS: Governors Submit Comments on Proposed Changes to Critical Habitat Designation

Western Governors submitted comments on Oct. 9, 2014, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) regarding three federal proposals (two proposed rules and a draft policy) affecting designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (Act). Western Governors' urge use of state science for critical habitat designation and emphasize designation only of areas essential to species conservation, in keeping with the definition of critical habitat outlined in the Act.  The governors also suggest that the Services use a single set of criteria for analyzing exclusions from critical habitat designation under Section 4(b)(2) of the Act. 

Western Governors submitted comments on Oct. 9, 2014, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) regarding Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat [79 FR 36284, June 26, 2014 and 79 FR 27066, May 12, 2014]. The comments encouraged the use of state science for critical habitat designation and also emphasized designation only of areas essential to species conservation, in keeping with the definition of critical habitat outlined in the Endangered Species Act. Read, download the Letter

Western Governors submitted comments on Oct. 9, 2014, to the Services regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat [79 FR 36284, June 26, 2014 and 79 FR 27060, May 12, 2014]. The Western Governors put forward an alternate definition "more in keeping with the findings of the courts and the elements essential for species conservation." Read, download the Letter

Western Governors submitted comments on Oct. 9, 2014, to the Services regarding the draft Policy Regarding Implementation of Section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act [79 FR 36330, June 26, 2014 and 79 FR 27052, May 12, 2014]. Western Governors expressed their desire "to see this draft policy updated such that a single set of criteria are utilized for discretionary exclusion analysis, holding all parties to the same standards and evaluations." Read, download the Letter


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