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Unified Agenda 0648-BA77

Revised Implementing Regulations for Requirements To Publish Textual Descriptions of Boundaries of Critical Habitat

Summary

We (FWS and NMFS; also collectively referred to as the Services) revise the implementing regulations contained within title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, sections 17.94(b), 226.101, 424.12(c), 424.16(b) and (c)(ii), and 424.18(a), as they relate to publishing textual descriptions of proposed and final critical habitat boundaries in the Federal Register. In the interest of efficiency, saving taxpayer monies, and making the process of designating critical habitat more user-friendly for affected parties, the public as a whole, and the Services, we maintain the publication of maps of proposed and final critical habitat designations, but make optional the inclusion of any textual description of the boundaries of the designation in the Federal Register. Although the boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise described in the Regulation Promulgation section of a future rulemaking that is published in the Federal Register will be the official delineation of the designation, we will provide the public with easier-to-use and more accessible tools that represent the Services' interpretation of which areas are covered by the designation. These tools will be available on the Internet and at the applicable FWS or NMFS office.

Timeline

3 actions from May 17th, 2011 to December 2011

  • May 17th, 2011
  • July 18th, 2011
    • NPRM Comment Period End
  • December 2011
    • Final Action

Contacts

  • Marta Nammack
    Office of Protected Resources
    Phone 301 713-1401
    Fax 301 427-2523
    1315 East-West Highway,
    Silver Spring MD 20910

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