In our last newsletter we announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is requesting comments on a revised northern spotted owl critical habitat designation. The proposed designation was published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2012. The public comment period has been extended from June 6, 2012 to July 6, 2012. The USFWS is extending the public comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed revised critical habitat rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Comments on the critical habitat proposal can be provided through July 6, 2012, in either of two ways:
• Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
In the Keyword box, enter Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2011–0112, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Send a Comment or Submission.”
• By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand‐delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2011–0112; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.