12-Month Petition Finding and Threatened Species Status for Eastern Black Rail With a Section 4(d) Rule (Draft)
Oct. 10, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month petition finding on a petition to list the eastern black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. FWS proposes to list the eastern black rail, a bird subspecies that occurs in as many as 35 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, as a threatened species under the Act. FWS has determined that designation of critical habitat for the eastern black rail is not prudent at this time, but FWS is seeking public comment on that determination. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Tom McCoy, Field Supervisor, South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29407; tel: 843-727-4707 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50610-50630).