Designation of Critical Habitat for Slickspot Peppergrass (Lepidium papilliferum) (Draft)
Jul. 23, 2020
USFWS again revise their previous proposal to designate critical habitat for slickspot peppergrass (Lepidium papilliferum) under the ESA. In total, approximately 17,049 hectares (ha) (42,129 acres (ac)) in Ada, Elmore, Gem, Payette, and Owyhee Counties in Idaho fall within the boundaries of the revised proposed critical habitat designation. If they finalize this revised rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species' critical habitat. USFWS is proposing changes to their previous critical habitat proposal for slickspot peppergrass based on new information available on the current condition of slickspot peppergrass occurrences, as well as use of an alternative method for mapping critical habitat for the species that more precisely includes areas that provide the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species. The effect of the revised proposed critical habitat would be to conserve slickspot peppergrass and its habitat under the Act. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 21 September 2020. POC is Christopher Swanson, Acting State Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Room 368, Boise, ID 83709; tel 208-378-5243.
(Federal Register: 23 July 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 44584-44617)