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Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Draft)
Aug. 11, 2020
USFWS proposes to revise the designated critical habitat for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) under the ESA. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, they propose to revise the species' designated critical habitat by newly excluding approximately 204,653 acres (82,820 hectares) in Benton, Clackamas, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, Oregon, under section 4(b)(2) of the Act. These proposed exclusions are based on new information that has become available since our 2012 revised critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl. This proposed rule focuses only on new exclusions under section 4(b)(2) of the Act in response to a stipulated settlement agreement; USFWS are not proposing any other revisions to the northern spotted owl's critical habitat designation. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 13 October 2020. POC is Paul Henson, Ph.D., State Supervisor, USFWS, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Portland, OR 97266; tel 503-231-6179. (Federal Registry: 11 August 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 48487-48499)

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