Big Creek Crayfish and St. Francis River Crayfish and Designations of Critical Habitat (Draft)
Sep. 17, 2020
USFWS proposes to list two Missouri species, the Big Creek crayfish (Faxonius peruncus) and the St. Francis River crayfish (Faxonius quadruncus), as threatened species under the ESA. If they finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the ESA's protections to both species. They also propose a species-specific rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act ("4(d) rule") that provides for the protection of the Big Creek crayfish and the St. Francis River crayfish and to designate critical habitat for both species under the ESA. In total, approximately 1,069 river miles (1,720 river kilometers) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for the Big Creek crayfish, and approximately 1,043 river miles (1,679 river kilometers) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for the St. Francis River crayfish. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 16 November 2020. POC is Karen Herrington, Field Supervisor; USFWS; Columbia, Missouri Ecological Services Field Office; 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A; Columbia, MO 65203-0057; tel: 573-234-2132.
(Federal Register 17 September 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 58192-58222)