Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule and Critical Habitat Designation for Atlantic Pigtoe (Draft)
Sep. 22, 2020
USFWS announced the reopening of the comment period on their 11 October 2018, proposed rule to list the Atlantic pigtoe (Fusconaia masoni) as a threatened species with a section 4(d) rule, and to designate critical habitat for the species, under the ESA. In this document, They present revisions to the section 4(d) rule language and to the critical habitat designation they proposed for the species on 11 October 2018. As a result of the critical habitat revisions, they now propose to designate a total of 566 miles (910 kilometers) as critical habitat for the Atlantic pigtoe across 18 units within portions of 14 counties in Virginia and 17 counties in North Carolina. USFWS is reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the 11 October 2018, proposed rule, as well as the revisions described in this document. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. The comment period for the proposed rule published 11 October 2018, at 83 FR 51570 is reopened. So that USFWS can fully consider your comments in our final determination, submit them on or before 22 October 2020. POC is Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: 919-856-4520.
(Federal Register 22 September 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 59487-59511)