Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Draft)
Jul. 22, 2021
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, we propose to withdraw the 15 January 2021, final rule that would have excluded approximately 3.4 million acres of designated critical habitat for the northern spotted owl. Instead, they propose to revise the species' designated critical habitat by excluding approximately 204,797 acres (82,879 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 as previously proposed. This proposed revision focuses only on exclusions under section 4(b)(2) of the Act; they 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 20 September 2021. 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 Register 20 July 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 38246-38262)