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Threatened Species Status With a Section 4(d) Rule for Ocmulgee Skullcap and Designation of Critical Habitat (Draft)
Jun. 22, 2022
USFWS proposes to list the Ocmulgee skullcap (Scutellaria ocmulgee), a plant species from Georgia and South Carolina, as a threatened species and designate critical habitat under the
ESA. This determination also serves as their 12-month finding on a petition to list the Ocmulgee skullcap. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, they find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, they propose to list the Ocmulgee skullcap as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act ("4(d) rule"). They also propose to designate critical habitat for the Ocmulgee skullcap under the Act. In total, approximately 6,577 acres (ac) (2,662 hectares (ha)) in Bibb, Bleckley, Burke, Columbia, Houston, Monroe, Pulaski, Richmond, Screven, and Twiggs counties, Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield counties, South Carolina, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. Comments will be accepted if received or postmarked on or before 22 August 2022. POC is Peter Maholland, Acting Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia Ecological Services Field Office, 355 East Hancock Avenue, Room 320, Athens, Georgia 30601; tel 706-613-6059. (Federal Register 22 June 2022 [Proposed Rule] Pages 37378-37428).

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