NWPs 12 (utility line activities), 13 (bank stabilization), 14 (linear transportation projects), and 36 (boat ramps)) to require pre-construction notification for all proposed activities that would add impervious surface cover in watersheds where listed species/designated critical habitat
occur; provide semi-annual reports on all permitting activities; USACE district staff meet with NOAA Fisheries region staff to discuss semi-annual report data and determine any actions necessary to address specific activities or stressors affecting listed species or critical habitat
The following discussion of critical habitat
Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) On March 29, we designated portions of the following Gulf of Mexico rivers and tributaries as critical habitat
for a threatened species of fish, the Gulf sturgeon: Pearl and Bogue Chitto rivers in Louisiana and Mississippi; Pascagoula, Leaf, Boule (also referred to as Bowie), Big Black Creek and Chickasawhay rivers in Mississippi; Escambia, Conecuh, and Sepulga rivers in Alabama and Florida; Yellow, Blackwater, and Shoal rivers in Alabama and Florida; Choctawhatchee and Pea rivers in Florida and Alabama; Apalachicola and Brothers rivers in Florida; and Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers in Florida.
He shares my concern about making sure there's critical habitat
available for our migratory birds.
The federal government has never designated private lands as critical habitat
as they encouraged private landowners to use the voluntary mechanisms like Habitat Conservation Plans, and other long-term conservation contracts, such as Safe Harbor Agreements to complement federal recovery efforts.
designations do not establish a wildlife refuge, wilderness area, or any other type of conservation reserve, nor do they affect actions of a purely private nature.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to draw the required critical habitat
be excluded from critical habitat
designation if the Secretary
67 million ha) in 28 California counties as critical habitat
for the threatened California red-legged frog, the species that is believed to have inspired Mark Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.
FWS opted for a one-year extension of critical habitat
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had earlier reported to Congress that "species with critical habitat
are twice as likely to be improving as species without it," but under Bush the agency is taking the opposite position.
The agency will also do a new analysis of the economic impacts of designating millions of acres of federal land as critical habitat
for the two birds.