→ Designation of Critical Habitat for Sonoyta Mud Turtle

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to ‘designate critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. In total, approximately 12.28 acres (4.97 hectares) in Pima County, Arizona, located entirely within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation.’ If finalized as proposed, the rule would extend ‘protections to this subspecies' critical habitat.’ Requested comments include those concerning whether or not the habitat should be designated, those adding information on the turtle's biology and ecology, and comments outlining social/economic implications. There is also a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle available for comment.