→ Draft Recovery Plan for Texas Coastal Bend Shortgrass Prairie Species

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of the draft Texas Coastal Bend Shortgrass Prairie Multi-Species Recovery Plan, which includes the slender rush-pea (Hoffmannseggia tenella) and South Texas ambrosia (Ambrosia cheiranthifolia). Both species are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The draft recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria that, when achieved, will enable removal of both species from the list of endangered and threatened plants. The US Fish and Wildlife Service request review and comment on this plan from local, State, and Federal agencies; tribes; and the public. They will also accept any new information on the status of the slender rush-pea and South Texas ambrosia throughout each species' range to assist in finalizing the recovery plan.

→ Notice of Rule-making to Revise Population Designation of North Carolina Red Wolves

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service is notifying the public and other agencies that they intend to begin gathering information necessary to revise the current population designation of red wolves (Canis rufus) in North Carolina. The red wolf is currently listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Today, the only population of red wolves in the wild is the non-essential experimental population established around Alligator River in North Carolina. All other individuals of this species are found in captive facilities around the country. The Service is proposing to change the goal of the current NEP project from solely that of establishing a self-sustaining wild population to a goal of also supporting viability of the captive wolves of the red wolf breeding program, meaning that the captive wolves and the NEP will be managed as one single meta-population. To do so, the Fish and Wildlife Service will be preparing a draft environmental review. This notice calls for suggestions and information on the scope of issues that need to be included in their environmental review. 

 

→ Review of National Monuments

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This is the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Executive Order 13792 directs the Secretary of the Interior to review certain National Monuments designated or expanded under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The list of monuments being reviewed can be found in the Federal Register text (use link below). Among other provisions, Section 1 of the Executive Order states that designations should reflect the Act’s “requirements and original objectives” and “appropriately balance the protection of landmarks, structures, and objects against the appropriate use of Federal lands and the effects on surrounding lands and communities.”  One consideration of the Department of the Interior is whether designated lands are appropriately classified under the Act as “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, [or] other objects of historic or scientific interest”."