Public comment period extended for frog protection

Comment period also reopen for critical habitat designation

July 23, 2013 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period for 120 days for the proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is also reopening the public comment period for 120 days for the proposal to designate critical habitat for these amphibian species in California.

On April 25, the service published proposals and opened a 60 day public comment period that ended on June 24. During and after the initial comment period, the service received significant interest in extending the comment period.

The service will accept comments through Nov. 18, on the two proposed rules. Comments may be submitted online at the Federal Rulemaking Portal at regulations.gov. The Docket Number for the proposed listing rule is FWS–R8–ES–2012–0100 and for the proposed critical habitat rule is FWS–R8–ES–2012–0074. Comments can also be sent by U.S. mail to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2012–0100 or FWS–R8–ES–2012–0074, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM, Arlington, Va. 22203

Recreation use is not considered a significant threat to any of these species.

For more information on these species and this proposal and the information sought, visit fws.gov/sacramento.

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