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Comment by June 11 on plans to protect Island Marble Butterfly

Photo by Susan VernonComments are being taken until on the listing of the Island Marble Butterfly, found only on San Juan Island, as an Endangered Species and the proposed designation of critical habitat. In 2016, the Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service determined listing of the island marble butterfly was warranted but was precluded by higher priority listing actions. It was given a listing priority number (LPN) of 3 based on the finding that the species faces threats that are imminent and of high magnitude.

The April 12, 2018 announcement in the Federal Register states:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) as an endangered species and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 812 acres (329 hectares) on the south end of San Juan Island, San Juan County, Washington, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species and its critical habitat. The effect of this rule will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and to designate critical habitat for the island marble butterfly under the Act. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the island marble butterfly.

More information about is available at Federal Register

Comments must be received or postmarked on or before June 11, 2018. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal https://www.regulations.gov/ must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.

You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-R1-ES-2016-0145, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2016-0145; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: BPHC; Falls Church, VA 22041.

Send comments only by the methods described above. All comments will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.

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