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Public comments sought on Draft Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Island Marble Butterfly

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public review and comment on a draft programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) and issuing a proposed Enhancement of Survival Permit (permit) to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The draft CCAA covers the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) on San Juan Island and Lopez Island in Washington.

A Notice of Availability, and request for comments on the draft CCAA, and draft Environmental Action Statement was published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2019.

WDFW developed a draft CCAA and applied for a permit covering non-Federal landowners that voluntarily enroll their properties and implement specific conservation measures supporting efforts to reestablish the distribution and abundance of the island marble butterfly on San Juan and Lopez Islands in Washington. If approved, the Service would provide assurances to enrolled landowners that they would not be subject to increased land use restrictions if the species becomes listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act in the future, provided certain conditions are met. Eligible non-Federal landowners may enroll their properties so long as the island marble butterfly has not been listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The Service anticipates a final listing decision for the island marble butterfly later this year.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that Federal agencies analyze and publicly disclose the social, economic, and environmental effects associated with major Federal actions. The Service created a draft Environmental Action Statement for our determination that the CCAA and permit decision may be eligible for categorical exclusion under NEPA and is now making this document available for public review and comment.

To request further information or submit written comments, please use one of the following methods, and note that your information request or comments are in reference to the “Island Marble Butterfly CCAA”.

Internet: You may view or download copies of the draft CCAA and the draft EA and obtain additional information on the internet at http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/.

Email: Comments may be emailed to: wfwo_lr@fws.gov. Include “Island Marble Butterfly CCAA” in the subject line of the message or comments.

U.S. Mail: Tom McDowell, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive SE, Suite 102, Lacey, WA 98503

In-Person Drop-off, Viewing or Pickup: Please call 360-753-9440 to make an appointment (necessary for viewing or picking up documents only) during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive SE, Suite 102, Lacey, Washington 98503.

Written comments must be received on or before the close of the public review and comment period on June 20, 2019.

To learn more about management activities and conservation of the island marble butterfly visit: www.fws.gov/wafwo.


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