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More Western and Greater Sage Grouse activity by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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73 Federal Register 23170 (Tuesday, April 29, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Western Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus phaios) as Threatened or Endangered; Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.)

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the western sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus phaios) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the western sage-grouse may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review to determine if listing the species is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species. We will initiate a determination on critical habitat for this species if and when we initiate a listing action. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that information be submitted on or before June 27, 2008.

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73 Federal Register 23172 (Tuesday, April 29, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of Status Review for the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as Threatened or Endangered; Notice; initiation of status review and solicitation of new information; extension of period for submitting information.)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the extension of the period for submitting information that is pertinent to our status review of the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). The extension will provide the public and Federal, State, and local agencies with an additional opportunity to submit information for the status review.  Information previously submitted need not be resubmitted; it already has been incorporated  into the public record and will be fully considered in the status review.

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73 Federal Register 23173 (Tuesday, April 29, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Mono Basin Area Population of the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as Threatened or Endangered Fish and Wildlife Service; Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on two petitions to list the Mono Basin area population of the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in the Bi-State area of California and Nevada as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing this population may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review to determine if listing the Mono Basin area population of greater sage-grouse is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding this population of the species. We will initiate a determination on critical habitat for this species if and when we initiate a listing action. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that information be submitted on or before June 27, 2008.

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NOTEABLE EXCERPT RE: THE WESTERN SAGE GROUSE NOTICE.  Information we currently have raises significant questions about whether the western sage-grouse is a valid subspecies and thus a listable entity under the Act. Nevertheless, and particularly in light of some uncertainty regarding the potential significance of most recent genetic evidence regarding the validity of a western subspecies, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information, sufficient to meet the minimal ‘‘reasonable person’’ standard in our regulations for a 90-day finding as described above, indicating that listing the western sage-grouse as threatened or endangered may be warranted. Therefore, we are initiating a status review of the western sage-grouse to determine if listing it is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding the western sage-grouse.

NOTEABLE EXCERPT RE: THE GREATER SAGE-GROUSE NOTICE.  The Service is already in the process of conducting a status review of the greater sage-grouse across the entire range of the species (February 26, 2008; 73 FR 10218), and elsewhere in today’s Federal Register we are publishing a notice that extends our request for information on that status review to June 27, 2008. In today’s Federal Register we are also publishing a separate notice of a 90-day finding and initiation of a status review for the western sage-grouse (C. u. phaios). Consequently, at this time the Service has formally initiated three status reviews involving the greater sagegrouse, and the respective notices in today’s Federal Register each request that information be submitted by June 27, 2008, for each status review. Information submitted for any one of these status reviews that is relevant to the others need not be submitted more than once. Because the status review of the greater sage-grouse that we initiated on February 26, 2008 (73 FR 10218) covers the entire range of the species, it encompasses the Mono Basin population and the western subspecies of the greater sage-grouse. It is our intention to address the taxonomy and status of the Mono Basin area population, including information received in response to this notice, within the rangewide status review of the greater sage-grouse. Further, because the three status reviews are somewhat interrelated, we anticipate that any interrelated aspects will be taken into account in our ultimate decisions.