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FWS continues comment process on Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

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73 Fed. Reg. 31665 (Tuesday, June 3, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana); Proposed rule; reopening of comment period and announcement of a public hearing.)

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Photo of the Salt Creek tiger beetle by Seth Willey available from FWS

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period and the scheduling of a public hearing on our December 12, 2007 proposed rule (72 FR 70715) to designate critical habitat for the Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The December 12, 2007 Federal Register document also announced the availability of a draft economic analysis of the designation and a draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The reopened comment period will provide the public, other concerned governmental agencies, Tribes, and any other interested parties with an additional opportunity to submit written comments and information on this subspecies and associated habitat, the proposed critical habitat designation, draft economic analysis, and draft environmental assessment.

COMMENTARY: The beetle thrives in the saline wetlands of Nebraska, a bird-rich region, but one also experiencing significant development pressures and thus habitat encroachment or destruction.