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FWS designates critical habitat for San Bernardino bluegrass and California dandelion.

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73 Fed. Reg. 47706 (Thursday, August 14, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; 50 CFR Part 17; WS–R8–ES–2007–0010; 92210–1117–0000–B4RIN 1018–AV04; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Poa atropurpurea (San Bernardino bluegrass) and Taraxacum californicum (California taraxacum); Final rule).

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The Primary Constituent Elements for Poa atropurpurea critical habitat are: (1) Wet meadows subject to flooding during wet years in the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County at elevations of 6,700 to 8,100 feet (2,000 to 2,469 meters), and in the Laguna and Palomar Mountains of San Diego County at elevations of 6,000 to 7,500 feet (1,800 to 2,300 meters), that provide space for individual and population growth, reproduction, and dispersal; and (2) Well-drained, loamy alluvial to sandy loam soils occurring in the wet meadow system, with a 0 to 16 percent slope, to provide water, air, minerals, and other nutritional or physiological requirements to the species.  Photo from U.S. Forest Service.
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The PCEs for Taraxacum californicum are: (1) Wet meadows subject to flooding during wet years and forest openings with seeps, springs, or creeks in the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County located at elevations of 6,700 to 9,000 feet (2,000 to 2,800 meters), that provide space for individual and population growth, reproduction, and dispersal; and (2) Well-drained, loamy alluvial to sandy loam soils occurring in the wet meadow system or forest openings with seeps, springs, or creeks, with a 0 to 46 percent slope, to provide water, air, minerals, and other nutritional or physiological requirements to the species.  Photo from wikispecies.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for Poa atropurpurea and Taraxacum californicum under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Approximately 2,489 acres (ac) (1,009 hectares (ha)) of land in San Bernardino and San Diego Counties, California, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation for P. atropurpurea, and approximately 1,914 ac (775 ha) of land in San Bernardino County, California, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation for T. californicum. DATES: This rule becomes effective on September 15, 2008.

KEITHINKING: Yes indeed, in California, the dandelion is a listed species.  Maybe they should harvest some from the lawns of my old neighborhood in Maryland....