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FWS reduces critical habitat for Bay checkerspot butterfly, designates critical habitat for San Diego thornmint

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73 Fed. Reg. 50406 (Tuesday, August 26, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; 50 CFR Part 17; WS-R8-ES-2008-0034; 92210-1117-0000-B4 RIN 1018–AV24; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis); Final rule.)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating revised critical habitat for the Bay checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 18,293 acres (ac) (7,403 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the revised critical habitat designation for the Bay checkerspot butterfly. The revision to critical habitat is located in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, California. This final revised designation therefore constitutes a reduction of 1,453 ac (588 ha) from our 19,746 ac (7,990 ha) proposed revised designation of critical habitat for the Bay checkerspot butterfly published on August 22, 2007.

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Peer reviewers were generally supportive of the analyses in the FWS critical habitat designations for the Bay checkerspot butterfly (above, photo from Neil Jones and wildlifewebsite.com ) and for the San Diego thornmint (below, photo from Gary A. Monroe @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database).
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73 Fed. Reg. 50454 (Tuesday, August 26, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; 50 CFR Part 17; WS–R8–ES–2007–0007; 92210–1117–0000–B4 RIN 1018–AU86; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Acanthomintha ilicifolia (San Diego thornmint); Final rule.)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for Acanthomintha ilicifolia (San Diego thornmint) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 671 acres (ac) (272 hectares (ha)) of land in San Diego County, California, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation.