FWS proposes listing and critical habitat for Casey's June beetle
74 Fed. Reg. 32857 / Vol. 74, No. 130 /Thursday, July 9, 2009 / Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17 / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing Casey’s June Beetle (Dinacoma caseyi) as Endangered and Designation of Critical Habitat
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list Casey’s June beetle (Dinacoma caseyi) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and propose to designate approximately 777 acres (ac) (314 hectares (ha)) of land as critical habitat for Casey’s June beetle in south Palm Springs, Riverside County, California. This species inhabits desert chaparral plant communities associated with gently sloping, depositional surfaces formed at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the Coachella Valley region. This proposed rule, if made final, would implement Federal protection provided by the Act. DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before September 8, 2009.
Photo of Casey's June beetle available online at Center for Biological Diversity, courtesy of Essig Museum of Entomology. According to CBD, Casey’s June beetles are restricted to only two populations in the southern part of Palm Springs, California. Remaining habitat is roughly 600 acres in approximately nine fragments and actively declining.