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FWS proposes critical habitat for two Oregon plants

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74 Fed. Reg. 37314 / Vol. 74, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 28, 2009 / Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17 / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Limnanthes floccosa ssp. grandiflora (Large-Flowered Woolly Meadowfoam) and Lomatium cookii (Cook’s Lomatium)
ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for two plants, Limnanthes floccosa ssp. grandiflora (large-flowered woolly meadowfoam) and Lomatium cookii (Cook’s lomatium)  under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are proposing to designate 2,561 hectares (ha) (6,327 acres (ac)) as critical habitat for Limnanthes floccosa ssp. grandiflora in Jackson County, Oregon, and 2,875 ha (7,104 ac) as critical habitat for Lomatium cookii in Jackson and Josephine  Counties, Oregon. The total critical habitat area proposed in this rule, including critical habitat units that overlap for the two species, is 4,467 ha (11,038 ac). DATES: To provide us with adequate time to consider your comments, please ensure that we receive them on or before September 28, 2009.

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Photo from Roseburg, Oregon field office of the U.S. FWS of the Large-flowered woolly meadowfoam, a vernal pool plant in decline due to widespread human activities such as development, road and power-line construction and maintenance, livestock grazing, agricultural conversion, weed competition, mowing, and roadside spraying.