Public Comment on Revised Critical Habitat for Spotted Owl

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has come up with a new Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl.

Public information meetings are being held around the state. The closest ones are in Roseburg on June 27, from 3:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, at the Douglas County Central Library, Ford Community Room, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd. (Oral testimony will not be taken at the meetings, but you can submit written testimony at that time.)

Public comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  1. Electronically:
    Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS-R1-ES-2011-0112, which is the docket number for this rulemaking, and follow the directions for submitting a comment.
  2. By U.S. mail:
    Send comments to:
      Public Comments Processing
      Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2011-0112
      Division of Policy and Directives Management
      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
      Arlington, VA 22203.
    • At the public information meetings:
      Written comments will be accepted by Service personnel at any of the scheduled public meetings.

The Dept of Fish & Wildlife has requested certain types of comments from the public. Some of the types of comments requested that are particularly relevant to us include:

Whether the designation will result in disproportionate economic impacts to specific areas that should be evaluated for possible exclusion from the final designation.

For private lands in particular, we are interested in information regarding the potential benefits of including private lands in critical habitat versus the benefits of excluding such lands from critical habitat.

Whether the draft economic analysis identifies all State and local costs. If not, what other costs should be included.

Whether the economic analysis correctly assesses the effect on regional costs and jobs associated with timber harvest and other activities that may derive from the designation.

The documents on the Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl are published here:

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