The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is postponing public hearings on proposals to prot4ct the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The hearings that were scheduled for April 29, 2014, in Minden, Nev., and April 30, 2014, in Sishop, Calif., will be rescheduled for those same locations.
On April 8, 2014, the Service announced a 60-day extension of the comment period on the proposals, which include listing the bird as a threatened species, designating approximately 1.86 million acres of critical habitat for the species, and a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse. The extended comment period closes on June 9, 2014.
See full release at the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office website.
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