AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; availability of draft post-delisting monitoring
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to
remove (delist) the Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri) from the
Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This proposed
action is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific
and commercial information, which indicates that the Oregon chub has
recovered and no longer meets the definition of an endangered species
or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
amended (Act). Our review of the status of this species shows that the
threats to this species have been eliminated or reduced and populations
are stable so that the species is not currently, and is not likely to
again become, a threatened species within the foreseeable future in all
or a significant portion of its range. This proposed rule, if made
final, would remove the currently designated critical habitat for the
Oregon chub throughout its range. We also announce the availability of
a draft post-delisting monitoring plan for the Oregon chub. We seek
information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal
to delist the Oregon chub and on the draft post-delisting monitoring
DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before
April 7, 2014. Please note that if you are using the Federal
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES), the deadline for submitting an
electronic comment is Eastern Standard Time on this date. We must
receive requests for public hearings, in writing, at the address shown
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by March 24, 2014.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-R1-ES-2014-0002,
which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search
panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading,
click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may
submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!''
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2014-0002; Division of Policy and
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax
Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
We request that you send comments only by the methods described
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see
the Public Comments section below for more information).
Document availability: The proposed rule and draft post-delisting
monitoring plan are available on http://www.regulations.gov. In
addition, the supporting file for this proposed rule will be available
for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at
the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Portland,
Oregon, 97266, telephone 503-231-6179. Persons who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Services (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Henson, State Supervisor,
telephone: 503-231-6179. Direct all questions or requests for
additional information to: Oregon Chub Information Request, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th
Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97266. Individuals who are hearing-impaired
or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337
for TTY assistance.