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Endangered Species Act; Incidental Take Statements

The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service propose to amend certain regulations regarding incidental take statements.  The changes will address the use of surrogates (e.g. habitat, ecological conditions, or similarly affected species, to express the amount or extent of anticipated

incidental take) to express the amount or extent of anticipated incidental take.  The rule also addresses incidental take statements for future, site-specific actions that are authorized, funded, or carried out at a later time and will be subject to section 7 consultation. Comments are due November 4, 2013.

•             Proposed Rule from the Federal Register http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-04/html/2013-21423.htm

•             Submit Comments on this Request on Regulations.gov  http://www.regulations.gov

•             Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202-205-6936