We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to list Umtanum desert buckwheat (Eriogonum codium) and White Bluffs bladderpod (Physaria douglasii subsp. tuplashensis) as threatened, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are also proposing to designate critical habitat for both species under the Act. In total, approximately 344 acres (139 hectares) are being proposed for designation as critical habitat for Eriogonum codium in Benton County, Washington, and approximately 2,861 acres (1,158 hectares) are being proposed for designation as critical habitat for Physaria douglasii subsp. tuplashensis in Franklin County, Washington. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation and a required determinations section of the proposal.
Agency Contact: Ken Berg, Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 102, Lacey, Washington 98503-1263, by telephone (360) 753- 9440, or by facsimile (360) 753-9405. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on July 16, 2012.