Regulations Governing Designation of Critical Habitat Under Section 4 of the ESA, 50 CFR 424

Docket ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2012-0096
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Parent Agency: Department of the Interior (DOI)

The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Services) revised the regulations for designating critical habitat. The amendments made minor edits to the scope and purpose, added and removed some definitions, and clarified the criteria for designating critical habitat. These amendments are based on the Services' review of the regulations and are intended to add clarity for the public, clarify expectations regarding critical habitat, and provide for a credible, predictable, and simplified critical habitat designation process.

RIN: 1018-AX86
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 424
Priority: Other Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2016
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM05/12/201479 FR 27066
NPRM Comment Period Extended06/26/201479 FR 36284
NPRM Comment Period End07/11/2014
NPRM Comment Period Extended End10/09/2014
Final Action02/11/201681 FR 7414
Final Action Effective03/14/2016
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0072
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Oct 09, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/26/2014
ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2012-0096-0024
Comment Period Closed
Jul 11, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/12/2014
ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2012-0096-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 02/11/2016
ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2012-0096-0182

Supporting Documents

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Agency Contact
Gary Frazer
Assistant Director, Endangered Species
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