Designation of Critical Habitat for Umtanum Buckwheat and White Bluffs Bladderpod

Docket ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Parent Agency: Department of the Interior (DOI)
Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, we are required to designate critical habitat, to the maximum extent prudent and determinable, concurrent with a listing determination for a species. We are developing a listing determination for the Umtanum desert buckwheat and White Bluffs bladderpod as a separate rulemaking action (see RIN 1018-AX72). Umtanum desert buckwheat is a long-lived woody perennial plant that forms low mats. The species has an extremely slow growth rate, and individual plants may exceed 100 years of age. The only known population of the species, discovered in 1995, occurs on a wide mountain ridge in Benton County. White Bluffs bladderpod is a low-growing, herbaceous, perennial plant that lives 4 to 5 years. The species was first described in 1883 but was not recognized as a species at that time. The population was rediscovered in 1994 and was described as a species in 1996. Later work indicated that the plant may be a subspecies, and we regard it as such pending further information. The only known population of the subspecies is found primarily from cliff tops to near-vertical exposures of cemented, highly alkaline, caliche-like soil along a 10-mile strip of bluffs overlooking the Columbia River.
RIN: 1018-AZ54
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1531 et seq
Government Levels Affected: Federal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
JudicialOtherSettlement agreement.05/01/2013
JudicialNPRMSettlement agreement.05/18/2012
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM05/15/201277 FR 28704
NPRM Comment Period End07/16/2012
Final Action04/23/201378 FR 24008
Final Action Effective05/23/2013
Delay of Effective Date05/23/201378 FR 30772
NPRM Comment Period Reopened05/23/201378 FR 30839
Public Hearing06/28/201378 FR 38895
NPRM Comment Period End07/22/2013
Final Action Effective11/22/2013
Final Action Effective (Delay of Effective Date)11/22/201378 FR 70001
Final Action12/20/201378 FR 76995
Final Action Effective12/20/2013
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking
Scientific or Common Names: Eriogonum codium and Physaria douglasii subsp. tuplashensis

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jul 22, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/28/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0011
Comment Period Closed
Jul 22, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/23/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0007
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 12/20/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0038
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 11/22/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0037
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 05/23/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0008

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/28/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0012
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/23/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0005
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/23/2013
ID: FWS-R1-ES-2013-0012-0004


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Agency Contact
Douglas Krofta
Chief, Branch of Listing, Ecological Services Program
703 358-2527
703 358-2434 (Fax)
Room 420, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
Arlington, VA 22203
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