Change Proposed for Conservation Value of Wildlife Habitats
In a move that would affect the valuation of wildlife habitats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed to amend the definition of “destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, according to a U.S. Small Business Administration May 21 news release.
The new definition would read as follows: “’Destruction or adverse modification’ means a direct or indirect alteration that appreciably diminishes the conservation value of critical habitat for listed species. Such alternations may include, but are not limited to, effects that preclude or significantly delay the development of the physical or biological features that support the life-history needs of the species for recovery.”
Comments on the proposed change are due by July 11.
Read the proposed rule and submit comments.