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From:     NEWS@fws.gov AT FWS
Date:     09/20/99 08:28 AM
To:       fws-news@www.fws.gov AT FWS
Subject:  Service Reopens Comment on Role of Habitat in Endangered ...


September 20, 1999                      Hugh Vickery 202-208-5634

            SERVICES REOPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
     ON ROLE OF HABITAT IN ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION

In response to several requests, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has
reopened the public comment period on its Notice of Intent published this
summer to reevaluate the role of habitat, and especially the designation of
critical habitat, in the conservation of threatened and endangered species.

The public will now have until October 29, 1999, to submit comments. They
should be mailed to: Chief, Division of
Endangered
Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Mailstop
ARLSQ-420, Washington, DC 20240.

The Service has put forward no proposals but is exploring
methods
to fully comply with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act
concerning critical habitat while expending its limited resources in a
manner that will provide the greatest
conservation
benefit to as many species as possible.

The Notice of Intent was published in the June 14, 1999,
Federal
Register.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people.  The Service manages the 93- million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System comprised of more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of
small
wetlands,
and other special management areas.  It also operates 66
national
fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management assistance offices and 78
ecological services field stations.  The agency enforces Federal wildlife
laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird
populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and
restores
wildlife
habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their
conservation efforts.  It also oversees the Federal Aid program that
distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and
hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
                             -FWS-




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