USFWS extends deadline for input on draft technical guidance for selecting species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended its deadline for comments on the DRAFT Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation to Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The draft guidance outlines a collaborative and science-based process to identify a subset of surrogate species that can best represent other species or aspects of the species' environment within a defined landscape or geography. This is a practical step in using the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) approach and the best-known science to plan, design and conserve landscapes supporting multiple species.
States, Tribes, and other partners can submit comments via an external online comment form at http://www.fws.gov/landscape-conservation/public-comments.cfm. Comments also can be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Input from Service employees and partners will be used to refine and improve the draft technical guidance, which is expected to be finalized, following independent peer-review, later in 2013.